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Plus Wellington Community Foundation Celebrates First Year 7-Goaler Santi Torres Always Keeps His Eye On The Ball Community Service Important To Corbin Real Estate Team Cask + Shaker Brings Gastropub Experience To Wellington




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• 10.8 acres • 24 stalls total • 1.28 acre grass field • 250'x125' Riso riding ring • 11 paddocks • 6-horse walker • Enclosed round pen

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The littlest feet leave the biggest impression. The New Life Center at Palms West Hospital has been delivering life’s little miracles since 1986. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our community and are excited to announce the opening of our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our NICU offers specialized medical and nursing care, delivered 24 hours a day by board-certified neonatologists and an experienced nursing team. The Children’s Hospital at Palms West is the only full-service pediatric hospital in the Western Communities.

Our new NICU features: • 24/7 Level II neonatology coverage • 10 private, state-of-the-art hospital rooms offering the latest in neonatal technology

• Social worker dedicated to NICU babies and their families

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Palm Beach Polo & CC | East Lake Bungalow | $765,000 | Fully renovated East Lake Bungalow with water views is truly a must see property. Completely redone from top to bottom with impact glass, new HVAC, new flooring, custom built kitchen, and new baths. Cathedral wood ceilings, a warm neutral décor, and plenty of light, make this home irresistible. Perfect winter home, 3 bed/2.5 bath Bungalow with a 1 bed/1 bath guest cottage.

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Palm Beach Polo & CC | $299,000 | If a prime location near to Wellington’s many exciting equestrian events is what you are looking for, this Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club residence has it. For investors, the 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom property’s split-bedroom floor plan presents the opportunity to rent the space out separately as a 1 bedroom and a studio, or simply as one unit.


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WELLINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION YEAR IN REVIEW The Wellington Community Foundation is celebrating its first anniversary of helping residents in need. The foundation was re-imagined a year ago as an independent organization with a mission to support a wide array of community projects. By Julie Unger











For 7-goaler Santiago “Santi” Torres, the sport and the culture of polo were part of his upbringing and made him who he is today. Everyone in his immediate family rode and played the “sport of kings” at some point in their lives, and polo continues to be the lifestyle Torres chooses to lead. By Jack Lowenstein Our annual spotlight on young equestrian riders returns this month with a look at a handful of up-and-comers. Featured are show jumper Nicole Loochtan, who recently moved to Wellington from Illinois; dressage rider Vanessa Creech-Terauds, an FEI Young Rider; and teenage barrel racer Lexi Hecker. The 2017 International Gay Polo League Tournament returns to Wellington this month. The popular event will be held April 7-9, stepping up its game once again by adding a philanthropic aspect to the weekend of fun. By Melanja Jones

Jim Corbin is proud of his nearly 40-year real estate career in Wellington, and he is just as proud of how he and his team of real estate professionals have given back to the community. By Deborah Welky



Great Futures Polo Benefits Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club Wellington Idol Competition Crowns 2017 Winner Chelsea Hellman White, White West Party Raises Money For Horses Healing Hearts Wellington Garden Club Hosts Plants Galore Event At Amphitheater Healthy Living The Focus At Wellington Chamber’s ColorFest 5K Provident Jewelry Hosts ‘Mix And Mingle’ Event At New Store





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Horses Healing Hearts, a nonprofit that uses horses to help children of alcoholics and addicts, is incorporating the equestrian discipline of vaulting into its program to empower participants to work together as a team and believe in themselves. By Lenore Phillips

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Wellington Home visits an estate in the Wellington Equestrian Club community this month. With five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, it’s a tropical oasis in the heart of the action, less than two miles from all of the equestrian event venues. By Deborah Welky Cask + Shaker Craft Bar and Kitchen recently opened at the Mall at Wellington Green adjacent to the new Paragon Wellington 10 movie theater. The restaurant offers a unique gastropub experience, along with classic cocktails and local brews. By Julie Unger


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GPL Tournament Returns To Wellington Again This Year!

The 2017 International Gay Polo League Tournament returns to Wellington this month for the eighth consecutive year. Dubbed “the best party in town,” GPL has been bringing a new dimension to the polo scene, along with amazing tailgate concepts, since 2010. On our cover, GPL player Mark Bennett represents everything the event is about: polo players and dedicated fans, with a touch of glamour. Be sure to get your tickets to this fun event! This month, we are celebrating up-and-coming Young Equestrian Riders, including 7-goaler Santi Torres, for whom the sport and the culture of polo were part of his upbringing and made him who he is today. Also featured are show jumper Nicole Loochtan, who made a career move to Wellington this year; Leatherdale Farms’ Vanessa Creech-Terauds, who has gained a world of dressage experience here in Wellington; and barrel racer Lexi Hecker, who has big plans for the future. Also featured this month is the new Horses Healing Hearts vaulting team, which has been rising above challenges to combine the joy of riding a horse with the freedom of flying. Horses Healing Hearts is a nonprofit organization that uses horses to help children of alcoholics and addicts. It is incorporating vaulting into its program to empower participants to work together as a team and learn to believe in their own abilities. Giving back to the Wellington community is important to the Corbin real estate team. Realtor Jim Corbin sat down with Wellington The Magazine this month to discuss his nearly 40-year career as Wellington’s original “equestrian Realtor.” Corbin is proud of how he and his team have given back to the community in the decades since he arrived here in 1978. Also on the theme of giving back, the Wellington Community Foundation is marking its one-year anniversary of helping residents in need in our community, with an emphasis on our seniors and children. This issue includes a retrospective of all that the foundation has done over the past year. Our Wellington Designer feature this month interviews Lorrie Browne, who focuses on sustainable, low-maintenance designs. We continue our Wellington Sports series by profiling Palm Beach Central High School coaches Lisa and Tony Gullo, who enjoy their time teaching young athletes. Wellington Real Estate catches up with Century 21 Wieder Realty’s Andrew Burr, who heads up the RealtorAndrew Team with four other real estate professionals. Wellington Health puts on a smile when chatting with Dr. Marisol Lopez-Belio, who specializes in a wide range of dental procedures at the Wellington Center for Laser Dentistry. Wellington Home visits an amazing abode in the prestigious Wellington Equestrian Club community, while Wellington Table serves up a new restaurant, Cask + Shaker Craft Bar and Kitchen. Cask + Shaker recently opened in the Mall at Wellington Green adjacent to the new Paragon Wellington 10 movie theater, featuring a unique gastropub experience. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making our annual Young Equestrian Riders and GPL issue such a success. Please be sure to look for our Law and Order issue next month. For more information on how you become involved it this special edition, call us at (561) 793-7606.

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Professional Experience: Greenstein & Lubliner has an office location in the heart of Wellington, Florida, five minutes away from the Wellington Equestrian Festival. Since the opening of the firm, both Rich Lubliner and Blanca Greenstein have handled dozens of matters involving the buying and selling of horses. The firm is also experienced in the representation of Olympic athletes, polo players, and all equestrians, from amateurs to professionals. The firm has also written several articles on equine issues and hosted several equestrian symposiums outlining important equine issues. Personal experience with the love of the horse is a fundamental foundation to properly engaging in and understanding equine issues such as:

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2999 C ROAD Loxahatchee Groves On this 10-acre parcel are 28 stalls, 12 paddocks, a 250 x 250 irrigated ring and a round pen. The 8 bedroom, 4 bath groom house is set up in dormitory style with a kitchen and living room. This equine facility is in a prime location near White Fences, WEF, IPC, and Global Dressage $1,250,000.

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Photos by Julie Unger

Great Futures Polo Benefits Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club

(Left) Club Director Kenda Peterson with John Walsh, benefactor Neil Hirsch and Nacho Figueras. (Right) Wellington Vice Mayor John and Michelle McGovern with Liz and Ron Herman.

(Left to right) Darren Marotta, Paige Bellissimo, Martin Pepa, Grant Ganzi and Nic Roldan; Club Director Kenda Peterson, polo player Nacho Figueras and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County CEO Jaene Miranda; and nine-month-old Rafa Laprida with polo player Magoo Laprida.

The Great Futures Celebrity Polo Match and Great Futures Brunch at Polo, benefiting the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington, took place Sunday, March 12 at the Grand Champions Polo Club and the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The events featured honorary event chairs, Ignacio “Nacho� Figueras and John Walsh. Team Equuleus, with players Joe DiMenna, Martin Pepa, Grant Ganzi and Mariano Gonzalez, won the matches, defeating the Grand Champions team of Annabelle Gundlach, John Walsh, Brandon Phillips and Nic Roldan, and the Valentine Farm team of Olexa Celine, Will Jacobs, Riley Ganzi, Nacho Figueras and Alejandro Novillo Astrada.

(Left to right) Lizz and Mickey Smith; Vice Mayor John McGovern, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Boys & Girls Club benefactor Neil Hirsch and State Attorney Dave Aronberg; Andrew Valdes with Boys & Girls Club Director Kenda Peterson; and Nacho Figueras, Neil Hirsch and Nic Roldan.

(Left to right) Ray Mooney, Pattie Miele and Nelson Tamargo; Kenda Peterson with John Walsh; Boys & Girls Club kids gather around polo player Nic Roldan; and Todd Barron leads the live auction.


(Left to right) Dorothy Bradshaw with a jersey signed by Nacho Figueras; Michelle McGovern and State Attorney Dave Aronberg; Julie and John Kime; and Nic Roldan, Darren Marotta and Grant Ganzi. april 2017 | wellington the magazine



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Wellington Idol Competition Crowns 2017 Winner Chelsea Hellman

(Left to right) Grand prize winner Chelsea Hellman with Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig; Master of Ceremonies Mike Soper with Division 2 winners Cassie Ortiz and Emily Shecter; and Vice Mayor John McGovern with Division 1 winner Juna DeFeo.

