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Features 26 WEF Event To Raise $1 million For charity

Thirty lucky charities are getting the opportunity to win major prize money during the 2011 FTI Great Charity Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 19. By Lauren Miró

38 Wellington Fashion: Live & Uncut with Visions

Wellington Fashion teamed up this month with Visions Salon to bring you a sneak preview of “Live & Uncut,” a New York-style runway show in Wellington on Feb. 27.

44 The Next Generation Of Business Leaders

Jessica Clasby leads the Young Professionals, a fast-growing offshoot of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce. The Young Professionals is a group of 21- to 39-year-olds who meet monthly for networking and social business events. By Deborah Welky


49 Aaron’s Catering Expands At The Polo Club

Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches, the area’s fastest-growing catering company, is expanding once again to a brand new pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. By Kenneth Kraus

54 Technology Revolutionizes Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology once was regarded as a risky treatment method after other cancer treatments had failed, but new technology has made it the preferred method in many cases, explains Dr. Kishore Dass of South Florida Radiation Oncology. By Ron Bukley

60 Wellington Star: Show Jumper Paulo Santana

Boosted by a big win in December, Paulo Santana’s talent, drive and passion for the competition puts him at the top of upcoming riders to watch this season and makes him this month’s Wellington Star. By Lauren Miró

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Wellington Social Scene Wellington Officials Celebrate Opening Of Municipal Complex 2011 Wellington Polo Season Gets Underway At IPC Wellington Rings In The New Year At The New Amphitheater Wellington Chamber Equestrian Committee Welcomes Season 2011 South Florida Fair: Three Weeks Of ‘Really Cool Stuff’


66 Wellington Home

A slice of paradise right in the heart of Wellington, we visit a 10-acre Mediterranean-style estate located in the secluded Palm Beach Point community offering the best in luxury, comfort and taste. By Lauren Miró

72 Wellington Table

Mat Allen, executive chef at the White Horse Tavern, has a love for cooking that is packed into every fabulous bite of food he serves. His unique palate introduces bold combinations sure to satisfy any taste. By Lauren Miró

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ON THE COVER Nicole and Paige Bellissimo with Olympic rider Laura Kraut, , with Quinia Z (owned by Ezequiel Peralta). participants in the Feb. 19 Great Charity Challenge at WEF. Hair by Melrose Telles and makeup by Samantha Dubin, both of the david K space. main Photo By bill barbosa/photo designs inc. inset photo by randi muster/mustphoto inc.


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A Message from the Publisher

Equestrian Season, Charity Season volume

Wellington’s world-renowned equestrian season is in full swing, from the show rings at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to the polo fields at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. While the focus will always remain on equestrian sports, this time of year is also the apex of the charitable season, as our equestrian venues also serve as locations for galas raising countless dollars for great causes. Building on this longstanding tradition, the promoters of the Winter Equestrian Festival have created the Great Charity Challenge. Now in its second year, this worthy venture aims to give away $1 million to 30 local charities — all in one evening of show jumping competition. It’s a great endeavor, and one we’re honored to be featuring this issue.

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Keeping with the equestrian theme, Wellington The Magazine visits with Brazilian native Paulo Santana, a Wellington resident who is among this season’s riders to watch. We also catch up with show jumper Callan Solem, who is making her Winter Equestrian Festival debut this season after years of competing at other winter circuits. One of the big changes at the polo club this season isn’t on the field — it’s on the sidelines. There’s a spectacular new venue at the International Polo Club, the Nespresso Grande Pavilion. This 11,000-square-foot pavilion is sure to become a favorite for special events in Wellington all year round. In season, it will be home to IPC’s famous Sunday brunch. The facility will be operated by the newly formed International Polo Club Catering, a partnership between IPC and Wellingtonbased Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches. We profile this unique partnership this issue. Jessica Clasby, the leader behind the Palms West Chamber of Commerce’s new Young Professionals group, is featured this issue. Also, with all the changes recently in the field of radiation oncology, we chat this month with longtime Wellington medical leader Dr. Kishore Dass of South Florida Radiation Oncology to learn more. Wellington Fashion previews “Live & Uncut,” a special Feb. 27 fashion show hosted by Visions Salon bringing a New York-style runway show to Wellington. Wellington Table visits with Chef Mat Allen, a British native responsible for the spectacular cuisine available at the White Horse Tavern. Wellington Home tours an impressive Mediterranean-style estate in the Palm Beach Point community. Special thanks to all our readers who contacted us with commentary regarding our redesign that debuted last issue. We’re glad to see how well the changes were received, and we will keep your thoughts in mind as we continue to work toward bringing you an ever-better magazine serving the greater Wellington community. Joshua Manning Publisher/Executive Editor

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Wellington Officials Celebrate Opening Of Municipal Complex

(Left) Village officials cut the ribbon to open the new building. (Right) Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, Vice Mayor Matt Willhite and Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore reveal the plaque to adorn the new village hall.

Fifteen years to the day after the Village of Wellington was born, current and former officials, staff members and guests looked on as the Wellington flag was raised over its new municipal complex Friday, Dec. 31. The $10.5 million, 54,000-square-foot building is the new home of the village’s council chambers and administrative offices. By consolidating various offices into one place, Wellington officials expect to save more than $500,000 a year.

(Left) Village officials with representatives of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce inside the new village hall. (Center left) PBSO District 8 Captain Jay Hart, Village Manager Paul Schofield, Scott Armand, PBSO Chief Deputy Michael Gauger and Sgt. Alexander Perez. (Center right) Mayor Darell and Sherry Bowen invite visitors inside. (Right) Former mayor Tom Wenham with his wife Regis.


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2011 Wellington Polo Season Gets Underway At IPC

(Left) Dr. Howard and Rachel Routman with Dr. Veronica Pedro and her husband Kirk Alexander. (Center) Players from EFG Bank and Valiente battle for control of the ball. (Right) Joe and Ashley Maguire toast the New Year.

The International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington kicked off its 2011 polo season Sunday, Jan. 2 with the Herbie Pennell Cup match between EFG Bank and Valiente. EFG Bank won 14-13 in sudden death overtime.

(Left) Sandra Garcia, Silvia Garcia and Katrina Alvarez. (Center) Diagnostic Centers of America staff and guests take in a day at polo. (Right) Rommy Revson, Linda Juckette, Karen Hardin and Doli Rodriguez enjoy a polo tailgate.


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Wellington Rings In The New Year At New Amphitheater

(Left) Shay Marie sings on stage. (Center) Ingrid and Troy Webster with Peter Wein. (Right) Heather Phoi of Groovolution eats fire.

The Village of Wellington held a New Year’s Eve celebration on Friday, Dec. 31 at the new Wellington Amphitheater. There was live entertainment, vendors and a Zambelli fireworks display.

(Left) Paul Schofield; John, Jennifer, Nancy Bonde; Bruce Delaney; Pierre Raymond; Sherry and Mayor Darell Bowen; and Bruce Wagner. (Center) Bill Jones (left) with his 1977 Corvette and Jim Church (right) with his 2003 Corvette. (Right) Cydney Sullivan, Collin Brown, Cassidy Henghold and Sarah Brown jump in the bounce house.


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Wellington Chamber Equestrian Committee Welcomes Season

(Left) Members of the Wellington Chamber Equestrian Committee. (Center) Maggie Zeller, Luis Escobar and Julie Tannehill. (Right) Mark Bellissimo, Michela Perillo-Green and Mason Phelps.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Equestrian Committee hosted a reception Jan. 6 at the Seventh Chukker Club at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Chamber members and local dignitaries attended the festivities alongside members of the polo, dressage and hunter-jumper communities. The event was sponsored by Phelps Media Group, and food was provided by IPC Catering, powered by Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches.

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2011 South Florida Fair: Three Weeks Of ‘Really Cool Stuff’

(Left) Wellington Vice Mayor Matt Willhite and his wife Alexis, Sherry and Mayor Darell Bowen, Marie and Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore, and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig and her husband Alan. (Right) Miss South Florida Fair 2010 Courtney McKenzie with Miss South Florida Fair 2011 Cassie Stafford.

The 2011 South Florida Fair kicked off its 17-day run on Friday, Jan. 14, featuring the usual assortment of rides, games, livestock, entertainment and lots more. The theme of this year’s fair was “Really Cool Stuff.” The fair hosted a VIP party and “liftoff reception” Thursday, Jan. 13, a day before the fair officially opened, and Saturday, Jan. 15 featured the 2011 Miss South Florida Fair Scholarship Pageant.

(Left) South Florida Fair Chairman Bob Broadway and Vice President Vicki Chouris cut the ribbon. (Left center) Fair Trustee Robert Weisman, Vice President Vicki Chouris, Chairman Bob Broadway and Trustee Robi Jurney at the VIP opening party. (Right center) A VIP party performance by Bella Luna Cirque. (Right) Fair trustees Dave Goodlett and Robi Jurney.


