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RACHEL DOCEKAL HELPS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ADJUST THEIR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS FOR THE VIRTUAL ERA AND BEYOND Since the inception of charitable giving, the mechanics have remained the same: Get a group of like-minded people together. Discuss common concerns. Seek resources for a course of action.Then last year, people could no longer gather together. For many organizations, it was catastrophic, yet others knew of Rachel Docekal’s long career helping nonprofit organizations. Her firm was able to help groups overcome lockdowns and maintain charitable giving programs. BY M. DENNIS TAYLOR

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JULIE AND LILLIAN KHANNA ARE CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES BY CHANGING THE ODDS After overcoming many obstacles as a young woman, Wellington resident Julie Khanna, a first-generation college graduate, completed her degree with young daughter Lillian at her side.Today, this mother-daughter power duo is helping others through their work with the Community Partners of South Florida, a nonprofit organization that transforms the lives of children and families facing social, emotional and financial adversity. BY MELANIE OTERO

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DANNY & RON’S RESCUE IS MAKING A LASTING IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta’s mission for their namesake dog rescue has remained steadfast since its inception: to ensure dogs in need always have a safe, loving home of their own, and those who have not received the care they deserve are given a second chance at life. When the pandemic hit, Danny & Ron’s Rescue sprang into action to help feed hungry animals, supporting local nonprofits such as Feed the Hungry Pantry and Meals on Wheels. BY EMMA MILLER

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JUMPER CATHERINE TYREE PERSEVERES TO DEVELOP A THRIVING NEW BUSINESS From the moment her mother sat her in the saddle, Catherine Tyree knew that her love for horses was larger than life. Her early success as a junior rider and young athlete at the top of the sport would lead to milestones such as representing the United States show jumping team at just 23 years old. What she did not realize, however, is that her love of the sport would evolve into a career and business that would both challenge and fulfill her more than ever before. BY GEORGIE HAMMOND

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SCIENCE AND ART COMBINE IN THE HANDS OF PLASTIC SURGEON DR. JEFFREY WISNICKI The combination of art and science that defines plastic surgery also defines the impressive career of Dr. Jeffrey L. Wisnicki, who has been serving patients in the western communities and beyond for 35 years.To provide natural-looking results and a high patient comfort level before, during and after any procedure takes experience and hands that have “done this before, many times.” Begin with the finest training, stay abreast of the latest technologies and add years of experience to achieve an exclusive level of care. BY M. DENNIS TAYLOR

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Rachel Docekal of the Lyrae Group helps nonprofits adjust their fundraising efforts for the virtual era. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILA PHOTO

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International Gay Polo Tournament Returns To IPC In Wellington Wellington Chamber Hosts Community Run/Walk At Village Park HomeSafe Welcomes New Campus In The Western Communities First National Bank Coastal Community Plans Office In Wellington

53 WELLINGTON TABLE Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar, located in the original Wellington Mall, brings a slice of India to central Palm Beach County. Raja offers many traditional dishes, but a standout signature dish is the tender and flavorful rack of lamb. BY CALLIE SHARKEY

56 WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE Presented by the Andrew Burr Group, this month’s Wellington Real Estate feature visits a world-class equestrian facility conveniently located in Wellington’s Saddle Trail Park along the bridle trail.

61 CELEBRATE WELLINGTON “Gardening Makes a World of Difference” is the motto of the Wellington Garden Club, which has been helping to make the community a more beautiful place for nearly four decades through programs focused on the environment. BY DEBORAH WELKY

