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VOLUME VIII  NUMBER 10

features THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

Simple Acts Of Charity Can Change The World. Here Are 95 Ways To Get Started.

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BUILDING DREAMS

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FALL FOR YOU

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Habitat For Humanity Families Know There’s No Place Like Home

’Tis The Season For An Autumn Harvest Party

52 Glam SLAM } } TENNIS PHENOM CHRIS EVERT MAY BE AMERICA’S SWEETHEART, BUT IN BOCA RATON SHE’S THE GIRL NEXT DOOR


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contents

VOLUME VIII  NUMBER 10

departments OBSERVED HOT STUFF & THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN 21 The Buzz 26 Trends 28 La Vida Boca

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MEDIA BLITZ THE QUINTESSENTIAL ARTS REPORT 31 On Screen 32 In Print 36 On Scene THAT’S LIFE A GUIDE TO PERSONAL GROWTH 41 Relations 44 Parents 48 Destinations

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TASTE THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS 87 Bites 88 Recipes 90 Review 92 Listings HAPPENINGS THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST 115 Around Town 127 Calendar 144 Flash FYI COOL CARS, LOCAL NOTABLES & REAL DEALS 153 Hot Wheels 154 Now & Noteworthy 156 At Home

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GIVING BACK CHARITY NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE 160

BEST OVERALL 2011

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

95 WAYS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

BUILDING DREAMS

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FAMILIES KNOW THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

ON THE COVER: CHRIS EVERT PHOTO BY: TOM DIPACE

FALL FOR YOU

’TIS THE SEASON FOR AN AUTUMN HARVEST PARTY

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SLAM TENNIS PHENOM CHRIS EVERT MAY BE AMERICA’S SWEETHEART, BUT IN BOCA RATON SHE’S THE GIRL NEXT DOOR THE

GIVING ISSUE

NOVEMBER 2011

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11.11 8from the publisher

Season For Giving T Linda L. Behmoiras

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he holidays are upon us, gala season is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to appreciate what we have and give back to those less fortunate.

That’s the spirit in which we bring you our annual Giving Issue, packed with ways to help others—and feel good while doing it. Our cover girl-next-door, Chris Evert, is well aware of the powerful impact altruism can have. The Boca Raton-based tennis champion has been giving back to our community for years through myriad events, including her annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, scheduled to take place this year at the Delray Beach Tennis Center and The Boca Raton Resort & Club on November 11-13. Get to know her better in “Grand Slam” (page 52). Also in this issue we bring you our annual guide to being charitable, featuring 95 ways to volunteer, donate and get involved, as well as calendars to the hottest galas and luncheons in town. We also introduce you to six local residents making a big impact on our community—and the world—by daring to make a difference. Don’t miss this inspiring feature, “The Kindness of Strangers” (page 56). And speaking of inspiring, inside we take a look at Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, the nonprofit organization that builds and provides houses to those who otherwise could not afford them. Get to know five families deeply touched by this organization in “Building Dreams” (page 66). And finally, in honor of the autumn season we provide fabulous tips for the perfect harvest party in “Fall For You” (page 74). We are sure this issue will inspire you to truly appreciate what you have this holiday season and give back to the community in a special way. Best wishes to you and your families for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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11.11 8from the editor

It’s About Time Felicia S. Levine

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t’s been nearly four years, 46 issues and oh, about a zillion articles edited, headlines written, lattes consumed, bullets dodged and deadlines met since I started at The Boca Raton Observer in January 2008—and I’m finally getting around to writing my first Editor’s Letter.

This being Thanksgiving month (one of my favorite holidays), I must acknowledge how truly blessed I feel to do what I do. The brainstorming, working with creative people, keeping tabs on news and pop culture and (hopefully) entertaining you.

As you can see, I’ve been both procrastinating… and busy.

Speaking of which, I hope to chat with more of you over the next year and learn about your interests. Perhaps you have a great story to share? Or an amazing local getaway we don’t know about. Or your second cousin on your mother’s side lives in Boca Raton and was named a finalist on “The X Factor.” Whatever it is, I want to hear about it. Because a community magazine is nothing without its community.

Our small staff has been working extremely hard, and it’s paid off. We’ve received numerous kudos, including several industry awards and even being named Florida Magazine Association’s Best Overall Magazine for 2011 in our circulation category. I know I speak on behalf of my colleagues when I say we are extremely humbled and grateful. That said, I thought it was time for me to say to you, our loyal readers, a long-overdue “Hello.” Please indulge me the privilege of introducing myself: I’ve been in journalism for more than 25 years as a writer, reporter and editor, working for various local magazines and newspapers, as well as freelancing for national publications (including Glamour and Variety). I’ve also been a TV entertainment reporter.

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Wishful Thinking Gabrielle Anwar is a happy woman. Having just completed her fifth season of “Burn Notice,” USA TV Network’s hot Miamibased series, the actress, who plays Fiona Glenanne, an ex-IRA soldier, is still smitten with South Florida and says she’s thrilled the show has been signed for a sixth season. “I love that big ball of fire in the Floridian sky, the youthful energy and the cultural emergence,” says Anwar, 41, who moved to Miami Beach from Topanga, Cal. with her three sons, Willow, Hugo and Paisley. Not only did Anwar fall for Miami Beach, but for one of the city’s most prominent residents: Shareef Malnik, proprietor of The Forge Restaurant | Winebar. She met him while celebrating her 40th birthday at Paradise Farms in Homestead. While chowing down with a pal on an organic feast, she began chatting with Malnik, who was there selecting field-to-table foods and researching new menu ideas. Having a Ball: Gabrielle Anwar

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“Shareef is an extraordinary man with many interests,” says Anwar,

whose hobbies include yoga, painting and writing. “We have moved in together and live a wonderful life with the children.” Anwar will be the celebrity auctioneer on November 5th at MakeA-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida’s 17th annual ball at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, where the evening’s entertainment will feature Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The theme: Truman Capote’s legendary Black & White Ball, which was held for society’s crème de la crème in 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The ball is a favorite of Malnik’s, along with his famous entrepreneur father, Al. “Shareef ’s enthusiasm for the Make-A-Wish ball has been irresistible since we met. It was only a matter of time before I got completely caught up in the cause,” says Anwar, whose distinctively sleek physique will surely be über-glamorously clad. “My duties are to embody enthusiasm in the kind of outfit that would not look so good on Shareef!” – Emily Hall

Got a tip? E-mail the editor at Felicia@bocaratonobserver.com

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GETTING PERSONAL FASHION

Delray Beach designer Wendy White takes fashion personallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;literally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even my license plate is personalized with my initials,â&#x20AC;? says White, CEO of Design My Soles, a company that will embroider your name or initials on shoes, boots, briefcases and more. Simply send your product to Design My Soles and White will create a unique piece of wearable art. Just for you. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many companies that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bedazzleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; products with rhinestones, fabrics and ink stamps, but I believe embroidery is a timeless classic,â&#x20AC;? says the mother of two, who has a marketing and ďŹ nance degree from the University of Maryland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted my mark on the fashion world not to be a fad, but something that would span generations.â&#x20AC;? White also creates personalized scarves and pashminas, which can be purchased directly from her Web site. Next on tap are hats, backpacks, bathrobes, blankets and towels. The best part: For every sale, the company donates a dollar to charity. So not only will you look great after your purchaseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel it. For more information, call 561302-2331 or visit designmysoles.com.

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plus new private-label lotions and potions for bronzing the skin,â&#x20AC;? says Sorrentino, 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;GTLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; now ofďŹ cially stands for Boca Tanning Club,â&#x20AC;? he says with a chuckle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to put them in every state so when I travel I have somewhere great to go and tan.â&#x20AC;?

Mike â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Situationâ&#x20AC;? Sorrentino fell so hard

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for South Florida after ďŹ lming season two of MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mike â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Situationâ&#x20AC;? Sorrentino

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Shoreâ&#x20AC;? here that he bought a condo. But the reality star with the GLT obsession (gym, tan, laundry) and ripped abs had no idea heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d use it so often. Since investing in Boca Tanning Club, a Coconut Creek-based sunless tanning company with 17 Florida locations (including two in Boca Raton), the reality TV star has become a regular ďŹ xture. Sorrentino, along with partner Jen Boronico, says he plans to expand the brand, creating small, affordable spray-tan boutiques for busy professionals and hand-held spray-tan cans for home use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also developing spraytan salons in New York and New Jersey,

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â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Simon Cowell of Fox TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The X Factor,â&#x20AC;? who, after cutting Sunrise singer Melanie Amaro from the competition, felt immediate regret. So he spoke with fellow judges, hopped a plane to South Florida, went straight to Amaroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and invited her back to compete in the ďŹ nals. Naturally, she said yes. As of press time, the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live performances were scheduled to start airing the last week of October. Source: Sun Sentinel

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Diamonds Are A Guy’s Best Friend

Neil Meany Of Tiffany & Co. Shares His Passion For Jewelry, Baseball And Giving Back By Susan R. Miller

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eal diamonds and baseball diamonds are Neil Meany’s greatest passions, and he manages to parlay both into his affinity for charitable living. Group Director for Palm Beach County’s Tiffany & Co. stores, Meany joined the luxury jewelry company three years ago and says he couldn’t think of a better place to work. “Tiffany & Co. is a very socially responsible company. We believe that in the communities we do business, we should give back,” explains Meany, 48, pointing out that his company supports 29 Boca Raton-based charities. When he’s not selling necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings in Tiffany’s trademark little blue boxes, Meany is personally involved in helping numerous nonprofit groups by serving on their boards and committees or raising money. He’s also combined his lifetime love for baseball and membership in the Major League Baseball Player’s Alumni Association with his charitable endeavors. Eight years ago, he began the Legends of Baseball Game & Auction to benefit the Make-A-Wish 28

Foundation in Sarasota. Since then the event has raised more than $115,000 and granted 17 wishes. “It’s a chance for regular guys to pay a fee ($1,000) to come out and play baseball with the pros for a good cause,” says Meany, adding that building a successful fundraiser can be done by any motivated baseball fan. Meany’s son John, 10, has been following in his philanthropic footsteps. When he was only 5 years old, for example, he held a garage sale for Make-A-Wish and raised “$10 or $12 selling little things,” recalls Meany. “He really gets it and his teachers have said he really understands more than other kids the importance of charities.”

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Five years ago, Meany began coaching John’s Little League team and sees it as another great way to give back to his community. He’s also involved with Florence Fuller Child Development Centers in Boca Raton, where he’s on the Board of Directors and a committee member for its annual Wee Dream Ball. He’s also the master of ceremonies for Florence Fuller’s Men With Caring Hearts annual event, which recognizes the accomplishments of men in the community. “Standing up there with those guys, I am honored and thrilled,” he says. “They have done such a fantastic job. My accomplishments pale by comparison.” Florence Fuller’s Executive Director Lorry Herdeen calls Meany one of

her organizations best and dearest board members. “When he makes a commitment to a committee or an event he always shows up willing to work and contributes great ideas,” Herdeen says. “He is as gracious to staff as he is to board members and donors confirming that he realizes how dedicated our staff is. He is our Tiffany diamond.” When customers visit the store, Meany always strives to make it an event. “We have had people come in and get engaged right there. I always keep bottles of Champagne chilled,” he says. “A proposal or engagement is a special time in someone’s life and we are happy to be a part of it.” O


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Fowl Obsession Trio Of Birders Wing Their Way Through “The Big Year” Y

ou probably never considered as a vehicle for fast-paced comedy the static pursuit of birdwatching, or, as Jack Black points out to his denigrating dad, Brian Dennehy, “Birding. It’s called birding, Dad.” But “The Big Year,” a travelogue/nature documentary/competitive farce that pits the considerable comedic skills of Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin in a sort of “The Great Race” of birding, will shatter your preconceived notions of that endeavor, scant though they might have been. Like, for instance, is it a sport? You go, do a few birdcalls, see the bird… As depicted in director David Frankel’s (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley & Me”) film, it’s more like a grueling and expensive obsession if you compete in a contest called the North American Big Year, the winner of which spots the most species in the United States and Canada and is proclaimed champion by the

American Birding Association. This is no-holds-barred competition and, as the film explores, it sometimes leaves the competitor with no life to come back to. The film is based on Mark Obmascik’s book, “The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession.” Obmascik, working at the Denver Post, covered the 1998 Big Year, for which birders gave up their lives for 365 days and traveled thousands of miles to spot rare specimens like the Pinkfooted Goose, Crested Myna and Fork-tailed Flycatcher. In the film, Black plays Maryland software engineer Brad Harris, who chucks his career to try and break the record of birding superstar Kenny Bostick (Wilson), whose 732 birds in a single year seems untouchable—birding’s equivalent of Ted Williams’ batting .406. Completing the menagerie a trois is wealthy New York City power broker Stu Preissler (Martin), who

built his company into a corporate giant and now wants to pursue his avocation even as executive underlings plead with him to help with a possible merger deal. The film is a fascinating primer on birding and the arduous challenges required. But it spends almost an equal amount of time exploring how ardent hobbyists’ relationships are affected by the choices they make. That’s right: You can add to the list of pursuits that can kill a marriage— night shifts, police work, traveling salesman… birding. Who knew? Bostick is obsessed with protecting his record against the hundreds of birders who travel to remote corners of the continent, and his attention soon becomes focused on the serious commitment of Preissler and Harris, who decide to team up in their attempt to dethrone the arrogant but gregariously charming leader, whose charm often turns out

to have a devious component. Many moments of audience recognition occur, including a birding tour boat captain played by a surly Anjelica Huston and Bostick’s birding compatriot Fuchs, played by Tim Blake Nelson. Long-suffering wives JoBeth Williams (Preissler’s) and Rosamund Pike (Bostick’s) handle their isolation differently. Kevin Pollak is one of Preissler’s frustrated vice presidents. You might recognize the voice of John Cleese in a narration segment. Harris’ (Black’s) supportive mom is played by Dianne Wiest. The film has a poignant soundtrack, with many orchestral flourishes accompanying stunning shots of birds, as well as nearly two dozen songs with ornithological references, such as The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” the Eels’ “I Like Birds” and Jeremy Fisher’s “Come Fly Away.” O Rated PG: contains adult language and some sensuality.

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The Snowball: Warren Buffett And The Business Of Life By Alice Schroeder Author Alice Schroeder was hand-picked by Warren Buffett to write his biography and was granted countless hours with the enigmatic American financial icon, along with full access to his family and friends. The result: a comprehensive account of Buffett’s life, how he how he lives it and how he’s become so successful. Some might even say the 900-page tome is too thorough (one reviewer wrote, “I could have done with a little less bang for my buck”). As explained in his book, Buffett is as philanthropic as he is financially savvy. In 2006 he pledged to donate 99 percent of his wealth to charitable causes. Inside, the renowned “Oracle of


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Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth By Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi His theories of nonviolent confrontation to defeat oppression and racism lifted Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to virtual sainthood in his lifetime, a rare pedestal from which to spread his teachings. Gandhi, often called Mahatma, a designation

dela, the personification of the antiapartheid movement in South Africa, is revealed here through his personal letters, diary entries, reminiscences and vignettes. Mandela spent 27 years imprisoned for his beliefs and after his 1990 release was elected the first president of a democratic South Africa that was greatly changed, partly because of him, from the one that threw him in prison. His letters, notebooks and taped conversations create a tapestry of his life and especially his incarceration, when his anger and humiliation over the separation from his family could not win out over his iron resolve to find good wherever he could—even in his prison guards and the system of racism that maintained a long stranglehold

story of the long road Brinker (herself a breast cancer survivor) trod to establishing the world’s best-known breast cancer charity, which popularized the universally recognized pink ribbon with its national highprofile events. The foundation to date has raised more than $1.5 million toward cutting-edge research and community programs.

Mother Teresa (Revised and Updated Edition): An Authorized Biography By Kathryn Spink Mother Teresa, the frail waif of a saint whose

Other books about Gandhi may offer a better explanation of the historical context in which he lived, but his own writings reveal the inner workings of the man.

whose meaning is similar to saint, was a man of courage and principles who became a symbol of human values and nonviolence in populist struggles in his native India and in South Africa and, later, wherever such a struggle existed. His contemplative approach to life led to a large following and his book espouses his beliefs, attempts to achieve purity through simple living, dietary practices (he called himself a “fruitarian”) and devotion to a divine power. Other books about Gandhi may offer a better explanation of the historical context in which he lived, but his own writings reveal the inner workings of the man.

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Promise Me: How A Sister’s Love Launched The Global Movement To End Breast Cancer By Nancy G. Brinker with Joni Rodgers Nancy and Susan “Suzy” Goodman were as close as sisters can be, growing up in Peoria, Ill. with an unshakeable bond. Nancy was not quite 40 when she lost her beloved sister to breast cancer and launched Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization that changed the face of breast cancer awareness and education. Nancy G. Brinker’s book is really three books rolled into one—one-part a poignant childhood memoir, one-part a tale of two sisters and a devotion that transcends death; and one-part an inspiring

unimposing physical attributes belied the steely determination and public relations savvy with which she went about her missionary duties, came to personify goodness, contradiction and dedication. Considered one of the world’s most influential women, she was the epitome of self-sacrifice and devotion. Author Kathryn Spink goes beyond the public persona to examine the person, recounting her Albanian beginnings, years lived in Ireland and India, and the founding of her organization, Missionaries of Charity. Spink also investigates the impact Mother Teresa had on those with whom she worked, and takes on critics who’ve accused her of being more interested in offering spiritual help to those in grinding poverty than trying to change the oppressive conditions in which they lived. O


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Welcome Back Larry The Cable Guy Returns Home To Kravis Center I

t will be a homecoming of sorts when comedian Dan Whitney comes to West Palm Beach in the popular guise of Larry The Cable Guy, the personality in Whitney’s standup stable who pretty much stole the show. Whitney, who plays The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on November 19th with shows at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., is a graduate of Berean Academy in West Palm Beach and did some of his early standup at the now-defunct Comedy Corner on South Dixie Highway. As he honed his comedic skills on radio, in South Florida venues and eventually clubs in New York City, Whitney developed several characters that he could bring into his act to add

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variety and pathos to the jokes—but it was the straight-drawling, no-punchpulling, grammatically challenged Larry The Cable Guy that best fit a troupe formed between four comedians, including Jeff Foxworthy, that took to the road as the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, and that turned Whitney into a star. What followed were five Larry The Cable Guy movies, beginning with 2004’s “Larry The Cable Guy: GitR-Done” and including last year’s “Larry The Cable Guy: Tailgate Party.” There have also been four Blue Collar Comedy Tour movies, along with Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Ron White. Whitney also voiced the character “Mater” in the Disney/Pixar animated films “Cars,” and “Cars

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2” and on the TV cartoon “Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales.” He also wrote an autobiography called “Larry the Cable Guy: Git-R-Done.” This year he began hosting a History Channel TV show called “Only In America With Larry The Cable Guy,” in which he visits interesting places and talks to people about their work, hobbies and lives. He’s said in interviews that he likes to keep it spontaneous and usually knows little beforehand about the people he encounters. The show airs Sundays. His standup act, like the TV show, is all Larry, replete with an affected Southern accent and redneck witticisms. O For more information, call 561-832-7469 or visit kravis.org.


