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Changing The World

11 Charitable Kids Prove There’s Hope For Humanity Yet

Cause & Effect Faced With Impossible Challenges, Local Heroes Make A Difference Every Day

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Touched By Angels

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Trends With Benefits

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Plus: More than 100 Ways To Give Back, Season’s Hottest fundraisers & Tasty Thanksgiving treats

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58 CHANGING THE WORLD 11 Charitable Kids Prove There Is Hope For Humanity Yet

& 68 CAUSE EFFECT

Faced With Impossible Challenges, These Local Heroes Make A Difference Every Day (And How You Can, Too)

80 TOUCHED BY ANGELS

Guardian Ad Litems Stand Up For Palm Beach County’s Most Vulnerable Children

WITH 82 TRENDS BENEFITS

64 THINK

goPINK How A Simple Phone Call Led To Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Premier Fundraising Luncheon (Plus: Actor Rob Lowe Joins The Fight Against Breast Cancer)

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The Latest Fitness Craze Involves Helping Others While Helping Yourself

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23 observed HOT STUFF & THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN 23The Buzz 28Trends 30La Vida Boca

33 media blitz THE QUINTESSENTIAL ARTS REPORT 33On Screen 34In Print 38On Scene

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47 that’s life

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A GUIDE TO PERSONAL GROWTH 47Relations 50Parents 54Destinations

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113 taste THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS 113Bites 114Recipes 116Review 122Listings

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133 happenings THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST 133Around Town 157Calendar 164Flash

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LOCAL NOTABLES & REAL DEALS 176Now & Noteworthy 178At Home

184 giving back CHARITY NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

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CHANGING THE WORLD 11 Charitable Kids Prove There’s Hope For Humanity Yet

CAUSE & EFFECT Faced With Impossible Challenges, Local Heroes Make A Difference Every Day

THINK goPINK

VOLUME X  NUMBER 10

OCTOBER 2013

Actor Rob Lowe Leads The Fight Against Breast Cancer At Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Premier Fundraising Luncheon

TOUCHED BY ANGELS Guardian Ad Litems Stand Up For Palm Beach County’s Most Vulnerable Children

PLUS: MORE THAN 100 WAYS TO GIVE BACK, SEASON’S HOTTEST FUNDRAISERS & TASTY THANKSGIVING TREATS

THE GIVING ISSUE

TRENDS WITH BENEFITS The Latest Fitness Craze Involves Helping Others While Helping Yourself

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s the ultimate community magazine in Boca Raton, giving back is a large part of our mission and we’re proud to partner with so many wonderful charitable organizations and foundations throughout the year. And in our annual Giving Issue, we truly get the opportunity to embrace this mission. We begin this jam-packed issue with our tribute to Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s annual Go Pink Luncheon, our city’s premier breast cancer fundraiser, which recently took place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. We have been very proud to be involved as the exclusive media sponsor of this amazing event for the past several years. We take you behind closed doors to how the event began, and how it became the success it is today. We also take you one-on-one with actor Rob Lowe, who was last month’s keynote speaker, and who spoke to more than 1,500 women about his own experiences with losing loved ones to the disease. Be sure to read “Think Go Pink” (page 64). Next, we introduce you to local heroes young and old. In “Changing The World” (page 58), we profile 11 amazing kids who’ve each launched charitable projects that are effecting big change. We also share—in their own words—stories of adult heroes whose stories will make you laugh, cry… and think. And should you become inspired to do your part, we offer a comprehensive list of charitable organizations that need your help. Check out “Cause & Effect” (page 68). Also in this issue, we profile the amazing work being done by Palm Beach County’s Guardian Ad Litem program, which helps children caught up in the foster care system, and who often have no one else looking out for their best interests. Be sure to read “Touched by Angels” and learn more about this amazing program (page 80). And in “Trends with Benefits” (page 82), we introduce you to some great ways to get in shape while giving back. If you’re looking to help a worthy cause (and lose some pounds), this is an article you’ll want to read. This issue marks the 10th issue of our 10th volume of publishing and next month we look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary in our community. For that I am very grateful to all of you. To our wonderful readers, loyal advertisers, special community partners, my amazing team and the entire Boca Raton and Delray Beach community—thank you for your amazing support. Stay tuned for our Special 10th Anniversary Issue coming next month! We are sure that this issue will inspire you to truly appreciate what you have this holiday season and to give back to our amazing community in a special way. To those who celebrate Hanukkah, we hope you enjoy the “once in eternity” overlap and have a wonderful Hanukkah (or Thanksgivukkah!) beginning on the evening of November 27. Best wishes to all of our readers for a happy, healthy, safe and giving-filled Thanksgiving on November 28.


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hen I was in my 20s, faulty wiring started a fire in my rented townhouse. I was out that night. I returned home at around 1 a.m., just as firefighters extinguished the last of the flames. The place was ruined. Inside, everything that hadn’t been turned to ash was either burnt, full of holes or destroyed by water damage. All my clothes, shoes, photographs… Gone. At that moment, I was literally homeless. But, all these years later, what I recall most wasn’t my sense of personal loss, the choking stench, or even that my parents were out of the country and unreachable. No, what has stayed with me is the memory of how everyone I knew rallied around me. Friends showed up at 6 a.m. to help dig through the rubble. They’d find a keychain here, a comb there, and other random items that somehow survived. Another friend let me stay on her couch until my parents returned from Europe two weeks later. Still others gave me clothing to wear. My co-workers took up a collection to help me purchase basic necessities and toiletries. It was the most humbling experience of my life. To have so many people insist on helping me— without my even asking—brought me to tears more than once. I learned what it was like to receive true charity and selfless kindness from others. It’s one of the reasons working on our annual charity issue is so rewarding. We get to do our small part to create awareness about the countless nonprofits in town, most of which run on shoestring budgets and are perpetually in need of contributions. They could not exist without generous donations and the work of volunteers.

And they do such important work—from feeding homeless families and training service dogs, to cleaning beaches and making house repairs for helpless seniors, there’s a charity for virtually every need. I’m in awe of people who create these nonprofits. It requires great heart, conviction and dedication, and often, they’re borne out of tragedy. Parents start foundations to honor children who’ve died from incurable diseases. Survivors of sexual abuse create organizations to help others avoid similar fates, and to help victims heal. People living with chronic illnesses launch groups to help educate and support others just learning of their fates. Rather than fold under the most difficult circumstances, these people rise to the challenge in the most incredible ways. It’s a testament to their strength of character. But you don’t need to launch a new organization to do your part. Even a few hours a week stuffing envelopes, making phone calls or stocking food pantries can be invaluable. You won’t just be helping others either, according to the University of Zurich study, “Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself?” The study, which analyzed the correlation between charity work and happiness, found that “people who volunteer frequently are more likely to report high life satisfaction than non-volunteers.” As someone who’s been on both the giving and receiving end, I can attest that recipients are invariably grateful and humbled. And trust me: It feels way better to be the one doing the giving.


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RED CARPET GURU [ ] PROFILE

Renowned fashion designer David Meister has prepared many glamorous movie stars for fancy red carpet walks that most of us love to ogle with admiration. And maybe just a touch of envy. But be envious no more. Meister, who lives in Los Angeles but visits Fort Lauderdale twice a year, recently released a new collection on the Home Shopping Network geared toward women who may not be able to afford that cocktail dress at Bergdorf Goodman. Meister was recently at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton touting his glam creations and took a few moments to chat with The Boca Raton Observer about winter trends, his new collection and the celebrities he loves to dress. What are some upcoming winter trends and how can South Florida women dress the part considering the heat?

“The key for Florida women is dressing in dark colors but in a lightweight fabric. Most of my collection is lighter weight; a lot of my fabric is year-round. This winter, it’s more about clean modern shapes with great color. Metallics are big for us for fall and holiday. They look great on all women and they’re easy to wear. They’re timeless.” Which celebrities have you worked with and who has been your favorite?

“Oh my God, my all-time fave is Sharon Stone. She really understands clothing. No one can walk a red carpet like her. I think some people are still not comfortable with it, but she really rocks it. We recently dressed Jane Fonda and she’s so smoking hot and she’s 76 years old.” Tell me about the recent debut of your HSN collection.

GLAMOUR GURU: David Meister

“I think the whole thing behind that was to be able to take what I have applied to my signature collection at Bergdorf Goodman and incorporate those elements at a different price point to really reach that HSN customer. It was a really big success. I love doing television.”

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What inspired you to become a designer?

“We have to blame Cher. When ‘Sonny & Cher’ came on, I’ll never forget it. I was like, ‘Oh my God who is this person?’ We hadn’t seen anyone like her. Then I thought, ‘Who did her clothes?’ Going into high school, I wanted to be a designer or a brain surgeon. There’s cutting involved in both.” What advice do you have for fashion designer hopefuls?

“Success is a lot of things—talent, hard work, timing and a little bit of luck. There are a lot of very talented people who are lazy and don’t want to work hard. You have to be hungry and you have to want it.” How would you describe yourself?

“I love what I do. I’m passionate. But I don’t take myself too seriously and I have to laugh hysterically every day. Life is too short. You’ve got to have fun.” What is your favorite color?

“Red. It’s dramatic, it has high energy and it makes a statement. It’s hot, it’s sexy.” How old are you?

“I am old enough to know better, but mentally I am 12. I’m always a kid. I pretty much like my life. It’s sad if you don’t.”

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THE AMOUNT OF FOOD RECENTLY DONATED TO LANTANAbased Palm Beach County Food Bank by Convoy of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit that feeds impoverished communities nationwide. The food will be donated to more than 90 local homeless shelters, food banks and food pantries.

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This is the most rewarding job I can do. It’s the best mitzvah I can make in my life.

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When they say life’s a drag at Lips, that’s a good thing. The Oakland Park Vegas-style club known for its fine dining and fab female impersonators has teamed with the nonprofit group Neighbors 4 Neighbors to hold ”Dinner with the Divas,” a glitzy review to raise funds for needy children and families. Guests can expect performances by Cher, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Lady Gaga (wink, wink), along with a three-course meal and two glasses of wine. Premium seating and access to a meetand-greet Champagne reception with Nicolette, Misty Eyes, Velvet and other cast members is available for an extra charge. “We’re proud to give back to the community and especially to support the mission of Neighbors 4 Neighbors,” says Yvonne Lamé, Lips founder and co-owner. “Lips is the perfect celebration place and it gives us great pleasure to support this night of giving.” We have a feeling the pleasure will be all ours. The show takes place November 13 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 305-5974404 or visit neighbors4neighbors.org.

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MAIN SKWEEZ Former New York Housewife/reality star tar Jill Zarin was in Boca Raton for the opening of Lord ord & Taylor in Mizner Park, where she hobnobbed ed with fans and promoted the fall collection of Skweez ez Couture, her shapewear line. During the event, t, guests purchased her slouch socks at a discount, t, with a portion of proceeds benefitting breastt cancer research and awareness.

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There was not an inch to be pinched at the Sweat USA America’s All-Star Fitness Festival in Miami Beach, where workout gurus Sean T (Insanity) and Tony Horton (P90X) took a break d Sean T an n between leading sweaty sessions o rt o N Tony to ham it up for the cameras.

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PAY IT FORWARD In a life too often filled with rudeness, World Kindness Day on November 13 serves as a reminder to step back, breathe deep and do something nice for someone. The global holiday was created by a coalition of humanitarian the World Kindness Movement (yes, there is such a thing) in groups called ca 1988 as a way to encourage good deeds and benevolence across the nations, as well as race, religion, politics and gender. How to commemorate the occasion? It could be as simple as smiling at a co-worker, holding the door open for a stranger, paying the toll for the driver behind you or anonymously picking up the tab ffor someone’s holiday layaway account. The best part: It feels good to give. According to a study in the Journal T of Social Psychology, researchers found that people who “practiced kindness and engaged in novel acts” experience a boost of happiness ki not experienced by those who don’t. no – L.H.

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In order to grab Lambert’s attention, Weinberger posted a plea for help on YouTube, conducted interviews with local media and even got a family friend to place billboards along Interstate 95 hoping Lambert would see them when she pulled into town for her concert a few months back at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Her ploy worked. Lambert not only made an appearance at the shelter, but adopted a puppy she named Bellamy, after the country duo The Bellamy Brothers. The singer’s Facebook post said it all: “I visited Big Dog Ranch Rescue today. Amazing place and great people helping so many dogs in need.” For information about the shelter, call 561-791-6465 or 561-309-3311, or visit bdrr.org. Renee Graziano-Pagan

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Seeking a quirky way to help a charity? Take a swing at this: The Alternative Education Foundation will hold its Sixth Annual Charity Glow-In-The-Dark Golf Tournament and Party on November 8, with just neon golf balls, accessories and necklaces to light the way. The event will take place at Fort Lauderdale Country Club and is designed for avid golfers and novices alike, and will include dinner, open bar, an auction, a raffle, an after party and more. Event proceeds will benefit programs that help children with ADHD, autism and other social and communication deficits. For more information, call 954-327-4377 or visit aefgolf.org. – L.H.

– Vicki S. Katz, CEO of Faulk Center for Counseling, about the $10,000 the organization received from the City of Boca Raton.

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nations. “We’ve really been blessed in terms of being successful so we’re happy to share that.” HCI Communications Editorial Assistant Ian Briggs calls his boss a phenomenal man with a huge heart. Vegso offered Briggs a job after hearing Briggs read a eulogy at his father’s funeral. “He was impressed by my writing ability,” says Briggs, 20, of Pompano Beach. “I was completely in tears and he said, ‘I want you to work for me.’ I was a bit thrown off. The last place I expected to find a job was at my father’s funeral.

But he’s just extremely generous.” Vegso has two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Between work and charity issues, he also fits in trips to Ocala where he fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning a farm with beautiful horses. Now he’s in the horse-breeding business and races horses all over the country. Back home, he continues to search for his next big book—something as successful as “Chicken Soup for the Soul” if he’s lucky. And for you aspiring authors out there, here’s something to think about straight from the mouth of a seasoned publisher: “If I can get to page 40, then I feel good about it. If I can’t get to page 40, then I don’t think we can do anything with it.” O


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WINNING FLOAT Sandra Bullock And George Clooney Soar In Space Adventure ‘Gravity’

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he first time we saw Sandra Bullock, she was steering a runaway, bomb-rigged bus, but that was child’s play compared to her ordeal in the out-of-this-world blockbuster, “Gravity,” a harrowing, space junk-hopping adventure through several convincing orbiting environments that show you exactly what your cluttered house would look like if the clutter refused to stay on the floor. The screenplay was written by Director Alfonso Cuarón, (“Children of Men,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) with his son, Jonas. Cuarón, in conjunction with his CG artists and the luscious photography of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, creates a weightless, airless world in which momentum is forever, tears float out of the eye and swerve past the camera, and a constant backdrop of glowing earthly weather patterns adorns every scene. Once you get used to the altered

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physics, a carriage bolt floating off toward the Milky Way seems perfectly normal. Bullock plays brainy space novice Dr. Ryan Stone, a mission specialist sent up to address a scientific issue on the space station, but she’s in the capable hands of veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), on his final mission and testing a jet pack when Mission Control warns them of trouble approaching at 20,000 miles per hour.

Kowalski would sorely love to break the space-walking record set by a cosmonaut, but he gets more untethered time than he bargained for when space debris starts whizzing by like bullets because the Russians blew up one of their satellites with a missile. Meanwhile, the good doctor is floating off across the universe. During the rescue, we learn that Dr. Stone is troubled by life events and may actually prefer the silence of space (which is rarely silent at all, but a cacophony of radio static or weird soundtrack compositions by music director Steven Price), but when she and Kowalski return to the space

sleeping pod in 1979’s Oscar-winning “Alien” has there been such a provocative disrobing in space. In a movie that depends so heavily on technical accuracy, it’s only natural to look for flaws—objects that don’t quite tumble through space right, or telltale signs of gravity—but the search is futile, and even a capsule’s re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere seems entirely believable. O RATED PG-13: for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language. TIME: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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In Harm’s Way, Fortitude Is Often The Determining Factor From the Great War nearly 100 years ago, where many of the 70 million combatants were using both a camera and gun for the first time, to the great sea battles of World War II, miserable conditions as a POW in Laos or kid-

“Serving in a war zone can be the most charged time of a young person’s life, and for all the stress and long hours, there is free time and, often, in a beautiful ancient desert with absolutely nothing to do. Leave it to Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau to think of the best possible use for the Internet—a blog for soldiers to write home and share their thoughts. Such is the premise of ‘The Sandbox.’”

Sergeant Rex – The Unbreakable Bond Between A Marine and His Military Working Dog By Mike Dowling

nap victim of Somali pirates, tales of conflict can be thrilling and depressing in equal measures. But they can also be inspiring, and that is what we hope for with this collection. In honor of Veterans Day, we present a variety of military-themed tomes, which include the story of bonding between man and bomb-sniffing dog, and the Internet real-time diaries of soldiers blogging from war zones. 34

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In modern warfare in Iran and Afghanistan, the lives of American soldiers have been saved countless times by K-9 corps members, whose dogs are trained to detect explosives and sent in to do so before troops enter an area. Marine Sgt. Mike Dowling and

his trained dog, Rex, were deployed in Iran’s infamous

Triangle of Death in 2004, and the bond that was formed between them as Rex sniffed out weapons caches, suicide bombers and IEDs amid the constant threat of violence is the subject of Dowling’s memoir. He tells many harrowing stories of close calls and rude surprises as he and Rex bond as only battlefield partners can, depending on each other for their lives as they negotiate threatening alleys in the choking heat.


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Enterprise – America’s Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II

The Sandbox Edited by David Stanford

By Barrett Tillman Don’t get confused by the names—the Navy does this. There was a USS Enterprise aircraft carrier in WWII, and a USS Ranger, and there were aircraft carriers with the same names serving in the Pacific during the Vietnam War, commissioned many years after the older versions were scrapped. Now that they’re naming ships after presidents, this shouldn’t happen again. That said, this book tells the compelling story of the USS Enterprise, a ship

reported sunk three times by the Japanese during World War II sea battles, and that acquired the nickname “The Gray Ghost.” The exploits of the ship and the colorful men who sailed on her involve inspiring stories of courage and determination, as told by aviation expert Barrett Tillman, who has written several histories of aircraft carriers and their flight squadrons.

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Impossible Odds By Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm with Anthony Flacco Jessica Buchanan, a 32-yearold American teacher kidnapped by Somalian pirates and held for ransom in wretched conditions by a band of murderous thugs, learned that sometimes, the cavalry does come. As her health deteriorated into a life-threatening state and frustrating negotiations conducted by her desperate husband with pirates dragged on past 90 days, Buchanan’s situation looked dire. When President Barack Obama had had enough, he ordered a SEAL team to rescue her and on January 25, 2012 that’s what they did, killing all nine terrorists and injuring no one else. When Buchanan felt the time was right to tell her story, she and husband Erik Landemalm collaborated with writer Anthony Flacco to produce a book accomplished almost entirely from Skype interviews between Flacco in Seattle and Jessica in her husband’s hometown of Nairobi, Kenya.

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Serving in a war zone can be the most charged time of a young person’s life, and for all the stress and long hours, there is free time and, often, in a beautiful ancient desert with absolutely nothing to do. Leave it to Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau to think of the best possible use for the Internet—a blog for soldiers to write home and share their thoughts. Trudeau, the brilliant political satirist, created what he called a “milblog” seven years ago, and this compilation of some of the best and most bittersweet entries from soldiers in Iran and Afghanistan is called, simply,

“The Sandbox.” Its rich stories range from the hilarious to the thrilling to the heartbreaking, and help us understand what these soldiers go through in their daily lives.

The Great War: A Photographic Narrative By Mark Holborn and Hilary Roberts The newfangled hobby of personal photography was

mid-stride in an early crescendo when World War I broke out, so it became the first battle documented from every possible angle, as it was happening. Father of Photojournalism Mathew Brady was all over Antietam, of course, but after the fact. This collection of World War I photos, part of the vast archives of London’s Imperial War Museums, was taken by soldiers and onlookers from many combat nations, from the deserts of the Middle East to the mud of the Western Front. The hefty book, compiled by acclaimed illustrated book editor Mark Holborn and the Museums’ Head Curator of Photography, is divided into five sections, each prefaced with a detailed chronology of events and a historical summary, along with detailed captions for each of the 380 pictures.

Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War By Bruce Henderson The gritty, leech-ridden story of U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler’s 23-day ordeal in the Laotian jungle

after escaping his captors during the Vietnam war is well-known, but a book on the subject by former USS Ranger shipmate Bruce Henderson (best-selling author of “And the Sea Will Tell”) adds many new details that weren’t included in the film documentary, “Little Dieter Needs To Fly,” and subsequent feature film, “Rescue Dawn,” starring Christian Bale as Dengler. The likeliest of heroes for escape and evasion skills established during flight school POW training in California, Dengler was shot down in Laos in 1966 and held and tortured for six months before he and six others overpowered guards. Only two made it out alive. Dengler’s determination was evident to his rescuers, who found a half-eaten snake in his pocket. O


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the University of Pennsylvania. But this decision proved significant when his roommate turned out to be Devo Springsteen, a disc jockey, and Devo’s cousin, a Chicagoan named Kanye West, who’d been rapping since the third grade. After graduation, all three gravitated to New York City and West started the GOOD Music label. Springsteen recruited Legend, and ended up producing three songs on Legend’s debut album, which quickly went gold. It was soon after that West’s Chicago friend, poet J. Ivy, suggested that with such an “old time” voice, Stephens should be called John Legend, and that was that. Legend, who married his girlfriend, model Chrissy Teigen in September, has released four albums: Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver and Love In The Future. He also teamed with the R&B band The Roots on the Grammy-winning Wake Up! O

rolific singer/songwriter John Legend is a busy guy. He’s also a producer, musician, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and most recently, he became a husband. In 2006, he performed during the pre-game of the Super Bowl, on “Sesame Street” and at halftime of the NBA All-Star Game. Cultural saturation doesn’t get much more complete than that. He’d already made headlines with his 2004 debut album, Get Lifted, which won Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Performance. Time magazine in 2009 named him one of its 100 most influential people. The legendary Quincy Jones called him a “genius.” Now—lucky us—the nine-time Grammy winner will appear at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater on November 3 at 8 p.m. The performer’s road to stardom certainly had its challenging moments. For example, some questioned his judgment in declining scholarship offers from Harvard and Georgetown universities, instead attending

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PRANCERS, DANCERS The Rockettes Put On Holiday Show At Kravis Center

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our generations of New Yorkers have enjoyed the holiday tradition of attending The Rockettes’ Christmas shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Although, for the first 46 years it was a mere 30-minute show presented in conjunction with a few Hollywood movies. With the discontinuation of fea-

Ride,” in which the Rockettes perform as reindeer, the Santacentric show will retain the flavor of the original—albeit with updated technology for the times. The latest show features an exciting 3-D film depicting a sleigh ride with Santa Claus from the magical North Pole to New York City, passing landmarks such as

ture films at the Hall in 1979, the Christmas show was expanded into a 90-minute extravaganza starring the famed dancing troupe, which performs numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “Living Nativity.” And now South Floridians can enjoy the historic family-friendly holiday show, called “Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” when it comes to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from November 29 through December 8. The show has been presented in various incarnations in recent years, including “The Rockettes’ Magical Journey” in 2011 and “The Rockettes’ Celebration” in 2012, but rest assured that from the opening number, “Sleigh

the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. At some point, a “real” Santa walks onstage and takes over as the show’s emcee. Other show highlights include a unique take on “The Nutcracker,” ice skaters, dancing teddy bears, musical performances and a fireworks display. In order to prepare for the show, The Rockettes—all in tiptop athletic shape—rehearse six hours a day, six days a week to perfect their challenging routines. The reviews have been positive. The New York Times described the show as “Brilliant! It lifts the spirit and spreads warmth, joy and good will,” and the Tampa Bay Times called it “a rousing evening of energetic holiday entertainment.” O

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JUST WANTS TO HAVE FUN Talented Singer Cyndi Lauper Plays Hits At Hard Rock Live

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pop sensation in the ’80s, Cyndi Lauper remains relevant today for her unique musical sensibilities and writing talent—most recently she won her first Tony Award for Best Musical Score for Broadway’s “Kinky Boots.” Lauper, who will perform an 8 p.m. show on November 9 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live, has won many honors, including the Best New Artist Grammy Award after releasing her debut album, She’s So Unusual, in 1984. The album landed four singles in the Hot 100 Top Five: “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop” and “All Through The Night.”

Lauper garnered two more Grammy nominations with her second album, True Colors, which contained the album’s namesake No. 1 hit, as well as “Change of Heart,” a No. 3 single with guest vocals by the Bangles. Lauper had her tenth Top 40 hit in 1989, but since then has released nine more albums and increased her record sales to 50 million. Her most recent projects have included Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues, the top-selling blues album of 2010, which she followed with her best-selling memoir, “Cyndi Lauper,” which details her struggles with child abuse and depression. Earlier this year, Lauper completed writing both the music and lyrics for

“Kinky Boots,” which led the 2013 Tony Awards with 13 nominations and six awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, making Lauper the first female to win the composing category solo. She also became the first artist in more than 25 years to top the dance charts with a Broadway single, “Sex Is in the Heel.” She’s one of only 20 artists who have won a Grammy, Tony and Emmy (the latter was for her 1995 role as Marianne Lugasso in the TV series “Mad About You”). From the beginning, Lauper has been committed to several causes, including LBGT issues, the fight against HIV/AIDS and has performed in support of the democratic presidential ticket. Her show celebrates the 30th anniversary of her “She’s So Unusual” tour and will feature the band Hunter Valentine. O For more information, call 954-797-5555 or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

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he Broadway run of the outrageous religious parody, “The Book of Mormon,” is ongoing as the second national tour makes its way around the country. The show is the brainchild of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and as such contains many elements that cannot be printed in a family-friendly magazine.

ert Lopez (“Avenue Q”) a lifetime fascination with the LDS church, which they launched into this project, collaborating on the script and songs in what turned into a seven-year process. The Broadway production, choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and co-directed by Nicholaw and Parker, opened in March 2011 and won

This becomes quickly apparent as the story’s two protagonists, young Mormon missionaries deflated in their hopes to be assigned mission duty in Orlando, are dispatched to Uganda where they’re robbed at gunpoint on arrival by soldiers of the warlord General Butt-F***ing Naked. The tour of the hilarious spoof on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) and its members comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Au-Rene Theatre for nearly a month, running November 26 through December 22. Parker and Stone have received four Emmy Awards for their Comedy Central animated series about four foul-mouthed kids, and somehow discovered between themselves and fellow writer Rob-

nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Musical Score, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The story, punctuated by 21 musical numbers, features protagonists Kevin Price, handsome and optimistic, and Arnold Cunningham, insecure and overweight. They’re both on a two-year mission to a primitive Ugandan village, where they join other missionaries who haven’t converted a single local resident. Beset by warlords, poverty, hunger and disease, the populace has no use for religion and sings blasphemous songs just to cheer themselves up. The plot is propelled by the irony of life’s ideals when confronted by its realities, with the irrepressible humor of Parker and Stone greasing the rails. O

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A GUIDE TO PERSONAL GROWTH

FOUNDATION FOR HEALING Channeling Painful Loss Into Charitable Legacies BY EMILY J. MINOR

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he death of a child, says Boca Raton psychoanalyst Dr. David Miller, is not the chronology of life. “What could be worse than losing a child?” he asks, simply. For 21 years, Teri Moran has lived with this brutal reality, this realization that nothing is worse than the death of a child—except, perhaps, the death of another child. Moran’s son, Connor, was 26 months old when he died of cancer in February 2002. Since then, she’s worked to help other cancer families, in Connor’s name, every single day. Moran is one of those mothers who turned grief for her child into a social mission. Within months of Connor’s death, she’d started the Connor Mo-

ran Children’s Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity that helps families dealing with a child’s cancer wind through everything from insurance red tape to the medical lingo. Want someone’s shoulder to cry on? She’s your girl. “You know that book, ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting?’” asks Moran, whose charity is based in Jupiter. “That book is a wonderful book that walks you through pregnancy. But there’s no book out there that walks you through your child being diagnosed with cancer.” At times, her work is as simple— and as important—as standing in a hospital hallway with a shell-shocked parent and saying: “That door on the right; go in there.”

Moran started 11 years ago with a $100,000 grant and grew her charity into a nonprofit that at one

You know that book, ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting?’ That book is a wonderful book that walks you through pregnancy. But there’s no book out there that walks you through your child being diagnosed with cancer.

– Teri Moran, founder, Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation

time enjoyed a $500,000 annual budget. Times are leaner now. Last year’s working budget was closer to

$150,000. But Moran soldiers on, mostly because when Connor was dying there wasn’t anyone there to provide sane and measured support. The foundation also gives money to families who can’t pay their rent or utilities or buy food. “As long as the phone keeps ringing, I’ll be there,” she says. But why? Why do this? Isn’t it painful to remember Connor every single day? Doesn’t it hurt to be around all those sad parents? And how can you tend to your own family—Moran is divorced with three (almost) grown children—if you’re out saving the world? “I’ve been described as obsessivecompulsive,” she says, with a laugh. About 50,000 children die each NOVEMBER 2013

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year in America from illness or injury, and many of their survivors do carry on in their names. It’s often a mother who gives her life to the cause, raising money and awareness. But it’s not easy. It can make for an imbalanced way of life. (What about the other kids, who are still alive?) And emotionally, it can be exhausting. “I didn’t know what else to do,” says Moran, who works at the foundation full time. In Madonna Coffman’s case, her charity Locks of Love didn’t come on the heels of death, but after her 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with alopecia. Coffman knew all about the immune-system disease that attacks the hair follicles, stopping or impeding growth. She herself struggled with alopecia hair loss in her 20s. But for Coffman, watching her daughter Abigail (now 20) suffer was reason enough to finally get moving. “I didn’t get it the first time around but I got it the second time around,” says Coffman, about taking up the cause only after her daughter was diagnosed. Today, the West Palm Beachbased Locks of Love makes real-hair wigs for anyone under 21 with long-

Having the foundation and incorporating (Jacob) into our family has really made it possible to have him in our lives.

term hair loss. And plenty of famous people have cut their hair for the cause, including NBC’s Ann Curry and rock legend Sammy Hagar. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would grow into what it has,” says Coffman, who started the nonprofit in 1997. “For some people, donating your life to something like a foundation, it’s very therapeutic,” says Dr. Miller. 48

– Shaina Rappoport, founder, Our Shooting Star

“It’s a way of carrying that loved one with them in difficult times. It’s a way of keeping them alive.” That’s how Shaina Rappoport describes her nonprofit work for Our Shooting Star, the Boynton Beach charity she and her husband, Adi, started after they lost their baby, Jacob, in 2002. Jacob was just 9 months old when he died of spinal muscular atrophy,

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an inherited, fatal disease that causes muscle damage and weakness, which thwarts even everyday movements. Just months after Jacob’s death, the Rappoports started Our Shooting Star, which today has raised $1 million for research into a cure. “Having the foundation and incorporating (Jacob) into our family has really made it possible to have him in our lives,” she says. Still, Rappoport knows helping fight the disease that took her son doesn’t do much on The Big Days, like birthdays, holidays and fam-

ily events. “I do it to perpetuate his memory and show our living children how important it is to keep his memory alive,” she says. So this Hanukkah, the Rappoports and their three healthy kids will light Jacob’s menorah, just like always. “I know it’s not for everybody,” she says. “But it’s enabled me to continue my relationship with Jacob— even though it’s not the relationship any mother would ever want.” O EDITOR’S NOTE: For information about any of these 501(c)(3) charities, visit connormorancancer.org, locksoflove.org or ourshootingstar.com.


