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WELLINGTON JANUARY 2020

Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004

THE MAGAZINE

One Of The Top Polo Players Of His Generation

Facundo Pieres

FACES OF

POLO

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Action-Packed Season Planned At IPC In Wellington Dutta Family Looks Ahead After 2019 ‘Dream Season’ Wellington Offers Growing List Of Senior Programs Oh La La Catering Creates Tasty Works Of Art


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MARTHA W. JOLICOEUR, PA BROKER ASSOCIATE 561 797 8040 www.marthasproperties.com 1111 LINCOLN RD, MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139. 305.695.6300 © 2019 DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE. ALL MATERIAL PRESENTED HEREIN IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. WHILE, THIS INFORMATION IS BELIEVED TO BE CORRECT, IT IS REPRESENTED SUBJECT TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, CHANGES OR WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT NOTICE. ALL PROPERTY INFORMATION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO SQUARE FOOTAGE, ROOM COUNT, NUMBER OF BEDROOMS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PROPERTY LISTINGS ARE DEEMED RELIABLE, BUT SHOULD BE VERIFIED BY YOUR OWN ATTORNEY, ARCHITECT OR ZONING EXPERT. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY.


Robbie Johnson Broker / Owner

561-371-0793 robbieismybroker@yahoo.com www.mycastlehunters.com

Polo West Waterfront

Builder’s own impeccably designed waterfront, 4BR/4BA (easily convert to 5BR), 3CG. Craftsmanship evidenced by 17� crown molding, curved walls, library w/rolling ladder, soaring 14 ft ceilings, home theater, impact glass, marble and hardwood floors, expansive kitchen, and massive walk-in closets w/built ins. Completely updated. Heated pool & spa. Oversized lot with expansive English garden designed landscaping. Call today for a showing. Offered at $950,000


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Nancy Jennings, Broker

12008 S. Shore Blvd. Suite 201 | Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 472-1236 | (561) 472-1233 (fax) www.kwwellington.com Each Keller Williams office is independently owned and operated.


Homeland — Great opportunity to own Palm Beach Polo — Custom estate home this private, 5 ac. Equestrian Estate. Custom 4BR, 3 1/2 BA home. Granite counter tops. SS Appliances. Game room/Office. Newer AC’s. Newer Reverse Osmosis 500 Gal. system. Tiki Huts w/power. Heated, Salt Water, Screened Pool. 6 stall CBS barn w/Tack/Feed rooms. GGT 230x125 Ring w/High pressure irrigation. 8 paddocks w/4 Board railing.

located on an oversized private cul-de-sac lot. The sprawling floor plan showcases 6BR/5BA and 2 half baths, a gourmet kitchen and bar area perfect for entertaining. All living areas open into a tranquil resort style back yard paradise complete with a summer kitchen, heated pool and spa, cabana bath and fully fenced in yard. Be ready for season!!!

Joan “Nappy” Tranter, Realtor

Taking Great Strides To Bring You The Very Best

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nappytranter@gmail.com 561-758-8321 www.joannappytranter.com

Stunning waterfront pool home on over 1/2 acre cul-de-sac lot - & 3800 SF under air. This open floor plan features gorgeous marble flooring thru out living area, cozy fireplace and soaring 15 ft ceilings in living room. Both central AC units are within the last few years. Central vac w/hide a hose. You can easily set this home up for an in law suite or have 2 master suites. The master bath is ADA compliant and also features a Japanese soaking tub. Other features include Crown Molding, Butlers Pantry w/Miele Coffee maker, oversized extra deep garage, Security system and Lorex security cameras. Huge covered screened in patio that is great for entertaining and many mature fruit trees. This home is a must see and will impress your fussiest clients. Offered at $779,500

13400 Bedford Mews Court Wellington, Fl 33414 - offered at $ 425,000 Completely updated 3 bedroom 3 bath with loft and pool in the heart of Wellington! Large Family room features a modern wet bar,floating shelves and wine fridge. A must see, easy to show!

Hadar Goldberg, PA

“A Home Changes Everything...Let Me Guide You Home”

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hadargoldberg78@gmail.com 561-389-6038 www.homesbyhadar.com

Full Circle Stables LLC - Exceptional equestrian haven offered “For Sale” in the sought after Dressage community of Little Ranches. This 5 acre property affords numerous amenities, making riding and work a pleasure! New Regulation Dressage Arena (complete with Mirrors and surrounding track)    15 stalls, 9 large, grassy paddocks,  plus a huge circular drive, CBS design, gorgeous owner’s Apartment, and so much more! THIS FARM HAS IT ALL AND IS PRICED TO SELL AT $1,250,000!  Call Marcia Lichtenwalner at (561) 707-7673

Paula Castro, P.A. GRI, CRS

Marcia Ann Lichtenwalner, LLC, Realtor

RealtorPaulaCastro@gmail.com 561-723-2008 www.RealtorPaulaCastro.com www.MovetoWestPalm.com

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Incredible Opportunity - for the Investor or Private owner alike! This, just under 5 acre property, has everything you will need for your horses, tenants and staff for the equestrian season or for a year round facility. The facility includes 40 stalls, 2 sand riding arenas 110 x 200 and 70 x 135 (which can easily be enlarged), grass riding field,Kraft 6-Horse 60’ Covered Walker, as well as ample paddock space, living quarters and storage. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind facility in sought after Saddle Trail just a short hack from WEF! $3,850,000.

Nancy Jennings, Broker 12008 S. Shore Blvd. Suite 201 | Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 472-1236 | (561) 472-1233 (fax) www.kwwellington.com Each Keller Williams office is independently owned and operated.

Mindy Sepinuck, Realtor Giving you Extraordinary Service and getting Extraordinary Results!

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ms2@comcast.net 561-797-9922 www.mindysepinuck@kw.com


Gorgeous Freshly Renovated Home - Offered at $1,295,000 Located on one of the finest lots in Bent Cypress offering unparalleled views and privacy, while at the same time giving the out of town homeowner the pleasure of easy maintenance. Relax & enjoy all the benefits of million dollar water, golf, & sunset views from the living areas, decks, & pool without the hassle of a large yard to maintain! Enter through a wall of glass into soaring 30 Ft. ceilings to your tastefully furnished & finished home. Built in 2003, this home offers the buyer many modern amenities including travertine/marble flooring & baths, a formal living room with wet bar & wine cooler, and open granite custom kitchen. One will appreciate this ideal floor plan with the oversized master, 2 large in-suite bedrooms, & a family room located downstairs.

Karen Allen, Realtor, ALC,CLHMS

Stunning Estate Home On 1.16 Lushly Landscaped Lot - 14791 Farrier Place Paddock Park Wellington Florida 3000sf screened patio, oversized heated pool/spa. 4399sf. 5/3 Expansive Grand Room that encompasses a spacious living room, library with 123’’retractable movie screen and a magnificent glass block circular room. 5th bedroom is a fabulous FULL RECORDING STUDIO complete with a professional sound booth-perfect for Musicians or Podcasters. Generous sized family room, designer kitchen. Accordion shutters, Central Vac, NEW ROOF, NEW WATER HEATERS and meticulous maintenance performed quarterly. Spectacular lot, large circular and side driveway with basketball court. NO HOA, “A” Rated Schools, Offered at $939K.

Bill and Jody, The Jorgensen Team

“Your Key Real Estate Professionals”

Your Luxury Real Estate Professionals Client Focused. Results Driven.

KarenAllenRealtor@gmail.com www.karenallengroup.com 561-818-8403

Thejorgensenteam@gmail.com 561-281-7908 www.thejorgensenteam.com

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15611 Latina Place - Everything on your wish list and more can be found in this dazzling 5 bedroom, 4 bath home in the Wellington community of Lakefield West. Prized 1/3 acre, cul-de-sac lot with views of the lake and golf course. Newly installed impact doors and windows. Twelve foot ceilings. 2019 appliances, including a smart refrigerator. Master bedroom and main living area have saturnia marble floors. Remaining bedrooms have wood floors. Surround sound system, crown molding and plantation shutters. AC unit is 2 years old, exterior painted in 2018, and interior painted in 2019. $759,000

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Deer Run Equestrian Community - Great opportunity to own a 5 acre property close to Wellington. 3 BR/2BA home plus separate 36’ x 28’ building that can easily be converted to a 6-stall barn, studio/workshop or guest house. Deer Run is an equestrian paradise with endless trails. Offered at $575K

Sophie Ghedin, Realtor, C.I.P.S.

Anna Niehaus, Realtor

“Make The Right Move”

Work with a Realtor that speaks YOUR Language

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SophieGhedin@kw.com www.Sophieghedinrealtor.com 561-236-1977

Paddock Park Estate Home with Farmhouse Flair - on over one acre beautifully wooded lot offering 5 bedrooms with 4 in suite bathrooms, In-law suite, Office and bonus room. Located in the heart of Wellington just minutes from WEF, IPC, Grand Champions Polo and all the charm offered by our unique community. Family and friends can gather in the large open family room and cozy up to a warm fireplace, shoot some pool or sip on wine of your choice from the 144 bottle wine chiller. Step on the patio and relax in your private pool or spa surrounded by lush landscaping providing space and privacy. This home is the perfect combination of elegance and charm. Offered at $1,299,000.

Denise West, Realtor

““Let me Welcome you Home”

denise@hearthandhomefl.com www.hearthandhomefl.com 561-313-4006

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Equestrian Community Homeland - Just minutes from Wellington! 3 BR /2BA home with newer concrete tile roof. High and dry 5 acre property, fully fenced. Barn with 5 stalls, large paddocks. In guard gated community with miles and miles of equestrian trails. Offered at $749K

annaniehaus@comcast.net www.annaniehaus.com 561-214-3310

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WELLINGTON Nancy Jennings, Broker 12008 S. Shore Blvd. Suite 201 | Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 472-1236 | (561) 472-1233 (fax) www.kwwellington.com Each Keller Williams office is independently owned and operated.