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aylor Swift, recently named Billboard’s 2011 Artist of the Year, grew up in front of our eyes from a precocious teen to a poised young woman who chronicles her life with heartfelt, upbeat country/pop songs that sell millions of copies and appeal to almost every age group. Swift, who performs at AmericanAirlines Arena at 7 p.m. on November 13th, possesses a girl-next-door quality and refreshing candor that belies her powerful industry status as one of the most successful female artists in a challenging and often cutthroat business.

When her acceptance speech at the MTV Awards was rudely interrupted by Kanye West, we wanted to protect her. When she freely blurted on “Ellen” that then-boyfriend Joe Jonas had ditched her with a 27-second phone call, we wanted to comfort her. And when she shares personal stories of her life and her foibles, giggling and appearing vulnerable, we want to shield her from disappointment and fix her up with a nice financial advisor. But the young powerhouse does not need fixing up. Her debut album, Taylor Swift, climbed to No. 1 on the country charts in 2006. Her second album, Fearless, won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and sold 3.2 million copies in 2009; she was also named Artist of the Year back then by Billboard. She had album sales of $45 million in both 2010 and 2011 and was ranked No. 2 on Rolling Stone’s list of Top 16 Queens of Pop of the decade. Forbes magazine ranks her the seventh most powerful celebrity in the United States and she’s the most successful digital artist in music history with more than 34.3 million digital tracks sold. Not enough for you? Swift released her third album, Speak Now, a year ago and it sold more than a million copies in its first week. And she’s had 22 Top 40 singles, including No. 1 hits with “Love Story,” “Our Song” and “Should’ve Said No.” Yes, we have a feeling Taylor Swift will be just fine. O

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DOUBLE RAPPED Kanye West And Jay-Z Collaborate At BankAtlantic Center And AmericanAirlines Arena

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successful artist in hip hop with ownership interest in record companies, a nightclub, an NBA basketball team, a fashion line and record sales of $50 million, expanded on the production style of Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly successful album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for the latest effort, which incorporates elements of progressive rock and at times uses orchestral backgrounds and dramatic melodies as a canvas for the tapestry of Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic rap braggadocio lyrics on themes of fame, materialism, sexism and street smarts. West, who ďŹ rst gained fame in 2001 as a producer of Jay-Zâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit album, The Blueprint, has a solo career that includes ďŹ ve platinum albums which

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Icon Returns John Fogerty Performs Classic Hits At Hard Rock Live

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ohn Fogerty’s early career was blessed with huge artistic success with his band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, but also riddled with legal difficulties, stifling conditions with his record label and philosophical differences within the band that led to the eventual estrangement from his own brother. During these troubled years, the beleaguered artist refused to perform his old band’s biggest hits. The fact that Fogerty, who plays on November 10th at 8 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live, was able in the late 1990s to rise above his troubles and make a lively comeback was a pleasant and rare twist.

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CCR formed while Fogerty was still attending high school in Berkeley, Calif., and he somehow developed this Louisiana Bayou sensibility that led to the band’s “swamp rock” hits. Though CCR never had a No. 1 record, between 1967 and 1972 it had a string of seven Top 5 hits including “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” “Travelin’ Band” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” Internal friction took a toll on the band, however, including Fogerty’s own ego as he insisted that fellow members contribute songs, but refused to lend his own voice to their creations. His brother, Tom, dropped out of the band. Fogerty went solo in 1973 and had some success recording under the name of “The Blue Ridge Rangers” and then under his own name. But he refused to perform CCR songs in concert for nearly 15 years—when CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he would not play with his former band mates. Along the way, domineering record company execs silenced his musical voice. John Fogerty became angry, bitter and then invisible for a decade. But in 1996, he returned with Blue Moon Swamp, which won a Grammy for Best Rock Album. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His CCR catalogue was taken over by a new record company that restored his rights to the music. He’s been touring, playing for political rallies and making new albums ever since. O

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Feels So Good How Helping Others Feeds The Soul By Emily J. Minor

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here’s a fairly new graduation requirement in schools these days, both public and private, and it’s called “community service hours.”

some recent numbers from the federal government’s “Volunteering in America” program suggest that adults might not be practicing what they preach.

In 2010, about 3.1 million Floridians volunteered, giving away 460 million hours of service that equaled about $9.8 billion.  Sounds good, right?

What this means, in a nutshell, is that students can’t graduate unless they rack up a prescribed number of volunteer hours—hours spent outside their own lives, presumably in the real world doing real good for real people with real bad fortune.

At face value, the number of hours that Americans donate each year is astonishing. In 2010, 62.8 million adults gave almost 8.1 billion hours to local and national organizations. The value of those volunteer hours was close to $173 billion.

But that’s only about 21 percent of the Florida population. The other 79 percent? Not so much.

And that’s fantastic, except it doesn’t seem like the grownups are keeping up the same pace.

That’s billion, with a b.

Freeman lives in Boca Raton but ran a Delray Beach travel agency for many years before semiretiring about a year and a half ago. He’s always been a man of faith, a guy who believes in doing the right thing for the benefit others. But once he gave up the full-time work gig, he was able to give back in a way he’d never done before.

While today’s high school students are forced to collect this kind of real-life experience—perhaps distributing meals during Thanksgiving or tutoring younger students struggling with reading or math—

But what’s also astonishing about this report is the number of Americans who don’t give their time or talents, and Florida is among the least generous. (Although we have a feeling our Boca Raton community performs well above the average.) 

And that’s why we like—OK love—Dennis Freeman.

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that’s life8 relations If that name sounds even slightly familiar, it’s because Dr. Murtaugh has been around for years, working as a vice president of Florida Atlantic University (she retired last year) and volunteering as a board member for The United Way of Palm Beach County. Through the years, Dr. Murtaugh’s community efforts would often start with her professional connections; a colleague would ask her to join a cause and she would. But mostly for networking reasons or to casually keep in the loop with something she cared about.

“I do have the kinds of abilities that make me a good board member and organizer and leader. And you have to have

that as well as the people who will go in and work the soup kitchen and sort the clothes.” – Dr. Kristen Murtaugh

The United Way has always been different, she says. The United Way holds her heart. As things got busy with her FAU job—when she retired in February 2010, she was vice president of strategic planning—Dr. Murtaugh’s work schedule often meant she had to give up positions on various boards, but she always held onto the United Way. Today, she’s one of the board members who helps arrange funding for 40 Palm Beach County social service agencies and 50 different programs within those agencies. She doesn’t answer phones. She doesn’t drive around and drop off meals. Dr. Murtaugh knows her own skills and she’s careful to donate those best qualities.

And he says he’s never felt better. “I would hate to leave this planet without helping others and I really mean that,” he says. As we know, there are thousands of volunteer opportunities in South Florida—schools, community centers, mentoring programs, tutoring partnerships—but Freeman chose The Lord’s Place, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that helps homeless men, women and children get emotional and financial control of their lives. Given his business and marketing skills, Freeman zeroed in on helping to promote something the folks at The Lord’s Place have been doing for years: run42

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ning the successful on-site restaurant, Cafe Joshua. Each year, thousands of homeless people eat at the West Palm Beach restaurant for free. Freeman thought Cafe Joshua should grow its catering business in the community, so off he went, spending at least 16 hours a week trying to drum up customers. In doing so, he’s found a piece of himself that was dormant. “I love it,” he says. “This has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life.” Freeman’s on the good side of the government statistic, part of the 21 percent of Floridians who do their part. And so is Dr. Kristen Murtaugh.

“I do have the kinds of abilities that make me a good board member and organizer and leader,” she says. “And you have to have that as well as the people who will go in and work the soup kitchen and sort the clothes.” For Dr. Murtaugh, who’s involved with several other charities, it’s a win-win. She’s getting the intellectual stimulation she feared she would miss after retirement. And she’s giving back. “The kind of volunteer work I do is very intellectually stimulating,” she says. “It enables me to work with groups of people and solve problems.” Perhaps Freeman explains it best when he says, “When we give, we feed our soul.” O


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Horror Show How Not To Embarrass

Your Kids In Public   By Cheryl Kane Heimlich

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t was some time after my daughter started middle school that she asked if I would please stop showing up there in yoga pants and a ponytail. Unfortunately for her, that’s generally what I’m wearing at 8:30 a.m. when I get that panicked phone call about the homework she left on the kitchen table. Even worse were the days when I arrived post-workout to deliver the forgotten item: The sweatier and more disheveled I looked, the more likely I was to pass a bunch of her classmates in the hallway. When I mentioned my daughter’s request to some other middle-school moms, they said I was lucky that was the only thing she’d asked me not to do. “My daughter would prefer that I not show up at school for any reason,” one of them said. “Mine doesn’t let me say anything to her friends except ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye,’” laughed another. “She’s afraid I might say something that would embarrass her.” Bobbi Noderer, a Boca Raton marriage and family therapist, says it’s normal for tweens and teens to be mortified by their parents. When kids are younger, “everything you do is wonderful and marvelous,” she says. “And then you turn into a complete idiot.” I polled my kids’ friends about the myriad ways in which their parents embarrassed them, and asked some therapists for advice on how to stop. Some of the trickiest issues, it seems, involve knowing the difference between public and private behavior.

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When kids are younger, “everything you do is wonderful and marvelous. And then

you turn into a complete idiot.”

– Bobbi Noderer, Boca Raton marriage and family therapist

“When you’re alone with your child, they probably like being pampered or called a pet name,” Noderer says. “But maybe they don’t want you calling them ‘Boo Bear’ when you’re picking them up from the soccer field, or giving them a kiss at school before they walk away. Some kids are really comfortable with that, but others aren’t.” Indeed, those are just the sorts of things that bug my kids’ friends. “I hate when I’m in front of someone and my mom tries to fix my hair,” says my

daughter’s friend Danielle. “Mine sends embarrassing texts where she calls me ‘Babe,’ and my friends can see,” adds her friend Hannah. Yet neither has discussed these things with their mothers. “Especially with girls who may want to be the perfect daughter, to give that kind of negative feedback to a parent is out of their comfort zone,” explains Boca Raton psychotherapist Vivian Grout. “You may have to pick up on body language and nonverbal cues.”


that’s life8 parents But that’s not always easy to do. While my daughter made it clear that she preferred I dress up around her peers, there are plenty of teens who secretly wish their moms would take their outfits down a notch. “You don’t want your mom to be dressing too young for her age,” one 14-year-old confides. “If their moms are really great-looking and they wear really tight clothes, a girl’s friends might say something about it, or her boyfriend might say something,” Noderer says. “Or if it’s a son, then his friends might say something. That’s pretty bad. They don’t want their friends thinking that their mom’s hot.”

One thing our own parents never had to think about is how to interact with their kids on Facebook. Or more importantly, how to resist interacting. Although you may insist that your child “friend” you on social networking sites, most teens prefer that any parental monitoring be done from a distance. Even a “like” from mom or dad can be embarrassing. And by all means, resist the urge to write “Cute photo!”  Sometimes kids are embarrassed by behavior that has nothing to do with them. One of my daughter’s friends hates it when her parents dance at Bat Mitzvahs. Many kids are uncomfortable if their parents kiss or hug in public. It’s even worse if they

It’s not just a parent’s wardrobe that can prove embarrassing. Any efforts to act young or cool can do the trick. Katie Greenspoon, a licensed clinical social worker in Boca Raton, says her teen patients cringe when their parents “try to fit in, try to listen to music that the kids like, try to talk to their friends about pop culture or get too involved in their conversations.” Says Greenspoon: “If parents think back about what their own parents did that embarrassed them, it will help them not to do it to their own children. Pop culture and what’s cool or not cool may change, but what doesn’t change is the same pattern of parents getting involved in situations they shouldn’t.”

“If parents think back about what their own parents did that embarrassed them, it will help them not

to do it to their own children.”

– Katie Greenspoon, a licensed clinical social worker in Boca Raton

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lose their cool—whether it’s with each other or a random waiter in a restaurant. “Arguing and bickering in front of people, where you forget there are others in the room, is embarrassing to kids,” Grout says. “Also, swearing in front of them. Your kids may think it’s normal until they see their friends’ reactions.” If you suspect that you’ve been guilty of embarrassing your kids, the first thing to do is find out exactly what bothers them. “Kids have different perceptions than you do,” Greenspoon says. “Most of the time parents think they’re being funny and it’s not a big deal. But the kids internalize it, and it becomes embarrassing.”

What if you’ve crossed some boundary, for example, or said the wrong thing to their friends? “Apologize immediately if you can,” Grout advises. “And ask them, ‘Next time, what would you like me to do?’” Adds Noderer: “If they say, ‘When you’re driving with my friends in the car and you’ve got the radio on and you’re singing, it really bothers me,’ then don’t do it. You don’t want them to not want to be with you. And you don’t want them to be embarrassed for their friends to be with you.” On the other hand, she adds reassuringly, “It does get better. Once they go to college, they become human again, and they kind of like you.” O


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he Ritz-Carlton experience is something to be revered. It’s subtle, like a soft breeze—but powerful. And it’s intertwined in every inch of the award-winning beachfront resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Here guests can relax, revitalize, nourish and explore, all while being pampered in luxurious surroundings. The consummate staff greets all requests—from the simple to the outlandish—with a sincere “my pleasure.”

stunning sunsets and three miles of pristine beach. Sun-dappled outdoor areas offer vistas of mangroves and palm trees, adding to the sultry ambiance (we suggest sipping a cool drink or sampling Caribbeaninspired fare at Gumbo Limbo while watching the sun go down).

And the pleasures are infinite: from the poolside cabanas (with fully stocked mini bars, magazines, iPod docking stations, 26-inch flat panel HDTVs and butlers) to the seven innovative dining experiences, to the parasailing, pedal boats and kayaks. The tropical location offers dazzling views of the Gulf of Mexico, 48

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The Five-Star resort has perfected the art of appealing to all the senses—and all age groups. The RitzCarlton, Naples knows what makes kids happy, and it delivers with everything from nanny service to an interactive environmental children’s program complete with 11 aquariums, a kid-sized lab filled with microscopes, slides and Petri dishes, and a theater showing National Geographic specials, Discovery programs and Disney movies. A new high-tech entertainment lounge, replete with iMac computers, DVD players and iPod docking stations, caters to teens with its contemporary, state-of-the-art interactive gaming experiences and lounge-like vibe. The same attention to detail is given to activities for adults: For golfers, there’s the Tiburón Golf Club, with two 18-hole Greg Norman-designed courses. Spa lovers will be mesmer-

ized by the tri-level, world-class 51,000-square-foot facility featuring more than 30 treatment rooms. The spa, nearly the size of a football field, is a calming, welcoming oasis where guests are indulged with everything from a nonsurgical face lift to an organic detoxifying seaweed bath. We’re addicted to the fresh and healthy cuisine at the spa’s =H20+, which can be enjoyed alfresco. Exercise buffs can tone up at the 24hour fitness center (personal training, group exercise classes and nutrition counseling are also available). There’s even a junior Olympic-sized pool for swimmers and four clay tennis courts. The resort just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and like a fine wine, it improves with age. “Our winning Naples resort still shines today, as if we had opened it


thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life destinations yesterday,â&#x20AC;? says Edward V. Staros, the resortsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vice president and managing director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s missionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;today and alwaysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is to run a better resort today than we ran yesterday and I am excited about leading the Ritz Carlton Resorts of Naples into the future.â&#x20AC;? The special touches, like twice-a -day housekeeping service remain, yet new and exciting additions keep things novel. Things like Bites in the Lobby Lounge, which serves small plates from innovative, international menus. Delicious bitesized tastes include Short Rib Sliders, Shrimp Pot Stickers, Port Wine Pears and Fried Green Tomatoes. Other dining options include the Sushi Bar, with its captivating 150gallon ďŹ sh tank; The Grill, a FourDiamond restaurant with a private club ambiance, which serves aged prime meats and fresh seafood paired with rare wines; and The Terrace, featuring Italian cuisine with Florida ďŹ&#x201A;air. At The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, guests know to expect delightful surprises, and that includes the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multimillion-dollar art collection, a 250piece display of British and American art from the 18th and 19th centuries with the oldest piece dating back to 1725 (ask the concierge for a self-guided tour brochure). No wonder The Ritz-Carlton, Naples was named to CondĂŠ Nast Travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gold Listâ&#x20AC;? and voted one of the top 25 hotels in the United States by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in August 2010. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond resort. The awards also laud the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 450 well-appointed accommodations, which range from deluxe guestrooms to Presidential Suites, all featuring plush goose-down comforters and pillows, sumptuous feather beds and luxurious 40050

count Egyptian cotton sheets ensuring a sweet slumber. We suggest booking one of the 70 Club Level rooms or suites, all with views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The Club Level, dubbed a hotel within a hotel, includes a private lounge with a concierge offering continuous culinary delights throughout the day (breakfast, light snacks, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; oeuvres, beverages and sweets) and access to a computer station.

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How about two of them, located just a few miles apart? Naples is also the locale of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, which is a short complimentary hotel shuttle away. In addition to world-class golďŹ ng, the British Colonial-inspired resort features four dining options, including a private dining room experience at Lemonia. It might be tempting to cocoon inside one of the resorts, but Naples, which is located on Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paradise Coast,â&#x20AC;? is a city meant for exploring. Check out the swanky boutiques and shops along Rodeo Drive-type Fifth and Third Streets, soak in some culture at the Naples Museum of Art or discover the 1895 Historic Palm Cottage, the oldest house in Naples. Nature enthusiasts can venture into the Everglades or wander along the two-mile boardwalk at Audubonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, a 14,000-acre preserve and home to the largest remaining stand of old-growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. Like The Ritz-Carlton properties, Naples is cosmopolitanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. All in all, it offers the best of both worlds. What could be better than that? O

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contact The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is located at 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. For more information, call 239-598-3300 or visit ritzcarlton.com/naples.


Devoted mother. Sports icon. Savvy businesswoman. Dedicated altruist. It’s impossible to stick a single label on Chris Evert. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, the much-televised tennis champion with the blond hair and girl-next-door looks picked up a racquet at age 5 and by 13 was competing in regional and national women’s tennis tournaments before turning pro on her 18th birthday. During her 17-year career, Chris “Chrissie” Evert would become America’s Sweetheart, winning an impressive 18 Grand Slam titles (three Wimbledons, seven French Opens, two Australian Opens and six US Opens). After years of traveling, training and competing, Evert retired in 1989 at age 34 to have a family and has spent the last two decades in Boca Raton raising her sons, Alexander James, 20, Nicholas Joseph, 17, and Colton Jack, 15. Now, at 56, she’s dealing with a partial empty nest—one boy is in college, another is going soon, and a third is in 10th grade. “This period has been a time of discovery and growth for me,” says Evert, who is thrice divorced. “I’m not just a tennis champ, not just a businesswoman, not just a mother. I am all of those things. I have spent time alone and have grown from it.”

BALANCING ACT While she explains she’ll always put family first, Evert is ready to take on some new challenges. “I can now spread my wings and do other things I love,” she says. “I’ve had enough time to think and recharge, and I agree with what Gwyneth Paltrow

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covering Wimbledon and the US Open, and next year hopes to add the Australian and French Opens to the mix. Most every morning she goes to her Boca Raton-based Evert Tennis Academy where she teaches, mentors and coaches about 70 kids who board there from around the world. “I love doing this,” she says. “We have dorms and really give them a comprehensive tennis life. They come from all over, places like Russia, Spain and Italy.”