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By Joshua Manning, Lauren Miró and Ron Bukley

Wellington Opens Municipal Complex

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Fifteen years to the day after the Village of Wellington was born, current and former village officials, staff members and guests looked on as the Wellington flag was raised over its new municipal complex Friday, Dec. 31. “It’s a building that will join all the other first-class facilities we have here in Wellington,” Mayor Darell Bowen said. “This is the last piece of the puzzle. Now we have the best village hall.” The $10.5 million, 54,000-square-foot building on Forest Hill Blvd. is the new home of the village’s council chambers and administrative offices. It was paid for using builder impact fees. By consolidating various village offices into one place, Wellington officials expect to save more than $500,000 a year. Vice Mayor Matt Willhite noted that the building is part of a continuing vision for Wellington’s future. “It’s always said that home is where the heart is,” he said. “This facility will now be the heartbeat of the future of this city.” Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore, who was on the inaugural council 15 years ago, recalled the days when his office was the trunk of his car. “This is a very important and touching moment for me particularly,” he said. “On Dec. 31, 1995, we raised our flags as the Village of Wellington. Since that time, we’ve dreamed of this facility… Finally, we have a place to meet with residents and carry out business. This is now our home.” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig echoed Priore’s sentiments. “It’s going to make it easier to get in touch with us, it’s going to make it easier to do business with the city, and it’s going to make it more of a city center,” she said.

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More Senior Programs — Seniors living in Wellington will have a busy schedule this year thanks to new educational, social and entertainment programs being offered by the

village. The goal, said Senior Services Advocate Howard Trager, is to stimulate senior residents’ minds and bodies with activities spanning athletics, art, lectures and entertainment. “The village wanted programs that would help keep our senior residents busy, help keep them stimulated, and then have an interesting schedule of programs,” he said. Among the programs is “Brunch & Bingo,” which is held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Wellington is also starting a Wii bowling league starting this month. Other programs address senior issues such as health, finance and home maintenance. Events are held at the Wellington Community Center and most are free of charge. For more information, call (561) 7914000 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Short-Term Lease On K-Park Site — Wellington has decided to settle back and watch organic vegetables grow for as long as three years on a State Road 7 property where the village had once planned to build a major park project or perhaps a college campus. In December, the Wellington Village Council approved a one-year lease agreement with J. Alderman Farms Inc. for the 66-acre “K-Park” tract on the west side of SR 7 near Pierson Road. Alderman Farms may renew the lease for two one-year periods if it so chooses. Alderman Farms will pay the village $50,000 a year for the site and also take over all maintenance, which previously fell to the village. The upkeep of the vacant lot cost Wellington approximately $50,000 to maintain yearly. “It’s a win-win situation for the taxpayers,” Deputy Village Manager John Bonde said. “The village saves money in operating expenses because we no longer have to maintain the site, and we make $50,000 in revenue from the lease.”


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Nicole, Mark and Paige Bellissimo, founders of the Great Charity Challenge. photo by bill barbosa/photo designs inc.


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The Great Charity Challenge Special Event At WEF Feb. 19 Aims To Give Away $1 Million Story by Lauren Miró


hirty lucky charities are getting the opportunity to win major prize money during the 2011 FTI Great Charity Challenge at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Saturday, Feb. 19. A brainchild of the Bellissimo family, the event pairs teams of professional, amateur and junior riders with a randomly selected charity and puts them in the ring to compete for a total of $1 million in prize money. Each charity is guaranteed at least $10,000, with the winner to get about $150,000. The idea to create an event dedicated to helping charities came when Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo was watching the news with his daughter Paige. “There was a news report highlighting the devastation that the financial crisis has had on local, communitybased charities,” Paige Bellissimo recalled. “Great charities with great missions were shutting down because of a lack of funding.”

financial commitment to Wellington,” Paige Bellissimo said, “so it was a natural fit.” Additionally, Mark Bellissimo noted, they wanted to be sure that 100 percent of the money raised was given to charity, that each organization was guaranteed at least $10,000 and that it would serve a large number of charities. “The key component of our strategy was to make the selection of the charities random,” Paige Bellissimo said. Each charity must be a tax-exempt organization, in existence for at least three years and serve Palm Mark Bellissimo with Lou Dobbs, master of ceremonies at last year’s Great Charity Challenge. image courtesy Randi muster/Mustphoto Inc.

Meanwhile, horse show producer Mark Bellissimo had been searching for an event to bring the local community closer to its equestrian neighbors. He noted that some see the equestrian community as inaccessible, despite its penchant for generosity. “For the last couple of years, I was looking for an event that would allow the equestrian community to connect with the community at large,” he said. “It was our goal to create a vehicle where we could capture that energy and philanthropy of the equestrian world and direct it toward the local community.” Combining the two ideas, the Great Charity Challenge was born last year as a way to give back to those organizations that help others in times of need. The event became a collaborative effort between the Bellissimo family and the team at Equestrian Sport Productions. “Our family has a big personal and |wellington the magazine| February 2011


Beach County. Each charity was randomly assigned a sponsor — one of many generous families or individuals who have donated money to make the event a reality. The sponsors have the chance to select the amateur and professional riders who will compete for their charity. The Bellissimos wanted to be sure that it was a family-oriented event with a fast-paced, team competition to keep guests entertained in a casual environment that would translate well to Wellington. “Wellington is a familyoriented community,” Paige Bellissimo said. “This is a family-oriented event.” In its inaugural year, the Great Charity Challenge awarded $560,000 in prize money to 24 charities, despite only three weeks of raising cash for the event, Mark Bellissimo said. “It was amazing how many families stepped up and contributed based on a quick conversation,” he said. “Very few people I asked said no.” Additionally, he gained support from corporate interests, such as presenting sponsors FTI Consulting and the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. “I want to thank FTI and Fidelity for their contributions for this great event,” Mark Bellissimo said.

The funds are managed by Fidelity, which allows donors to contribute knowing that their money is being used for charity, not profit. “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, we’re delighted to be associated with the Wellington Equestrian Festival’s Great Charity Challenge and its outreach to benefit so many worthy causes in the Palm Beach area,” said Sarah Libbey, president of Fidelity Charitable Services. Once the money was secured, it was only a matter of putting together the event. The format is simple: world-class riders compete in a three-person relay race with amateur and junior riders for the fastest time over a show-jumping course. In this, the event allows unknown riders to get in the ring with top names in the sport. Paige Bellissimo had the opportunity to ride last year for her family’s sponsored charity, the Stand Down House. “It was great fun,” she said. “It was an honor to ride on the same team as Olympic gold medallist Laura Kraut. In general, [equestrian sports are] individual. It was refreshing to be part

of a team for a great cause.” The winner of the $150,000 prize last year was the Step By Step Foundation, prompting founder and president Liliane Stransky to break into a dance with her team, Paige Bellissimo recalled. Stransky was able to use the money to finish the foundation’s school in Haiti, which helps underprivileged children and the surrounding community. “It was a dream come true,” Stransky said. “It was the largest amount of money we’d received. I think it’s the greatest idea — that in this time when we’re in such an economic crisis and it’s hard to raise money, that someone would do an event like this.” But Stransky wasn’t the only one moved by the event’s generosity. Edward Kochetova, the husband of Russian rider Ljubov Kochetova, was so inspired that he donated an additional $60,000 to three charities chosen by the winning teams’ sponsors, Paige Bellissimo said. “I was truly moved by the gesture, as it was a great representation of the spirit of the evening,” she said. And this year, the event is bigger and

(Below) The participating charities in this year’s Great Charity Challenge were chosen at a ceremony held Dec. 12 at the inaugural Holiday HorseFest in downtown West Palm Beach. image courtesy mancini photos

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better, with 30 charities set to win $1 million. Each charity will receive more money thanks to a new sliding-scale payout, which nets each organization a percentage of the prize money. The winner will receive 15 percent, and each charity is guaranteed $10,000. “We are allocating money beyond the top three,” Mark Bellissimo said. “Last year, we gave the top three teams the bulk of the money. This year, the money is distributed on a sliding scale so that there is more money to be won by other teams, which will keep the event more exciting.” Adding to the excitement, participants are entertained with music, carnival acts and more, making it the perfect event for families as well as youth-based charities such as the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club. “We thought it was a great event,” said Mike Green, executive director of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches. “It was the first time for us to travel out there, and the first time for many of (Top left) Team G&C Farm, made up of Pablo Barrios with Juan and Luis Larrazabal, helped the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington finish in second place last year, winning $100,000. (Bottom left) The winning presentation of $150,000 to the Step by Step Foundation. images courtesy Randi muster/Mustphoto Inc.


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find new ways to bring in funds in this economy, you’re going to jump on it.”

our people to even see an event like that. We have a lot of underprivileged youth who would never have been able to go see it otherwise.”