Grand Prix Farms Offered at $4,200,000.00 - 771 Grand Prix Farms Rd. Why pay for stall rentals when you can have your own private Equestrian estate just a hop skip and a jump away from the horse show! Located in the coveted Grand Prix Farms South only a short hack to the WEF show grounds, the grassy green property is the perfect spot to build an equestrian dream! The exclusive gated equestrian community features beautiful bridle paths with mature tropical landscaping & large shady trees, with the ease and convenience of city water and private paved roads.

Luis J. Rodriguez, Realtor Bringing Palm Beach To Wellington

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LrodriguezPB@gmail.com 561-385-2383 www.luisrodriguez.kwrealty.com

Loxahatchee $945,000 - Enjoy the peace and serenity beyond your privately gated 5 acre equestrian farm located a short walk to White Fences. Inside the light filled home, with vaulted ceilings, you will find a wonderful layout. The property has been meticulously maintained from the brand new roof on the house to the new mirrors for the regulation Dressage arena with the very finest GGT/Rubber footing available. Majestic Oaks as well as mature fruit trees grace the grounds of this very well thought out estate, with the 3Br/2Bath pool house, 2 barns, arena, garage, ample paddocks and a round pen. The main 4 stall barn is fully screened. Additionally, there is a 2nd barn with 4 stalls perfect for friends or boarders. This truly is a special property.

Nestled In The Prestigious Palm Beach Polo & Country Club - On one of the most private and desirable streets awaits your dream home! Modern, elegant, and spacious no expense was spared on this completely renovated home. From the new roof to the impact doors and windows, full home generator, new pool, spa and covered patio with motorized screens, this home has everything you are looking for and more! Can be sold with the perfectly suited furniture if the Buyer so desires. Come and discover all this gem has to offer! Offered at $2,199,000

Jennifer Drahan,Realtor “Let Us Open Doors FOR YOU”

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Jen@DrahanKeiser.com 281-851-7248 www.DrahanKeiser.com

Magnificently situated family estate home in the prestigious Paddock Park neighborhood - This beautiful 4 bedroom / 2 bath home boasts a new roof and AC units, custom master bath as well as an additional air-conditioned 600 sq. ft. enclosed patio/flex room. The home is situated on 1.38 acres with a resort style pool and newly constructed 12x24 cedar pavilion with fire pit that is the perfect place to host a party with friends or just relax with your family. With A rated schools and just minutes from WEF, Global, IPC, restaurants and shopping this is the perfect place to call home! Offered at $695,000.

Robert Ross, PA

Betsy Keiser, Broker Associate

robsross@aol.com 561-758-6185 www.robertrosspa.com

betsy@drahankeiser.com 561-644-0438 www.DrahanKeiser.com

Wellington Luxury - Equestrian Style

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“Let Us Open Doors FOR YOU”

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About Keller Williams Luxury International Team

Offered At $1,220,000 - Beauty and elegance come together in this 6-bedroom, 5-bath estate home in the Coveted Community of Versailles. This two-story pool home features quality workmanship, upgrades with beautiful finishing’s throughout the home. A chef’s kitchen, that overlooks the pool and view of the lake. The formal dining room, living room, and family room feature the ultimate balance of beauty and functionality, excellent for formal or informal gatherings with family and friends.

We understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why our team of highly-seasoned real estate professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of our clients. We take great pride in the relationships we build and always work relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals. Our team of experts represents the best and brightest in the industry, and we’re always striving to lead the field in research, innovation, and consumer education. Today’s buyers and sellers need a trusted resource that can guide them through the complex world of real estate. With our extensive knowledge and commitment to providing only the best and most timely information to our clients, we are your go-to source for real estate industry insight and advice. Our Mission Statement: Our philosophy is simple: clients come first. We pledge to be in constant communication with our clients, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. We believe that if you’re not left with an amazing experience, we haven’t done our job. We don’t measure success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of our clients.

WELLINGTON

Maria Raspanti, Realtor

Finding The Road To Your Dream Home Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

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maria@YourFamilyLiving.com 561-800-3609 www.YourFamilyLiving.com

Nancy Jennings, Broker 12008 S. Shore Blvd. Suite 201 | Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 472-1236 | (561) 472-1233 (fax) | www.kwwellington.com Each Keller Williams office is independently owned and operated.


January 2020

Features

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HIGH-GOAL POLO SEASON IN FULL SWING AT THE INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH

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The exhilarating sport of polo has officially returned to the grounds of the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Based in the heart of Wellington, IPC offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the “sport of kings,” from casual tailgates to sumptuous Sunday brunches.

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FACUNDO PIERES: ONE OF THE TOP POLO PLAYERS OF HIS GENERATION Polo superstar Facundo Pieres is one of the top players of his generation. His name is etched on every major trophy around the world. In 2004, at the age of 18, he became the second youngest to ever achieve the elite 10-goal status, and he has not slowed down since. BY Y.A. TEITELBAUM

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AFTER A ‘DREAM SEASON’ IN 2019, DUTTA CORP POLO HAS BIG PLANS FOR 2020

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The Dutta family is synonymous with horses. Tim Dutta Sr. started playing polo in India as a boy and has loved the sport ever since. His wife, Susie, is an international dressage competitor who often competes in Wellington. And their son, Timmy, is an up-and-coming polo prodigy. BY Y.A. TEITELBAUM

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FACES OF POLO 2020: MEET SOME OF THE PLAYERS VYING FOR GLORY THIS SEASON

on the cover

Grab your champagne glasses and get your best outfits ready — Wellington’s world-renown winter polo season is underway.As we do each year, Wellington The Magazine highlights just a small handful of the many amazing athletes you will see vying for polo glory this season in Faces of Polo 2020.

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USPA THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET AGAIN THIS YEAR, RIGHT HERE IN WELLINGTON Starting this February, the United States Polo Association will again “throw down the gauntlet” at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The Gauntlet of Polo is a competition of the world’s preeminent teams, most skilled athletes and finest horses coming together to battle head-to-head.

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PHELPS MEDIA IS RECALIBRATED AND READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD Companies must keep up with the times, and with the avenues of communication and advertising constantly changing, it is more important than ever to tap into the next big thing. These principles hold true for the Wellington-based equestrian marketing and public relations firm Phelps Media Group.

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QBS EQUESTRIAN IS SHAKING UP THE SPORT OF SHOW JUMPING Finding the right horse and partnering it with the right rider is something that takes a great deal of experience and intuition. That is the fundamental principle behind QBS Equestrian, a partnership formed in 2016 by longtime equestrians Dennis Sisco and M. Michael Meller. BY REBECCA WALTON

Polo 10-goaler Facundo Pieres, profiled this issue, in action on the polo field. PHOTO BY ALEX PACHECO

Departments WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE 18 20 22 24

Vanilla Ice Headlines Wellington Chamber’s Winterfest At PBIEC Crowd Enjoys ‘Favorite Holiday Memories’At Parade In Wellington Wellington Seniors Club Hosts Annual Dinner Dance At Mayacoo Palm Beach Balloon Festival Fills The Sky Over IPC In Wellington

90 WELLINGTON PROGRAM For many senior citizens, getting older can mean fewer relationships and less social interaction.To Wellington Community Services Specialist Jenifer Brito, this is unacceptable. Her job is to help provide for those needs among local seniors. BY MEREDITH BUROW

105 WELLINGTON TABLE Love Peruvian, Spanish or French cuisine? Chef Ely Walter of Oh La La Catering specializes in it all, creating individual pieces of art with every savory bite. Her creations come from the heart, poured from her soul, with impeccable attention to detail. BY MELANIE KOPACZ

87 WELLINGTON PROFESSIONAL 101 WELLINGTON HEALTH 95 HAUTE FOR SEASON 108 WELLINGTON DINING GUIDE 99 WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE 111 WELLINGTON CALENDAR wellington the magazine | january 2020

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from the

publisher FACES OF POLO: AN ACTION-PACKED SEASON We welcome our equestrian friends and competitors back for what is set to be one of the most anticipated seasons to date here in Wellington. In this month’s issue, we kick off the season with Faces of Polo, where we celebrate the players and fans, highlighting all there is to do at the International Polo Club Palm Beach this season, including an amazing Sunday brunch, the kids fun zone, tailgating and much more. Learn about IPC’s action-packed season, the many sponsors who make it possible and then get to know just a few of the amazing polo athletes in our annual Faces of Polo pictorial. Also this issue, we profile the incredible Facundo Pieres, the legendary Argentine 10-goaler who stands out as one of the top polo players of his generation. He’ll be back in action this season at IPC. We also visit with Tim Sr., Susie and Timmy Dutta, the family behind Dutta Corp polo, which had a dream season in 2019 and returns with big plans for 2020. After a successful inaugural year in 2019, the United States Polo Association’s Gauntlet of Polo series, which we preview this issue, will return for another three months of incredible polo action as the world’s preeminent teams battle head-to-head for the coveted C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Championship. Rounding out our equestrian coverage this month, we check in with the experts at Phelps Media Group for a look at the exciting changes happening at this longtime local business.We also stop by QBS Equestrian, where business partners Dennis Sisco and M. Michael Meller have helped find and produce some of the top show jumping prospects in the country. Wellington Professional this month chats with Bill Thomas of Brightway Insurance, who uses his decades of expertise as an attorney and business broker to help his insurance clients. Our new Wellington Program series launches with a look at the growing number of programs offered by the Village of Wellington for local senior citizens. Our fashion feature Haute for Season visits the Tackeria for a look at all the wonderful equestrian clothing and accessories available at this iconic Wellington store. Wellington Real Estate profiles native Floridian Denise West of Keller Williams, who brings more than 30 years of real estate experience.Wellington Health features Therapy of Wellington’s Andrea Rusher, a mental health expert who enjoys giving back to her hometown. Finally,Wellington Table profiles Chef Ely Walter of Oh La La Catering, who creates individual pieces of art with every savory bite. As we begin our 17th year of publishing Wellington The Magazine, we hope you enjoy our annual Faces of Polo issue.We look forward to seeing you at one of the many spectacular polo events held right here in our own community this season. Come out, and bring the whole family, too!