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As the face of Ellesse tennis clothing, Evert is part owner of the Italybased business and is working on a Chrissie Evert line of tennis wear as part of the brand’s re-launch in the United States. She’s also the publisher of Tennis magazine, and endorses Hood Milk, Wilson tennis equipment, American Express,

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“Chris was instrumental in recruiting donors to us in the early years. We will always be grateful that her participation as a celebrity on the board of advisors was such a help.” – Norman Wedderburn, CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida

Rolex watches and more. She also appears in commercials and at public events for her namesake Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward General in Fort Lauderdale. She’s now putting finishing touches on her annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic at the Delray Beach Tennis Center and The Boca Raton Resort & Club, scheduled for November 11-13. The event, now in its 22nd year, has raised more than $20 million and includes a luncheon, tennis tournament and gala dinner. It’s held in association with the Children’s Hospital and benefits the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County. The sporting event is known for attracting A-list talent, teaming Hollywood celebrities with tennis stars. This year’s event will feature musician Gavin Rossdale, actor 54

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Jeffrey Donovan, actress Elizabeth Shue, Today show host Hoda Kotb, comedian Jon Lovitz and many more, teamed with tennis stars like Monica Seles and Jim Courier. “We make trades,” says Evert of luring her tennis friends to the annual classic. “They do mine and I do theirs. I just finished a tournament with Jim in Arizona, and I see Martina (Navratilova has appeared at past events) during the two months I rent a house in Aspen during the summer.”

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Evert devotes endless time and effort to the event. For the gala dinner on November 12th at The Boca Raton Resort & Club, she conducts three food and wine tastings before approving the final menu. She also inspects the tables to see how the overall space looks prior the evening. “All yearlong I talk to the sponsors and speak at their different centers,” explains Evert, who booked The Spinners for this year’s entertainment. “I don’t just put my name on the charity event. I am very involved.”

Her determination to help others has not gone unnoticed. “Chris has given tirelessly of her time to the Ounce of Prevention program, which works with families that by themselves could not beat the disease that threatens their very existence,” says Richard Siemens, Life Director of the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County. “Palm Beach County and Florida are better places because she devotes a great deal of time and money to make them so.”


Evert is also active in other charities, sitting on the boards of at least 14 organizations including the Corporation for National & Community Service, Save the Children, Florida Sports Foundation, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, International Tennis Hall of Fame, National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, The Buoniconti Fund and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. “Chris was instrumental in recruiting donors to us in the early years,” says Norman Wedderburn, CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. “We will always be grateful that her participation as a celebrity on the board of advisors was such a help.” Evert has received numerous accolades for her charitable work, including being named one of Glamour magazine’s “Nine Women of the Year.”

MAKING HISTORY Much of Evert’s discipline, determination and aptitude can be credited to her parents, Colette and Jimmy. A close-knit family, mom was a housewife and Dad played tennis for Notre Dame, and later became a touring pro, coach and teacher in Fort Lauderdale. All four of Evert’s siblings—Drew, John, Jeanne and Clare—grew up to be nationally ranked tennis players.  “Dad started all of his kids playing tennis at age 5 to keep us off the streets,” Evert explains with a laugh. “We were always together at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.”

As part of her routine, the budding star attended school each day until 3 p.m. and then played tennis for two hours. Although kids today turn pro starting at age 12, back then Evert was expected to study, attend class and spend time with her family. Tennis was third on her list of priorities. She didn’t love tennis in the early years, she says, because it took her away from best friends and barbecues. “Tennis ended up becoming much of my childhood whether I liked it or not,” she remembers. “I would sit at Holiday Park between matches playing cards, checkers and football with the other kids. In high school, Holiday Park was the mecca of the United States for emerging tennis players. One year, eight kids from the park went to Wimbledon.” Two years after turning pro in 1972, Evert won Wimbledon and the French Open, as well as 55 straight matches, a record that sustained itself for a decade. She recently spoke with a reporter for Podium, a London-based sporting magazine, about her first Grand Slam win in France against Olga Morozova.

“It was pretty easy because in that era most of the women were servers and volleyers and few of them could be consistent and hit a lot of ground strokes,” Evert was quoted as saying. “Since I was brought up on clay, I could stay out there all day and never miss a ball so I had an advantage.” Ranked the best in the world for seven years, she became the first player in history to win 1,000 singles matches; she won at least one Grand Slam singles title for 13 consecutive years (a record in both men’s and women’s tennis) and her overall win-loss record of 1,304144 remains the best of any pro in tennis history.  During the late ’70s and into the ’80s, her rivalry with Martina Navratilova was legendary and attracted millions of fans to women’s tennis. When Evert finally retired for good at the US Open, Navratilova wrote her ace competitor a warm goodbye letter, which appeared in Sports Illustrated on August 28, 1989. The following is an excerpt, about the first time Navratilova set eyes on Evert in 1973 at The Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale:

“Chris was playing backgammon with her younger sister, Jeanne. I walked past and Chris smiled at me. I thought, ‘she’s so nice.’ I was right. Two years later we became good friends as well as doubles partners. At the French Open in 1975 we had a ball together, hitting the restaurants, having picnics in our hotel rooms. She beat me in the finals, and we won the doubles together… Her retiring will leave an aching hollow in women’s tennis...” While touched, Evert says she had no time to question her decision. She immediately started a family, opened a Boca Raton office from which to run her business and charity work—and never looked back. She still plays tennis for fun and exercise. She also enjoys dinner with friends at places like Ruth’s Chris Steak House, going to Hot Yoga of Delray Beach to de-stress, and taking her boys surfing and out for sushi at Tempura House in Boca Raton. “I love to make their breakfast and dinner,” she says of normal days at home. “But the boys are more and more independent, and I have lots of freedom now.  I really do have a great life.” O

“I’m not just a tennis champ, not just a businesswoman, not just a mother. I am all of those things. I have spent time alone and have grown from it.” — Chris Evert

Evert started playing tennis with a regular racquet because smaller versions did not exist back in the day. It was in the early stage of her career that she learned her trademark two-handed backhand, which allowed her to push through shots with awesome power. “I learned the two-handed backhand at age 6,” she recalls. “Dad said I was a natural with it even though he tried to change it back then. But I was comfortable and it stuck.” November 2011

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“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

There’s just something about the holiday season that inspires people to open their hearts to others—but a host of nonprofit charities don’t wait for the season to roll around. They spend 12 months a year doing just that. ¶ Want to make a difference? No matter your special interest, you’ll find a local organization that needs you. These groups offer services ranging from teaching people how to read and helping underprivileged kids with homework to feeding the homeless, fighting teen violence and gifting needy children with cherished bicycles. And much, much more. ¶ The one thing

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ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES For four decades, the Achievement Centers for Children & Families has been helping poverty-stricken kids and their families in Delray Beach by providing an array of comprehensive services. These include programs for youth who are considered to be at risk for academic failure, truancy or dropping out of school. With two campuses, the center serves more than 700 children and 350 adults with opportunities designed to create a partnership between the center and its families. Each family pays an income-based fee for their child, sometimes as little as $5 a week. Of every dollar donated, 90 cents goes directly to programs and services. For more information, call 561-2760520 or visit delraychild.org.

AMERICA’S MOMS FOR SOLDIERS The concept behind America’s Moms for Soldiers is a loving one: “Never let a soldier walk away from mail call with nothing.” With that in mind, the nonprofit ggroup sends monthly care packages to American troops in all branches off the mil military serving in Iraq and Afg Afghanistan, ghanistan many serving at bases or outposts o where there’s little access too tthe thing things we all take for granted suc such as sna snacks, hygiene supplies, even something as simple en somethi as lip balm. The organization works organi closely with military chaplains c and commanderss to deter determine which soldiers receive ive little to no mail and are most in need of a care package from home. For more information, call 954-358-9358 or vvisit americasmomsforsoldiers.com. f ldi

AMERICAN RELIEF FOUNDATION Helping children and families in need is the sole purpose of the American Relief Foundation (ARF), and these innovative people have discovered a variety of ways to do

just that. One of their largest programs provides families in crisis with a car or truck, which allows them to get a job or keep the job they have. Donations of vehicles are made directly to ARF, which will tow your old car away for free. ARF also helps with the expenses of auto repairs when needed. The nonprofit group also helps provide basic necessities to families, as well as help with home repairs. Have money or a vehicle to donate? For more information, call 888-435-7801 or visit arfforkids.org.

ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY COUNSELING After only 10 years in operation, the nonprofit Delray Beach-based Association for Community Counseling is proud to present itself as an effective low-cost, all-volunteer service making a positive impact in the community. Its mission: To promote the emotional well-being of clients who lack the resources to seek professional counseling services. The organization is staffed by volunteer mental health professionals who offer counseling at the group’s clinical office in Delray Beach. Volunteers also provide

help in school settings and senior centers. Training is offered for volunteers who work alongside professional counselors. Services are either free or discounted and are available for adults, children, teens and entire families. For more information, call 561-638-0908 or visit associationforcommunitycounseling.org.

FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY For families who are homeless and jobless, this organization provides a temporary place to live and the support to find a home and a job. Based in Delray Beach, Family Promise of South Palm Beach County employs a large network of local churches and a host of volunteers to offer shelter, transportation and resources to help families get back on their feet. The participating churches and synagogues supply shelter and food; volunteers work in conjunction with social service agencies to ensure that kids get to school and parents receive the counseling and support they need. For more information, call 561265-3370 or visit familypromise.org.

FARMWORKERS CHILDRENS COUNCIL, INC.

ABOVE: CEO Nancy K. Hurd with some children from Achievement Centers for Children & Families BELOW: First graders work on their reading skills with the Farmworkers Childrens Council, Inc.

Founded in 1981 and incorporated in 1989, the Farmworkers Childrens Council strives to provide educational, cultural, recreational and social assistance to children of migrant workers in the agricultural, nursery and equestrian fields. The nonprofit group sponsors free academic summer camps as well as two after-school programs at the In The Pines housing communities, where as many as 80 migrant children keep up with homework and other school projects. Based in Ocean Ridge, the organization’s efforts are focused on children living in southern Palm Beach County and the mission is to offer activities that these kids would most likely be deprived of without assistance. For more information, call 561-732-9779 or visit farmworkerschildren.com.

CHARITY

HIT LIST Because one can never be too charitable, here’s a handy A to Z compendium featuring more noble causes, all worthy of attention. Pick one (or two, or three) close to your heart— and start to do your part. 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.

American Heart Association: From CPR classes and fundraisers to community education and public awareness, this West Palm Beachbased chapter offers myriad ways to help its cause. Call 561-615-3888 or visit heart.org.

Animal Aid Inc.: This Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit group runs no-kill shelters and thrift stores and aids with pet adoption. They need help with pet transport, pet supply donations and more. Call 561-3931463 or visit animal-aid.com. Best Buddies: Founded in 1989 by Eunice Shriver, tri-countywide Best Buddies pairs special-needs individuals with partners who teach lifestyle skills and provide guidance and friendship. Call 954-449-6522 or visit bestbuddiesflorida.org.

Best Foot Forward: This Boca Raton-based nonprofit group 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.

Boca Helping Hands: More than a decade old, this nonprofit group 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 561-994-7551 or visit bgcpbc.org. NOVEMBER 2011

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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.com. Caridad Center: Located in Boynton Beach, this center helps poor and uninsured migrant workers and their families with free healthcare, education and outreach programs. Call 561-7376336 or visit caridad.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 18 years. It handles foster care, adoptions and more. Call 561213-5773 or visit chesed-rescue.org.

Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation: Created by a mom who lost her son to the disease, this nonprofit group 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.

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers: The Boca Raton-based organization provides needy children with everything from pre-school and afterschool programs to summer camp and medical screenings. Call 561391-7274 or visit ffcdc.org.

Help Save Gabby

bedroom home on one-and-a-half acres in Coconut Creek that serves More than a year ago, Christopher as a haven. A faith-based program, it Dahm’s life changed in a nightmar- strives to help pregnant young womish way. That was when Dahm’s en make the best decisions possible ex-wife violated a court order, for their future by offering informakidnapped their then 1-year-old tion and counseling on adoption and daughter Gabby and escaped over- single parenting, as well as a variety seas with her. Gabby is believed to of classes on things like life skills and be living in the United Arab Emir- jobs. Follow-up services are available ates with her mother and grand- through an aftercare home in Fort parents, but Dahm can’t be sure.  Lauderdale and various nonresidenAnd he says he won’t rest until he tial programs. Want to help? For more has Gabby back home in Fort Lau- information, call 954-429-9222 or derdale. Dahm has established the visit 4kidsofsfl.org. Help Save Gabby Fund to help cover legal expenses involved in H.O.P.E. Project trying to bring his daughter back to the United States. Every dollar The mission of the H.O.P.E. Project donated—be it $5 or $500,000— is to provide low-cost mammogragoes directly to the fund. For more phy to underserved and uninsured information, call 954-960-5459 or women throughout Palm Beach visit helpsavegabby.com. County. Funded by big-name organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American Cancer His Caring Place Society and the Quantum FoundaA little slice of heaven is what His tion, the group offers breast health Caring Place offers to pregnant teens. education and screenings. They As a licensed teen maternity program, work in conjunction with healthcare the organization provides a seven- facilities to locate qualified patients,

The Florida Resource Center for Women and Children: A nonprofit group that helps abuse victims—primarily in Riviera Beach and The Glades—get out and get back on their feet. Call 561-8488383 or visit frcwc.com.

Food For The Poor: This Coconut Creek-based organization provides aid in 17 Latin 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.

Gilda’s Club of South Florida: A nonprofit group in Fort Lauderdale that provides free lectures, workshops, kids’ programs and more to cancer patients A soldier enjoys ainsnack and their families—all a supportive, provided America’s home-like setting.by Call 954-763-6776 Moms for Soldiers. or visit gildasclubsouthflorida.org.

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and then travel to areas throughout the county in their high-tech bus fully equipped with mammography equipment. At this time, the H.O.P.E. Project is the only mobile digital mammography bus in South Florida that exclusively provides free or low-cost breast health assistance to the uninsured and underserved. For more information, call 561-6594278 or visit thehopeprojectfl.org.

Jack the Bike Man He doesn’t really look much like Santa Claus but Jack “The Bike Man” Hairston has a heart as big as the North Pole and has spent the past several years providing new and used bicycles to needy children in South Florida during the holidays. It all started when his neighbor, a Guatemalan laborer, crashed his bike in front of Hairston’s house and Hairston repaired the brakes for him. Next thing he knew, Hairston had more than 100 bikes needing repair in his back yard and expanded his little operation to its current location in a West Palm Beach bike shop. In addition to


LIFE CHANGERS There are people who talk about making a difference—and those who actually do it. From helping troubled children and healing with music to aiding veterans, raising funds for cancer research and putting their money where their mouth is, these six South Floridians help make the planet a better place.

ROY FOSTER:

Healing Unseen Wounds The saying “war is hell” rings true to veterans who’ve been in combat—even those who come home alive, in one piece and without visible wounds. ¶ Those are the veterans who harbor unseen wounds, and those are the ones Roy Foster worries about. ¶ He should know. When Foster, 57, returned from serving during the Vietnam War, he hit rock bottom. He was a homeless addict and, worst of all, he was totally hopeless. Until, that is, his sister took him under her wing, brought him to South Florida and tried to help him. ¶ Foster says it took another three years for him to seek professional help, but when he did, it changed his life and put him on the path to his current job as director of Stand Down House in Lake Worth, which he established to help homeless veterans and those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). ¶ “This is grassroots, not-for-profit and heartfelt,” says Foster. “Now we work closely with the VA here and it’s been a glorious ride.” ¶ Since 2000, more than 1,000 veterans have sought help at Stand Down House, which is named for the military command that gives troops time to rest after arduous duty. The facility provides struggling veterans with food, shelter and a safe place to recover, along with the guidance to deal with mental health issues. ¶ The program recently expanded to include a resource center and a special unit for women and children, the goal being to reunite families. ¶ “It’s totally about restoration… repairing the damage. To reunite families is a very big part of it,” explains Foster, whose blended family includes five children and 17 grandchildren. ¶ His efforts have not gone unrecognized. In 2009, Foster was featured as a CNN Hero of the Year. He was humbled, but didn’t really have time to focus on the attention. “That platform just thrust me into a world I was unaccustomed to,” he recalls. “I am a doer. I’m not really one to be in the lights.”

For information on how to donate to Stand Down House, call 561-649-9920 or visit standown.org.

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providing bikes, Hairston also established a nonprofit foundation that funds after-school programs for kids of migrant workers. The program offers bike repair training classes and language comprehension classes. Donations are tax-deductible and both new and used bikes are accepted. For more information, call 561-863-0017 or visit jackthebikeman.org.

LITERACY COALITION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY

DANIEL YOUNG:

LIFE CHANGERS

Fiddling For Autism

Since 1989, the sole purpose of the local Literacy Coalition couldn’t be more straightforward: to ensure that every child and adult in Palm Beach County learns how to read. Through the years, the group has grown to offer literacy tutoring to individuals and families throughout the county. The coalition also presents a communitywide Read Together campaign that encourages everyone in the county to read the same book simultaneously. Their major fundraiser is the annual Love of Literacy Luncheon held at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts featuring a celebrity guest speaker. The 2012 luncheon will be held March 30th. For more information, call 561-279-9103 or visit literacypbc.org.

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Daniel Young was 3 years old when he discovered the violin. Now, at a whopping 14 and a freshman at St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, Young is a man on a musical mission. ¶ Luckily for the Renaissance Learning Center in West Palm Beach, a nonprofit charter school for children with autism spectrum disorder, Young’s mission is to use his talents to raise money, awareness and valuable learning tools for these kids and their families. ¶ A Gulfstream resident, Young became interested in autism after watching a telethon on TV. He told his parents, Greg and Bettina, that he wanted to do something about it. ¶ On most school holidays Young brings his violin to Renaissance and either works with the music therapist or goes from classroom to classroom performing everything from “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to sonnets by Vivaldi. ¶ The children, ranging from 3 to 14, are always mesmerized, even those who are nonverbal. Young has figured out that music is a universal language with the power to break through seemingly insurmountable barriers. ¶ “It’s amazing how we can communicate through music,” he says, adding that hearing music can change the entire mood in a classroom of autistic children. “It can calm them down.” ¶ Young’s latest project for Renaissance is to collect old iPods, laptops and MP3 players to donate to the school. He just got approval from the director of community service at St. Andrews to launch the project on campus there. ¶ Renaissance principal Debra Johnson says that Young’s idea is right on the money since many autistic children find ways to communicate through electronic devices. “This is really the wave of the future for autism,” she explains. ¶ For this teenager, it was a no-brainer when a new generation of iPods hit the market. “I thought folks would have all these old iPods when the new ones came out and they would just throw them away.” ¶ The drive has expanded to include a variety of electronic devices. Says Young, who will perform a benefit concert at Renaissance on December 3rd: “I’m happy with anything as long as it goes to the cause.” A volunteer and kids at the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County


LIFE CHANGERS

STEPHANIE ROBIN:

A Thriving Survivor After spending the past seven years battling metastatic breast cancer, Stephanie Robin still hesitates to call herself a cancer survivor, but she’s sure of one thing. “I am thriving,” says Robin, 43, of Boca Raton. ¶ When she was 36, Robin was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, had a bilateral mastectomy, a hysterectomy and underwent chemotherapy treatments. Now, her cancer has metastasized to her lungs and she is part of a cancer drug trial at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. ¶ She says her cancer is 90 percent smaller now than when she started the trial and believes she’s one of the luckiest people on earth. ¶ “I am quite hopeful that this is my wonder drug,” she says. ¶ Even though her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer twice, Robin had no idea that genetic testing was available to determine if she carried the breast cancer gene— BRCA 1 and 2. She does indeed have the gene and is determined to do whatever it takes to help other women learn about genetic testing. ¶ To help raise money and awareness about early detection and testing, Robin and her friend Elizabeth Weprin of Delray Beach started a nonprofit series of concerts called Think Pink Rocks, held every fall at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. ¶ This year’s concert, which takes place on November 5th at 7 p.m., features a lineup that includes Flo Rida, Melanie Fiona, Ray J, Shontelle and “American Idol” star Brett Loewenstern. ¶ A fitness enthusiast, certified Crossfit Trainer and mother of two young children, Robin believes her active lifestyle also helps her cope with the debilitating side effects of cancer treatments, as well as the emotional fallout of dealing with her diagnosis. “I really do have the attitude that I can handle anything that comes my way,” she says. ¶ The other half of the equation is gathering as much information as possible and knowing your options, she explains. “Knowledge is power.”