The Urban League was among 29 names drawn in a raffle during the Holiday HorseFest at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. “Our members are really excited,” Alvarado said. “We’re hoping to bring kids from our New Lights and National Achievers programs. In their average life, they are never going to be able to see a competition like this.”

Mary O’Connor, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, agreed. “It was great for the kids who come to our club to get to see something like that,” she said. “Kids love horses, so just that they get to be around them, they’re thrilled to begin with. But because it’s a race, it’s unlike any other event. The kids don’t have to be quiet. They can scream for their team.” Mark Bellissimo said he saw an increase in spectators after the Great Charity Challenge. “I am hopeful that we can bring equestrian sport to a broader group of people over the next few years,” he said. “I think the [Great Charity Challenge] will soften the image and expose the sport and the facility to a broader audience.” This year, 160 charities applied to be chosen for the event. New among them was the Urban League of Palm Beach County. “I had heard about it,” said Kate Alvarado, vice president of development. “I was pretty excited. Any time that you can

But Mark Bellissimo hopes to change that. He hopes to make the Great Charity Challenge a legacy of the Wellington Equestrian Partners that continues to give the community a peek into the equestrian world. And he has set his sights even higher for the future. “I am hopeful that this event raises $5 million within five years,” he said. “Last year I said it was my goal to raise $1 million in three years, and it looks like it is happening this year. I am a big fan of setting a lofty goal and executing it.” Tickets for the Great Charity Challenge can be purchased online at www.equestriansport.com. To make a donation, or for more information about the event, call (561) 793-5867.

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Callan Solem Show Stables Makes Wellington Debut Story by Rebecca Walton


he Wellington community has welcomed international Grand Prix rider Callan Solem to the Winter Equestrian Festival for the first time. Solem has competed extensively on the international circuit, and now, thanks to the support of Horseshoe Trail Farm, owned by equestrians Collin and Virginia McNeil, she will have the opportunity to take her horses to WEF for the 12-week circuit.

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Following many years at Quiet Winter Farm in Colt’s Neck, N.J., Solem opened Callan Solem Show Stables in April 2010. The new hunter/jumper/equitation operation is based out of Chester Springs, Pa., at the McNeils’ 90-acre Upland Farm. Through the years, Solem has spent her winters at HITS Ocala, but the new venture has given her the opportunity to compete at WEF.

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Showing at WEF is a logical next step for the talented rider, who was named the leading Grand Prix rider at the 2010 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Her 2010 season also featured high placings in Grand Prix classes along the East Coast, including the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, N.Y. In addition, Solem has represented the United States Equestrian Team internationally on numerous occasions. She has ridden on four Nations Cup teams, including Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, Lummen and Falsterbo.

(Below) Callan Solem rides VDL Torlando, one of the mounts she will ride in Grand Prix competitions in Wellington this season.

The 32-year-old equestrian is thrilled to be at WEF with her talented stable of horses. “I am fortunate enough to have the support of the McNeils, and we have the opportunity to utilize a fantastic facility very near the WEF show grounds this year,” Solem said. “We are also blessed with wonderful horses, and I feel that we are ready to move into the top-level competition that WEF offers.” Callan Solem Show Stables will be based at a facility on Belmont Trail just a short hack to the show grounds. The facility features two 10-stall barns, a grass Grand Prix field, as well as a beautiful ring equipped with state-of-the-art Bart Poels footing and ample turn-out. It also includes on-site housing so that Solem and her team are able to keep a close eye on the horses. This year, Solem is focused on developing a special program for each of her horses that will allow them to be successful. “Knowing each horse individually and the goals that we’ve set for him makes it easier to decide which weeks and how many weeks he should show,” she said. “The owners and I collectively make this decision, but we are always listening to the horse for any adjustments that need to be made along the way.” The team will show approximately 20 horses at WEF this year. “We have some extremely talented young jumpers that I am eager to get showing, and a really nice young hunter, as well,” Solem said. “VDL Torlando and Magic Cruise will be my mounts for the Grand Prix competitions, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to ride them. Our clients range from pony riders to junior/amateur riders, and everyone is excited to get started! We have a number of lovely horses for sale, too, so we are anticipating a busy circuit.” The best in the world come to compete at WEF, and Solem is excited to be a part of that group. “I am excited about the benefits that this will have on my own riding,” she said. The Wellington community is also a draw for Solem. Besides its pleasant ambiance, the village is full of equestrians who all have tremendous knowledge of and experience with horses. Even the spectators who come out to enjoy the Saturday night Grand Prix events have an excellent understanding of the sport. Solem’s success in the ring comes down to her insightful training philosophy based on having a tremendous respect for the horse. “When treated with understanding and good management, they give so much,” she explained. “I try to make sure that the horses know when they have done a good job. I know that it sounds elementary, but it’s true. It’s really about being a good communicator.” Callan Solem Show Stables is looking forward to an exciting debut year at WEF, and under Solem’s knowledgeable guidance, all of the horses and riders should have a successful season in the show ring. For more information about Callan Solem Show Stables, visit www.callansolem.com. |wellington the magazine| February 2011


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The EQUUS Foundation Working To Help Horses And Horse Charities Story by Alyson Sanderford

Many little girls grow up dreaming of learning to ride a pony. Some ask their parents daily when they will get to ride, while others collect Breyer model horses. Luckily for Lauren and Shannon Coakley, their mother Lynn supported their dream. When the girls turned five, they were allowed to start taking riding lessons. The Coakley girls had no idea how lucky they were — their mother had taken them to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Conn., to ride with legendary horseman Emerson Burr, who had taught Lynn to ride as a girl. As the children’s riding careers took off, Lynn became active in the Fairfield Hunt Club’s AA Horse Show held each June, which raises money for local horse charities. Because there was always a debate over which equinerelated charity would benefit, she suggested establishing a foundation so more than one could receive money. With the club’s support, the EQUUS Foundation was born. Established in August 2002, the EQUUS Foundation awarded its first grants to seven local horse charities from the money raised at the Fairfield show and the Fete Cheval, a gymkhanastyle, spring event staged with wellknown riders such as Leslie Howard and McLain Ward. “The Fete Cheval was such a big hit in Connecticut, we thought the Wellington equestrian community might enjoy it as well,” Lynn said. The event was first held in Wellington in 2005, and then the foundation introduced another novel event, Equestrian Idol, in 2007. Now, the EQUUS Foundation stages both events annually in Wellington. The

Fete Cheval will take place this year at 6 p.m. Friday, March 11 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Co-chaired by Elizabeth Press, Clea Newman Soderlund and Visse Wedell, it features cocktails, dinner, an auction and gymkhana games performed by a number of famous riders: Max Amaya, Pablo Barrios, Molly Ashe Cawley, Nick Dello Joio, Mario Deslauriers, Hillary Dobbs, Kent Farrington, Sandy Ferrell, Brianne Goutal, Patricia Griffith, Charlie Jayne, Beezie Madden, Bert Mutch, Rodrigo Pessoa, Peter Pletcher, Louise Serio, Shane Sweetnam, Jimmy Torano, Ken Smith and McLain Ward. Ralph Caristo and Leo Conroy will judge the riders, and Mason Phelps Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies. This year will mark the fifth year for Equestrian Idol, a singing contest similar to the popular TV show, which will take place Friday, Feb. 4 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The event will feature a format where past winners will pair up with contestants in a musical cabaret. Taylor Blauweiss, Ki-Juan Minors, Jen White Kane and Brian Lookabill are coming back to perform with Dianna Bricker, Hillary Dobbs, Casey Hodges and newcomers Teaghan James and Robert Orthwein. More contestants are expected. Mason Phelps Jr. will be master of ceremonies, while Patricia Keenan and Catherine Herman are chairing the 2011 event. Money raised allows the foundation to provide financial grants to equestrianrelated charities. Since 2003, the EQUUS Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to charities across the United States. “We encourage horse lovers to support horse charities,” Lynn Coakley said. “For [people] who may not have a favorite, we hope you will

EQUUS Foundation Chair Jenny Belknap Kees, Vice Chair Catherine Herman and President Lynn Coakley.

support EQUUS and know that your donations are helping horses all over the country.” The charities applying for grants are thoroughly researched by the foundation, and put through an extensive application process to ensure that 100 percent of the funds given are going to the horses. Another way that the foundation helps charities was established last fall with the launch of carrots4acause, an online network for social activism. Recognizing that more charities were applying for grants than money available, EQUUS surveyed applicants to determine how else they could be helped. Aside from money, volunteers and supplies were also needed. Carrots4acause was created to address that need. It is a networking system: each charity has a profile and is listed geographically for public search. The charities list volunteer opportunities and items they need. “The EQUUS Foundation offers a great way to give money that really benefits the horse community,” said Jenny Belknap Kees, chair of the foundation’s board. “We are able to raise significant funds, but the best part is that we give funds to charities that are really in need. We provide an easy way for people to help horses and the children and adults who benefit from working with them.” To learn more about the foundation, visit www.equusfoundation.org. |wellington the magazine| February 2011