Dawn Rivera

Dawn Rivera, Publisher

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volume 17, number 1 JANUARY 2020

executive editor Joshua I. Manning

publisher

Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

account managers Betty Buglio Evie Edwards Lynda Linforth Joetta Palumbo

bookkeeping

Jill Kaskel Carol Lieberman

photography Abner Pedraza

contributors

Matthew Auerbach Meredith Burow Denise Fleischman Melanie Kopacz Mike May Callie Sharkey M. Dennis Taylor Y.A. Teitelbaum Deborah Welky Rebecca Walton

WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004

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Barry S. Manning Wellington The Magazine is published monthly in Wellington, Florida. Copyright 2020, all rights reserved by Wellington The Magazine, LLC. Contents may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. The publisher accepts no responsibility for advertisement errors beyond the cost of the portion of the advertisement occupied by the error within the advertisement itself. The publisher accepts no responsibility for submitted materials. All submitted materials subject to editing.


wellington | social scene

PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN

Vanilla Ice Headlines Wellington Chamber’s Winterfest At PBIEC The Wellington Chamber of Commerce, along with the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, presented Wellington Winterfest featuring the Vanilla Ice Block Party on Friday, Dec. 13 at PBIEC in Wellington. The event featured an evening of music and dance performances by local talent, along with vendors, food trucks and dogs for adoption.

(Left to right) Vanilla Ice on stage, surrounded by children; Vanilla Ice, baby Priscilla and Mayor Anne Gerwig; Dermot MacMahon, Scott Armand, Lisa Banionis, Stuart Hack, Roxanne Stein, Kevin Shapiro, Daryl Lyon and Scott Sweigart; and Annette, Natalia and Dr. Eliezer Hernandez.

(Left to right) Tom and Carla Neumann, Joanna and Ben Boynton, Charlene Bishop, Jayne Boynton, Dr. Jeffrey Bishop and Maida Boynton; Michaela Paige wows the crowd; Nicky Greed on stage; Ryan LaMontagne performs; Brandon Webb plays guitar; and Wyatt, Steven and Shea Permenter.

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PALM BEACH POLO CLUB

4 BR | 6 BA | 5,445 SF | $3,900,000

1 5 6 7 5 B e l l a n c a Ln

AERO CLUB

6 BR | 7 BA | 5,536 SF | $1,495,000

Sold!

3 6 0 9 Ro y a l l e Te r r a c e VERSAILLES

5 BR | 5 BA | 5,031 SF | $890,000

2322 Stotesbury Way OLYMPIA

5 BR | 7 BA | 4,830 SF | $849,900

Kim Jenard, CLHMS, CNS, EPro Real Estate Advisor

561-644-9650 | kimjenard.evusa.com | kim@kimjenard.com

The information contained herein has either been given to us by the owner of the property or obtained from sources that we deem reliable. We have no reason to doubt its accuracy but we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided herein.

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12211 Sunnydale Drive HUNTERS CHASE

4 BR | 4 BA | 3,380 SF | $750,000


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PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN

Crowd Enjoys ‘Favorite Holiday Memories’ At Parade In Wellington The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington hosted the 36th annual Wellington Holiday Parade themed “Favorite Holiday Memories” on Sunday, Dec. 8. More than 100 marching groups took part in the parade along its traditional route along Forest Hill Blvd.

(Left to right) Parade Judge CBS 12 News Anchor Jim Grimes, Parade Grand Marshal Emily Brooke and CBS 12 Operations Manager Bob Butterfield; Wellington Councilman John and Michelle McGovern with Emilia and Victoria; Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig with her granddaughter Leighton Chusid; Parade Judge Karen Cavanagh with Mary Lou Bedford of the chamber; and Wellington High School won for Marching Band.

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Wellington Seniors Club Hosts Annual Dinner Dance At Mayacoo The Wellington Seniors Club held its annual dinner dance on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Several lucky seniors won gift cards as tickets were drawn throughout the evening. Meanwhile, Lu White & Friends played oldies music as the seniors danced the night away.

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Palm Beach Balloon Festival Fills The Sky Over IPC In Wellington The Palm Beach Balloon Festival was held on Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington.The polo field was filled with colorful hot air balloons, and some guests opted for a tethered ride.There were also vendors and food trucks. The hot air balloons run on propane gas, and when they hit the burners, the sky filled with color.

(Left to right) The balloons fill the sky at IPC; Rich Brown, Chris Blackwell, 90-year-old Mary Jo Brown and Mark Blackwell get ready for their ride; Great Dane Stanlee with owner Kira Lamb, Joann Hayden, Dawn Lamb and C.J. Hayden; and Isabella Malta has fun on the bungee jump.

(Left to right) The International Polo Club balloon soars high into the air; John and Renee Weir enjoy the VIP area; Agie, Matt, Aila Bodul and Henry Fuertes; Tom of Tom & Jerry, one of several cartoon character balloons, gets ready to fly.

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Temple Beth Torah Will Honor Inaugural Gala Service Award Winners Jan. 18 Temple Beth Torah, in recognition of the remarkable contributions of members Roger and Stephanie Grave de Peralta, will be celebrating them both with its inaugural Temple Beth Torah Gala Service Award. Additionally, three students from the temple will be announced as recipients of the Student Service Award and recognized monetarily. These awards honor members of the Temple Beth Torah community who have dedicated their time and efforts to its growth and prosperity and who inspire the involvement of others. The gala will be held at the Wellington National Golf Club on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. More information can be found at www.templebethtorah.net/ gala2020. Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting the temple directly at (561) 793-2700. A gift gathering event was held on Dec. 19 for the purpose of collecting silent auction items. The theme of Temple Beth Torah’s gala this year is “masquerade” and guests will enjoy festive entertainment, a variety of wines and specialty cocktails, and delicious and diverse cuisine. Guests can bring their own masks or purchase one crafted by religious school students. Pairing the food and wine with great music, casino games and a silent auction will ensure a lively, celebratory evening.

This is a unique opportunity for temple members, preschool parents and friends from the local community to come together for a night of fun and fundraising. Roger and Stephanie Grave de Peralta joined Temple Beth Torah in 2009, sending all three children through its preschool, two to the bema as bar and bat mitzvahs, and one currently in religious school. In addition to her role on the board of trustees since 2016, Stephanie has served as chair of the religious school committee, of which she has been a member since 2009. Her tenure has overseen the success of both religious and preschool events and fundraisers, and she prides herself on the active volunteerism she promotes. Roger, meanwhile, has actively grown the temple’s brotherhood and also served as vice president of the organization in 2016 and 2017. His contributions include assisting with the annual golf tournament, the temple directory and the gala ad book. He has been involved with the nominating committee for temple board members, as well as his repeated commitment to high holiday responsibilities. The event will be made possible by the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Pike and Lustig LLP; Diamond Sponsors Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod, Kantor

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High-Goal Polo Season In Full Swing At The International Polo Club Palm Beach

Amazing Action The exhilarating sport of polo has officially returned to the grounds of the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Both new and seasoned polo fans came out for the opening day of the 2020 high-goal season on Sunday, Dec. 29 featuring the Herbie Pennell Cup final, which is well-known as the tournament that kicks off the exciting winter polo season in Wellington. Next on the competition calendar is the Iglehart Cup from Jan. 1-5, followed by the Joe Barry Memorial Cup taking place Jan. 5-12.The 18-goal series wraps up with the Ylvisaker Cup, from Jan. 11 through Feb. 2. The renowned Gauntlet of Polo series will commence next, hosting three separate tournaments of 22-goal competition. First up is the C.V. Whitney Cup from Feb. 1-23, followed by the prestigious USPA Gold Cup from Feb. 22 through March 22, and concluding with the historic U.S. Open Polo Championship, running March 21 through April 19. Each season brings the best players and ponies from around the world to compete in the elite tournaments on IPC’s hallowed grounds. The iconic

venue sprawls over 250 acres with seven state-of-the-art fields, a newly constructed polo arena, a spectator-friendly stadium and 7,000 square feet of indoor event space. Based in the heart of Wellington, IPC offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the “sport of kings.” Each week, spectators are invited to attend the numerous matches held across the property with casual tailgating. On Sundays, guests can enjoy the electrifying feature game on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1 at 3 p.m. with even more hospitality options, such as stadium seats, premium box seating, tailgates and field-side tables in the Veuve Clicquot Pavilion. Delicious food vendors are available around the main field, as well as a Kids Fun Zone sponsored by Wellington Regional Medical Center for families to enjoy each weekend. An impressive social scene and lavish brunch can always be found in the Veuve Clicquot Pavilion prior to the start of the celebrated 3 p.m. match.Also returning this winter is the luxurious Celebrity Cruises Polo Lounge featuring all of the VIP amenities guests would expect to experience at a polo event.The enjoyable atmosphere, coupled with a

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perfect field-side view, makes the Pavilion and the VIP Polo Lounge two of the most enviable tickets during the winter season. In addition to the traditional Sunday high-goal calendar, IPC has added several other events to its schedule. For the first time, IPC will be hosting the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship in its custom-built sand arena located by Field 2. Set to run Jan. 2-11, the tournament has a rich history dating back to 1926. For the first time in the history of the event, competition will be played for a $50,000 prize purse. In February, spectators can enjoy the U.S Polo Assn. 40-Goal Polo Challenge, to be held on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. on IPC’s Field 1.This is the highestrated polo event in North America. The

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annual 40-Goal Challenge benefits the Polo Players Support Group, which provides financial assistance to seriously injured or ill players and grooms.The purchase of a VIP package includes tickets to the cocktail reception, seated dinner, and silent and live auctions following the 40-goal match and awards presentation. The 2019 40-Goal Polo Challenge raised more than $375,000, and this year’s goal is set for $500,000. Returning for the second year in a row to IPC is the 2020 U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship Final on Saturday, March 21. The charitable, all-female tournament will take place on the U.S. Polo Assn. Field 1 as a 22-goal competition to benefit Susan G. Komen Florida. Tickets are available for stadium seats and tailgates, with a fun contest planned

for the “best outfitted” tailgate theme and, of course, a halftime champagne pour and divot stomp will take place in between the third and fourth chukkers. New developments this season include enhanced food and beverage options for all spectators and family-friendly ticket pricing. Lower-level sections in the stadium will now start at just $20, offering an up-close and personal view of the intense match taking place. Additionally, delicious new signature cocktails will be served for fans seated in the stadium and in general admission zones, featuring Old Hickory Bourbon. For the avid shoppers, the USPA Brand Shop will be open each Sunday behind the stadium featuring beautiful U.S. Polo Assn. clothing products and fun polo accessories. A smaller shopping location will be positioned on the east side of the field for spectators seated in the Veuve Clicquot Pavilion and east tailgates. In its inaugural year, the Gauntlet of Polo series brought in a record number of participating teams to vie for the coveted $1 million prize and ultimate victory of three tournament wins. The Pilot Polo Team, led by patron Curtis Pilot, mastered the triple champion title, claiming the Gauntlet trophy. This year, 14 teams have registered to compete, inEnjoy high-goal polo action all season long at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.