For more information about Think Pink Rocks, call 888-612-4190 or visit thinkpinkrocksconcert.com.

THE LORD’S PLACE The Lord’s Place founder Joe Ranieri spent 30 days 30 years ago living in a dumpster—his goal was to raise community awareness about homelessness and to raise funds to open an emergency shelter. The Lord’s Place is now larger than Ranieri could ever have imagined and offers everything from housing to job training. One of its most popular programs is Cafe Joshua’s Job Training and Placement Program, which offers apprenticeships in retail sales, culinary skills, peer advocacy and clerical skills. Innovative ideas seem to be a driving force behind many of the services offered but the basic mission hasn’t changed since its first shelter opened 30 years ago: to break the cycle of homelessness for the county’s most neglected and vulnerable residents. For more infor-

mation, call 561-494-0125 or visit thelordsplace.org.

parent? For more information, call 561-748-3663 or visit luvapet.net.

LUV A PET

PAINT YOUR HEART OUT

What better way to guarantee a smile during the holidays than to give the gift of a loving home to an abandoned, homeless or abused puppy or kitten? Finding foster homes and, eventually, “forever” homes for these four-legged friends is the mission of Luv A Pet, and has been since its inception in 2004. The nonprofit group, based in Royal Palm Beach, does not have a physical shelter, but has a network of volunteers who take in puppies and kittens and provide love, shelter, food and medical care. While in foster homes, pets are kept current on vaccinations, spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to adoption. Want to adopt or be a foster

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County takes recycling seriously. Through its nonprofit volunteer-based Paint Your Heart Out Program, low-income, disabled and elderly citizens have had their homes painted with recycled materials at absolutely no cost to them. Last year alone, the SWA donated more than 7,000 gallons of recycled paint through its Household Hazardous Waste program to various pursuits, including the home-painting project. In order to qualify, proof of home ownership is required, as well as an income report. They can always use helping hands. For more information, call 561-697-2700, ext. 4701 or visit swa.org.

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meals, tutoring, social guidance, counseling and more to at-risk young men ages nine to 18. Call 561-4830962 or visit haven4kids.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. Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County: Started in 1989 to match families and individuals with programs like job placement, housing and medical assistance, the organization also offers a speakers bureau. Call 561-355-4663 or visit homelesscoalitionpbc.org.

In Dog We Trust: This 28-acre Wellington shelter provides rescued canines with medical treatment, nutritional diets, daily exercise and basic training. Call 561-400-7732 or visit floridadogadoption.com.

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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.

Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options (JAFCO): An emergency shelter, special programs and other services are made available to abused, neglected and special-needs children and their families at this nonprofit agency. Call 954-749-7230 or visit jafco.org.

Jewish Association For Residential Care (JARC): This association provides longterm care and attention to adults with disabilities, offering housing assistance, day programs, training classes and more. Call 561-5582550 or visit jarcfl.org.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: This West Palm Beach-based nonprofit organization holds various events and fundraisers to benefit research toward finding a cure for diabetes. Call 561-686-7701 or visit jdrf.org/greaterpalmbeach.

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.

Locks of Love: Ann Curry, Sammy Hagar and Lisa Ling have all donated their hair to this West Palm Beach-based nonprofit organization, which provides hair prostheses for children with permanent medical hair loss. Call 561-8337332 or visit locksoflove.org.

LUNCHEON TIME November 8

Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) Book Bruncheon A brunch featuring author Steven M. Forman, who will discuss his new novel, “Boca Daze.” Takes place at the Valencia Reserve Club in Boynton Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 954-749-7230 or visit jafco.org.

November 9

12th Annual Women of Grace Luncheon A luncheon and silent auction held by The Bethesda Hospital Foundation. Takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach in Manalapan. Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 561737-7733 or visit bethesdahospitalfoundation.org.

November 9

6th Annual Boca Raton Luncheon and Fashion Presentation Presented by 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast. Includes a fashion show by Neiman Marcus Boca Raton. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-383-1147 or visit 211palmbeach.org.

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JAFCO Madness Under The Royal Palms Luncheon Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Laurence Leamer, best-selling author of “Madness Under the Royal Palms.” Takes place at the St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 954-749-7230 or visit jafco.org.

January 30

Time of the Essence Luncheon Presented by Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper. Featuring guest speakers Dr. Karen Lu and model/actress Andie MacDowell. Takes place at The Flagler Museum Pavilion in Palm Beach. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-837-2285 or visit phfpbc.org.

February 2

2012 AVDA Heart of a Woman Luncheon Featuring guest speaker Beth Holloway, mother of Natalee Holloway. Takes place at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-265-3797 or visit avdaonline.org.

February 8

Morse Life Luncheon and Card Party

Hosted by the Boca Raton Symphonia. 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.

Help support and enhance the lives of seniors in Palm Beach County. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-242-4661 or visit morselife.org.

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February 16

2nd Annual Allegro Society Musical Luncheon

16th Annual March of Dimes Women of Distinction Luncheon Presented by AutoNation. Broward County women will be celebrated for their significant contributions. Takes place at Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. Time to be determined. For more information, call 561-684-0102 or visit marchofdimes.com/florida.

January 12

29th Annual Multiple Sclerosis Society Gala and Fashion Show

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Lion of Judah Luncheon Featuring Emmy award-winning TV news personality Campbell Brown. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-852-5015 or visit jewishboca.org.

March 8

Join more than 1,200 guests at this prestigious luncheon. Takes place at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 954-731-4224 or visit nmssfls.org.

Center For Creative Education Spring Luncheon

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March 12

Featuring speaker Elliott Abrams, renowned foreign policy expert, and Mildred Levine, Jewish community leader. Takes place at the Hamlet Country Club in Delray Beach. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-852-3142 or visit jewishboca.org.

A silent auction and fashion show, with guest speaker Elizabeth Smart. Takes place at The Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-2182929 or visit ccfa.org.

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Crown of Judah Luncheon

A luncheon in support of the center’s programs. Takes place in a private residence in Palm Beach. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-805-9927 or visit cceflorida.org.

22nd Annual Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Book Of Hope Luncheon

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Donations of time, money, services and more help grant wishes for ailing children throughout South Florida. Call 888-773-WISH or visit sfla.wish.org.

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Call 561-683-4443, ext. 344 or visit toysfortots.org and type in your location in the state directory.

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 561-471-5111 or visit morselife.org.

Stand Among Friends: This Florida Atlantic University-based nonprofit group provides mainstream work and living experiences for the physically disabled and needs help with everything from workspace to assistance at its resource center. Call 561-297-4400 or visit standamongfriends.org. Tomorrow’s Rainbow: This Broward County nonprofit group runs a farm that provides miniature horses for therapy work with sick and troubled children. 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 561-4828110 or visit tricountyhumane.org.

United Cerebral Palsy of Palm Beach and Mid-Coast Counties: About 800,000 Americans live

JOWHARA SANDERS:

LIFE CHANGERS

Turns Nightmares Into Dreams In the 17 years since Jowhara Sanders was kidnapped, brutally raped and held at gunpoint for four long hours, she has turned her terrifying nightmare into a beacon of hope for troubled children. ¶ At 32, Sanders is the founder and executive director of NVEEE (National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment), a nonprofit group that seeks to help children who’ve dealt with bullying, violence, victimization and abuse. She reaches out to the “broken souls,” as she puts it. And she has literally put her money where her mouth is. ¶ “Every dime I have, I’ve put into this organization,” says Sanders, who lives in Wilton Manors. “I have sold my car. Whatever it is to keep this afloat, I’m committed to it.” ¶ As NVEEE grows since its inception in 2009, Sanders and her board are working closely with South Florida school systems to arrange workshops to deal with the seemingly increasing problem of bullying in schools. People from other states are also calling for her help in setting up similar programs in their area. ¶ Sanders holds a degree in education from the University of Miami, but quickly found that teaching school was not for her. “I always knew I wanted to work with kids who need help,” she says. “But I wanted to be more involved with something not involving the aspect of testing and the classroom.” ¶ Consequently, she created the Peace Ambassador Program, a concept that puts teens that have survived bullying or other forms of violence in the position of being mentors to other children. These mentors are the very same kids who sought help from Sanders in the first place. ¶ “After time, you begin to see a chip in their attitudes. They are not the broken souls that came to us,” she explains. “They become the mentors.” ¶ According to Sanders, changing lives begins with one simple act of kindness from a caring adult. “It all starts with listening,” she says. “That’s what I do mostly is listen.”

For more information on NVEEE, call 954-561-2626 or visit nveee.org.

with cerebral palsy and the local chapters work tirelessly to raise money for research and assistance programs. Volunteer or just write a check. Call 561-357-7779 or visit ucpsouthflorida.org.

Vets Helping Heroes: This Boca Raton-based nonprofit organization trains service dogs and pairs them with injured troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Call 561-251-9296 or visit vetshelpingheroes.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.

Women & Wishes: Middle-class women enduring difficult challenges receive help from this Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit group, which assists with everything from fixing car engines to helping pay light bills. Call 754-245-1220 or visit womenandwishes.org.

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For more information, call 561-4940515 or visit quantumhouse.org.

A PROM TO REMEMBER The idea of donning gowns and tuxedoes for the high school prom is as much a part of an American childhood as apple pie and building treehouses. But for kids with cancer, everything changes. Thanks to A Prom to Remember and its association with several South Florida hospitals, generous donors and sponsors, prom night lives on for these courageous youngsters. Local children being treated for cancer will be handled like celebrities as they arrive in limousines and walk the red carpet at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale on May 11th, 2012. Attire, hair, makeup, transportation, food and entertainment will all be provided. For more information, call 877-3857766 or visit apromtoremember.org.

RICK AND RITA CASE:

LIFE CHANGERS

Philanthropic Power Couple It’s hard to pick the most remarkable aspect of Rick and Rita Case’s commitment to the community, but you don’t have to look far to see the results of their philanthropic efforts. ¶ This couple defines what philanthropy is all about and the two have spent most of their 32-year marriage trying to make a difference, starting in 1985 in Akron, Ohio, where they raised money to donate thousands of bikes to needy children. ¶ When the Cases moved to Fort Lauderdale, they discovered the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County and were off and running. They’re now the driving force behind some very lucrative fundraisers. ¶ Rick, 68, president and owner of the Rick Case Automotive Group, is the founder of the 24-year-old Annual Showboats International Yachting Rendezvous, which this year takes place November 10-12 at the Rybovich Yacht Club in Palm Beach. He’s also the founder and producer of Concours d’Elegance, where car collectors have a chance to display their cars for judging—and enjoy a weekend of elegance while they’re at it. Next year’s event takes place February 24-26 at The Boca Raton Resort & Club. Both fundraisers benefit the Broward Boys and Girls Clubs. ¶ And this year, the Cases will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rick Case Automotive Group with a fundraiser on January 14th at the Signature Grand in Davie. The party will benefit 21 South Florida charities—all while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles and The Beach Boys with two tribute bands. ¶ “It’s very casual. There are no honorees, no speeches. It’s not like a charity party,” Rita explains. “It’s just a party … and 100 percent of proceeds go to the 21 charities involved.” ¶ Rita, 56, sums up well why the couple feels so strongly about donating their time and talent to the community. “We’ve been in Broward County for 26 years,” she says. “We feel like a strong community and a healthy community is one where everyone lives in harmony and balance… “

For more information about the fundraisers, call 954-537-1010 or visit yachtrendezvous.com; call 954537-1010 or visit bocaratonconcours.com; or call 561-391-5930, ext. 309 or visit rickcase50th.com.

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A Prom to Remember

WHEELS FOR KIDS, INC. Originally founded to provide wheelchairs for children with cerebral palsy, Wheels For Kids has expanded its mission to help all children living in Palm Beach County who suffer from any long-term disability and cannot afford a wheelchair but don’t qualify for public funding or other charitable resources. The group was founded in 2003 by a mother, in honor of her daughter, who has cerebral palsy. The underlying idea is that hard-working middle-class families should not have to jeopardize their livelihoods just to give their disabled children the healthy, independent lives they deserve. For more information, call 561752-0799 or visit wheelsforkids.org.


NIGHTS TO REMEMBER November 3

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February 4

Enjoy an open bar, food, plus live and silent auctions. Takes place at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Boca Raton. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 954-739-5006 or visit cff.org.

A black-tie-affair dedicated to raising funds to benefit abused and neglected children in our community. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-749-7230 or visit jafco.org.

An evening with a silent auction, reception, gourmet dinner, dancing and a live house rally. Takes place at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-427-2222 or visit foodforthepoor.org.

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6th Annual “Stake In The Future” Event

6th Annual Oasis Compassion Agency Gala Dinner, dancing, entertainment and auctions, all with a Caribbean theme. Takes place at the Doubletree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-967-4066 or visit oasiscompassion.org.

JAFCO’s An Enchanted Evening Gala

2011 Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service’s Annual Gala “Havana Nights” An evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment and silent and live auctions. Takes place at the St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-852-5044 or visit ruthralesjfs.org.

Enjoy dinner and a live performance by The Doobie Brothers. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-5632822 or visit yachtrendezvous.com.

December 9

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers’ 5th Annual Wee Dream Ball This “The Ultimate ’70s Birthday Party” extravaganza features dancing, live and silent auctions and more. Takes place at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-391-7274 or visit ffcdc.org.

Presented by Chris Evert Charities. Features dinner, dancing, an auction and entertainment. Takes place at The Boca Raton Resort & Club. Starts 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-394-2400 or visit chrisevert.org.

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Arthur R. Marshall Foundation’s Annual River of Grass Gala Featuring an auction, dinner and dancing. Takes place at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-233-9004 or visit artmarshall.org.

Hanley Center’s Purple Butterfly Ball An evening of dinner, entertainment and a live auction to benefit prevention programming for youth. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-841-1212 or visit hanleycenter.org.

November 18

Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America’s Evening Of Hope A casino-style evening with great food, cocktails and prizes. Takes place at the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Hollywood. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-218-2929 or visit ccfa.org.

November 19

Diamond Angels of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s 8th Annual Fairy Tale Ball A grand evening with cocktails, dinner, music and an auction. Takes place at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 954-265-3454 or visit diamondangels.org.

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The evening includes a cocktail reception and auction, followed by dinner, dancing and special entertainment. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 305-6464249 or visit miamisci.org.

Boca Raton Museum of Art’s Visionaries Ball The evening will reflect the museum’s vision for the coming decade. Takes place at The Boca Raton Resort & Club. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-392-2500 or visit bocamuseum.org.

February 25

7th Annual Caron Gala “After Dark”

November 12

22nd Anniversary Chris Evert Gala Dinner Dance

Miami Science Museum’s 10th Anniversary Gala

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24th Annual Showboats International Boys and Girls Clubs Rendezvous Event

Food For The Poor’s Building Hope Gala

January 21

50th Annual Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball Celebrate this historic milestone with a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. Takes place at The Boca Raton Resort & Club. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-955-3249 or visit brrh.com.

Headliner will be comedian Richard Lewis, with special guest emcee and NFL great Joe Theismann. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Benefits the Lifesaver Scholarship Fund. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-655-7770 or visit caronrenaissance.org.

February 25

The American Heart Association’s 30th Annual Boca Raton Heart Ball Features dining, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Takes place at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-697-6624 or visit heart.org.

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Annual Palm Beach Gala Featuring fine dining, dancing and a silent auction. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-775-9954 or visit leukemia-lymphoma.org.

January 29

9th Annual Food For The Poor’s Fine Wines And Hidden Treasures Gala An exclusive wine tasting and culinary delights will be the setting for honoring the late Robert G. Gordon. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-427-2222 or visit foodforthepoor.org.

57th Annual Bethesda Hospital’s Foundation Ball Featuring a performance by “The Phantom of the Opera” star Davis Gaines. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561737-7733 or visit bethesdahospitalfoundation.org.

March 10

Donna Klein Jewish Academy’s 28th Annual Benefit Ball and Auction A fun-filled evening with live and silent auctions to benefit school programs and scholarships. Location and time to be determined. For more information, call 561-852-6042 or visit dkja.org.

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South Florida Science Museum’s Gala

The Lois Pope Life Foundation & LIFE’s 18th Annual “Lady in Red” Gala

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Features dinner, dancing and entertainment by Copeland Davis, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis, Jr. and Smokey Robinson. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-8650955 or visit life-edu.org.

An auction, music, dinner and dancing. Takes place at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-686-7701 or visit jdrf.org.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Annual Gem of an Evening: “One Hot Night on Palm Beach”

“What Lies Beneath: An Evening of Nautical Mystery and Adventure” will feature guest speaker Dr. Robert Ballard, an oceanographer who discovered the RMS Titanic. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit sfsm.org. O

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Dreams Habitat For Humanity Families Know There’s No Place Like Home

Home ownership may be the great American dream, but for some people it’s more like a fantasy, especially during these economically pressed times. ¶ This is where Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County steps in: As a last resort, low-income families that can’t afford homes often turn to the faith-based nonprofit organization that fervently believes everyone should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. ¶ “These are people who want to better their lives but have been disappointed and let down by a lot of people,” says Associate Executive Director Mike Williams. People like Ruth James, who fled to a shelter with her daughter after escaping an abusive relationship. Or Lakesia Harris, whose home is so cramped she sleeps in a chair so her two daughters can share the bed. ¶ Since the organization was founded in May 1991 it’s built 95 homes for needy families. The goal is to reach 100 by next April and then build another 100 by 2017. ¶ Recipients are people who can’t qualify for conventional house financing. To receive a home, families must be residents of Boca Raton, Boynton Beach or Delray Beach for at least one year, first-time owners, have a satisfactory credit rating and a stable income. They’re selected based on need and ability to pay the mortgage (100 percent of the principal goes into a revolving fund used to construct more homes). They must also be willing to put in 500 “sweat equity” hours helping to build not just their own home, but homes for others, as well as attend educational workshops. ¶ And while creating housing is vital to Habitat for Humanity’s task, it’s the families that inhabit these homes that remain the most important part of the organization’s mission. ¶ “We’ve made a positive impact on their lives,” says Williams. ¶ Indeed. Meet five grateful recipients—some already living in their homes, others whose homes are now being built—who share their poignant tales of struggle and renewal. Written By Linda

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Lakesia Harris with daughters Jayla (left) and Jessica

CHASING A DREAM

THE HARRIS FAMILY Lakesia Harris, 38, and her two kids toss and turn all night. Sweet dreams are elusive when three people share a queen-sized bed. “I usually end up sleeping in the chair,” says Harris, who sacrifices comfort so daughters, Jessica, 9, and Jayla, 7, can have more room.

