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Features 26 Women’s Polo Growing Strong In Wellington

Considered among the world’s best female polo players, Sunny Hale is determined to present the game in a new light and infiltrate the male-dominated sport with women who have the talent and mind-set to compete at the highest levels. By Matthew Auerbach

37 Area Doctor Specializes In High-Risk Pregnancies

Dr. Danielle Esters at the Maternal Fetal Center specializes in high-risk pregnancies and is the only board-certified clinical geneticist in Palm Beach County. By Ron Bukley

40 Wellington Fashion: Riders ‘Strut’ For charity

“Strut! Fashion for a Just World” was held Saturday, March 19 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Some of show jumping’s biggest names walked the runway in a benefit for the charity JustWorld International. By Abner Pedraza


42 For Lauren Hough, Show Jumping Runs In The Family Olympian Lauren Hough has made her lifelong love of horses into a successful show jumping career. From her farm in Wellington, she trains, competes and has remained among the nation’s top riders for most of her career. By Lauren Miró

48 Gaby Pugliese Teaches The Sultry Moves Of Tango

Gabriela “Gaby” Pugliese didn’t study ballet as a child, nor did she ever express any interest in dancing. But then she saw the show Forever Tango on Broadway, and everything changed. By Deborah Welky

56 Wellington Star: Singer-Songwriter Cassadee Pope As front woman for the band Hey Monday, Wellington High School alum Cassadee Pope has rocked the stage worldwide with top bands, making her this month’s Wellington Star. By Lauren Miró

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‘An International Affair’ Diabetes Research Benefit At Wycliffe Poker Event At Show Grounds Benefits Step By Step Foundation Lusitano Auction Returns To The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center Fete Cheval At PBIEC Raises Money For The EQUUS Foundation Wellington Chamber Installs Officers, Presents Annual Awards

62 Wellington Home

This month, Wellington Home visits a custom-built estate in the heart of Wellington’s equestrian community, just a stone’s throw from the show grounds. By Lauren Miró

68 Wellington Table

Executive Chef Tam Ha brings his unique and impeccable style of cooking to the Wanderers Club at Wellington, where he serves members delicious and diverse meals that suit all tastes. By Lauren Miró

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Wellington Watch Wellington Dining Guide Wellington Calendar Around Wellington ON THE COVER Top women’s polo player Sunny Hale. Hair by Piazzazz at Kobosko’s Crossing, Makeup by Tova with Team Beauti, photo by bill barbosa/photo designs inc.


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As we reach the end of Wellington’s winter equestrian season for this year, we look toward the years to come. Among those shaping the face of tomorrow is top female polo player Sunny Hale. From her base in Wellington, she has created the Women’s Championship Tournament and aims to strengthen the growing sport of women’s polo — putting an entirely new focus on what has traditionally has been a male-dominated sport.

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Keeping with this theme, we meet the next generation of riders from Deeridge Farm. The Jacobs family has been a fixture during the Winter Equestrian Festival for decades, and now a whole new crop of riders are coming of age. We also catch up with top show jumper Lauren Hough as she seeks a return to Olympic glory now that all eyes are turning to next year’s London Games. Before leaving the show grounds, we stop by the “Strut!” fashion show, where top riders walked the runway for charity, and visit with equestrian entrepreneur Taylor Blauweiss as she aims to change the way Wellington eats. This month’s Wellington Star is singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope, currently touring the nation with her band Hey Monday. She may be pumping up the crowds on stage, but Pope enjoys her down time in Wellington. Also profiled this month is Gabriela Pugliese, who teaches the sultry moves of Argentine tango from Spotlight of Wellington dance studio, and Dr. Danielle Esters, the area’s leading expert on high-risk pregnancies. Wellington Home visits a top equestrian estate just a stone’s throw from the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, while Wellington Table dines with Tam Ha, executive chef at the exclusive Wanderers Club. Finally, next month Wellington The Magazine will be giving away a cruise to one lucky mother as part of our annual Mother’s Day contest through the generous sponsorship of Celebration Cruise Line. Do you want to give your mom a huge surprise for Mother’s Day? You know better than anyone why she richly deserves some fun in the sun. Submit a photo and tell us why your mother and her guest should receive an all-expense-paid trip. Enter via Facebook at “Wellington The Magazine.” For more information on the contest, see page 45. The deadline is April 15, so nominate your mom today! Joshua Manning Publisher/Executive Editor

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman ‘An International Affair’ Diabetes Research Benefit At Wycliffe

(Left) Presenting sponsor and event honorees Michael and Marie Bianchini with their children Alessandra, Gianni and Gabriella. (Right) The International Affair Event Committee enjoys the evening.

An International Affair, a benefit for the Diabetes Research Institute, was held Saturday, March 5 at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. It was a night of decor and delicacies from countries near and far, featuring a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing. For more info., visit www.diabetesresearch. org.