The sixth annual Wellington Idol contest finale was held Friday, March 10 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Finalists sang for a chance to win the $500 grand prize or one of the $250 prizes for the runners-up. The grand prize winner was Chelsea Hellman, while the runners-up were Juna DeFeo (Division 1 winner), along with Cassie Ortiz and Emily Shecter (Division 2 winners).

(Left to right) Cassie Ortiz sang her way to one of the runner-up spots; Juna DeFeo’s performance won her the Division 1 title; Emily Shecter was one of two runners-up in Division 2; top winner Chelsea Hellman during her performance; and the four winners celebrate with the judges and VIPs.

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White, White West Party Raises Money For Horses Healing Hearts

(Left) Wendy Picard, Lisa Ruth, Mary Rosoff, Daniel Hartwell, Dawn Cotler, Laurie Chaplin and Liz Olszewski. (Right) Sheldon, Dylan and Janet Armus.

The sixth annual Horses Healing Hearts White, White West Party was held on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Wellington National Golf & Equestrian Club. The evening featured live and silent auctions, music and a buffet dinner. Proceeds from the event will let the organization better serve it clients. Horses Healing Hearts helps children who have been affected by a family member with addiction to heal emotionally, build self-esteem and learn life-coping skills by working with horses. For more info., visit www.

(Left to right) Dylan Armus, Sharon Smith, Farrah Fox, Katie Behler, Rhonda Fritzshall and Horses Healing Hearts founder Liz Olszewski; Art and Sue Dahm, Leslie Simpson, Julie Pickens, Karen and Bob Cavanagh, and Gregg and Mary DeSantis; Doug Marty was the high bidder on painting by Katie Behler; and Farrah Fox has been at Horses Healing Hearts for seven years.

(Left to right) Liz Olszewski presents Victoria McCullough with the first Victoria McCullough Award; Bebe Bernardi, Kathy Bortocarrero and Theresa Hand at the check-in table; Robert Goldwasser, Victoria McCullough, State Rep. Joe Abruzzo, Liz Olszewski, State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Joyce Bashein; and honorary event chairs Roxanna Cella and State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

(Left to right) Lydia and Randy Grimes; Amy Beller, Kerry Cotler and Laurieann Davis enjoy the evening; Honorary Chair Roxanna Cella with Horses Healing Hearts founder Liz Olszewski; State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Karen Cavanagh, Wellington Councilwoman Tanya and Jeffrey Siskind and Bob Cavanagh.


(Left to right) Wendy Picard looks over necklaces by Kathy Lintzenich; Dylan Armus with State Rep. Joe Abruzzo; Stephen Lavine and Jasmine Velez; and Tony and Jane Santi, State Rep. Joe Abruzzo, Victoria McCullough and Roma Theus. april 2017 | wellington the magazine

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Wellington Garden Club Hosts Plants Galore Event At Amphitheater

(Left to right) Wellington Garden Club members Beth Stewart, Linda DeSanti, Joan Kaplan, Stormi Bivin, Jan Seagrave and Twig Morris; Debbie Kaplan speaks to plant sale guests; and Wellington Garden Club member Carol Krenkel.

The Wellington Garden Club held its Plants Galore & More plant sale on Sunday, March 12 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Nature’s Bouquet owner Debbie Kaplan and Duffy’s Tree & Landscape arborist Howard Green held demonstrations, horticulture items were raffled off and Home Depot sponsored a crafts workshop for kids. Growums Kids Club was also present at the event, along with many garden club members and various vendors. For more info., visit

(Left to right) Arielle Nevers joins Allison and Tyler Clarke to make birdhouses; Tom and Regis Wenham enjoy the plant sale; Christopher, Michael and Rosalie Mannley get crafty; Wendy and Howard Green; and Juan Sales, Jessy Sales and Maira Jimenez work on their projects.


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Healthy Living The Focus At Wellington Chamber’s ColorFest 5K

(Left to right) Johnny Meier of My Community Pharmacy and Dr. Vincent Apicella of Premier Family Health & Wellness after the run; Ravendren Govender, first overall finisher Darren Grant and Stephen Power after the race; and Hunter Gibson and Chase Roussel after the race.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 ColorFest 5K was held Sunday, Feb. 19 at Village Park in Wellington. Many leaders from the village’s health and wellness community participated in the run, while others attended to educate about their practices and show how to live a healthy lifestyle. During the event, volunteers threw colorful powder on the participants. Premier Family Health & Wellness, presenting sponsor of the event, was on hand with a large team of participants.

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More than 40 guests enjoyed Provident Jewelry’s “Mix & Mingle” event, held Thursday, March 2 at the new Wellington showroom. The evening featured specialty drinks and a selection of the world’s most extraordinary timepieces and luxury jewels. The new location features a master jeweler and a watch-maker, providing clients the highest quality of service and workmanship. Provident also has trained gemologists on staff who can accurately evaluate, appraise and purchase any estate jewelry or fine timepieces. “We have been following the Wellington market for years and are excited to bring Provident Jewelry to this community,” said Geoff Fear, managing partner of Wellington location. For more info., call (561) 798-0777 or visit

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Wellington Community Foundation board members: (front row) Mickey Smith, Karen Cavanagh, Robbin Lee and Maria Becker; and (back row) Barry Manning, Tom Wenham, Maggie Zeller, Ken Adams and Jim Sackett.

Wellington Community Foundation Marks One Year Helping Residents In Need

By Julie Unger

The Wellington Community Foundation is celebrating its first anniversary of helping those in need in the community. “The board of directors is very dedicated,” Wellington Community Foundation Chairman Tom Wenham said. “It’s a privilege and an honor to serve on a foundation that looks after the people of the community that you live in.” The foundation, once a little-used nonprofit entity controlled by the Village of Wellington, was re-imagined a year ago as an independent organization with a mission to support a wide array of community projects. A former Wellington mayor, Wenham leads the board,

which includes attorney Mickey Smith, community activist Maria Becker, Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Robbin Lee, Town-Crier Publisher Barry Manning, former Palm Beach County Commissioner Ken Adams, local businesswomen Karen Cavanagh and Maggie Zeller, and retired WPTV news anchor Jim Sackett. “I am so pleased with the cohesiveness of our board of directors,” Manning said. “We’ve been operating for one year, but it seems like the team has been together for decades. It is a pleasure working with them.” The foundation team has been working to better the lives of those most in need in the community, in particular, seniors and children. “What the foundation does not want to be is just a

The foundation donates money to Back to Basics for school uniforms; foundation supporters take part in street cleaning through Wellington’s Adopt-A-Street program; and WCF board members at Wellington’s back-to-school event in August.

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WCF board members with Wellington Village Council members at “Red, White & Blue Jeans: A Nostalgic Salute to Our Veterans.”

‘check-writing’ agency,” Sackett said. “We, as a board, want to be hands-on, identify the needs, and actively work to see that those needs are met.” The board members were personally recruited by Wenham to join the organization, including Adams, who has been integral to Wellington’s development since before the community even incorporated as a village. “This organization really cares about Wellington. It cares about everyone in Wellington,” Adams said. “The board members live and breathe the Village of Wellington.” Becker was honored to host the first fundraiser for the foundation at her home last June. The event, a stellar success, raised money to help provide students with backpacks and school supplies. “I can’t tell you how honored I am to serve on this board,” Becker said. “I was humbled that Tom had even considered me to serve on this worthy and noble endeavor.” Over the summer, the foundation provided scholarships to send children to Wellington’s Parks & Recreation Department summer camp. “I know what a difference it can make for a child to have a place to go to have fun, and what it means for a parent to know their child is in a safe and nurturing environment that they wouldn’t have had access to without help,” Becker said.

School supplies and more than 200 backpacks purchased with funds raised at the June fundraiser were distributed Aug. 6 at Wellington’s summer block party at Tiger Shark Cove Park. “People don’t realize that there are many families in this community who are in need. Our foundation has been helping them,” Zeller said. “I loved handing out the backpacks at the backto-school event… Seeing the looks of the children’s faces when they got to get a backpack to take home, filled with school supplies, was amazing.” On Aug. 10, the foundation presented Back to Basics with a check that contributed toward supplying 400 school uniforms to local Wellington children. “Things are hard enough for kids today. They should not have to worry about having clothes to wear to school,” said Smith, a resident of Wellington for more than 25 years. The foundation met on Oct. 22 for its

first quarterly Adopt-A-Street Clean Up Day in front of the Wellington branch library. The foundation adopted the east and west roadways along Forest Hill Blvd. from South Shore Blvd. to Stribling Way. Then, on Nov. 11, the foundation produced an event called Red, White & Blue Jeans: A Nostalgic Salute to Our Veterans at the Wanderers Club. Veterans were honored at the special evening of dinner and dancing, which will return this year on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Wellington National Golf Club. Red, White & Blue Jeans was a favorite for Lee. “I think a lot of people got exposure to the foundation that they wouldn’t have gotten in another way,” she said. “It had a patriotic theme. It was right around the time of the elections, and people needed to feel more connected to our country. I think it was fun for all of us to get to review the things we had already accomplished.”

Board members at June’s kickoff fundraiser; the foundation sends children to Wellington’s summer camp; and board members at the Veterans Day event.