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publisher CREATIVE NONPROFIT LEADERS HELP LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS SHIFT DIRECTION As we navigate the new mechanics of charitable giving, three things remain the same. How do we get a group of like-minded people together, discuss common concerns and seek the resources to take action? In this month’s issue, we hear from nonprofit leaders who helped shift in direction as the world closed down, but the need for help was still there. When people could no longer gather for fundraising events, Rachel Docekal’s long career helping nonprofit organizations led her to come up with innovative ideas that let groups continue their fundraisers, pivoting to a virtual environment. We profile Docekal and her Lyrae Group in this month’s cover story. Next, we meet the mother-daughter duo Julie and Lillian Khanna. After overcoming many obstacles as a young woman, Julie Khanna completed her college degree with young Lillian at her side. Today, they are helping others through their work with the Community Partners of South Florida, a nonprofit that supports children and families facing social, emotional and financial adversity.We also visit with Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta of Danny & Ron’s Rescue, which has found loving homes for thousands of dogs in need. When the pandemic hit, they sprang into action to help feed hungry animals, supporting several local nonprofits, such as Feed the Hungry Pantry and Meals on Wheels. Also this issue, we chat with show jumper Catherine Tyree, whose early success as a junior rider and young athlete led to big milestones, such as representing the United States show jumping team at just 23 years old. Now 27, she is focused on the business end of the industry, running her own competitive show barn here in Wellington. Our Wellington Heath profile this month is on plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki, who combines art and science to provide natural-looking results for his patients. Wellington Table’s Signature Dish series continues this month with a visit to Raja Indian Cuisine to sample the tender and flavorful rack of lamb.Wellington Real Estate visits a world-class equestrian facility located in Saddle Trail Park presented by the Andrew Burr Group. Finally, our Celebrate Wellington series highlights the amazing work of the Wellington Garden Club.The club has been working hard to help keep our village beautiful since 1981. As we begin to wrap up the slightly extended equestrian season here in Wellington, we send our well wishes and congratulations to all who will be traveling to the Olympics this summer in Tokyo. We also would like to congratulate Scone for capturing the prestigious CaptiveOne U.S. Open Polo Championship at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.The team of Adolfo and Poroto Cambiaso, Peke Gonzalez and David Paradice did not disappoint in a hard-fought battle down to the final chukker against Park Place. Watch for a fun interview with the father-son duo Adolfo and Poroto Cambiaso in an upcoming issue. Many thanks to our loyal advertisers in the community, along with our sales team, editorial partners and photographers, who once again did an outstanding job for us this season. Stay well and stay cool, as summer is fast approaching!

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International Gay Polo Tournament Returns To IPC In Wellington

The GJ Racing team, the First Republic Bank team, the Provident Jewelry team and the Cherry Knoll Farm team on the podium after the tournament.

The Lexus International Gay Polo Tournament, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, was held Saturday, March 27 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Cherry Knoll Farm won the Senator’s Cup, while GJ Racing won the Founder’s Cup. Tailgate competition winners were: Best Theme, Rob Neiffer; Best Unicorn, Nicole Walker; Best Holiday, Mark Boyhan; Best Food Presentation, RCB Wealth Management Ellen Krider; and Best in Show, FlockFest. Learn more at www.gaypolo.com.

(Left to right) Cherry Knoll Farm won the Senator’s Cup; the GJ Racing team won the Founder’s Cup; MVP Ryan Cronin-Prather with his trophy; flagbearers Haley Bedowski and Melanie O’Shea; and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, Lexus representative Ayiko Broyard and Gay Polo League founder Chip McKenney.

(Left to Right) Gregg Granger, Ryan Young, Steven Crawford and Jason O’Reilly with a flamboyance of flamingos at the “FlockFest” tailgate, which won for Best in Show; Best Holiday theme winner Mark Boyhan with tailgate judges Lisa Salahi, Anthony Corey and Ron Neal; Nicole Walker and friends at the “Unicorn” tailgate; George Hehner, Jack Lynch, Steven LaRochelle, Pamela Taylor and Karen Klopp at the First Republic Bank table; and David Hochberg with Paulo Yoshido.

(Left to right) Equestrian Living magazine’s Rebecca Baldridge with Best Playing Pony Lucia and rider/owner Tiffany Busch; RBC Wealth Management’s “Flowers, Food and Friends” tailgate; Robert Neiffer and friends at the “My Little Pony” tailgate; and Karen Klopp, Chip McKenney and Gustavo Larrosa.

(Left to right) Ali Padiak won an honorable mention as Best Mermaid; Edward LaRochelle, Steven LaRochelle, Pamela Taylor, Jennifer Kinsman and Jack Lynch; Hector Galindo, Bruce Schreiber, Richard Prather and Aimee Waters of the Provident Jewelers team; and Miguel Wilson, Darrell Gaebel, John Gobin and Tareq Salahi of the GJ Racing team.

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Wellington Chamber Hosts Community Run/Walk At Village Park On Sunday, April 18, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce held its Wellington Community 5K Run/Walk. This year, 200 people signed up, with a handful of others participating virtually. Many families participated together, with Mayor Anne Gerwig and Dawn Quaranta of sponsor Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital joining in on the fun. The first-place winner was Benjamin Filreis. The chamber thanked sponsors Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, PharmaCanna, Premier and the Wellness Experience.

(Left to right) Runners take off from the start line; Mayor Anne Gerwig with Dawn Quaranta of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital; event organizer Meghan Buser with Kara Martin, special events director for the chamber; and Jennifer Rapaport, Sheri Kleinman, Loree Reilly and Benjamin Filreis.