Equestrians Fight Breast Cancer

Story by Alyson Sanderford

Challenge Of The Americas Returns March 12 Every two and a half minutes, a person is diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, about 207,000 in 2010 alone. Mary Ross, founder of the Challenge of the Americas — a yearly benefit in Wellington that will be staged March 12 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach — is one of those people affected each day by breast cancer after she lost her mother to the disease in 1999. “I wanted to do something to fight this horrible disease, just as my mother tried to do,” Ross said. Her mother had a single mastectomy and was in remission for 10 years before the cancer returned. She died at age 74. “The advancements they have made since then in technology and preventive screening are absolutely amazing. Drugs that reduce side effects of chemo; treatments that remove or block cancer-producing hormones; and compounds that actually target and stop cancer cell growth are among the many promising and potential cures for breast cancer,” Ross said. “At the challenge, we have two primary purposes: first, to increase awareness of the need for early screening and detection; and secondly, to assist in finding that cure by raising much-needed funding for clinical research.” Georgette Escobar is one of the lucky ones — a breast cancer survivor. Georgette, whose husband is polo player Luis Escobar, was diagnosed with breast cancer last March. “My cancer was diagnosed by a fluke and at a very early stage,” she noted. “After all of the scans, tests and biopsies, I opted to go the most radical route and had a double mastectomy four days after I was diagnosed. I was stage one on both sides, and had a very slow-growing type of cancer, but I did not want to take any chances. I just know that the advances made in technology to find such early stages are the reason that more and more women are beating this disease. I want to work now to raise awareness about it.” Dressage rider Shannon Dueck is also one of the lucky ones, but a family history of breast cancer has deeply affected her life. Dueck was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer after her first mammogram. She is now in remission after having a double mastectomy. “I would not have gone to such radical lengths. I was offered many different options to fight the disease,” she said. “However, after two other members of my family were both diagnosed with very late stages of breast cancer all within the same year I was, I opted for a double 36

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mastectomy. I was very lucky and did not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. My mother, however, was not so lucky,” she said. Dueck is the daughter of Jacqueline Oldham, a dressage judge who died recently after a short battle with breast cancer diagnosed at stage four. “The Challenge of the Americas is a fabulous event that raises great amounts of money for research, and I can attest that I am alive because of the advancements in technology and the breakthroughs that doctors have made,” Dueck said. “I am thrilled to be a part of the event again because I believe it’s really working to help us help those with this nasty disease.” The Challenge of the Americas showcases spectacular performances on horseback while raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Play for P.I.N.K. This marks the 10th year for the event, a one-of-a-kind affair that highlights the equestrian sports of dressage, jumping and polo. Competing riders include a “who’s who” of the top equestrian competitors. The Challenge of the Americas began as a luncheon dressage exhibition in 2002. Since then, it has grown into an under-the-lights international equestrian extravaganza complete with a dinner gala. Since its inception in 1993, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation has raised more than $270 million — over $33 million in 2009 alone — to support the most advanced and promising breast cancer research that will help lead to prevention and a cure. Play for P.I.N.K. is a grassroots organization dedicated to raising funds to fight breast cancer. Since 1996, Play for P.I.N.K has donated over $18 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Challenge of the Americas will be held Saturday, March 12, under the lights at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. The Challenge Gala, an elegant evening of dinner and dancing, will get underway immediately following the competition. For more information, to help sponsor this event or to purchase tickets to the Challenge of the Americas, visit www.challengeofthe americas.com or call Mary Ross at (561) 852-2591. (Top image) A scene from last year’s Challenge of the Americas. Photo by Susan J. Stickle

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Models Michelle Hope (left) and Aimee Guilles (right) have been selected to join Visions Salon in the premiere fashion show Live & Uncut 2011 on Sunday, Feb. 27.

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Fashion… Live & Uncut! Wellington The Magazine this month teamed up with Tom Monticello and his staff at Visions Salon to bring you a sneak preview of “Live and Uncut,” a fundraising event that brings a New York-style runway show to Wellington on Feb. 27. “Live & Uncut” is the first of its kind in Wellington. This year, Visions will be featuring their “ArcheteXture” collection with looks cleverly inspired by architectural imagery. Throughout history, artists from Michelangelo to Dali have used architecture as inspiration. The fashion of hair is no different, as Vidal Sassoon’s entire career launched from his architectural inspirations. Our preview includes the latest in hair, makeup and vintage-inspired fashion, shot on location in Wellington at Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon. Owner Lenyce Boyd and Artistic Director Tracy Vasquez have been working closely with Visions to perfect this runway event. Monticello created “Live & Uncut” to allow the Visions team to expand the boundaries of their creativity while presenting the community a glimpse of all the possibilities hair and fashion can bring. The evening will benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and Little Smiles, a local nonprofit children’s charity. This avant-garde runway show will give all attendees the pleasure of experiencing a high fashion show, just like industry professionals. The night will feature a cocktail reception along with the fashion show on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Visions Salon (12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). For more info., call (561) 790-1696.

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Young Professionals: The Next Generation Of Business Leaders

Jessica Clasby Leads A Fast-Growing Offshoot Of The Palms West Chamber Story by Deborah Welky ■ Photos by Abner Pedraza


U.S. Air Force “brat” born in South Korea, who came to Florida 10 years ago to work toward a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University, has ended up creating and leading a group for young dreamers like herself in the Wellington area. Jessica Clasby was born to a military family and speaks fluent Korean and German in addition to English. She came to work in the area when she interviewed with the Palms West Chamber of Commerce for its membership services/information technology coordinator position. When she asked whether there was a networking group for young professionals, she was instantly hired — and her job description expanded to embrace what became the chamber’s own Young Professionals group. “Young Professionals is a group of 21- to 39-yearolds, recently out of school, who meet monthly for networking and social business events,” Clasby explained. “We are the future of the chamber. When I was hired, the chamber gave me full rein, and we held our inaugural kickoff event in January 2009. It was a huge success, with over 60 showing up.” When Clasby started marketing Young Professionals, there was an immediate response. One thing many young people have in common is an interest in sports. “I’m a big sports fan, so some of our events are intertwined with sports,” she said. “We go to the Florida Panthers games and get a skybox, and we’re all able to be together and network. In June, we went to Roger Dean Stadium where I threw out the first pitch.” Yet it’s not all fun and games for the hardworking Young Professionals. Their mentors and advisers are the older, more experienced members of the chamber, whose guidance and leadership they welcome. Jessica Clasby, director of the Young Professionals group of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce. Hair & Makeup by Jennifer Casella/VISIONS SALON

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Young Professionals director Jessica Clasby (center) with founding members Rob Jager and Sandi Quigley.

and sit in on our Young Professionals meetings, to get the vibe,” Clasby said. “It’s a different feeling, more of a social network than a business network. I know when I personally would go to network, and I was the youngest one in the room, it was intimidating to approach someone who’s more established.”

and community. She has the drive and passion to bring these young professionals together and provide them the opportunity to be exposed to successful business and community leaders. Jessica is a great asset, and I personally appreciate and respect what she has done and will do in the future.”

So, Clasby is working to create a “safe haven” for youthful professionals to help them feel at ease with each other and with older business leaders.

For Young Professionals member Rob Jager, president and CEO of Hedgehog Consulting, networking is key to his business. That’s why he joined.

“One of my goals for 2011 is that I want my Young Professionals to have the opportunity to meet Carmine Priore III, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors. He’s a vice president with FPL, and we want to ask him how he got where he is and seek advice he can give us.”

“It’s a great way for me to be in front of rising managers or rising business owners,” Jager said. “Part of my target audience includes helping business owners develop their teams to grow. This often includes succession planning and identifying the next leader. Young Professionals is a great group to meet those people. Any time one networks with like-minded people, something magical happens. I have been able to connect with individuals that I would not have been able to on my own.”

As for Priore, young professionals of all sorts have always been on his radar screen. “I have always been passionate about integrating our younger generations into what we do, whether it is high school and college students learning about career opportunities or young professionals getting together to learn about how they can improve and develop,” Priore said. “Jessica has brought that leadership to our chamber

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are continuing to find ways to evolve and build our strong foundation. I was looking for opportunities to meet like-minded professionals in the area to help build my network, and the Young Professionals presented alternative opportunities to networking in comparison to the traditional chamber style.” The Young Professionals group has allowed Quigley to build relationships and strategic partnerships with many of the members. “It has allowed me to extend my network further than I could have done alone, all while surrounding myself with goal-oriented professionals like myself,” she said. Quigley has found a niche with others who think the same way. Jager joins her in planning big for the future. “In 10 years, I look to continue to help the younger, rising managers

It’s a different feeling, more of a social network than a business network. I know that when I personally would go to network, and I was the youngest one in the room, it was intimidating to approach someone who’s more established.