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The foundation has been active thus far in 2017, already hosting a Dusty Art Live painting and wine party put together by Cavanagh at the Wellington National Golf Club on Feb. 9. “I never knew that there were such needy people, seniors and children, in the community,” Cavanagh said. “I really wanted to do something to help them, to help people. We’ve done a lot of really good things so far, and I’m really excited about it.” The foundation, in partnership with Wellington Cares, is currently working on a new program to bring smiles to seniors called “Celebrating Our Seniors.” In cooperation with Wellington Florist, the Mall at Wellington Green, Gabriel’s Café and Chick-fil-A, the Wellington Community Foundation will


have a beautiful bouquet of flowers and gifts cards delivered with a special birthday card greeting to Wellington Cares participants on their birthday. Wellington seniors are a vital part of our community, and remembering them on their special day is a way that the foundation has chosen to let them know how important they are. “I think this brings special recognition to our

seniors who are alone in this community,” Zeller said. Through the foundation’s “Our Schools” initiative, some elementary schools in Wellington are receiving grants totaling $8,150 to help further the education of local students. To learn more about the foundation, or to donate, call (561) 333-9843 or visit www.

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7-Goaler Santi Torres Is Always Working And Training To Become A Better Polo Player Story by Jack Lowenstein • Photos by David Lominska

For polo player Santiago “Santi” Torres, the sport and the culture of polo were part of his upbringing and made him who he is today. Everyone in his immediate family rode and played the “sport of kings” at some point in their lives, and polo continues to be the lifestyle Torres chooses to lead. Santi Torres, shown here at the tender age of six, became a professional polo player at age 10.


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“I grew up in the sport. Both my parents played. So, I was born right into it. My big brother plays. I started from there,” Torres recalled. Torres was born in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he would go to school for half of the year, and then he spent the other half in Palm Springs, Calif. After playing for the Valiente team last year, Torres is a free agent this season, but returned to Wellington for the winter with his horses to train and seek out new opportunities. “I’m still young. These past few years have been great,” Torres said, before adding that this season has not gone as smoothly as he hoped. “In anyone’s life, there will be ups and downs to go through, so I’m trying not to freak out about it.” But even when he is not playing on the high-goal teams, he still keeps to his regimen. “Even if I don’t have anything, I still have to work and try my hardest to get the next opportunity,” he said. The 2017 season did bring some unexpected opportunities outside of the high-goal tournaments. As a Team USPA member, Torres played on a USPA-sponsored team at the $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament staged at the Grand Champions Polo Club in March. Team USPA is a United States Polo Association program designed to enhance and grow the sport by identifying young, talented American polo players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities. Torres also is involved in the new Gladiator Polo program, which has been highly recognized in the local polo community and across the country. He plays on Team Crixus with Matias Magrini and Mike Azzaro in the new arena polo league.

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7-goaler Santi Torres playing for the Valiente team in Wellington last season.

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“Luckily, Gladiator Polo started, and luckily I have this $50K [tournament] to play in. I was hoping to get more opportunities, but I haven’t yet,” he said. Currently swinging his mallet at a 7-goal handicap, Torres has been playing professionally since he was 10 years old. His love for the game and his ability started with and are centered on family. His parents never wavered, Torres said, as he grew up, always showing enthusiasm and dedication for the game. “That’s what I grew up around, and there was never a doubt that is what I wanted to do,” Torres said. “All the kids who are born into polo, if their parents play, they always bring them on the horse with them or buy a little horse for them to have fun with and start learning to ride.” That is how it started for him. His parents, Kelita and Miguel Torres, were riders and played polo. “My parents would ride all day, every day. My dad would ride more. He would ride 10 to 15 horses a day. That’s what he knew how to do, and that’s what he liked,” Torres said. “That was his passion.” Torres’ father put both of his children up on horses early and often. “He saw that we liked it, and I would be riding every day,” Torres said. “It was just something that everyone enjoyed.” Their love for the game quickly translated into Santi’s life as it had for his older brother, Miguel, who plays professionally based in Houston, Texas. “When were younger, we played together,” Torres said. Growing up as an athlete, Torres said his parents were always dedicated to him and his drive to get better and better as a polo player. “They didn’t take polo away from me ever. They knew I wanted to do that,” he said. “I would just be thinking about getting out of school and going to the barn.” As there are obstacles to face during a match, there are obstacles that people face in their personal lives, and the Torres family faced one when Miguel Sr. lost his battle with brain cancer in 2007.

Riding through adversity, Torres continued to hone his craft as a player during this time. He and his mother and brother are together during the winter season in Wellington every year. “It has gotten a lot better these past couple of years,” he said. “We always help each other and are there for each other.” Some years, like this one, returning to Wellington is more of an act of faith. “It’s like an investment coming out here with horses, feeding them, laying them up and getting them ready for if an opportunity comes up, instead of having something secure for a season,” Torres said. He continues to work hard every day so that he can continue to perform at a high level of play. “I’m just taking the season one week at a time, you can’t stop working, or let it get to you, and you can’t stop trying,” Torres said. “I wake up, go to the barn. Lately, I’ve been working more at the barn, exercising horses, taking

“I always try to give my best and play the hardest I can for the team and for myself,” Santi Torres said. “Even in the down times, you’re working on it. Just being there, waking up, going to the barn, being with the horses, seeing the horses, and seeing the people there who work for you and the horses.” care of them, playing practices around Wellington with everybody, getting the horses fit for any new opportunities.” With some extra time, Torres finds contentment in the areas he can improve off the field. “I’m trying to be better as a person at communicating with people, just in general and in the sport, and trying to be a bigger person,” Torres said. “I’m really hard on myself. Even if someone doesn’t get mad at me,

I’m going to get mad at myself for not playing good one day or messing up.” As the season in Wellington winds down, Torres has much to look forward to. The summer greets him with an opportunity to play in Sheridan, Wyo., where he will continue to gain more experience as a professional rider. “I have a job for the summer, so I’m happy about that,” Torres said. “Anyone who doesn’t have a job is obviously going to worry about it because they have their life to take care of and their animals to feed.” Torres finds strength in himself when he plays the game, and he also loves his surroundings off the field. “I always try to give my best and play the hardest I can for the team and for myself,” he said. “You need to let people see that this is what you want. Even in the down times, you’re working on it. Just being there, waking up, going to the barn, being with the horses, seeing the horses, and seeing the people there who work for you and the horses.”

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(Right) Nicole Loochtan has moved her home base from Illinois to Wellington. PHOTO BY THE BOOK LLC

Show Jumper Nicole Loochtan Makes A Career Move To Wellington

Wellington holds a special place in the heart of many equestrians. Every winter, its doors swing open to welcome athletes to its annual competitions. Every spring, many head home until next year. However, this season, the Wellington community will say goodbye to one fewer competitor, because Nicole Loochtan intends to stay in Wellington. “It’s the place to be if you want to be successful in the horse world,” Loochtan said. “You have endless opportunities here.” The Lincolnshire, Ill., native is one of the newest additions to the Wellington community. She established herself in South Florida for the chance to train with legendary horsemen Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman of Wyndmont Farm. They were introduced through Grand Prix jumper and trainer Candice King. After the initial meeting, Loochtan flew to Tryon, N.C., in August 2015 to compete under the guidance of the Wyndmont team and never left. Since joining the renowned competi-

tion barn, the 19-year-old has improved her riding and has an entire new roster of horses. She credits her trainers, as much as the Wellington community, for her growth. “When I first started with Ronnie and Michael, I was competing in the junior jumpers, and I didn’t necessarily have the correct horses for me,” she explained. “Now, I have completely different horses that suit me very well, and I just competed in my first U-25 on the grass field.” Loochtan enjoys the competition available in Wellington. “Being able to watch the best of the best and feel the competitive atmo-

sphere around you, pushes you to want to be better,” she said. “When you do well, it’s more encouraging, because the competition in Wellington is so fierce. Many divisions have more than 90 people in each class, so if you place at all, you feel like you belong here.” The first-generation equestrian, who was once terrified to canter in a western saddle, is now soaring over jumps measuring 1.40 meters. Her string of horses includes Carla de Kalvarie Z, Quarterman 5 and Cuchica. Beard and Dorman, who have mastered the art of matching horse and rider, found all three mounts for her. Loochtan has experienced success aboard all three horses. Some of her most recent finishes include two second-place ribbons in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner class and three of the summer series at the Tryon International Equestrian Center atop wellington the magazine | april 2017


(Left) Nicole Loochtan now trains with Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman of Wyndmont Farm. PHOTO BY THE BOOK LLC

Carla de Kalvarie Z; a sixth-place finish in the $15,000 1.45m SJHOF High A/O Classic during week five of the Winter Equestrian Festival with Quarterman; and 12th in the $2,000 1.30m during week six of WEF aboard Cuchica. Each of her horses plays an intricate role in Loochtan’s plan to move up the ranks in the equestrian industry — a path that has become more clear since moving to Wellington and training with Beard and Dorman. “Chicago is very competitive; however, the atmosphere is different here,” Loochtan said. “Before, I knew I wanted to pursue this as a career, but I didn’t know it was a realistic thing. When I arrived, and started training with Michael and

Ronnie, the big question was, ‘Can I really do this?’ Now, I know I can. In Chicago, it was just a dream. Since I came to Wellington, it’s more of a reality.” Although Loochtan dedicates the majority of her efforts to riding, she finds time to enjoy everything the community has to offer. “I think my favorite part about being in Wellington is that it’s so close to the beach,” Loochtan said. “When you’re not riding, you get to hang out with your friends and enjoy the weather. It’s such a horse community that you get to meet so many different people who share a passion for horses. Honestly, just going out to dinner or walking around the mall is nice. Wellington is a great place to be.”