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HomeSafe Welcomes New Campus In The Western Communities For more than 40 years, the local nonprofit HomeSafe has made dedicated efforts to support and protect families in Palm Beach County. On Tuesday, April 6, the organization hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest site, the Sylvester Family West Campus. Located on Lyons Road, it provides a safe residence for 12 children, all removed from their families due to abuse. The contractor on the project, Verdex Construction, presented a check for more than $125,000 back to HomeSafe. For more information, visit www.helphomesafe.org.

(Left to right) Jeff and Aggie Stoops, Rex Kirby, David Layman, Matt Ladika, Jayne Malfitano, Laura Sylvester, Larry Gonnello, Steven Bernstein, Abby Bernstein-Henderson and Tarra Pressey at the ribbon cutting; HomeSafe CEO Matt Ladika accepts a check from Verdex Construction CEO Rex Kirby; Jayne Malfitano of the Sylvester Foundation, which has supported HomeSafe for 30 years; and HomeSafe President Larry Gonnello welcomes guests.

(Left to right) HomeSafe CEO Matt Ladika, Jeff Stoops, Jayne Malfitano, Aggie Stoops, Laura Sylvester, Chris Malfitano and Andy Trunk; Board Member Steve Bernstein unveils HomeSafe’s new “Healing the Hurt” branding; and Grissell Santana, Jim Davis, Rex Kirby, Ryan Ackner and Brian Christina of Verdex Construction with the big check.

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Food allergies can cause a variety of symptoms in children. What are the symptoms of a food allergy? Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe. These may include: • Skin problems: rash, hives, swelling, itching • Stomach problems: cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea • Respiratory symptoms: shortness of breath, cough or wheezing Anaphylaxis is a very serious allergic reaction that is quick in onset. It can involve a number of symptoms including an itchy rash, throat swelling or a drop in blood pressure; if untreated, it can even result in death. What is a food allergy? A food allergy is an abnormal immune system response which occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food – usually a protein – as harmful. The reaction typically occurs shortly after the food is ingested and reactions can vary from mild to severe. Individuals with food allergies are advised to strictly avoid the offending foods in order to avoid a potentially serious life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. “Any food may cause an allergic reaction, but some food allergies are much more common than others,” says Arnaldo Perez, MD, a Cleveland Clinic Florida allergy and immunology specialist who practices at the Cleveland Clinic Florida locations in Wellington and Coral Springs. “Eight foods – milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish and shellfish – are responsible for 90 percent of food allergies in children.”

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What should I do if I think my child has a food allergy? If your child has symptoms that indicate an allergy to a particular food, keep that food out of your child’s diet and discuss the symptoms with your child’s pediatrician right away. Your child’s pediatrician may refer you to an allergist who can help you confirm whether your child has a true food allergy and if strict avoidance of the offending food is necessary.

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Helping Local Nonprofits Adjust Their Fundraising Efforts For The Virtual Era BY M. DENNIS TAYLOR

Since the inception of charitable giving, the mechanics have remained the same: Get a group of like-minded people together. Discuss common concerns. Seek resources for a course of action. Then last year, people could no longer gather together. For many organizations, it was a catastrophic situation, yet others knew of Rachel Docekal’s long career helping nonprofit organizations. Her firm was able to help groups overcome lockdowns and quarantines, which often had a drastic effect on charitable giving. After years in the in-house philanthropic and nonprofit fundraising industry, Docekal, a longtime Wellington resident, formed her own company, the Lyrae Group, to fulfill a service opportunity. Her former employer, the Hanley Foundation, became her firm’s first client. “We are typically developing and coordinating about six major philanthropic or nonprofit events at any given time,” Docekal said. “We take an organization from the present to what is possible.” Docekal has a doctorate in organizational management and has spent years determining what organizations need immediately, as well as developing for them a future strategic planning process. She typically works directly with

the CEO or a designated point person. Moving to Wellington from Pennsylvania with her husband in 1998, Docekal has seen the community grow up around her. “Every year is new and exciting, it is a really great place to live,” she said, adding that it is also a great location for her firm, both with fundraising, and also

“Nonprofits provide essential services, and the audiences served by them are being provided critical services that people can’t do without.” — Rachel Docekal firms cycling back to have her help with future strategy. “Many philanthropic organizations use a recipe, but one size doesn’t fit all,” Docekal said, stressing that the past year has proven that adage. March 2020 upended the entire nonprofit fundraising industry. “It was remarkable. Gatherings came to a complete halt,” Docekal recalled. “Nonprofits provide essential services,

and the audiences served by them are being provided critical services that people can’t do without.” Those funding needs remained, even though the world had shut down.“Each organization’s needs are unique, but all require funding and resources,” she said. The first event on her schedule after the shutdown was a golf tournament, which Docekal quickly rebranded as “Putt in Your Pajamas.” “We were able to pivot to a different type of event overnight,” Docekal said. With clever direct mail pieces and support collateral with a fun theme, highlighting that this was an event where you could stay home in your most comfortable attire and participate on your own schedule, the event was a success. “It turned out to have actually raised slightly more money than the previous year,” Docekal said. Following events also went full virtual, with the same creative style of promotional pieces. “We’ve held virtual silent and real auctions with more planned,” Docekal said. These types of events worked so successfully that other organizations have followed in the Lyrae Group’s wake. “Others are now emulating us,” she explained. wellington the magazine | may 2021 25