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Hot air balloons took over IPC at the inaugural Palm Beach Balloon Festival.

cluding the reigning Pilot champions, all seeking to secure the $1,000,000 prize money purse. Beyond world-class polo, IPC has become a hotspot for other popular field sports and special events.This past

November, the IWLCA Presidents Cup, arguably the world’s largest female lacrosse tournament, was held at IPC. More than 20,000 athletes and spectators were on hand for competition on a total of 47 lacrosse fields.The inaugural

Palm Beach Balloon Festival followed a week later, bringing in guests from all over Palm Beach County to view the amazing hot air balloons light up after dark on Field 1, while some spectators even took tethered rides up in the sky. Brides have also turned their sights on the fields of IPC, booking fall, spring and summer weddings in the Pavilion or out on the main field. With picturesque backdrops and exclusive equestrian-style experiences, the venue offers one of the most unique wedding spots in South Florida. The club has made several great improvements to both its indoor and outdoor event spaces in order to stay with the trends of modern brides. Bookings for events of all sizes and styles are now being made for 2020-21. To learn more about the 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, or to purchase tickets, visit www.internationalpoloclub.com.

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As the high-goal polo season kicks into gear at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, the venue highlights the large group of committed sponsors, each aiming to help grow the sport, the club and their relationship with its members and spectators during the winter months. IPC’s Sunday afternoon polo match is one of the most popular and exclusive social scenes for players and other polo enthusiasts to enjoy.Therefore, sponsors of the club reap extraordinary benefits, including brand awareness, consumer engagement and new customer acquisitions. Each year, IPC is committed to further broadening the sponsorship opportunities for both lifestyle and commercial brands at the venue. Just last season, IPC

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entered a three-year partnership with the U.S. Polo Assn. global clothing brand and the United States Polo Association, the governing body of the sport, hoping to attract new fans and introduce them to polo. Following suit with many of the professional sporting league trends, corporate sponsorship deals continue to have a major influence on the prominence and distinction in the sports sector and industry, helping brands reach new target audiences and provide unparalleled experiences for fans and attendees. As brands and businesses look for creative ways to tap into new and preexisting audiences, one thing remains certain: sports and sporting events provide a unique gateway for fan engage-

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ment and recognition, the ultimate key to a successful sponsorship. With a trifecta of opportunity, including audiences attending the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at Equestrian Village and the continued expansion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, corporate sponsorship at equestrian events in Wellington continue to thrive. This year, IPC will welcome the following sponsors to the venue for the 2020 season: U.S. Polo Assn., the United States Polo Association, CaptiveOne, Celebrity Cruises, Four Seasons, Horseware Ireland, Lugano Diamonds, NetJets, Old Hickory Bourbon, Rosenbaum PLLC, Veuve Clicquot and Wellington Regional

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Medical Center. Media partners include Palm Beach Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal and Discover the Palm Beaches. The U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship will be held once again at IPC this March to benefit Susan G. Komen Florida. A few of the exciting sponsor activations include brunch and champagne sampling in the Pavilion presented by

Veuve Clicquot, the VIP Polo Lounge within the Pavilion and the halftime divot stomp both presented by Celebrity Cruises, the Kids Fun Zone presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, a signature cocktail featuring Old Hickory Bourbon, the U.S. Polo Assn. Brand Apparel Shop, a weekly player spotlight to be featured on IPC’s social media presented by Four Sea-

sons and Best Playing Pony blankets provided by Horseware Ireland. NetJets remains as IPC’s official private jet service provider, partnering with the club to offer unique experiences to its members. CaptiveOne will also be the title sponsor of the 2020 U.S. Open Polo Championship tournament taking place in March and April. Polo competition began this season on Sunday, Dec. 29 and will continue through Sunday,April 19, featuring some of the best polo in the world throughout the duration of the four-month tournament season, concluding with the prestigious U.S. Open Polo Championship Final. Many hospitality options are available for Sunday matches. For more information about the International Polo Club, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.internationalpoloclub. com.

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Facundo Pieres: One Of The Top Polo Players Of His Generation

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Polo superstar Facundo Pieres is one of the top players of his generation. His name is etched on every major trophy around the world. In 2004, at the age of 18, he became the second youngest to ever achieve the elite 10-goal status, the sport’s top rating, and he has not slowed down since. The 33-year-old Pieres is the second oldest son of the legendary Argentine superstar Gonzalo Pieres, who dominated the Palm Beach Polo fields in the glory days of the 1980s and 1990s. Among Facundo Pieres’ many victories are his five British Open titles and three Argentine Open crowns. And he has been in the U.S. Open final eight of the last 11 years, winning five, all at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, including last season with Pilot. “We all know that Facundo is a 10 on the field, but I think he is an 11 off the field,” Pilot patron Curtis Pilot said. “I watched he and his brothers play and practice long before I was able to take the field with them. His leadership abilities were evident. In my opinion, the true sign of a leader is the ability to give others the desire to work with and for them. His presence changes the expectation and feel of the game.”

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Pieres and his older brother, Gonzalito, also a 10-goaler, are the linchpins of Pilot’s eponymous team, making them the team to beat anytime they take the field. “Two things stick out in my mind about [Facundo]. The first is his honor,” Pilot said. “I admire that his word is his bond. I have never had to question our agreements or arrangements.The second, and most important, is his love of family. Watching him with his daughter, parents, wife, nieces and nephews, you see the true man that he is and chooses to be. He

has earned my respect and admiration as a person and a friend.” Facundo and Gonzalito have that special bond between brothers, and it helps them on the field. Facundo is the flashier of the two, and usually among the scoring leaders of any tournament he is in. Gonzalito is the steadying force that allows his sibling to shine. “I love playing with him because we know each other very well,” Facundo said of Gonzalito. “We get along

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very well inside the field and outside the field.” Off the field, they can often be found on the golf course together with younger brother Nico and friends. Nico is the best golfer among the brothers, according to Facundo, and there is a lot of

friendly banter on the course. If he is not golfing on his off days, Facundo visits the beach with his wife and young daughter. Although he is still at the top of his game, his priorities have changed. “Now my daughter is my priority

in life and everything else comes behind,” he said. “She changed my life. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me.” The Pieres family is a close-knit one. With all three brothers playing at IPC, their parents make several trips from Argentina to Wellington to see them and their sister Tatiana, who is married to former 10-goaler Mariano Aguerre, who is playing on Postage Stamp Farm. Facundo has learned numerous lessons from his family. “From my mom, [I learned] to always have my feet on the ground,” he said.“And Gonzalito inspires me.” In 2019, the Pieres brothers led Pilot to an amazing season at IPC, winning 16 consecutive games to capture all three tournaments that make up the Gauntlet of Polo and capturing the cumulative $1 million prize. “Last year was amazing,” said Facundo, who turns 34 on May 19.“It was a lot of

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fun.We expect to come back again with a strong season. I’m looking forward to this season.” It was the first time that a team went undefeated through the three major USPA tournaments at IPC. The last team to win all three was Valiente in 2017 when they went 10-1. Previously, it was Crab Orchard in 2010, winning all three majors with a 12-2 record. They were played at the 26goal level, and both teams were led by Adolfo Cambiaso, who did not play at IPC in 2019 and is not expected to be at IPC in 2020. “Whenever you go and play a tournament, you try to be the best organized you can be,” explained Facundo, who is planning to have about 18 horses in Wellington for the season. Four-goaler Matt Coppola, who was born and raised in Wellington, played for Las Monjitas in 2019 and faced Pilot in the U.S. Open final, dropping a 12-7 de-

“We all know that Facundo is a 10 on the field, but I think he is an 11 off the field. I watched he and his brothers play and practice long before I was able to take the field with them. His leadership abilities were evident. In my opinion, the true sign of a leader is the ability to give others the desire to work with and for them.” — Curtis Pilot cision. Facundo Pieres scored six goals, and Gonzalito Pieres added three goals in that game. “You think you’ve got him, and in the blink of an eye, he beats you,” said Coppola, referring to Facundo.“He’s a freak of nature. He’s like Michael Jordan or LeBron James.” So, what’s in store for 2020 for the iconic Argentine superstar Facundo Pieres and Pilot? “I think all of us felt like the 2019 season was a fairytale season and will

be hard to repeat,” Pilot said. “It’s not that we have to win every game, it’s just that we hate losing more. We intend to play the best we can while honoring the game, horses and players. It looks like all the teams in the 2020 season are amazingly well-balanced and should be highly competitive. This is a true testament to the hard work of the USPA, professionals and their patrons.We look forward to another great year of Florida polo.” And another opportunity for Facundo Pieres to add to his legacy.

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The Dutta family is synonymous with horses. Tim Dutta Sr. started playing polo in New Delhi, India as a young boy and has loved the sport ever since. His wife, Susie, is a highly acclaimed international dressage competitor who often competes in Wellington. And their son, Timmy, is an up-and-coming polo prodigy.Their affinity for horses extends

to business as the Dutta Corporation is a well-respected international air transport company. The Dutta Corp team had a remarkable 2019 polo season. With Timmy playing the No. 1 position, Dutta Corp won all three 20-goal tournaments at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Father and son also won an 8-goal tour-

nament at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington. Timmy Dutta also played for the U.S. on the Junior Westchester Cup at IPC in late April, as well as subbing in other high-goal tournaments. “We were the only team that beat Pilot last season,” Tim Dutta Sr. said. “A dream season.”