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How Often Should You Volunteer At Your Kid’s School?BY DIANNA SMITH

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hen mid-August rolls around, countless parents throughout the country—whether they care to admit it or not—are eager to see their little ones grab those backpacks and head for the classrooms once again. And sometimes, these parents follow. With notepads, craft boxes

school district employees who don’t get paid. And there are others who wish they could volunteer, but whose schedules are too packed, leaving them feeling guilty when they’re probably already beating themselves up for wanting to be better parents anyway. Ugh.

When students see parents volunteer they realize there is an importance brought to education and they perform better. It’s so helpful for kids. – Colleen Reynolds, spokesperson, Charter Schools USA

or lists of fundraising ideas in hand, they too storm school halls because they have most generously agreed to be parent volunteers. And some of them quickly learn that, nowadays, school volunteering isn’t as simple as handing out treat bags at a holiday party. It can be overwhelming. Sometimes parent committees become cliquish and, yes, even political. Before you know it you’re immersed in gossip about why one person was chosen over another to decorate the library for Christmas and then you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to high school all over again. (This scenario really happened to a friend of mine, at a very expensive private school nonetheless.) There are parents who volunteer too much and feel like they’re 50

Perhaps all this drama is why investigative journalist Amanda Ripley recently revealed that parents in other countries don’t typically help out in their kids’ schools. However, she found that these parents do put in a lot of time helping with home-

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work, and that the kids were just as academically successful—or even more so—than kids in America. Ripley, who traveled the globe researching her book, “The Smartest Kids in the World,” wrote in a recent blog: “I came to realize that

parents are involved in education in these other countries—but they are involved differently. They are more involved at home. And that, it turns out, might be one secret to their success.” In America, it would be unusual not to see parents behind the popcorn stand at the carnival or collecting book-order forms in the mornings. Moms and dads in the United States donate their free time, ditch work early and even spend their own money to be a part of their child’s school. Is all this volunteering even a good idea? Karen Katerina Owens, a South Florida stay-at-home mother, says it is. “I had the most volunteer hours in the whole school last year, around 400,” touts Owens, who


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is the class mom this year in her daughter’s first-grade room. “I was enjoying myself. I felt really needed and appreciated.” She volunteers at the Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science Charter School in Hollywood. The school is a member of Charter Schools USA and the parents who choose to send their children to any of these charter schools are required to volunteer 20 hours a year for one child and 30 if you have two or more. “We found students perform better when parents volunteer,” says Colleen Reynolds, spokesperson for Charter Schools USA. “When students see parents volunteer they realize there is an importance brought to education and they perform better. It’s so helpful for kids.” But what about the single mom who barely has a free hour to do the grocery shopping? Reynolds says there are other ways to earn those hours. “One parent was having a difficult time, so they gave her volunteer hours for the number of hours she spent with her child in the library,” Reynolds says. Martin Nathan, a licensed mental health counselor in Delray Beach, encourages parents to volunteer or at least be connected to the school somehow, even if it’s attending a short meeting with the teacher now and then. “The parents who are disconnected from the school, their children have two separate worlds that are not connected,” he says. “I think volunteer work is very good for the parent, especially a stay-athome mom. They step out of their path of life to be a parent which is wonderful, but the moms lose a little bit, too. So getting involved can be uplifting.” But it can also become too much. 52

The people who have problems saying ‘no’ are afraid of not being liked and are afraid of someone being angry with them and that becomes an issue. They need to be a little selfish.

– Martin Nathan, licensed mental health counselor, Delray Beach

Nathan is a believer in moderation so he usually questions those who reveal they’ve taken on more than they can handle. “I’ll ask, ‘What are you looking for?’ I always want to know what the reasons are,” he says. “The people who have problems saying ‘no’ are afraid of not being liked and are afraid of someone being angry with them and that becomes an issue. They need to be a little selfish.” Janee Womack of Hollywood

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has two children and her youngest son is in eighth grade at the Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science. This stay-at-home mom has overseen countless fundraisers because she believes it encourages her children to perform better in school, and also because she enjoys it. But that doesn’t mean other parents have to work as hard. Simple gestures like buying disinfectant wipes for the kids once a month means just as much, she says. And though Womack may seem like the perfect volunteer parent, even she has her limits. She remembers feeling frustrated, because she felt like the only parent saying ‘yes’ to everything. She recalls the time her husband walked into the living room at midnight and she was still awake, sorting through 12 boxes of fundraising paraphernalia. He asked, “Where are all the

other people?” So Womack learned to say no. And other parents should, too, she explains. “Look at it as, ‘These are things I can help with’ and then let the guilt go,” she suggests to other moms. “Spread the word to parents so other people can fill in the gaps.” Owens admits that saying ‘no’ is difficult. “When the volunteer coordinator needs someone, I hate to say ‘no’ to her,” Owens says. “That’s human nature. You don’t want to let people down and no one wants to disappoint your child’s teacher.” But as Nathan says, it’s OK to be a little selfish. So the next time your kid’s school asks for your time and you genuinely want to help, by all means agree. But don’t overdo it. And if you can’t help, simply say so—and let the guilt go. O


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One Ski Hill In Breckenridge A Vacation For All SeasonsBY LINDA HAASE

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ing in summer, and the resort provides a convenient shuttle into town. During warmer months, guests can enjoy peaceful hiking, biking trails and the Breckenridge Fun Park, which features a bungee trampoline, climbing wall, maze, mini golf course and mountain bike park. It’s also the perfect time for horseback riding and golf, popular local pastimes. Or explore remnants of the prospector’s base camp established in 1859. The Gold Rush frenzy is, as they say, history, but travelers still revel in the area’s Western charm, frontier spirit and unsurpassed scenery. Location isn’t the only perk that makes the award-winning resort


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The posh ski-in/ski-out resort is located in the heart of the action, with access to four chair lifts that whisk guests to the most popular mountain peaks in the winter for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and dog sledding. During warmer months, guests can enjoy peaceful hiking, biking trails and the Breckenridge Fun Park. must work during your vacation). The spa, aptly named the Rejuvenation Center, offers a wide range of massage therapy treatments, from the customized Rejuvenation and Blue River Stone massages, to the Sports-Massage Center’s Muscle and Joint Recovery Enhancement massage. There’s also a sauna, steam room and a fitness center with state-of-the-art exercise equipment. After working up an appetite on the slopes, check out One Ski Hill Place’s three restaurants. The Living Room is the main eatery, where guests can savor breakfast, lunch or dinner. The 35-seat gourmet restaurant’s cuisine features Colorado-inspired flavors, fresh, sustainable food and a children’s menu. Guests can ski right up to Ski Hill Grill, the resort’s indoor/outdoor resOne Ski Hill Place is located at 1521 Ski Hill Road Breckenridge, Colo. taurant located at the base of Peak 8. For more information, call 970-547-8800 or visit oneskihillplace.com. For special rates and packages, visit oneskihill.rockresorts.com/specials.asp. Here, diners can grab lunch, a snack a delightful destination. Luxury and service are evident throughout, from the grand lobby with its plush furnishings and gargantuan, three-sided fireplace to the grand living room with spectacular views of Breckenridge Mountain. The outdoor plaza, with its heated deck and fireplace for chilly evenings, is another great spot to relax, sip hot toddies and swap ski stories. Its 88 extravagant condominiums—ranging from studios to fourbedrooms—feature high-end appointments, including wood floors, granite countertops, stainless-steel Bosch/Thermidor appliances, stone fireplaces and picture windows overlooking Peak 8 or the Continental

Divide. Sleek finishes complement Italian tile in the bathrooms and gas fireplaces and living areas are fitted with HD TVs and Blu-ray players. For traveling with friends or a large family, consider the 2,000-squarefoot, four-bedroom condominium, which sleeps 10 and offers spacious sitting and dining areas, a breakfast bar, two master bedrooms, four full bathrooms and a powder room. There’s plenty to explore inside the family-friendly resort, with three restaurants, a game room with billiard table, relaxing spa, aquatic center with two indoor pools and two hot tubs, a bowling alley and even a movie theater. There are also conference and business centers (if you

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or hot cocoa, then relax in one of the Adirondack chairs on an outdoor terrace that overlooks the mountain. Need a shot of adrenalin? Order a jolt from the espresso bar window. The T-Bar, known as one of America’s highest après-ski bars, is another gem. It’s the spot to enjoy a signature beverage or snack (there are 40 beers on tap) while catching the game on one of many TVs. And for cozy evenings in your suite, the resort also offers gourmet prepared meals and a grocery delivery service. And should travelers decide to stay awhile (or return frequently), condos are available for purchase in this picture-perfect spot. Homeowners and their families enjoy exclusive amenities such as ski valet services, private ski lockers, access to the new private owners’ club room and owners’only concierge, daily complimentary breakfast, VIP access to Breckenridge Mountain, private shuttle, weekly après ski events, express check-in and a private kids’ zone. And, of course, those awesome views. Winter, spring, summer or fall— One Ski Hill Place has it all. O


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CHANGING THE

WORLD 11 Charitable Kids Prove There Is Hope For Humanity Yet

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he youngest is 9, the oldest 17, and all have set out to prove one thing: Age doesn’t matter if you want to make a positive impact on others. At a time in their lives when it’s often more about “me,” the kids profiled here have managed to teach their peers, and even many adults, that while charity begins at home, it also can spread like wildfire. Whether it’s a letter-writing campaign to let America’s soldiers know they are appreciated, or taking up a nationwide collection of DVDs to distract hospitalized children from their pain, each one of these impressive kids led the charge by launching their own charitable projects. For some, such as Madison Silver, whose aunt was diagnosed with ALS, or Michael Stolzenberg, who became a quadruple amputee at the age of 8, it’s a very personal journey. For others, such as Abbey Woodcock, it began with the simple discovery of some unused toiletries in the family garage and the recognition that someone’s discards truly can be someone else’s treasure. Meet 11 awesome South Florida kids who are changing the world. NOVEMBER 2013

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Abbey Woodcock, 12, Wellington Emerald Cove Middle School CHARITABLE PROJECT: Hygiene for the Hopeful (facebook.com/hygieneforthehopeful)

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Seventh-grader Abbey Woodcock is one of those well-rounded kids who has been involved in everything from soccer to gymnastics to acting. But, says her dad, Ben Woodcock: “I could never find out what she would fall in love with.” That was, until Abbey found a box of unused mini hotel soaps and shampoos in their garage. She bagged them, donated them to a nonprofit and more than a year-and-a-half later has turned her one-day project into a charitable venture she’s dubbed Hygiene for the Hopeful.

“When you’re clean you’re confident and when you’re confident you’re happy and happiness is all that matters in life.” – Abbey Woodcock

“There are charities to collect toys or turkeys or even school supplies. However, hygiene is something we need every day and is often overlooked,” says Abbey. “When you’re clean you’re confident and when you’re confident you’re happy and happiness is all that matters in life.” Abbey has collected soaps from family, friends and through collection boxes at three locations. The Place of Hope in Palm Beach Gardens, Project Success in Lake Worth and Saint Ann Place in West Palm Beach are among the beneficiaries. She packages the items herself. Her dad helps by driving her to make her deliveries. “These are just basic common needs. You may not need a Christmas toy, but you need a toothbrush,” says Ben, who is now helping his daughter look into becoming a full-fledged charity, which he says, “is more difficult than you might think.” 60

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Kayla Abramowitz, 11, North Palm Beach B. Duncan Middle School CHARITABLE PROJECT: Kayla Cares 4 Kids (facebook.com/KaylaCares4Kids) WHO:

SCHOOL: Watson

“I felt a kind of connection with all of the amputees … I just really wanted to help.” – Michael Stolzenberg

WHO: Michael Stolzenberg, 13, Weston SCHOOL: Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale CHARITABLE PROJECT: Mikey’s Run (mikeysrun.com)

At just 8 years old, Michael Stolzenberg became a quadruple amputee after doctors surgically removed his limbs in a desperate attempt to save his life after a skin infection led to a bacterial infection, septic shock and gangrene. So after hearing about the Boston Marathon bombings, and the victims who’d lost limbs as a result, he could relate. And he wanted to do something about it. “I felt a kind of connection with all of the amputees … I just really wanted to help,” says Michael, who’s in the eighth grade. Together with his older brother, Harris, a freshman at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it was decided: Harris would run in the 2014 Boston Marathon, and they’d set up a website called Mikeysrun.com so donors could sponsor him. All proceeds would benefit the bombing victims. Michael’s middle brother Justin, 16, also would help with fundraising efforts. Their goal is to raise $1 million. At last count, donations were more than $222,000. That includes a $100,000 donation from Oprah Winfrey, who heard about the brothers’ efforts and called to say she wanted to help. All money is funneled into a special fund set up by The Scott Rigsby Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps amputees. “A lot of people go through obstacles and Michael has not let these obstacles define him,” says his proud mother, Laura Stolzenberg. “Anything is possible, there are no limits.”

While a patient at Miami Children’s Hospital for a gastrointestinal problem this past January, Kayla Abramowitz watched DVDs to keep her mind off her pain. But the hospital’s collection was limited. After being released, she wanted to help other kids. So two months later, she donated DVDs to the hospital from her family’s collection. She hoped to collect 100, but as word spread about her mission, she was overwhelmed with donations. That outpouring of support spawned Kayla Cares 4 Kids. Kayla, who was readmitted to the hospital at the time of this interview, says “the entertainment and educational DVDs help not only kids, but also doctors and nurses because when kids are in the hospital they are bored and grumpy.” To date, the sixth-grader has collected more than 2,000 DVDs, which she has delivered to 15 children’s hospitals. Ultimately, she’d like to donate 100 to every children’s hospital in the country. Recently, WPLG-TV anchor Kristi Krueger surprised Kayla with a $1,000 check after Kayla Cares 4 Kids won an ABC Summer of Service Award from Youth Service America. Her mother Andrea Abramowitz says this is an effort anyone can undertake. “If we just spread the word, this whole thing can take off like wildfire.”

“The entertainment and educational DVDs help not only the kids, but also doctors and nurses because when kids are in the hospital they are bored and grumpy.” – Kayla Abramowitz

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Savannah Maddison, 12, Weston Home-schooled CHARITABLE PROJECT: Savannah’s Soldiers (savannahmadison.com/ savannahs-soldiers) WHO:

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Thanks to Savannah Maddison, America’s troops know they are appreciated. As a way to support a friend whose father was being deployed to Afghanistan, in January 2012 the Weston girl decided to encourage school-aged children to write letters to U.S. soldiers. Her initial goal was to get one letter every month to each of the

“It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you come from, you can make a difference.” – Savannah Maddison

Noah Plotsker, Zoe Chaitoff and Ethan Plotsker

WHO: Ethan Plotsker, 17; Noah Plotsker, 17; Zoe Chaitoff, 17 CITY: Ethan and Noah live in Boca Raton; Zoe lives in Parkland SCHOOL: Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy CHARITABLE PROJECT: Hope – Helping Children Across The World (spreadthehope.org)

Hope – Helping Children Across the World was formed in 2010 following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti. For twins Ethan and Noah Plotsker, it was personal. “When Noah and I were around 5 our dad passed away, so we could identify with the orphans; we thought we had it bad, but they had it way worse,” says Ethan. “We saw ourselves in them.” Friends with the Plotskers since kindergarten, Zoe Chaitoff also wanted to help children left parentless after the earthquake and teamed up with them. The three seniors began working with the Canaan Orphanage in Montrouis and collected 42 boxes of food, clothing and supplies for kids. In the summer of 2011, they worked with the Levis JCC Marleen Forkas Camps challenging kids to collect clothing and toys. During the 2012-2013 school year they teamed with Feed My Starving Children to help package food, and Be Like Brit, an organization that sends much of its supplies to its Haiti orphanage. That same school year,

“When Noah and I were around 5 our dad passed away so we could identify with the orphans; we thought we had it bad but they had it way worse. We saw ourselves in them.” – Ethan Plotsker

they extended their reach to The McDonogh School in Maryland, collecting supplies and donating them to a neighborhood Haitian church. This past summer, during a trip to Peru, Zoe brought supplies and volunteered at a local orphanage. The three will head to college next year, but Noah explains that the charity will go on. “We’re planning to anchor the organization in our school by training others to continue,” he says, adding that the group also will work with a South African orphanage and a local organization in Miami Springs.

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700 soldiers in the battalion commanded by her best friend’s father. But after newsman Matt Lauer heard about it, and in November invited her to appear on NBC’s “Today” show, “the whole thing just exploded,” says Savannah, a seventh-grader. To date she’s collected around 50,000 letters. Through her organization, Savannah’s Soldiers, she travels the country asking kids and parents to write letters of support. Her ultimate dream is to see the creation of a national letterwriting day. She also expects Savannah’s Soldiers to become a full-fledged nonprofit organization before the end of this year, enabling her to raise money so she can continue her education campaign nationwide. Her message: “It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you come from, you can make a difference.”


Madison Silver, 15, Boca Raton Broward Preparatory School CHARITABLE PROJECT: hopeheART (hopeheartbymadison.weebly.com) WHO:

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Landon, Christian and Derek Petrisko

WHO: Christian Petrisko, 13; Derek Petrisko, 11; Landon Petrisko, 9, Fort Lauderdale SCHOOLS: Christian attends Westminster Academy; Derek and Landon attend Christ Church School CHARITABLE PROJECT: Wild Over Wildlife (facebook.com/WildOverWildlife)

The Petrisko brothers’ dedication to animals and marine life exceeds a casual interest. They live with a menagerie that includes dogs, cats, prairie dogs, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, an iguana, a sugar glider and a kinkajou. In 2009, they founded Wild Over Wildlife, (WOW), a club that, among other things, teaches elementary school students about various creatures and how to protect them. “We take in animals that are unwanted or surrendered for whatever reason,” says the boys’ mom, Dana Fahey. “We have always been the kind of people who, if a bird fell out of a nest, people would come to us.” They’ve also rescued a variety of reptiles, some of which were found in the Everglades, likely released by humans who no longer wanted them as pets.

Madison Silver has a lot of heart. In fact, her “heartwork” plays a part in every drawing she does and she’s hoping it will help to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. After Madison’s Aunt Marjie was diagnosed with the debilitating condition that robs victims of their muscle control, she decided to use her art to raise funds toward research. The effort started three years ago as a Bat Mitzvah project. In exchange for a donation, she sends a box of her hopeheART stationary. Each piece has a silver heart with the word “hope.” So far she’s raised more than $50,000, which has benefited three ALS research groups. “Her love was meant to grow and this was meant to be charity,” says Deborah Silver, Madison’s mom. “She’s been keeping up with it—she does it all herself.” Although her aunt lives in California, she and Madison remain close. “My wish in creating hopeheART was to help find a cure for my aunt and everyone with this horrible disease,” says Silver, who is in the ninth grade. “Many thanks to the people who’ve taken the time to view my “hopeheART” website and especially those who’ve made donations, keeping the hope alive with me that someday a cure will be found.” O

“We have always been the kind of people who, if a bird fell out of a nest, people would come to us.” – Dana Fahey, mother of Christian, Derek and Landon Petrisko

WOW hosts an annual “Howl-o-ween” kids’ fundraising party which in the past five years has raised more than $10,000 for nonprofits. Recent beneficiaries have included Defenders of Wildlife and the Shark Whisperer Organization (the latter was founded by 15-year-old South Floridian Sara Brenes). There’s even been talk of becoming a full-fledged nonprofit group. These days, the boys are most focused on marine life. Eighth-grader Christian is interested in reef restoration and preservation, and creating a healthier environment for shore birds. Fifthgrader Derek, who recently was one of six junior finalists for the Oceana’s prestigious Ocean Hero Award, advocates for sharks, stingrays and Smalltooth sawfish. Little brother Landon, a third-grader, focuses on sea turtles, whales, dolphins and manatees. All are making a difference.

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THINK How A Simple Phone Call Led To Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Premier Fundraising Luncheon BY EMILY J. MINOR

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We really started out as an awareness luncheon. So many of our friends were not going regularly for a mammogram.

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t all began because there was a hole, a void, a notion that breast cancer and the awareness crusade behind it needed some serious TLC. “We really started out as an awareness luncheon,” says Jan Savarick, president of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and one of the two women who started the annual Go Pink Luncheon. “So many of our friends were not going regularly for a mammogram.” Too many of her friends, including a mother in her 40s who ended up losing her battle. And so it began, as The Good Fight always does, at least in civilized circles. Savarick made a call, then another, then another. She talked up her idea at hospital meetings and charity luncheons. It became her mission. New to her job

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at the hospital foundation, she knew the hospital was an incredible resource for women with breast cancer and that early detection was the best defense against this insidious disease, since there was no cure. And last month, when actor Rob Lowe walked to the center of the room and stood before a sell-out crowd of 1,500 at the 10th Anniversary Go Pink Luncheon, Savarick almost had to pinch herself. And it wasn’t because Lowe is so darn handsome. “We started out with 400 women that first year raising $25,000 and thought we were a great success,” Savarick says. “People have stepped up in incredible ways.”

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started the Go Pink Luncheon at Boca West Country Club, this team of pinkadorned cancer fighters has raised close to $4 million for breast cancer awareness, advocacy, and advanced medical technology. Numbers are still being tallied for this year’s event, but they expect to topple last year’s $700,000. Just five years in, they outgrew Boca West Country Club and had to move to Boca Raton Resort & Club. “We’re the largest community fundraising event the Boca Raton Resort & Club has ever had in its history,” Savarick says. The Edward & Freyda Burns Enhanced Living Initiative pays for their celebrity speakers, which always helps sell out the place. MercedesBenz of Delray raffles off a lease on a sweet ride, and The Boca Raton Observer always sponsors the event.

And in 2008, just before the Foundation moved the event to the resort, they were able to start a not-solittle something called the “Go Pink Challenge,” a separate community-driven initiative to raise funds and support for programs at the hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. Individuals and businesses host events all year—everything from spin-a-thons to bake sales— and donate the money to the Challenge. In five years, they’ve raised $1.3 million. Savarick says those early decisions on who to bring on board paved the way for success. “We wanted someone who had high visibility in the community,” says Savarick, about asking Carpenter to chair the event a decade ago. “We talked to Patti and she NOVEMBER 2012

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DYNAMIC DUO: Patti Carpenter and Jan Savarick

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was very honored, although we didn’t think we’d be doing it together for 10 years. It’s become, really, her love.” Today, Carpenter—adept at raising money and awareness through both her own generosity and her social and philanthropic connections— is still the chairwoman. “It’s hard to remember back 10 years, but when it first started, it was like giving birth,” Carpenter recalls. “You’re planning and everything is brand-new. Every year it gets a little bit easier, but it also gets a little bit bigger.” And bigger is always better in the charity world. October has long been recognized as Breast Can-

cer Awareness Month, but when this team started planning the 2004 event back in 2003, the national energy and attention behind the fight wasn’t nearly what it is today. “Now it’s sort of taken over the whole

month,” Carpenter says. Ten years ago, there were no pink ribbons on sale at the Saks Fifth Avenue counter. No pink water bottles stacked at the sporting goods store register. And those pink hair extensions you saw

a few weeks back at your favorite hair salon? Nope. They’re new too. Breast cancer was out there, for sure. According to statistics, 40,000 lives were lost in 2004 to the disease. But women then tended to

Family Legacy

Why Actor Rob Lowe Makes A Powerful Breast Cancer Crusader He’s handsome, successful and a devoted husband and father. But film and TV star Rob Lowe is something else, too: A passionate spokesman for breast cancer awareness and research. And this past October 25, he wowed a crowd of more than 1,500 at the 10th Anniversary Go Pink Luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. With all the important causes out there—autism, heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy—why does Lowe choose breast cancer research and awareness as his crusade? Well, it’s all in the family. And as he loves to tell his audiences, when a woman (or a man) gets the diagnosis, the news hits all the loved ones, be it husband or son, sister or daughter. “A family touched by cancer has an opportunity to re-form as a closer, stronger, more loving unit,” is pretty much Lowe’s mantra. Married to the same woman—she was his makeup artist at one time— for 22 years and active with their two sons, Lowe has small-town roots that are still reflected in his advocacy work.

Born in Charlottesville, Va., but raised in Dayton, Ohio, he got his acting start on local TV shows and commercials in that Midwestern town. As a teenager, his family moved to Los Angeles, affording him friendships with other aspiring actors—kids like Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Robert Downey Jr. His role as Billy Hicks in “St. Elmo’s Fire” came when he was 21, cementing his Brat Pack status. His best-selling book, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends,”

his heart and pushed him forward. Despite the prevalence of breast cancer with the women in her family, Lowe’s mother never got a regular mammogram. Too afraid, he says. And she died in 2003 after the grim diagnosis of

“Cancer is a formidable adversary, but the most powerful weapon we have is the love and support from family and friends.” came when he was 43. And he just landed a new NBC sitcom, “The Pro,” at the ripe old age of 49. But despite his Hollywood success, it’s the family lessons that keep him centered, he says. His great-grandmother died of breast cancer. He lost his grandmother to the disease, a particularly difficult loss as they were very close. But it was his mother’s death, and her lack of interest in preventative care, that broke

Stage IV breast cancer. Early detection, family support, awareness—and money to advocate all the above—is why he does what he does. “Cancer is a formidable adversary,” he tells his audiences, “but the most powerful weapon we have is the love and support from family and friends.” That, and of course, a mammogram. It’s a message always greeted with emotional, rousing applause. – E.M.

worry privately, and in silence. Male diagnoses were barely on the radar. The medical debate on how often to get a mammogram was just getting started. And hardly any young, healthy women were getting a double mastectomy, a la Angelina Jolie, because genetic testing spelled possible trouble ahead. What a difference a decade makes. Today, thanks to movements like Go Pink all across the world, new blood tests can be done early to detect breakaway cancer cells that leave the tumor and enter the bloodstream. Genetic testing for those with a family history is almost a slam-dunk. Vitamin D levels are now considered important to watch. And clinical trials are exploring everything from new radiation treatments to the connection between new blood vessels and tumor growth. “We have so many more tools in our arsenal against cancer,” Savarick says. “But women are still scared and too many are still dying of breast cancer.” Of course, when woman are scared, they bond together. And the Go Pink team doesn’t bat a (pink) eyelash before they reach


out to local celebrities who know firsthand about the disease. People like Boca Raton native and LPGA golfer Morgan Pressel. Pressel was only 15 when her beloved mother, Kathy Krickstein Pressel, died of breast cancer. After her mother’s death, she lived with her mom’s parents, who shepherded her through those early days of her career. But breast cancer, and the pain it brought

to auction off fabulous things, like a four-day Etro Fashion Week Experience in Milan, plus a $5,000 Etro shopping spree, donated by Saks Fifth Avenue. Savarick says the community supports the event not just because they want to be seen at one of the pretty pink tables (although, that’s fine with them too). But because supporters know their $150 ticket goes to very good use. “When people support fundraisers for the hospital,

✹ An Ultrasound Machine for the Deerfield Beach location. With this year’s proceeds, Savarick and the team say they will provide a mammography sensory suite at the hospital—that is, a space with a comfortable, soothing environment for family and patients during necessary procedures.

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ach time they pull off one of these huge events it seems like another miracle.

It’s hard to remember back 10 years, but when it first started, it was like giving birth. You’re planning and everything is brand-new. Every year it gets a little bit easier, but it also gets a little bit bigger. her, has always been her No. 1 cause. Pressel and her Morgan Pressel Foundation used the Go Pink Challenge to raise money for the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel MammoVan. The mammogram van travels from Miami to Jupiter, providing affordable and convenient mammograms as well as clinical breast exams and breast health education. “Simply put,” Pressel likes to say, “it saves lives.” All this success—both the global research and the grassroots movement so strong here and across the country—has made the foundation’s Go Pink Luncheon “the event” of the fall season. That first year, when they raised about $25,000 and were happy about it, neither Savarick, Carpenter, nor their luncheon committee that today stands at 30 members could have dreamed of last month’s brilliant success. This year, they were able

they know that the money stays right here,” says Savarick, who loves to rattle off the important purchases they’ve made with funds raised through the Go Pink Luncheon and the Go Pink Challenge. Some key upgrades and changes have included: ✹ A PEM Machine—a hightech mammogram machine that uses a dye injection. ✹ An Upright Stereotactic Unit—a top-of-the-line breast biopsy table. ✹ Renovation of the Biopsy and Research Suite. ✹ Molecular Breast Imaging Mammography Equipment (MBI)—this new technology performs a sophisticated test that can help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages, and is particularly useful in the early detection of breast cancer in women who are at a high risk for the disease and women with dense breasts. ✹ A new Stenography Mammography unit.