(L-R) Wellington Vice Mayor Matt Willhite and his wife Alexis, Councilman Howard Coates and his wife Cheri, Marie and Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore, and Sherry and Mayor Darell Bowen; Aimee Siegel-Harris and Sheryl Sulkin of the Diabetes Research Institute; Event Chairs Bob and Karen Cavanagh with honorees Marie and Michael Bianchini; Anna Mukhina and Louis Brindisi, high bidders on a sapphire and diamond ring; and Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Jerel Humphrey and his wife Linda, Dr. Jeffrey Bishop and his wife Charlene, and Tom and Regis Wenham.


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wellington social scene Photos by Lauren Miró Poker Event At Show Grounds Benefits Step By Step Foundation

(Left) Hillary Dobbs, Daniela Stransky, rider Margie Engle, Step by Step Foundation Founder Liliane Stransky and Iliana Levi. (Right) Stransky with foundation board member Jimmy Torano.

The Step by Step Foundation hosted All In for Charity 2011 on Sunday, March 13 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Guests enjoyed a Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament, a casino, a silent auction and a live auction, with all proceeds going to benefit the Step by Step Foundation. For more info., visit

(Left) The Stransky family enjoys the evening. (Center) Nora Kizer, Iliana Levi, and Isabella and Samuel Kizer. (Right) Clayton Brittan tries to win some play money at the roulette table.

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Lusitano Auction Returns To The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

(Left) Robert Fulks Jr., Tara Jacobs, Patti Kupczky, Lori Hemings and Leah Winston. (Right) Brazilian dancers get ready for the show.

The annual Lusitano Collection International Horse Auction was held Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Guests were treated to a night of dinner, cocktails, entertainment and a chance to buy a rare horse breed. For more info., visit www.

(L-R) David Page and John Flanagan enjoy cocktail hour; Gene and Jane Rainis with dressage rider Tuny Page and her husband David; Sheryl Kusar and Marcel Van Der Burgh check out the Equestrian Aid Foundation silent auction; and rider Heather Bender with a Ferrari.


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wellington social scene Photos courtesy Phelps Media Group Fete Cheval At PBIEC Raises Money For The EQUUS Foundation

(Left) Fete Cheval winner Darragh Kenny riding Leia with Visse Wedell, Clea Newman Soderlund, Jenny Belknap Kees and Elizabeth Press. (Center) Katherine and Mark Bellissimo. (Top right) Georgina Bloomberg and John Talley. (Bottom right) Elizabeth Press and Avril Mills.

(Left) Cassie, Steve and Catherine Herman. (Right) Brianne Goutal, Heather Senia, Stacia Madden, Mahala Rummell, Krista Freudlich and Max Amaya.

This year’s Fete Cheval was a huge hit featuring fantastic riders performing games on rescue horses Friday, March 11 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Presented by Foundation Farm, the event benefitted the EQUUS Foundation, which helps equestrian and horse-related charities across the United States. The Gymkana Games featured horses provided by Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue and world-class riders Max Amaya, Derek Braun, Nick Dello Joio, Sandy Ferrell, Patricia Griffith, Charlie Jayne, Darragh Kenny, Kate Oliver, Kim Prince, Havens Schatt, Louise Serio, Shane Sweetnam, Jimmy Torano and McLain Ward. Junior rider Alex Crown won an auction bid to join the elite team. Ireland’s Darragh Kenny ended up on top once the judging was over. For more info., visit


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Plans for the continued development of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center were unveiled by Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions, at a presentation March 10. The latest plans include the complete renovation of the old Palm Beach Polo stadium grounds at the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road, which would become the future home of dressage competition, with a derby arena, covered arena, permanent barns and an “equestrian town center” featuring a hotel. “We didn’t want it to turn into a commercial development that didn’t have an equestrian interest,” Bellissimo said. “We do believe that it will be the gateway and the focal point of this environment. We want that to be spectacular.” Bellissimo also has big plans for dressage competition, hoping to expand it to 12 weeks and double the prize money typically offered. He also hopes that by having a hotel and other small commercial uses, the property will act as a connection point between equestrian and non-equestrian residents. “We want to build it in a way that makes people want to come and enjoy themselves through various common interests,” Bellissimo said.