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Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Rob Roy competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. PHOTO BY MARY ADELAIDE BRAKENRIDGE

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Each winter, Vanessa Creech-Terauds, an FEI Young Rider, packs up and leaves her frigid base in Caistor Centre, Ontario, with her mother, Diane Creech, to join the ever-growing group of dressage athletes in the winter equestrian capital of the world — Wellington. The 17-year-old Canadian dressage rider began riding at a young age with the help of her mother, an international Grand Prix competitor who won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. Just like her mother, as CreechTerauds grew into an adolescent, her passion for the sport of dressage continued to grow. “When I was 12, I decided I wanted to train in dressage more seriously, and ever since then it has been dressage every day,” Creech-Terauds explained. She is inspired by her mother’s dressage experience and success. “Many people believe that I have a lot of pressure to live up to my mom’s

expectations, but it just gives me more drive and helps me believe in myself,” Creech-Terauds said. With the support of the Minnesotabased Leatherdale Farms, Creech-Terauds has achieved great success in the dressage world. She competed Leatherdale Farms’ 8-year-old Hanoverian mare Fleur de Lis L to individual and freestyle silver medals at the 2016 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Colorado. It was their first year competing together as a pair, and they earned impressive scores of 70.184 percent in the FEI Junior Individual test and a 70.55 percent in the FEI Junior Freestyle.

“Fleur is one of Louise Leatherdale’s talented youngsters by their Hanoverian stallion First Dance,” Creech-Terauds said. “I am so grateful to Louise for giving me the opportunity to compete her up through the levels.” Having had the opportunity to experience competing at prestigious international competitions, such as NAJYRC and in multiple CDIs, CreechTerauds has developed her skills at a rapid pace. “NAJYRC is such a great experience to get in the ring and learn what big competition is like,” Creech-Terauds explained. “It has helped me learn about traveling long distances with horses and riding in high-pressure situations where your team is counting on you. I’ve learned how to keep my cool in the ring and step up my game, which has progressed my riding.” wellington the magazine | april 2017


Vanessa Creech-Terauds with Fleur de Lis L. PHOTO BY ANNAN HEPNER

Throughout the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, CreechTerauds will move Fleur de Lis L up from Juniors to the Young Rider division, as well as compete her second Young Rider mount, Rob Roy, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Leatherdale Farms. She also plans to compete in the Florida International Youth Dressage Festival with Fleur de Lis L, and has hopes to compete in the international CDI ring. Even in the midst of her rigorous training and competition schedule in Wellington, Creech-Terauds focuses on achieving her academic goals online. “I come to the barn to ride in the morning, return to the house for a couple of hours to do my schooling in the afternoon, then come back to

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Young Barrel Racer Lexi Hecker Has Big Plans For The Future By Deborah Welky

From the moment Lexi Hecker received her first horse at age 10, she knew she wanted to compete in barrel racing — a sport in which riders navigate three carefully positioned barrels in a cloverleaf pattern as fast as they can. “The girl we bought the horse from had been doing it, and she started teaching me the basics,” recalled Lexi, who will turn 14 in June. “My mother also barrel raced when she was younger. I tried reining, but it didn’t give me the adrenaline rush that barrel racing does. Barrel racing is faster. It’s a lot more thrilling, and the crowds make everything better, which can make a lot of difference on the road. They make a lot of noise, and it’s very exhilarating.” Lexi competes in the Open class (all ages) as well as the Youth class (ages 18 and under) in competitions throughout Florida and Georgia, although she

plans to travel farther away in the near future. The barrel racing circuit takes place in local arenas across the nation and throughout the world. The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) Youth World Championships bills itself as the largest barrel race in the world and showcases horses and riders from 36 states, Canada, Italy, Panama, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Australia. Riders must qualify on a local level by competing at NBHA-sanctioned shows, NBHA national shows, super shows or state show events before becoming eligible for the championships. The National Finals

Rodeo (NFR) also hosts barrel racing events and will take place in Las Vegas this December. Riders and horses from around the globe will compete. Lexi’s horses are Nonstop Nick and B.B. Dreamer, although she has nicknamed them Clutch and Superman, respectively. “After we bought them about a year ago, the names Superman and Clutch seemed to fit them better, but it’s really bad luck to change the names after you buy the horses,” she said. The Hecker family owns a number of horses, but not all of the horses do barrel racing. “We have eight in total,” Lexi said. “Two are prospects, one is in training, there are the two that I race, and the others are for fun.” Lexi, who attends Western Pines Middle School, said most of her nonwellington the magazine | april 2017


Her love of barrel racing and of horses have led Lexi Hecker to pursue a future career in equine veterinary medicine.

racing peers don’t get it. “My friends don’t understand the hard work and practice,” she said. “My horses and I spend many hours a week practicing, and a couple weekends a month competing. It’s what I love to do, and if you and your horses don’t have the correct bond, you will never make a good team. My family supports me and makes huge sacrifices to support my passion. My friends are more interested in football, etc… They don’t understand why I can’t hang out with them.” Lexi is nonetheless grateful that she is able to attend a school that offers a unique pre-med program. At Western Pines, she is in her third year of the program, which gains her one high school credit. Her long-term goals include earning a degree in equestrian veterinary


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The Best Party In Town: Annual International GPL Tournament Returns This Month By Melanja Jones

When the Gay Polo League first arrived in Wellington in 2010, it brought a new dimension to the polo match and tailgate concept. Traditional tailgating at polo entails a bunch of polo players and fans clad in jeans and T-shirts sitting in the back of a flatbed truck, polo team logos adding the only touch of glamour to their attire. Tiiffany Busch is a three-time participant in the International Gay Polo Tournament, which returns to Wellington this month. PHOTO BY DAVID LOMINSKA


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GPL tournament tailgates involve months of planning, inventive and colorful décor and costumes, and a spirited passion for enjoying polo while cheering at the GPL polo matches that draw gay and straight polo players and fans alike for a rousing day of fun in the Florida sun. In 2017, the GPL is stepping up its game once again by adding a philanthropic aspect to the best party in Wellington. According to Chip McKenney, GPL’s founder and president, there are now GPL members in nine countries, making the polo club truly international. This year’s event will take place April 7-9 and features the traditional GPL Polotini Party at the Wanderers Club on Friday, April 7. Saturday, April 8 will be the highlight day of polo matches and tailgating revelry on the exclusive Isla Carroll field at the International Polo Club of Palm Beach. Participants who are still standing after the full day of tailgating and polo will wind up the weekend with IPC’s luxurious Sunday brunch at the Mallet Grill with front-row seats at the U.S. Open matches at IPC. The GPL recently added raising money for charity to its organizational mission. The league has obtained 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status, and all proceeds from this year’s tournament after costs will be donated to selected charities that advance the cause of aiding at-risk LGBTQ youth and support the inclusive acceptance of all people regardless of sexual identity — a key component of the GPL’s mission statement. “The first seven years we worked to build a great event within the LGBTQ

Creative tailgates are a staple of the International Gay Polo Tournament, such as this award-winning “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” tailgate.

community,” McKenney explained. “Now that the tournament is established, thanks to phenomenal support from our corporate and private partners, the next step is to make a difference in the lives of our community, especially LGBTQ youth.” GPL members are big fans of the unique tournament. “I love the crowds, the tailgates, and I love the energy of the people on the field,” three-time participant Tiffany Busch said. A professional player and one of the highest-rated women playing polo, Busch won the 2016 Women Championship Tournament last April, and recently was on top of the podium at the Tabebuia Cup at the Port Mayaca Polo Club in February. “It makes me feel part of something big to play in the GPL. On a personal note, what Chip McKenney and Mason Phelps have put together here is amazing because is allows people like me to take a stand and be who we are, whether that is gay, straight or transgendered,” Busch said.

Busch is excited that the GPL tournament will be contributing funds to charity this year. “Charity-related events are one of the best ways to showcase polo and give back,” Busch said. Now that the GPL has obtained its nonprofit status, the league will have another tool to spread the message of acceptance and empowerment, McKenney said. He explained that the league’s charitable efforts will have a dual focus on alleviating homelessness among LGBTQ youth and providing scholarships for higher education. Meanwhile, GPL members will be leveraging the international aspect of the league into additional opportunities to raise awareness and pride for people of LBGTQ identity to a worldwide audience. For example, the GPL hosted its firstever tournament outside the United States in December, in Argentina. The teams of Phelps Media, Cedar Crest and RSM journeyed to El Remanso Polo Club and Bautista Heguy’s Chapa Uno Polo Club, where they had the ex-

perience of playing with four-time Argentine Open champion Eduardo Heguy and several other professional polo players. When they were not playing polo, the GPL members went into Buenos Aires to watch the Argentine Open matches live at the “cathedral” in Palermo. Mark Bennett, a Realtor from Palm Beach, loved the trip to Argentina. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience,” he said. “For someone like me, who is not a billionaire, to get to play with players from one of the top polo families in the world is incredible. Being part of the GPL opens up amazing opportunities.” Bennett also complimented his Argentine hosts. “Eduardo Heguy, his wife and his family were extremely welcoming, warm and friendly,” he said, relating how Heguy invited the GPL members to visit the private team tents at the Argentine Open in Palermo, and then took the time, despite the stresses of competing, to make sure that the GPL players were wellington the magazine | april 2017


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The sport of vaulting works to combine the joy of riding a horse and the freedom of flying with the satisfaction of athleticism and teamwork. Horses Healing Hearts (HHH), the nonprofit organization that uses horses to help children of alcoholics and addicts, is incorporating vaulting into its program to empower participants to work together as a team and learn to believe in their own abilities. Vaulting is often described as gymnastics on horseback and has origins that can be traced back thousands of years. The discipline can be practiced as either competitive or therapeutic, and is open to men and women equally. A vaulting team usually includes seven individuals and one horse, although many teams use a wooden horse to learn fundamental skills. Led by coach Maria Bernal, the HHH vaulting team

meets once a week before the regular HHH program session to learn drills and put together routines. Bernal has been volunteering her coaching time at HHH for four years, and has seen the team grow and change as its members become more comfortable with their abilities. “The first things I want to accomplish through vaulting are self-esteem, discipline and teamwork. If we can accomplish those three things, it’s not only teaching them vaulting and horseback riding, it is also teaching them skills for life,” she explained. Many children who come to HHH are suffering due to a volatile family situation beyond their control. Because the clients of HHH are children of parents who struggle with alcoholism and addiction, they often arrive wary of adults. Many are uncomfortable communicating openly and are protective of their privacy. Bernal is used to this behavior and uses it to her advantage. “When children come to HHH, they don’t trust us,” she said. “When I first start to teach them, they won’t

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(Left) The Horses Healing Hearts vaulting team with Coach Maria Bernal. (Above) Bernal coaches the girls on a group movement.