“They rescued us. This has changed our lives dramatically and drastically.”   But hopefully by next year, she says gleefully, her kids will have their own beds—and their own rooms. For the past three years, she and her girls have lived at her parents’ house. It was quite an adjustment to return home after 10 years, which she did after separating from her husband. And since Harris’ sister recently moved back, things have been even more cramped.

rescued us,” says Harris, an eligibility worker at the Florida Department of Children & Families. “This has changed our lives dramatically and drastically.” That was apparent at a recent ceremony to officially “raise the roof ” of their new home. “I kept thanking everyone. It was raining and they just worked through the rain like it was no big deal,” she says with awe. “Habitat is a wonderful program. It gets better and better.” Now, the family is making plans for a new life. Jessica can’t wait to have her first sleepover, envisioning her room, which she wants to paint yellow. “My friends and I can have an adventure,” she says wistfully. There are also plans for a pink princess room for Jayla and a back yard where the girls can run around. But what they look forward to most of all is being independent. “We’re starting all over again,” Harris says. “I see so many better things ahead. We can be the family we were again.”  

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THE JAMES FAMILY

But now, optimism has replaced despair. “It was heaven sent,” says Harris about the threebedroom, two-bath house under construction in Delray Beach. Although her first Habitat for Humanity application in 2009 was denied because her debt ratio was too high, she never gave up. She paid off bills, reapplied a year later and was approved for a home in April. “They 68

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Ruth James’ Delray Beach house has a bona fide street address, but she lovingly refers to the three-bedroom, two-bath residence as House Number 8. It was the eighth house built by Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County and James says there are 16 years of loving memories


ensconced there. “I love my house as much, if not more, as the day I moved in,” she points out with pride. Habitat for Humanity gave James a chance to rebuild her life, one shattered by domestic abuse. After fleeing the relationship, she and her daughter Raiko, then 13, lived in a shelter for a year before finally moving into a little Delray Beach apartment. Home ownership was elusive, but James was determined. “I am a survivor,” says James, 55. “I’ve had a lot of challenges but I’ve overcome them.”

“Earning something is more precious than being given something. I can say I helped to build this house. I take pride in that.”  

Raiko Holman-Knight is married now, has two children of her own and is pursuing a doctorate degree in education. The house feels a bit empty, but James is looking forward to many visits from her grandchildren who live nearby. “The wondrous journey isn’t over yet. I still have hopes and dreams,” says James, a former insurance eligibility administrator currently earning her MBA from Strayer University. When she looks around her cherished house, she remembers all the labor, tears and challenges—

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and, most of all, the kindness of the volunteers. What surprised her, she recalls, is that they seemed as happy to be there as she was. “I am so grateful. Without them this would never have happened.” She says volunteering at Habitat for Humanity is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself and someone else. “They call it sweat equity and you do sweat while working on a house, but I am glad I had to do it,” she says. “The work was tough, but it was a great experience. Earning something is more precious than being given something. I can say I helped to build this house. I take pride in that.”   

HOuse FOR LIFE

THE SHANNON FAMILY Patricia Shannon remembers everything about that crisp, cool day in November 1995 when her heart fluttered as she walked into her first house. “It was a blessing from God and the people of Habitat,” she says. The Thanksgiving meal that year was extra special, she recalls. Now, more than 15 years— and many Thanksgiving meals later—Shannon has another reason to rejoice: she just made the final mortgage payment on her Boca Raton home. Now the four-bedroom, two-bath house is really hers. “I’m stunned,” says the Boca Raton community service officer incredulously. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

“Habitat is more important than ever now with the economy the way it is. People are living paycheck to paycheck. But there is help.” Patricia Shannon with daughter Courtneye and grandson Jordan

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But it just proves, she says emphatically, “if you work hard and you do your best there will be a positive outcome. And even when things aren’t going well, you have to keep going. I tell my kids ‘never give up.’”

Her three-bedroom, two-bath “dream house” is being built in Delray Beach. “I don’t think I will be able to sleep the first few nights I’m there. I’ll probably just walk around and look at everything,” predicts Bush, 53. “Having a house that is mine has been my dream forever.”

Shannon, 52, repeated that sage advice to herself often after a divorce left her a single mother to four children. “Habitat was there for me, they helped me make a better life for myself. I didn’t want to rent the rest of my life and I wanted something to pass on to my family.” Adds Shannon, “Not only does Habitat help you get a home, they help you clean up your credit, teach you how to save, how to take care of your home and they even have classes to give tips on rearing your kids. Once you become a homeowner, they are still a part of your life, in a positive way. They are very caring people.”

When a friend told Bush about Habitat for Humanity five years ago, she immediately applied. But she was turned down twice because of credit issues. “When I turned 50 I almost gave up. I thought ‘maybe this isn’t for me.’ But I decided not to. I Wanesta Bush

Since moving in, her eldest sons, Roscoe, 30, and Amante, 28, have moved out. Her son Joshua, 17, and daughter Courtneye, 24, and her 3-month-old baby, Jordan, still live there. As do the memories of all those helping hands of Habitat. “Habitat is more important than ever now with the economy the way it is,” says Shannon. “People are living paycheck to paycheck. But there is help.”  

WAITING TO EXHALE THE BUSH FAMILY

Wanesta Bush is used to cramped quarters—at one time she and her seven children shared a single bathroom. “Everyone was on a timer,” she quips. Six of her kids are grown and have moved out, but Bush still shares a bedroom—and a bed— with her 16-year-old granddaughter, Keyonna. Not for long, though.

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worked on my credit, applied again, kept my fingers crossed and prayed real hard,” recalls Bush, an administrative assistant at Achievement Centers For Children & Families in Delray Beach. And, in December 2010, her prayers were answered—she was approved for a home. “Habitat was my only option. I couldn’t qualify for a home any other way. And with Habitat, the money you pay for your mortgage rolls over to help others,” says Bush, who will share the home with Keyonna, as well as Bush’s son, Alexander, 17. “We are counting our blessings.” And, she gushes, there are many: A washer and dryer (no more trips to the laundromat, lugging clothes up and down a flight of stairs), two bathrooms (a first for her), a spacious kitchen, a yard and her own bedroom.  But her blessings are only a part of the package. “I learned that helping someone else out is one of the greatest gifts. And I’m not done helping. I’m going to continue after my house is finished. How could I not? It’s part of me now.”  

SWEET ANTICIPATION THE MOSS FAMILY

“I’m always crying. I just can’t stop,” sniffles Rojuana Moss, 57. “But it’s because I’m so happy. My heart is about to burst out of my chest.” Her giddiness intensifies with each new dawn, because then she’s one day closer to moving into her first home, which is now under construction. “I can’t wait. I always wanted to have something to call home other than somebody else’s house,” says Moss, who will share a 5-bedroom, 2-bath house in Boca Raton with her daughter, Vanessa, 28, and grandchildren Kaliah, 8, Keith, 7, Khloe, 18 months and Kaleb, 7 months. When Moss, a custodian for the City of Boca Raton, isn’t shedding tears, she’s effusively thanking Habitat staff and volunteers for making what was just a dream of home ownership a reality. A few years ago, when she applied to Habitat, life was bleak. “I was a victim of domestic violence and was working so hard to make a better life for us. We have been through so much,” says Moss, pausing to compose herself. “We are touched by the generosity and kindness of Habitat. The love they put into that house is awesome.” 72

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“My house will be a safe haven and it’s a reality because I have been touched by so many angels.”  

Vanessa is equally as excited. “I’m very grateful,” she says. “And it’s making my mother so happy. She has something very special to look forward to.”

Moss, who has another daughter and three more grandchildren, first heard about Habitat for Humanity from a friend who went through the program. She applied and was approved for a house last December. The journey, including the “sweat equity” hours, was a learning experience, she says. With each nail Moss pounded, she became more confident. “It isn’t really all that hard. When everybody works together, everything works out good. When we work hand-in-hand, it’s powerful,” she says. “My house will be a safe haven and it’s a reality because I have been touched by so many angels.” O

How To Help Habitat for Humanity of South Palm

relies heavily on donations of time and money to carry out its mission. Volunteers are always needed to help build homes, work in the Delray Beach office, help out in the Habitat ReStore in Boca Raton, or serve as a family support partner and help new residents navigate the home ownership maze. For more information, call 561-819-6070 or visit habitatsouthpalmbeach.org.

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Carmelized French Onion Dip Spicy Pickled Shrimp Carolina Pulled Pork Cocktail Sandwiches/ Mini Beef Brisket Cocktail Sandwiches Golden Dijon Spicy Chicken Satays Mini Pumpkin Tarts Sweet and Savory Apples Classic Manhattans Caramel Latte Iced Coffees

2ECIPES Caramelized French Onion Dip 2 large yellow onions, cut in half and thinly sliced 4 tbsp. unsalted butter ¼ cup vegetable oil 1 tbsp. Crystal® Hot Sauce 1 tsp. kosher salt ½ tsp. black pepper 6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup sour cream 4 tbsp. mayonnaise

Place butter and oil in a medium-sized skillet and heat until melted. Add onions, hot sauce, salt and pepper; sauté for 10 minutes. Reduce heat and continue cooking, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes, until the onions are browned and caramelized. Remove from heat; let cool. Place cream cheese in a bowl and mix until smooth. Add sour cream and mayonnaise and continue mixing. Fold in caramelized onions. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with chips, crackers, vegetables or roasted fingerling potatoes or refrigerate overnight for a bolder flavor. For a rustic touch, serve in a hollowed-out pumpkin. (SERVES EIGHT) NOVEMBER 2011

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SET THE SCENE

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A harvest party is all about casual no-fuss entertaining (before the dreidels, fruitcakes and last-minute holiday shopping consume our lives). Whether your gathering takes place in the family room or the back yard, the following simple tips will help create a setting that looks anything but.

1 oz. vermouth 2 ¹/5 oz. bourbon 2 dashes angostura bitters 2 fresh cherries Fill a short glass ²/³ with ice. In cocktail shaker combine vermouth, bourbon and bitters. Shake well until mixed and chilled. Pour mixture into glass. Squeeze juice from one cherry into cocktail. Garnish with other cherry.

HIT THE PUMPKIN PATCH: Place groupings of pumpkins in various sizes around the space (you may even have some left over from Halloween). Toss in a few gourds, squashes, ears of Indian corn and bales of hay for added detail (bales also can serve as extra seating). Make sure to include your home’s entryway for a warm welcome. GLASS ACTS: Fill glass bowls, vases and apothecary jars with apples, cranberries, pears and other fall fruits, as well as leaves (faux fall leaves are available at craft stores), cinnamon sticks and even tree branches from the back yard. Fill others with white votive candles for a cozy glow. FLOWER POWER: There’s no easier way to add color and vibrancy to a room than with a few strategically placed vases filled with fall blooms such as sunflowers and mums. CENTER OF ATTENTION: For a simple fall centerpiece, carve out a pumpkin, fill it with foliage and flowers and surround it with smaller pumpkins, kale, gourds and candles (you can also hollow out

Spicy Pickled Shrimp 4 stalks celery, 3-4” long 2 bay leaves 4 peppercorns 2 tsp. salt 2 lbs. unpeeled fresh or thawed shrimp (1620 per lb.) 2 onions, peeled and sliced thin 16-20 bay leaves ¼ cup oil 2 tbsp. cider vinegar ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. dry mustard 2 tsp. superfine sugar Juice of one lemon ¼ cup pickling spice

pumpkins and gourds to use as votives). Place the entire ensemble on a silver or mirrored tray and voila! Instant fall glamour. MATERIAL GIRLS: Use rustic materials such as burlap for table runners or napkin rings—its fibrous texture provides a nice juxtaposition to the smoothness of the candles and pumpkins. Straw baskets add a touch of nature and tin buckets make great vintage-looking wine coolers.

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In a heavy pot with a lid, combine celery, bay leaves, peppercorns and salt. Add 2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add shrimp; re-cover pot and bring stock back to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 3 minutes or until pink. Remove from heat and uncover. Let shrimp cool in stock. When cool enough to handle, peel shrimp, returning to stock until ready to pickle. For Pickling: In large bowl, place a layer of boiled shrimp. On top, place 4 bay leaves and half of the slices of one onion. Continue this, layer upon layer, until all shrimp are used. Mix remaining ingredients; pour over shrimp. Cover bowl and set aside, stirring occasionally. After 12 hours, taste shrimp and adjust seasoning. If too tart, add more sugar. Serve arranged on a platter or in a bowl. (SERVES EIGHT)

Carolina Pulled Pork Cocktail Sandwiches 1½ lbs. barbecue-smoked pulled pork, warm ¼ cup smoky barbecue sauce 1½ cups prepared creamy coleslaw ¼ cup honey-mustard barbecue sauce 12 white cocktail buns, sliced horizontally for sandwiches Melted butter

Combine pulled pork and smoky barbecue sauce; gently stir to blend. Combine prepared coleslaw and honey-mustard barbecue sauce; toss to blend. Brush cut sides of sliced buns with melted butter and toast in large skillet until light golden brown. Arrange buns, cut side up, on a flat work surface or cutting board. Top the bottom half of each bun evenly with pulled pork; top each evenly with a dollop of honey-mustard coleslaw. Close each sandwich with top half of bun. Arrange on platter; serve warm. (SERVES SIX)

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Mini Beef Brisket Cocktail Sandwiches 12 white cocktail buns, sliced horizontally for sandwiches Melted butter 6 tbsp. creamy horseradish sauce 24 slices Roma tomatoes 1½ lbs. barbecue-smoked beef brisket, thin sliced, warm

CARAMEL LATTE ICED COFFEE ¾ cup fresh-brewed dark roast coffee, chilled 2 tbsp. Torani® caramel syrup 4 tbsp. Half & Half Ice, as needed Fill large glass with ice. Add chilled coffee and caramel syrup; stir until blended. Add Half & Half and stir to blend. Adjust caramel syrup and Half & Half as needed.

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Brush cut sides of sliced buns with melted butter; toast in large skillet until light golden brown. Arrange buns, cut side up, on a flat work surface or cutting board. Top the bottom half of each bun evenly with creamy horseradish sauce, 2 slices of tomato and folded strips of thin-sliced beef brisket. Close each sandwich with top half of bun. Arrange on platter; serve warm. (SERVES 12)

Golden Dijon Spicy Chicken Satays 2 cups Cattlemen’s Carolina Tangy Gold BBQ Sauce 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce ¼ cup French’s Dijon Mustard 4 tsp. fresh lime juice 40 thinly pounded chicken satays (white meat)

Olive oil, as needed Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste 2 tbsp. garlic, minced Scallions, chopped, as needed for garnish Bamboo skewers, soaked in water

To make the satay sauce, combine Gold, Sweet Chili, Dijon and lime juice. Set aside until needed. Marinate satays in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic for 1 hour, refrigerated. Grill satays, generously brush with sauce (at room temperature or slightly warm) and garnish with scallions. Thread chicken on pre-soaked skewers. (SERVES 20)

Mini Pumpkin Tarts 1 package refrigerated pie dough 1 cup canned pumpkin ¾ cup heavy cream 1 large egg, beaten ¼ cup dark brown sugar

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Whipped Cream Topping: ½ cup cream 1¼ tbsp. sugar ¼ tsp. vanilla ½ tbsp. rum Nutmeg

Preheat oven to 425°F. Unfold refrigerated pie dough; let rest for 20 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Using a 3-biscuit cutter, cut out 8 rounds from each pie dough disc. Press onto bottom and sides of ungreased mini muffin pan. Prick bottoms of tarts with a fork and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Fill each tart with 1-2 teaspoons of pumpkin mixture. Bake 15 minutes. Cool slightly; remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Place whipping cream mixture into a large plastic baggie. Clip small tip off of one corner. Squeeze a small circle on top of each tart; sprinkle with nutmeg and serve. For Whipped Cream Topping: Put beaters and bowl in freezer for 30-45 minutes to ensure they’re cold. Pour cream in bowl and beat until it starts

forming. Add remaining ingredients; beat until peaks form. (serves 16)

Sweet and Savory Apples 5 tbsp. butter, divided Bacon drippings 8 large crisp apples (4 for baking; 4 for frying) ¹/3 cup sugar ¹/8 tsp. salt Cinnamon Sugar

GRANT (PARTY) FAVORS Just because the party ends doesn’t mean the memories have to. Send guests home with fall-flavored trinkets to commemorate a festive evening.

Postcardens are clever vegetable ink-based greeting cards that send

For Baked Apples: Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut 4 apples into 4 wedges each. Scoop out middles with a small paring knife to leave room for fried apple slices. Roll each wedge into a bowl of sugar. Place on parchment-lined sheet pan. Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon and bake 15 minutes or until softened. Remove from oven. For Fried Apples: Wash, dry and slice 4 apples into 1/2-inch slices. Heat butter and bacon drippings in heavy skillet over medium heat. Add apple slices and cook for about 2 minutes. Add sugar and salt. Continue cooking until apples are browned and caramelized. Spoon 2-3 apple slices onto a baked apple wedge and serve warm. (serves six)

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Falling For You Scented Pine Cone Candle (Set of 4) emits a fresh, cinnamon fragrance that’s just perfect for cool fall evenings. Available at kateaspen.com.

Pumpkin Salt & Pepper Shakers in seasonal orange are crafted of ceramic and add cheery flair to any dinner or buffet table. Available at pier1.com.

Wildflower Seed Bombs allow for guerilla gardening—just throw and grow. Choose from six pouches packed with five ready-to-grow seed balls made from clay and worm castings to enrich depleted soil. Available at uncommongoods.com.

Turning Leaves Bookmark is carefully crafted of openwork metal and features a rich burgundy silk tassel. Available at kateaspen.com.

Peaceful Woods Owl Reed Diffuser makes a wise gift, featuring a shiny bronze bird with scented oil and diffuser reeds, all in a cozy nesting box. Available at pier1.com. O

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It’s the season for gift buying and we’ve got a great selection of possibilities. When doing your shopping this year, we invite you to consider the following promotional partners’ offerings. From sparkling jewels and fashionable accessories to impressive cars and luxury cruises, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. – TIFFANY & CO. Jean Schlumberger Conique Bracelet with diamonds and red spinels in platinum and 18K gold. Available at Tiffany & Co.; visit tiffany.com. — AUDI CORAL SPRINGS Audi A4 Combines luxury, class and practicality in one easyto-open package. Available at Audi Coral Springs; visit audicoralsprings.com. ˜GROVE OPTICIANS Solid Gold Cartier Eyepiece Reward yourself with an eyepiece in white or yellow solid gold. Available at Grove Opticians; visit groveopticians. com. ™ SAKS FIFTH AVENUE BOCA RATON Gifts For The Bond No. 9 Aficionado Swarovski All-Stars Quartet To-Go Pocket Sprays; The Fantasy-Stone Fountain of Peace vitrine and The Incandescent Shooting Super Star flacon all contain the Scent of Peace fragrance. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton; visit saksfifthavenue.com. šJEWELS IN TIME Patek Philippe Timepiece (model 5135J) Beautiful near-mint pre-owned timepiece in 18K yellow gold with calendar, moonphase and brown exotic strap with 18K yellow-gold tang buckle. Available at Jewels In Time; visit jewelsintime.com.