Jessica Clasby in businesses,” he said. “Hedgehog Consulting will most likely be a strong consulting firm in Palm Beach County as we continue to bring in highly qualified business experts that focus on the business’ needs. Creating value and purpose through strong leadership in a business is the start. Stronger profits are the end results. That’s why our tagline is ‘Driving Results through Leadership Excellence.’”

Both members appreciate Clasby’s efforts on behalf of the chamber’s younger set. “The chamber’s Young Professionals group is very lucky to have Jessica Clasby as its coordinator,” Jager said. “She is extremely good at connecting the right people together. She has created a significant value to the group, and I am glad to be a part of it.” The Young Professionals have made some charity efforts, too; they’ve worked with Wellington Christian School to raise money for the Forgotten Soldiers program, which collects money to pay the postage on letters and packages to those stationed overseas. For more information about the program, call Clasby at (561) 790-6200 or visit www. palmswest.com.

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Aaron’s Catering Expands To New Facility At The International Polo Club Palm Beach Story by Kenneth Kraus ■ Images courtesy Phelps Media Group


aron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches, the area’s fastest-growing catering company, is expanding once again, this time to the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. A brand new pavilion, with nearly 11,000 square feet of climate-controlled comfort field-side at IPC, will house the new operation flying the new banner International Polo Club Catering. In addition to weddings, receptions, private parties and special events, the new facility will be open Sundays during the polo season for a fabulous Champagne Brunch for the general public. What has made Aaron’s Catering the choice of discerning party givers, in addition to their top-notch cuisine, is their attention to detail in planning the complete event. (Above, L-R) Stacey Greer, Sharon Malnick, Jeff Greer, Beth Goldstein, John Wash, Julie Larson, Aaron Menitoff and Chef Yo with the Nespresso Grande Pavilion under construction in the background. (Below) An artist’s rendering of the new Nespresso Grande Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington.

“We all share a passion for the art and science of celebration,” said Aaron Menitoff, company president and CEO. “Our secret ingredient is our core staff. They have been with us since the beginning. From there, we have selectively added exceptional catering industry professionals to our team.” And the Aaron’s Catering team can offer what many other competitors can’t. “We’re full service. Unlike most caterers, we have a 10,000-square-foot warehouse filled with fine china, glassware, linens, tables and seating, and theme décor,” Chief Operating Officer Rita Menitoff said. “This enables us to offer the design and creation of any look and feel that a client is seeking. We can handle the entertainment, we can secure the location, we’ll take care of the parking — all of the details from top to bottom to make the event as hassle-free as possible for our client.” The new venue at the International Polo Club, |wellingtonthe themagazine| magazine|February February2011 2011 |wellington

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(Left) The International Polo Club catering chefs led by Chef Yo. (Right) Chef Yo fire-torching Brazilian game meats for a themed party.

and the new company International Polo Club Catering, is part of the expansion of the Aaron’s Catering brand. “IPC and Aaron’s Catering have worked closely together for over three years producing unforgettable events and record-breaking Sunday polo attendance,” Aaron Menitoff said. “Our partnership seemed like the next logical step in growing two exceptional brands focused on growth, excellence and expanding the reach of both organizations.” The newly formed company launches in an incredible new facility, the Nespresso Grande Pavilion at the International Polo Club. “No expenses were spared for the new permanent pavilion to provide a unique, international events destination that’s available to the public for weddings, corporate events, bar/bat mitzvahs, cultural events, charity fundraisers and more,” Aaron Menitoff explained. “The International Polo Club style and service will now be available in other venues and people’s homes all over South Florida through the catering and special events division.” 50

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General Manager Julie Larson is excited about the potential of the new facility.

Florida Culinary Institute, where he graduated with honors in culinary arts, and food and beverage management.

“I think it brings to Wellington a unique and fabulous venue,” she said. “I have managed several high-end facilities, but this venue is really unparalleled in the region. It is gorgeous, it’s huge at nearly 11,000 square feet, it’s climate controlled and has a magnificent overlook of the manicured polo fields. Not only that, the sunsets will be unbelievable, which is perfect for weddings. The interior appointments are unmatched anywhere in my experience.”

Rita Menitoff, with over 30 years of business and customer service experience at executive management levels, contributes to smooth-running events through logistics planning, systems and operations engineering.

The Nespresso Grande Pavilion will have unique amenities such as a fireplace, hardwood floors, a floating wedding gazebo, lush tropical gardens, fountains and an expansive two-story veranda overlooking the world-famous Piaget Field. Aaron’s Catering, already the exclusive catering company or one of the preferred caterers at many of South Florida’s top venues and events, is led by Aaron Menitoff, a graduate of the University of Michigan who did post-graduate work at New York University, and most importantly, the

Jessica Wickham completes the management team as director of public affairs and senior event manager. She has two master’s degrees and has a background in environmental public relations, university event planning, and human resource management. “Our team of talented hands-on décor specialists create the ‘wow factor’ for our events,” Wickham said. “They bring together layout, color palette, special lighting effects and theme conceptualizations in incredible ways.” Part of what makes Aaron’s Catering the fastest-growing catering company in South Florida is the attention to detail, willingness to keep ahead of the latest trends and top-notch professional staff. “Our culinary team is led by a gifted executive chef who worked his way to

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Aaron’s Catering the company of choice for this most discerning community. “No one knows the equestrian community like we do, because we’ve been producing great affairs now for so many years,” he said. “We understand the unique and special needs of the equestrians, the different and difficult hours involved, the different styles necessary to match the different equestrian occasions such as barn parties, polo tailgating and South American-inspired asados. We know how to create that very special event for horse people. We are the perfect fit.” And the new facility at the International Polo Club should be a perfect fit as well. For more information, visit the Aaron’s Catering web site at www.aarons-catering.com or call (561) 792-9292.

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adiation oncology once was regarded as a risky final method of treatment after other cancer treatments had failed, but continued advancements in technology have made it the preferred method in many cases.

Dass was trained at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Loyola University in Chicago, where he graduated in 1989. He comes from a family of radiation oncologists; he has two uncles in Chicago who are colleagues.

South Florida Radiation Oncology — with offices in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Stuart — is at the forefront of cutting-edge methods through the utilization of precise instruments that treat lesions with minimal damage to surrounding organs.

“That’s how I got interested in this field,” he recalled. “Also, I lost my grandmother when I was 10. She died of liver cancer. When my grandmother died, I said to myself that I don’t want another grandchild losing their grandmother to cancer. That was the idealistic reason. Cancer was always in my mind as a child, losing a family member.”

Dr. Kishore Dass, 48, has been in the Wellington area for more than 15 years and recently moved into his new office at 3343 South State Road 7, largely to house two massive instruments that are at the center of his high-tech practice — the CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system and Trilogy image-guided radiation therapy. CyberKnife is the world’s only radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body, delivering highly focused X-ray beams to an afflicted area. Trilogy, meanwhile, can deliver a high dose rate for fast treatment times, allowing patients to be treated accurately with a minimal exposure to radiation.

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Cancer treatment at SFRO incorporates a wide variety of technological innovations, including computer science, digital imaging and even automobile technology, to create precise treatment of affected areas in the least-invasive manner in order to preserve surrounding tissue. The CyberKnife technology utilizes a focused X-ray beam generator mounted on a robotic arm, adapted from a Mercedes-Benz assembly line, to deliver carefully measured and precise treatment. “What you see today was a dream 15 years ago,” Dass said. “If you told me when I was at the

(Clockwise from above) Dr. Kishore Dass and Dr. Anthony Addesa with the CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system; dosimetrists Frank Simac and Tonya Rector at work; the comfortable lobby/waiting area at South Florida Radiation Oncology’s Wellington office; and the new Wellington office is located on State Road 7.

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Cleveland Clinic from 1989 to 1993 that it was going to be driven by a robot, I would have laughed in your face.” Dass said it’s very rewarding to see a field that was once looked down upon by the medical establishment 15 years ago at the forefront of cancer treatment today. “People really didn’t want to go into this field because it was more palliation, relieving pain and suffering,” he said. At that time, radiation oncology was more of a last resort; most of the patients had end-stage cancers that didn’t respond well to surgery or chemotherapy. “They would send them to us as a last resort before they would go to hospice,” he recalled. “We went from (Left) Dr. Kishore Dass has been practicing in the Wellington area for more than 15 years.