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This season, Dutta Corp is stepping up to play in the Gauntlet of Polo, a series of three 22-goal tournaments at IPC.Timmy Dutta, whose handicap was raised to 3 goals, will be joined on the team by Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Nino Obregon and Facundo Obregon. Timmy Dutta expects to have about 17 horses for the 22-goal season, including his most recognizable one, Mr. Musty, a Palomino. “My expectations are high, as we have a great team,” said Timmy Dutta, who spent more than a month at La Canada Polo Club in Argentina with his father and teammates preparing for the upcoming season in Wellington. “I’m looking to win the Gauntlet.” Timmy Dutta believes it is very important to go to Argentina if you want to grow as a player. He has been traveling to the mecca of polo in South America for the last six years. “The polo there helps me become

“I believe my strengths are for sure as an attacker scoring goals and putting pressure on the other team. I believe I’m a great teammate and bring a positive energy.” — Timmy Dutta better for the Florida season and improves me as a player,” said Timmy Dutta, who turns 19 on Sept. 20. “I believe my strengths are for sure as an attacker scoring goals and putting pressure on the other team. I believe I’m a great teammate and bring a positive energy toward a team, which I feel is very important. I believe my weaknesses are that I’m still young and I make mistakes. I need to be more consistent on my plays and try to learn every day.

All in all, I’m learning something new every day.” Veteran 6-goaler Kris Kampsen, who is based in Wellington, played on Dutta Corp in 2019 and has known the Dutta family for more than a decade. “Timmy is an animal on the field,” Kampsen said. “He’s a hell of a teammate and awesome to play with. Off the field, he’s a great guy, a lot of fun but super serious, too. I loved watching him grow up. It’s great to see someone have his passion and dedication for polo.” While the Dutta family’s foray into polo began in India, it wasn’t until 2013 that it grabbed a serious grip in the U.S., thanks to Tim Dutta Sr.’s friendship with the late Carlos Gracida, one of the sport’s all-time legends. While Tim Dutta Sr. was working with Gracida, his son would often accompany him to the field. “One afternoon, I decided to try stickand-balling for the first time because my

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“Polo has really bonded us. We ride every day together in the afternoon,” Tim Dutta Sr. said. “We enjoy the family together and the best is to play with Timmy and enjoy what the sport is all about. We have love and respect for the horses, and we spend lots of time together collaborating, learning and sharing.” — Tim Dutta Sr. Alberdi and Memo Gracida. “Especially for me, it’s what I love to do. Polo has brought me and my dad closer and has really made a relationship between us. My mom and I have a great relationship revolving around horses and outside of the barn as well.” He is also proud of his mother’s accomplishments in the sport of dressage. “My mom still competes, and she’s very competitive — it runs in the blood. I watch her compete when I can. I come

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LUCAS DIAZ ALBERDI

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Lucas Diaz Alberdi is a rising star on the polo scene, splitting his time between Argentina and the United States. Playing since age 5, he is the son of the legendary Alejandro “Piki” Diaz Alberdi. The younger Diaz Alberdi had a fabulous season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach last year, helping Dutta Corp rack up several early season victories, including the Ylvisaker Cup. His strong performance saw him named MVP of that tournament. Now rated at 6 goals, Diaz Alberdi will be playing this year on the Palm Beach Equine team during the 18-goal season at IPC with Gonzalo Ferrari, Gringo Colombres and Scott Swerdlin. During the Gauntlet of Polo series, he’ll be on the Dutta Corp team with Timmy Dutta, Mariano Obregon and Facundo Obregon. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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Argentine polo player Raul “Gringo” Colombres is hard to miss in his bright red helmet. Colombres returned to high-goal play at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington in 2019 after last appearing with La Indiana in 2017. He wasted no time making his presence known, leading Dutta Corp to a string of early season victories, including the 2019 Herbie Pennell Cup, the Joe Barry Memorial Cup and the Ylvisaker Cup — and along the way capturing consecutive MVP awards for himself. Rated at 8 goals, Colombres will be playing this year on the Palm Beach Equine team during the 18-goal season at IPC with Lucas Diaz Alberdi, Gonzalo Ferrari and Scott Swerdlin. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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Born and raised in Wellington, Matt Coppola has been immersed in the sport from the time he could walk. He is the son of United States Polo Association President Tony Coppola, who is also owner of the Tackeria and known as the “Voice of Polo” for his playby-play commentary of matches. Matt Coppola has traveled around the world to play, most notably spending time in polo hotspot Argentina, learning from top players and coaches. He had a great season in 2019 with Las Montijas, making it to the final of both the C.V. Whitney Cup and U.S. Open polo tournaments in Wellington. Currently rated at 4 goals, look for Coppola in action during this year’s Gauntlet of Polo series on the Tonkawa team with Jeff Hildebrand, Sapo Caset, Ignacio Toccalino and Matias Gonzalez. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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FRANCISCO ELIZALDE

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The Argentine-born Francisco Elizalde competes around the world in high-goal polo tournaments. He began playing polo at a young age in Argentina’s La Pampa region. Elizalde had a strong season last year at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Then rated at 8 goals, he helped lead Las Montijas to the final match of the U.S. Open Polo Championships before falling to Gauntlet of Polo winner Pilot. His strong season continued over the summer with a victory in the Deauville Gold Cup on the Talandracas team. Now rated at 9 goals, look for Elizalde back on Las Montijas during the Gauntlet of Polo series at IPC teamed up with Camilo Bautista and Hilario Ulloa. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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Luis Escobar, a Costa Rica native, has been a Wellington resident since 1989. After going pro at age 15, he quickly shot up to an 8-goal handicap, playing with polo legends such as Hector Barrantes and Carlos Gracida. Currently rated at 4 goals, Escobar has been a regular on the Wellington circuit for three decades, based out of his family’s Santa Clara Polo Club. Nowadays, Luis is not the only Escobar to be found on the Santa Clara team. Sons Lucas and Nicolas Escobar have followed their father’s footsteps onto the polo field. Look for Luis Escobar to be leading his Santa Clara team in the 2020 Gauntlet of Polo series at the International Polo Club Palm Beach alongside Matias Magrini, Sebastian Merlos and Henry Porter. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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Polo patron and former show jumper Annabelle Gundlach started her polo career with a lesson from a charity auction in 2013 and quickly made a name for herself in the traditionally male-dominated sport. She has credited frequent teammate Brandon Phillips with helping her along the way. Gundlach and her Postage Stamp Farm team had a great summer season in 2019, capturing the first-ever American Cup in July and winning the East Coast Open in September at the Greenwich Polo Club. With a 0-goal handicap, Gundlach will be leading Postage Stamp Farm during the 2020 Gauntlet of Polo series at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington alongside Mariano Aguerre, Valerio “Lerin” Zubiaurre and Mariano “Peke” Gonzalez. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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Argentine 8-goaler Julian “Negro” de Lusarreta has won major tournaments around the world. Local fans may remember him from 2016’s thrilling U.S. Open Final when de Lusarreta and his Orchard Hill teammates stunned Dubai, powered by polo legend Adolfo Cambiaso, to take a 13-12 victory. He was back in action the next year, helping Coca-Cola win the Ylvisaker Cup and making it to the USPA Gold Cup final. He was also a key member of the 2018 Tonkawa team that won the Joe Barry Memorial Cup. He played on the Coca-Cola team during last year’s Gauntlet of Polo series, and de Lusarreta will be back in action at IPC this season for the Gauntlet of Polo on Coca-Cola with patron Gillian Johnston, Nico Pieres and Steve Krueger. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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Pablo “Polito” Pieres is a key member of the famous Pieres polo family. Now rated at 10 goals — the highest rating available in the sport — he plays in Wellington alongside his cousins, Facundo, Gonzalito and Nico Pieres. Born in the United States, Polito Pieres has played on winning teams in the British Open, the Deauville Gold Cup in France, and the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup and the UPSA Gold Cup at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. He had a great run during the 2019 USPA Gold Cup, advancing to the final match with team Aspen, falling to eventual Gauntlet of Polo winner Pilot 12-11 in overtime. This season, look for Pieres during the Gauntlet of Polo Series at IPC on La Indiana with Michael Bickford and Jeff Hall. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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British polo player Henry Porter began riding horses at age five and has been playing polo since age nine. Born in London, Porter had his first polo lesson in Dubai with Martin Valent, who remains his manager today. He commutes between homes in Florida and England. Now 20 and rated at 3 goals, Porter recently won the Copa Presidente (20 goal) trophy in Argentina. Porter was named in November as a U.S. Polo Assn. global brand ambassador with a focus on the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. Look for him in Wellington this season playing with Stable Door Polo in the 18-goal season and on Santa Clara during the second annual Gauntlet of Polo alongside Luis Escobar, Matias Magrini and Sebastian Merlos. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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Argentine 8-goaler Santiago Toccalino will be back in Wellington this winter after a strong 2019 season. Toccalino’s 2019 highlights include winning the Pacific Coast Open at Santa Barbara Polo, where he played on the Farmers & Merchants Bank (FMB) team, and an appearance in the Indian Empire Shield Trophy Final at the Guards Polo Club in England, where he played on the UAE Polo Team. That followed appearances in Wellington in the C.V. Whitney Cup Final on Las Montijas and the Joe Barry Memorial Cup Final on Patagones. Look for Toccalino during the Gauntlet of Polo series at IPC playing once again on the Patagones team with Gonzalo Avendano, Tomas Garcia del Rio and Geronimo Obregon. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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Gauntlet Series Starting this February, the United States Polo Association will again “throw down the gauntlet” at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. The Gauntlet of Polo is a competition of the world’s preeminent teams, most skilled athletes and finest horses coming together for three months to battle head-to-head for the coveted C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Championship. This is the second year of this thrilling high-stakes tournament series for the sport, and there is more on the line than trophies and titles. It’s the ultimate polo match series, and any team that wins all three tournaments will be crowned Gauntlet Champion. The tournament’s total prize money is $1 million — the largest purse in the history of the sport. A second-place prize has been added this year, for even more action and excitement. How does one win the Gauntlet? Ask Pilot Polo, which took the whole series last year in a final game upset that rocked the stadium. It takes teamwork, strategy, depth in horses, refined athleticism, mental strength, physical toughness and the ability to play for ultimate survival. The 2020 polo series will again bring in tens of thousands of fans from around the world and bring a positive economic impact to Wellington and the surrounding areas. It begins with the C.V. Whitney Cup held Feb.