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1 2 3 – MERCEDES-BENZ OF DELRAY 2012 M-Class Newly designed features make it possibly the world’s most advanced SUV. Available at MercedesBenz of Delray; visit mbdelray.com. — HOUSE OF APPLIANCES Wolf® Outdoor Grill Ignite a passion for cooking with the gift that keeps on giving. Available at House of Appliances; visit houseofappliancesinc.com. ˜ INTERNATIONAL JEWELERS EXCHANGE Your Boca Raton Jewelers For 31 Years Highest quality. Biggest selection. Available at International Jewelers Exchange; visit intljewelers.com. ™ BLOOMINGDALE’S Tory Burch E-Tablet Cover Available in turquoise, black and raspberry. Available at Bloomingdale’s; visit bloomingdales.com. š EYE DOC OF BOCA Tom Ford Eyewear A thin profile enriched by white enamel for the Tom Ford woman. Available at Eye Doc of Boca; call 561-995-9600. › JAMIE’S Camille Knit Mini The Zig Zag knit is a fabulous look for a great holiday night. Available at Jamie’s; call 561-391-4747. œ MAROONE VOLKSWAGEN 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Redesigned for style and built for fun with a sleek new design. Available at Maroone Volkswagen; visit maroone.com.  BOCA EXPRESS TRAVEL/AMERICAN EXPRESS (CELEBRITY) Celebrity Millennium Give the gift of time on a four- or five-night cruise. Reconnect, relax and unwind. Available at Boca Express Travel/American Express; visit bocaexpresstravel.com. ž WORLD GLASS IMPORTS San Remo Collection Exciting, new, fashion-forward and exclusively from the runways in Milan, Italy. Available at World Glass Imports; visit oggimurano.com.

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Destination Delicious The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival Bigger Than Ever O

nce a perfectly respectable three-hour tasting event, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival this year becomes every foodie’s dream, expanding to five decadent days of celebrity chef demonstrations, gourmet tastings, epicurean events and, of course, lots of mixing and mingling with winemakers, authors, Food Network personalities and assorted glitterati. The five-year-old affair, held in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation and Gilt City Miami, takes place December 9-13 in various locations throughout tony Palm

Beach. The honorary chair is renowned food and wine columnist John Mariani. Special events throughout the week include a “Beach Bash with Chef Michael Schwartz” at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach on Friday night (with Chef Darryl Moiles); “An Evening with John Mariani – How Italian Food Conquered the World” at The Breakers Palm Beach on Saturday night (with Chefs David Burke, Scott Conant, John DeLucie, Michael Schwartz and Jeff Simms); “Cocktail Culture with Daniel Boulud” at The Brazilian Court on Sun-

day night (with Executive Chef Jim Leiken, Chef Pâtissier Arnaud Chavigny and Daniel Head Bartender Xavier Herit) and “Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner” at buccan on Monday night (with Chefs Clay Conley, Dean James Max, James and Julie Petrakis and 2011 “Best Chef: South” James Beard award-winner Stephen Stryjewski). Always a fan favorite, the Grand Tasting at 150 Worth takes place on Tuesday, featuring Chefs Scott Conant, Ingrid Hoffmann, Allen Susser and others, plus an impressive roster of participating restaurants, including

Dean James Max’s 3800 Ocean on Singer Island and Michelle Bernstein’s at The Omphoy in Palm Beach. Also planned is the Annual Grand Chef Throwdown, which will be judged by Chef Scott Conant (the grand prize is $10,000). Not only does the festival feature many great tastes—it’s done in great taste, too: Funds raised will benefit the James Beard Foundation’s educational programs and scholarship fund. O For more information, call 561-3891222 or visit pbfwf.com. November 2011

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NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THESE SIDE DISHES WITH THIS YEAR’S BIG THANKSGIVING MEAL JUST AROUND THE CORNER, WHY NOT HAKE THINGS UP WITH A FEW NEW DISHES? SHAKE THE FOLLOWING RECIPES CONTAIN ALL THE FLAVOR AND NUTRIENTS A VEGETARIAN COULD DESIRE—AND NONE OF THE MEAT.

ROASTED BEETS, CARROTS AND TURNIPS WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR Roasting can bring out a unique flavor when combined with carrots and beets, and makes a tasty complement to a hearty dinner. INGREDIENTS 1 lb. beets, peeled, halved or quartered ½ lb. carrots, peeled, cut in half 1 lb. turnips, peeled, halved or quartered 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar ½ tsp. sugar ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper

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Preheat oven to 400°F. Place beets, carrots and turnips in a bowl. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Toss with vegetables. Spread in a single layer on a roasting pan. Roast for 1 hour or until browned or caramelized. Remove from oven; drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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Recipes and photos courtesy of The Food Channel. For more dishes and ideas, visit foodchannel.com.


ZUCCHINI TART Zucchini and yellow squash never tasted so decadent. Gruyère cheese and thyme provide a savory balance to this healthy garden staple. INGREDIENTS 2 prepared 9-inch refrigerated pie crusts 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 large onions, ½-inch diced 1 medium green zucchini, ½-inch diced 1 medium yellow squash, ½-inch diced ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. coarse ground pepper ½ cup grated Gruyère cheese, plus ¹/8 cup for topping 1 large whole egg, plus 1 large egg yolk 2 sprigs thyme leaves, chopped ¼ cup heavy cream 1 medium green zucchini, cut into ¹/8-inch slices 1 medium yellow squash, cut into ¹/8-inch slices PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 6 4-inch rounds. Fit dough into round 4-inch tart pans with removable bottoms; set on parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and trim excess dough flush with rim. Pierce bottoms of shells with fork. Refrigerate or freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Line shells with parchment. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until crust begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Remove weights and parchment. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Keep oven on. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high. Add diced zucchini, squash and onions; season with salt and pepper. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let vegetables cool slightly. Spread in even layer in prepared crusts; sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese evenly on top. In bowl, whisk together whole egg, egg yolk and cream. Add 2 tablespoons egg mixture to each tart. Alternating colors, place squash and zucchini slices in pattern over top of filling. Garnish with remaining 1/8 cup of cheese. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool slightly on wire rack before unmolding. Top with thyme.

WILD RICE SALAD WITH APRICOTS AND TOASTED PECANS

2 tomatoes, seeded, finely chopped 1 cup crumbled feta cheese As needed—flatbread, warm or grilled

For an autumn-inspired dish, alternate dried apricots and currents with dried cranberries and fresh chopped apples.

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INGREDIENTS 7 cups white and wild rice blend, cooked without seasoning packet, cooled 1 cup pecan pieces, toasted 1 cup red onion, chopped ½ cup dried apricots, finely diced ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 cup dried currents ¾ cup vegetable oil ½ cup tarragon vinegar 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 tbsp. fresh minced garlic ½ tsp. kosher salt ½ tsp. black pepper PREPARATION

Combine cooked rice, pecans, red onion, apricots, parsley and currents in a large bowl and toss to blend. Combine vegetable oil, tarragon vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in bowl and whisk to blend; pour over rice mixture and toss evenly. Cover and chill. FROM TOP: Zucchini Tart; Wild Rice Salad with Apricots and Toasted Pecans; Tabouli; Squash Casserole. OPPOSITE PAGE: Roasted Beets, Carrots and Turnips with Balsamic Vinegar

TABOULI Tabouli is a Middle Eastern salad. For this healthy whole-grain recipe we added crumbled feta cheese with a side of warm grilled flatbread. INGREDIENTS ½ pound uncooked bulgur wheat 1 bunch green onions, chopped 4 cups loosely packed fresh parsley (stems removed) ½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves (optional) ¾ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, finely chopped

Cover bulgur wheat with cold water and soak for 30 minutes; drain thoroughly. Transfer to large bowl or glass baking dish. Combine green onions and parsley in food processor bowl fitted with a steel blade; pulse briefly. Add lemon juice, olive oil and salt; pulse until blended. Pour parsley mixture over bulgur wheat; toss to blend. Press mixture flat in bowl or baking dish, cover and refrigerate overnight. Add finely chopped cucumber and tomato to salad; toss to blend. Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese over salad; toss to blend. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve with warm grilled flatbread.

SQUASH CASSEROLE Squash, onions, and basil— fresh from the garden if possible—make this a terrific choice for a Thanksgiving side dish to remember. INGREDIENTS 4 tbsp. unsalted butter 3 lbs. yellow squash, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 3 large eggs ¾ cup Japanese bread crumbs 6 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced ½ tsp. sea salt ¼ tsp. coarse ground pepper PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease casserole dish. In large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add squash and onions, cooking for 10 minutes or until soft and lightly brown. Stir often. Remove from heat. In large bowl, combine mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Stir in squash mixture, basil, salt and pepper. Spoon casserole mixture into prepared dish, sprinkle with remaining bread crumbs. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve warm. O NOVEMBER 2011

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Small Plates Make A Striking And Scrumptious Impact At Buccan By Linda Haase

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hey’re affectionately dubbed small plates. But they’re jam-packed with delightful dishes that boast distinctive flavors, unique textures and top-of-the-line ingredients. These small plates are the essence of buccan, the innovative progressive American grill that has taken Palm Beach by storm. The popular 4,400square-foot restaurant seamlessly blends a casual vibe with sophistication. Its mix of seating (a communal “family” table, chef’s tables, bar, living room-type lounge and traditional tables) and open kitchen enhance the convivial atmosphere. The small-plate presentation is designed for diners to sample, share and savor. We suggest you begin with Burrata, vine-ripe tomatoes drizzled

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large plate entrees, which include the Yogurt Marinated Swordfish with curried lentils, cashew sauce and finely chopped cucumbers). The inventive desserts also imbue delightful contrasting tastes and textures—the Apple Crisp juxtaposes a crunchy topping with warm and sweet soft apples, all topped with ginger ice cream. The Chocolate Caramel Crème Brûlée’s (an instant hit its first night on the menu) crispy top gives way to a creamy, über-delicious dessert. The inventive dishes demonstrate Chef/Owner Clay Conley’s imagination, flair and talent. Chef Conley, who has more than two decades of experience (including nearly a decade as a protégé of Chef Todd English where he opened restau-

rants in Boston, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Tokyo) is a StarChef ’s “Rising Star Chef ” award winner. He also ran the award-winning Azul at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, where he infused the tastes and technique of his global experience. His passion for exceptional cuisine makes it impossible to pick favorite dishes here—they’re all that good. And that’s why buccan, which opened in January, is sure to serve small plates in big way for a long time. O

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THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSES Glades Plaza ❘ 2200 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.0024 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch.

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Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5150 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.3754 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. ABSINTHE

ATLANTIC GRILLE Seagate Hotel & Spa ❘ 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.665.4900 ❘ Closed for lunch through Sept. 30, Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

Cinemark Palace 20 ❘ 3200 Airport Rd. ❘ 561.544.3044 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE

Boca Grove Shopping Center ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ 561.483.4949 ❘ Dinner daily. BONEFISH GRILL

BREWZZI Glades Plaza ❘ 2222 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2739 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

500 South Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.427.9302 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday in season, offseason Friday-Sunday. BROOKS RESTAURANT

6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.1077 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. THE CAPITAL GRILLE

CARMEN’S Boca Raton Bridge Resort ❘ 999 Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.9500 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday, Brunch Sunday.

101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.2675 ❘ Dinner nightly. CHOPS LOBSTER BAR

TWO GEORGES AT THE COVE MARINA 1754 S.E. Third Ct. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.421.9272 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

BREAKFAST BONANZA New Way To Start The Day At Temple Orange In Manalapan

For more information, call 561-533-6000 or visit ritzcarlton.com.

DUFFY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 401 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.429.8820 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN The Shops at Boca

Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch, Monday-Friday, Dinner MondaySunday. 821 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0122 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

432 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly.

FIFTH AVENUE GRILL

52 North Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.3232 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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Temple Orange, located at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach in Manalapan, has kicked up its Sunday breakfast and brunch menus with a host of creative dishes. New items include: For breakfast and brunch, Extreme Oatmeal with assorted gourmet add-ins (cinnamon-raisin pie crumble, apple cobbler and cane syrupsoaked walnuts, for example); for brunch, a Short Stack Pancake Cart with indulgent toppings (such as chocolate chips, bananas, warm sugar-cane syrup and whipped cream) and for breakfast, Signature Skillets (two-egg entrees served in mini cast-iron pans layered with hash browns, cheese and more). Under the creative expertise of Chef Ryan Artim there’s also a host of savory items, boutique farm salads, meat-carving stations and more. And don’t forget the mimosas.

Town Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2141 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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5101 Congress Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.9800 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. The Shoppes at Addison Place ❘ 16850 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.1949 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. HENRY’S

Glades Plaza ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8903 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. HOOTERS

HOUSTON’S 1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0550 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. J. ALEXANDER’S

1400 Glades

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9875 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. KATHY’S GAZEBO CAFE 4199 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.6033 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

17940 N. Military Tr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.995.5044 ❘ Dinner nightly. KEE GRILL

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

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

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


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wThe Dish on Food, Wine & Restaurants Max’s Grille4Mizner Park x 404 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.0080 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. Max’s Harvest4Delray Beach x 169 N.E. Second Ave. x 561.381.9970 x Dinner nightly. mia's grille42399 N. Federal

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.338.6388 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Sunday. Closed Saturday. Miller’s East Boca Ale House4Shoppes at Blue Lake x

1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9142 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Miller’s West Boca Ale House4Boca Lyons Plaza x 9244

W. Glades Road x Boca Raton x 561.487.2989 x Lunch and Dinner

The Office4201 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.3600 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

daily.

The Pavilion Grille4301

Morton’s, The Steakhouse4

Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.912.0000 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

The Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.392.7724 x Dinner nightly. New York Prime42350 N.W.

Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3881 x Dinner nightly. Oceans 2344234 N. Ocean

Blvd. x Deerfield Beach x 954.428.2539 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Real x Boca Raton x 561.395.1662 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Rare Las Olas4401 E. Las Olas

Blvd x Fort Lauderdale x 954.527.3365 x Dinner nightly. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

4225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.6746 x Dinner nightly. Seasons 5242300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.9952 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Six Tables4112 N.E. Second St. x

Boca Raton x 561.347.6260 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday by reservation.

Oh Goodies The Festival Of Chocolate Comes To Palm Beach County Convention Center

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weet news! The Festival of Chocolate, named one of the Top Ten festivals of its kind in the southeastern United States, is coming to the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach on November 19-20. This is the indulgent event’s first year in Palm Beach County—it also takes place annually in Orlando and Tampa—and chocoholics couldn’t be happier. Sugar lovers can anticipate a slate of events, from world-class chefs’ demonstrations, chocolate and wine pairings and a unique chocolatethemed museum to a chocolate game show stage, “crazy” chocolate contests for kids and adults and interactive chocolate classes. Patrons will also get the chance to sample and purchase treats from the region’s best vendors, chocolatiers and confection companies. We’re talking truffles, cookies, cakes, crepes, waffles, brownies, chocolate drinks and more. And did we mention it’s all fat free? (We wish.)

For more information, call 407-429-7784 or visit festivalofchocolate.com.

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Smokehouse Grille & Wingery42257 N. Federal Hwy. x

Boca Raton x 561.391.9110 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Temple Orange4The Ritz-

asian/sushi 5 Spice Asian Street Market4

Shoppes of Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1688 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Asia Sushi/Wok/Grill4

7600 Camino Real x Boca Raton x x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly except Friday and Saturday. 561.544.8100

Bluefin Sushi Thai Grill4

861 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.981.8986 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Cay Da Vietnamese47400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.998.0278 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Edo Sushi-Upscale Japanese Sushi & Pan-Asian Buffet4

Waterway Shoppes of Parkland x 7609 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.755.3191 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Fah Asian Bistro4Boca Valley Shopping Plaza x 7461 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.241.0400 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Gary Woo Asian Bistro43400 N. Federal Hwy. x

Carlton, Palm Beach x 100 S. Ocean Blvd. x Manalapan x 561.533.6000 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesdays.

The Sundy House4106 S. Swinton

House of Siam425 N.E.

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.5678 x Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday.

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

Triple Eight Lounge at the Falcon House4116 N.E. Sixth

Japango4Riverstone Shoppes

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.9499 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Vinny’s All Day Cafe4Regen-

cy Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9883 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Watercolors Cafe4Boca

Raton Bridge Hotel x 999 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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of Parkland x 7367 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.4268 x Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.999.1263 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Kansai47140 Beracasa Way x

Boca Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly. Kyojin Buffet4Shops at Boca Grove x 21073 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.1708 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS 249 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly. LA TRE

LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO

420 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.5050 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8181 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner daily.

RISE MODERN ASIAN CUISINE AND SUSHI 6060 S.W. 18th St.,

#108 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.8808 ❘ Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner daily.

SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

8316 Jog Rd. ❘ Boynton Beach ❘

561.369.1788 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday,

4801 Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.2766 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 1914 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561. 226.0290 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

SHINJU BUFFET 7875 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.488.4040 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

PEI WEI

The Melting Pot

9168 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1707 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly. 60 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9328 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly. YOKOHAMA

BARBECUE MISSISSIPPI SWEETS BBQ CO. 2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.6779 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday.

CONTINENTAL 99 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #1 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.7939 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday. ANDREW'S

1118 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.4899 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. BOHEME BISTRO

The Boca Raton Resort & Club ❘ 501 E. Camino Real ❘ 561.447.3222 ❘ Dinner TuesdaySaturday. CIELO

6060 S.W. 18th St., #103 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1117 ❘ Dinner TuesdaySunday. FLEMING’S BISTRO

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO

1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.3722 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PHILIPPE BOCA RATON Boca Raton ❘ 200 East Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ 561.393.4666 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Palms Plaza ❘ 22191 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.8863 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. PHUKET THAI

PINE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT 1668 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.7534 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 96

STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILL Town Center ❘ 6000 Glades

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.7500 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

SUSHI RAY Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9506 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI THAI 100 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. LA CIGALE

14812 S.E. Military Tr. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.9882 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Mondays. LE PAVILLON

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

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42 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.6633 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday. OLIO BISTRO

7860 Glades Rd. Suite 130 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8580 ❘ Dinner nightly. ST. TROPEZ

271 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #41 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.0087 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE

Dinner nightly. CityPlace ❘ 700 S. Rosemary Ave., #208 ❘ 561.296.8881 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. Palm Beach Gardens ❘ 4675 PGA Blvd. ❘ 561.202.6888 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MAI HIBACHI

The Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8806 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. UNCLE TAI’S

170 W. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.7910 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. TIRAMISU

TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & 4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ GIFTS

Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.5155 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday. 887 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.8850 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday. THE BOCA BEACH HOUSE

TIN MUFFIN CAFE 364 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9446 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

FONDUE 5455 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.7472 ❘ Dinner nightly. THE MELTING POT

FRENCH 2399 N. Federal Hwy., #4 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2340 ❘ Dinner TuesdaySunday. Closed Monday. BISTRO PROVENCE

CAFE DE FRANCE 110 E. Atlantic Ave., #120 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2140 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CASIMIR BISTRO Royal Palm Place ❘ 416 Via De Palmas, #81 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Royal Palm Place ❘ 101 Plaza Real S., Ste. K & L ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6021 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch MondaySaturday, Brunch Sunday. COTE FRANCE CAFE

GREEK 1600 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.6720 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. MILOS TAVERNA

INDIAN CURRIES & MORE 217 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.