The Hanley Foundation was honored along with actress Allison Janney at the Freedom Institute Gala in 2019. (L-R) Turner Benoit, Jan Cairnes, Allison Janney, Rachel Docekal, Andrew Burki and Drew Rothermel.

Docekal said that the key to success during these challenging times is to work within the everyday barriers and constraints to provide innovative solutions for new opportunities. “You have to move forward and focus,” she said. In one notable example, for what is typically a sit-down dinner for the Lifesaver Scholarship Fund, direct mail was used. A letter was sent to past contributors who have helped send people for addiction treatment. “The theme was a bundt cake decorated like a lifesaver, and the event had a live cash call,” Docekal said. “Nowhere did we ask for a donation, we just thanked them for their previous support, and the donations beat all records.” Docekal has also worked on organizing events not directly tied to fundraising. Some events distribute food such as 26

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“Things are changed forever... People are eager to get together again, so you’ll have the in-person component. Smart organizations will embrace the technology and use techniques [learned over the past year].” — Rachel Docekal rice from Florida Crystals, school supplies and clothing, or provide physicals for children requiring mobile services, as many of them or their parents did not have access to a car.

Work to support children in need is very important to her.“There are severe challenges, and the pandemic could set back children,” Docekal said. The group also set up a walk-up center to provide appointments for the Health Care District to eliminate some of the required travel. “We provided walk-up services in the actual neighborhood,” Docekal said. Docekal believes that as things get back to normal in the coming months, people will not return to all of their behaviors from the pre-pandemic era. “Things are changed forever,” she said. This will likely mean that events will include both physical and virtual components. “People are eager to get together again, so you’ll have the in-person component,” Docekal said. “Smart organizations will embrace the technology and


Rachel Docekal with RISE volunteers.

use techniques [learned over the past year]. Participation on consulting boards is at an all-time high. It is a ‘happy accident.’The donors have been acclimated to use these virtual events.”

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Being a mom is perhaps the most demanding yet rewarding job there is. But when you have the odds stacked against you, it takes a special kind of grit — and the support of community — to become the mother you yearn to be. Wellington resident Julie Khanna knows something about that. Raised by a hardworking single mother at a socioeconomic disadvantage here in Palm Beach County, she became a single mother herself as a teenager.Although she couldn’t finish high school with her friends, she sought a GED.And after overcoming many obstacles, Julie, a first-generation college graduate, completed her degree with young daughter Lillian at her side. Today, as a successful entrepreneur and mother of three, Julie realizes what it took to change the odds for her own life as well as her children’s. As the recently appointed chair of the development committee at Community Partners of South Florida, she now has the chance to change the odds for others. “I really fit the model of the teenagers that Community Partners of South Florida is trying to help,” Julie said.“They are committed to transforming the lives of children and families facing social, emotional and financial adversity. Looking back, I know if I had Community Partners in my corner, they could have been an advocate for me. Teens need someone to fight for them.” Julie’s daughter Lillian is that someone.

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Julie Khanna with her daughters, 19-year-old Lillian and 12-year-old Devi.

As Julie’s first order of business as chair, she appointed 19-year-old Lillian to become a volunteer member. Believing in the power of youth, Julie knows that “real change happens through them.” Lillian, like her mother, sees how she can be an advocate and a voice for change. “I am especially grateful to have a position where I can bring the unique perspective of teenagers and share their concerns,” Lillian said.“My mom worked really hard to provide a life for me that wasn’t riddled with the same challenges she faced, but I can still be a voice for other young people in economically challenged groups and bring a realistic view of their challenges.” Scott Hansel, CEO of Community Partners of South Florida, is thankful to have this mother-daughter team drive 32

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“I really fit the model of the teenagers that Community Partners of South Florida is trying to help. They are committed to transforming the lives of children and families facing adversity.” — Julie Khanna awareness and fundraising for the nonprofit agency. “Julie’s lived experience as a single mother and Lillian’s advocacy for youth will benefit the parents and teens we serve tremendously,” he said. “They are deeply in touch with what it takes to help families build their own strengths and resiliency as we strive to do every day through a comprehensive system of

supports, including health, housing and community.” Julie and Lillian Khanna are no strangers to volunteerism.And they share one particular cause: youth. Julie has served the Boys & Girls Club here in Wellington for more than eight years through fundraising and supporting events, including the annual dinner-dance. She is also a board member of Prom Beach, collecting prom dresses for teenagers, a volunteer at the Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach, and an advisory council member for Around Wellington. Lillian,a communications major when she attended the Bak Middle School of the Arts and the Alexander W. Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, has used her voice to speak for her generation, which earned her a seat on the countywide youth council, Future Leaders United for Change, at just 16 years old.