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that to an area where you pick up cancers in a very tiny, sub-centimeter level. We’re picking up tumors very early, and we are able to literally obliterate the lesion with an accuracy of one millimeter or less.” Radiation oncology has advanced to the point that the field has become difficult to get into. “It’s one of the most sought-after specialties in medicine, up there with dermatology, ophthalmology and orthopedic surgery,” Dass said. The successful treatment rate has increased along with the incidence rate of cancer, he said. About 280,000 men, for instance, will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. “It has been increasing every year for a variety of reasons, mainly environmental,” Dass said. “In our practice, that’s our number-one cancer that we see in men. In women it is breast cancer. About 320,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.” Younger and younger men and women are diagnosed with prostate and breast cancer, respectively, which is why physicians think the increased incidence rate is environmentally induced. “Carcinogens in the air, in the food we eat — the prevalences have definitely gone up,” Dass said. The success rate depends upon how early the cancer is detected and treatment begins. For prostate cancer, if caught early — in stage one or stage two, where the cancer has not spread — the treatment success rate is roughly 85 to 90 percent cancer-free survival. “The results are as good, if not better, than [from] a radical prostatectomy,” Dass said, referring to what in the past had been the gold standard of prostate cancer treatment. Now, Dass said, older treatments are being questioned because of the |wellington the magazine| February 2011


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success rate of pinpoint radiation delivery systems such as the CyberKnife and Trilogy. “With our ability to escalate the dose to a very high probability of a tumorcidal radiation dose, you can be pretty confident you have gotten 99-plus percent of the cancer cells,” he said. In the 1970s and 1980s, the radiation energy used was weak, the side effects were high and there was a lot of exposure to the surrounding organs. “Our hands were sort of tied where we couldn’t go beyond six or seven weeks of radiation,” Dass said. “We had to stop to prevent long-term complications.” That is no longer a problem. “We have much less risks and long-term complications,” he said. “This treatment has a name to it — organ preservation therapy. The idea is to eradicate the disease but not to destroy the organ the disease is located in. You don’t have to remove that organ to make the patient cancer-free.” Even with breast cancer, radical mastectomies are usually not necessary, he said. “You do a lumpectomy for breast cancer and you radiate the cavity, so it’s a small incision, but you keep the breast,” Dass said of the preferred scenario.

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Ninety-nine percent of the radiation treatments are done on an outpatient basis. “It literally takes five to 10 minutes to deliver the radiation,” Dass said. “You are in and out of the office in 20 minutes.” The course of treatment is generally eight weeks for prostate cancer and six weeks for breast cancer. Prior to opening his new office, Dass worked on the campus of Wellington Regional Medical Center, where he still has an office. He is joined in the

Wellington office by doctors Anthony Addesa and Claude Harmon. Addesa has subspecialty training in stereotactic radiosurgery at Harvard. “This is the delivery of radiation through a very precise machine such as the CyberKnife,” he explained. “It is a pleasure to work in the unique environment that SFRO offers with all the latest technologies in a comfortable environment for patients.” SFRO marketing specialist Holly Gordon said she spends a great deal of her time educating other physicians about the modern techniques available in treating cancer. Gordon has been in the healthcare industry for 10-plus years and is extremely impressed by the doctors at SFRO. “I can truly say they are exceptional physicians. They embrace the latest treatment techniques and collaborate with other specialists in

the community who are mutually caring for our patients, such as urologists, breast surgeons and neurosurgeons,” she said. “The cutting-edge, state-of-the-art equipment we have, our CyberKnife in particular, have impressive results.” Patients now have many more treatment options, Gordon said. “We have and can significantly improve patients’ quality of life with minimally invasive treatments and with better outcomes,” she said. “Our extraordinary, qualified and caring staff greatly reduce a patient’s anxiety during their treatment, and with our multiple locations, we minimize travel time.” For more information about South Florida Radiation Oncology, call (561) 795-9845 or visit www.sfrollc.com. (Right) Dr. Kishore Dass with SFRO Marketing Specialist Holly Gordon. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY

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(Above) Brazilian native Paulo Santana now makes his home in Wellington’s Palm Beach Point. (Right) Santana with Taloubet. Together they won the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier at December’s Holiday and Horses Show in West Palm Beach.


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Show Jumper Paulo Santana

Brazilian Native Among This Season’s Riders To Watch Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Susan Lerner


aulo Santana rocketed onto the international show jumping scene this season to claim the $50,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier at the Holiday and Horses Show in December. His talent, drive and passion for the competition puts him at the top of upcoming riders to watch this season and makes him this month’s Wellington Star. Santana, 35, is a native of Brazil who learned to ride among some of the top competitors in his country. But he didn’t grow up with horses and might never have taken his first ride if it wasn’t for a trade. “I used to race go karts,” Santana recalled. “I had a friend who was a groom at a local stable, and he asked if I would trade him a ride on a go kart for a ride on a horse. I said, ‘I’m not too interested in that, but I’ll do it for you.’ Once I got on the horse, I never wanted to stop.” That one ride changed his life and inspired in him a passion for riding that he still holds today. “When you are a kid and you’re able to control that big of an animal, I guess it makes you feel — I don’t know if it’s powerful, safe or protected, but it’s just the feeling of the entire activity. I loved it,” he said. So Santana began taking lessons at a show jumping barn, continuously moving up to higher levels of competition and more prestigious trainers before moving to Mexico to train. “I studied dressage for a while,” he said, “for a better foundation and instruction on how to control my horse in the arena, but I enjoy show jumping. I love the challenge of the competition, to increase your level and your goals each time. ” In 2009, Santana moved from Mexico to Wellington with his wife Jennifer and daughter Isabella. They came for the equestrian season and decided to stay. |wellington the magazine| February 2011


wellington star “We decided to stay in a safe place. And because I met the level of competition in Wellington, we decided that it would be a perfect match — to be in a peaceful place and be able to be training alongside the best riders in the world,” he said. Currently, Santana trains at his home in Palm Beach Point with world-class Brazilian rider and trainer Nelson Pessoa. His hard work paid off this season, as Santana took home the FEI World Cup Grand Prix on Dec. 5 on Taloubet, putting him in the international rankings. “It was a surprise,” he said. “We were doing well, but weren’t on that level. In the warm up class two days before, [Taloubet] wasn’t working that well. I wasn’t expecting that sort of performance from him. He gave me everything we needed.” At 35, rising star Paulo Santana believes his best years remain ahead of him.


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But one win is not enough. Santana

consistently raises the bar for himself, pushing on to the next level of equestrian competition. “I’m going to keep chasing the points for the [FEI World Cup] final in Germany,” he said. And while he also has Olympic dreams, Santana prefers to keep politics out of the arena and would only go if he were chosen on merit. “I would like to go to the Olympics, as every rider does,” he said, “because the Olympic games are the top of every rider’s career. But I would like that it happens naturally. I’d like to participate in the competition without having to run over anyone else. I would like to be chosen by the chief d’equip as a good representative for my country. That’s why I like the World Cup Finals. There’s no politics, you just go because you deserve your place. You have to fight for that in the arena, not outside it.”

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wellington star A naturally driven person, Santana has found success by constantly striving to be on top of his game. “I believe that when you do something, you have to try your best,” he said. “I might not be the best on some occasions, but I try my best. I try to set high standards for myself and reach my goals.” Santana attributes some of his success to the sport itself, which he said is kinder to older competitors, giving riders time to learn, grow and become competitive. “This sport allows us to have much more time than other sports,” he said. “In a swimming career, you have a really short time. If you start making mistakes when you’re 17, by the time you’re 24, you’re out. In show jumping, you have lots of time to make mistakes and learn from them.” And at 35 years old, Santana said he still has a long life of competing ahead of him. He pointed to riders like John Whittaker, Ian Miller and Nick Skelton who have competed into their 60s. “So the fact that I’ve been in the sport for this long and I still have half of my career is great,” he said. “I believe I could easily have another 20 years competing.” And when he can no longer compete, Santana said, he’ll continue to participate by passing on his lifetime of knowledge to young riders. And if all else fails? “We’re in Florida, and I love fishing,” he joked. But Santana has no plans to retire any time soon, and with his drive, dedication and talent, expect big things from him in the future. “I’m a low-profile rider for now,” he said. “But I’m here to change that.”





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(Above) White Horse Tavern Executive Chef Mat Allen serves up traditional fare with a unique flair. (Right) Seared salmon served with a fennel and orange salad, watercress and caper aioli.


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Chef Mat Allen Serves Up Bold, Hearty Flavors At White Horse Tavern Story by Lauren Miró ■ Photos by Abner Pedraza


at Allen, the executive chef at the White Horse Tavern, has a passion and love for cooking that is packed into every fabulous bite of food he serves. As a young chef, he cooks with an open mind and a unique palate that introduces bold combinations of food sure to satisfy any taste.

While at school, Allen studied both classical and modern cuisine, and had the opportunity to cook at Windsor Castle for Queen Elizabeth II in 1999. “She’s very old school,” he said. “I worked at the castle while in school, and I really enjoyed working for the royal family and seeing that aspect of serving food.”

“I’m well rounded,” Allen said. “I’ve done a lot. I’m only 29, so I’m young. I pushed hard for everything I ever got.”