– Patti Carpenter, philanthropist and co-founder of the Go Pink Luncheon

So many details! So much to go right—or wrong. One year the celebrity speaker canceled, and they had to punt. Typos. Late deliveries. Posters printed in just the wrong shade. But in the end, when they’re exhausted and exhilarated, the Go Pink gang knows they’ve done their best to attack breast cancer’s insidious numbers. Numbers like these, predicted by The American Cancer Society for 2013: ✹ 233,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. ✹ 65,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the breast will be found. (CIS is noninvasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer). ✹ 39,700 people will die from breast cancer. And that’s why there’s no rest for the weary. “We’re already planning for next year,” Savarick says, laughing. “We really are.” O

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A Decade Of “Go Pink” Celebrity Speakers 2004: MEREDITH BAXTER. The actress who played Elyse Keaton—the hippie mom in the 1980s sitcom “Family Ties”—had a double mastectomy after her breast cancer came back a second time. She says she likes her new, smaller breasts better. 2005: JILL EIKENBERRY AND MICHAEL TUCKER. A former Broadway star who rose to familiarity opposite her real-life husband, Tucker, in the TV series, “L.A. Law,” Eikenberry fought breast cancer in 1986, then again 23 years later. 2006: PEGGY FLEMING. This former Olympic figure skater survived early-stage breast cancer in 1998 and quickly became an advocate. Her message? “Don’t procrastinate.” 2007 and again in 2008: GERALYN LUCAS. Only 28 when she was diagnosed, Lucas thought she’d be dead by her 30th birthday. But this TV producer not only survived breast cancer, but wrote the book, “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy.” 2009: RICARDO ANTONIO CHAVIRA. Known for having played opposite Eva Longoria on TV’s “Desperate Housewives,” Chavira’s devotion stems from his mother’s death. The actor was a teenager when his 43-year-old mom died of breast and ovarian cancer. 2010: FRAN DRESCHER. This throaty voiced “Nanny”—a uterine cancer survivor—is president of nonprofit The Cancer Schmancer Movement, which focuses on early detection, research funding and policy change on Capitol Hill. 2011: KRISTIN DAVIS. When Davis’ “Sex and the City” co-star Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer, Davis was the only one she told. Two years ago when Nixon had to cancel for Go Pink, Davis stepped in and wowed the crowd. 2012: GIULIANA AND BILL RANCIC. Not much about this couple is kept private, including Giuliana’s battle with breast cancer in 2011. The couple announced the aggressive treatment of her Stage 1 diagnosis only after Giuliana had a double mastectomy. 2013: ROB LOWE. This blue-eyed actor started taking his “Stand Up To Cancer” speech on the road after losing his great-grandmother, grandmother and mother to breast cancer. Lowe calls survivors and their families “an exclusive VIP club.”

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Cause & EFFECT WRITTEN BY DIANNA SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL

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FACED WITH IMPOSSIBLE CHALLENGES, THESE LOCAL HEROES MAKE A DIFFERENCE EVERY DAY

It’s one thing to give to a charity once in a while. But it’s another to live a life dedicated to giving back each and every day. That takes strength and integrity and determination. We call these people heroes. ¶ There are many heroes in this world, and quite a few in South Florida. We found a handful in particular who pour their hearts and souls into their causes because that’s how strongly they believe in them. Most do it because they have their own courageous stories to tell and those lessons push them to work harder to make a difference. ¶ We found a woman who helps children avoid becoming victims of sexual abuse, another who emptied her bank account to bring computers to low-income neighborhoods and still another who supports people suffering with rare diseases after being diagnosed with her own. There’s also an elder gentleman whose mission is to donate his rare blood until the day he dies, and a young woman facing her own mortality, who, with the aid of her supportive husband, is inspiring others by reminding us about the importance of living life with joy. ¶ These heroes took time out of their busy schedules to explain why giving back is so important to them. Now we share their stories with you, in their own words.

ESTELLA PYFROM

BRINGING COMPUTER ACCESS TO EVERYONE Estella Pyfrom, 76, of West Palm Beach, is the creator of Estella’s Brilliant Bus—a bus loaded with computers that she paid for out of her own pocket—that travels to low-income Palm Beach County communities. This year, she is humbled to be chosen as one of the 2013 CNN Heroes. “I grew up in an underprivileged neighborhood, in a segregated city. My parents were migrants. We learned how to do things very early. When I was in third grade, I was cooking whole meals and knew how to sew. When I went to college I came back and worked in the (Palm Beach County) school district and at most of the schools I worked at, the people were migrants. As I worked through 50 years, I started considering retiring but tried to figure out a way I could continue to help. I thought about having a big van and putting some computers in it and then I thought about a bus. I sketched out a diagram, I went to a bus company and asked: ‘Can you make this happen?’ So here we are. We did make it happen. Many of the people we serve don’t have Internet (access), nor do they have computers, and the access they do have is only when they go to school. We have a unit that can serve kids all at the same

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time at different levels starting at age 3½. We have 17 learning stations, a TV with Internet and WiFi and we can access online services anywhere in the world. We also have computers and tablets (that serve as tools for everything from Internet research to tutoring to preparing for the GED). I remember a kid in Lake Worth, when the computer selected material it thought was appropriate, he asked for something easier. (Eventually) he got through the lesson, then another lesson and he would say, ‘Look at my score!’ The expression on his face was great. Until 2013, we funded this with our own money. I would take money out of my pension. I haven’t regretted that decision yet. Now I’m getting donations from people around the world. I’ve gotten about $90,000 worth. I have people who say, ‘Let me help you because I believe in the mission.’ I really think the people who help me are the heroes.”


GIVE A LITTLE, GET A LOT There are few things more important—or more rewarding—than helping others. Whether it’s spending a few days a week delivering meals to shut-ins, teaching someone to read or advocating for a child, or a few hours a month creating care packages for soldiers or raising money for a worthy cause—whatever you can do matters. And the satisfaction of helping others is something you just can’t buy. We wish we had space to list all our local charities… The following is a mere sampling of causes that deserve your attention.

A PROM TO REMEMBER: Provides young cancer patients with the prom of their dreams, with limousine transportation, formal attire, food, makeup and entertainment. And it’s all free with the help of donations. Call 877-385-7766 or visit apromtoremember.org.

Until 2013, we funded this with our own money. I would take money out of my pension. I haven’t regretted that decision yet.

ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES: Helps poverty-stricken families in Delray Beach, including programs for youth considered to be at risk for academic failure, truancy or dropping out of school. Call 561-276-0520 or visit delraychild.org. ADOPT-A-FAMILY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC.: A nonprofit that assists low-income families by providing affordable housing, free preparation of tax returns and free school supplies. Call 561-253-1361 or visit adoptafamilypbc.org.

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If someone calls me an inspiration, my soul smiles. But a hero? No way. A person flank on his belly taking sniper fire … he is a hero.

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SUSAN SPENCER-WENDEL

INSPIRING THE WORLD THROUGH WORDS After her diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2011, Susan Spencer-Wendel made a bucket list and conquered it in just one year. She traveled the world and reunited with her birth family all while this fatal disease, officially called ALS for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, was quickly killing the nerve cells in her body and withering her muscles. The former Palm Beach Post reporter wrote a book about her journey and typed most of it on her iPhone with the one finger that still worked—her right thumb. In addition to her memoir, “Until I Say Good-Bye,” making the New York Times best-seller list, Universal Pictures has bought its film rights. Today, Susan, who lives in Lake Clarke Shores, is virtually paralyzed and her speech is often inaudible. But her mind is sharp as ever. She lives with her husband of 22 years, John Wendel, and their three children. Her book is being translated into 24 languages and has inspired people across the globe. “I am 46 years old and aside from having a terminal illness, I’m in perfect health. As a journalist, I know a good story when I live one. But I didn’t want to make the book about ALS. I wanted it to be about joy. (After the book was published), I heard from people who said, ‘I look at life differently. If you can live like that and still live with joy, then I should be able to as well.’ That makes me so happy. I give back (monetarily) and not just to ALS charities. I love to be able to do that.” Her husband, John, helps translate for Susan and

AID TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE (AVDA): Through grants, volunteer hours, community support and private donations, this center provides counseling, food, clothing and a safe haven for abused women. Call 561-265-3797 or visit avdaonline.org. ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION – SOUTHEAST FLORIDA CHAPTER: A nonprofit that advocates for patients and families coping with Alzheimer’s disease, provides community education and raises funds for research. Call 800-2723900 or visit alz.org/seflorida. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY – SOUTH PALM BEACH UNIT: Provides services and advocates for cancer patients and their families through a number of programs and fundraisers, with numerous ways to volunteer. Call 561-394-7751 or visit cancer.org. AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: From CPR classes and fundraisers to community education and public awareness, this West Palm Beach-based

he serves as her arms and legs—feeding her, scratching her toes when they itch, brushing hair away from her eyes and hoisting her into his arms every couple of hours so she’s not sitting in one place too long. “My husband is amazed I don’t feel self-pity. I am kinda amazed too. I really don’t feel sorry for myself.” Though Susan is helpless in many ways, she is also incredibly strong. “If someone calls me an inspiration, my soul smiles. But a hero? No way. A person flank on his belly taking sniper fire … he is a hero. I don’t think I’m a hero. I really don’t. I just hope I inspired something good.”

chapter offers myriad ways to help its cause. Call 561-6153888 or visit heart.org. AMERICA’S MOMS FOR SOLDIERS: A nonprofit that sends monthly care packages to American troops in all branches of the military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Call 954-3589358 or visit americasmomsforsoldiers.com. AMERICAN RED CROSS PALM BEACHES – TREASURE COAST REGION: The mission here is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing volunteers and donors. Services include fundraising, teaching safety classes and providing help in times of disasters. Call 561-833-7711 or visit redcross.org/fl/palm-beach. ANIMAL AID INC.: This Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit runs no-kill shelters and thrift stores in three counties, and aids with pet adoption. They need help with pet transport, pet supply donations and more. Call 754-223-5378 or visit animal-aid.com.

ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY COUNSELING: A Delray Beachbased group that provides free or low-cost counseling to clients who lack resources but need mental health services. Training is offered for volunteers to work alongside professional counselors. Call 561-638-0908 or visit associationforcommunitycounseling.org. BEST BUDDIES: Founded in 1989 by Eunice Shriver, tricountywide Best Buddies pairs special-needs individuals with partners who teach lifestyle skills and provide guidance and friendship. Call 561-972-5312 or 800-89-BUDDY, or visit bestbuddiesflorida.org. BEST FOOT FORWARD: This Boca Raton-based nonprofit helps foster kids as they “age out” of state custody when they turn 18, providing assistance with everything from graduation caps and gowns to housing. Call 561-470-8300 or visit bestfoot.org. BICOL CLINIC FOUNDATION: This nonprofit is a humanitarian effort to bring medical attention

to people who have never received “first world” healthcare, and have brought their services to Haiti, Nepal, Somalia and other locales. Call 561-8640298 or visit bicolclinic.org. BIG DOG RANCH RESCUE: This Wellington-based no-kill dog rescue group provides shelter, care and affection to homeless and unwanted dogs of all breeds. Call 561-791-6465 or 561309-3311, or visit bdrr.org. BOCA HELPING HANDS: More than a decade old, this nonprofit provides the needy with hot meals and food delivery, groceries, mentoring, job assistance and much more. Call 561-417-0913 or visit bocahelpinghands.org. BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY: This longstanding group’s mission is to help all children, especially those at-risk, to become productive, caring and successful citizens. Call 561-683-3287 or visit bgcpbc.org. BRIDGES AT LAKE PARK: Funded by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, this organization helps struggling parents ensure that their children are healthy, safe and able to reach their full potential. Call 561-881-5060 or visit chsfl.org. BUSCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: Owls, sea turtles, raccoons and squirrels—all of God’s creatures get nursed back to health at this Jupiter refuge, which aids animals and returns them to their natural habitats. Call 561-5753399 or visit buschwildlife.org. CARIDAD CENTER: Located in Boynton Beach, this center helps poor and uninsured migrant workers and their families with free healthcare, dental care, education and outreach programs. Call 561-737-6336 or visit caridad.org. CATHERINE’S HOPE FOR A CURE: This Boca Ratonbased organization aims to raise awareness and fund research for the rare and always-fatal illness known as Batten disease. Call 516-9933331 or visit catherineshopeforacure.org. NOVEMBER 2013

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CENTER FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION: This organization channels the arts to enrich and transform children’s educational experience at more than 70 underperforming schools in Palm Beach County. Call 561-8059927 or visit cceflorida.org. CHESED RESCUE: Chesed means caring and loving in Hebrew, and that’s what the founders of this nonprofit pet rescue mission have shown animals for 20 years. It handles foster care, adoptions and more. Call 561-213-5773 or visit chesed-rescue.org. CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA: The organization, which has chapters throughout Florida including West Palm Beach, is dedicated to helping children and breaking the cycle of abuse. They need volunteers to help tutor and mentor kids, plan events and more. Call 561-868-4300 or visit chsfl. org/Palm Beach. CJ FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN IN NEED: This Boynton Beach-based nonprofit provides financial and inspirational resources to help people adapt, cope and overcome challenges, with an emphasis on autism, cancer, education and children with special needs. Call 561364-2001, ext. 1115 or visit cjfoundation.net. COCKER RESCUE OF FORT LAUDERDALE: Since 1998 this small, no-kill nonprofit has been saving cocker spaniels from harm and placing the lost or unwanted animals in loving, supportive homes. Find them at PetSmart in Boca Raton on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Call 954-566-6634 or 954-7563266, or visit cockerrescuefl.org. CONINE CLUBHOUSE: Started by former Florida Marlin World Series champion Jeff Conine and his wife, this nonprofit provides free lodging in a safe and nurturing environment to families whose children are receiving medical care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. Call 954-265-9377 or visit jdchfoundation.org. CONNOR MORAN CHILDREN’S CANCER FOUNDATION: Created by

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a mom who lost her son to the disease, this Tequestabased nonprofit helps families of kids with cancer with everything from emotional support and dental work to gas money and home projects. Call 561-741-1144 or visit connormoran.org. CROSS CATHOLIC OUTREACH: This Boca Raton-based nonprofit raises funds for international aid and since 2001 has given $261 million to 275 programs in 42 countries. Call 561-392-9212 or visit crosscatholic.org. CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION – PALM BEACH: Join an event committee, recruit companies to participate in charitable walks or volunteer in the office—these are just some of the ways to help this nonprofit that works to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Call 561-683-9965 or visit cff.org/Chapters/palmbeach. DANNY AND RON’S RESCUE: Based in Wellington, this charity was founded by partners Ron Danta and Danny Robertsha, and works diligently to help injured and homeless canines. Call 803-900-9800 or visit dannyandronrescue.com. DRESS FOR SUCCESS: The Lantana-based chapter of the national organization, Dress for Success, provides free makeovers, work clothing and accessories, and career advice to women in need who are trying to make a new start. Call 561-249-3898 or visit dressforsuccess.org. DROPS OF HOPE: Started in 2006 by Coconut Creek resident Michael Fischer, this nonprofit provides children suffering from cancer with limousine transportation to chemotherapy appointments. His group also provides them with bedroom makeovers. Call 954-428-4552 or visit dropsofhope.com. FAMILY CENTRAL: This nonprofit agency provides essential support and educational services to more than 110,000 needy South Florida children, their families and the providers of child care. Call 561-5143300 or visit familycentral.org.

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FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY: For families who are homeless and jobless, this Delray Beach-based organization provides a temporary place to live, as well as help finding a home and employment. Call 561-265-3370 or visit familypromisespbc.org. FARMWORKERS CHILDREN’S COUNCIL, INC.: This Ocean Ridge-based group provides educational, cultural, recreational and social assistance to children of workers in the agricultural, nursery and equestrian fields. Call 561-732-9779 or visit starfcci.org. FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA: Formerly the Daily Food Bank, this tri-county group solicits food donations and distributes them through a network of not-for-profit agencies such as homeless shelters, daycare agencies and emergency pantries. Call 954518-1818 or 561-659-5070, or visit feedingsouthflorida.org. FLORENCE FULLER CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS: The Boca Raton-based organization provides needy children with everything from pre-school and after-school programs to summer camp and medical screenings. Call 561-391-7274 or visit ffcdc.org. FOOD FOR THE POOR: This Coconut Creek-based organization provides aid in 17 Latin American and Caribbean countries. Founded in 1982, in addition to feeding the hungry it builds housing, digs wells and provides life-saving medications. Call 954-427-2222 or visit foodforthepoor.org. FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS OUTREACH, INC: This nonprofit sends care packages filled with donations and letters of encouragement to soldiers serving overseas. Call 561-369-2933 or visit forgottensoldiers.org. GIFT OF LIFE BONE MARROW FOUNDATION: This Boca Ratonbased nonprofit collects donors and makes bone-marrow and stem-cell matches for ill people in more than 40 countries. Call 800-962-7769 or visit giftoflife.org.

HAROLD MENDENHALL

DONATING BLOOD TO SAVE LIVES Harold Mendenhall is an 85-year-old living in West Palm Beach who turned several tragic losses into something positive by donating his rare blood to save lives. During the past 36 years he’s made 400 donor visits, mostly to the OneBlood Donor Center in Lake Park, which equates to 100 gallons of blood. “My wife’s name was Frances, but everyone called her Frankie. She was an RN for 10 years and she was on an IV team. Some of the nurses had trouble inserting an IV into a patient’s vein so they formed a team of nurses that would be called upon to insert an IV. She was very good. In 1977, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and my father passed away that year, too. It was a traumatic year. I started donating blood on my birthday that year to help cancer patients like my wife. She passed away in 1984 and then I lost two sons. One was 47 and the other was 52. I continued donating because I thought, well I can’t help her anymore, but I could be helpful to someone else. I knew cancer patients needed blood and the only source is another human being. I set a goal several years back to donate five gallons. Then it was 20, then 50 and last March I reached 100 gallons. I’m still donating. When I was donating my 100th gallon, a lady gave me a kiss on the cheek and told me I inspired her to continue donating. Now that was very rewarding. It only takes a half hour to donate blood. I don’t watch the needle going in. I look in another direction, but these ladies are so good most of the time I don’t feel it. I went to the blood banks in West Palm Beach and then they built a new facility in Lake Park. I knew all the people and the people knew me and we became very close friends. I still go to the same one in Lake Park. But I just don’t go as often. I can go every eight weeks now. My wife would be really proud that I was still doing it because she always wanted to help others. I’m hoping to motivate other people. If someone will donate even one or two gallons … then they can carry on after me.”


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GILDA’S CLUB OF SOUTH FLORIDA: A nonprofit in Fort Lauderdale that provides free lectures, workshops, kids’ programs and more to cancer patients and their families—all in a supportive, home-like setting. Call 954-763-6776 or visit gildasclubsouthflorida.org. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF SOUTH PALM BEACH: A nonprofit that builds affordable homes for deserving families in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton. Grab a hammer or make a donation. Call 561-819-6070 or visit habitatsouthpalmbeach.org. HAVE A HEART, INC.: This small, no-kill, all-volunteer organization in Boca Raton rescues dogs from death row and keeps them safe until new homes can be found. Call 561-235-3647 or haveaheartfl.org. HABILITATION CENTER: Vocational training and day programming are some of the services

provided to adults with developmental disabilities at this Boca Raton-based nonprofit center. Call 561-483-4200 or visit habcenter.com.

housing and medical assistance, the organization also offers a speakers bureau. Call 561-3554663 or visit homelesscoalitionpbc.org.

profit foundation that funds afterschool programs for kids of migrant workers. Have a bike to donate? Call 561-832-0072 or visit jackthebikeman.org.

HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY: To reduce the rate of infant mortality, this nonprofit facilitates access to prenatal care and provides parenting education to underserved and uninsured pregnant women. Call 888414-4642 or visit hmhbpbc.org.

INNOVATE PALM BEACH: This Delray Beach-based nonprofit supports and accelerates innovation in the Palm Beach County entrepreneurial community through collaboration, education and advocacy. Call 561-749-9079 or visit innovatepalmbeach.org.

JACOB ISAAC RAPPAPORT FOUNDATION: Based in Boynton Beach, this foundation was started in honor of Jacob, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which impairs muscles. It raises money for research and awareness in his honor. Call 561-577-2326 or visit ourshootingstar.com.

HIS CARING PLACE: As a licensed teen maternity program for young women, this faithbased organization provides a seven-bedroom home on oneand-a-half acres in Coconut Creek, plus education, counseling, job skills classes and more. Call 954-429-9222 or visit hiscaringplace.org. HOMELESS COALITION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY: Started in 1989 to match families and individuals with programs like job placement,

IRIE FOUNDATION: Founded by official Miami Heat spin-meister DJ Irie, this nonprofit empowers South Florida’s at-risk youth through educational and extracurricular activities designed to encourage them to graduate high school and pursue higher education. Call 786-837-3270 or visit iriefoundation.org. JACK THE BIKE MAN: Jack “The Bike Man” Hairston provides new and used bicycles to needy children in South Florida during the holidays, and established a non-

LAUREN BOOK

PROTECTING CHILDREN AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE Lauren Book, daughter of well-known Florida lobbyist Ron Book, was abused for six years. Today, at 29, Book is a published author and the founder of Lauren’s Kids, a nonprofit group with headquarters in South Florida that works to prevent abuse and help survivors heal. Lauren has been recognized nationally for her efforts. “I was what some people would look at as the typical bright, blond-haired 10-year-old. But I had a terrible dark secret. From the time I was 10 until I was 16, I was violently, sexually and emotionally abused by my female live-in nanny. The abuse went on often times when my parents were in the next room. I was beaten, defecated on, sodomized ... some of the most inhumane things that could happen to a person and I still loved my abuser. And that’s hard for people to understand. I felt it was my fault and I deserved it. I shared my story the day before my 18th birthday when we were in court. It was important to me for people to realize that it happens in our private schools, in our gated communities, in our churches. One in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually assaulted, but 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable with education and awareness. That’s why I do what I do every single day.

These things happened and I learned to get beyond them. I think I was being used to bring change and create a different world for children. Back in 2007, we founded the Lauren’s Kids Foundation. In 2008 I started writing (a memoir) “It’s Ok to Tell.” We took that and adapted it into a kindergarten curriculum. That became Safer, Smarter Kids, which is an abuse prevention education curriculum for kindergarteners. That year was the year I walked 500 miles from the home I was abused in all the way to Tallahassee. We got an appropriation from the state for $1.5 million so I could bring Safer, Smarter Kids to all children in Florida. It’s now in every kindergarten classroom in Florida. The first-through-third-grade curriculum is now in the works. We’re also working to create a legislative package that includes advocating for tougher laws. I will fight every day until I die so children don’t suffer the way I did.”

JEWISH ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE OPTIONS (JAFCO): An emergency shelter, special programs and other services are available to abused, neglected and special-needs children and their families at this Sunrise-based nonprofit. Call 561-372-0103 or visit jafco.org. JEWISH ASSOCIATION FOR RESIDENTIAL CARE (JARC): This Boca Raton association provides long-term care and attention to adults with disabilities, offering housing assistance, day programs, training classes and more. Call 561-558-2550 or visit jarcfl.org. JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY: This Boca Raton-based organization raises funds for the welfare of the Jewish community in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Israel and worldwide. Call 561-852-3100 or visit jewishboca.org. JDRF GREATER PALM BEACH CHAPTER: This West Palm Beach-based nonprofit organization holds various events and fundraisers to benefit research toward finding a cure for juvenile diabetes. Call 561-6867701 or visit greaterpalmbeach.jdrf.org. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF BOCA RATON: The hundreds of women involved in this charitable group have been improving the lives of children and families in the South Palm Beach county area for more than 40 years. Call 561-620-2553 or visit jlbr.org. KIDSAFE FOUNDATION Founded by Sally Berenzweig and Cherie Benjoseph with locations in Boca Raton and Coral Springs, this

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nonprofit’s mission is to provide education to children and adults to prevent child sexual abuse, bullying and Internet dangers. Call 1-855-844-SAFE or visit kidsafefoundation.org. LEARNING ALLY: Makes reading accessible to everyone by helping to record books for the blind and dyslexic at a studio based inside Florida Atlantic University’s Gladys Davis Pavilion in Boca Raton. Call 561-297-4444 or visit learningally.org. LITERACY COALITION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY: Since 1989, the sole purpose of the Literacy Coalition couldn’t be more straightforward: to ensure that every child and adult in Palm Beach County learns how to read. Want to volunteer? Call 561-2799103 or visit literacypbc.org. LOCKS OF LOVE: Ann Curry, Sammy Hagar and Lisa Ling have all donated their hair to this West Palm Beach-based nonprofit, which provides hair prostheses for children with permanent medical hair loss. Call 561-833-7332 or visit locksoflove.org. THE LORD’S PLACE: A nonsectarian organization that assists Palm Beach County’s homeless population with services such as Cafe Joshua’s Job Training and Placement Program, which offers apprenticeships in sales, culinary skills, peer advocacy and clerical skills. Call 561494-0125 or visit thelordsplace.org. LUV A PET: Finding foster and permanent homes for our fourlegged friends is the mission of this Royal Palm Beach-based nonprofit. There’s a network of volunteers who provide puppies and kittens with love, shelter, food and medical care. Want to help? Call 561-748-3663 or visit luvapet.net. MAKE-A-WISH SOUTHERN FLORIDA CHAPTER: Donations of time, money, services and more help grant wishes for ailing children throughout South Florida. Call 888-773-9474 or visit sfla.wish.org. MARINE TOYS FOR TOTS PALM BEACH COUNTY: Bring an unwrapped gift or offer a drop-off

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location to this nationally known organization, which since 1947 has distributed more than 500 million toys to children. Email Toys4TotsPalmBeach@gmail.com or visit toysfortots.org and type in your location in the state directory.

nonprofit agency collects food at wholesale levels and delivers it to smaller agencies that feed Palm Beach County’s neediest residents. They always need volunteers and donations. Call 561-670-2518 or visit pbcfoodbank.org.

MILAGRO CENTER: This Delray Beach-based organization offers a youth arts and education program to nurture selfesteem and build self-worth. Call 561-279-2970 or visit milagrocenter.org.

PAP CORPS: Through golf tournaments, fashion shows, silent auctions and more, this grassroots foundation funds cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Call 561-798-3116 or visit papcorps.org.

MISSION UNITED: Part of United Way of Broward County, this program supports members of the military by helping them re-acclimate into civilian life by aiding in finding employment, housing, legal assistance and more. Call 561-375-6600 or visit unitedwaypbc.org. MORGAN PRESSEL FOUNDATION: Founded by pro-golfer Morgan Pressel, this organization has raised more than $2 million for cancer research with the support of the St. Andrews Country Club. Call 561-318-7828 or visit morganpresselfoundation.com. MORSE LIFE: Volunteers age 13 and older help seniors at this West Palm Beach center, from escorting them to music sessions and delivering kosher Meals-on-Wheels to pouring drinks at dinner and working in the gift shop. Call 561-4715111 or visit morselife.org. NAT KING COLE GENERATION HOPE FOUNDATION: Founded by the iconic singer’s twin daughters, Timolin and Casey Cole, the foundation provides music education to kids with the greatest need and fewest resources. Call 561-213-8209 or visit natkingcolegenhope.org. PAINT YOUR HEART OUT: The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County offers this nonprofit volunteer-based program, which paints homes for low-income, disabled and elderly citizens with recycled materials at no cost. They can always use helping hands. Call 561-697-2700, ext. 4701 or visit swa.org. PALM BEACH COUNTY FOOD BANK: Based in Lantana, this

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PLACE OF HOPE AT THE HAVEN: This suburban Boca Raton campus provides a safe and loving environment for children in need and their families. Call 561-483-0962 or visit hopeatthehaven.org. PROPEL (PEOPLE REACHING OUT TO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP): A Boca Raton-based not-for-profit group that provides educational support and life skills and leadership training to at-risk youth in South Palm Beach and North Broward communities. Call 561-955-8553 or visit propelyourfuture.org. QUANTUM HOUSE: Provides families of seriously ill children with lodging, laundry facilities, a kids’ playroom, family-style kitchens staffed by volunteers serving meals and transportation around St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach if a child is a patient. Call 561494-0515 or visit quantumhouse.org. SCORE SOUTH PALM BEACH: An all-volunteer high-level mentoring program that helps local budding entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses. Call 561-981-5180 or visit scoresouthflorida.net. RUTH RALES JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE: This nonprofit organization in Boca Raton and Delray Beach offers a range of programs and services—from food and financial assistance to mental health counseling and senior assistance—to people of all ages and beliefs. Call 561-852-3333 or visit ruthralesjfs.org.

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GIVING PATIENTS A VOICE

Upon learning that she had not one but two rare diseases, professional writer Ilana Jacqueline, 23, took action. She started a blog to share her experiences and was soon asked to become the managing editor of The Global Genes Project, a nonprofit that gives those struggling with rare diseases a place to turn. “Rare and genetic diseases affect one in 10 Americans, 30 million people in the United States, and 300 million people globally. But the doctors who diagnosed me failed to mention that, as I sat, stunned in a hospital bed trying to wrap my mind around the two rare diseases I’d been labeled with: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Primary Immune Deficiency Disease. Finding others who shared my predicament was a challenge, so after weeks of trying to help myself and others around me understand my diseases, I started a blog called letsfeelbetter.com. Not long after I wrote my first few posts, my mother, a producer for the national morning talk show on Lifetime (“The Balancing Act”) mentioned an organization she was working with who advocated for the cause of rare diseases. I was able to meet with Nicole Boice, president of The Global Genes Project, when she came to South Florida to shoot her segment. She gave me a hat with the foundation’s slogan: “HOPE. IT’S IN OUR GENES.” I fell in love with the organization’s message. I was excited to see the kind of work they did including bringing patients news on upcoming clinical trials and developing research. They unified the rare disease community—by helping educate smaller foundations on how to use limited resources to create mass awareness and affect political change. Today I am proud to serve as the managing editor for their blog. Through my work I get to help give patients a voice. The rare disease community is small, but loud—made up of advocates and patients who fight for solutions to help them lead a healthier life. They face prejudice, extreme misunderstanding—from both family and friends—and even within the medical community. Having the opportunity to work for The Global Genes Project has made me feel like I am truly having a hand in the push for policy change and using my voice for those whose illnesses are so far progressed that they can no longer speak for themselves.”