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A representative from the organization heard Lillian speak at a Wellington town hall meeting after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting about students’ concerns. That speech launched her early career as a youth advocate, eventually rising to a leadership position on the steering community for Future Leaders United for Change, a part of Palm Beach County’s Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures Alliance that supports youth who are experiencing homelessness, in foster care or are facing other socio-economic challenges. Lillian sees her role as a way for others to share youth voices and be heard to determine their own futures. “We will never know a person’s full potential unless we give them an opportunity,” Lillian said. “Teenagers are more useful than anyone would ever think when you give them a position of power. Instead of being talked about, they need to be talked to. I was given that opportunity, and I’m using it to change my life and the lives of others.” When you speak to Lillian, you can see the impact of a mother like Julie, who believes in “investing feverishly” in her children. Julie has instilled the value of volunteerism in all her children, as well as the spirit of entrepreneurship. Lillian launched her own videography company, L Khanna Productions, at the age of 14, and today is producing videos for nonprofits and the equestrian community while a full-time student at Florida State University.Thirteen-yearold Nikhil, a communications major at Bak, started his own tech support business with the know-how to build computers piece by piece. Not to be outdone by her siblings, 12-year-old Devi owns and operates a home-ground spice business, Devi Masala, that she started at the age of eight, and counts Vanilla Ice and Sara Hopkins Ayala as customers. Her web site, www.devimasala. shop, was built by her brother. 34

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“I am especially grateful to have a position where I can bring the unique perspective of teenagers and share their concerns. My mom worked really hard to provide a life for me that wasn’t riddled with the same challenges she faced, but I can still be a voice for other young people in economically challenged groups.” — Lillian Khanna Julie brings all her children’s businesses together to support her own, Khanna Connections, a communications firm specializing in medical and health industries that includes Wellington clients the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation/JDCHealth Specialty Center; the Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Disorders Institute of South Florida, the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.“Our work overlaps, and we all find ways to work together professionally,” Julie said. The Khannas also keep much of their business in Wellington, and they are grateful for the lives they have been afLillian, Nikhil, Julie and Devi Khanna.

forded during their 11 years living in the community. “Wellington has provided a lot of opportunities for my family,” Julie said.“For us, it’s about the relationships and friends we have made and how that has translated to our community involvement and our business.” Lillian sees her relationship with her mother and her entire family in the same way she views her role with Community Partners of South Florida and their mission to partner with families to help them succeed.“We can accomplish on our own, but together we’re unstoppable!” she said. To learn more about Community Partners of South Florida, visit www. cp-cto.org.


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At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the uncertainty that gripped communities around the world was amplified for nonprofit organizations. With job loss and sickness that accompanied the pandemic, it became more and more difficult for people to provide for themselves and their fourlegged family members. After first establishing health and safety protocols for their own staff members and volunteers, Robertshaw and Danta put their heads together to figure out how they could best aid those around them who needed it most. With an average of 75 rescue dogs in “The Doghouse,” a name coined for their home from their documentary Life In The Doghouse, the team at Danny & Ron’s Rescue quickly adapted to the new safety protocols and adjusted to new methods of “meet and greets” for potential dog adopters. With supplies like toilet paper, paper towels and vital cleaning items in tight supply, it was a great challenge to find everything they needed in such large quantities to keep the operation running as normal. Nevertheless, they were able to keep their doors open for the houseful of dogs that relied on them, thanks to the help of each person who con-

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In the last year, 289 dogs found loving homes through Danny & Ron’s Rescue, pushing the number of dogs saved since the start of the rescue past 12,300. More than 110 dogs belonging to strug-

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From the moment her mother sat her in the saddle, Catherine Tyree knew that her love for horses was larger than life. Her early success as a junior rider and young athlete at the top of the sport would lead to milestones such as representing the United States show jumping team at just 23 years old, an accomplishment only a small handful of people have the honor of reaching in their lifetime. What she did not realize, however, is that her love of the sport would evolve into a career and business that would both challenge and fulfill her more than ever before. Under the tutelage of John Brennan and Missy Clark of North Run as a junior,