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said. “It’s like having two hearts and one mind — they have to be very focused on what they are doing and to connect with the horse.” Part of the challenge that faces the HHH team moving forward is the lack of popularity of the sport in the southeastern United States. They are one of the few teams that want to compete in vaulting in this region. Finding a horse is difficult, and raising the money to purchase the horse is a daunting task. However, Bernal feels certain that if the obstacles are approached in the correct way, there is a solution. “Our goal now is to grow our team to a total of eight riders,” she said. “Once we accomplish that goal, we can compete in a few barrel competitions, and then work on finding the appropriate horse. But we can do it, and I have a lot of faith in our program.” Alexis Manger, who has been with HHH for four years and on the vaulting team for two, described the program best.

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Jim Corbin is proud of his real estate career in Wellington, but just as proud of how he and his team have given back to the community. Corbin started in the real estate business in Kansas City, Mo., at age 20, then brought his expertise to Wellington long before it was incorporated as a village. “I’ve been selling real estate in Wellington for 39 years,” he said. “It’s hard to believe that the time has gone by so fast.” Back in 1978, there was but a handful of agents serving the area, and most of those were having trouble locating anything west of Florida’s Turnpike. However, there’s much more competition now. “Last time I checked, there were 18,000 Realtors in the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, and 700 of those were in the 33414 ZIP code,” Corbin said. David Corbin, Jim’s Realtor brother, is part of the Corbin team at Illustrated Properties, as are Nic Corbin and Miranda Culbert. “We’re the ‘Four Cs.’ Although her last name isn’t Corbin, Miranda has been putting up with me for 17 years

now,” Jim Corbin said. “We’ve been together longer than many people have been married.” Active in community fundraisers and events since arriving in Florida, Corbin also bears another distinction. “I think I can very safely say that I was the first equestrian Realtor in Wellington. My brother and I had an equestrian background and upbringing. We used to ride and show up north, and that’s part of the reason I moved here,” he said. “I even loaned one of my horses for the Munich Olympics — a lifetime ago — in 1972. In 1978, Bill Ylvisaker was bringing polo to Wellington, and then the horse shows started.” At first, local officials seemed to be overlooking the potential of those in the equestrian industry, Corbin said. “I begged the village to pay some attention to these horse-show people,” he continued. “Especially the hunters and jumpers — people did not pay much attention to them.” Yet even as Corbin was breaking new ground with his expertise in equestrian

real estate, he never made that his sole focus. “All properties are important, and you need to cover all bases,” he said. That has never been more true than today, with many people still skittish about purchasing a home. Fortunately for Corbin, his many contacts and open-minded philosophy have kept his business at the front of the pack. “A friend of mine in Chukker Cove decided to sell her house in Palm Beach for $6 million,” Corbin said. “Little things can turn into big things.” Sometimes friends, former clients or people he meets have properties outside the area, but they still want Corbin to handle the sale. “They didn’t want to start over with someone else,” he explained. “It means more homework for me if I’m unfamiliar with the area, but I’ve lived in a hotel while I sold a home up in Hutchinson Island and down in Delray Beach. I’ve sold a condo on the ocean in Singer Island as well as a $3.75 million farm right here in Saddle Trail Park.” Combining his equestrian and real estate interests has had another result: sponsorships. “Illustrated Properties was one of wellington the magazine | april 2017


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Lorrie Browne of Lorrie Browne Interiors didn’t take the typical route to becoming an interior designer. After earning a master’s degree in business administration, Browne worked for a financial advisory firm as an analyst before realizing that she wasn’t spending enough time on the creative aspects of her life. She returned to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in interior design. “It was kind of a roundabout way,” she said. “Since I was a kid, I was drawing, painting, crafting — you name it. I loved going to museums. I grew up in a 200-year-old house that my parents renovated. I was right there with a sledgehammer when I was a kid. I really enjoyed that — the history of houses.” When Browne began looking for a more creative career, she enlisted the help of a career counselor. Career tests suggested she become an interior designer, landscape designer or pho-

tographer. “Nothing in finance,” she said. “The idea excited me the more I thought about it.” Browne was able to merge her finance and business background with the creative elements of interior design. She attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she earned her interior design degree. After working for other designers, she took her national licensing exam and began her own company. “Before I was even out of school, I had jobs,” Browne said. Since then, she has worked on beautifying spaces in an elegant, livable manner, with small details making all the difference. “Design is in the details,” she explained. “When details are done correctly, you don’t specifically notice them, but they help make a space more cohesive.”

For example, Browne often utilizes artificial flowers and plants inside, which are low-maintenance and always look nice, sort of like the accessories and jewelry when you get dressed up. “We see so many spaces in magazines and online that look very beautiful, but sometimes it’s hard to imagine somebody actually living their day-to-day life wellington the magazine | april 2017


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in that space,” she said. “With kids, without kids, after a long day, throwing your purse on the counter, letting kids and dogs run through the house — we want people to live in spaces that are comfortable, durable and washable.” Browne works with her husband, Tim Chance, who serves as project manager, and they are able to make a space livable — and cleanable — by utilizing newer coatings and fabrics. “A space is going to be more valuable to you the more you can live in it as you always did and you don’t have to modify your everyday life,” she said. Browne favors wood tables as the

primary surface for a home. “I feel like a dining room table is like a living, breathing part of your life and a history of your family,” she explained, adding that the table is where craft projects take place, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are eaten and the family gathers. She has a vendor that creates large, one-piece wood tables that warm a room and provide a durable, versatile, life-friendly surface, as well as serving as a statement piece. While the tables may be low-tech, Browne’s firm is high-tech. She works with a program that allows digital, re-

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mote access where clients can work with Browne and her team online. “Our presentation boards are online, and our clients can check off what they like and don’t like and can leave comments,” she said. All accounting and proposal approval is paperless, online through a secure site. The entire process is virtual, which sets Lorrie Browne Interiors apart from other design firms. “It’s super-efficient on our end, makes clients very happy, and has been super-effective,” she said. “It was a natural fit for me.” Browne creates turnkey homes for clients: all the sheets and towels are laundered and installed; kitchen cabinets are filled with glasses, plates and anything the client will need. “When they come in, they can just live. They bring their toothbrush and their clothes, and that’s all they need,” she said. “We try to get every little last thing done for them.” Browne’s approach to a project is organized, efficient and process-oriented,

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combined with the artistic approach of what the client likes. She utilizes Houzz (www.houzz. com/pro/lorriebrowne/lorrie-browneinteriors) to get a feel for what elements clients favor, which helps her understand their needs. From there, Browne is able to create the ideal home for clients. Having a trusting relationship, where Browne and the client begin by working together, and then the client hands the project over to Browne to run with, is when the best projects happen, she said. The part that Browne enjoys most is when, after a client has lived in their home for some time, they return to tell her how much they love how things turned out. “You can see that brings them joy and satisfaction, and they feel that the investment they made was worth it,” she said. Her clientele fits into a particular niche that thrives with her process. “Most of our clients are equestrians, or, if they’re not equestrians, they’re

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Lorrie Browne tries to use sustainable materials in her designs.

part-time residents,” Browne said. “We primarily work with people where this is their second, third, fourth, fifth residence. That makes it very different. Because of that, they are only here part of the time. They’re also very busy people.” A GREENLeader Accredited Professional, Browne takes courses on learning about sourcing sustainable materials. “I’m a believer in that we need to be very careful with our planet and that we need to leave it a good place for many generations to come, so anytime we can, we use materials that are sustainable and come from reliable sources,” she said. The firm also uses local sources

when possible, where Browne can speak to the owner and learn the story of the company. Browne and Chance have four large dogs, and make it a point to give back to animal rescue groups, as well as Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control. “At least 10 percent of the profits of everything we do goes back to animals and children,” she said. “Children and animals really have no voice for themselves.” To learn more about Lorrie Browne Interiors, call (561) 791-8585, or visit www. and LorrieBrowneInteriors.