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receive $25,000. The winning team of the U.S. Open Polo Championship will receive $200,000, and the secondplace team will receive $50,000. Any team winning all three USPA tournaments will receive an additional $500,000 bonus and be crowned the Gauntlet Champion. You can see all the action live at IPC’s U.S. Polo Assn. Stadium Field. U.S. Polo Assn., the multi-billion-dollar global apparel and accessory brand for men and women, is the largest sponsor of the Gauntlet of Polo. The brand is known worldwide in 180 countries for its vibrant colors, classic styling and sport-inspired fashion. “This year, we are thrilled to support and cheer on two of our U.S. Polo Assn. brand ambassadors and up-and-coming champion players, Henry Porter and Jared Zenni, who will play for their respective teams in the Gauntlet series,” President & CEO of USPA Global Licensing J. Michael Prince said. “U.S. Polo Assn. partners with young polo players to be ambassadors in an effort to showcase the fun, passion and comradery of the sport of polo to the world.” As ambassadors, Zenni and Porter have been sharing stories about the sport and themselves through digital platforms that reach U.S. Polo Assn.’s four million global social media followers, who follow the sport and the brand. They will also wear the double horseman mark on their team jerseys representing the brand and its authentic connection to the sport. U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association. Porter’s role as global brand ambassador is focused on the United Kingdom, broader Europe and the Middle East, where he grew up and continues to spend much of his time as a professional player. He has already competed at some of the largest polo games in the world, winning the high-goal East Coast Open, the FIP World Cup Zone

Final, the Mansion Cup, the Bronze Trophy at Sotogrande and the 50K National 12-Goal two years in a row. He also reached the final of the Ylvisaker Cup, as well as competing in the illustrious Westchester Cup and the Gauntlet of Polo series last year. Porter competed in the King Power Royal Charity Day with the Duke of Sussex and recently won the Copa Presidente trophy in Argentina. He will play for Santa Clara in the Gauntlet series. Zenni has grown significantly from a young player to showcasing his talents in global competitions over the past three years. His outstanding performance at the 2018 U.S. Open Polo Championship solidified his role as one of the sport’s most important young athletes. As a member of the Daily Racing Form polo team, Zenni scored two goals in the championship, including the game winner, securing his place as a leader and one of the most recognizable faces of the sport. U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the USPA, the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States. With a global footprint of $1.7 billion and worldwide distribution through 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores, department stores, independent retailers and e-commerce, the brand offers apparel for men, women and children, as well as accessories, footwear, travel and home goods in 180 countries. Recently ranked the fourth-largest sports licensor and 36th overall in License Global magazine’s 2019 list of “Top 150 Global Licensors,” U.S. Polo Assn. now takes its place alongside such iconic sports brands as Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association. Be sure to come out and watch the Gauntlet of Polo starting Feb. 9 and concluding with the prestigious U.S. Open Polo Championship final on April 19. You can also watch the games at www.globalpolo.com.

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Phelps Media Is Recalibrated, Recommitted And Ready To Take On The World

Equestrian Experts “Adapt or die” is a well-known business philosophy that transcends all industries. Companies must keep up with the times, and with the avenues of communication and advertising constantly changing, it is more important than ever to tap into the next big thing. These principles hold true for the Wellington-based equestrian marketing and public relations firm Phelps Media Group (PMG), which underwent key changes in 2019. Primed to be better than ever, PMG’s leadership looks ahead with renewed passion. Known for its team’s diverse marketing skills and unique networking abilities, PMG has long been one of the top marketing and public relations firms in

equestrian sports. Under the leadership of founder and president Mason Phelps Jr., the majority-female team is breaking into the next decade with its eyes on the future. After using 2019 to recalibrate and reconnect with its core values, PMG has reaffirmed its goal to revolutionize the way competitive equestrian sports are marketed in North America and is excited about the opportunity to represent the sport that launched the business in 2002 to more audiences than ever before. One of the earliest changes in 2019 came in January when Lenore Phillips was appointed as vice president. Phillips, who joined the team in 2016 as a

senior account executive, approached her new position with ideas for growth that were shaped by the years she had spent in the equestrian industry and the knowledge she gained at her position with the marketing and public relations company. Armed with a team of experts that includes 10 female account executives, Phillips challenged her team to approach equestrian sports with a new lens, one that focused on passion and telling the stories that make horse sports so compelling to both participants and fans. “When I realized that PMG needed to go in a new direction, I took real stock of what the company was built on and wellington the magazine | january 2020 77


what our assets were,” Phelps explained. “Lenore stood out to me immediately as being a natural fit in a leadership position because of the work she had done with important PMG clients and because of her background in our sport. She has done it all and really understands what makes our community tick. From where the company stands today and the growth we have seen, it seems to have been a good decision.” To this day, Phillips remains excited about the opportunities offered by her new position. “Although I wasn’t expecting the opportunity to become vice president, when Mason presented it to me, I accepted without hesitation,” Phillips said. “I have been passionate about horses and equestrian sports my entire life, and

I feel that I possess the vision and tenacity necessary to take PMG to the next level. I believe strongly in using new technology to advance our industry in a way that hasn’t been done before.” Social media and the ever-growing power of the Internet is changing the way people learn, communicate and interact with the world around them. From designing elegant web sites to creating entertaining social media campaigns and implementing vital sponsorship initiatives, PMG prides itself on helping clients take advantage of all available avenues to reach their target audiences and communicate exciting stories. “I feel there is so much opportunity for people to share in the passion that the relationship between horses and

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people inspire, and share in the excitement that our sport creates,” Phillips said. “More than anything, I want to be a part of a new era of horse sports in America, and I would love to help make more people aware of how exciting our industry is. I want to be a part of what the future looks like for all equestrian sports. To do that, we employ and investigate a number of ways in which to promote our clients, as well as increase the reach and engagement in our sport as a whole.” The team at PMG is expanding, and thanks to the strong group of women at the helm, they are on the pulse of every new technology that becomes available. In addition to each staff member bringing relevant academic and professional business expertise to the table, they are all passionate hunter, jumper, equitation, polo and dressage riders. “It is very meaningful and exciting that this is a business that, with the exception of Mason, is fueled entirely by women,” Phillips said.“I find one of the best things about equestrian sports is that businesswomen in our industry are not hindered by glass-ceiling problems that often plague other industries. The daily achievement of the women that make up PMG is incredibly empowering. Our group is collaborative, dynamic and achievement-driven. Many would be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring work environment.” As the team focuses on the future, they welcome new clients, events and technologies to their roster, such as Bemer Veterinary, Barn Hero, Voltaire Design, Beacon Hill Show Stables and Mark Edward Partners. These new partnerships will merge with events and farms such as the National Horse Show, the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Leatherdale Farms, each of which are still continuing to grow and evolve every year. For more information, visit www. phelpsmediagroup.com.


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QBS Equestrian Is Shaking Up The Sport Of Show Jumping

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Finding the right horse and partnering it with the right rider is something that takes a great deal of experience and intuition. That is the fundamental principle behind QBS Equestrian, a partnership formed in 2016 by longtime equestrians Dennis Sisco and M. Michael Meller. Together, Sisco and Meller have helped find and produce some of the top show jumping prospects in the country. Meller has been a show jumping athlete and trainer since he was a child, helping develop top horses such as Waterloo, Robin De Ponthual and Camillo VDL. Sisco joined the sport 18 years ago at age 55 when his daughters began riding ponies. Meller and Sisco met at the Winter Equestrian Festival many years ago and since then have participated in the sport as friends, enthusiasts and business partners. With both men sharing in a mutual belief for the betterment of the sport, forming QBS Equestrian was a natural progression. One of the initial major steps for their business, the first horse Meller and Sisco purchased together was Chance STE Hermelle, a Belgian Warmblood with all the skills to go to the upper level. With rider Michael Morrissey Jr., nephew of WEF founder Gene Mische, in the irons, the horse has slowly grown from a young prospect to a proven contender at the Grand Prix level. “It is so important to take your time with a young horse,” Meller said. “So many owners and riders are focused on

QBS Equestrian partners Dennis Sisco and M. Michael Meller.

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and to that end they have committed to being flexible in order to work with many people. No matter the trainer or the rider, they believe in finding the best combination for the horse to be successful. Their goal is to support top horses and top riders, both nationally and internationally.

“We are trying to have a more encompassing and open approach to developing high-performance horses with the best riders we can attract in the world,” Sisco explained. “There’s a tendency in our sport to think that once people sign up for one thing, it goes on forever. We feel that it’s much better to be able to

reach out and work with multiple highperformance people and high-performance horses.” QBS Equestrian has been working closely with Morrissey of Imperial Show Stables since the early days of their partnership because it was such a natural fit for everyone involved.“We started to work with Michael because he is a hard worker who has always done the right thing,” Meller said. “He has had a very good career, but he needed some backing. It was the right fit for both of us, and we have been thrilled with how he has helped produce the horses.” Morrissey enjoys working with the team at QBS Equestrian. “It’s great to be part of a team that is always putting the horses first,” he said. “The three of us have invested our lives into this sport, and we all collectively consider the best and most positive (Left) Michael Morrissey Jr. aboard Sam 1091. PHOTO BY ANDREW RYBACK

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Dennis Sisco presents Ali Wolff with the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award. PHOTO BY ANDREW RYBACK

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Bill Thomas of Brightway Insurance has come a long way since growing up in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Back then, his goal was to fly. “I became a commercial pilot and was trying to fly for the airlines,” Thomas recalled. “Unfortunately, or fortunately, the airlines were furloughing pilots, so I went to school, to Queens College and St. John’s University Law School, became an attorney and worked as a real estate attorney in New York City.” It wasn’t long before he felt the lure of Florida’s sunshine. “Eventually, I started a factoring business, which I could run from anywhere, so I moved to Florida where my family and my wife’s family were living,” Thomas explained. “I found Wellington because I am a pilot and wanted to live at the Aero Club so I could fly my airplane.” While living in Florida, Thomas took on some work as an attorney doing closings for business brokers and eventually opened his own business brokerage. “It looked like more fun that working as an attorney,” he said. “I did so many sales as a business broker that I wrote and published a book, The SixFigure Business Broker, which sells on Amazon. It is designed to teach new agents how to sell businesses.” After years of helping others with their businesses, he found himself interested in the insurance industry. “After selling businesses for 10 years,