When he graduated culinary school, Allen moved to Virginia for an internship and enjoyed the United States enough to make the move permanent.

A native of England, Allen began his career at age 16, and 13 years later he heads the kitchen at one of the region’s premier restaurants. “It just happened to fall into my lap,” he said. “It was something I managed to do by making éclairs when I was 15. Then it got slid into my mind that this is what I should do.”

After working in several restaurants and trying his hand at catering, he and his fiancé moved to Wellington in November 2009. He took a job at the White Horse Tavern, an upscale restaurant adjacent to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

And Allen had a natural talent for it, making him one of the top candidates in his class. “My college class started out with 160 students and went down to 30 hand-picked students by the end of the three years,” he recalled. “I started making dessert recipes that the others couldn’t make because they were too advanced. That’s how I got pushed through.”

“I started in the kitchen,” he said. “But I took over toward the end of last season. I really started knocking it out through the summer, striving to give the people what they want.” Allen describes his cooking as a “global mixture” of food that combines fresh ingredients, bold flavors and plain old great food.

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wellington table “That’s what people want,” he said. “Just good quality food. You want to come and have dinner or drinks with your friends, in a place with a good atmosphere, and then leave with a smile on your face.”

“There are rules, but they’re bendable,” he said. “You have your basics, but there’s no limitation to what you can do. I like to play and experiment. I like to see what I can come up with and what I can do. The sky is the limit.”

And serving a menu that will do just that is what Allen strives for in the kitchen. “I just love to cook,” he said. “I like to make people happy.”

While he clearly has talent and skill, it is his passion for cooking and serving great food that sets Allen apart from other chefs.

His food does not disappoint, with an appetizing array that is new, innovative but also delicious. “I try to step outside the box and make something a little different,” Allen said. “I like people to try something a little new.”

“I care about what I do,” he said, “and as long as I’ve got the heart to do it, I’ll continue to cook. You have to have the passion and the heart. Just because you can pick up a knife and slice an onion doesn’t mean you’re going to be good at the job. If the heart’s not there, it’s not going to happen.”

Each dish, even the ones people know by name, offers a twist. For example, Allen serves a grilled Caesar salad. He also enjoys pairing things that may not seem to go together, such as the tuna ceviche, a mix of tuna tar-tar and ceviche, or his Cuban pork with gnocchi. “It’s Chinese meets Italian,” Allen said. “People may say that it’s not the right way to serve the dish, but it works in my eyes.” His favorite food to eat? “Being English, it’s fish and chips,” he said. “I love fish. I love to cook fish.” And though the White Horse Tavern is high-class dining, Allen believes in serving full, satisfying portions.

You can see on each plate the care Allen puts into his food from the fresh ingredients to the innovative pairings and immaculate plating. “Everything is made in house,” he said. “You can definitely taste that little bit of care.” And he expects no less of his kitchen staff, who he credits for helping him make the amazing meals served at the White Horse Tavern. “One person doesn’t make this,” Allen said. “I have an amazing team.” Part of making sure the food stays great is having a staff that is equally passionate about cooking.

“It’s not mounds of food on a plate, but it’s not that petite, fancy fine dining either,” he said. “It’s hearty. Everyone who has come in so far has been blown away, and I’m going to keep striving to make it better.”

“If you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, your plates suffer. Your customers suffer,” Allen said. “I just love what I do. It’s not a job. It’s not a career. It’s a lifestyle.”

The ability to create unique dishes and to experiment with different styles, textures and types of food is something Allen prides himself on.

The White Horse Tavern, located at 3401 Equestrian Club Road in Wellington, opens for dinner at 5 p.m. nightly. For more info., call (561) 333-1150. (Left) Enjoy a chocolate lava cake after your meal. (Right) Grilled tenderloin with gorgonzola rosti in a pomegranate demi-glace.


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wellington dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices. Create your own “Pasta-Bility” with Agliolio’s 100-percent fresh pastas and homemade sauces full of bold and fresh flavors. Ask about the “Perfect Pair” entrees. Agliolio offers an extensive wine list by the glass and the bottle. For more info., call (561) 798-7770 or visit Agliolio in the Wellington Plaza at 12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. at the corner of Wellington Trace. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is located on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. Specializing in family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo is known for its large portions designed to serve several people. If you’ve got a large party, reserve the Pope’s Room; for a unique experience, reserve the table in the kitchen. For more info., call (561) 790-3287 or visit www.bucadibeppo.com. Christy’s NY Cheesecake offers delicious baked goods that leave you wanting more. Christy’s is now open in its new, larger location at the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 110. Call (561) 795-3244 for more info. For a quick pick-me-up on the go, or a place to sit and relax over a cup of coffee, visit Cofftea Café in the Courtyard Shops at the corner of Greenview Shores Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 798-4050. Enjoy a delicious drink, a beautiful water view, fantastic music and authentic Mexican food all without packing your suitcase at El Toro Mexican Family Restaurant adjacent to the Royal Inn at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. Dine in or enjoy the patio bar. For more info., call (561) 296-7102. 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

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Grand Buffet is located in the Royal Plaza at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards featuring an all-you-can-eat Chinese and Japanese buffet. Enjoy a 40-foot-long sushi bar, barbecue bar, teriyaki bar, salad bar, dessert bar and hibachi station. Meeting and party rooms are available. For more info., call (561) 784-9902.

Joe’s American Bar & Grill, a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine, is now open in the Mall at Wellington Green near the food court. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served featuring a menu full of items prepared using the freshest quality ingredients. Joe’s is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Visit Joe’s at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. For info., visit www.joesamerican.com or call (561) 798-7433.

Drop by the Gypsy’s Horse Irish Pub & Restaurant and relax in a warm, traditional Irish setting complete with oak-barrel tables and a full bar with many types of beer flowing from the taps. Regular live entertainment is offered. The Gypsy’s Horse is located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Call (561) 333-3700 for more info. Hilary’s Restaurant, an authentic kosher-style diner in Royal Palm Beach, serves breakfast and lunch any day of the week and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Good food, generous portions and great service make Hilary’s a hometown favorite. It is located in the Royal Plaza at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. For more info., call (561) 790-7301. I’m Greek Today features a menu with a strong emphasis on one of the world’s healthiest diets — food that is simple and elegant, fresh, timeless and Mediterranean. Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine as well as wines from around the world. I’m Greek Today is located in Southern Palm Crossing at 11051 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 333-4233 or visit www.imgreektoday.com. Jason’s Deli is where all the food is free of artificial trans fats, MSG and high-fructose corn syrup. Enjoy wonderful sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and fruit. You can even build your own sandwich! Jason’s Deli is located at 2605 State Road 7 near Whole

Lock Stock and Barrel Restaurant, located at 3208 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is your neighborhood grill for steaks, chops and seafood. Enjoy a full bar with wines and cocktails that complement wonderful appetizers, salads and sandwiches for lunch, as well as a selection of the finest steaks, chops and featured seafood entrees. A children’s menu is available. For info., call (561) 649-4545 or visit www.lockstockandbarrelrestaurant.com. Mamma Mia’s Trattoria has served South Florida since 1983. Huge portions; open for lunch and dinner; featuring New York-style brick oven pizza; specializing in fresh seafood, oakwood-grilled lambchops, slow-roasted ossobuco and frutti di mare. Mamma Mia’s is located at 8855 Hypoluxo Road at Lyons Road. Call (561) 963-9565 for more info. Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too is a little slice of Brooklyn right here in Wellington, located at 2465 State Road 7. Enjoy the delicious fresh breakfast or lunch. The bagels are baked fresh daily right in the store. All deli meats are prepared fresh on site. Enjoy legendary salads like tuna, whitefish and chicken. Catering is available. For more info., call (561) 422-6114 or visit www.mitchswestsidebagels.com. Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, offering all the quality and style of Palm Beach in the heart of Wellington. For more info., call (561) 792-2220 or visit www.olis restaurant.com. The Players Club Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington) features gourmet cuisine along with a popular piano bar, outside dining, two outside smoking bars, live entertainment and catered events. Call (561) 795-0080 for info. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Ristorante Vino, located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m. seven nights a week. For reservations, call (561) 790-3232. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. The gourmet American fare features delicious entrees with the perfect wines to accompany. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stone woodgrill.com for more info. Sushi Yama Siam is located at 12785 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza at the corner of Wellington Trace and Forest Hill Blvd. Specializing in sushi, Sushi Yama Siam also offers exciting appetizers, sushi rolls, temaki, tempura, katsu, stir-fry, curry and signature rolls. For more info., call (561) 747-6875. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli in the Mall at Wellington Green for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. Specialties include signature overstuffed sandwiches, chicken noodle soup and traditional deli classics. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit www.toojays.com. Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or pick up your order of signature wings, ribs, chicken and more. Tree’s also delivers mouthwatering menu items, and caters events and parties. Visit www.treeswingsand ribs.com or call (561) 791-1535 for more info.