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ITALIAN 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’S RISTORANTE6750 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.7373 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘

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

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHENTown

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

561.268.2805

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CAPRI RISTORANTE ITALIANO39 S.E. 1st Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8044 ❘ Dinner nightly. CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILLWharf-

side Plaza ❘ 6909 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8838 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner daily 335 E. Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.266.9393 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly.

CARUSO RISTORANTERoyal Palm

Place ❘ 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.7488 ❘ Lunch and Dinner, Monday-Saturday. 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. DOMINICS I8177 W. Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.3186 ❘ Lunch and dinner daily.

DOMINICS IIWestwinds 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 WednesdaySunday. GIOVANNI’S COAL FIRE PIZZA

Waterway Shoppes at Parkland ❘ 7625 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9282 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. IL BACIO29 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.865.7783 ❘ Dinner ThursdaySaturday.

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IL GIRASOLE Tropic Square ❘ 1911 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3566 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. JONATHAN'S CORNER 134 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.7123 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

5751 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.0668 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT AND CATERING 159 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2081 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. The Polo Shoppes ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.1165 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. LA LUNA BISTRO

LA VILLETTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 4351 N. Federal Hwy.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8403 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 451 East Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0208 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. LILLY’S

CHEF FRANK ROSANO & WIFE ANTONELLA Exclusively at Villa Rosano

MAGGIANO’S

21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MATTEO’S RESTAURANT 233 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.0773 ❘ Dinner nightly. NINO'S OF BOCA

Genuine Cuisine From The Homeland The Boca Raton Observer

Best Of Boca And Beyond 2009 Boca Raton Magazine

One Of Those Fabulous Finds Palm Beach Post-2010

★★★1/2 Sun Sentinel-2010

1930 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8990 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. OVENELLA 499 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1455 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. PICCOLINO RESTAURANT

78 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8858 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 4400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly. POSITANO

RAFFAELE RISTORANTE

Royal Palm Place ❘ 508 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.1110 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. RENZO’S OF BOCA

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

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5999 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.3495 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.


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RISTORANTE SAPORI

Royal Palm Place ❘ 99 Royal Palm Place ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.9779 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. ROSARIO’S RISTORANTE Royal Palm Place ❘ 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.0758 ❘ Dinner nightly. SAPORISSIMO 366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2333 ❘ Dinner nightly. SWANKY'S VESUVIO RISTORANTE & PATIO BAR 3360 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. TABLE 42 KITCHEN & WINE BAR

Royal Palm Place ❘ 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.2625 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 119 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1944 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. TRAMONTI

TRATTORIA ROMANA

499 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 and Dinner daily. VIC AND ANGELO’S

290 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.9570 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLA ROSANO The Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.0112 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. VINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS

114 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0030 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. VIVO PARTENZA

1450 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2120 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

LATIN/CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL

1332 N.W. Second Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0161 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT

3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Sunday.

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18TH ANNUAL “LADY IN RED” GALA

December 2, 2011 ★ The Mar a Lago Club, Palm Beach FEATURING:

The King of Motown, SMOKEY ROBINSON and an encore performance from MARILYN MCCOO and BILLY DAVIS, JR. ★★★★★ Lois Pope, Toni Holt-Kramer, and Terry Ebert Mendozza CHAIRWOMEN

Paul David Pope

Sally & Dick Robinson

JUNIOR CHAIRMAN

CO-CHAIRS

Elizabeth & Jeff Bateman INTERNATIONAL HONORARY CHAIRMEN

Rhoda & David Chase, Nathalie Fernandez, Patrick Park and Ari Rifkin HONORARY CHAIRS

LIFE gratefully acknowledges the 2011 “Lady in Red” Gala Star Ruby Corporate Benefactors: TIFFANY & CO., BRAMAN MOTORCARS, ROMERO BRITTO, AND WELLS FARGO ADVISORS.

All proceeds will benefit THE AMERICAN VETERANS DISABLED FOR LIFE MEMORIAL, the first national memorial in Washington, DC honoring America’s disabled veterans. The official groundbreaking of the Memorial is scheduled for November 2012.

Ticket Price: $600. To request an invitation or for more information, please contact LIFE at 561.865.0955

or visit WWW.LIFE-EDU.ORG.




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Come Sip With Us For High Tea! At Maryann’s Boutiue In Delray Beach

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Call For Catering Details And Menu Selections MondaySaturday 10-4. Open On Sundays For Private Parties. 4997-B W. Atlantic Avenue  Delray Beach, FL 33445 Northeast Corner Of Atlantic & Military 561-638-5155  www.TeaLiciousTearoom.com

CABANA EL REY105 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

GOL, TASTE OF BRAZIL411 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.6565 ❘ Dinner nightly.

4631 N. State Road 7 ❘ Ste. 26 ❘ Coral Springs ❘ 954.755.0941 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MEDELLIN RESTAURANT

OLD CALYPSO900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

PADRINO’SMission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455

State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN JERK CAFE1179 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.910.1562 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

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. MOQUILA 99 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561-245-7569 ❘ Dinner TuesdaySunday. ROCCO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA BARThe 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 4TH GENERATION ORGANIC MARKET

75 S.E. Third St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.9920 ❘ Lunch Monday-Sunday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

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Best Of Boca Award Winner For 2010 –Boca Magazine 561.367.7488 ❘ 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Boca Raton ❘ Royal Palm Place 104

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APROPO KAFE147 S.E. First Ave. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.1223 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner Wednesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.


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DIG5199 W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach

❘ 561.638.0500 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

World Glass Imports

THE GREEN GOURMETThe Shoppes at Addison Place ❘ 16950 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2466 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

PUB THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

HOLLOWAY'S PUBRoyal Palm Place ❘

504 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.3618445 ❘ Lunch Saturday, Dinner MondaySunday.

Showroom 955 So. Congress Ave. #109 Delray Beach, Florida 33445 Phone: 561.279.9601 Hours: 10 to 5 Mon. thru Sat. Closed Sunday Retail and To The Trade

THE WISHING WELL IRISH PUBRoyal

Palm Place ❘ 175 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #9 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.5208 ❘ Dinner nightly.

SANDWICHES/DELI BEN’S NY KOSHER DELIThe Reserve ❘ 9942

Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

DAVITO’S

ITALIAN RESTAURANT

DELI ON RYE4311 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1400 ❘ Breakfast Monday-Friday, Lunch Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. GRILL TIME (KOSHER)8177 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.3699 ❘ Lunch Sunday-Friday, Dinner Sunday-Thursday. Closed Saturday. KOSHER MARKETPLACE22191 Powerline

Rd., #5A ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.3318 ❘ Sunday-Friday, Closed Saturday. OLD SCHOOL BAKERY & CAFE

Vito Raneri Executive Chef/ Owner

814 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.0013 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch daily.

David Acker Owner

Nominated Best Italian Restaurant In Boca 2011 —Sun Sentinel Come in and try VITO’s original family recipes Dinner entrées include choice of soup or salad and pasta

www.davitosrestaurant.com

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Polo Shops ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.5903Glades Plaza ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St., #700 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4181 Regency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9911 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. TOOJAY’S GOURMET DELI

BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH40 S.

Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Breakfast Saturday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily.


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CITY FISH MARKET7940 Glades Rd. ❘

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Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.1600 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily.

CITY OYSTER213 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.0220 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly. DECK 84840 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.665.8484 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily; Brunch Saturday and Sunday. JB'S ON THE BEACH300 N. Ocean

Blvd. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.571.5220 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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lorence Fuller Child Development Centers’ Wee Dream Ball Committee has announced it will honor two local groups—The Junior League of Boca Raton and The Seminole Region, Florida Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America—during its December 9th event at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton.

programs, tackling projects such as renovating the West Campus Infant Program Nursery and building a playground for the babies. The group also plans to provide educational tutoring, which will include a comprehensive literacy program. In addition, many members have joined FFCDC’s Board of Directors.

The Junior League of Boca Raton will be named a Lifetime Community Honoree for its commitment to making a difference for many charities. The group has dedicated years of support to enhance FFCDC

New to FFCDC, the philanthropic Seminole Region Club Managers Charity Committee will be recognized as a Community Partner. The organization represents private country clubs from Vero Beach to the Keys and its Diana Krall

“When we visited the (East) center, we were enamored with how bright, smiling and welcoming the young children were in greeting us…they ran to give us hugs!” – Jay DiPietro, chairman of The Seminole Region, Florida Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America’s Charity Committee

mission is to make a dramatic difference in the lives of local children. “When we visited the (East) center, we were enamored with how bright, smil-

ing and welcoming the young children were in greeting us…they ran to give us hugs!” said Jay DiPietro, chairman of the association’s charity committee. Co-chairs Rosa and Francis Feeney and Stacey and Evan Packer, along with a committee of volunteers and business leaders, have worked diligently to create FFCDC’s “Ultimate ’70s Birthday Party,” which will celebrate 40 years of making a positive difference in the lives of young children. O For more information, call Hillary Wallace at 561-391-7274, ext. 128 or visit ffcdc.org.

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Financial Aid Boca Raton Residents Donate Funds To Technion-Israel Institute Of Technology

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oca Raton residents Stanley and Janice Sussman were honored during a trip to Israel after donating a wing to Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, known globally for its pioneering work in nanotechnology, energy, water management, medicine and other areas. The Sussmans also donated several apartments to Shalom Zielony Graduate Student Village, the school’s new dormitory complex. Stanley is the president of the American Technion Society’s (ATS) South Palm Beach Chapter. The Sussmans’ trip was marked by his receipt of an Honorary Fellowship from the university, as well as a formal dedication ceremony to mark the couple’s donations. “The completion of the Graduate Student Village is essential in attracting top students who will focus on research. More graduate students mean more sharp minds developing new technologies,” said Technion president Peretz Lavie. “Our stu-

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dents are also older than students in most other developed nations, having spent two to five years in the military defending their country. These new dormitories offer an affordable place to live for them and their families during their academically demanding years of study.” The Sussmans have also established the Stanley H. Sussman Academic Program for Learning Disabled Students at the Technion. The program assists students with learning disabilities that require special counseling and assistance, particularly for discharged soldiers whose challenges can be more pronounced. Stanley will complete his successful five-year term as ATS president at year’s end. Under his leadership, the chapter has experienced a dramatic revival, including more than $16 million generated in support of the school, known as “Israel’s M.I.T.” In addition, he currently serves on the national ATS Board of Directors and co-chairs

“We are delighted to have such caring and committed supporters as the Sussmans— extraordinary Technion leaders who understand the importance of a high quality of life for our students.” – Peretz Lavie, president of Technion-Israel Institute Of Technology

the Programs and Missions Committee. “We are delighted to have such caring and committed supporters as the Sussmans—extraordinary Technion leaders who understand the importance of a high quality of life for our students,” said Lavie. O

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he South Florida Science Museum held its 50th anniversary party, “Fete du Soleil,” at a private Palm Beach estate. More than 200 patrons attended the celebration, which honored the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, which founded the museum in 1961. “Our mission is to promote an appreciation of science and technology in our community,” said CEO Lew Crampton. “Our chairs of this event did a stellar job incorporating this mission into every aspect of this event. The evening was magnificent and we look forward to exciting and educating the next generation of scientists.” As guests entered the private Palm Beach estate, the space was designed as though they were walking through a collage of Science Museum exhibits. A planetarium was projected throughout the grand entrance and dinosaur tracks led them to the outside terrace. Guests also got to check out an authentic astronaut suit and space capsule while mingling with special guest Dr. Richard Crippen, past director of the space shuttle program and Kennedy Space Center and NASA astronaut.

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A highlight of the evening was a poolside fashion presentation by Saks Fifth Avenue, featuring Pamella Roland gowns. “Fete du Soleil was created by the Junior League as the museum’s annual fundraising tradition,” said Frances Fisher, event host committee co-chairman. “It was an honor to celebrate 50 years of history and the continuing inspiration and enjoyment it brings to our community.” Also in honor of the Junior League, event chairmen recognized key supporters with the Orchid Award. For outstanding service to the museum, Nancy Myers, Sydelle Meyer, Karen Swanson and John Niblack were presented with beautiful orchids. To cap off the celebration, event leadership gathered with Champagne glasses in hand to lead guests in singing “Happy Birthday” to the museum while enjoying a special cake. Event proceeds benefited the South Florida Science Museum’s science education enrichment programs. O

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The Big Give Jewish Federation Of SPBC Crown Of Judah Luncheon Honors Philanthropic Women

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he Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s most philanthropic women will celebrate a year of giving during the Crown of Judah Luncheon on January 18, 2012 at the Hamlet Country Club in Delray Beach. The event will commemorate the 40th “Ruby” Anniversary of the Lions of Judah and honor members who contribute a minimum $10,000 to the Federation’s annual campaign.

foreign policy expert Elliott Abrams, and honor founding Jewish community leader Mildred Levine.

“We’re excited and privileged to be bringing together such caring, dynamic women for this exceptional, elegant event with a top-caliber program.” – Selma Sitrick, luncheon co-chair

“We’re excited and privileged to be bringing together such caring, dynamic women for this exceptional, elegant event with a top-caliber program,” said Selma Sitrick, luncheon co-chair, along with Susan Saril and Marilyn Simon Weinberg.

Abrams, a top Middle East White House advisor and noted author, will provide a real-time insider’s update. Levine will receive the Clarice Pressner Award, which recognizes seasoned leaders whose efforts have helped build women’s philanthropy.

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Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Ivan & Co. Jewelers are the Crown of Judah luncheon sponsors. The Boca Raton Observer is the exclusive media sponsor. O

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The mission of the Children’s Cancer Caring Center, Inc. is to help children fight their life and death battle with cancer by providing extensive, life-prolonging medical treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and costly diagnostic tests. During the evening, guests were invited to purchase raffle tickets for chances to win prizes such as gift baskets, private golf lessons and dinner at some of South Florida’s hottest restaurants. All proceeds from raffle and ticket sales benefited Children’s Cancer Caring Center, Inc. In addition to Tropical Financial Credit Union, sponsors included Broward County Pharmacy Association, Telecom Advisors, 501st LegionEverglades Squad, Allied Solutions, Knockout Marketing Solutions, Data Corp, Vista Technology, Mark Weisser Productions, Inc., Enterprise Car Sales, Total Satellite Systems, Inc., EWGA, CUNA Mutual Group, Seitlin Benefits, Kaylin Promotional Products, Peterson’s Harley Davidson, CBM (Coastal Building Maintanence), Canteen Vending, Broward County Darting Association, Badcock Home Furniture & More, Vet Brands International, Inc., NCNJ Contracting Co., Miramar Park of Commerce, Passman Chiropractic, Crowning Steps, Sugarsweet Dreams Cake Company, Messori Photography and Tewes Design Group.

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oca Raton resident and former Aetna Inc. chairman and CEO Ronald A. Williams was elected to Save the Children’s Board of Trustees at the global humanitarian organization’s quarterly board meeting in Westport Conn., and will serve a term through 2017. “Save the Children is honored to have Ronald A. Williams join the Board of Trustees,” said Charlie MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “He brings a wide depth and breadth of healthcare knowledge to (our) major child health campaigns.” In addition to his role on the board of Save the Children, Williams was appointed to the President’s Management Advisory Board, which was assembled by President Barack Obama; the board’s mission is to provide advice and recommendations on effective strategies for the implementation of best business practices on matters related to federal government management and operation. Williams is also an advisor to the private equity firm,

“Save the Children is honored to have Ronald A. Williams join the Board of Trustees. He brings a wide depth and breadth of healthcare knowledge to (our) major child health campaigns.”  – Charlie MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children

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band has been on a streak ever since, selling nearly 29 million records worldwide and recently releasing a sixth album, The Beginning. This tour will be the last, at least for a while: Members announced theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take an â&#x20AC;&#x153;indefinite hiatusâ&#x20AC;? following its completion. Check out The Black Eyed Peasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; big finale concert at Sun Life Stadium, with appearances by Marc Anthony, Cee Lo Green, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Sean Kingston and more. The show starts at 6 p.m.

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

1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org November 17 Perlman and Protégés Show begins at 8 p.m.

Bayfront Park

301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com November 3 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” (Bayfront Park) Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Cruzan Amphitheatre AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com November 13 Taylor Swift “Speak Now World Tour 2011” Show begins at 7 p.m.

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Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-6637; mods.org November 18-31 “Happy Feet Two” Show times vary.

BankAtlantic Center

One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7469; bankatlanticcenter.com November 3, 6, 13, 19, 21, 23, 25 Panthers Hockey Game times vary. November 14 Jay-Z and Kanye West Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

British Invasion: Sting performs November 12-13 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater

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601-7 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; livenation.com November 19 Casting Crowns Show begins at 7 p.m.

Hard Rock Live

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5555; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com November 10 John Fogerty Show begins at 8 p.m. November 17 Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience Show begins at 8 p.m.

Mizner Park Amphitheater

590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-750-1668; livenation.com November 4 Rick Springfield with Jack Wagner Show begins at 8 p.m.

Sun Life Stadium

2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, 305-6236100; sunlifestadium.com November 13, 20 Miami Dolphins Football Game begins at 1 p.m.


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11.11 NOVEMBER 23 The Black Eyed Peas with Marc Anthony, Cee Lo Green, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Sean Kingston and more Show begins at 6 p.m.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; browardcenter.org NOVEMBER 15-27 “Beauty and the Beast” (Au-Rene Theater) Show times vary.

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NOVEMBER 27 Dave Koz Show begins at 8 p.m.

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NOVEMBER 3 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Metro Division Wandering Happy Hour An evening of fun for young adults. Takes place at Caliente Kitchen in Delray Beach. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-852-6058 or visit bocafed.org. NOVEMBER 3 6th Annual Oasis Compassion Agency Gala A Caribbean Nights theme with dining, dancing, entertainment and live and silent auctions. Takes place at the Doubletree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561967-4066 or visit oasiscompassion.org. NOVEMBER 5 Footsteps for Families A three-mile walk, food, games and music. Takes place at Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale. Benefits Deliver the Dream. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 954-564-3512 or visit deliverthedream.org. NOVEMBER 5 Museum of Discovery & Science Presents Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale EcoDiscovery Center Grand Opening Gala Festivities include cocktails, dinner, a live auction and a dance party. Takes place at the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-713-0906. NOVEMBER 5-6 We Care for Kids Fair An annual event with hands-on cultural and educational activities presented by local service organizations. Takes place at the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-547-9453 or visit palmbeachzoo.org. NOVEMBER 6 13th Annual Pleasures of the Palate Featuring a four-course meal prepared by


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11.11 celebrated Chef Dewey LoSasso served with paired wines, plus live and silent auctions. Takes place at The Forge Restaurant | Winebar in Miami Beach. Benefits the Diabetes Research Institute. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 800-321-3437 or visit diabetesresearch.org/pleasures2011.