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customers,” Thomas said. “They are also fast-growing and financially strong. This is the type of company that I’d like to associate with.” Thomas uses his experience and knowledge as an attorney to provide customers with quality advice and concierge service. “I say concierge because I’m very much hands-on and would rather handle my customers myself than hire agents and hand customers off to them,” Thomas explained. “When you call my

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The Village Of Wellington Offers A Growing List Of Programs For Senior Citizens

Serving Seniors

STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEREDITH BUROW

For many senior citizens, getting older can mean a loss of independence, fewer relationships and less social interaction. In the eyes of Wellington Community Services Specialist Jenifer Brito, this is unacceptable. Her job is to help provide for those needs among the local senior community. Having been around seniors since childhood, Brito has seen firsthand the challenges many face on a daily basis. Life continues its onward march, as their pace begins to slow, and their companions start to dwindle. While it isn’t true of all seniors, Brito

has found a general feeling of depression to be common among the elderly. This could be a result of the loss of loved ones, limited mobility and a lack of social interaction. It is Brito’s mission to help the seniors in Wellington overcome these challenges and thrive as the valuable members of society she knows them to be. “Many of them come in, and they are seeking help, and they don’t know what they’re looking for, but they know they’re looking for something,” Brito said. “When I meet with them, I try to

(L-R) Phyllis Hildebrand, Marlene Sacks and Bobbie Parker gear up to play canasta in the Wellington Community Center Senior Lounge.

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gauge what that is, and I find out what their likes are, what their dislikes are, and how I can plug them into things.” While working with — and for — seniors, Brito discovered that as people age, one of their crucial needs is to have sufficient social interaction. This, Brito explained, is a necessity of great importance. “I don’t think at any age that’s different,” Brito said.“We all want to have that, whether you’re 90 or six.” For this reason, Brito has taken on a number of projects to help initiate social opportunities for the senior population. The new Feel Good Fridays program is one such opportunity. Partnering with Baptist Health South Florida,Wellington’s Community Services Department has been bringing in instructors for exercise classes catered to seniors — such as dance and chair yoga. They have also added an educational component — a lecture following the classes presented by a visiting doctor. “This is a new initiative that we started on Fridays because we saw that Fridays were an open day where we were able to engage the seniors and get them into the Wellington Community Center with programing,” Brito said. The best part? Participants are invited to attend Feel Good Fridays absolutely free.This goes for both Wellington residents and non-residents. In order to offer classes to seniors at no cost,Wellington has partnered with a


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Wellington Community Services Specialist Jenifer Brito has made it her mission to help support the senior citizens of the community.

number of sponsors, such as Wellington Regional Medical Center, Florida Blue and Baptist Health South Florida. Other activities available for the seniors are technology classes, bingo, Zumba, Aqua Zumba and more. Then there are the parties, such as an annual luau and the upcoming senior prom. Brito has also planned health fairs and a volunteer fair, and she plans to see them both become an annual practice. “We did that initiative because many seniors do want to volunteer, but it’s really difficult for them to call 10 different places and find out volunteer opportunities. So, we brought it to them,” Brito said of the volunteer fair. Unless it is an outdoor-specific activi-

ty — such as Aqua Zumba, which is held in a heated pool at the Wellington Aquatics Complex — all events take place indoors to make it as easy on the seniors as possible. The senior prom, for example, is scheduled to be held on April 7 in the Village Park gymnasium. Among other things, Brito is planning to have a live band playing nostalgic hits from bygone days. “It’s going to be really pretty,” Brito said. “I’m very excited about the prom because it’s not only going to bring the seniors together, but it also might facilitate meeting new friends or companions, and that’s really important in our senior population.” Recognizing the need not only for

fun but an understanding community as well,Wellington offers a monthly support group for caretakers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.Taking place in the Wellington Community Center, this is open to seniors and non-seniors alike. The Wellington Community Center also includes a Senior Lounge where individuals or groups are welcome to relax, play games, watch TV, enjoy snacks, drink coffee and just enjoy the atmosphere. “It’s really looking at what the needs of the seniors are and how we can help with those needs,” Brito said. Pat Keeler is a Wellington resident who frequents the Senior Lounge to borrow books, use the free Wi-Fi and socialize. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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“I feel that yes, we have a lot going on for seniors, but we’re always going to have more going on.” — Jenifer Brito “I think it’s always important to be active in the community you live in,” Keeler said.“The seniors community are people your own age, so you have a connection with them, and I’ve made some good friends.” According to Keeler, a member of the Wellington Seniors Club, having these services for the seniors is important for both their social and emotional health. “Many seniors — their families don’t live around here and they’ve outlived some of their friends. I’ve been fortunate, but it’s easy for a senior to become isolated,” Keeler said. “And this helps them not to do that.” It is Brito’s passion to help seniors who are searching for connection in their community, and she meets with them over the phone, in her office, in a public place or in their homes in order to do just that. There is no pressure to commit or get involved, but Brito wants to make sure seniors know their options. “I just want them to know that I will continue to work hard to bring more programming to them, and more events,” Brito said.“And I feel that yes, we have a lot going on, but we’re always going to have more going on.” To learn more about opportunities for senior citizens in Wellington, contact Brito at (561) 753-2476 or jbrito@wellingtonfl.gov, or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov/seniors. This year’s Wellington Program series will focus on some of the amazing programs offered by the Village of Wellington.


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Denise West Of Keller Williams Brings 30 Years Of Real Estate Experience

Native Floridian STORY BY MATTHEW AUERBACH | PHOTO BY ALLI THOMAS/B&B PHOTOGRAPHY

Real estate professional Denise West of Keller Williams was born in Miami, the 10th of 11 children. Her parents instilled in her values that she still lives by today: treat others the way you want to be treated, always lead with faith and love, and if you work hard enough, you can achieve anything. West became part of the Wellington community after living through Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Leaving the area where she had grown up wasn’t easy. “It was hard to leave such a strong support base and family,” West recalled. “But when my husband Dale, a retired firefighter, and I happened upon Wellington with our three children — who were six, three and one at the time — we fell in love with the quaint community.” She began her career in real estate a few years before that move. “When I decided to get into real estate, I was eight months pregnant with my middle son,” West said. “I knew I would not be returning to my job as a marketing director for Florida Power & Light Credit Union because I made the choice to stay home at that point to raise my children and enjoy every phase of being a mother. But in the back of my mind, I also knew sometime in the future I might need or want to get back in the workplace and wanted to be prepared. Real estate seemed like a natural fit.” West specializes in all residential

communities, as well as the luxury market. Her experience in real estate has allowed her the opportunity to participate in every kind of transaction. “Being a Realtor for more than 30 years, I have sold everything from townhomes to first-time home buyers, residential homes, investment properties, multi-million-dollar Intracoastal properties to second-home buyers and horse farms in Wellington,” she said. West is one-half of the Keller Williams duo known as the “Hearth and Home Team.” Her partner happens to be someone quite close to her. “I am blessed that my daughter Kristie is a Realtor with me,” West said. “My daughter Kristie and I, as a team, pride ourselves in helping each of our clients with top-notch service. Together, we blend social media interaction and a personal touch.We give our buyers and sellers our knowledge of the real estate market and provide hard facts to assist with good decisions, strong negotiation skills and added amenities not offered by the average Realtor.” Their years together, along with their strong work ethic, have established this mother-and-daughter team as one to be trusted by both those in and out of the real estate market. “As Realtors, we also network and market to fellow Realtors just as much as to the public,” West said. “When you are established and respected, you can call on others, and they can call on you,

Denise West has been in real estate for 30 years.

and many times a home is sold without ever hitting the market.” The love West felt when she first visited Wellington back in 1992 has not diminished one bit. “There isn’t enough I can say about Wellington,” she said. “Being a native Floridian, I know what communities are out there. I am not aware of another like Wellington. It provides the perfect balance of small-town community with modern conveniences, wonderful restaurants and, of course, our equestrian events, which make us unique in every way.” To contact Denise West, call (561) 313-4006 or visit http://denisewest. yourkwagent.com. wellington the magazine | january 2020

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Therapy Of Wellington’s Andrea Rusher Loves Giving Back To Her Community

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Andrea Rusher is a lifelong resident of Wellington. Today, her work as a therapist helps her to give back to the community she cherishes. “I love Wellington, as I am a true native, being born and raised here,” Rusher said. “It is beautiful, safe and comfortable, and truly is my home. I enjoy experiencing nature and healthy exercise, and Wellington is perfect for both. Rusher is especially fond of the people in the community. “There were several special people who have helped me during the course of my life, and I remember how extremely influential that was for me,” recalled Rusher, who experienced substance abuse challenges in her youth.“I am in recovery for 18 solid years now.” That experience led her to a career as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). “During the first portion of my life, during my teens and early 20s, I struggled with addiction. I was lost for quite a number of years and became sober at the age of 22. It was after I turned my life around and began working on myself that I decided to become a therapist,” Rusher said.“I wanted to give back to people what was given to me to help me change the course of my life. I was 24 when I knew that becoming a therapist was my destiny, and I was given an opportunity to work at the Hanley Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in West Palm Beach. I knew within days

Andrea Rusher enjoys using her therapy skills to help people in her hometown of Wellington.

of becoming employed at this facility that working with others was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” This inspired her to want to give back to people who had been instrumental in her recovery. “Those who supported, guided and

listened to me, helped me change the course of my life in a positive way,” Rusher explained. “I wanted to give back in the same capacity that was given to me. Therefore, I decided to follow my heart and become a therapist to help others.” Rusher received her master’s degree wellington the magazine | january 2020

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wellington | health in social work in 2010 from Florida Atlantic University and has been licensed with the State of Florida since May 2012. She has comprehensive experience in the treatment industry, with areas of focus in both clinical and management/ leadership skills. Providing psychotherapy to individuals, families, couples and groups in a variety of clinical settings, Rusher is also honored to have led both clinical and operational teams as the director in several leading treatment centers in the area. She is a certified clinical supervisor for social work interns and helps in developing new therapists to reach their potential with their therapeutic skills. Working in the field for 16 years, Rusher believes that she has found her place in the world. “I have been in the field of mental health since 2003. I am passionate about helping others and believe it is my true calling,” she said.