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Science And Art Are Combined In The Experienced Hands Of Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki STORY BY M. DENNIS TAYLOR | PHOTOS BY ABNER PEDRAZA

The combination of art and science that defines plastic surgery also defines the impressive career of Dr. Jeffrey L. Wisnicki, who has been serving patients in the western communities and beyond for 35 years. To provide natural-looking results and a high patient comfort level before, during and after any procedure takes experience and hands that have “done this before, many times.” Begin with the finest training, annual recurring updates to stay abreast of the latest technologies, advancements, techniques and procedures, and add years of experience to achieve an exclusive level of care. “This combination of art and science in plastic surgery, more than any other specialty, has excited me since my medical school days,”Wisnicki said.“Six years of surgical training at Stanford University left me well prepared to embark on a very gratifying career as a board-certified plastic surgeon, and today, much of the joy of what I do comes down to the bonds that are created with our patients over many years. In fact, children I stitched up in the early years of my practice are often seen for elective procedures as adults.” Wisnicki has served in numerous hospital positions, such as chief of staff at Palms West Hospital, chief of plastic surgery at Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s, chief of plastic surgery at JFK Hospital, chairman of the department

of surgery at Palms West Hospital and chairman of the board at Palms West Hospital. As a certified diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Wisnicki is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. With his initial training in surgery and plastic surgery at Stanford University in California, fellowship work at Dartmouth and membership in honor societies, Wisnicki graduated at the top of his class with honors and research distinction. He is the author of numerous medical articles and book chapters, and he is frequently interviewed on local and national news programs. Wisnicki places the Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki has been serving patients in the western communities and beyond for 35 years. emphasis in his practice for the patient in the long run and to on an individualized approach. “Every procedure is carefully pre- ensure that the treatment is not just a planned to determine what will work fad or flash in the pan,” he explained. wellington the magazine | may 2021 49


This is all done in close communication with the patient. “The plan is reviewed with the patient to address their specific concerns,” Wisnicki said. “I see them as often as they wish before and after surgery, and I believe this establishes that very high comfort level throughout the experience that our patients appreciate.” The goal of plastic surgery procedures is to make it look like Wisnicki’s skilled touch was never there. “When performing cosmetic procedures, my focus is on obtaining the most natural results for my patients,” he said.“I want their friends to wonder why they look so good without wondering who their plastic surgeon is.” But if the matter does come up in a private conversation, the friend will likely have heard of Wisnicki. In addition to recognition and accolades locally, Wisnicki is the recipient of impressive national honors as well. After

“When performing cosmetic procedures, my focus is on obtaining the most natural results for my patients. I want their friends to wonder why they look so good without wondering who their plastic surgeon is.” — Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki being included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Healthcare and Medicine for many years

in succession, Wisnicki has been awarded the Marquis’ Lifetime Achievement Award, which goes to less than five percent of Marquis’Who’s Who recipients. Wisnicki has received the peernominated Castle Connolly Top Doctors award, is a Compassionate Doctor Award winner and has received the Patient’s Choice Fifth Anniversary Award, which is given to just one percent of all doctors in the United States. Wisnicki has also been selected for inclusion in the nonprofit consumer research book Guide to Top Doctors, which lists those specialists that other doctors would consider most desirable for care of a loved one. “Perhaps my most common procedures include facial and eyelid rejuvenation, breast enhancement and body contouring,” said Wisnicki, explaining that surgical techniques and non-surgical technologies have evolved significantly. “There is a place for both. Face, neck and

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Other important procedures include body contouring, such as liposuction, tummy tucks and arm lifts. “This may be particularly beneficial for the bariatric patient following weight loss,” Wisnicki explained. “It is also an integral part of the ‘mommy makeover.’” In practice in the community since 1986, Wisnicki has also been involved with the organization Interplast, performing charitable surgeries at home and abroad for underprivileged children. Wisnicki’s private practice is limited to plastic and reconstructive surgery, including cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts and body. Dr. Jeffrey L. Wisnicki’s Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center is located at 13005 Southern Blvd., Suite 133, on the Palms West Hospital campus. For more information, visit www.drwisnicki.com or call (561) 798-1400.

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Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar, located in the original Wellington Mall, brings a slice of India to central Palm Beach County. The ambiance is as authentic as the food, and it captures the culture in every way — from the music and décor to the fragrances and smiles that cheerfully greet patrons.