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Palm Beach Central’s Lisa & Tony Gullo Enjoy Coaching Young Athletes Story by Y.A. Teitelbaum • Photo by Cassie Yarbrough

Sports play an integral role in Lisa and Tony Gullo’s lives. The couple, married for almost 20 years, coach at Palm Beach Central High School. Lisa Gullo was a three-sport athlete in high school who played college softball and now coaches the Broncos’ cross-country team. “I always loved playing sports and was voted ‘most athletic’ by my senior class,” said Lisa, who graduated from North Shore High School in 1987. “One of the reasons I changed my major in college from accounting to education was because I wanted to be a coach.” Lisa credits her interest in running to Dennis Cox, who was her cross-country and softball coach at North Shore and now teaches at Wellington High School. “I have always enjoyed running and wanted to share my love for running with others. I love coaching high school cross country,” added Lisa, who teaches digital information technology at PBCHS. Tony Gullo was a high school baseball star who played in college. He is embarking on his first season as the Broncos’ manager, taking over for the legendary Scott Benedict, his friend and mentor. Tony is just the second head baseball coach in the school’s history. Previously, he was the head baseball coach at William T. Dwyer High School for nine years before moving to Palm Beach Central, where he has been teaching mathematics classes since the school’s inception in 2003. Gullo was Benedict’s assistant head coach and

infield coach for the first four years at Palm Beach Central. During that time, the Broncos were the first public school in Florida to make an appearance in the state final four in its first season. They followed that up by winning the district title the next three years. And in 2006, Palm Beach Central was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally. Tony also attended North Shore High School, graduating in 1985, two years before Lisa. “He was friends with my older brother, but we didn’t really know each other,” Lisa said. Not surprisingly, they met through sports. “I was coaching softball at Santaluces, while he was coaching at Dwyer,” Lisa recalled. “We were playing at Dwyer, and we saw each other there.” They started dating about a year later. After attending the 1997 Florida State vs. North Carolina football game in Chapel Hill, Tony proposed, and they were married on July 4, 1998. They each took a hiatus from coaching at PBCHS; Tony after the 2007 season, and Lisa after the 2013 season. “We had young kids of our own playing baseball, and I was missing the opportunity to coach them,” Tony explained. “Our families and friends were telling us to enjoy our children while they were young. Time would fly by, and then it would be too late. We de-

cided to heed their advice. I decided to coach their teams, and Lisa helped with coaching, being the team mom, organizing snack schedules, practice times, etc. I never thought I would coach high school baseball again.” But now he’s back and looking forward to the challenge of keeping the program at an elite level. Pre-season began in mid-February and the regular season ends on April 25, followed by the playoffs. “Our goals this season are to become better baseball players, better students and better people,” Tony said. “I would like for our players to experience a postseason. In high school sports, you have to earn your way deep into the postseason. You don’t just pay and enter a tournament like many travel teams do. You have to win to move on. I hope our hard work and preparation affords us this honor.” The cross-country season is in the fall, with practice beginning in late July and the regular season ending in early October, followed by district and regional meets to qualify for the state championship in early November. “Athletics has always been a passion of mine, and I have transitioned that love of sports into coaching,” said Lisa, who started as an assistant coach for the cross-country teams. She was elevated to the head coaching position in 2011. “Two years later [in 2013], my younger son asked me, ‘Why do you have to coach? You are never home.’ It broke my heart, and though it was a tough

“It is very challenging to try to be the best coach and teacher we can be, while trying to be an active parent to our two teenage sons and a good spouse,” Lisa Gullo said. 74

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decision, I resigned as coach since my family is my priority. After two years away, with the blessing of my family, I returned to coaching. Upon my return this year, our team was the largest crosscountry team in school history with 43 members.” The Broncos finished second at the county meet and third in the regional finals, and Lisa was the coach of the 2014 girls and 2016 boys teams when each qualified for the state finals for the first time in school history. Their sons, 15-year-old Colby, a freshman at Palm Beach Central, and Brody, 13, a seventh-grader at Polo Park Middle School, each play on a travel baseball team. “It is very challenging to try to be the best coach and teacher we can be, while trying to be an active parent to our two teenage sons and a good spouse,” Lisa said. “There is still a home to take care of, food to prepare, family and friends to get together with, practices and games to get our own children to.” “I am honored to take over the Palm Beach Central baseball program from Scott Benedict,” Tony said. “I have known ‘Bene’ for more than 40 years. My father coached Scott in Little League, and I played for ‘Bene’ at American Legion Post 12. He helped me receive my baseball scholarship.” Tony is proud to be carrying on Benedict’s strong baseball tradition at Palm Beach Central. “I know he wants us to continue the tradition and reach our highest potential,” Tony said of Benedict. “He has done an outstanding job throughout his coaching career, touching many players’ lives in a positive manner. I have and will continue to pick his brain whenever needed.” This year’s Wellington Sports series will profile some of the many up-and-coming young athletes across a wide range of sports who call Wellington home.

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At Century 21 Wieder Realty Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Realtor Andrew Burr of Century 21 Wieder Realty heads up the RealtorAndrew Team with four other real estate professionals. They specialize in residential purchases, sales and leasing of luxury homes and farms throughout central Palm Beach County, including Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee. Real estate was not Burr’s first career. Years ago, he did his work in the kitchen. Somehow, he has found a connection between these two seemingly disparate professions. “I started in auctions, and a lot of people wanted me to move into commercial real estate, but I enjoy the personal interaction of residential real estate and the satisfaction that comes with making customers into friends,” Burr said. “It carries over from my time as a professional chef, I think. When I was a chef, I loved that I knew how well I did my job every single night. I still have friends I made due to being an excellent chef, and I see a lot of parallels between the two businesses.” Matthew Tarantino is a key member of the RealtorAndrew Team. As one of the “fab five,” he is counted on to perform the sometimes tedious but always essential job of facilitating the stacks of paperwork involved in the average real estate transaction. “In addition to being a great real estate agent, Matthew is an extraordinary

administrator,” Burr said of Tarantino. “When it comes to keeping the ‘I’s dotted and the ‘T’s crossed, there is none better. Matthew is also intimately familiar with the coastal communities of Palm Beach County and is our expert in that area. He has an engaging personality and an extremely professional demeanor which, combined with almost 10 years’ experience as a Realtor, allows him to step into any role needed. All of these things free me up to concentrate on urgent needs of current customers, as well as developing new business.” Tarantino, a longtime Wellington resident, enjoys his role on the team. “Andrew is the hunter-gatherer, and I am more of the provider of services to the clients, whether it’s showing a property or doing the paperwork required,” he said. The word “team” is not used lightly by Burr and his co-workers. “Our entire team focus is on each individual customer,” Tarantino said. “We limit ourselves to no more than 15 customers at a time, including both buyers and sellers, so that we can focus on quality representation rather than quantity.” Tarantino believes that the group he’s part of is a true example of the old adage put forth by Aristotle: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” “We work for our customers by approaching the sales process as a team,” he said. “Some of us are better than others at certain aspects of the process, and so we utilize each others’ strengths.

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We creatively advertise the property and competitively, selectively market it to the community and beyond. We have a longevity in the communities we work in, which gives us an edge.” Burr sees a healthy market both locally and in the surrounding areas. “Terms that used to be heard often, such as ‘underwater’ and ‘upsidedown,’ are starting to become a thing of the past,” he said. “Folks who have wanted to sell but have not been able to due to the value of their home being below the debt on their mortgage are now seeing home sale prices that allow them to cover their debt, and in some cases realize a modest return. Thus, we have a very strong transaction market, but with only a modest uptick in price.” To contact the RealtorAndrew Team, call (561) 324-8914, e-mail RealtorAndrew1@ or visit www.andrewsellspalm wellington the magazine | april 2017


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Everyone loves the drama of before and after photographs, especially the patients of Dr. Marisol Lopez-Belio of the Wellington Center for Laser Dentistry. “I’ve done many cosmetic reconstructions that really change people’s lives,” Lopez-Belio said. “A patient may have bad teeth, worn teeth or teeth of an ugly color and, after a reconstruction, their appearance has literally changed. They’re the most amazing success stories.” Lopez-Belio and her staff have seen many such stories. She started her practice 26 years ago, in 1991, and moved into her own office in Wellington 22 years ago. Office manager Mary Almazan and hygienist Candy Cerbone have each been with her for 25 years. Her clinical assistant, Danielle Prieto, has been with Lopez-Belio for 13 years. But it’s not all cosmetic dentistry. Lopez-Belio serves all ages in her general dentistry practice. From fillings to mouth guards, she does it all. She particularly likes how the use of lasers has revolutionized dentistry. “I love lasers,” Lopez-Belio said. “I have four different types. I use different ones for different things.” For example, the minimally invasive hard tissue laser, which Lopez-Belio purchased in 2010, allows her to fill cavities or restore resin fillings without numbing. “Patients love that,” she said. “It’s so efficient. You can do multiple fillings in one day, where otherwise you couldn’t because the patient would be numb all over. With the laser, I can almost do as many as needed without them losing work time or having to wait hours for the numbness to wear off.”

Another plus: as it works, the hard tissue laser is also killing bacteria. With no bacteria left behind, there is less of a chance of getting a cavity there again. “We also use a laser for gum treatments, removing soft tissue lesions, treating ulcers and trimming the gums for aesthetic purposes,” Lopez-Belio added. She can also help with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. “I do a lot of neuro-muscular dentistry to correct TMJ, grinding and crunching,” LopezBelio said. “These things can destroy your teeth or give you migraines. People who have been under a lot of stress for a lot of years, they’ve been grinding, then they get symptoms. We correct their bite. We have patients who are chronic; they can’t open their mouth and get several migraines a week. We have to do splint therapy, a full reconstruction or orthodontics. They have a bad bite, and we have to fix that. I devise an individualized treatment for each patient.” Traditional braces are not an option for many adults. In those cases, LopezBelio suggests Invisalign, a series of clear aligners that can be removed for meals. “It’s awesome, and it works great,” Lopez-Belio said. “The treatment takes about a year. Every two weeks you get new, custom-made aligners until your teeth are straight. They’re comfortable, and thin enough so that they don’t affect your speech.” Lopez-Belio can also help with sleep apnea for people who snore or stop breathing while they sleep.