“I have been in the field of mental health since 2003. I am passionate about helping others and believe it is my true calling... My profession does not feel like a job to me and feels completely purposeful.” — Andrea Rusher Rather than work, it is more of a calling. “My profession does not feel like a job to me and feels completely purposeful,” said Rusher, who explained that she likes to treat each person who walks through her doors with the best possible regard. “Clients can see all of this and hence feel safe and comfortable in my office.” Rusher noted that she has clients

who are pre-teens, teenagers, adults and older adults. Her specialties include treatment for addictions, eating disorders and trauma resolution. “With trauma resolution, I use EMDR and psychodrama to help resolve traumatic pasts, so the trauma no longer impacts the client in a negative manner,” she explained.“Although I have specialties in my practice, I treat a wide variety of issues that include, but are not limited to, grief and loss, relationship concerns, LGBTQ-related concerns, and mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety.” Married for three years, Rusher lives in a combined family with her husband Joel, daughter Paige, who is 23, and son Jake, who is 8. For additional information, call Andrea Rusher at (561) 444-7230 or visit www.therapyofwellington.com. Rusher can also be found on Instagram and Facebook.

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Oh La La Catering Creates Taste-Tempting Works Of Art In A Wide Range Of Styles

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Love Peruvian, Spanish or French cuisine? Chef Ely Walter of Oh La La Catering specializes in it all, creating individual pieces of art with every savory bite. Her creations come from the heart, poured from her soul — all with impeccable attention to detail. “For me, cooking is a part of my life. It gives me energy and peace,” said Ely, whose husband Gerard Walter is always by her side with support and admiration. “She is so humble, but she is a star in the kitchen!” he exclaimed. Married for 17 years, the couple came to the United States in 2009, first living in Broward County, later settling in Wellington. They were attracted to the quaintness of the community, and also drawn by Ely’s affinity for horses. She grew up with many in her native Peru, alongside her mother, who is also an amazing cook. Ely studied culinary arts for three years, along with communications and philosophy. She loved to cook for her friends and host dinner parties. At the age of 25, she set off for Madrid, Spain. It’s there she learned the art of making paella, known around the world as the national dish of Spain. “The mothers and grandmothers of friends showed me how to make paella,” Ely recalled.“I was so lucky.” Madrid is also where she met Gerard, who originally hails from France. She made quite an impression on him with

Chef Ely Walter of Oh La La Catering creates wonderful food in a wide range of styles, including her specialty, banquet-sized paellas. These creations are served with unique flair and style.

her culinary skills. “She has a sense, an influence,” he said. “I saw what she did in the kitchen. It was precise and well presented.” Her unique flair comes from constant

experimentation.“It’s a never-ending art form,” Ely explained. “There’s always something to learn.” In 2008, Ely entered her first cooking contest, taking second place in an inwellington the magazine | january 2020 105


Husband-and-wife duo Ely and Gerard Walter run the business as a team.

ternational culinary challenge, coming in behind the top chef in England, who also was rated in the top 10 worldwide. This brought a realization of the gift Ely truly had. Gerard encouraged her to ex-

pand and spread her gift for infusing flavors for others to enjoy.“This is what encouraged her to move forward with her passion,” he said. In all, Ely worked for 12 years in Spain and 10 in France before moving to the United States to create a new life. She has a number of regular clients in the French communities in Miami, mostly through word of mouth. She’s working to get that same word out around the Wellington area, where she already has garnered several awards, taking Best Dessert and Best Display at the popular Flavors of Wellington event in 2014. “It’s traditional, sophisticated. A combination of all types of cuisine, from Nikkei. which is Peruvian food using Japanese techniques, to French, Peruvian and Criolla.” Ely said of her wide-ranging cuisine style. One of her many specialties is creating banquet-sized paellas. She prepares gourmet meals in your home, or on loca-

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Chef Ely Walter and her husband Gerard Walter, with one of her recipes featured in a cookbook.

apparent in their admiration for each other, as well as the heart and soul that spills into Ely’s inspirations. “I feel so emotional,” she said. “My hope is for people to be happy.” That is what ignites her passion for

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wellington | dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar (12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza) offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices featuring fresh pastas and homemade sauces. For more info., call (561) 798-7770. Aroma Indian Cuisine, located at 730 Village Blvd. in West Palm Beach, serves delicious Indian food seven days a week, including a buffet lunch and dinner. For more information, call (561) 619-6437 or visit www. aromawestpalmbeach.com. Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12771 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 795-0100. Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring delicious Mexican cuisine, is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit www.casatequilafl.com. Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in the Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 642-8700 for info. From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 103, in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 6151551 or visit www.francoitalianbistro.com. 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. India Grill & Bar is located in the 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. Kabuki has brought its affordable and delicious Japanese and Thai cuisine to Wellington. The restaurant is located at 2465 S. State Road 7, Suite 100, in Wellington. For more information, visit www.kabukiwpb. com or call (561) 323-4888.

Piatto Bravo serves up traditional Italian dishes. The restaurant is located at 2803 State Road 7, Suite 300, in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 841-6983 or visit www.piattobravo.com. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. For more info., call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stonewoodgrill.com.

Kaluz Restaurant, an upscale dining experience serving New American cuisine, recently opened in Wellington. Kaluz is located at 2025 Wellington Green Drive just off Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 784-5500 or visit www.kaluzrestaurant.com.

Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a New York-style deli serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit www.strathmorebagels.com.

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 www.lafogatawellington.com.

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.

Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit www.lindburgers.com. Enjoy great Mexican food in a friendly atmosphere at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, located 1179 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Village Royale shopping plaza, open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info., call (561) 798-1229.

The Poké Company reframes a traditional Hawaiian dish for Florida fish lovers. The restaurant is located at 10120 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 323-2391 or visit www. eatthepokecompany.com. 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.

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) 792-2220 or visit www.olisrestaurant.com.

Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit www. toojays.com.

Paradise Indian Cuisine at 7667 Lake Worth Road serves authentic Indian food for lunch and dinner, including an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. For more info., call (561) 812-3958 or visit www.flbiryani.com.

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 andribs.com or call (561) 791-1535 for more info.

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be at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 12. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Senior Aerobics daily from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning Tuesday, Jan. 7 in the Panther Room. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Zumba Gold for ages 40 and up on Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 14 and 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Senior Bingo for ages 55 and up on Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Discussion: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. THURSDAY, JAN. 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Career Transitions on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Explore this online resource that offers tools to enhance your job search. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature food trucks and a free ZZ Top tribute concert on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. FRIDAY, JAN. 10 • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Feel Good Friday: Chair Yoga for ages 55 and up on Fridays, Jan. 10 and Jan. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register.

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wellington | calendar MONDAY, JAN. 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its French Conversation Group for Beginners on Monday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. Practice speaking French in a fun and informal atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar. TUESDAY, JAN. 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Dragon’s Breath for ages 5 to 12 on Monday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. Use basic household items to create a fire-breathing dragon. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Presidents & Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking: George H.W. & Barbara Bush on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 2 and 6:30 p.m. William and Sue Wills bring the story of the president and his first lady to life. Visit www.pbclibrary.org/presidents-2020 to pre-register. • Shulamit Hadassah will feature author Ellen Brazer on “Judaism, Angels and Reincarnation” on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at PBCFR Station 30 (9910 Striblilng Way, Wellington). RSVP to Sue Daniels at (561) 656-1761 or smow@comcast.net. THURSDAY, JAN. 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Dragon Day for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. Appreciate a dragon by making a mask. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature food trucks and a free Tina Turner tribute concert on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will

feature Start the Year Off With Meditation for adults on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. John Bednarik demonstrates how meditation can bring inner peace during turbulent times. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. FRIDAY, JAN. 17 • The 2020 South Florida Fair will take place from Friday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 2. For more info., visit www.southfloridafair.com. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host an AARP Smart Driving Course for ages 50 and up on Friday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Feel Good Friday Dance for ages 55 and up on Friday, Jan. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lake View Room, sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • Simply Sandi: An Intimate Night of Songs & Stories with Sandi Patty will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (1977 College Drive, Belle Glade) on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. For more info., call (561) 993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Everly Brothers Tribute Concert by the Everly Set on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info. SATURDAY, JAN. 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Whistling Renditions for the whole family on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. Take a trip down memory lane as performer Rajesh Koppikar whistles some classic tunes. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Relay for Life Glow in the Dark 5K Fun Run will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. For more info., contact Lisa Noel at (561) 614-2835 or lisa.noel@cancer.org. • Temple Beth Torah will hold its inaugural Service Award Gala at the Wellington National Golf Club on

Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.templebethtorah.net/gala2020 or by contacting the temple directly at (561) 793-2700. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Pat Benatar Tribute Concert by All Fired Up on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/calendar for more info. SUNDAY, JAN. 19 • The 2020 season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach will continue Sunday, Jan. 19 with the Ylvisaker Cup. For more information, call (561) 2045687 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com. MONDAY, JAN. 20 • Polo for Life will present the Polo for a Purpose: Passage to India with gates opening at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington). The sunset polo match will feature local favorites. Attendance is $20 per vehicle. The match will be followed by a ticketed authentic Indian cuisine dinner. Details are available at www.poloforlife.org. For info., contact Terrie Mooney at (561) 644-7124 or terrie@poloforlife.org. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Sweater Weather Chill Out Lounge for grades 3 to 5 on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Relax after school, hang out with a friend, read a book, chit-chat and connect. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host History of Jewish Music on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. featuring Roni Raab. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. THURSDAY, JAN. 23 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a Power Networking Breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 a.m. at the American Cancer Society offices (621 Clearwater Park Road,

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