Raja offers many traditional dishes,but a standout signature dish is the tender and flavorful rack of lamb. “It is a fusion between Indian, French and American cuisine,” Executive Chef Vijeesh Parayil said. “Rack of lamb is really a standard for any great res-

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Signature DISH taurant. Ours is made with sour cream, cream cheese, mace, nutmeg, green cardamom, fennel powder and Indian garam masala.” While rack of lamb may sound familiar, the flavors, plating and sides are truly unique. The colorful plate arrives with sauteed vegetables, like carrots and broccoli, flavor-filled rice and kitchen made naan bread. It is truly a complete, upscale dish for only $26. “The lamb chops are a team effort.We have a couple of chefs working together on it — one cooks it in the clay oven, another chef pre-plates, and I do the spices. Once we cook it up, I slice the rack and finish the presentation,” Parayil said.“It’s

all such a good flavor once you put in all the spice.” One reason why the food is layered in beautiful flavors is because the team at Raja take authenticity very seriously, down to the smallest details. “We make all the spices here. We get the whole ingredients, and we grind the spices here in the kitchen. Spices lose their flavor over time, especially after being ground. By keeping everything fresh, we get more flavor,” Parayil said. There are a number of popular curry dishes on the menu, along with several vegan options. Tandoor options include tandoori chicken, jumbo shrimp and more. A variety of Naan breads are avail-

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able to complement your meal. Parayil has been the head chef at Raja since the restaurant opened two years ago. Originally from the southern Indian state of Kerala, he finds particular joy in developing seafood dishes inspired by his roots while utilizing local ingredients. “We have a lot of seafood [in Kerala]. In-house, we serve a chef’s special, which is a yellowtail snapper. Its flavors are from where I am from,” Parayil explained.“We cook it in the clay oven, and we add some shrimp curry on top of the fish.” The yellowtail snapper is also well priced at $25 a plate. Keeping prices reasonable while finding ways to offer a unique variety has always been important at Raja. Combine this with putting customers as a priority, and it explains how the restaurant has managed to thrive despite difficult circumstances. “We didn’t close when the pandemic hit. We just kept open for to-go orders,”


wellington | table Parayil said. “Now, we are open for inperson dining, but some people want to come in and some people don’t. Many call, and they want to pick up their order — or they go through another service like Uber Eats or Delivery Dudes.” Parayil said that Raja works with all food delivery options — anything to keep their customers comfortable and content. “We used to be very busy on Saturdays and Sundays, because of our buffet, so we are happy to finally be able to bring it back,” he said. On April 10, the lunch buffet returned to the weekends from noon to 3 p.m. for $16 per person.The buffet includes two different salads, an appetizer, rice, three different vegetable options, two proteins and two desserts, plus fountain drinks and bread already included, to make for a serious meal. Look to Raja to find even a signature dessert you won’t find anywhere else.

“It is a fusion between Indian, French and American cuisine Rack of lamb is really a standard for any great restaurant. Ours is made with sour cream, cream cheese, mace, nutmeg, green cardamom, fennel powder and Indian garam masala.” — Vijeesh Parayil “My signature dessert is called gulab jamun pie, and no one ever made it here in America until I did. It’s a fusion, and my personal innovation,” Parayil said. “There is a mango-caramel sauce and jackfruit ice cream on top.” Gulab jamun are small, round, milkbased donuts that have been soaked in a sweet syrup. To find Raja, look for the sign with the Golden “R.” Once inside, you’ll find an array of authentic treasures — dishes spanning many regions, draped in layers of bold flavors, and a dining atmosphere that’s warm and welcoming. Raja’s owners — the husband-and-wife team of Sunil Kayalchirayil and Sheeba Krishnan-

kutty — call it “modern Indian.” Raja Indian Cuisine is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.The restaurant is closed on Mondays. The buffet is now available on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. Visit Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar on Facebook to see current specials. Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar is located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 20. The restaurant has direct access through both the mall interior and from the back parking lot. For more information, or to see the menu, visit www. rajawellington.com or call (561) 3185383.

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Wellington Garden Club Helps Make The Community A More Beautiful Place BY DEBORAH WELKY

“Gardening Makes a World of Difference” is the motto of the Wellington Garden Club, which has been helping to make the community a more beautiful place for nearly four decades. Founded in October 1981 by a few local women who held meetings in one another’s living rooms, the club began with lots of good ideas and a few bylaws. Yet the women had the foresight to become part of something bigger, joining the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs just a few months later. Founding members of the club included President Mary Clark, Vice President Mary Rowe, Treasurer Inge Parrish, Recording Secretary Paula Giambrone, Corresponding Secretary