“If you stop breathing, your oxygen level goes down, and it’s very dangerous,” she said. “A physician may order a CPAP oxygen machine, but it’s noisy. The patient needs to wear a mask, there’s tubing and it’s big — not good for traveling. So many patients prefer an oral appliance, which is like two mouth guards. It keeps the lower jaw forward so the muscles in the neck don’t collapse when they’re sleeping, which improves the airway.” Lopez-Belio also has a Cerec machine — a computer that allows her to do a crown in one day. “You don’t lose time from work getting a temporary crown, and you don’t have to worry about the temporary falling off when you’re eating dinner,” she explained. “We design, mill, stain and glaze the crown, put it in the oven to harden it, then bond it to the tooth.” A picture is still worth a thousand words. See some of Dr. Marisol LopezBelio’s success stories for yourself at The Wellington Center for Laser Dentistry is located at 1200 Corporate Center Way, Suite 101, in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 791-8184. wellington the magazine | april 2017


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Living Room: Double French doors and a relaxed floor plan make this living room the real heart of the home. An ornate fireplace located off camera ups the warmth of the space.

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Equestrian Club Home A Tropical Oasis in The Heart Of The Action Story by Deborah Welky

• Photos courtesy Andrew Burr

Located in the prestigious Wellington Equestrian Club community, this home sits less than two miles from all of the major equestrian event venues. Its five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and den/office are situated throughout three separate wings, allowing living and entertaining to peaceably co-exist. Oversized picture windows frame stunning views of expansive vistas, which include the neighborhood lake. It’s a tropical oasis in the heart of the action. Coffered ceilings, a chef’s kitchen and a whole-house generator that runs directly off gas lines are among the amenities that make this home unique.

Family Room: The soaring 22-foot coffered ceiling in the family room extends out through the formal living room, dining room and the entry, adding a touch of elegance to the space. The large corner windows usher in the sunshine during the day and a glimpse of the stars at night. Ceramic tile creates an easy visual flow, connecting all areas of the house but the bedrooms.

Kitchen: Stainless steel gas appliances paired with a black wall oven aren’t the only design details that make this kitchen out of the ordinary. A curved guest bar that seats eight, a granite-topped double island with a built-in wine cooler and a hardworking pantry make this spacious kitchen a chef’s delight.

Master Bedroom: The master bedroom takes on a resort feel with numerous windows offering tropical views, a gently turning ceiling fan in a double tray ceiling and chocolate-rich manufactured hardwood flooring. The roomy seating area offers a place to unwind after a long day.

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Front Elevation: Pavers lead the way to the grand front portico on the right, while polished wood doors open into a three-car garage. At night, each palm is spotlighted in a dramatic display of landscape artistry. Guest Bedrooms: The home has several guest bedrooms, including one with an en suite bath and walk-in closet. Another two share a Jackand-Jill bath, while yet another is located right off the pool deck. Master Bath: Open and airy, the en suite master bath offers a Roman tub, a separate shower with multiple spray heads, a double vanity and more. Pool Deck: The pool area features a freshwater pool with a waterfall feature, a tiki hut and a nearby outdoor kitchen.

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Cask + Shaker Craft Bar and Kitchen recently opened at the Mall at Wellington Green adjacent to the new Paragon Wellington 10 movie theater. With a separate exterior mall entrance, and lounge seating in the lobby of Paragon, Cask + Shaker offers classic cocktails, local brews and gastropub entrées. Executive Chef Chuck Gittleman is particularly proud of the restaurant’s signature dish, Steak Frites. “It’s my favorite dish. I’m from Miami, so it has a lot of Latin flavors to it,” he explained. “The cut of meat itself is a really tender cut. It’s one of my favorite steaks, the hanger steak. It reminds me of my youth.” The entrée consists of a marinated mojo hanger steak, sautéed broccolini (a relative of asparagus that looks like a long broccoli spear) and yucca fries. “The yucca itself is Latin, so it lends itself to the mojo flavoring of the steak, and it’s a little spin on French fries,” Gittleman said.

Historically, the hanger cut wasn’t particularly popular with the public, he said, and was considered the butcher’s cut to take home. “It’s a really tender piece of meat. It’s pretty popular right now. A lot of places use it. It’s kind of a trend. We mojo marinate it, which is a lime juice, orange juice, chili, garlic, onions, cilantro and cumin. And then just salt and pepper, and it’s grilled,” Gittleman said. The steak is topped with a chimichurri sauce, which has parsley, cilantro, lime, garlic, oregano, olive oil and hot chili. Steak Frites is one of the popular dishes at Cask + Shaker, which has a gastropub atmosphere. Because there are farms nearby, Gittleman is focusing on getting more “farm to table” foods. wellington the magazine | april 2017


Signature Dish The menu has comfort food items to share with friends, such as Honey Sriracha Firecracker Shrimp, Fried Manchego Cheese, Angry Fried Calamari, Bacon-Wrapped Brussels and Char-Grilled Chicken Wings, which are baked instead of fried. There are also cheese boards with creamy, flavorful cheeses, and salads, including the Rustic Root + Fruit, which includes artisan lettuces, roasted beets, gorgonzola cheese, spiced cashew, dates and an apple cider vinaigrette. Sides range from Truffle Fries to Old School Mac & Cheese, featuring semolina pasta, gruyere cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon Dijon crumbs. Handheld items, be it the BBQ Brisket Burger, the New School Grilled Cheese or the Crab Cake Sliders, offer deli-

cious and interesting flavor combinations. Meals such as the Steak Frites and Pulled Chipotle Chicken Tacos round out the menu. Family-friendly, there’s also a children’s menu with mac and cheese, flatbread pizza, grilled cheese and chicken tenders. Along with the food menu, gluten-free options are available, and Cask + Shaker features 32 draught beers, cocktails, bottled beers, hand-crafted specialty cocktails, wine and a full line of non-alcoholic drinks. General Manager Brooke Camposano explained that most of the beers on-tap are local, South Florida craft beers. “We worked with a mixologist and created 10 of our own hand-crafted cocktail drinks that we serve here,” she added.

The wine menu includes “Interesting Whites” and “Interesting Reds,” Camposano said. “They’re not your average wines, like your pinot grigios and chardonnays. They’re a little bit different, so that people would actually take a look at them and hopefully try them. They’re a little more popular, but not everybody knows about them,” she said. Some of the interesting wines include Red Blend, Ferrari Carano “Siena” from Sonoma County, Calif.; Malbec, Terrazas Reserva from Argentina; and the Riesling, Chateau Ste. Michelle “Eroica” from Washington. “We offer tastings for anything that you’d like to sample,” Camposano said. Inside the theater, there are trays that hold Cask + Shaker’s to-go boxes

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wellington | dining guide Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit At BurgerFi, gourmet quality is the name of the game. The Wellington location of this growing gourmet burger chain is at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Call (561) 612-7853 or visit to learn more. Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For info., call (561) 355-5900. Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in Wellington’s Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 6428700 for more info. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997.

Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza serves up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties and a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit Rollatini Italian Trattoria is located at 10107 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 792-7677 visit Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit for more info. A family tradition since 1905, Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a real New York delicatessen, serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at the corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit

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Suri West Tapas Bar & Lounge is located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600. Tokyo Bay Buffet, located at 165 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach, raises the Asian buffet dining concept to a whole new level with a large sushi bar and a tasty hibachi grill. For info., call (561) 753-5566. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its new location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or take out wings, ribs, chicken and more. Visit www.treeswings or call (561) 791-1535 for more info. Voi-La, located at 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A8, in the Wellington Marketplace, serves high-quality food that is good for the body and soul, with a focus on Venezuelan and South American favorites. For more info., call (786) 281-1589. Located in the original Wellington Mall, The White Elephant serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 4691109 or visit With a wide and varied menu, the Wild West Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. For more info., call (561) 469-2333 or visit

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wellington | calendar Saturday, April 1 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • Uncle Gary’s Rock & Rib Fest, a benefit for the Kids Cancer Foundation, will be held Saturday, April 1 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Admission is free. There will be music, food and family fun, including live music all day, a barbeque, a kids fun zone, raffles, vendors and more, as well as a live broadcast from 103.1 WIRK’s Street Team. For more info., call Gary Rowan at (561) 929-1523 or email Sunday, April 2 • The Wellington Kids Triathlon will take place Sunday, April 2 beginning at the Wellington Aquatics Complex at 6:30 a.m. No same-day entries will be allowed. Visit for more info. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue the 2017 winter polo season with the U.S. Open Polo Championship on Sunday, April 2. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, April 3 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Call (561) 894-7529 to pre-register. Tuesday, April 4 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, April 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host the Great Courses DVD Lecture Series: Understanding Investments on Wednesdays,

April 5 and April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, April 6 • The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Thursday, April 6 through Saturday, April 8 with a special preview Wednesday, April 5. For more info., visit • The Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington featuring keynote speakers George Linley, executive director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners. For more info., visit • ChildNet’s fourth annual Care for Kids Luncheon, presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, will take place Thursday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. ChildNet is Palm Beach County’s community-based care lead agency that protects abused, abandoned and neglected children. For ticket info., contact Gillian Moxey at (561) 414-0927 or For more information about ChildNet, visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, April 6 at 2:30 p.m. Build, imagine and create with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Art Society will host a reception on Thursday, April 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Wellington Community Center. Artists selected to participate in the rotating gallery exhibit will be recognized. The Wellington Art Society will be displaying original works of art, books, and offering door prizes and prints for sale. For more info., visit www. • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, April 6 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with an Aerosmith tribute by the band Jaded at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit