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wellington calendar Thursday, Feb. 3 • Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) with “Kung Hei Fat Choy” on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 9. Make a banner to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Feb. 4 • The “Equestrian Idol All Stars Musical Cabaret” will be held Friday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave. South, Wellington). For more info., visit www.equus foundation.org. • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival February Spectacular will be held Feb. 4-6 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.). The event attracts dealers from all over the country who show and sell a vast array of antiques, collectibles and decorative accessories. Visit www.southfloridafair.com for more info. • The American International Fine Art Fair will be held Feb. 4-13 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Blvd., WPB). For more info., visit www.ifae.com or call (239) 9495411. Saturday, Feb. 5 • Valentine’s Day will be the theme at Scott’s Place Story Time on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. • The $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes jumper event will take place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington) on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. Call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.equestriansport.com for more info. • Wellington’s annual Father-Daughter Dance is set for Saturday, Feb. 5. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Village Park gymnasium (11700 Pierson Road). Tickets are $50 per resident couple and $62.50 per non-resident couple. For more info., call (561) 791-4005. • Jump for Home Safe will take place Saturday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). Visit www.helphomesafe.org or call Bonnie Barwick at (561) 393-9800, ext. 1203 for more info. Sunday, Feb. 6 • The $75,000 Adequan Grand Prix FEI CSI 2* will take place Sunday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). Call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.equestriansport.com for more info. Monday, Feb. 7 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Wii Love Games” on Monday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. Share your love of video games with your friends. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. Tuesday, Feb. 8 • The Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) will host a “70th Birthday Bash” on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and will include special tours and presentations, and a celebrity cake contest. Visit www.norton. org or call (561) 832-5196 for more info. • The Wellington library will present “Orisirisi African Folklore” as part of the Moonlight Stories series on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m. To pre-register, call (561) 790-6070. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Writer Tim Dorsey on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. The bestselling author will talk about his latest book Electric Barracuda. A book signing will follow. Visit www.pbclibrary.org/ writerslive or call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Community Band will perform a “Sweetheart Concert” on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the RPB Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). For more info., call (561) 790-5149 or visit www.royalpalmbeach.com. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 791-4000 for more info.


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Wednesday, Feb. 9 • The Garden Club of Palm Beach will present its annual speaker series on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Society of the Four Arts (2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach). In celebration of the Town of Palm Beach’s centennial and the Society of the Four Arts’ 75th anniversary, this year’s topic will take a look back at “Gardens of the Jazz Age.” There is no charge. Visit www.fourarts.org or call (561) 655-7227 for more info. • The Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus Theatre (11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens) will present pianist Copeland Davis on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. Visit www.eisseycampustheatre.org or call (561) 207-5900 for more info. Thursday, Feb. 10 • The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (1977 College Dr., Belle Glade) will present The Bronx Wanderers on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (561) 993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org. Friday, Feb. 11 • The second annual Marine Flea Market & Seafood Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 11-13 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.). Visit www.south floridafair.com for more info. • The Armory Art Center (1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach) will present “Jane Davis Doggett: The Magic of the Everglades” on Friday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776 for more info. Saturday, Feb. 12 • The 26-goal C.V. Whitney Cup Polo Tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 27 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave. South, Wellington). Visit www.internationalpoloclub.com for more info. • A Gun Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12 and 13 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.). The show features a wide collection of guns, ammo, knives, hunting supplies and accessories. A concealed weapons course will be available at the show. Visit www.flgunshows. com for more info. • The 12th annual Everglades Day “Foreverglades” will take place Saturday, Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach). There is no charge for this family-friendly event with speakers, workshops, live animals, performances, canoeing and tours. Call (561) 734-8303 for info. • A Classic Car Show will take place at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. • The $150,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix FEI CSI W will take place Saturday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). Call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.equestriansport.com for info. • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “Wellington’s Finest Ball” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the new Grande Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. For tickets, visit palmbeach.cff.org/finest or call (561) 683-9965. Sunday, Feb. 13 • The South Florida Bridal Show will be held Sunday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.) drawing vendors from Vero Beach to Miami and featuring beautiful décor, glamorous gowns, elegant formal wear, fashion shows, live music and entertainment. Visit www.jenksproductions.com or call (860) 563-2111 for more info. • The “Wild Things Art Show and Sale” benefiting the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation will be held Sunday, Feb. 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Pferdekamper Studio (14281 Collecting Canal Road, Loxahatchee Groves). The wildlife-inspired art show will feature works by Norman Gitzen, Patricia Powers, Rollin McGrail and Karen McGovern. Special “wild” guests will be there courtesy of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. Visit www.rarespecies.org for more info. |wellington the magazine| February 2011


wellington calendar • The Wellington Jewish Center will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a gala at the Wellington Community Center (12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. For more info., (561) 3334663 or visit www.wellingtonjewishcenter.org. Monday, Feb. 14 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Monday, Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Palms West Hospital doctors will discuss the robotic surgery program. Call Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 790-6200 or e-mail marylou@palmswest. com for more info. Tuesday, Feb. 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Fancy Nancy Tea Party” on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 7. Grab your boas and tiaras and your glamorous accessories to take tea like the library’s favorite heroine. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. Wednesday, Feb. 16 • The 20-goal Iglehart Cup Polo Tournament will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 27 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave. South, Wellington). Visit www.internationalpoloclub.com for more info. Thursday, Feb. 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Authors Love: Ghosts!” on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Author Megan Crewe reveals the inspiration behind her book Give Up the Ghost and gives advice to aspiring writers. Use real ghost-hunting equipment with the Gold Coast Paranormal Society and hear local ghost stories with Florida storyteller Monica Ladd. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (1977 Col-

lege Dr., Belle Glade) will present The Music Man on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (561) 993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org. Saturday, Feb. 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Writer Ted Bell on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. for adults. The bestselling author will talk about his latest book Warlord. A book signing will follow. Visit www.pbclibrary.org/writerslive or call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The FTI Great Charity Challenge will take place Saturday, Feb. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). Call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.equestriansport.com for more info. Tuesday, Feb. 22 • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. • The Jazz Arts Music Society of Palm Beach will present the Marian Petrescu Trio on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace (700 South Rosemary Ave., WPB). Visit www. jamsociety.org or call (877) 722-2820 for info. Wednesday, Feb. 23 • The Lusitano Collection International Horse Auction is set for Feb. 23-26 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Visit www.lusitanocollection. com for tickets and additional information. • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a networking mixer Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at McClellan Chiropractic (1470A Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.palmswest.com. Thursday, Feb. 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Master the Art of Reading Book Dis-

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Visiting Pediatric Patients — Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen and representatives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 8 substation in Wellington visited the Palms West Hospital pediatric ward Thursday, Dec. 23 to hand out presents to the young patients. Shown here are (L-R) Michelle O’Boyle, Sgt. Alex Perez, Mayor Darell Bowen, Deputy Sean Wensyel, Capt. Jay Hart and Cpl. Alex Nunes.

Wellington Variety Show — A variety show was held the evening of Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Hosted by Peter Wein of PetersLivingRoom.com, the event featured Odyssey Road’s Mike Soper and vocalist Taylor Renee, Nashville artist J.D. Danner, violinist Ericsson Hatfield and composer Anthony Espino, and more. Shown here, J.D. Danner chats with Peter Wein.

First Meeting In New Chambers — The Wellington Village Council gaveled in its first meeting of the new year in its new council chambers Tuesday, Jan. 11. Shown here on the dais are (L-R) Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz, Councilman Howard Coates, Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore, Mayor Darell Bowen, Vice Mayor Matt Willhite, Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, Village Manager Paul Schofield, Village Clerk Awilda Rodriguez and PBSO Capt. Jay Hart.

USET Reception — On Jan. 8, Tuny and David Page and Kim and Frederic Boyer hosted a cocktail reception for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation at the Page residence in Wellington. The evening’s events were held to honor those who support the sport of dressage through the USET Foundation. Shown here are Tuny and David Page with the USET’s Bonnie Jenkins, Kim and Frederic Boyer, and riders Steffen Peters, Todd Flettrich, Tina Konyot and Katherine Bateson-Chandler. PHELPS MEDIA GROUP PHOTO

Miracle League — The inaugural Miracle League Golf Tournament was held Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Links at Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach. The event was organized by Loxahatchee resident and Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez and the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Miracle League. (L-R) Angel Hernandez, Liz Turner, Andres Galarraga, Daniel Estrada, Bob Still, Mario Salceda and Jennifer Hernandez.

Creative Fun At Golf Cart Parade — Residents of the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club decked out their golf carts, their animals and themselves for the annual Golf Cart Parade on Monday, Dec. 27. Shown here, Lacey and Chloe Kaplan prepare to board the Hogwarts Express. |wellington the magazine| February 2011



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