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November 6 6th Annual Walk-In-The-Mall Event This Caring Hearts Auxiliary of Florida Atlantic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Centers event raises funds for scholarships and caregiver support programs. Takes place at Town Center at Boca Raton. Starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 561-2974066 or visit fau.edu/memorywellnesscenter.

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November 6 10th Anniversary Kristallnacht Film Forum March of the Living Benefit Two screenings of the award-winning 2010 French Film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Rafleâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Roundupâ&#x20AC;?) and a VIP reception will benefit the March of the Living Holocaust program. Takes place at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Zinman Hall in Boca Raton. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-852-3126 or visit bocafed.org. November 7 Made In Technicolor Film Series Featuring â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Oz.â&#x20AC;? Takes place at the Delray Beach Public Library in Delray Beach. Starts at 1 p.m. For more information, call 561-266-9490 or visit delraylibrary.org. November 8 Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) Book Bruncheon Enjoy brunch and a lecture by local author Steven M. Forman, who will discuss his latest book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boca Daze.â&#x20AC;? Takes place at the Valencia Reserve Club in Boynton Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-737-7369 or visit jafco.org. November 8 Ultimate Girls Night Out: The Little Black Dress An evening of cocktails, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, dinner and a silent auction. Benefits The Center for Creative Education. Takes place at C. Orrico in Palm Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561805-9927 or visit cceflorida.org.


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11.11 NOVEMBER 9 12th Annual Women of Grace Luncheon A luncheon and silent auction. Takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach in Manalapan. Benefits Bethesda Memorial Hospital’s Center for Women and Children. Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-737-7733 or visit bethesdahospitalfoundation.org.

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NOVEMBER 9 6th Annual Boca Raton Luncheon and Fashion Presentation A fundraiser and fashion show by Neiman Marcus Boca Raton. Benefits 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-383-1147 or visit 211palmbeach.org. NOVEMBER 10 The Wasie Foundation Beach Bash 2011 Dance the night away at Fort Lauderdale’s sexiest party of the year. Takes place at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-739-5006 or visit beachbash.com. NOVEMBER 10-12 24th Annual Showboats International Boys and Girls Clubs Rendezvous Event Enjoy a yacht-hop, old-fashioned New England clambake and more, culminating with a gala event at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at noon. For more information, call 954-563-2822 or visit yachtrendezvous.com. NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Parade Spend the afternoon paying tribute to our heroic veterans. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-686-7262 or visit pbcveteranscommittee.org. NOVEMBER 11-13 Chris Evert/Raymond James ProCelebrity Tennis Classic An evening of food, an auction and entertainment. Takes place at The Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tennis Classic takes place at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-394-2400 or visit chrisevert.org.

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The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is proud to announce our

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Thursday, December 1, 2011 St. Andrews Country Club Cocktail Reception & Dinner Six O’clock in the Evening

Wendy Pressner 2012 Major Gifts Event Chair A $10,000 combined minimum gift to the UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s 2012 Annual Campaign is required to attend.

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November 12 2nd Annual Rising Stars Competition The Women of Note Chorus is inviting talented young women to participate. Takes place at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. Starts at 4 p.m. For more information, call 561-374-4248 or visit womenofnote.com. November 12 24th Annual Showboats International Boys and Girls Clubs Rendezvous Event Enjoy dinner and a live performance by The Doobie Brothers. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 954563-2822 or visit yachtrendezvous.com. November 12 Hanley Center Foundation Family Festival A carnival-themed day with a bounce house, petting zoo, food, games and more. Takes place at the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-841-1212 or visit hanleycenter.org. November 12 Hanley Center Purple Butterfly Ball An evening with dinner, musical entertainment and a live auction to raise funds for youth programming. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-841-1212 or visit hanleycenter.org. November 12-13 Live At Lynn Presents “Capitol Steps” Takes place at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Show times vary. For more information, call 561237-9000 or visit lynn.edu. November 15 Arthritis Support Group Monthly Evening Meeting Guest speaker will be Susan Davis, L.C.S.W. Takes place at the Fair Oaks Pavillion in Delray Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-742-5805. November 16 Maj, Massage and More Boutique shopping with local vendors, lunch, Mah Jongg, cards, raffle prizes and mini-massages by Woodfield’s Cascades Spa therapists. Takes place at Woodfield

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YOU’RE INVITED December 9th, 2011 Woodfield Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida

The Ultimate ‘70’s Birthday Party! Benefitting Florence Fuller Child Development Centers Co-chairs: Rosa & Francis Feeney and Stacey & Evan Packer | Lifetime Community Honoree: Junior League of Boca Raton Community Partner: Club Managers Seminole Region Charity Committee

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS as of print date

CORPORATE SPONSORS

PATRON SPONSORS

Imagination JP Morgan Chase Bank Sun Capital Partners Foundation

Big Hearts Helping Little Ones Amy & Mike Kazma

Knowledge Comerica Bank Custom Medical Services, Inc.

Dream Maker Rosa & Francis Feeney Karen & Jay Foreman

Hope BNY Mellon Wealth Management Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation Flagship Solutions Group, Inc. Miller & O’Neill, P.L. Kaufman Lynn Construction

Stars of Tomorrow Kathy & Paul Adkins Peggy Henry Stacey & Evan Packer JoAnn & Philip Procacci Carrie Rubin Maria & Daniel Staton Happy Campers Ruth & Ken Feigl Peg & Lee Greenspon

Bright Beginnings Linda & Ralph Behmoiras Lori & Rafael Cabrera Sonia & Bernie Finkelstein Tiffany & Enda McDonnell Marie & Frank Occhigrossi Rhoda Warren Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. SPECIALTY SPONSORS Entertainment Sponsor Gail Wasserman & Richard W. Lee Spirits Sponsor Lawless, Edwards & Warren Financial Advisors Giving From the Heart Kate Obstgarten Family Foundation Denise & Jordan Zimmerman Exclusive Media Sponsor The Boca Raton Observer

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11.11 Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-2412246 or visit spanishriverfoundation.org. NOVEMBER 16 Big Dog Station’s 16th Annual Chili Cook-off The festivities include local bands, raffle prizes and teams competing for the Best Chili trophy. Takes place at Big Dog Station in Oakland Park. Starts at noon. Benefits Gilda’s Club South Florida. For more information, call 954-763-6776 or visit gildasclubsouthflorida.org.

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NOVEMBER 17 Poetry Reading A family-oriented reading in an intimate gallery environment. Takes place at The Artists Guild in Delray Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-7323118 or visit bocaguild.com.

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THE BOCA RATON OBSERVER Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, PS form 3526. 1. Publication Title: THE BOCA RATON OBSERVER. 2. Publication number: 024-758. 3. Filing Date: 09/27/11. 4. Issue Frequency: Monthly except July. 5. Number of issues published annually: 11. Annual Subscription Price: (none). 7. Complete mailing address of known office of Publication: 950 Peninsula Corporate Circle, Ste. 1020, Boca Raton, FL 33487, Palm Beach County. 8. Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of the publisher: (same as above). 9. Full names and complete Mailing Addresses of Publisher, and Editor: Publisher: Linda L. Behmoiras, Editor: Felicia S. Levine, all at: 950 Peninsula Corporate Circle, Ste. 1020, Boca Raton, FL 33487. 10. Owner: A&A Publishing Corp., Linda L. Behmoiras, 950 Peninsula Corporate Circle, Ste. 1020, Boca Raton, FL 33487. 11. Known Bondholders, Mortgagees, and Other Security Holders Owning of Holding 1% or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages, or Other Securities: (None). 12. Tax Status: (Does not apply). 13. Publication Title: THE BOCA RATON OBSERVER. 14. Issue date for Circulation Data Below: September 2010. 15. Extent and Nature of Circulation: Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months; Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date September 2011 issue: 15a. Total number of copies (net press run) Average: 26,795. Actual: 25,250. 15b1. Paid/Requested Outside-County Mail Subscriptions: (none)(none). 15b2. Average: 16,102. Actual: 16,102. 15b3. Sales through dealers and carriers, street vendors, counter sales, and other non-USPS paid distribution: (none)(none). 15b4. Requested copies distributed by other mail classes through the USPS: (none)(none). 15c. Total Paid and/or Requested Circulation (sum of 15b (1)(2)(3)(4): Average: 16,102. Actual: 16,102. 15d1. Nonrequested distribution outside county: Average: 600. Actual 769. 15d2. Nonrequested distribution inside county: Average: 6,587. Actual: 3,728. 15d3. Nonrequested copies distributed through the USPS by other classes of mail (none)(none). 15d4. Nonrequested distribution outside the mail (carriers or other means): Average: 3,265. Actual: 4,471. 15e. Total Nonrequested distribution (sum of 15d2 and 15d4): Average: 10,452. Actual: 8,968. 15f. Total distribution (sum of 15c and 15e): Average: 26,554. Actual: 25,070. 15g. Copies not distributed: Average: 241. Actual: 180. 15h. Total (sum of 15f and 15g): Average: 26,795. Actual: 25,250. 15i. Percent paid and/or requested Circulation (15c divided by 15f times 100): Average: 60.64%. Actual: 64.23%. 17. Signature: Ralph Behmoiras, Chief Operating Officer, A&A Publishing Corp.

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NOVEMBER 18 Sea Coast Toast Cocktail Party Enjoy an evening of wine and light hors d’oeuvres sponsored by the Friends of Gumbo Limbo. Starts at 6 p.m. Takes place at the Boca Raton Library. For more information, call 561-391-8110 or visit gumbolimbo.org/Sea-Coast-Toast-2011. NOVEMBER 18 Autumn Moonlight Fundraising Cocktail Party An annual event with music, dancing, libations, hors d’oeuvres and live and silent auctions. Takes place at Specialty Automotive Treatments in Fort Lauderdale. Benefits the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University Center For Autism and Related Disabilities. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 954-262-7732 or visit cardautumnmoonlight.org. NOVEMBER 18 Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America’s Evening of Hope A Las Vegas-style evening with great food, cocktails and a chance to win prizes. Takes place at the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Hollywood. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-218-2929 or visit ccfa.org. NOVEMBER 18 2nd Annual Allegro Society Musical Luncheon Hosted by the Boca Raton Symphonia.


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the local real estate report

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

200 EAST CONDOMINIUM

200 E PALMETTO PARK RD

HERMANN ANNA L

200 EAST PARTNERS LLC

$925,000

200 EAST CONDOMINIUM

200 E PALMETTO PARK RD

EISENBERG AMY

200 EAST PARTNERS LLC

$785,000

200 EAST CONDOMINIUM

200 E PALMETTO PARK RD

PASCARELLI ROSE M

200 EAST PARTNERS LLC

$950,000

BOCA FALLS

12380 CLEARFALLS DR

PRADHYUMNAN PILLAIPAKKAM

MAYRON RAMI

$510,000

$297,100

01-JAN-97

BOCA FALLS

12403 CLEARFALLS DR

LEVY ELIE E

ANDERSEN PAUL R

$415,000

$390,000

16-JUN-03

BOCA FALLS

12347 CLEARFALLS DR

PASTORE DANIELA

VILLARREAL SERGIO A

$460,000

$246,000

01-DEC-96

BOCA FALLS

21241 ROCK RIDGE DR

MINOR ADRIAN

FIRSTBANK FLORIDA

$550,000

$385,300

11-JAN-11

BOCA GOLF & TENNIS CLUB

17760 CANDLEWOOD TER

VERNOSE GERARD V

BILLIE STEPHEN

$305,000

$360,000

02-SEP-08

BOCA ISLES NORTH

10912 TEA OLIVE LN

VIANA RICARDO LUIZ VITELLI

AMORIM GUSTAVO V

$535,000

$460,000

01-AUG-03

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

10582 ST THOMAS DR

PAWAROO PARMANAND

BANK OF NY MELLON TRUSTEE

$336,100

$300,100

14-SEP-10

BOCA LAKES

4188 NW 28TH WAY

THEVENOT MAYA

RIGAUD GILBERT

$510,000

$542,000

15-DEC-04

BOCA POINTE CC - CARAVILLE

22584 CARAVELLE CIR

KOTKIN JACK

COHEN RICHARD J INDIV TRUSTEE

$337,500

BOCA POINTE CC - MERIDIANA

22674 MERIDIANA DR

ZEUNER STUART

ORENSTEIN EDWARD

$105,000

BOCA POINTE CC - VILLA FLORA

6470 VIA ROSA

BELVISO GERARD JR

ELKIN MARTIN R

$275,000

$224,900

01-DEC-90

BOCA WEST CC - CHAPEL CREEK

19415 CHAPEL CREEK DR

COOPERSTONE ESTELLE

LESHMAN HOWARD J

$1,000,000

$685,000

09-MAR-05

BOCA WEST CC - HAMLET

7458 BONDSBERRY CT

GROSSMAN RONALD

LAVITT PAUL

$469,000

$137,500

01-JAN-79

BROKEN SOUND CC - BANYANS

6659 NW 23RD TER

BROWNSTEIN ANN

SEIDLER JEANNETTE

$280,000

$382,000

BROKEN SOUND CC - BRIDGEPOINTE

2560 COCO PLUM BLVD

SHEMIN RHODA Z

GOLDRATH GAIL TRUSTEE

$260,000

BROKEN SOUND CC - CLOISTER

5718 NW 24TH TER

FLYER SUSAN

GOLDSTEIN EDWIN S

$425,000

$181,500

12-SEP-01

BROKEN SOUND CC - CLOISTER

5854 NW 24TH TER

LISZT LEWIS

KOSARIN DANIEL

$515,000

$640,000

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the local real estate report

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

BROKEN SOUND CC - OAK RUN

6309 NW 25TH WAY

GROSSMAN RENEE

FENGLER JESSIE M ATKINS

$350,000

$310,000

01-JUL-92

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

8583 VALHALLA DR

SHAPIRO BONNIE S

PASQUALETTO DANIEL

$885,000

$1,200,000

21-NOV-08

POLO CLUB - COOPER LAKE

17169 NEWPORT CLUB DR

SHAINE PATRICIA

ZUR LOIS

$383,000

$193,000

01-MAY-94

POLO CLUB - HAMPTON COURT

17189 RYTON LN

SKLAR JOSEPH

WEICHSEL ERNEST

$275,000

$390,000

11-DEC-08

POLO CLUB - MANCHESTER

5239 SUFFOLK DR

STEIN KAY

MODELL SHELBY

$701,000

POLO CLUB - VILLE DE CAPRI

5196 VIA DE AMALFI DR

SIMON PHYLISS L

ELKIN STUART H

$204,000

$255,000

02-AUG-04

$245,000

04-NOV-09

POLO CLUB - VILLE DE CAPRI

17533 VIA CAPRI

MAROWITZ STUART A

MARSH RHODA

$285,000

POLO CLUB - WINDSOR PARKE

5230 WINDSOR PARKE DR

SILVERSTEIN ADRIENNE

STERNHEIM IRIS

$200,000

POLO CLUB - WINDSOR PARKE

5118 WINDSOR PARKE DR

BYER MICHAEL

MAROWITZ STUART

$240,000

$258,000

12-MAR-04

SATURNIA

11731 BAYFIELD DR

SUPPORT AVIATION LLC

SAVERINO ANGELO A

$825,000

$675,000

26-MAR-03

SATURNIA ISLES

9547 BARLETTA WINDS PT

MARCUS STEVEN

COLE JASON

$640,000

$625,926

02-APR-04

SATURNIA ISLES

15775 VIANA WINDS PT

SOUED SARA

DAVIDSON RICHARD

$700,000

$729,410

30-SEP-02

SATURNIA ISLES

15618 MESSINA ISLES CT

GHAFOOR PATRICIA

TUCHMAN ALAN

$539,900

SEASONS OF BOCA RATON

3072 NW 60TH ST

MOTTA MARIA CAROLINA

MCNAMARA JEROME J

$900,000

$699,000

01-JUN-99

$950,000

SEASONS OF BOCA RATON

3178 NW 60TH ST

BOORIN ROBERT S

MESNER BRUCE M

$750,000

ST. ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB

17975 FOXBOROUGH LN

ROSENSTEIN STEVEN

HELLMAN LYNN INDIV TRUSTEE

$425,000

THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

17698 MIDDLEBROOK WAY

KANTOR DAVID A

GOTTFRIED LISA

$1,120,000

THE SANCTUARY

4475 SANCTUARY LN

ALMONTE RAMON

PALMIERI SANDRA INDIV TRUSTEE

$2,600,000

THE SHORES

18736 SEA TURTLE LN

VOGIN HOWARD S

LAPIN RENAE S

TOWNSEND PLACE CONDOMINIUM

500 SE MIZNER BLVD A209

KOTIVUORI KIRSI

AGARD TERSA A INDIV TRUSTEE

$345,000 $375,000

09-OCT-00 31-JAN-07

13-MAY-11 19-JUL-05 02-OCT-08 $1,205,000

26-APR-10

$156,000

19-MAY-06

05-SEP-06 25-JUN-09

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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We really try to keep the pulse of the community and see where the holes are and what we can do to fill those holes.

– Danielle N. Hartman, president and CEO

Hope, Help And Humanity

Ivan Gefen, Laurence I. Blair, Danielle N. Hartman and Arnold Friedman Left: Students from day schools bag food donations

By Emily J. Minor

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service’s Aid Transcends Office Walls

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here’s a mantra recited around the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service offices—“Help, Hope and Humanity”—and Danielle N. Hartman sees those three things play out every day. “I get to see how we’re impacting the community where we live,” says Hartman, president and CEO. “Whether it’s somebody who’s receiving food from our pantry or a case where we’re able to help a senior access services, I get to watch it firsthand.” With an annual budget of $4.3 million, the nonprofit agency has offices in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, but its programs are felt well beyond the office walls. Ruth Rales JFS gets its money through grants, private donations and fundraisers.

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It’s not easy to run a nonprofit these days, especially with so many people hurting. Hartman says you need to have both goals and limits. “We try to be the best at the things we’re doing right now,” she explains. Their outreach, she says, is basically broken down like this: Food and financial assistance. Senior Services, including Holocaust awareness and recovery. Volunteer opportunities. Counseling and mental health.

crisis. And it’s a premier center for senior citizens, offering everything from access to good doctors, to companions to help run errands, to the occasional call, where a volunteer phones just to check in and say, “Hello.” “We really try to keep the pulse of the community and see where the holes are and what we can do to fill those holes,” Hartman says.

Of course, every once in a while this hard-working group needs a night out, and they’ll have one for a good cause on December 8th during the annual JFS Gala & Auction at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. This year’s theme: Havana Nights.

By all accounts, the agency does some amazing things: Workshops for women going through divorce. Support groups for girls and women who grew up without mothers. A large food pantry.

And they would be lost without the agency’s 300 volunteers.

Give ’em a call. They’d love to have you as part of the family.

“We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without them,” she says.

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service’s main center is located at 21300 Coleman Boulevard in Boca Raton. For more information about JFS or the upcoming Havana Nights gala, call 561-8523333 or visit ruthralesjfs.org. O

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Want to help? There’s plenty on the to-do list. Bagging groceries for the food pantry. Driving seniors to

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