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GRAND GALAS NOVEMBER 3, 2013 SECOND ANNUAL KIDS HELPING KIDS PRINCESS AND PIRATE BALL The pirate-themed event will feature cocktails and mocktails, dinner by the bite, a treasure hunt, face painting and crafts. Takes place at The Palm Beach International Polo Club in Wellington. Starts at 3 p.m. Call 561-6161257 or visit ctrfam.org. NOVEMBER 7, 2013 EIGHTH ANNUAL STAKE IN THE FUTURE EVENT Enjoy an open bar, lavish dinner stations and silent and live auctions. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Takes place at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-739-5006 or visit cff.org. NOVEMBER 8, 2013 HOPE BASH BOCA: JEANS & JEWELS This casually elegant inaugural event features silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and entertainment. Benefits Place of Hope at The Haven Campus’ new foster family campus in West Boca Raton. Takes place at Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-483-0962 or visit hopeatthehaven.org. NOVEMBER 9, 2013 UNICORN CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION CASINO ROYALE A fun event with cocktails, small bites and casino-style gaming. Takes place at the Ferretti Yacht Showroom in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 561-620-9377 or visit unicornchildrensfoundation.org. NOVEMBER 9, 2013 EIGHTH ANNUAL OASIS COMPASSION GALA An “Evening in Paris”-themed event with dinner, dancing, entertainment and auctions. Benefits the Oasis Compassion Agency. Takes place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. Call 561-967-4066 or visit oasiscompassion.org. NOVEMBER 9, 2013 SEVENTH ANNUAL WILD ABOUT KIDS GALA Cocktails, dinner, music, food and a raffle are on tap at this award-winning event. Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. Takes place at Four Seasons Hotel Miami in Miami. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 305-446-9910, ext. 30 or visit bgcmia.org. NOVEMBER 11, 2013 DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY GALA The winter wonderland theme will feature dinner, dancing and a live auction. Benefits the Center for Family Services. Takes place at Club Colette in Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 561-616-1257 or visit ctrfam.org. NOVEMBER 16, 2013 MERCEDES-BENZ FORT LAUDERDALE MAD FOR MODS GALA: THE SEQUEL Cocktails, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, dinner, and a “Mad Men”-themed dance party. Benefits and takes place at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 6 p.m. Call 954-7130904 or visit mods.org. NOVEMBER 16, 2013 10TH ANNUAL FAIRY TALE BALL

A “Wizard of Oz” theme will provide the backdrop for music, dinner, dancing and silent auctions. Benefits Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Takes place at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-265-3454 or visit jdchfoundation.org. NOVEMBER 16, 2013 CHRIS EVERT/RAYMOND JAMES PROCELEBRITY DINNER DANCE & GALA The Jake and Elwood Blues Revue will kick off the event, which includes live and silent auctions. Part of a three-day Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. The event benefits Chris Evert Charities. Takes place at Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. Call 561-394-2400 or visit chrisevert.org. NOVEMBER 17, 2013 AN EVENING OF HOPE A casino-themed event featuring a silent auction, raffle and entertainment. Benefits the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Takes place at the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Hollywood. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 561-2182929 or visit ccfa.org. DECEMBER 5, 2013 JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY’S MAJOR GIFTS EVENT CNN’s David Gergen will be the guest speaker at this annual event. Takes place at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. Call 561-852-3342 or visit jewishboca.org. DECEMBER 7, 2013 JAFCO HEROES GALA Black-tie evening featuring a casino and cocktail reception, fine dining, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit JAFCO, which helps abused and neglected children. Takes place at the Polo Club of Boca Raton in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-7497230 or visit jafco.org. DECEMBER 7, 2013 THE LOIS POPE LIFE FOUNDATION & LIFE’S 20TH ANNUAL LADY IN RED GALA An evening headlined by Jay Leno, with cocktails, dinner and dancing. Benefits the Lois Pope Life Foundation’s partnership with the American Humane Association. Takes place at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-865-0955 or visit life-edu.org. DECEMBER 12, 2013 RUTH RALES JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE’S ANNUAL GALA Themed “Imagine: A Night of Fantasy,” the evening will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment and silent and live auctions. Takes place at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-852-5013 or visit ruthralesjfs.org. DECEMBER 13, 2013 FLORENCE FULLER CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS’ WEE DREAM BALL A glamorous evening featuring dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and more. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-3917274, ext. 128 or visit ffcdc.org. DECEMBER 14, 2013

ARTHUR R. MARSHALL FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL RIVER OF GRASS GALA An evening with an auction, dinner and dancing. Takes place at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561233-9004 or visit artmarshall.org. DECEMBER 14, 2013 MORSELIFE DINNER DANCE The Viva Las Vegas-themed event will feature dinner and dancing to music from The Rat Pack. Takes place at the Mar-a-Lago-Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 561-2424661 or visit morselife.org. JANUARY 18, 2014 THE LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S 2014 PALM BEACH GALA A festive event with dining, dancing, silent and live auctions, and more. Takes place at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-616-8682 or visit lls.org. JANUARY 23, 2014 FOOD FOR THE POOR’S 11TH ANNUAL FINE WINES & HIDDEN TREASURES GALA This wine-tasting reception, silent auction and four-course gourmet dinner will help fund a school in Jamaica and provide basic items needed to enrich the school curriculum. Donald and Melania Trump will be in attendance. Takes place at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 888-4044248 or visit foodforthepoor.org/palmbeach. JANUARY 24, 2014 CARON AND HANLEY TREATMENT CENTERS’ GALA 2014 Enjoy dinner and dancing to benefit the Lifesaver Patient Fund, which offers financial assistance to people who lack resources but

are seeking addiction treatment. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 561-841-1048 or visit hanleycenter.org. JANUARY 25, 2014 52ND ANNUAL BOCA RATON REGIONAL HOSPITAL BALL Enjoy a memorable evening to celebrate the establishment of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute opening spring 2014 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Takes place at the Mizner Center at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561955-3249 or visit brrh.com. FEBRUARY 1, 2014 FOOD FOR THE POOR’S 19TH ANNUAL BUILDING HOPE GALA Enjoy a silent auction, cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, dancing and more. Proceeds will benefit Food For The Poor’s home-building program in Ganthier, Haiti. Takes place at the Polo Club of Boca Raton in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 888-404-4248 or visit foodforthepoor.org/boca. FEBRUARY 8, 2014 JDRF ANNUAL GEM OF AN EVENING: “ONE HOT NIGHT ON PALM BEACH” Take part in an evening with an auction, music, dinner and dancing. Takes place at The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan. Benefits juvenile diabetes research. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-6867701 or visit greaterpalmbeach.jdrf.org. FEBRUARY 8, 2014 LEVIS JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER’S CASINO ROYALE A celebration honoring Jan Savarick, who will

MUST-DO LUNCHEONS NOVEMBER 8, 2013 26TH ANNUAL WOMAN VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON The event, presented by the Junior League of Boca Raton, features a silent auction/raffle and a fashion show by Neiman Marcus. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Call 561620-2553 or visit wvoy.org. NOVEMBER 13, 2013 14TH ANNUAL WOMEN OF GRACE LUNCHEON Luncheon and raffle presented by Bethesda Hospital Foundation to benefit the hospital’s Center for Women and Children. Takes place at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Call 561-737-7733, ext. 84445 or visit bethesdahospitalfoundation.org. NOVEMBER 19, 2013 BOOK & AUTHOR LUNCHEON The event, sponsored by Levis JCC, features best-selling authors Tania Grossinger, Elinor Lipman and B.A. Shapiro, who will present their latest works. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 9 a.m. Call 561558-2520 or visit levisjcc.org. JANUARY 8, 2014 EIGHTH ANNUAL 211 BOCA RATON DIRECT LINE TO HEALTH AND BEAUTY LUNCHEON

A lunch centered on health and beauty trends with a panel discussion featuring dermatologists, plastic surgeons and more. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11:30 a.m. Call 561-383-1147 or visit 211palmbeach.org/events. JANUARY 15, 2014 JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY’S LION OF JUDAH LUNCHEON A luncheon featuring guest speaker Patti Stanger. Takes place at the Polo Club of Boca Raton in Boca Raton. Starts at 10 a.m. Call 561-8525054 or visit jewishboca.org. JANUARY 22, 2014 31ST ANNUAL MS GALA LUNCHEON The event, presented by DBS Financial Group, raises money to help in the fight against MS. Alan S. Becker will be the honoree. Takes place at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 10 a.m. Call 954-7314224 or visit nmssfls.org. JANUARY 27, 2014 TIME OF THE ESSENCE LUNCHEON Presented by Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper, this lunch will feature guest speakers Lisa Oz and Dr. Lee P. Shulman. Takes place at the Flagler Museum Pavilion in Palm Beach. Starts at 11:30 a.m. Call 561-837-2285 or visit palmhealthcare.org.

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receive the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Crystal Award; Jaime and Zachary Keyes will receive the Shirley & Allan B. Solomon Leadership Award. Takes place at the Polo Club of Boca Raton in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 561-852-3253 or visit levisjcc.org. FEBRUARY 21-23, 2014 EIGHTH ANNUAL BOCA RATON CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE A three-day event featuring gourmet tastings, car displays, custom motorcycles, extravagant jets, dinner, an auction, entertainment and vendors. Benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Times vary. Takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Call 954537-1010 or visit bocaratonconcours.com. MARCH 1, 2014 UNICORN CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION’S NOCHE CALIENTE TROPICAL PARADISE UNDER THE STARS Enjoy cocktails, great cuisine, music, dancing, live and silent auctions, and an incredible after party. Actress Eva La Rue will serve as mistress of ceremonies and Donald Trump will be in attendance. Takes place at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-620-9377 or visit unicornchildrensfoundation.org. MARCH 1, 2014 59TH ANNUAL BETHESDA BALL One of Palm Beach County’s oldest galas, with dinner, dancing and entertainment. Benefits Bethesda Hospital Foundation. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. Call 561-737-7733, ext. 84445 or visit bethesdahospitalfoundation.org. MARCH 1, 2014 THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S 32ND ANNUAL BOCA RATON HEART AND STROKE BALL Features dining, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Takes place at the Polo Club of Boca Raton in Boca Raton.

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 13TH ANNUAL 211 PALM BEACH LUNCHEON AND FASHION PRESENTATION A luncheon themed “Night & Day (We’re Here For You),” featuring men’s and women’s fashions presented by Neiman Marcus. Takes place at Club Colette in Palm Beach. Starts at 11:30 a.m. Call 561-383-1147 or visit 211palmbeach.org/events. FEBRUARY 5, 2014 MORSELIFE LUNCHEON AND CARD PARTY A fundraiser to help support and enhance the lives of senior citizens in Palm Beach County. Takes place at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. Call 561-242-4661 or visit morselife.org. FEBRUARY 24, 2014 SEVENTH ANNUAL AVDA HEART OF A WOMAN LUNCHEON This fundraising luncheon will feature guest speaker Olympia Dukakis. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Takes place at Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Call 561-265-3797 or avdaonline.org. FEBRUARY 27, 2014 RUTH RALES JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE’S REFLECTIONS OF HOPE LUNCHEON A luncheon to benefit Ruth Rales’ agency

Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-697-6624 or visit bocaratonheartball.heart.org. MARCH 8, 2014 DKJA ANNUAL BENEFIT BALL & AUCTION Donna Klein Jewish Academy’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds directly benefitting school programs and need-based financial assistance. Takes place at the Polo Club of Boca Raton in Boca Raton. Starts at 7:45 p.m. Call 561-852-5007 or visit dkja.org. MARCH 9, 2014 JARC’S 28TH ANNUAL GALA The “Wizard of Oz”-themed event will feature drinks, dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. Call 561-558-2572 or visit jarcfl.org. MARCH 15, 2014 BOCA MUSEUM OF ART BENEFIT This black-tie event will thrill art and style devotees with food, fashion, entertainment and more. Takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-392-2500, ext. 208 or visit bocamuseum.org. APRIL 4, 2014 SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE CENTER AND AQUARIUM GALA A festive evening themed “The Tech Revolution: An Evening with Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak.” Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-370-7738 or visit sfsciencecenter.org. APRIL 26, 2014 THE 17TH ANNUAL HOPE & HOME GALA This annual event is SOS Children’s Villages – Florida’s biggest fundraiser of the year with dining, dancing and live and silent auctions. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-4205030 or visit sosflorida.com.

mental health programs. Featuring guest speaker Jane Pauley. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11 a.m. Call 561-852-3279 or visit ruthralesjfs.org. FEBRUARY 27, 2014 OLD BAGS LUNCHEON A luncheon with the chance to purchase gently used designer handbags to benefit the Center for Family Services. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Call 561-616-1257 or visit centerffs.org. MARCH 17, 2014 24TH ANNUAL BOOK OF HOPE LUNCHEON An afternoon featuring a raffle, silent auction, lunch and celebrity guest speaker (TBA). Benefits the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Call 561-218-2929 or visit ccfa.org. APRIL 25, 2014 MEN WITH CARING HEARTS LUNCHEON This annual event honors male volunteers who improve the lives of Palm Beach County residents. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11:30 a.m. Call 561-391-7274 or visit ffcdc.org.

SHARED CARE: This interfaith program between Temple Beth El, St. Joan of Arc Church and the First Presbyterian Church provides relief to caregivers of frail and elderly individuals. Call 561-391-8900 or visit tbeboca.org/shared-care. SOUTH FLORIDA WILDLIFE CENTER: An affiliate of the Humane Society, this Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit is dedicated to protecting wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and education in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Call 954-524-4302 or 866-SOS-WILD, or visit humanesociety.org. SPIRIT OF GIVING NETWORK: This collaborative nonprofit includes more than 60 charitable member organizations which focus on helping children and families in South Palm Beach County. Call 561-385-0144 or visit sognetwork.com. STAND AMONG FRIENDS: This Florida Atlantic University-based nonprofit provides mainstream work and living experiences for the physically disabled and needs help with everything from workspace to assistance at its resource center. Call 561-297-4403 or visit standamongfriends.org. STUDENTS FOR THE POOR: An offshoot of Food For The Poor, Inc., this organized outreach group encourages students to serve the poor in their local communities and in the Caribbean and Latin America. Call 877-6542960, ext. 6069 or visit foodforthepoor.org. TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN: A nonprofit that in its 17-year history has provided mentoring and educational scholarships to more than 18,000 children in partnership with more than 800 public schools throughout 67 counties in Florida. Call 888322-4673 or visit takestockinchildren.org. TOMORROW’S RAINBOW: This Broward County nonprofit runs a farm that provides sweet miniature horses as grief support for children that have lost someone special. Call 954-978-2390 or visit tomorrowsrainbow.org. TRI-COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY: A Boca Raton-based no-kill organization that will not release a dog or cat to another organization that has a policy of euthanasia. Call 561-482-8110 or visit tricountyhumane.org.

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UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF PALM BEACH AND MID-COAST COUNTIES: About 800,000 Americans live with cerebral palsy and the local chapters work tirelessly to raise money for research and assistance programs. Volunteer or write a check. Call 561-357-7779 or visit ucpsouthflorida.org. VETS HELPING HEROES: This Boca Raton-based nonprofit trains service dogs and pairs them with injured troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Call 561-488-6155 or 561-432-3324, or visit vetshelpingheroes.org. WHEELS FOR KIDS, INC.: This nonprofit provides wheelchairs to children living in Palm Beach County who suffer from long-term disabilities and whose families can’t afford one and don’t qualify for public funding or other charitable resources. Call 561-752-0799 or visit wheelsforkids.org. WOMEN IN DISTRESS OF BROWARD COUNTY, INC.: A Fort Lauderdalebased shelter that helps abused women reclaim their lives, providing safe family living quarters, support services, therapy and advocacy assistance. Call 954-760-9800 or visit womenindistress.org. O

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On a wall in her office are glossy pictures of boys and girls who Kristen Solomon virtually saved from a life of despair. For a time, they were all children of the state because their parents weren’t capable of caring for them—be it because of abuse, neglect or drugs. Solomon, who serves as circuit director for the Palm Beach County Guardian ad Litem program in West Palm Beach, also known

out guardians because there simply aren’t enough to go around. More often than not, guardians are one of the few people in the world who make certain they know what a child’s wishes are. Whether that’s, “I want to be a fireman,” or “I don’t want to see mommy and daddy because they make me cry,” these adults are there to listen, and to fight for them whenever needed. And it’s incredibly sad to know

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These children in the system are supposed to each have a three-person team—an attorney, a child advocacy coordinator and a GAL. This team works together to make sure the child is getting everything he or she needs. The guardian must visit the child at least every 30 days, but many times the visits are more frequent. The guardian also keeps up with the child’s parents to make sure they’re on the right path and he or she testifies in court on the child’s behalf. When a guardian isn’t available, the child advocacy coordinator tries to serve as both, making it difficult to give each child the neces-

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ANGELS as GAL, became responsible, acting as an angel of sorts to watch over each one while their parents worked on bettering themselves through treatments such as therapy, medication or rehab. The children on her wall are all closed cases—they’ve since been reunited with their families or adopted into happy homes. But while each of these boys and girls were living in limbo, Solomon connected them to guardians— volunteers who undergo intensive training so they can learn how to serve as protectors for these deserving children. The guardians are child advocates. And Solomon wouldn’t be able to do her job without them. Right now, she has an estimated 500 guardians. And though that sounds like an enormously large number of people willing to work for free, it’s nowhere near the amount she needs. You see, she has around 1,401 children in the GAL program and 350 are with-

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there are children out there who don’t have that kind of support. “We have a Rolodex of kids who don’t have volunteers sitting on our front desk when you walk in,” she says. “I remember a few months ago I was saying we can’t hit 300 and now it’s at 380. It just makes my plea even greater to the community. I need my community to step up and become the voice of a child.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE Solomon’s program, which started in 1984, works with children who don’t have anyone in the world looking out for their best interest. When the Department of Children and Families steps in and finds parents unfit to care for their own children, those children become dependent on the state of Florida to protect them. Some move in with relatives or close family friends while others live in foster homes or group homes. And their names are given to Solomon.

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sities and attention he or she deserves. Things like school supplies, clothes and making sure someone remembers their birthday. And that work is 10 times harder to do when you don’t have enough help. Ellen Kranzler of Boynton Beach has been a volunteer for seven years. The 71-year-old was a teacher for three decades and after FOREVER FAMILY: Ellen Kranzler and Jacob Mayes

retiring, she felt the urge to continue to help children. After learning about the GAL program on television, she immediately signed up and hasn’t regretted it since. This volunteer work has become a full-time job for Kranzler, minus the paycheck. She has served as a guardian to 84 children and has a reputation for taking on high case loads. Right now, she has six open cases. Why does she do it? “So many of our children are in so much trouble and there’s no one there for them. No one to speak up for them,” she says. “The way our system is, case workers are constantly changing and there’s no one consistent for them other than the guardian. “If you help save one person,” she adds, “you’ve helped to save the world and that’s what you want to do. Even if it’s just one child.” And though Kranzler can be credited for saving many children, one that holds an especially dear place in her heart is a boy named Jacob Mayes. Mayes was the oldest of four and when Kranzler met him, he was an angry 14-year-old. He, his brother and two sisters had been removed from their parents’ home in West Palm Beach after someone called an abuse hotline to report child neglect. The children hadn’t been to school in two years and their parents, who were drug dealers at the time, would disappear for days, leaving Mayes responsible for his family at the young age of 11.


His mom taught him how to steal so he could get milk and food while they were gone. “DCF had been involved in our lives for as long as we could remember,” says Mayes, now 20. “It was just crappy. But it was a lifestyle I was used to. At the time, I thought my parents couldn’t do any wrong.” Mayes’ life between then and now has had many ups and downs—way too many to even tell in this story. He spent time in a school for atrisk kids in Belle Glade, he’s lived in shelters where he was bruised and beaten by other kids and he has spent time in jail. Mayes was never reunited with his parents. But Kranzler remained by his side the entire time. Today he lives on his own in West Palm Beach, works two parttime jobs and takes classes at Palm Beach State College. He still has his struggles—keeping up with bills and staying away from bad influences—but he credits Kranzler for helping him learn how to live a healthier and more productive life. “I would be in jail; I would definitely 100-percent be in jail,” he says, if it wasn’t for Kranzler. “I was just going to live the same lifestyle my parents lived. I knew that it worked. I could sell pills and get $5,000. But where I’m at now is a lot better than where I was.” Says Mayes: “Just hearing her voice helps. She’s like a guardian angel.” The two still talk often and it’s not unusual for Kranzler to introduce him as her grandson when they’re out and about. “I am so proud of him,” she says, just as any adoring grandmother would. “Everything that I can do for him, I do. I get comments from Jacob saying that if it weren’t for me, he’d be in some very black places right now. That makes it very worthwhile for me.”

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When Kristen Solomon seeks to recruit volunteers for the Palm Beach County Guardian ad Litem program, this circuit director simply asks what they’ve done to make a difference in a child’s life. “Did you know you could do that by being a Guardian ad Litem? You could change the path of a child’s life by being an advocate,” she says. “When you give them hope and responsibility, they will be productive citizens. You can help a child succeed.” Prospective volunteers attend an orientation to find out more about the program, followed by an interview with a recruiter. Solomon’s staff then conducts background checks, including one by the FBI, and if the volunteer passes, he or she undergoes 30 hours of training. After the training, the volunteer is matched with a child. GAL’s requirements include visiting the child at least once every 30 days, interviewing appropriate parties involved in the case, including the parents, and gathering information on a regular basis so the guardian can recommend a resolution that is in the child’s best interest. The guardian is also expected to attend and participate in the child’s court hearings and must submit written reports with recommendations to the court every six months. Characteristics of volunteers include having a strong passion to help children, good communication skills and being able to demonstrate good judgment and common sense. “It takes one or two visits for them to learn you’re not going away,” Solomon says of the first few meetings with a child. “Typically these kids have people coming in and out of their lives and they’re used to being let down. So don’t promise anything you can’t keep. If you promise you are going to bring ice cream next time, then you better bring ice cream.” A year ago, the program changed its standards statewide to allow volunteers to drive the children places if they wish, allowing volunteers to take kids to the mall, out to eat or to the zoo. The change has given the guardians more opportunities to get to know the children, and lets kids experience fun environments that perhaps they aren’t used to. The more time the guardian spends with the child, the better. “We are a legal party to the case and we are very independent,” Soloman says. “We have no other agenda other than what’s in the best interest of the child. When you’ve got a guardian who has done his or her job well, the judges take that into account and really listen.” For those interested in learning more about becoming a guardian, contact the Palm Beach County recruiting office at 561-355-6224 or visit galpbc.org.

“This is not going to be story time and reading a book,” Kranzler says. “You have to be able to take whatever the situation hands you.” One big challenge: No matter what the circumstance, guardians must operate on the premise that the parents can change and one day offer their children better lives with proper support and guidance. If you focus on bad things that happened in the past—neglect, abuse or abandonment—then the guardians and the children will never have hope. “Because reunification is our goal, you have to be open-minded,” she says. “To put that family unit back together again … to see them run into their moms’ and dads’ arms and they’re back in their own

bed again, now that’s rewarding. What’s better than that?” Unfortunately, reunification doesn’t happen for everyone. And when it doesn’t, those children remain in foster care or are adopted. Sometimes the court orders the parents to give up parental rights, while others voluntarily give them away. Sometimes, the best thing a parent can do for a child is let him or her go. “You embrace that parent and thank them in their time of sadness and loss because they are making the ultimate sacrifice for their child,” Solomon says. “They feel it’s best to put them in a better environment and give them a chance to find a more stable home.” And even during that grieving

time, the guardian is there for the child. To say one doesn’t get emotionally invested in the kids would be false, which is why for some people, this might not be a good fit. But even so, people can help through monetary donations that have a large impact. Past private donations have helped a little girl take flute lessons, a boy join a soccer team and a teenage girl be able to wear a beautiful dress to her senior prom. These are the kinds of things this organization does to help children feel like normal kids again. And they’re made possible through Speak Up For Kids, a nonprofit group that serves as the fundraising arm for the Palm Beach County GAL program. (The GAL program is also backed by the state as well as additional funds from the county). “If you have the ability to write a check, you’re helping to advocate for them in a different way and it’s making a huge difference,” Solomon promises.

A HAPPY ENDING Four years ago, Solomon met a girl who was very close to dying. She had multiple broken bones, a skull fracture and she needed a permanent home. Solomon will never forget what she looked like when they met that day. A month ago, Solomon was present for this little girl’s adoption. And she will never forget that day either. “It was amazing to be there for that,” she says. As you may have guessed, Solomon loves her job. She lives and breathes it and, even during family vacations with her husband and young daughter, it’s still hard to pull her away from her work. Perhaps her passion and the difference she and her volunteers have made in the lives of these boys and girls is enough to lure others to want to help too. She crosses her fingers and hopes that the Rolodex sitting in her office is one day empty. And that her walls are eventually filled with more pictures of smiling faces. O NOVEMBER 2013

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OOKING TO GET IN SHAPE? OR MAYBE YOU’RE SEEKING A CREATIVE AND REWARDING WAY TO MAINTAIN YOUR FITNESS? CONSIDER WALKING, RUNNING, BIKING, SWIMMING OR EVEN CLIMBING MOUNTAINS FOR A GOOD CAUSE. EACH YEAR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM BOCA RATON TO BOSTON AND HOLLYWOOD TO HAWAII PARTICIPATE IN ENDURANCE-SPORTS CHALLENGES AROUND THE COUNTRY—SOMETIMES IN REMOTE REGIONS OF THE WORLD—TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY. NONPROFIT GROUPS BENEFIT FROM THESE EVENTS, WHILE PARTICIPANTS GET THE SATISFACTION OF DOING SOMETHING CHARITABLE AND GETTING IN THE BEST SHAPE OF THEIR LIVES. TAKING PART IN ONE OF THESE CHALLENGES IS A HUGE COMMITMENT. NOT ONLY MUST YOU RAISE MONEY (AND SOMETIMES SPEND YOUR OWN), BUT REMAIN DEDICATED TO A STRINGENT TRAINING REGIME THAT CAN LAST FOR MONTHS. BUT IT’S SO WORTH IT, INSIST THE THOUSANDS WHO PARTICIPATE EACH YEAR. THE FOLLOWING EVENTS—ALL OF WHICH EITHER TAKE PLACE IN SOUTH FLORIDA OR CAN BE TRAINED FOR HERE—OFFER THE CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING GREAT FOR CHARITY, AND FOR YOU. ❙ BY SUSAN R. MILLER CLIMB TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER The saying, “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain” is befitting of the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. Its organized climbing events, which benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., lure people from across the country with about 100 climbers participating each year, including many from South Florida. The fundraising climb was initiated 16 years ago by a group of five friends who got together to scale Mount Adams in Washington. They raised $50,000 for the center. Each year more mountains were added and more people took on the challenge. Today, there are 13 mountains including Mount

Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Everest in the Himalayas. Though you don’t have to live in the mountains or be a pro athlete to participate. “We offer a variety of beginning, intermediate and advanced peaks,” says spokesperson Lisa Carlson. “Pretty much anything you are looking for, you can find with us.”

in their 40s and 50s. The center provides all of the necessary tools—from fundraising support (including a website for donations) to training assistance. And you don’t have to live near mountains to train. Carlson says those who live in states with flat terrain, such as Florida, train by running up stadium stairs or going

“We offer a variety of beginning, intermediate and advanced peaks. Pretty much anything you are looking for, you can find with us.” – Lisa Carlson, spokesperson, Climb to Fight Breast Cancer

All of the money raised goes directly to cancer research at the center. Fundraising goals range from $2,000 to $12,000. Participants range in age from kids who climb with parents to seniors in their 70s. Most, says Carlson, are

cycling. She says one climber would go to the gym with a backpack and “hike” up a Stairmaster. Says Carlson: “It’s amazing the creative ways they come up with to train.” For more information, call 206-667-1398 or visit http:// getinvolved.fhcrc.org.

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LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S TEAM IN TRAINING When you think of endurance-sports fundraisers, one that often comes to mind is Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, the country’s oldest and largest. The pioneering program was launched in 1988 by

rector for Team in Training Palm Beach, Southern Florida and Puerto Rico. Participants must be at least 18, but, says Mulvihill, “We have had participants as old as 70.” Training lasts three to five months, depending on whether you’re doing a full (26.2 miles) or half (13.1 miles) marathon. Participants meet every Saturday

“There are set fundraising commitments to ensure that after expenses are paid at least 80 percent of the money goes toward the mission.”

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Bruce Cleland with a New York City marathon to honor his daughter, a leukemia survivor. The event has since trained more than 570,000 participants around the country, and raised more than $1.3 billion to help pay for cancer research and the treatment of cancer patients. Today, thousands of runners, walkers, bikers, swimmers and hikers participate in events to raise money for and awareness of blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. There are marathons, half marathons, triathlons and a 100-mile (century) bicycle ride in locales from Honolulu and Miami to St. Petersburg and Wisconsin (there’s an event and climate for everyone). Participants pay a nonrefundable $100 registration fee and have a fundraising minimum they must meet. “There are set fundraising commitments to ensure that after expenses are paid at least 80 percent of the money goes toward the mission,” explains Melissa Mulvihill, campaign di84

along with their coaches, and are encouraged to train independently during the week. On the night prior to the race there’s an inspirational dinner to get everyone charged up. The bottom line, says Mulvihill: “The event allows you to meet personal and philanthropic goals at the same time.”

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For more information, call 561-616-8682 or 888-478-8550, or visit teamintraining.org.

CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA’S TEAM CHALLENGE Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. A national organization, CCF has a South Florida and the Palm Beaches chapter. Participants raise money for research and services to help those suffering from Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis—two painful and debilitating inflammatory bowel diseases that impact

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an estimated 1.4 million Americans—in exchange for training, support, lodging and airfare to an event. There are half-marathon and triathlon-training programs that range from 12 to 14 weeks. Half marathoners get together once a week to train; triathlon participants meet twice a week. And you don’t have to be a seasoned athlete to take part. “We have all different sorts of people participate,” says Lee Gabe, endurance manager in the Boca Raton office. “There are those who are connected to the cause because either they have the disease or a family member or friend has it, or they lost a loved one.” This includes 24-yearold Katie Ward, diagnosed with Crohn’s at 15 and colitis at 22, and who raised $4,000 for the charity. “I never thought I could do it, but I did and I was inspired by so many people who, although they felt even worse than I did, made it through,” Ward says. Participants are given a fundraising goal based on the location and type of event. In exchange, they can attend fundraising clinics and receive a personalized fundraising website, Facebook app and help from a mentor and coach. The minimum fundraising goals are based on participation costs, but generally run from $1,800 to about $3,700. “We look at all of our expenses,” Gabe explains. “Eighty cents on the dollar goes toward the organization’s mission.” Upcoming events include the ING Miami Half Marathon on February 2, 2014 and an IRONMAN

event in Chattanooga, Tenn. in September 2014. For more information, call 561-218-2929, ext. 2606 or visit ccteamchallenge.org.