Judy Frank, and members Melinda Beasley, Connie Diforio, Marilyn Elliot, Mary Giovanetti, Phyllis Greenberg, Isabel Johnson, Grace Rocket, Alberta Weldon and Lily Wiggan. “The club’s original scrapbook is interesting to look through,” said Jan Seagrave, the group’s current president. “The women used to do a bazaar; did landscaping for Habitat for Humanity homes; created little handmade programs; and typed up pages for a yearbook that we have professionally printed today. They did a lot of flowerarranging classes where now we have flower show judges and master gardeners as members, and the judges sometimes do arrangement classes.” Over the past 40 years, the club has

grown quite a bit, and with that growth came changes. “We have added to what our mission statement and motto are, we’ve added activities, and we meet at the Wellington Community Center now,” Seagrave said. “There’s so much to what we do. The club has evolved over the years from that group of wonderful ladies who got it started to a club with more of a sense of community than we had before.” Some of its original charter members remain on the roster, linking the past to the present. “It’s about how far we’ve come with the club and what we’ve learned in the past to bring forth to give to the community,” Seagrave explained. wellington the magazine | may 2021 61


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Wellington Garden Club member John Siena and Boys & Girls Club members display some of the harvest from the community garden; the club provided floral arrangements to local hospitals, such as Wellington Regional Medical Center (shown here) and fire stations during National Garden Week; and Joyce Smith, Alison Albury, Jan Seagrave, Maria Wolfe, Bobbi Ziegler, Barbara Zenker and Danese Sloan Kendall at a recent document shredding fundraiser.

The group continues to invite informative guest speakers to its meetings and hosts a biannual Garden Walk tour of members’ gardens, but it also established a butterfly garden at the Wellington Dog Park, currently maintained by the Boy Scouts; sends kids to ecology camp; offers scholarships to high school students interested in the earth sciences; and even honors the military. This upcoming Memorial Day, the Wellington Garden Club will unveil a Gold Star plaque at the Wellington Veterans Memorial to honor family mem-

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there and they maintain it — and the beautiful landscaping around it.” It was incoming President Maria Wolfe who led the marker charge. “Being the daughter of a World War II and Korean War veteran, and spouse of a Vietnam veteran, honoring our servicemembers is very important to me,” she said. “When I found out that the National Garden Clubs had this program and the village didn’t have even one marker, I took it upon myself to do it. The Blue Star marker was dedicated on Veterans Day 2019.”


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celebrate | wellington Wolfe spoke at the ceremony when the marker was unveiled. “We had 50 club members in the parade — everybody was just so excited to be a part of it and support it,” she said. “And now, as the pandemic slowly recedes, we felt like it was time to put in the Gold Star marker, and we’d like to invite all Gold Star families to attend the dedication, this time on Memorial Day.” Twig Morris has been a member of the Wellington Garden Club for 15 years, joining just two years after she moved to Wellington. “The club’s membership grew a lot after I joined. There were so many new communities opening up, and also the club was trying to get into as many local publications as possible,” Morris said. “We attracted new members during our garden tour and the plant sales we held at the Wellington Community Center. People bought plants and found out about the club.” The Wellington Garden Club also began focusing more on the youth of the area, forming junior garden clubs and establishing a children’s community garden behind the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington together with the Young Professionals of Wellington. “We meet every Tuesday at 3 p.m. with the kids,” Seagrave said. “We weed, trim, cut, plant — but mainly it’s the education, from planting the seed to reaping the harvest. A lot of these kids think that fruits and vegetables only come from Publix.” Teaching local gardening is a key focus of the club today. “We want our youth to learn about gardening, to love gardening and to respect the environment,” Morris said. “Our scholarship committee does a lot of fundraising. We donate $5,000 in scholarships to local students pursuing a degree in environmental sciences. We send kids to the Florida Federation of 64 may 2021 | wellington the magazine

The Wellington Garden Club’s Blue Star Memorial is unveiled during a 2019 Veterans Day ceremony.

Garden Clubs’ SEEK [Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge] summer camp. We sponsored one young man for two years, and he was so inspired by the program that he went on to Duke University to study environmental law. That makes us proud.” The club also provides enough funding to send seven to nine campers to Wekiva Youth Camp, a sleepaway camp near Apopka that is sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and is certified by the American Camping Association. And although club bylaws prohibit political activity, e-mail blasts do go out informing members about meetings they may choose to attend as interested citizens. A recent Village of Wellington meeting where the future of a wetlands preserve was on the agenda was one such example. “We are about education in the environmental and ecological areas,” Seagrave said. “As president, I want to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club in 2021 and then, in 2022, the 40th anniversary of our joining the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.” People and plants — both are important to Wellington Garden Club members. “A lot of club presidents aren’t as lucky as I am,” Wolfe said. “They have so much paperwork to do. My therapy is to get in there and get my hands dirty — plop things in the ground and watch them grow.” Learn more about the club at www. wellingtongardenclub.org.


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