• The Kids Cancer Foundation will host a Hero Mixer at the Kids Cancer Center in Royal Palm Beach on Thursday, April 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will honor the Kids Cancer Foundation ambassadors and welcome new ambassadors. There will be a special hero award presentation at the event, which will also feature Kids Cancer Foundation patients. For info., call (561) 333-8116 or visit • The Women of the Western Communities will meet Thursday, April 6 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The meet-and-greet begins at 6 p.m. Be sure to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to check-in and be seated. RSVP to Mair Armand at or (561) 635-0011. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, April 7 • Palm Beach Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9. For more info., visit • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Flavors Wellington Food + Wine Festival will return to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Friday, April 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be food and wine exhibitors, live music and dancing with the 1980s tribute band Stereotomy, show jumping, boutique shopping, celebrity judges and more. For more information, call (561) 792-6525 or e-mail • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will hold a free screening of Ben-Hur on Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • Ghost Tours: An Evening in the Dark will take place at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m. For more info., visit

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wellington | calendar Saturday, April 8 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • The Jim Sackett Invitational Softball Tournament will take place on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Village Park softball fields on Pierson Road in Wellington to benefit Friends of Foster Children. This family-friendly event will include food, a raffle, family fun and a competitive softball tournament. For info., call Coleen LaCosta at (561) 352-2540 or e-mail coleen@friendsoffosterchildren. com. • Ballet East will hold its Annual Silent Auction & Tea on Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. at the Village Wellington Community Center. This fundraising event provides an extra performance opportunity for the Ballet East Youth Ensemble. Proceeds from the silent auction enable Ballet East to give a professional-level, season-ending production. Visit the Ballet East Facebook page at to stay up to date on the event. To make a donation, call (561) 683-0096 or visit Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children and can be puchased at • Dance Arts Conservatory in Wellington will present Seussical Jr. the Musical on Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9. Call (561) 296-1880 or visit for more info. Sunday, April 9 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue the 2017 winter polo season with the U.S. Open Polo Championship on Sunday, April 9. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, April 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Creative Coloring: Jungle Animals for ages 5 to 10 on Monday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. Cre-

ate colorful animals and wild landscapes with junglethemed pages. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, April 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Paper Airplane Contest for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. Create your own paper airplane and compete to see how far it can go. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Women of the Western Communities will hold a painting night fundraiser on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Oak Bistro & Wine War (11051 Southern Blvd.). The cost to attend and paint is $35 per person and includes art supplies. RSVP to Mair Armand at or (561) 635-0011. • The Four Tops and The Temptations will be at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 11 at 8 p.m. For more info., visit www. Wednesday, April 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, April 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Fun With Elephant & Piggie for ages 6 to 9 on Thursday, April 13 at 3 p.m. Dress up in pink or gray to represent your favorite character. Listen to stories and make a craft featuring Elephant and Piggie. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, April 13 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live music by the Gypsy Lane Band at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit www. Saturday, April 15 • Florida Gun & Knife Shows returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 15 and

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Sunday, April 16. Visit for more info. • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for info. • Wellington will host a Great American Cleanup Project on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will pick up litter along Greenbriar Blvd. and Greenview Shores Blvd., as well as in the Folkestone/Yarmouth community. Participants should meet under the blue Wellington tents at the back of Tiger Shark Cove Park. To register, download the volunteer application form at Completed forms can be returned to the Community Services Office (1092 Wellington Trace) or scanned and e-mailed to Volunteer registration forms can also be completed on site the day of the event. For info., call (561) 791-4105. • Chris Botti will be at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m. For more info., visit Sunday, April 16 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue the 2017 winter polo season with the U.S. Open Polo Championship on Sunday, April 16. For more info., visit or call (561) 204-5687. Monday, April 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Monday Morning Coloring for all ages on Monday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. Take time to relax and color. Coloring pages and materials will be provided, or bring your own coloring book. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, April 18 • Kravis on Broadway will present the musical Kinky Boots from Tuesday, April 18 through Sunday, April 23 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. For more info., visit

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wellington | calendar • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Hooray for Earth Day!” for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, April 18 at 3 p.m. Create a paper lantern. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing for adults on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Do you love the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle, or have you always wanted to learn them? Learn a few more line dances to keep you moving. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, April 19 • The Village of Wellington will hold a Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.). Guest speaker Susan Klarich will discuss “Drugs of Abuse & Addiction.” For more info., visit Thursday, April 20 • Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host “Preparing Your Communication & Marketing Strategy” on Thursday, April 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the chamber office. Tickets are $30 in advance and $50 at the door. For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Origami for Beginners for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, April 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live music by the Wellington High School Jazz Band at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host the Heart Gallery of PBC: Adoption Information on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Nicole Redford from the Children’s Home Society will discuss the Heart Gallery and the process of adopting from the state’s foster care system. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, April 22 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • The Walk to Defeat ALS will be held at Okeeheelee Park on Saturday, April 22 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, progressively paralyzes its victims, attacking nerve cells and pathways in the brain or spinal cord. All interested walkers should call (888) 257-1717, ext. 119, to register, or register online at • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Bunny Bash for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. Hop on over for stories, songs and a craft featuring bunnies. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Soaring Beyond Our Limits will present its third annual fashion show for special needs youth on Saturday, April 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Marshall E. Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are available at or by calling (561) 832-8469. Interested models can fill out an application at Sunday, April 23 • The Outrun Cerebral Palsy Wellington 5K Run & Wheelchair Race, presented by the Rotary Club of Wellington and United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida, will take place Sunday, April 23 at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Drive, Wellington) starting at 7:30 a.m. For more information contact Larry Kemp at or (561) 333 2770. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach will conclude the 2017 winter polo season with the U.S. Open Polo Championship Final on Sunday, April 23. For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub. com or call (561) 204-5687. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

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Monday, April 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craftapalooza for ages 2 to 8 on Monday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. Create multiple crafts from fun selections. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Buying a Car: How Not to Get Scammed” on Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. An investigator with the Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs Division will provide helpful steps when buying a new or used car. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, April 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Holocaust Remembrance Book Discussion of The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman, the true account of the role the Warsaw Zoo played in helping Jews during World War II, on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Pick up a copy at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit for more info. Wednesday, April 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Writers Live: Julie James on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. The bestselling contemporary romance writer will discusses her new book, The Thing About Love. Pre-registration begins Wednesday, April 12 by calling (561) 790-6070, in person or online at Thursday, April 27 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “I Love Art!” for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, April 27 at 3 p.m. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Village of Wellington will host a Food Truck Invasion at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Thursday, April 27 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with live music by the Whitestone Band at 6:30 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will present Music by Laible Blu on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Delight in the music of this folk troubadour who performs American ballads, blues, work songs, country music, plus a little Jewish music. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, April 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Altered Book Organizers for ages 14 and up on Friday, April 28 at 3 p.m. Transform a book into a desktop organizer to display photographs, business cards or recipe cards. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, April 29 • The Green Market at Wellington will be held Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Learn & Earn: The Investment Club Advantage” on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Investment clubs are a proven way to learn and practice investing skills in a mutually supportive group setting. Better Investing Education will teach operating guidelines of investment clubs, stock study procedures and resources that are available to you. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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‘ReTail Therapy’ Shopping Event — Co-chairs Caroline Moran and Paige Bellissimo organized “ReTail Therapy” to benefit Danny & Ron’s Rescue on Sunday, March 12 at the Global Dressage Pavilion. New and gently used women’s designer clothes, accessories and shoes were available for purchase. Shown above are Ron Danta (left) and Danny Robertshaw (right) of Danny & Ron’s Rescue with Caroline Moran and Paige Bellissimo.

Hepzibah House Barn Dance — Hepzibah House held its seventh annual Barn Dance & Family Fundraiser on Friday, March 17 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Agriplex. Hepzibah House, a faith-based organization, offers recovery, restoration and release from the nightmare of human trafficking. Shown above are event committee members Lori Schwenk, Paula Mantrozos, Brenda Smith, Becky Dymond and Lorraine Sconhoft.

Dance Marathon At WHS — Wellington High School held its Dance Marathon event, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, on Friday, March 10. Students danced the night away along with special “Miracle Children” guests. Students raised $82,444.17. Shown above, “Miracle Children” Nathan Ferrell and Zander Wyant join students, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Melissa Varvarigos, Mayor Anne Gerwig and Principal Mario Crocetti.

Palm Beach State Opens New Campus — A standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 people attended the grand opening ceremony for Palm Beach State College’s new Dennis P. Gallon Campus on Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Shown above, former Palm Beach State College President Dr. Dennis Gallon helps cut the ribbon to open the campus named in his honor.

Danny & Ron’s Rescue Kids Lip Sync Show — The ninth annual Kids Lip Sync Show to benefit Danny & Ron’s Rescue was held Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. A special musical performance by the Belmonts added to the 1950s Sock Hop theme. There was a buffet dinner and logo merchandise on sale. Proceeds will help fund medical care and adoptions for homeless dogs.


(Above left) Judges Alexis Joel and Cathy Sacher. (Above right) Winners of the Sophie Walker Award were Madison and Kelly Arani, shown with Sophie’s mother, Susan Gordon, and Reid Arani. (Left) The “Elvis” team won the Battle of the Barns. april 2017 | wellington the magazine

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