NATIONAL PARKINSON FOUNDATION’S TEAM HOPE Earlier this year, Kevin Burkart completed 151 record-breaking one-armed skydives in a single day, raising more than $120,000 to benefit Parkinson’s Disease. He is one of the many folks who’ve used their own special talent or interest to raise money for the National Parkinson Foundation. Headquartered in Miami, the five-year-old foundation has a community fundraising program dubbed “Team Hope” that allows people to draw on what they’re passionate about, says Leilani Pearl, vice president of marketing and communications. “Sometimes people come to us and say, ‘I’m interested in doing a fundraiser’ and we guide them along in the process. Other times people have an event and send us a check,” says Pearl. “Some will want to run a marathon, for others it may be less athletic. Some have danced, held wine-tasting events, golf tournaments and (gone) skydiving. We want people to be involved in raising awareness in any way they can and how they feel comfortable.” In addition to Team Hope, the foundation holds a structured fitness fundraiser called “Moving Day.” Launched in 2011 with just a handful of walks, there are now 20 around the country including in Miami and Boca Raton. This year’s local event takes place November 10 at the football stadium at NOVEMBER 2013

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Florida Atlantic University. It’s a walkathon—but with a twist. At each event, there’s a special Movement Pavilion with stations where participants can engage in yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, dance and more. “It’s anywhere from one step to a 2K,” explains Stuart Perlin, executive director of the Palm Beach County/ Treasure Coast chapter. He says last year’s event raised $77,000 and they expect to double the donations this year. The event is free to register and free to walk. “The (event’s) purpose is to celebrate movement,” explains Pearl. “Tremors are a signature symptom of Parkinson’s and we know that movement and exercise helps to slow the progression.” For more information, call 561-306-2090 or visit movingdaybocaraton.org or parkinson.org.

OPERATION MOBILIZATION’S FREEDOM CLIMB Another organization taking fundraising to new heights is Freedom Climb, a charitable endurance event coordinated by Atlanta-based Operational Mobilization (OM), a faith-based organization that supports projects

FITNESS FUNDRAISING: (Right) Dolphins Cycling Challenge (Below) South Florida Freedom Climbers Jill Taylor, Tina Yeager, Jen Klaassens and Debbie Dingle

focused on at-risk women and children, specifically those who fall victim to human slavery and trafficking. While you might think this kind of crime only takes place in other parts of the world, in reality South Florida has one of highest rates of human trafficking in the United States, notes Tina Yeager, Fort Lauderdale resident and U.S. director of Freedom Climb. Last year she and six other South Florida women took part in the inaugural climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The South Florida group joined 41 other women from around the world. “Ten countries were represented in the first climb, 27 of the women were from the U.S. and we raised half a million dollars,” says Yeager. The way it works: Participants pay their own expenses, which can amount to several thousand dollars, and commit to raising $10,000. To prepare, they walk on treadmills (set to high inclines) and hike to the highest points they can find. “We train on the 17th

Street Causeway (in Fort Lauderdale),” Yeager says. “Most of us train independently.” About a month before the actual climb, participants travel to Colorado to train for altitude. This past April, 43 participants climbed Mount Everest, half of whom were from the United States. They raised $250,000. Yeager says the organization is planning two more climbs for 2014; one in the United States and the other an international climb. They also are planning a corporate climb for 2015. Anyone interested can go to the organization’s website and register for updates about the planned events. For more information, call 1-800-899-0432 or 954-415-8969, or visit thefreedomclimb.net.

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“It is all ages, all abilities. The purpose is that anyone can make a difference and can have an effect in the fight against cancer in South Florida.” – Jennifer DeWitt, business and marketing manager, Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge

MIAMI DOLPHINS CYCLING CHALLENGE Do you have the stamina (and let’s face, it—the tush?) to ride a bicycle 170 miles in just two days? How about 13 miles in a day? No matter what shape you’re in or how old you are, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge has a fundraising event for you. The two-day event, which takes place November 2-3, offers 10 riding options ranging from 13 to 170 miles, with all proceeds benefitting the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Cen-

ter, which is where late Miami Dolphin tight end Jim Mandich received treatment. He died in 2011 at the age of 62. “This ride in many ways is to honor him and the outstanding treatment and support he received at Sylvester,” says Jennifer DeWitt, the event’s business and marketing manager. This will be the event’s fourth year and it grows bigger every time. In 2012, 1,444 riders raised $2.2 million, according to DeWitt. This year’s goal is to enlist 2,500 riders and raise $4 million. So far, the event is on pace to do just that.


The registration fee is $150 for adults, who receive a jersey, food, bike maintenance along the route and any help needed with fundraising. The fundraising minimum is $250 and goes up to $1,200 for those participating in the 170-mile, two-day event. The organization provides participants with a fundraising website and advice on how to secure donations. There’s even an event for kids ages three to 13 that takes place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. “It is all ages, all abilities,” says DeWitt, pointing out that last year they had an 84-year-old rider. “The purpose is that anyone can make a difference and can have an effect in the fight against cancer in South Florida.” And who knows? You just might roll up next to a former Miami Dolphin during the ride. For more information, call 305-943-6799 or visit ridedcc.com.

TEAM RED WHITE AND BLUE Three years ago, Army Major Mike Erwin decided to create an organization dedicated to helping veterans, where they could meet fellow vets, as well as civilians, and get help reintegrating into society through communitybuilding events and social activities. And so, he launched Team Red White and Blue (RWB) in Ann Arbor, Mich. Today, the organization is about 19,000 members strong and growing. Like any nonprofit, Team RWB has to raise money to survive—but that’s not its main focus, says Executive Director Blayne Smith, who also heads the Tampa chapter. “For a lot of nonprofits, fundraising is the tie-in. For

some of our athletes they chose to fundraise as part of their activities, but we do the activities for the express purpose of connecting veterans to the community,” says Smith.

“One of the coolest things about Team Red White and Blue is that you can be a member of a team no matter where you are.” – Blayne Smith, executive director, Team RWB

The organization is slowly adding chapters around the state and the country and has participants from South Florida with hopes of eventually getting enough members to start chapters in the region. In the meantime, locals are encouraged to visit the organization’s website, choose an endurance challenge (from running, walking, hiking and more) and create a fundraising page. It’s as simple as that. “One of the coolest things about Team Red White and Blue is that you can be a member of a team no matter where you are,” Smith says. “If you go to any major race across the country you’re going to see Team Red White and Blue members and it’s awesome to know there are other members of your team and you will have a chance to link up with them.” Smith says the best part is that there is never a fundraising minimum. “We encourage people to join up and be part of the team and wear our T-shirt, and if they want to fundraise we make it very easy for them to do that.” O

AMERICAN SPIRIT: Team Red White and Blue participants

For more information, call 813-417-8316 or visit teamrwb.org.

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Spectacular Sales Bonnie Heatzig Ranks As A Top Florida Luxury Realtor A LEADER IN REAL ESTATE AND

“My background in law and

ranked among Florida’s high-

advertising plays a very large

est-producing Realtors based

role in giving my clients unpar-

on sales volume, Bonnie Heatzig

alleled advantages. Certainly

is at the top of Boca Raton’s

my background as a lawyer

luxury market.

gives my clients a tremendous advantage on the negotia-

Heatzig is widely recognized for bringing top dollar and fast results for a demanding client base, and says her secret to success is providing the highest caliber of professional services and delivering a powerful and effective marketing approach for the properties she sells to the market.

tion front, as well as my ability

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“My background in law and advertising plays a very large role in giving my clients unparalleled advantages.”

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be her best year yet, her drive to succeed and deliver optimal results to her affluent client base is stronger than ever. “I’ve been fortunate to enjoy many record-breaking sales throughout my career as a Realtor but

seemingly insurmountable

For me, it’s about providing the

most notably, my career has

As a licensed attorney in

problems,” she says. “And my

highest caliber of service for

been enriched by a magnifi-

Florida, Connecticut and Mas-

background in advertising

my high-end clientele on every

cent client base. I have learned

sachusetts, Heatzig has been

gives my clients the advan-

front. That is the value-added

so much about the world and

involved in real estate matters

tage of my years of experi-

difference I bring to the upper

different cultures from my cli-

since 1992. Prior to becoming a

ence at the highest echelon

echelon of the luxury market.”

entele,” she says. “My clients

Realtor, she was General Coun-

of management working with

sel of an advertising firm doing

a multimillion-dollar national

But Heatzig is quick to add that

trusted real estate advisor is a

business in 48 states.

marketing and advertising firm.

even though 2013 is proving to

role I take very seriously.”

are treasures and being their

Bonnie Heatzig of Boca Executive Realty in Boca Raton can be reached at 561-251-0321. For more information, visit BocaExecutiveRealty.com/agents/bonnie.

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SYBIL MAXSON

The Right Look

Sybil Maxson Of Brown’s Interior Design Transforms—And Personalizes—Residential Interiors WHEN IT COMES TO INTERIOR

One of Maxson’s areas of ex-

design, Sybil Maxson knows how

pertise is technology, designing

to create just the right look for

interiors that incorporate all

her clients. “I enjoy doing differ-

the benefits of a “smart house”

ent things every time,” says Max-

without compromising the inte-

son, who is one of the talented

rior appearance. “With today’s

professionals at Brown’s Interior

technology, you can control

Design in Boca Raton. “I look at

virtually all your home’s systems

each project as totally new, and that keeps it exciting.” Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in interior design, Maxson works with her clients every step of the way, from developing the initial concept with the architect and home builder, to making

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with the touch of a keypad.”

“My clients consider me a creative individual and a good problem solver. I enjoy taking an existing space and completely transforming it.”

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Boca Raton and Jupiter, along with two local warehouses for fast delivery. From selecting floorings, finishes and furnishings to preparing the right floorplan, the firm’s team is ready to provide expert guidance.

Originally from the Philadelphia

relationships with my clients and

sure the last accessory is in the

area, Maxson came to South

their families. I enjoy design and

“We are always ready to help

right place. “My clients con-

Florida in the 1980s, working with

strive to create livable luxury.”

our clients with their design proj-

sider me a creative individual

architects and builders as well as

and a good problem solver,”

individual clients. “In many cas-

Since 1975, family-owned

contemporary, transitional or

she says. “I enjoy taking an

es, I’ve done second and third

Brown’s Interior Design has

classic, we create designs that

existing space and completely

homes for the same client, as a

provided expert turnkey design

speak to today, while remaining

transforming it.”

testament to successful working

services, and has showrooms in

timeless.”

ects,” Maxson says. “Whether

Brown’s Interior Design is located at 4501 North Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-368-2703 or visit brownsinteriors.com.

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CLAIRE SHERES

Done Deals

Local Or Global, Claire Sheres Gets Homes Sold For Her Clients WITH HER IN-DEPTH MARKET

highlighted in 19 languages,

knowledge, experience and

55 countries and 570 websites

proven ability to deliver results,

as well as dozens of local,

Claire Sheres is the “go-to”

national and international

choice for sellers and buyers

publications. With the help of

of luxury property in Boca

the world’s largest brokerage

Raton and Delray Beach.

brand’s power, Sheres brings

Sheres specializes in marketing

a very high percentage of her

her clients’ country club and

own buyers, evidenced by

waterfront properties interna-

her 75 satisfied clients so far

tionally. “It’s all about results

in 2013. Sheres resides in

and satisfied clients,” says

Platinum Club award-winning

Sheres, who received Coldwell

Woodfield Country Club,

Banker’s top award in 2012 as

where she has been the

the No. 1 Realtor in Southeast

No. 1 Realtor since 2008.

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Florida. Talk about incredible results: her 2012 listing clients received an average of 93 percent of their asking price within a remarkable average 135 days. “Claire is a remarkable business person,” says Bob Pascale, managing broker of

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“Each of my clients has a unique set of circumstances. Many are quite successful individuals who rely on me and my team to get the job done effectively.”

successful individuals who rely on me and my team to get the job done effectively.” Sheres has won rave reviews from her clients. “Claire does

waterfront and country club

“I attribute my 25 years of

the Coldwell Banker Glades

properties in Boca Raton,

success to satisfied clients,”

amazing marketing in Boca, but what we see locally is just

office. “She invests an incred-

Delray Beach and Highland

says Sheres, who is involved

the tip of the iceberg,” said

ible amount of money in her

Beach. She is a Previews

in the community, including

one seller in Woodfield Country

global marketing program.”

Property Specialist and one

Lion of Judah, Juvenile

Club. “We were astonished at

Sheres’ sellers have a

of only nine members of

Diabetes and AIPAC. “Each of

how much global marketing

tremendous advantage. Their

Coldwell Banker’s prestigious

my clients has a unique set of

Claire does...and thrilled with

properties are immediately

International Legends Society.

circumstances. Many are quite

the result.”

Claire Sheres is located at 2301 Glades Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-414-4146 or visit BocaRatonDelrayHomes.com or WoodfieldResales.com.

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WOMEN

Jewish Academy is also in its

tor for business ideas, inven-

fourth year as a distinguished

tions—including robotics—and

FranklinCovey Leader In Me

entrepreneurship.

school, which cultivates a culture of leadership, personal

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responsibility and respect as

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achieve all of their goals using

“We are an extraordinary and diverse community of learners inspired by Jewish values and empowered to succeed in tomorrow’s world.”

necessary skills for success in

top-quality classroom technol-

the 21st century.

ogy, such as iPads, LearnPads, SMART Boards and eBooks,

KAREN FELLER

Leaders In Learning

Donna Klein Jewish Academy Is At The Cutting Edge Of 21st Century Education

“We are an extraordinary and

equipping them to be produc-

diverse community of learners

tive parts of the digital world.

inspired by Jewish values and

And they are encouraged to

empowered to succeed in

move forward with cutting-

tomorrow’s world,” says Head

edge learning throughout

of School Karen Feller, who has

their lives.

been with DKJA for 15 years and is recognized as a national

Educators at DKJA are lifelong

leader in Jewish and Indepen-

learners as well, with their

dent School Education.

continuing education emphasized. A director of innovations

Learning initiatives at Donna

in learning makes certain the

Klein Jewish Academy include

school’s staff and curriculum

a focus on the sciences, tech-

are first quality.

EDUCATING CHILDREN TO BE

the largest Jewish Commu-

nology, engineering, arts and

knowledgeable and responsible

nity Day Schools in the United

mathematics (STEAM) through

“We are proud to know that

citizens of the world, committed

States, and the only such K-12

innovative programs like E2K –

our students are already lead-

to Jewish values and lifelong

school in Palm Beach County,

Education 2000, which teaches

ers in their community,” Feller

learning is the mission of Donna

the school is internationally

students futuristic problem

says. “And we are committed

Klein Jewish Academy.

recognized for its exceptional

solving and collaborative skills

to preparing them for even

dual curriculum in Judaic and

in science and mathematics.

greater roles as they grow in

General Studies. Donna Klein

DKJA’s Shark Tank is an incuba-

many exemplary ways.”

Now in its 35th year as one of

Donna Klein Jewish Academy is located at 9701 Donna Klein Boulevard, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-852-3300 or visit dkja.org.

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DURÉE ROSS

“The new office is a huge mile-

Program of the Year—Repu-

stone for my company, my

tation/Brand Management

team and myself,” says Ross, an

for her work with Boys & Girls

award-winning public relations

Clubs of Miami-Dade; and the

entrepreneur who founded

2012 Bronze Stevie for Women

Durée & Company 13 years ago.

in Business, Female Entrepre-

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“The new office is a huge milestone for my company, my team and myself.”

Her company’s client roster

Growing Great

Durée Ross Expands Public Relations Firm Offices And Services

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neur of the Year. She was also

includes Feeding South Florida,

named one of South Florida

Jacob D. Steiger M.D./Steiger

Business Journal’s 2013 40

Facial Plastic Surgery, BRIO Tus-

Under 40, and received the

can Grille and BRAVO! Cucina

2013 Gold Coast PR Council

Italiana restaurants, Riverwalk

Bernays Award for PR Cam-

Arts & Entertainment District,

paign by a Small Company or

Raymond Lee Jewelers, Miami

Firm for her work with Boys &

Science Museum, Boys & Girls

Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

Clubs of Miami-Dade, Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., Fran-

Ross is a proud member of the

ces Herrera Interior Design, Pike

American Heart Association,

& Lustig, LLP, Lubell Rosen and

serving as the Circle of Red

WITH A LIST OF PRESTIGIOUS

chandeliers, “tickled” pink and

Coral Gables Executive Physi-

Chair for the 2012 Go Red for

local, national and international

chocolate brown carpet and

cians, among others.

Women Broward County

clients, plus unparalleled skills in

state-of-the-art communica-

public relations, marketing and

tions technology. Designed

Since launching Durée & Com-

of the Broward Women’s

event management, Durée

to accommodate Ross’ team

pany, Ross has been honored

Alliance. She volunteers her

Ross is taking Durée & Company

of professionals and provide

by numerous groups for her ex-

time and PR expertise to

to new levels of growth.

clients with a chic environment

pertise in the industry and con-

numerous nonprofit organiza-

for presentations, meetings

tributions to her community. She

tions and in May was honored

After months of design and

and special events, the new

won the 2013 Silver American

as one of 100 Outstanding

construction, the award-

headquarters represent the

Business Award, also known as

Women of Broward County by

winning company’s new of-

next phase of expansion for

The Stevie Award, for Com-

Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward

fices are open—complete with

the firm.

munications or PR Campaign/

County.

campaign, and is a member

®

Durée & Company is located at 10620 Griffin Road, Suite 208, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-723-9350 or visit dureeandcompany.com.

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WONDER Photo by Emily Pogozelski/Pogo Photo

WOMEN

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cupcakes, enjoy a gourmet or

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Waterfront Specialist

Lang Realty’s Olive Belcher Gets Results In Ultra-Luxurious Boca, Delray And Highland Beach WITH HER PASSION FOR REAL

sociate with Lang Realty in

estate, deep commitment to

Boca Raton. “I also helped the

service and unparalleled mar-

sellers find another ultra-luxury

keting and negotiating skills,

property within three days, a

Olive Belcher helps buyers and

clear indication of their trust in

sellers achieve their dreams in

my service.”

Boca Raton’s ultra-luxury waterfront market.

Throughout her 32 years in real estate, Belcher has

“My clients know that I con-

received numerous awards and

sistently deliver results,” says

accolades for her sales and

Belcher, who focuses on the

service abilities. Recently, Lang

most appealing—and expen-

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Realty honored her with the

sive—waterfront homes in South Palm Beach County. “I take a great deal of pride in my work and enjoy seeing my clients’ smiles when we close our transactions.” With more than $20 million in

“I take a great deal of pride in my work and enjoy seeing my clients’ smiles when we close our transactions.”

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opportunity to see some of the most extraordinary homes in our area,” she says. “I also believe in supporting our diverse community and contribute annually to Food For The Poor and other charitable organizations.”

“Diamond Award” as one of

says. “We never miss an opportu-

sales so far this year, Belcher is a

the top agents of 350 agents

nity to promote a listing.”

leader in Boca’s ultra-luxury wa-

with Lang being ranked as #1

terfront market, while also serving

in listings in South Palm Beach

Known for her honesty and in-

year, most buyers in the ultra-lux-

clients in Boca’s golf course and

County. “I’ve built a great global

tegrity as well as her knowledge

ury segment are still looking for

gated communities. “I recently

referral network that allows me

and skills, Belcher receives a

good values, Belcher says. “It is a

listed and sold a $3.5 million

to market Boca’s ultra-luxury

steady stream of referrals from

pleasure for me to advise sellers

waterfront home in just three

waterfront residences interna-

past clients and other real estate

and buyers, and deliver superior

days,” says Belcher, a sales as-

tionally as well as locally,” she

professionals. “I enjoy having the

service with a personal touch.”

While Boca’s waterfront market has improved over the past

Lang Realty is located at 4400 North Federal Highway, Suite 100, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-271-6922 or visit olivebelcher.com.

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Different Kind Of Divorce Attorney Lise L. Hudson Helps Clients Resolve Issues With Persistence, Creativity And Compassion AS A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY

you have help; that’s why we

and marital law attorney, Lise

utilize a professional team.”

L. Hudson knows that what her clients experience during divorce

After beginning her career

is as important as the assets they

with legal icons such as Rob-

retain from the process. “The key

ert M. Montgomery, Jr., and

to a successful divorce includes

the partners of Montgomery,

considerations that are legal,

Searcy, Denney, Scarola,

financial and emotional. “Help-

Barnhart, and Shipley, Hudson

ing clients strategically plan for

launched her own firm in 1994.

their lives after divorce is just as critical as resolving well the conflict of the divorce,” says Hudson. With a team of psychology and financial experts—including forensic accountants—available to support her clientele, every possible issue that could arise for a client is considered. “I take a holis-

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“The key to a successful divorce includes considerations that are legal, financial and emotional.”

LISE L. HUDSON services. “I prepare a substantial number of pre-nuptial, postnuptial, and domestic partnership agreements. These requests have risen dramatically in the last several years especially for sports and public figures, as

involved in helping hundreds

“By focusing clients on goals

well as young professionals.”

tic approach with my clients and

of clients. Although she has

that integrate personal needs

Although uncomfortable, ad-

urge them to resolve more than

successfully tried a significant

and legal concepts, we can

dressing the “what if” questions

just the end of their marriage.”

number of disputes throughout

build a bridge for the successful

before you say “I do” is usually

South Florida, finding innovative

transition between chapters.”

best. Once the parties no longer

She continues: “Managing

solutions for her clients that are

one’s emotions and signifi-

“out of the box” is her greatest

Defining terms for the “possible”

have a common goal, diverse agendas usually emerge—often

cant assets or multiple income

thrill. “Each case is dynamic

dissolution of a marriage prior to

to the financial detriment of one

streams is overwhelming unless

and unique,” says Hudson.

its start is also a part of this firm’s

or both parties.

The Law Firm of Lise L. Hudson is located at 4440 PGA Blvd., Suite 600, Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, call 561-472-0805 or visit lhudson@hudsonfamilylaw.com.

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mission, Listen Learn Care®.”

write essays about their dream jobs. The foundation fosters

To address a serious problem

innovation and collaboration

for students nationwide, the

among nonprofit organizations

Office Depot Foundation

through its annual “Weekend in

recently launched “Be The

Boca,” a free skill-building and

Difference. Speak Up Against

networking program.

Bullying!” Through this program, noted youth crisis counselor

A native of Wisconsin, Wong

Brooks Gibbs is bringing his

joined Office Depot 20 years

message of tolerance to stu-

ago and was a retail store and

dents in Boca Raton and 100

district manager prior to taking

other cities. “Gibbs offers strat-

on responsibility for the com-

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“Giving back is part of Office Depot’s value structure. We build innovative partnerships and programs in keeping with our foundation’s mission, Listen Learn Care®.”

MARY WONG

Nonprofit Leader Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong Guides Innovative Initiatives

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egies for building social skills

pany’s community relations

and emphasizes the impor-

functions. She has been presi-

tance of following the Golden

dent of the foundation since

Rule—treating everyone like

2007. She also co-chairs the

friends, even your enemies,”

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s

Wong says.

Business Disaster Assistance and Recovery Program, which

Other foundation programs

provides guidance and support

include its National Backpack

for businesses and communi-

Program, which has donated

ties struggling to recover from

backpacks and sackpacks

tornadoes, floods, hurricanes or other disasters.

MARY WONG IS MAKING A

nonprofit’s initiatives for chil-

containing essential school

big difference in the lives of

dren, adults and communities.

supplies to more than three

families in South Florida

“Giving back is part of Office

million children since 2001; and

As Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for

and across the nation. As

Depot’s value structure,” says

“Dream UP,” a partnership with

Success Worldwide, says: “Mary

president of the Office Depot

Wong. “We build innovative

USA TODAY that encourages

is a woman with indomitable

Foundation in Boca Raton,

partnerships and programs in

middle-school students to ex-

spirit and endurance and one of

she guides the independent

keeping with our foundation’s

plore career opportunities and

my everyday heroes.”

Office Depot Foundation is located at 6600 North Military Trail, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-438-4348 or visit officedepotfoundation.org.

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odontic specialty started

Raton. Dr. Krumholtz was a pio-

when she was commissioned

neer of orthodontic care in our

as a general dentist in the U.S.

community. Many dentists and

Navy in 1999. She worked on a

orthodontists focus their treat-

comprehensive team of Ortho-

ments solely on straightening

dontists and Oral Surgeons at

the teeth of their patients. Dr.

Tripler Army Hospital in Hawaii.

Statler’s care always involves

This group of talented clini-

diagnosis of the entire facial

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Perfect Symmetry

Dr. Jennifer Statler Changes Patients’ Lives By Creating Beautiful Smiles

“When I first witnessed the life-changing effect the orthodontic treatment had provided to these patients, I was hooked.”

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cians performed surgical and

structure. The position of the

orthodontic treatment for the

teeth and facial bone structure

most complex jaw and bite

are interrelated. Dr. Statler’s

problems of service members

education and experience

stationed in Hawaii.

allow her to avoid common treatment mistakes that can re-

“When I first witnessed the

sult in imbalances in the facial

life-changing effect the orth-

appearance that will remain

odontic treatment had pro-

for life. Her extensive training

vided to these patients, I was

and expertise in coordinating

hooked. The improvement in

the facial symmetry with the

self-confidence these patients

improvement of the position of

experienced would affect the

the teeth allows her to beautify

rest of their lives. Nothing else

and improve the facial ap-

I had done in dentistry had

pearance of her patients.

provided such a profound and DR. JENNIFER STATLER IS A

odontic procedures, Dr. Statler

emotional response and from

In addition to traditional

woman with a mission—to im-

is a specialist and her practice

that point on I was committed

braces, Dr. Statler is a Premier

prove the lives of her patients

is focused on one goal only—

to becoming an orthodontist

Invisalign provider, placing her

by providing them with not just

performing the highest level,

and providing this life-improv-

in the top 5% in the country.

a beautiful smile but a well-

most state-of-the-art orthodon-

ing service to my patients.”

Dr. Statler and her team can’t

balanced bite that also com-

tic care in a caring, comfort-

plements their facial symmetry

able environment.

and balance. Although many dentists perform some orth-

Dr. Statler’s love of the orth-

wait to see you smile and Dr. Statler’s life changed in 2009

look forward to meeting you

when she joined the practice

at your complimentary consul-

of Dr. James Krumholtz in Boca

tation.

Statler Orthodontics is located at 7400 West Camino Real, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-368-3688 or visit bracesandfaces.com.

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WOMEN

trunk shows with giveaways,

“We only order one of each

designer appearances and

piece in every collection,” she

wine and cheese tastings where

says. “So you know that when

they can see fashions worn by

you wear something from

their favorite celebrities—exclu-

Styles, it is uniquely yours.”

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“We only order one of each piece in every collection, so you know that when you wear something from Styles, it is uniquely yours.”

STACEY UGLES

Celebrity Styled By Stacey

Styles Boutique Is Where Fashion Sets The Trends

sive to Styles Boutique. Leopard

Ugles also believes in giving

carpets, crystal chandeliers,

back to the community that

Venetian mirrors and oversized,

has brought her so much

beautifully appointed dressing

success. She is a fashion

rooms are part of the Styles ex-

sponsor of the Fourth Annual In

perience in the boutique that

Jacob’s Shoes Celebration

devoted fashionista Ugles calls

“Every Sole Counts,” which

her home.

will be held on May 1, 2014 at the Lakeside Terrace in Boca

“I have reached my dream and

Raton. As a permanent drop

goal with Styles Boutique,” says

off location, Ugles encourages

Ugles, who has 25 years of retail

her customers donations by

experience. “Here, our custom-

offering a 5 percent discount

ers come first, as we offer exclu-

off each item purchased at

sive lines, top labels, incredible

Styles for every pair of

loyalty incentive programs, and

shoes customers donate

a personal styling service that is

to the cause.

ONE STEP INSIDE STYLES

planning more of the fashion-

Boutique and you know you

centric events that have made

have entered the perfect

Styles Boutique the go-to

Exclusive to Styles are high-end

and developed a beautiful

place to find your next unique

place for Boca Raton women

accessories, such as Sheila Fajil’s

fashion experience,” Ugles

and amazing outfit, complete

who appreciate personal ser-

featherweight earrings and Ro-

says. “I am looking forward to

with one-of-a-kind accessories.

vice and the ultimate in celeb-

drigo Otazu’s Swarovski crystal

creating a unique ever evolv-

rity styling.

collection. Ugles herself chooses

ing styling relationship with my

the skins, leathers and embellish-

existing and newly referred cli-

As the iconic shop prepares

without compare.” “We have grown in every way

to celebrate its second anni-

The many loyal clients of Styles

ments for the specialty belts by

ents as we enter our third year

versary, owner Stacey Ugles is

Boutique enjoy top designer

Streets Ahead that Styles sells.

in Boca.”

Styles Boutique is located at 21090 St. Andrews Boulevard, Suite B2, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-393-0488 or visit stylesboutiques.com.

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Advocate And Advisor Family Law Attorney Mara

Bernstein Manages Boca Raton Branch Of The Law Offices Of Barry I. Finkel, P.A. AS A VETERAN NEW YORK CITY

Barry I. Finkel, P.A. because

divorce attorney representing

of the firm’s longstanding

high-profile clients in complex

reputation for successfully

divorce cases, Mara Bernstein

protecting their client’s rights

recognizes the importance of

through aggressive litigation

keeping her clients informed

when necessary, or through

and updated while she

strategic negotiation, often

aggressively represents and

using mediation as a tool.

pursues their interests. “From developing a game plan at the

An experienced family law

outset of the case, to regularly

mediator, Bernstein earned her

reassessing it with my client as the case progresses, I measure success not only on the results of a trial, mediation or settlement, but also on the well-being of the family as a whole after the legal process is completed,” she says.

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“I measure success not only on the results of a trial, mediation or settlement, but also on the well-being of the family as a whole after the legal process is completed.”

MARA BERNSTEIN

premarital assets. It is essential that the proper legal clauses be included in each couple’s agreement—there is no such thing as a cookie-cutter prenuptial agreement.”

Baccalaureate degree in

tions. “We handle everything

Social Work at Cornell

related to the legal aspects

Bernstein is active in area

Now, she carries those lessons

University and her law degree

of the marital relationship,

legal and community organiza-

with her in managing the Boca

from Brooklyn Law School.

including prenuptial agree-

tions, and serves on the Board

Raton branch office of Barry I.

She advises clients on the

ments,” she explains. “These

of Directors of the Faulk

Finkel, P.A., the well-established

entire marital process, from

agreements are important

Foundation Center for Group

Fort Lauderdale family law firm

premarital and post-marital

for people getting married

Counseling, and the Children’s

she joined last year. After

agreements to divorce

later in life, those who have

Spirit of Hope Foundation. She

receiving offers from other firms,

litigation and post-divorce

children from prior relationships

lives in Boca Raton with her

Bernstein decided to join

enforcement and modifica-

and those who have substantial

family.

The Law Offices of Barry I. Finkel, P.A. is located at Boca Center, UBS Building, 1800 North Military Trail, Suite 470, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-910-1870 or visit bfinkelpa.com.

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Champions For Cancer Research Dawn Donohue And Kay Renz To Launch Professional Support Group for The Pap Corps INSPIRED BY THE DEDICATION

strides research has made in

of The Pap Corps’ all-volunteer

increasing longevity and the

members and executives, Dawn

quality of life,” says Donohue,

Donohue and Kay Renz, are

president of D3 Advertising.

launching a new professional support group for The Pap Corps,

“They want to make a differ-

which has raised nearly $50

ence, but they need flexibility,”

million dollars for cancer research

says Renz, whose father died

at Sylvester Comprehensive

when she was 17 of a form of

Cancer Center, University of

leukemia that is now treatable,

Miami Miller School of Medicine.

thanks to advances in medical research and treatments.

“Our goal is to introduce this wonderful organization to professionals and families, but in a way that works with their schedules,” says Kay Renz, who is the president of Kay Renz Public Relations. “Dawn and I have learned so much working with The Pap Corps executives that

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“We want everyone to know that The Pap Corps raises research funds for all types of cancers that affect men, women and children, and if we unite…we will win the fight!”

KAY RENZ AND DAWN DONOHUE “While we are fighting for the future,” says Donohue, “we want to be proactive about our own lives. Many of our events will have a fun but healthy focus, whether it is a yoga day, a fitness class,

Hoping that their generation

ple of our new edgier brand-

cooking lessons or a group

we felt compelled to create a

will be the one to secure the

ing,” says Renz. “We want

run. We want to be focused

new way to get the next gen-

cure, the dynamic duo is plan-

everyone to know that The Pap

on prevention as well.”

eration involved.”

ning fun events for the 30-60

Corps raises research funds for

age group, to raise awareness

all types of cancers that affect

To get involved, donate or

and funds.

men, women and children,

sponsor an event, please

and if we unite…we will win

contact Dawn or Kay at

the fight!”

papcorpspros@gmail.com.

“So many professionals and families have been touched by cancer, and they see the

“‘Protect All Parts,’ is an exam-

The Pap Corps is located at 1192 East Newport Center Drive, Suite 230, Deerfield Beach. For more information, call 954-425-8100 or visit papcorps.org.

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award-winning educator with

learning theory, special educa-

a Ph.D. in higher education

tion, nontraditional program

administration. “With a speech

design and higher education

therapist, occupational thera-

curriculum development. She

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was the founding president of

“To me, authenticity is the most important aspect of being a leader. By staying true to your core values, you can be a great mom and a business leader as well.”

on our team, parents can ac-

Beacon College before joining

cess those important services

the faculty at Lynn University,

all in one place.”

where she created and supervised a variety of innovative

MARSHA GLINES

Leading The Way Marsha Glines Directs The Slomin Family Center For Autism And Related Disabilities, Inc.

Founded by philanthropist

programs. Earlier this year, she

Sandra Slomin, the family

was honored with Lynn Univer-

center opened in July on a

sity’s Transition Champion

landscaped five-acre site that

Award and in 2012 the Na-

includes an active greenhouse

tional Labor Board Committee

for children to learn about

in New York City recognized

Florida’s plants and flowers.

her outstanding service on

The center offers an inclusive

behalf of children and youth.

preschool program designed so children with autism spectrum

Throughout her career,

disorders can learn and play

Glines has been a mentor

with other youngsters who don’t

and role model for other

have developmental delays. An

women, while raising two

MARSHA GLINES BELIEVES

clinical therapy and support

afterschool program for children

daughters and enjoying her

in making a difference in the

services to children, siblings

age 5 to 17 is now in the plan-

four grandchildren. “To me,

lives of others. As executive

and parents facing difficult

ning stage, and a pool is

authenticity is the most impor-

director of The Slomin Family

developmental challenges.

under construction.

tant aspect of being a leader.

Disabilities, Inc. in Delray

“The Slomin Family Center of-

Since earning her doctorate in

values, you can be a great

Beach, Marsha Glines leads a

fers a unique and innovative

1988, Glines has built a national

mom and a business leader

team that provides preschool,

program,” says Glines, an

reputation in teaching and

as well.”

Center For Autism And Related

By staying true to your core

The Slomin Family Center For Autism And Related Disabilities, Inc. is located at 16705 Puzzle Place, Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-573-5887 or visit slominfamilycenter.org.

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KATHLEEN GRACE AND TABITHA MEYERER

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Raton office. “We work closely

encouraging other women to

with our clients’ other advisers

be financially independent

to create financial solutions tai-

regardless of their marital sta-

lored to each client’s needs.”

tus. In that spirit, she is author of a recent Amazon best-seller

In that regard, they take on

“Prince Not So Charming”,

the role of a client’s chief

a romantic tale of financial

financial officer, developing,

independence.

implementing and monitoring

Focus On Family Finances Kathleen Grace And Tabitha LeTourneau Meyerer Provide ‘Concierge’ Services

an individual or family lifestyle

Together, Grace and Meyerer

plan. “We go beyond tradition-

have decades of experience

al financial services to identify

in advising clients on financial

individual values and objec-

matters, and understand that

tives that affect children,

money can be an emotionally

aging parents and legacy

charged subject. “We believe

planning,” says Meyerer.

in open Honest Conversations® with our clients that allow us to

Grace, Certified Investment

better understand their beliefs

Management AnalystTM, says

and concerns about money,”

their multi-generational

Grace says. “Some people

approach includes financial

are fearful of losing money,

education for younger family

while others make expensive

KATHLEEN GRACE AND

and families, including wealth

members. “We believe in help-

purchases they can’t really

Tabitha LeTourneau Meyerer,

management services. “We

ing to educate the next gen-

afford. We guide them to

Certified Financial PlannerTM

provide financial concierge

eration in being good stewards

make better financial deci-

professionals, are dedicated

services, handling anything

of the family legacy,” she says,

sions while balancing imme-

to helping clients achieve

from paying bills to implement-

adding that both she and

diate needs with long-term

their personal goals. At United

ing complex income tax and

Meyerer are moms who enjoy

goals, including leaving a

Capital Financial Advisers, they

estate tax planning,” says

teaching their young children

legacy for their children and

provide comprehensive family

Grace, who is managing direc-

the financial facts of life.

supporting their philanthropic

office services to individuals

tor of United Capital’s Boca

Grace is also passionate about

endeavors.”

United Capital Financial Advisers is located at 925 South Federal Hwy., Suite 125, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-353-4440 or visit unitedcpbocaraton.com and honestconversations.com.

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Child’s Best Interest Marital And Family Law Attorney

Doreen M. Yaffa Helps Divorcing Couples Make Parenting A Priority DOREEN M. YAFFA BELIEVES

terms with the emotional and

that divorced parents should

financial challenges of divorce

always keep the best interests of

that accompany the legal

their children at heart. “The key

issues. With her team of attor-

is to set aside your personal feel-

neys and support professionals

ings that accompany divorce,

at Yaffa & Associates, P.A. in

and find a way to work together

Boca Raton, Yaffa represents

in the best interest of your chil-

her clients at every step of the

dren,” says Yaffa, who is board-

way, helping them resolve is-

In helping her clients through

and emotional support on the

certified in marital and family

sues in or out of the courtroom.

the stress that divorce can cre-

many issues that relate to the

ate, Yaffa draws on more than

well-being of their children.

19 years of experience in mat-

“Even in a hard-fought divorce

ters ranging from prenuptial

case, your children’s best

and postnuptial agreements to

needs should come first,” says

divorce, division of assets and

Yaffa, a mother of three. “We

complex parental time-sharing

all want our children to grow

arrangements. She also draws

up to be strong, productive

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“Even in a hard-fought divorce case, your children’s best needs should come first.”

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DOREEN M. YAFFA

law. “It’s so important to make

“I try to explain both the upside

up cohabitation agreements

individuals who make their

co-parenting a priority as you

and downside of what may

for unmarried couples, protect-

own unique contributions to

move ahead with a new life.”

likely happen in a courtroom,

ing their interests in the event of

our world. Having both parents

providing my clients with the

a breakup.

work toward that same goal

A caring and compassionate

information they need to make

is an incredibly powerful and

marital and family law attorney,

good decisions and resolve the

When parents are divorcing,

necessary step in the right di-

Yaffa helps clients come to

issues,” she adds.

Yaffa provides legal guidance

rection.”

Yaffa & Associates, P.A. is located at 301 Yamato Road, Suite 2190, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-276-3880 or visit yaffapa.com.

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The names will bring you in… but the food will bring you back!

Vic & Angelo’s serves up delectable, rustic Italian cuisine, including soul-satisfying house-made pastas, crispy, thin-crust pizzas, refreshing salads, fresh fish and seafood, and enticing veal and chicken dishes, in a warm and welcoming setting.

The Office is a modern American gastropub that serves delicious, gourmet comfort food, in a setting reminiscent of a luxurious home office. Menu favorites include an array of juicy burgers, inventive salads, swell sandwiches, wonderful appetizers and mouthwatering seafood, chicken and beef entrees.

• Lunch & Dinner Served Daily • • Early & Late Happy Hour at Indoor & Outdoor Bars • • Brunch Served Saturday & Sunday • • Indoor and Outdoor Dining •

• Lunch & Dinner Served Daily • • Early & Late Happy Hour at Indoor & Outdoor Bars • • Dine Indoors or on the Patio •

290 E. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach • 561-278-9570 4520 PGA Blvd. • Palm Beach Gardens • 561-630-9899 vicandangelos.com

201 E. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach • 561-276-3600 theofficedelray.com


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THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS STREET FARE: Locals stroll the Avenue at last year’s festival

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Second Annual Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival Returns

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ourmet food. Delicious wine. Stunning water views. With the weather finally cooling, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the Second Annual Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival. The free event, which is slated for November 9-10, will take place along East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach (Rand McNally’s choice for “The Best Fun Small Town in America”). Organizers have expanded the offerings from the inaugural event and promise an even bigger, better festival with 150 exhibitors, live music on two stages, culinary seminars and two wine gardens (wines can be purchased by the case at special prices). Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Avenue, stopping to sample a glass of wine here, a lobster roll there. Or perhaps you’d enjoy a Creole platter, coconut shrimp, fried clams, conch ceviche, gazpacho, lump crab fritters, mussels, fish tacos, crab cakes or Louisiana lobster puffs… the offerings will be endless. Want to learn the secret to the perfect pairing of wine and food? Renowned chefs will team up with global

wineries to share behindthe-scenes information via eight informative seminars, including “Taste of Sonoma” with Chalk Hill-Sonoma and Caffe Luna Rosa (featuring Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Estate Red); “Taste of Italy” with Castello Banfi-Tuscany and SoLita Italian (featuring Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio, Fontanelle Chardonnay, Banfi Summas and Brunello di Montalcino); and “Taste of South America” with CYTSouth America and Papas Tapas (featuring Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay, Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc, Trivento Gold Malbec and Don Melchor Cabernet). Live entertainment on the Main Stage will include performances by Sarah Hadeka, a singer, songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist; awardwinning vocalist Pamela Johnson; and Matt Farr, who blends soulful lyrics, classic grooves and vintage tunes. O The festival takes place in Downtown Delray Beach on the east end of Atlantic Avenue, from the Intracoastal Waterway to A1A. For more information, call 561-279-0907 or visit dbwineandseafood.com.

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POP GOES THANKSGIVING } } STICK TO CLASSIC MINIATURES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Pie is synonymous with Thanksgiving, be it apple, pumpkin, pecan… And while the intention might be to eat “just a small slice,” how often does that really happen? Author and former pastry chef Carol Hilker offers some sweet and savory solutions to combat overindulgence in her book, “Pie Pops,” a collection of classics served in miniature. Not only do these desserts and appetizers taste good, but they make great conversation pieces at dinner parties. These recipes prove good things do indeed come in small packages.

QUICHE LORRAINE POPS These savory egg-custard pies mixed with veggies originated in the 14th century. These tasty miniature versions make them current—and really cute. They make perfect finger food for a holiday buffet table. (Makes 24) INGREDIENTS FOR SHORTCUT PASTRY 2½ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. dried mixed herbs 1 tsp. salt 2 sticks butter, chilled and diced 1 egg, beaten, mixed with 2 tbsp. milk for egg wash ¼ cup brown sugar

INGREDIENTS FOR QUICHE FILLING 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 large onion, diced 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 lb. cooked bacon, finely chopped 3 eggs ½ cup plus 1 tbsp. heavy cream 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. sour cream Pinch of ground nutmeg ¼ tsp. ground black pepper ½ tsp. salt 1 cup grated Swiss cheese INSTRUCTIONS Required Tools: 3-inch round cookie cut-

ter; 24-hole mini tartlet pan, greased; parchment-lined baking sheet; 24 cake pop sticks. For Pastry: Put flour, granulated sugar and salt in food processor; pulse to incorporate. Add butter; mix on high for 10 seconds. Pour 1 1/2 cup icecold water into mixture and combine again by pulsing food processor for 20–30 seconds. Wrap pastry with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge while making filling. Preheat oven to 350°F. Put pastry on floured work surface and roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Stamp out 24 pastry rounds with cookie cutter; chill in fridge 5-10 minutes. Fit

pastry rounds into tartlet pan and prick with fork. Put in freezer while preparing filling. For Filling: Heat oil in skillet; cook onion 3-4 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; mix in bacon, reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish. Set aside to cool. Using hand-held whisk, beat eggs, cream, sour cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper until well-combined. Remove tartlet pan from freezer. Put 1-2 tablespoons of bacon mixture into each pie shell. Fill each with egg mixture until 3/4 full. Top with grated cheese; bake in middle rack of preheated oven 12-15 minutes. Set aside to cool; turn out quiches onto lined baking sheet. Make small horizontal slits in sides of each quiche. Slowly insert cake pop holders into each slit; put quiches in fridge at least 2 hours, until firm. Garnish tops with reserved bacon. Serve cold or at room temperature.

MINI PORK PIE POPS Traditional pork pies weigh between one and five pounds, making them a substantial meal in themselves. These little

“Pie Pops” is written by Carol Hilker, with photography by Steve Painter. The book is published by Ryland Peters and Small and retails for $16.95. Find it at rylandpeters.com or wherever books are sold.

pig-shaped pops have the same mouthwatering ingredients but are much easier to digest. (Makes 24) INGREDIENTS FOR LARD PASTRY 4½ cups all-purpose flour ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup lard, cubed and chilled 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 egg, beaten, mixed with 2 tbsp. milk for egg wash INGREDIENTS FOR PORK FILLING 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 small onion, finely diced 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 small carrots, diced 1½ lbs. minced/ground pork 1 lb. bacon, diced 1 tbsp. salt ½ tsp. each white pepper, mace and ground nutmeg 6 black peppercorns, ground 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves ½ cup chicken stock INSTRUCTIONS Required Tools: 3-inch pig-shaped


Make an extra batch (they won’t last long). (Makes 24) INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE PASTRY 1¼ cup all-purpose flour ¹/³ cup granulated sugar 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp. salt 6 tbsp. butter, chilled 3 egg yolks, beaten 1½ tsp. vanilla extract

cookie cutter; 24 cake pop sticks; greased baking sheet. For Pastry: Preheat oven to 350°F. Put flour and salt in food processor and pulse. Add lard; mix on high for 10 seconds, or until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add egg; pulse 20-30 seconds, until mixture starts to come together. Wrap pastry with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes. For Filling: Heat oil in saucepan set over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and carrots; sauté for about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool; put onion mixture in bowl with pork, bacon, salt, pepper, spices, ground peppercorns and thyme; mix well. Add stock, 1/4 cup at a time. Cover and chill in fridge until needed. Put pastry on floured work surface and roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Stamp out 48 pastry shapes using cookie cutter; put in fridge to chill. Remove pastry shapes from fridge and lay out on greased baking sheet, spaced 1 inch apart. Paint rims of 24 shapes with egg wash; put cake pop stick in middle of each. Top with 11/2 tablespoons of pork filling 1/2 inch from pastry edges. Top with another pastry; press edges gently to seal and coat with egg wash. Bake in middle rack for 15 minutes; lower temperature to 325ºF and bake for 30 more minutes, or until golden brown.

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER PIE POPS Chocolate and peanut butter are perfect partners. This recipe elevates this winning combo into a creamy, dreamy dessert made even more decadent with a rich chocolate coating.

INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER MIX 1½ cups smooth peanut butter 1 egg, beaten, mixed with 2 tbsp. milk for egg wash 1 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted INSTRUCTIONS Required Tools: patterned stamp;

parchment paper-lined baking sheet; 24 cake pop sticks; 2½-inch round cookie cutter. For Chocolate Pastry: Put flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt in food processor; pulse to incorporate. Add butter; mix on high for 10 seconds. Put egg yolks in a bowl, add vanilla extract; mix to combine. Add the egg mixture to butter and flour; pulse in the food processor for 20–30 seconds. Wrap pastry with plastic wrap. Chill in fridge while making filling. Preheat oven to 350°F. Put pastry on floured work surface; roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Stamp out 48 pastry rounds using cookie cutter and press with patterned pastry stamp (optional). Put back in fridge; chill 5-10 minutes. Take

pastry rounds from fridge, coat with egg wash and lay 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Put cake pop stick in middle of half of pastry rounds; add 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Top each with another pastry round; press gently to seal edges of the pies. Cut small slits in pies and bake in middle rack for 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven; cool completely. To finish, partially dip pies in melted chocolate and lay on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Leave to set completely before serving.

BOSTON CREAM PIE POPS

milk over medium heat in saucepan. Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch and salt in heatproof bowl. Gradually whisk remaining milk into cornstarch; whisk in egg. Once milk boils, gradually add to cornstarch mixture in bowl, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan, stirring continuously. Simmer 2 minutes; stir in vanilla extract. Chill in fridge until set. For Cake Batter: Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt together twice and set aside. Cream butter and sugar in large bowl until sugar dissolves; add egg yolks, one at a time, beating on

This rich dessert was created in 1856 by an Armenian-French chef at Boston’s Parker House Hotel. Here, the classic New England dish is adapted into bite-sized portions, capturing all the flavor—right down to the cherry on top. (Makes 24) INGREDIENTS FOR VANILLA PASTRY CREAM 1¹/³ cup whole milk ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 tbsp. cornstarch Pinch of salt 1 large egg 2 tsp. vanilla extract ²/³ cup heavy cream

INGREDIENTS FOR CAKE BATTER AND FINISHINGS 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 1 stick butter, at room temperature, cubed ¾ cup granulated sugar 4 egg yolks 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5 tbsp. milk 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 cups heavy cream, whipped 24 black cherries, fresh or canned INSTRUCTIONS Required Tools: 24-hole greased

mini cupcake pan; piping bag fitted with a star-shaped nozzle; 24 upright pie pop holders. For Vanilla Pastry Cream: Scald 1 cup

high with hand-held whisk for five seconds each time. Stir in vanilla extract. Add 1/3 cup of flour mixture to egg and sugar mixture, stir to incorporate; stir in 2 tablespoons of milk. Repeat until egg mixture and milk are used up. Fill holes of mini cupcake pan 3/4 full of batter. Bake pies 12 minutes (rotate pan halfway through). Remove from oven; cool 15 minutes before placing on wire rack. When cooled, cut cakes in half horizontally. Put 2 teaspoons of vanilla pastry cream onto bottom halves of each cake; top with remaining halves. Put cakes in fridge to firm. Meanwhile, put chocolate chips in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water. When chocolate is melted, remove from heat; top each assembled pie with 1 teaspoon melted chocolate. Return pies to fridge to set; mount pies on upright pie holders, use piping bag to pipe swirls of cream on top of each pie. Top with a cherry to serve. O NOVEMBER 2013

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FRESH FAVORITES Italian Eatery Ristorante Sapori A Tasty Triple ThreatBY LINDA HAASE

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ou won’t find Chicken Parmigiana on the menu at Ristorante Sapori. Ditto for Spaghetti and Meatballs. Just what kind of an Italian restaurant is this? The kind that uses herbs, lettuce, peppers and other vegetables freshly picked from the aromatic garden located right outside the front door. The kind that isn’t afraid of bold flavors and innovative cuisine. The kind that serves large dollops of freshly made pesto butter and roasted garlic butter with just-outof-the oven loaves of baked bread delicious to the last morsel. The inspiration for the Boca Raton restaurant comes from Chef/Owner Marco Pindo, who believes that pioneering cuisine makes for palate-pleasing moments. After all, he points out, Sapori means “flavors” in Italian—and coming from the Abruzzi region of Italy, 116

BOLD FLAVORS: (Clockwise from Top) Chef/Owner Marco Pindo picks herbs and spices from his restaurant’s garden; the chef’s award-winning Rigatoni Sapori; Beef Short-Rib Ravioli

he knows of what he speaks. He must be doing something right. The award-winning restaurant has been in business for 20 years—not an easy feat in this gastronomically challenged world. And the cozy ambiance and welcoming staff here make it a triple threat. For starters, we suggest the Baked Sea Scallops New England-Style or the Baked Shrimp Oreganata (my dining companion and I couldn’t decide which we enjoyed more). Chef Pindo’s specialties run the gamut, but his homemade pastas and sauces are renowned (they’re the authentic kind traditionally served in Italian homes and trattorias). Here, diners can find every shape, flavor and filling imaginable, including

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Rigatoni Sapori, Chef Pindo’s award-winning recipe. Diced prosciutto and sweet onions are interlaced with mascarpone cheese and fresh basil, then topped with his special secret tomato sauce. If you’re lucky enough to dine on a night when the Agnolotti pasta topped with truffle parmesan sauce is on the menu, be sure to order it. The melt-in-your-mouth creamy filling of queso blan-

co, pecorino, parmesan and ricotta cheeses juxtaposes perfectly with the freshly made pasta. And be sure someone at your table orders the Snapper Siciliana, a mouthwatering meld of diced eggplant, tomatoes and capers atop the tender fish. Carnivores are not forgotten here: the Roasted

Veal Chop with shallots, plum tomato and rosemary and the Breast of Chicken Milanese topped with arugula and bruschetta are sure to please. The desserts are homemade as well, served in individual square ramekins, and just enough for a sweet ending. O

where Ristorante Sapori is located at 301 Via de Palmas, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-367-9779 or visit ristorantesapori.com.


The Seagate Country Club

From intimate holiday gatherings to lavish affairs, we’ll make sure you’re all set. The Atlantic Grille

With outstanding amenities, customizable facilities and unwavering attention to detail, The Seagate offers an array of venues to bring your vision to life. Gather with guests in our elegant dining rooms and let our catering team fulfill your every wish. Whether you choose our chic new Country Club, our exquisite Hotel ballrooms or the sleek Atlantic Grille, The Seagate has the ideal setting to set your party apart.

Plan your holiday party today. Contact our catering department at 561.665.4842. Enjoy reduced guest room rates for parties booked in the Hotel’s ballrooms, Atlantic Grille or The Seagate Country Club, November 1, through December 20, 2013.

1000 East Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, Florida 33483


taste  listings

B I T E S/

AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSES ABE & LOUIE’SGlades Plaza

❘ 2200 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.0024 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday,

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. ATLANTIC GRILLESeagate Hotel & Spa ❘ 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.665.4900 ❘ Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. BISTRO NNordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton ❘ Second Floor ❘ 5820 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.3286 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Monday-Sunday. III Forks Prime Steakhouse’s Rib-eye Steak

BISTRO 241241 N.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.4080 ❘ Lunch and dinner daily. BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE

Cinemark Palace 20 ❘ 3200 Airport Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.3044 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BONEFISH GRILLShoppes at

Boca Grove ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.483.4949 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly. BREWZZIGlades Plaza ❘ 2222

Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2739 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. BURT & MAX’SDelray

Marketplace ❘ 9089 W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.6380 ❘ Lunch and Brunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner daily. BUTCHER BLOCK GRILLFoun-

tains Center ❘ 7000 West Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561-409-3035 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE CAPITAL GRILLETown

Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.1077 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. CHOPS LOBSTER BAR101

Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.395.2675

TWO GEORGES AT THE COVE MARINA1754 S.E. Third Ct. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.421.9272 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CUT 432432 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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estaurants across South Florida will serve heaping portions of patriotism on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. In order to thank American servicemen and women for their sacrifice, several eateries will offer complimentary meals. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale will offer a Veterans Special on November 11-12, when veterans will be offered two authentic Brazilian Rodizio meals for the price of one, valued at $52.50. The hearty meal includes top sirloin, ribs,

DADA52 North Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.3232 ❘ Dinner nightly. FIFTH AVENUE GRILL821

S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0122 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. GRAND LUX CAFETown Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2141 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE GRILLE ON CONGRESS

5101 Congress Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.9800 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

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lamb, pork, chicken, sausage and fish, along with access to the gourmet salad bar and side dishes. In Palm Beach Gardens and Hallandale, III Forks Prime Steakhouse on November 11 will welcome veterans and active-duty military with free entrees worth $35 at its restaurants. A similar offer will be extended at Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican, where its Hallandale and Palm Beach Gardens locations will offer free $15 entrees. To receive the offers, diners must

HENRY’SThe Shoppes at

Addison Place ❘ 16850 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.1949 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. HOUSTON’S1900 N.W.

Executive Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0550 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. J. ALEXANDER’SUniversity Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9875 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. KARMA SUSHI STEAKBAR

present valid military identification or discharge papers. For more information about III Forks Prime Steakhouse, call 954457-3920 in Hallandale or 561630-3660 in Palm Beach Gardens, or visit iiiforks.com. For more information about Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, call 954-712-0580 or visit chimasteakhouse.com. For more information about Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican, call 954457-7662 in Hallandale or 561622-1223 in Palm Beach Gardens, or visit cantinalaredo.com.

Mizner Park ❘ 346 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.3999 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. KATHY’S GAZEBO CAFE4199 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.6033 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. KEE GRILL17940 N. Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.995.5044 ❘ Dinner nightly. MARIPOSANeiman Marcus

at Town Center ❘ 5860 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2320 ❘ Lunch daily.


taste  listings MAX’S GRILLEMizner Park ❘ 404 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.0080 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

REBEL HOUSE 297 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.5888 ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.544.8100 ❘ Lunch daily except

RED, THE STEAKHOUSE

MAX’S HARVEST169 N.E.

Wyndham Hotel ❘ 1901 N. Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.9139 ❘ Dinner nightly.

BUDDHA SKY BAR217 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.450.7557 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.381.9970 ❘ Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE

The Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.7724 ❘ Dinner nightly. NEW YORK PRIME2350 N.W.

Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.3881 ❘ Dinner nightly. OCEANS 234234 N.

Ocean Blvd. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.428.2539 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. THE OFFICE201 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.3600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PARK TAVERN32 S.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.5093 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

Mizner Park ❘ 225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.6746 ❘ Dinner nightly. SALT SEVEN32 S.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.7258 ❘ Dinner nightly. SEASONS 522300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.9952 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SIX TABLES112 N.E. Second St.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6260 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday by reservation. SUNDY HOUSE106 S. Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.5678 ❘ Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner TuesdaySunday, Brunch Sunday.

THE PAVILION GRILLE301 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.0000 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

THE BUTCHER BLOCK GRILL7000 W. Camino

RACKS DOWNTOWN EATERY & TAVERN Mizner Park ❘

ASIAN/SUSHI

402 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1662 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

ASIA SUSHI/WOK/GRILL (KOSHER)The Fountains ❘

Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.409.3035 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

7600 Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ The Office in Delray Beach

Saturday, Dinner nightly except Friday and Saturday.

BLUEFIN SUSHI THAI GRILL

861 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.981.8986 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. CAY DA VIETNAMESE7400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0278 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR (KOSHER)Wharfside ❘

6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily. Closed Friday night. 561.395.1109

FAH ASIAN BISTROBoca Valley

Plaza ❘ 7461 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.0400 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. HOUSE OF SIAM25 N.E.

Second Ave., #116 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 561.330.9191

JAPANGORegency Court ❘

3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ Shoppes of Parkland ❘ 7367 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.4268 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Delray Marketplace ❘ 14811Lyons Rd. ❘ #106 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.9996 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Friday-Saturday. 561.999.1263Riverstone

KAO TONG217 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. KAPOW! NOODLE BARMizner Park ❘ 431 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7322 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. KIN NOODLE BAR200 S.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8777 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly. LA TRE249 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly. LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO

420 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.5050 ❘ Lunch

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Monday-Friday Dinner nightly.101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8181 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. MAI HIBACHI4801 Linton Blvd.

❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.2766 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. PEI WEIFifth Avenue Shops ❘ 1914 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561. 226.02907152 Beracasa Way ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.322.1001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO

University Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.3722 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly. PINE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT1668 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.7534 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly. RISE MODERN ASIAN CUISINE AND SUSHI6060

S.W. 18th St., #108 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.8808 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 8841 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.8788 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SHINJU BUFFET7875 Glades

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.488.4040 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SPICY GINGER6020 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.3388 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Dinner Saturday-Sunday. STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILLTown Center ❘ 6000 Glades

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.7500 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SUSHIGO477 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7888 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner ThursdaySunday. SUSHI RAYShops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9506 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI THAI100 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.


taste  listings TEMPURA HOUSEThe Reserve ❘

9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.883.6088 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

DORSIA RESTAURANT5837 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.961.4156 ❘ Dinner daily.

UNCLE TAI’SThe Shops at Boca

FLEMING’S BISTRO6060 S.W.

Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8806 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

18th St., #103 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1117 ❘ Dinner TuesdaySunday.

BIERGARTENRoyal Palm Place ❘ 309 Via De Palmas #90 ❘ 561.395.7462 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE

JOSEF’S TABLEPolo Shops ❘

271 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #41 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.0087 ❘ Lunch and Dinner nightly.

5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.2700 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

GREEK

YOKOHAMA9168 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1707 60 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9328 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

LA CIGALE253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday.

BARBECUE LUCILLE’S BAD TO THE BONE BBQ Regency Court ❘ 3011 Yamato

LE RIVAGE450 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.0033 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

❘ 561.997.0027 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

GERMAN

ESTIA TAVERNA & BARRoyal

Palm Place ❘ 507 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.245.8885 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. IT’S ALL GREEKThe Reserve ❘ 9704 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.883.6337 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9557 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.6633 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

MILOS TAVERNA1600 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.6720 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

MISSISSIPPI SWEETS BBQ CO.

ST. TROPEZ7860 Glades

2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.6779 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday.

Rd. Suite 130 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

TAVERNA KYMA6298 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.2828 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

PA BBQ GRILL1198 N. Dixie Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.416.7427 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & GIFTS

INDIAN

SHORTY’S BAR-B-QThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.0024 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL1332 N.W.

OLIO BISTRO42 S.E. Second

561.368.4119

4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.5155 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday. THE BOCA BEACH HOUSE887 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.8850 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Thursday-Tuesday. Closed Wednesday.

FONDUE

Second Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0161 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

THE MELTING POT5455 N.

OLD CALYPSO900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

FRENCH

ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN BISTRO2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.465.3167 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily1179 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.910.1562 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

CONTINENTAL BOHEME BISTRO1118 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.4899 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.997.7472

BISTRO PROVENCE2399 N.

Wharfside Plaza ❘ 6909 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8838 ❘ Lunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. CASA D’ANGELO171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.1703 ❘ Dinner nightly. DAVITO’S19635 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.2323 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. DOMINICS8177 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.3186Westwinds of Boca ❘ 9834 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.6325 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. FERRARO’S8208 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.477.2750 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. FRANK & DINO’S718 S.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 954.427.4909

ITALIAN

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.0668 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Monday.

ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZAShops at Boca Grove ❘

21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.6600115 N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7911 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ARTURO’S6750 N. Federal

CARPE DIEM110 E. Atlantic

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLEThe Shops

561.455.2140

Ave., #120 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday.

at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.3777 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

CASIMIR BISTRORoyal Palm

CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean

Place ❘ 416 Via De Palmas, #81 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9404 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL

IL BACIO29 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.865.7785 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.7373 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Champion Blvd, #D3 ❘ Boca Raton

Town Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2805 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

CURRIES & MORE217 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

Federal Hwy., #4 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2340 ❘ Dinner nightly.

MIMOSAPolo Shops ❘ 5030

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN

CAFE MED BY BICE2096 N.E.

Second Ave. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.5840 ❘ Lunch WednesdaySunday, Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday.

JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT5751 N. Federal

LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT159 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2081 ❘ Dinner MondaySaturday. LA LUNA BISTROThe Polo Shoppes ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.1165 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. LA VILLETTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE4351 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8403 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. MAGGIANO’S21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MARIO’S OSTERIA1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.239.7000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


CHEF FRANK ROSANO & WIFE ANTONELLA Exclusively at Villa Rosano

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6370 N. State Rd 7 ❘ Coconut Creek ❘ 954.420.3100 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. MARIO’S RISTORANTE & WINE BAR

MATTEO’S RESTAURANT233 S. Federal Hwy.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.0773 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Genuine Cuisine From The Homeland The Boca Raton Observer

Best Of Boca And Beyond 2009

MEATBALL ROOMRegency Court ❘ 3011

Yamato Road, Suite A19 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561-409Lunch and Dinner daily.

4111 ❘

NICK’S NEW HAVEN-STYLE PIZZERIA & BAR2240 N.W. 19th St., Suite 904 ❘ Boca

Boca Raton Magazine

Raton ❘ 561.368.2900 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

One Of Those Fabulous Finds

NINO'SFifth Avenue Shops ❘ 1930 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8990 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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PASTA FEVER4251 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.0012 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Monday. PELLEGRINO'S RISTORANTE 3360 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS ~ NOW ACCEPTING CALL AHEAD SEATING Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

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PICCOLINO RESTAURANT78 S. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8858 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. POSITANO4400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly. RAFFAELE RISTORANTERoyal Palm Place ❘ 508 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.1110 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday, Closed Sunday-Monday. RENZO’S OF BOCA5999 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.3495 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. RISTORANTE SAPORIRoyal Palm Place ❘ 99

Royal Palm Place ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.9779 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SAPORISSIMO366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2333 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Monday. TABLE 42 KITCHEN & WINE BARRoyal Palm

Place ❘ 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.826.2625

TANZYiPic Theaters at Mizner Park ❘ 301 Plaza

Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.922.6699 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. TERRA FIAMMADelray Marketplace ❘ 9169

West Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.495.5570 ❘ Sunday-Saturday Lunch and Dinner, Monday Dinner only. TRAMONTI119 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1944 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

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taste  listings TRATTORIA ROMANA499 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.6715 ❘ Dinner nightly. TUCCI'S FIRE N COAL PIZZA 50 N.E. First

Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.2930 ❘ Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner nightly. VIC AND ANGELO’S 290 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.9570 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLA ROSANOThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint

Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.0112 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. VINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS114 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0030 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

LATIN AZUCAR CUBAN CAFEBoca/Ray Plaza ❘ 4900 Linton Blvd. Suite 14 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.495.4427 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT3350 N.W.

Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Sunday. CABANA RESTAURANT105 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PADRINO’SMission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MEDITERRANEAN/TURKISH ANATOLIA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

212 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.4000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BOCA SKEWERSMizner Plaza ❘130 N.E.

Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9961 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. MOZART CAFE (KOSHER)The Fountains ❘ 7300 W. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.3412 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Saturday-Thursday.

MEXICAN BAJA CAFE UNO201 N.W. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.5449 ❘1310 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.1305 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. 101 CANTINARoyal Palm Place ❘ 133

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The Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.416.2131 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SEÑOR BURRITO513 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.347.6600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. UNCLE JULIO’SMizner Park ❘ 449 Plaza

Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.300.3530 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

ORGANIC APROPO KAFE147 S.E. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.1223 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 4TH GENERATION ORGANIC MARKET

75 S.E. Third St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.9920 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

PUB/SPORTS BARS BRICK YARD MICRO BREWERYThe Garden

Shops ❘ 7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch Saturday, Dinner nightly.

561.544.0001

DUFFY’S SPORTS GRILL21212 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0552 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN

5050 Town Center Circle, #247 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Sunday. HOLLOWAY'S PUBRoyal Palm Place ❘ 504 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8445 ❘ Dinner nightly. HOOTERS Boca Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8903 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. HURRICANE GRILL & WINGSMission Bay ❘ 10125 Glades Rd. ❘ 561.218.8848 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Palm Place ❘ 111 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #9 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.5208 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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YARD HOUSEMizner Park ❘ 201 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.417.6124 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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MILLER’S ALE HOUSEShoppes at Blue Lake ❘ 1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.9142 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.Boca Lyons Plaza ❘ 9244 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.2989 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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BEN’S NY KOSHER DELIThe Reserve ❘ 9942 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


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Honoring 2014 Ambassador of the Poor Mr. Jay DiPietro President, Boca West Country Club

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Neighborhood favorite AT DELRAY MARKETPLACE Terra Fiamma serves up Classic & Contemporary Italian fare in a beautiful setting complete with an indoor outdoor bar and ample patio dining. Conveniently located just west of the Turnpike on Atlantic Avenue, they offer a menu that will be sure to please all palates. Choose from pasta, chicken veal or seafood dishes. Fresh fish is delivered daily and there is also a daily offering of steaks and chops. They have â&#x20AC;&#x153;dueling ovensâ&#x20AC;? so you can choose between the classic New York pizza or the Wood oven pizza. Creative tapas, including flatbreads and 4 different meatball offerings, an extensive wine by the glass offering and a daily Happy Hour at the Bar definitely makes Terra Fiamma a neighborhood favorite! They also offer convenient take out for those on the go -who still desire a great meal.

(561) 495 - 5570 www.TerraFiamma.com 9169 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach FL 33446

taste  listings CORNER BAKERY CAFEBoca Commons â?&#x2DC; 2240 N.W. 19th St. â?&#x2DC; Boca Raton â?&#x2DC; 561.417.6060 â?&#x2DC; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. GRILL TIME (KOSHER)8177 Glades Rd. â?&#x2DC;

Boca Raton â?&#x2DC; 561.482.3699 â?&#x2DC; Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday.

Polo Shops â?&#x2DC; 5030 Champion Blvd. â?&#x2DC; Boca Raton â?&#x2DC; 561.241.5903 Boca Commons â?&#x2DC; 2240 N.W. 19th St., #700 â?&#x2DC; Boca Raton â?&#x2DC; 561.392.4181 Regency Court â?&#x2DC; 3013 Yamato Rd. â?&#x2DC; Boca Raton â?&#x2DC; 561.997.9911 â?&#x2DC; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. TOOJAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GOURMET DELI

SEAFOOD BOSTONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ON THE BEACH40 S. Ocean Blvd. â?&#x2DC; Delray Beach â?&#x2DC; 561.278.3364 â?&#x2DC; Breakfast Saturday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. CITY FISH MARKET7940 Glades Rd. â?&#x2DC; Boca Raton â?&#x2DC; 561.487.1600 â?&#x2DC; Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. CITY OYSTER213 E. Atlantic Ave. â?&#x2DC; Delray Beach â?&#x2DC; 561.272.0220 â?&#x2DC; Lunch daily, Dinner nightly. DECK 84840 E. Atlantic Ave. â?&#x2DC; Delray

Beach â?&#x2DC; 561.665.8484 â?&#x2DC; Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. 50 OCEAN40 S. Ocean Blvd. â?&#x2DC; Delray

Beach â?&#x2DC; 561.278.3364 â?&#x2DC; Brunch Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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JB'S ON THE BEACH300 N.E. 21st.

Ave. â?&#x2DC; Deerfield Beach â?&#x2DC; 954.571.5220 â?&#x2DC; Lunch and Dinner daily, Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. J & J SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL634 E.

Atlantic Ave. â?&#x2DC; Delray Beach â?&#x2DC; 561.272.3390 â?&#x2DC; Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

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W. Glades Rd. â?&#x2DC; Boca Raton â?&#x2DC; 561.447.2112 â?&#x2DC; Lunch and Dinner daily. LINDA BEAN'S 200 E. Atlantic Ave. â?&#x2DC;

Delray Beach â?&#x2DC; 561.276.2502 â?&#x2DC; Lunch and Dinner daily. RACKS FISH HOUSE + OYSTER BARFive S.E. Second Ave. â?&#x2DC; Delray Beach â?&#x2DC; 561.450.6718 â?&#x2DC; Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. 32 EAST32 E. Atlantic Ave. â?&#x2DC; Delray Beach â?&#x2DC; 561.276.7868

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KIDSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BEST FRIEND

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Society Of Florida Names BMO Private Bank Child Advocate Of The Year

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ue to its significant contribution to help Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Society of Florida carry out its mission, BMO Private Bank has been named the recipient of the nonprofitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s R. David and I. Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate Award. BMO Private Bank has done much for the West Palm Beachbased branch of the statewide nonprofit. In 2011, CHS was the first to benefit from its first local Volunteer Day, when staffers volunteered their time at the CHSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Okeechobee Service Center to revamp two childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play rooms. Additionally, BMO Private Bank has sponsored two of the nonprofitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier events in the Palm Beach County area, including Supper by the Bite and the 2013 For the Love

of Children 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run for Kids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a board member of Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Society of Florida, I have seen the difference that BMO Private Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial support has made in keeping essential services and programs functioning when

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out the fundraising component of its budget, Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Society of Florida would be unable to provide the same level of service.â&#x20AC;? Added Patten, Jr.: â&#x20AC;&#x153;After two terms of service on the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Society of Florida board and chairing the Planned Giving Committee for

As a board member of Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Society of Florida, I have seen the difference that BMO Private Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial support has made in keeping essential services and programs functioning when county and state contracts fall short.

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county and state contracts fall short,â&#x20AC;? said John C. Patten, Jr., director, vice president and wealth advisor at BMO Private Bank. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With-

the past 15 years, I have a deep appreciation for the staff and their daily commitment to serving the needs of children and families in our commu-

nity. Moreover, reflecting on our own three adoptions, my wife Sharon and I believe in the importance of child placements in loving, caring homes that provide not just the necessities of life, but the support, encouragement and hope children may not otherwise receive.â&#x20AC;? Established in 1982 by the late Dave Thomas, founder of Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International, the R. David and I. Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate Award is the single highest honor given by CHS, recognizing individuals and groups that have made a significant impact toward improving the lives of homeless, neglected and abused children throughout Florida. O For more information, call 561-8684300 or visit chsfl.org/home.

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SWEET PARTNERSHIP

IT’SUGAR And The Boca Raton Observer Team Up To Celebrate 10-Year Milestones

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pecialty candy and gift retailer IT’SUGAR will celebrate the grand opening of its 10th South Florida location alongside The Boca Raton Observer, which will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary. During the tasty affair, which is scheduled to take place on November 7 at 7 p.m. at the shop’s newest Delray Beach location, IT’SUGAR will showcase its love for overindulgence in honor of its newest store and the magazine’s decade anniversary. The store will donate all event proceeds to the Alliance for Lupus Research.

Everyone needs a place to let loose and indulge. Floridians love to have fun and that’s what we are all about… – Jeff Rubin, founder, IT’SUGAR

“The Boca Raton Observer is such a staple within Florida,” said Jeff Rubin, founder of IT’SUGAR and a Florida native. “We’re very excited to be a part of the 10th anniversary of such an iconic Floridian magazine and celebrate our grand opening with them.” The 1,938 square-foot location will serve as a playground for the area, introducing residents and visitors alike to its abundance of decadent treats and sweets. “Everyone needs a place to let loose and indulge,” said Rubin. “Floridians

love to have fun and that’s what we are all about, so expanding through Florida is one of the most important steps in bringing my love of candy across the nation and the world.” With more than 1,000 confections from which to choose, IT’SUGAR is the exclusive home to several of the world’s largest boxes of candy, including The World’s Largest Box of Nerds, The World’s Largest SweeTarts Candy, and The World’s Largest Box of Pop Rocks. Featuring an array of choices, IT’SUGAR offers candy in every category, including chocolate, gummy, sour, old school and more. IT’SUGAR also boasts an array of fashion, beauty and novelty items, including irreverent and humorous T-shirts, tech accessories and an exclusive beauty collection of lotions, body mists, shower gels, nail polishes and fragrances. Founded by Rubin in 2006, IT’SUGAR has quickly become one of the largest, fastest-growing specialty candy and gift retailers. The brand has locations and shop-in-shops throughout the globe, in hotspots such as New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Scottsdale, San Diego, Palm Beach, London, Dubai and Grand Cayman. O For more information, call 561-962-3508 or visit ITSUGAR.com.

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Thank You ED AND FREYDA BURNS

THE EDWARD AND FREYDA BURNS ENHANCED LIVING INITIATIVE for your decade-long commitment to Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s

Go Pink Luncheon Your ten years of support for the Go Pink Luncheon has increased awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection for thousands of women and raised millions of dollars for breast cancer programs at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Through the support of The Edward and Freyda Burns Enhanced Living Initiative, the Go Pink Luncheon has hosted 10 years of Celebrity Guest Speakers including 2004 Meredith Baxter 2005 Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker 2006 Peggy Fleming 2007 Geralyn Lucas 2008 Geralyn Lucas 2009 Ricardo Antonio Chavira 2010 Fran Drescher 2011 Kristin Davis 2012 Giuliana and Bill Rancic 2013 Rob Lowe The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute’s Center for Breast Care is one of the nation’s leading centers for the detection and diagnoses of breast cancer

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Stars Announced For 2013 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic

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omedian Jon Lovitz and “Scandal” star Scott Foley will headline the group of celebrities scheduled to attend the 2013 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, the event that raises funds to prevent drug abuse and child neglect. Lovitz, the former “Saturday Night Live” star who has been an event regular for the past decade, and Foley, who plays Jake Ballard on the highly-rated TV series, will be joined by actors

Chris Evert

Jon Lovitz and Scott Foley will be joined by actors Alan Thicke and Kevin McKidd, actress Maeve Quinlan, and musicians Gavin Rossdale and David Cook. Longtime tennis journalist Bud Collins is also on the guest list.

Alan Thicke and Kevin McKidd, actress Maeve Quinlan, and musicians Gavin Rossdale and David Cook. Longtime tennis journalist Bud Collins is also on the guest list. Four members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame are among the group of former pros who will be matched with celebrities, including seven-time singles Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander, 18-time singles Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova and Navratilova’s former doubles partner, Pam Shriver. Other former or current pros assisting with the fundraiser include WTA perennial doubles champions Rennae Stubbs and Lisa Raymond, USTA manager of player development Patrick McEnroe and Brad Gilbert, former coach to Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. The 24th annual event will be held November 15-17 and includes a Ten-

nis Pro-Am and Classic Cocktail Reception at the Boca Resort & Club on Friday, followed by Pro-Celebrity Tennis at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center on Saturday and Sunday. The gala will take place Saturday night at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, highlighted by a Blues Brothers tribute by the Jake and Elwood Blues Revue. Evert has hosted the charity event since 1989 and contributions have totaled more than $20.6 million. Chris Evert Charities partners with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, a public-private partnership blending state and private dollars and investing them in innovative, community-based programs that give Florida children a chance to live free from the ravages of drug abuse and neglect. O For more information, call 561-394-2400 or visit chrisevert.org.

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HEAR THEM ROAR

“Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger Keynote Speaker At Lion Of Judah Luncheon

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ravo TV’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker” star and entrepreneur Patti Stanger will be the keynote speaker at the next annual Lion of Judah Luncheon, scheduled to take place on January 15 at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. About 500 female philanthropists from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County are expected to attend the giving-focused event, themed “Moments, Milestones and Miracles.” “It’s always breathtaking to feel the power of hundreds of women who care and do so much for our local and global Jewish community coming together each year,” said April Leavy, Lion of Judah vice chair.

Margie Marlowe, Monica Goldstein and Marleen Forkas

It’s always breathtaking to feel the power of hundreds of women who care and do so much for our local and global Jewish community coming together each year. – April Leavy, vice chair, Lion of Judah

“Together, we’ll reflect on the personal moments when we truly experienced the power of what we can do, on our milestones as we increase the depths of our commitment, and the miracles of those we have helped,” said Margie Marlowe, who is co-chairing the event with Monica Goldstein. “We’re thrilled to be featuring Patti Stanger, thanks to the great vision and generous endowment of Marleen Forkas,” said Goldstein. Stanger is known for passionately navigating her varied business dealings. A third-generation matchmaker who previously worked in the fashion industry, she’s renowned for giving those who turn to her for help “nothing less than her soul.” Named by Forbes as one of the Top 10 women followed on Twitter, beyond her TV show, Stanger is also a best-selling author, actor and producer. Wells Fargo Private Bank is the sponsor of the Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy. The Lion of Judah programs are sponsored by Baer’s Furniture, Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Ivan & Co. Jewelers. The Boca Raton Observer is the luncheon’s exclusive magazine sponsor. The luncheon couvert is $90, with a Lion level gift of $5,000 or above to the 2014 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign required to attend. Dietary laws will be observed. O For more information, call 561-852-3160, email melissac@bocafed.org or visit jewishboca.org. 138

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DINE AND DANCE

JAFCO To Host 15th Annual Heroes Gala At The Polo Club Of Boca Raton

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ewish Adoption & Foster Care Options (JAFCO) will host its 15th annual black-tie gala on December 7 at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. All proceeds will benefit JAFCO, a not-for-profit organization licensed by the state of Florida’s Department of Children and Family Services to serve abused, neglected, homeless, at-risk and special needs children in MiamiDade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The generosity and commitment of the honorees have enabled JAFCO to provide care and services to children currently under its auspices and has aided more than 4,000 children since the organization’s inception in 1992. This year’s event, chaired by Nanci and Stephen Beyer, along with Carol and Steven Winig, will feature a casino, cocktail reception, fine dining, silent auction, seven-piece band, dancing and a heartwarming presentation featuring JAFCO’s life-saving work. During the gala, JAFCO will present the prestigious Jacob’s Ladder Award for Child Advocacy to Nel and Jonathan Bloom, Dale and Roger Gandall, and Fran and David Krathen. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Ethel and David Sommer. The generosity and commitment of the honorees have enabled JAFCO

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(Back Row) Monica Goldstein, Leslie Sternberg, Lucy Perlin, Jackie Tavares, Carol Winig, Nanci Beyer, Gail Pollak and Lori Gold (Front Row) Bernice Wenger, Kim Kaminoff, Martha Aronson, Nel Bloom, Fran Krathen, Mara Gober and Ilene Hersh

to provide care and services to children currently under its auspices and has aided more than 4,000 children since the organization’s inception in 1992. JAFCO’s programs include family preservation, foster care, adoption, mentoring, group homes, emergency care and crisis centers. In 2009 the organization expanded its mission to include support services and respite care for families raising a child with a developmental disability such as autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities. The new JAFCO Respite and Family Resource Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities is scheduled to open in Sunrise in early 2014. The Boca Raton Observer will be the event’s exclusive media sponsor. O For more information, call Gail Marlow at 954-749-7230, email gail@jafco.org or visit jafco.org.


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NET GAIN

DKJA Booster Club Presents Eighth Annual Tennis Extravaganza

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onna Klein Jewish Academy’s Eagles Athletics Booster Club will present its Eighth Annual Tennis Extravaganza on November 18 at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. Round-robin play, raffle drawings and a buffet luncheon with special guest and international tennis phenomenon Chris Evert are just a few of the highlights.

Spectators are welcome to enjoy the day and to participate in the raffle drawings. Space is limited and registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Tennis enthusiasts will enjoy an incredible day both on and off the courts. Doubles round-robin point accumulation tournaments will take place on the courts of the Polo Club. Teams with the highest point totals at each level will be awarded championship crystal awards contributed by Tiffany & Co. at Town Center at Boca Raton. A delicious lunch, exciting raf-

Eric Lipson, DKJA’s Ernie the Eagle mascot and David Trell

Chris Evert

fles and an awards presentation will culminate the festivities. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the day and to participate in the raffle drawings. Space is limited and registration is accepted on a firstcome, first-served basis. Sign up with a partner, or sign up as an individual and DKJA will arrange for a playing partner. Non-players are welcome. All registrants will receive a special gift bag. All attendees will receive two general admission tickets to the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. The DKJA tennis classic’s check-in starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by the round-robin point accumulation tournament, a doubles exhibition match, opportunities to pose for photos with Chris Evert, the buffet luncheon, prizes and raffle drawing. The event is organized by the DKJA Eagles Athletics Booster Club and presenting sponsors will be Shelly and Arthur Lipson in honor of their grandchildren, and all of the school’s athletes. The Boca Raton Observer is the exclusive media sponsor. All event proceeds will benefit DKJA’s athletic program. O For more information, call 561-852-5007 or visit dkja.org.

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Boca West Country Club’s Jay DiPietro To Be Honored At Food For The Poor’s Building Hope Gala

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ood For The Poor will honor Jay DiPietro, president, COO and general manager of Boca West Country Club, as its 2014 Ambassador for the Poor during its 19th Annual Building Hope Gala. The gala will take place on February 1, 2014 at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. DiPietro is foundation chairman and president of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). The first school Food For The Poor opened after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was built with money raised by CMAA. More than 100 students benefit yearly from the school in Petit Goave, Haiti, thanks to the generosity of CMAA members, as well as Palm Beach country club residents. “The CMAA Club Foundation is honored to have the opportunity through the generosity of members and staff from over 40 private clubs who contributed to make this new school become a reality,” DiPietro said. For more than three decades, Food For The Poor and its donors have worked to bring relief to poor families, caring for their basic needs and

if not all South Floridians, have someone close to them who hails from a country being served by Food For The Poor,” said Carlos Bodden, a Building Hope Gala committee member and partner at Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A. Building Hope Gala attendees will be invited to create a legacy by pledging to build critically needed houses in Ganthier, Haiti during the charity’s live house rally. The evening also will feature an extensive silent auction, cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and dancing. Bidding on silent auction prizes—such as electronics, jewelry, vacations, golf and dining packages—offer opportunities for guests to support the cause. Plumed headdresses, palm trees, multicolored lights and vibrant satin drapes will help create the island spirit at the Caribbean Carnival-themed gala. For the second year in a row, Jason Martinez, co-anchor for WPLG-TV will serve as the gala’s master of ceremonies.

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giving them a chance to live and work again. “The diverse cultural background of South Florida leads me to believe that the majority,

For more information, call 1-888-404-4248 or visit FoodForThePoor.org/boca.

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NIGHT OF FANTASY

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service Plans Spirited Annual Gala And Auction

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ore than 300 prominent guests are expected to attend Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service’s Annual Gala and Auction on December 12 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. This year’s theme: “Imagine… a Night of Fantasy.” “From the moment they enter the spirited cocktail reception, through dinner, entertainment and dancing, we’ll transport our guests to an incredible night to remember,” said Roxane Lipton, who is co-chairing the event with Wendy Legum and Jill Viner. “They’ll also be bidding for an ‘out-of-thisworld’ array of luxury items…”

From the moment they enter the spirited cocktail reception, through dinner, entertainment and dancing, we’ll transport our guests to an incredible night to remember. – Roxane Lipton, event co-chair

“This major yearly fundraiser enables JFS to meet rising needs for the wide array of essential programs and services on which the community has come to depend for 34 years,” said Jill Viner. “It has been an honor and privilege for me to help our community with JFS for more than 18 years.”

Roxane Lipton, Jill Viner and Wendy Legum

“Michele and Larry Blair will receive this year’s Ruth and Norman Rales Humanitarian of the Year Award at the gala, in recognition of their extensive handson volunteer service and leadership,” said Wendy Legum. “Among their JFS efforts, Larry’s 10 years on the board include four as chair. Michele has chaired JFS events, including this season’s Reflections of Hope Luncheon. Together, they have touched the lives of countless individuals.” “We are also excited to present the inaugural Corporate Leadership Award to Craig Donoff, P.A.,” continued Legum. “For more than 28 years, this boutique law firm focused on estate planning, trust administration and probate has proudly and passionately supported many worthy community organizations with which their clients, attorneys and staff are actively involved. JFS is fortunate and proud to be among these causes.” As of press time, sponsors include Marilyn and Stan Barry, Michele and Larry Blair, Isabel and Arnie Friedman, Meryl and Ron Gallatin, Anne and Norman Jacobson, and Shirley and Barton Weisman. Corporate sponsors are Greenspoon Marder Law, Boca Entertainment and The Boca Raton Observer. O For more information, call 561-852-5013, email jillw@rrjfs.org or visit ruthralesjfs.org/gala2013.

THE DONNA KLEIN JEWISH ACADEMY EAGLES ATHLETICS BOOSTER CLUB PRESENTS ITS

Eighth Annual Tennis Extravaganza WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHRIS EVERT AT THE POLO CLUB OF BOCA RATON JOIN US MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013 FOR AN EXCITING MORNING! Doubles Matches, Lunch, Raffles & Prizes For more information call the DKJA Development Office at

561-852-5007 Donna Klein Jewish Academy Development Office 9701 Donna Klein Boulevard Boca Raton, FL 33428

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DKJA's Eighth Annual Tennis Extravaganza will welcome special guest and international tennis phenomenon Chris Evert.


YOU’RE INVITED

December 13, 2013 Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida Benefitting Florence Fuller Child Development Centers Co-Chairs: Robin Deyo & Terry Fedele Honorary Chairwoman: Christine E. Lynn

COMMITTEE Kathy Adkins Linda Behmoiras Karen Foreman Peggy Henry

Fabiola Hooker Lynn Hover Heidi Johnson Lauren Johnson

Amy Kazma Eda Knopf Neil Meany Jackie Reeves

Carrie Rubin Stacey Packer Kelly Thill Nancy Wilkinson

Tickets are $250. All proceeds benefit Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, serving under-privileged children in Boca Raton for over 40 years.

For information, visit ffcdc.org or call 561.391.7274, ext. 128


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IN THE PRESENT

Spirit Of Giving Network And Junior League Of Boca Raton Hold Holiday Toy Drive

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he Spirit of Giving Network’s 12th Annual Holiday Gift Drive hopes to collect toys for more than 4,000 local kids this holiday season. The network, which is working in partnership with the Junior League of Boca Raton, is working with 35 agencies to provide toys to needy children in Palm Beach County. The Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive is a leading project in the community granting holiday wishes to children; it is a grand communitywide project and cannot be done without community support. Locals interested in helping can sponsor a child by fulfilling a gift wish on a gift tag; collect new unwrapped gifts (the organization will provide the collection box); or make a cash or gift cer-

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tificate donation and the organization will do the toy shopping. The idea of a gift drive began back in 2001 when Barbara and Dick

It is one of the biggest collaborative projects we do each year and an impressive example of what is possible when we all join together.

– Karen Krumholtz, executive director, Spirit of Giving Network

Schmidt (founders of Spirit of Giving Network) asked their friends to bring a gift for a child to their holiday house party. The response was overwhelming and the rest is history. The Schmidts continued their efforts

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as the need grew greater and greater each year. The enormity of the work involved with collecting, sorting, storing and distributing gifts became so great that the Junior League of Boca Raton was asked to partner in the event six years ago. “It is one of the biggest collaborative projects we do each year and an impressive example of what is possible when we all join together,” said Karen Krumholtz, executive director of the Spirit of Giving Network. “We are lucky to have been able to

Carolyn Cunningham and Barbara Schmidt

provide gifts to so many children in previous years and thankful to all those who continue to support this wonderful community initiative.” Last year, the gift drive had more than 100 community sponsors in-

cluding: Lynn Financial Group, Jarden Consumer Solutions, SBA Communications, The Continental Group, St. Andrews School, Pine Crest School, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Twister Gymnastics and Cendyn. Holiday Gift Drive founders include Ann Rutherford, Ann Vegso, Barbara Schmidt, Carol Gunnell, Carol Putnam, Carolyn Cunningham, Deanna Rosemurgy, Deanna Wheeler, DJ Lindsay, Jeanette Himes, Marilyn Osborne, Pat McCall, Rita Head and Mayor Susan Whelchel. All have been involved in many aspects of the gift drive for the past 12 years. All gifts and donations must be received by December 9, 2013. Drop-off locations include any Boca Raton fire station, Junior League of Boca Raton and Mercedes-Benz of Delray. O For more information, call 561-3850144, email Karen@spiritofgivingnetwork.com or visit spiritofgivingnetwork.com/holidaygiftdrive.


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lorida Atlantic University’s College of Business has named Jordan Zimmerman, founder and chairman of Zimmerman Advertising, its 2013 Business Leader of the Year. Zimmerman will be honored by the college on February 28, 2014, along with presenting sponsor BB&T, at the 22nd Annual Business Leader of the Year awards breakfast at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. “For more than two decades, FAU’s Business Leader of the Year award has celebrated the accomplishments of exceptional individuals and their ongoing achievements in our business community and society at large,” said Dan Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Business. “I have been incredibly impressed with Jordan Zimmerman. He exemplifies the high standards of this award through his incredible energy and productivity, dynamic creative vision, innovativeness, and many contributions both to his clients, colleagues, and the broader community.” Rob Lowe Zimmerman opened the doors to his eponymous advertising firm in 1984 with 400 square feet of office space inside a Fort Lauderdale strip mall. By 2011, Zimmerman transformed Zimmerman Advertising into a $3 billion powerhouse ad agency with 1,100 associates in 22 offices across 10 states. Throughout the years, the agency has garnered a reputation as an industry leader representing a host of respected national brands, including Nissan, Extended Stay America, Office Depot, AutoNation, Boston Market, Party City, Pep Boys, Dish Network, Saks Fifth Avenue and many more. Since 1991, FAU’s College of Business has presented the Business Leader of the Year award program, honoring the work of outstanding contributors to the overall business climate of the southeast region of Florida and the state. Zimmerman joins other award recipients including Jim Robo, Mike Jackson, Ronald Assaf, Alexander Dreyfoos, Jim Moran, Wayne Huizenga, Carl DeSantis, Bud Paxson, Jerry Levin, Pat Moran, Jeb Bush, Alan Levan, Mike Maroone, Steve Odland and others. O

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STYLISH SOIREE Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton To Host Fundraiser Featuring Designer Roberto Cavalli

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aks Fifth Avenue at Town Center at Boca Raton will host premier fashion designer Roberto Cavalli for a personal appearance and fundraiser to benefit Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. To mark the occasion, the luxury retailer will host a private cocktail party and fashion show with the world-renowned designer on December 4. The event will be hosted by Michelle and John Antonini, Kathy and Paul Adkins and Marcy and Art Falcone. “We are extremely excited and honored to have Mr. Cavalli join us for this very special evening, which is destined to be the premier fashion event in South Florida this season,” said John Antonini, vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. “It brings us great pleasure to be able to share this extraordinary opportunity with Florence Fuller Child Development Centers and to help support their ongoing efforts in this community for the second year in a row.” During the invitation-only event, guests will enjoy an exclusive preview of Cavalli’s Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection. All ticket proceeds will benefit Boca Raton-based Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. Cavalli was born in Florence, Italy to a richly artistic family, and in the early ’70s invented and patented a revolutionary printing procedure on leather, and started creating his nowfamous patchworks of different materials. He chose Paris as the ideal arena to showcase his inventions, immediately getting commissions from the likes of Hermès and Pierre Cardin. At 30, he presented his first namesake collection at the Salon for Prêt-à-Porter in Paris, successively coming back to Italy on the wave of success. His revolutionary style was immediately appreciated by the international jet set and he opened his first boutique in 1972 in Saint-Tropez. Since then, he has become an internationally celebrated design sensation. His vibrant patterns use the most advanced technologies, but his inspiration comes from nature. O

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NOVEMBER 22 No matter which hits the band belts out during the South Florida stop of the “History of the Eagles” Tour, members will surely “Take it to the Limit.” We’d expect no less from the iconic group, known for 40 years of chart-toppers including “New Kid in Town,” “Hotel California,”“One of These Nights,”“Lyin’ Eyes,”“Rocky Mountain Way,”“Best of My Love” and “Take it Easy.” The six-time Grammy Award-winning band has undergone many incarnations through the years, along the way garnering five No. 1 singles, 14 Top 40 hits, four No. 1 albums and an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Original members Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit were recently featured in the well-received documentary, “The History of the Eagles,” and all are part of the current tour. Check out the 8 p.m. show at the AmericanAirlines Arena. No doubt it will be “One of Those Nights.”

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org NOVEMBER 1 “Pink Panther at 50”— Celebrating Henry Mancini Show begins at 8 p.m. NOVEMBER 16, 17, 19, 23 “Mourning Becomes Electra” Show times vary.

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AmericanAirlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com NOVEMBER 5 DRAKE: “Would You Like a Tour” Show begins at 8 p.m. NOVEMBER 22 “The History of The Eagles” Show begins at 8 p.m.

NOVEMBER 24 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Show begins at 7:30 p.m. NOVEMBER 29 “The Yeezus Tour”— Kanye West Show begins at 8 p.m.

NOVEMBER 3, 7, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 25 Miami Heat Basketball Game begins at 8 p.m.

AutoNation IMAX Theater

NOVEMBER 21 THROUGH DECEMBER 15 “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Show times vary.

NOVEMBER 29 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Show times vary. NOVEMBER 1, 5, 12, 25, 27, 30 Panthers Hockey Start times vary.

Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-6637; mods.org

BB&T Center

NOVEMBER 1-17 “The Laser Light Experience” featuring Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, AD/DC, Queen, Kansas and more Show times vary.

NOVEMBER 2 Michael Bublé Show begins at 8 p.m.

1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com

NOVEMBER 4 Paramore with special guests Metric and Hellogoodbye Show begins at 8 p.m.

NOVEMBER 16 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light The Night” Walk (Bayfront Park) Walk begins at 5 p.m.

POWERFUL PIPES: Josh Groban takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on November 6 at BB&T Center

One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7469; thebbtcenter.com

NOVEMBER 6 Josh Groban Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bicentennial Park

Coral Springs Center for the Arts 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs, 954-344-5999;

coralspringscenterforthearts.com NOVEMBER 7 “Bring Sarah Home” featuring Big Daddy Weave Show begins at 7 p.m. NOVEMBER 11 Kenny G Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Cruzan Amphitheatre

601-7 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; cruzanamphitheatre.net NOVEMBER 10 Coastline Festival— A Musiculinary Experience Show begins at noon. NOVEMBER 16 TobyMac Show begins at 7 p.m.

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Hard Rock Live

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5555; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com NOVEMBER 7 Sammy Hagar and The Wabos Show begins at 8 p.m. NOVEMBER 8 Brian McKnight with Musiq Soulchild and Avant Show begins at 7:30 p.m. NOVEMBER 9 Cyndi Lauper with Hunter Valentine Show begins at 8 p.m. NOVEMBER 16 Craig Ferguson—“Hot and Grumpy” Tour Show begins at 8 p.m. NOVEMBER 17 “Stars & Guitars” featuring Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, Love & Theft and Craig Campbell Show begins at 7 p.m. NOVEMBER 22 Gladys Knight Show begins at 8 p.m. NOVEMBER 30 Bonnie Raitt with Paul Brady Show begins at 8 p.m.

James L. Knight International Center

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Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-832-7469; kravis.org NOVEMBER 21 A Tribute to John Denver—“A Rocky Mountain High Concert” Show begins at 8 p.m. NOVEMBER 29 THROUGH DECEMBER 8 “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” starring The Rockettes Show times vary.

Parker Playhouse 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; parkerplayhouse.com NOVEMBER 2 “The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!” Show begins at 8 p.m. NOVEMBER 9 The Piano Guys Show begins at 8 p.m.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek 5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek, 954-977-6700;

seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com NOVEMBER 28 The Peking Acrobats Show begins at 8 p.m.

Sun Life Stadium

2269 N.W. 199th St., Miami Gardens, 305943-8000; sunlifestadium.com

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The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-4620222; browardcenter.org NOVEMBER 14 Jim Brickman Show begins at 7 p.m. NOVEMBER 26 THROUGH DECEMBER 22 “The Book of Mormon” Show times vary.

The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300;

fillmoremb.com NOVEMBER 3 John Legend—“Made To Love 2013” Show begins at 8 p.m.

events NOVEMBER 2 Rawstock 2013 Celebrate a healthy lifestyle with complimentary raw food samplings, live music, door prizes and wellness lectures. Takes place at Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-471-8876 or visit hippocratesinst.org. NOVEMBER 2 Food For The Poor 5K Walk/Run for Hunger Join WPLG news anchor Jason Martinez and raise money for starving children and families in the Caribbean and Latin America. Takes place at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood. Starts at 8 a.m.

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For more information, call 888-404-4248 or visit FoodForThePoor.org/walk. NOVEMBER 2-3 Fourth Annual Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge Avid cyclists and casual riders raise funds for cancer research during this event that offers options ranging from 13 to 170 miles. Benefits University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Takes place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. Start times vary. For more information, call 305943-6799 or visit ridedcc.com. NOVEMBER 3 Second Annual Kids Helping Kids Princess and Pirate Ball A pirate-themed event with cocktails, mocktails, dinner by the bite, a treasure hunt, face painting and crafts. Takes place at the International Polo Club of Palm Beach in Wellington. Starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 561616-1257 or visit ctrfam.org. NOVEMBER 3 Keep Memories Alive— Exercise Your Mind Walk Florida Atlantic University’s Caring Hearts Auxiliary hosts this fundraiser to benefit programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Benefits the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. Takes place at Town Center at Boca Raton in Boca Raton. Starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 561297-4066 or visit fau.edu. NOVEMBER 6 16th Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Enjoy an extravaganza featuring amazing chefs from Miami’s most popular restaurants. Takes place at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 305-477-1192 or visit marchofdimes.com.

NOVEMBER 6 Peruvian Power Foods: The Benefits of Nutrition on our Body, Mind and Spirit with Manuel Villacorta Network, mingle, learn about healthy eating and meet the author during a book signing. Takes place at Marriott Delray Beach in Delray Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-360-0909 or visit usjt.com. NOVEMBER 7 IT’SUGAR Delray Beach Grand Opening Event Join this specialty candy and gift retailer for the grand opening of its 10th South Florida location. Benefits the Alliance for Lupus Research. Takes place at IT’SUGAR in Delray Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-962-3508 or visit itsugar.com. NOVEMBER 7 Eighth Annual Stake in the Future Event Enjoy an open bar, lavish dinner stations and silent and live auctions. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Takes place at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 954739-5006 or visit cff.org. NOVEMBER 7 Business Ability Luncheon This year’s event recognizes Florida Power & Light and TD Bank for promoting disability diversity in their organizations. Benefits Stand Among Friends. Takes place at Jungle Island in Miami. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-297-4403 or visit standamongfriends.org. NOVEMBER 8 Hope Bash Boca: Jeans & Jewels A casually elegant event with silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and entertainment. Benefits Place of Hope at The Ha-

ven in West Boca Raton. Takes place at Boca Raton Resort & Club. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-483-0962 or visit hopeatthehaven.org. NOVEMBER 8 26th Annual Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon This event is presented by the Junior League of Boca Raton and features a silent auction, raffle and fashion show by Neiman Marcus. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 561620-2553 or visit wvoy.org. NOVEMBER 8-10 Boca Raton Garden Club’s Annual Holiday House Fundraiser Shop handcrafted decorations for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, as well as items for year-round enjoyment. Takes place at the Boca Raton Garden Club in Boca Raton. Start times vary. For more information, call 561-994-5642 or visit bocaratongardenclub.org. NOVEMBER 9 Eighth Annual Oasis Compassion Gala This “An Evening in Paris”-themed event includes dinner, dancing, entertainment and auctions. Benefits the Oasis Compassion Agency. Takes place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-967-4066 or visit oasiscompassion.org. NOVEMBER 9 Unicorn Children’s Foundation Casino Royale A festive evening with cocktails, small bites and casinostyle gaming. Takes place at the Ferretti Yacht Showroom in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-6209377 or visit unicornchildrensfoundation.org.


happenings  calendar NOVEMBER 9 Seventh Annual Wild about Kids Gala Cocktails, dinner, music, food and a raffle are on tap for this award-winning event. Benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. Takes place at Four Seasons Hotel Miami in Miami. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 305-4469910 or visit bgcmia.org. NOVEMBER 9 National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Broward County presents this inaugural event, themed “Walking for Mental Health.” Takes place at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 321-439-2967 or visit namibroward.org. NOVEMBER 10 Boca Ballet Theatre Annual Fundraiser Luncheon and Performance “A Princely Affair” features performances by Boca Ballet Theatre dancers and professional guest artists. Takes place at the Boca Ballet Theatre in Boca Raton. Starts at noon. For more information, call 561-995-0709 or visit bocaballet.org. NOVEMBER 10 National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day Event This collaborative effort between the National Parkinson Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation South Palm County Beach Chapter features walking, dancing, entertainment, food and fun. Takes place at Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 561306-2090 or visit npfsouthpalmbeach.org. NOVEMBER 11 Dance the Night Away Gala A winter wonderlandthemed event with dinner, 162

dancing and a live auction. Benefits the Center for Family Services. Takes place at Club Colette in Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-6161257 or visit ctrfam.org. NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Concert A concert featuring patriotic selections to honor all military personnel. Takes place at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-393-7807. NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Commemorative Ceremony The City of Boca Raton, local veterans’ groups, Boca Raton Community High School’s NJROTC and the Mayor of Boca Raton pay tribute to our veterans. Takes place at Boca Raton Cemetery in Boca Raton. Starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 561-393-7807. NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Observance A celebration with the procession of colors, guest speakers and patriotic music. Takes place at Veterans Park in Boca Raton. Starts at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-963-6755. NOVEMBER 11 15th Annual South Florida Veterans Day Dinner A dinner with an address to veterans by Congressman Ted Deutch. Reservations required. Takes place at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-395-4433 or visit bocaratonchamber.com. NOVEMBER 13 14th Annual Women of Grace Luncheon Luncheon and raffle presented by Bethesda Hospital Foundation to benefit the hospital’s Center for Women and Children. Takes place at the Mar-a-

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Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 561737-7733 or visit bethesdahospitalfoundation.org. NOVEMBER 15 Grand Opening Gala of the Broadway Collection Enjoy a tour of The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum’s Broadway collection, a lavish dinner, opening night performance of “White Christmas” and after-party with the cast. Benefits the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Takes place at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum in Boca Raton. Starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call 561-9554329 or visit thewick.org. NOVEMBER 15-17 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic This event attracts stars from the tennis and entertainment worlds for sports action at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach and a gala at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Start times vary. For more information, call 561-394-2400 or visit chrisevert.org. NOVEMBER 16 Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale MAD for MODS Gala: The Sequel Enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, dinner and a “Mad Men” dance party. Benefits and takes place at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-713-0904 or visit mods.org. NOVEMBER 16 10th Annual Fairy Tale Ball—“The Wizard of Oz” Hosted by the Diamond Angels of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, this event features a cocktail reception, dinner,

dancing, live and silent auctions and a classic rock concert. Takes place at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 954-265-3454 or visit diamondangels.org.

This performance and lunch benefits the Symphonia Boca Raton. Takes place at the Delray Beach Club in Delray Beach. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-376-3848 or visit bocasymphonia.org.

NOVEMBER 16-17 Miss ARC Broward Pageant This event celebrates girls ages 5-17 with intellectual disabilities. Takes place at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 2 p.m. For more information, call 954-746-9400 or visit arcbroward.com.

NOVEMBER 23 Beach Bash Indulge in tasty delicacies from South Florida’s hottest culinary establishments and dance to music by South Florida deejays. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Takes place at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 954-7395006 or visit beachbash.com.

NOVEMBER 17 An Evening of Hope A casino-themed event with a silent auction, raffle and entertainment. Benefits the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Takes place at the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Hollywood. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561218-2929 or visit ccfa.org. NOVEMBER 18 Donna Klein Jewish Academy’s Eighth Annual Booster Club Tennis Extravaganza Participate in doubles round-robin tournaments, a buffet lunch and a raffle for the chance to play doubles with Chris Evert. Takes place at the Polo Club of Boca Raton in Boca Raton. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 561-8525007 or visit dkja.org. NOVEMBER 19 Book & Author Luncheon Sponsored by the Levis JCC, this event features best-selling authors Tania Grossinger, Elinor Lipman and B.A. Shapiro. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 561558-2520 or visit levisjcc.org. NOVEMBER 22 Fourth Annual Allegro Society Musical Luncheon

NOVEMBER 23 St. Jude Give Thanks Walk Join supporters in Palm Beach County and nationwide in this walk to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Takes place at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 561-966-6600 or visit stjude.org. NOVEMBER 27 Mizner Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony Kick off the holidays with a 47-foot Christmas tree, giant wooden dreidels, a working toy train set and more. Takes place at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-362-0606 or visit miznerpark.com. NOVEMBER 30 THROUGH DECEMBER 1 14th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival Enjoy arts, crafts and more. Takes place at the intersection of Fourth and Atlantic Avenues in Downtown Delray Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-746-6615 or visit artfestival.com. O


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KRAVIS CENTER CULTURAL SOCIETY ARTSMART LUNCH & LEARN EVENT More than 400 members of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cultural Society gathered at the West Palm Beach venue’s Weiner Banquet Center for a film and talk about Frank Sinatra’s obsession with Ava Gardner. Presenters Lee Wolf and Steven Caras led the candid discussion about the stars’ tempestuous relationship and the event concluded with a performance of Sinatra hits.

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SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES HOPE AND HOME GALA Coconut Creek-based SOS Children’s Villages - Florida held its annual gala at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, where more than 325 family members and friends dined and danced to raise funds for foster kids. The event generated more than $344,000 to benefit the nonprofit’s foster homes and children’s programs.

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TRI COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY PAW-TY TIME EVENT Hundreds of dog lovers and their pooches turned out for the Tri County Humane Society fundraiser at Village Pointe in Boca Raton, which featured a canine fashion show, Happy Dog contest, vendor booths and live performances by Boca Dance Studio, Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Body Scenes and Velocity Martial Arts.

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happenings  flash NATIONAL JEWISH HEALTH NEW DIRECTIONS FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH LUNCHEON More than 200 members of South Florida women gathered for a fundraising luncheon at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton to benefit National Jewish Health, one of the nation’s top respiratory hospitals located in Denver, Colo. Noted dietician Zonya Foco spoke at the event, which raised more than $64,000 for the facility.

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The Boca Raton Observer magazine, that’s who! In honor of our incredible decade in publishing, we’ve got lots of exciting things planned. Be on the lookout for more information about our yearlong celebration!

The new lifestyle store will offer a one-ofa-kind shopping experience highlighted by all-new designer presentations and one of the largest men’s shoe departments in the area. Saks Fifth Avenue will celebrate the grand opening of the new Men’s store with a series of events, starting with an intimate VIP preview dinner on November 20, co-hosted with Armani Collezioni. On November 21, Saks will hold a kick-off celebration and trend presentation benefiting The Florida Panthers Foundation. Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center at Boca Raton, 5800 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-3939100; saksfifthavenue.com.

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BUYER

SELLER

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$1,645,000

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BEL MARRA

839 COVENTRY ST

BOULOS NOHA M

TIPPING CHARLES

BLUE INLET

761 NE MARINE DR

TAMACCIO ANTHONY

MARTENS ELAINE TRUSTEE

$585,000

28-JUL-06

BOCA EAST ESTATES

385 SW 16TH ST

COLAK EVELYN LORENA

GIANNACCINI MICHAEL P SR

$706,824

$327,900

01-SEP-94

BOCA FALLS

12365 RIVERFALLS CT

STERN GARY E

EMERT DARREN

$475,000

$450,000

04-SEP-08

BOCA FALLS

12571 YARDLEY DR

FRIEDMAN HEATHER A

LAUDIA DOMINICK M

$560,000

$309,500

01-JUL-97

BOCA GOLF & TENNIS CLUB

17340 BALBOA POINT WAY

KOLSTAD LON R

PLATZEK STEVEN

$345,000

$370,000

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BOCA GROVE PLANTATION - ISLAND

7141 DUBONNET DR

WATKINS SWAPNA K

ABRAMS RITA

$215,000

$435,000

01-MAY-95

BOCA HARBOUR

761 NE 70TH ST

PLAWINSKA-DUDNICK ANITA

TACA GROUP LLC

$790,000

$595,000

21-AUG-12

BOCA LAKES

3910 NW 27TH TER

FREUND GEORGE

LEVINE MICHAEL

$515,000

$480,000

04-MAR-10

BOCA LAKES

2530 NW 40TH ST

GREENIDGE LORRAINE PARKER

LUCAS TOM

$537,500

$590,000

29-DEC-06

BOCA POINTE CC - CAPTIVA

7553 MARTINIQUE BLVD

BUZAGLO ELI

GREER CARLA S

$304,200

$305,000

14-MAR-13

BOCA POINTE CC - COSTA BRAVA

6417 BRAVA WAY

BRILLIANT LINDA

WEINSTEIN RUTH

$335,000

$195,900

01-AUG-94

BOCA POINTE CC - MERIDIANA

22697 MERIDIANA DR

POLLACK MARTIN

MONSALVE SANDRA M

$220,000

$165,000

28-MAR-12

BOCA POINTE CC - PALOMAR

7159 VIA PALOMAR

ROSENFELD RHEA

DARNELL MARLENE B

$377,500

$340,000

10-OCT-12

BOCA POINTE CC - VILLA FLORA

6424 VIA ROSA

KESSLER DAVID J

BRAGIN WOLFE H

$416,000

$441,000

BOCA RATON POR LA MAR

760 PARK DR W

STEKARDIS RAQUEL

LYNCH JOHN MARK JR INDIV TRUSTEE

$490,000

BOCA WEST CC - ISLAND COURT

19671 ISLAND COURT DR

LANE GAIL

GUSSAROFF SIDNEY

$425,000

$440,000

01-MAY-89

BOCA POINTE CC - VALENCIA

23324 MIRABELLA CIR N

SABBATINO LAURA A

LIEBERMAN HILLEL

$295,000

$250,000

01-DEC-98

BROKEN SOUND CC - CEDAR KAY

2285 NW 53RD ST

CARADONNA FRANK J

FRIEDLANDER JANICE B INDIV TRUSTEE

$170,000

$325,000

BROKEN SOUND CC - CLOISTER

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SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE DATE

$591,000

04-MAR-05

$599,000

31-MAR-00

BROKEN SOUND CC - CLOISTER

5846 NW 24TH TER

SCHACHTER ALAN A

ZIMMERS CLAIRE LIPTON INDIV TRUSTEE

$505,000

BROKEN SOUND CC - FAIRWAY LANDING

5786 NW 21ST AVE

ALOVIS MERYL

KLAHR MARC

$377,000

BROKEN SOUND CC - TANGLEWOOD

6287 NW 23RD WAY

FRIEDMAN EVAN B

MENDOZA ALBERTO J

$660,000

BROKEN SOUND CC - TIMBER MILL

2202 NW 62ND DR

GOLDSTEIN HARRIET

MARTIN JACQUELINE MARY

$168,300

BROKEN SOUND CC - WILLOW GREENS

2252 NW 60TH ST

HALBER SHELLEY R

SCHWARTZ MARILYN L INDIV TRUSTEE

$590,000

$525,000

CARIBBEAN KEYS

5699 NASSAU DR

MANTZOOR SHERI

BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUSTEE

$550,500

$550,300

18-APR-13

COLONNADE AT GLEN OAKS

4801 NW 26TH AVE

SANDLER MICHAEL

GAMMA INVESTMENTS LLC TRUSTEE

$520,000

$610,000

09-MAR-12

ESTANCIA

6780 S GRANDE DR

YOUNG NATHALIE

SIMES JONATHAN

$648,500

$320,000

01-JUN-93

GRANDE ORCHID

6862 ROYAL ORCHID CIR

YODOWITZ EDWARD J

SELLE CHARLES III

$910,000

$860,000

01-AUG-03

LES JARDINS

4560 NW 24TH WAY

DY SHIRLEY

STANGER JEFFREY L

LEXINGTON ESTATES

22171 BRADDOCK PL

BAUMANN PHILIPP

MISSION BAY - THE ISLES

20416 SAN RAFAEL CT

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

28-DEC-07

07-MAY-08 01-DEC-99

$1,250,000

01-JAN-93

GHANNOUM NOURA APARECIDA

$385,000

06-MAR-06

FIGUEROA JOSE R

PIEHL DAVID C JR

$450,000

15936 DOUBLE EAGLE TRL

BUONAVOLANTO CARLO

BARASH KENNETH

15973 D ALENE DR

BAXTER ROBERT L

VOLANTE GABRIEL

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

8381 DELPRADO DR

RICE RANDALL G

LEDER LAWRENCE E

$1,950,000

MIZNER GRAND CONDOMINIUM

400 SE 5TH AVE 705

RUSSEL IRENE S

PERPER SELMA INDIV TRUSTEE

$2,300,000

MIZNER GRAND CONDOMINIUM

450 SE 5TH AVE 1002

WOOLLEY WILLIAM

HERSHMAN BARRY E INDIV TRUSTEE

$2,500,000

MIZNERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRESERVE

16401 VIA VENETIA E

SELLE SUSAN S

BAKER JOANNE

$875,000

NEW FLORESTA

2931 NW 26TH AVE

BLYE ALEXANDRA D

DEICHMAN BRIAN

$670,000

NEWPORT BAY CLUB

6806 NEWPORT LAKE CIR

ELKASRAWY NANCY N

LATINO FRANK INDIV TRUSTEE

$565,000

$380,000

23-JUL-12

$595,000

$582,629

25-OCT-00

$1,610,000

$1,700,000

26-FEB-03

$700,000

24-APR-08 03-NOV-09

$2,896,000

29-SEP-04 06-JAN-10

$552,000

02-JUN-11 03-SEP-08

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE PRICE

$285,000

PRIOR SALE DATE

PALM BEACH FARMS

1501 SW 21ST ST

MARTINO LUCREZIA

METZGER TERRY J

$700,000

PARKSIDE

2245 SW 11TH PL

RONAN HEATHER

GROSSMAN ROY BERNARD INDIV TRUSTEE

$685,250

01-FEB-91

ROYAL PALM YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

281 FAN PALM RD

CAREY THOMAS F

BRUSH EDWARD J

$2,450,000

ROYAL PALM YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

1801 THATCH PALM DR

CHANIN STEVEN H

SCAGGS W JOSEPH

$2,900,000

SANTA BARBARA

6158 NW 23RD ST

SULLIVAN RONALD J

LANDINO ANTHONY M

$645,000

SATURNIA ISLES

9588 SAVONA WINDS DR

LEGASSICK GALE L

ZAMBRANO MARIO HERNANDEZ

$820,000

SEASONS OF BOCA RATON

6074 NW 30TH WAY

STRAUBHAAR ROSALIE GLORIANN

HSBC BANK USA NATL ASSOC TRUSTEE

$730,000

18-JUL-13

STONECREEK RANCHES

9283 HAWK SHADOW LN

SANDOW SUZANNE GLEIBER

KEVORKIAN CHRISTINE TRUSTEE

$875,000

23-DEC-11

THE ESTATES

756 TOLEDO DR

SCHWARTZ ARNOLD

WHITMIRE JULIA MAIURO

THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

9327 GRAND ESTATES WAY

SHAPIRO KENNETH

GROSSMAN LEE ALBERT

$1,120,000

THE PRESERVE

5005 NW 24TH CIR

KANDEL JOANNA ROSS

SANTELLI BRAD

$1,005,000

$820,000

26-OCT-09

THE SHORES

18547 OCEAN MIST DR

RICHARDS SAMANTHA

ZERULIK J ALLAN

$400,000

$283,300

01-AUG-95

THORNHILL GREEN

22256 HOLLYHOCK TRL

COHEN DANIEL

GLADSTONE ROGER N

$955,000

TIMBERCREEK

3201 NW 23RD CT

VALENZUELA MARIANA L VALENZUELA

COVINO CHARLES R

$375,000

$206,000

28-MAY-98

TROPIC ISLE

960 EVE ST

FINCH MICHAEL R

STRAUBHAAR ROSEBUD G

$1,425,000

$1,000,000

30-MAR-12

TUNISON PALMS

600 NW 7TH AVE

LEE STACEY AGNES

CRUZ ROBERTA

$500,000

$377,500

29-OCT-02

WALKER’S ISLE

7700 NE 8TH CT

GREENHALGH MICHELLE M

CLEWNER LAWRENCE

$910,000

WOODFIELD CC - AVALON POINTE

4065 AVALON POINTE DR

NEITERMAN DEBRA

KIER RALPH

$833,500

$610,000

01-SEP-96

WOODFIELD CC - CLUBSIDE

3582 NW CLUBSIDE CIR

KRALSTEIN ANN

RUSKIN ARTHUR S

$728,750

$700,000

10-JUN-04

WOODFIELD CC - HAMPTONS

3245 HARRINGTON DR

MARBACH ELIZABETH S

MEIRI EYAL

$850,000

$410,000

01-OCT-96

21-AUG-01 $1,775,000

23-JUL-09 18-JAN-08 13-SEP-01

$769,480

$900,000

$700,000

30-APR-03

28-MAY-08 01-AUG-13

16-DEC-09

14-SEP-04

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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HOLIDAY FEAST Feed The Hungry Makes Sure Thousands Of Boca Residents Have A Happy Thanksgiving BY EMILY J. MINOR

J

ust about everyone plans for Thanksgiving dinner, even the procrastinators. But with their lists upon lists, the folks behind the Feed the Hungry movement in Boca Raton put the rest of us to shame. They have to. Two days before Thanksgiving— this year it’s on November 26—volunteers at a Boca synagogue and a Baptist church together will feed several thousand people a proper holiday meal with all the trimmings. And they’ve been doing this for 30 years.

We’re not talking takeout. There are fresh-cooked turkeys, sweet potato pies, salads, bread, everything.

– Kati Kristol, marketing director, Congregation B’nai Israel, which partners with Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church for the event

“We’re not talking takeout,” says Kati Kristol, the marketing director for Congregation B’nai Israel, which partners with Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church to pull off the event. “There are freshcooked turkeys, sweet potato pies, salads, bread, everything.” Even music, candles and dancing—all free. Started in 1983 by a small movement at the synagogue that wanted to give back as part of their tikkun olam mission (that is, their obligation to “repair the world”), the annual feast has turned into an ongoing partnership between 184

the synagogue and the AfricanAmerican church, organizers say. The event is held rain or shine in the church parking lot at 200 Ruby Street in Boca Raton. “For the volunteers, especially the children who volunteer, unless you come to an event like this, they don’t understand that even in our midst there are needs,” says congregation president Gary Weiner. The Rev. Winston Anderson, the pastor at Ebenezer Baptist, says the dinner isn’t just for church members. “People come from all different communities,” Rev. Anderson says. “They come in droves.”

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Indeed, B’nai Israel has a bus and helps bring them in. Through the years, the Feed the Hungry campaign has grown from about 400 meals that first year to an expected 5,000 meals this November. Local chefs, many of them from highend restaurants and country clubs, donate their time and food. Stephen Viggiano, the executive chef at St. Andrews Country Club, is the stuffing guy, stashing bits of leftover bread in the freezer all year so he’ll have enough come baking day. “When you can do something special for someone on holidays, that’s nice,” he says. Want to do your part? (Of course you do.) The Feed the Hungry event can always use money to help

pay for tents, tables, chairs, coolers and trucks. All the meat is ordered through Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ in Boca Raton. (Call the restaurant directly at 561-997-9557 to order something for Feed the Hungry.) And organizers would love if you’d suggest to friends, family and neighbors that it’s a worthy cause. “It’s not the type of thing where you feel like you’re eating at a soup kitchen,” says Kristol, who’s been to the event seven times. “It’s a party.” O For more information about Feed the Hungry, call 561-241-8118 or visit cbiboca.org. Since the synagogue has a staff, they handle most of the logistics. That mailing address is 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431.


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