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Goldenrod Closure — Wellington sought residents’ input last month on a plan to close a portion of Goldenrod Road and build a new park for the community. The measure would close off Goldenrod at the C-5 Canal, as the road turns into Azure Avenue. Village Manager Paul Schofield said that the closure is considered a defensive measure that limits points of access to the neighborhood, “so that when we have an issue in that neighborhood, we know where the entry and exit points are.” Schofield said he does not expect traffic problems due to the change, noting that the closure would force people onto main roads instead of residential streets. If the village decides

to close the road, some residents would be unable to reach a nearby neighborhood park. To solve that, the village is hoping to purchase a vacant lot and build a new park. The total estimated cost for the plan is $375,000. Ultimately, Schofield said, it would be a Wellington Village Council decision. “Right now, we’re out talking to the neighborhood,” he said. Two public meetings were held on the subject. A meeting March 24 was dominated by people supporting the road closure. Memorial Cost Overruns — The cost of Wellington’s Patriot Memorial had members of the Wellington Village Council concerned in March about how much taxpayer money is going into the project. Originally the memorial was estimated to cost between $70,000 and $80,000, with most of the money coming from private funds. Currently, it’s budgeted around $480,000, with about $100,000 in donations. Mayor Darell Bowen raised the topic for discussion because he was concerned that taxpayers may not realize how much of the project is being funded publicly. Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore noted that the money was not coming out of reserve funds, but instead from a project that came in under budget. “It’s dollars that were saved on one project and are therefore being reallocated to this project,” he said. Councilman Howard Coates was concerned about the project being over budget and wanted to avoid similar situations in the future. “It’s not that we’ve run over budget, it’s that we’ve run grossly over budget,” he said. “We’re somewhere between twice as much and maybe four times as much as what the original budget was… I think we need to evaluate how we could have been so far off in the cost.” Priore noted that more support may come in as the village prepares to unveil the memorial on the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


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Women’s Polo Growing Strong In Wellington Top Female Player Sunny Hale Working To Expand The Sport’s Scope Story by Matthew Auerbach Photos by Bill Barbosa/Photo Designs Inc. and courtesy Snoopy Productions


olo — generally considered the world’s oldest team sport — has traditionally been fairly insular and dominated by a small group of elite players, mostly men. However, there are many people working to expand the sport’s scope. Among them is Wellington resident Sunny Hale. Considered among the world’s best female polo players, Hale was determined to present the game in a new light and infiltrate the male-dominated sport with women who had the talent, capability and mind-set to compete at the highest levels. But just how to accomplish this? In 2005, Hale came up with a perfect vehicle: she created the Women’s Championship Tournament (WCT), the largest women’s polo tournament series in the world. “Polo has been around a very, very long time,” Hale said. “But it has never evolved in the public eye; it has never been broken down and explained like any of the other major sports. With the WCT format, I truly believe we’re accomplishing what I set out to do.” Hale, who has been named Woman Polo Player of the Year seven times, was also dedicated to the idea of raising the level of women’s polo in the United States. “In 2005, I was on a plane to Singapore to play in an international women’s tournament when it hit me: why not arrange the same kind of tournament back home?” she recalled. “The top female players from around the world would probably jump at the chance to compete at a high level here.”


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She was right, and the format she decided on was on the money as well. “Qualifier tournaments are played here in the United States and abroad during the year,” Hale explained. “This allows a huge number of people to see how cool women’s polo is and how good the players are. If that doesn’t generate interest, I don’t know what will.” The action on the field is only part of Hale’s plan. This is where the Internet comes into play. The WCT web site at is crucial to the group’s success. “We use it to promote the sport in general and players in particular, just like the LPGA and the WNBA,” Hale said. “Fans can go there to find statistics, worldwide rankings and process the information in a way even someone with no knowledge of the sport can understand.” Hale always knew the WCT finals would be played in Wellington. “I first came here in 1993,” she said. “From the moment I got here, I could see how Wellington supported polo. I hope the residents realize what an incredibly positive impact the village has had on the sport worldwide. I call the village ‘destination Wellington’ because it has the best polo in the country each winter.” Hale is appreciative of the local support the WCT has gotten over the years. “Wellington got behind the WCT from the beginning and hasn’t stopped,” she said. “So many

Sunny Hale has been working to expand the role of women in the traditionally male-dominated sport of polo.

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local businesses are involved in one way or another. Combine that with the energy of the equestrian community, and you understand why this is the perfect fit for the finals.” It’s the sheer numbers of Wellington’s equestrian community that continues to impress Hale. “I’ve traveled all around the world to play polo,” she said. “I’ve never seen such a dense population of equestrians in one place as the horse lovers who come to the village from December through April. It’s really remarkable.” The daughter of polo legend Sue Sally Hale, Sunny Hale has been involved with horses and polo her entire life. She began playing polo regularly at age 15 and turned pro three years later. “I’ve had the unique opportunity to do what I love,” she said. “The personal success I’ve achieved in the sport, playing with and against both sexes, has driven me to hopefully create the same possibilities for other women. A lot of hard work and discipline have gone into making the WCT successful.” One of the most gratifying changes Hale has seen due to the existence of the WCT is the shift in the attitudes of male players toward their female counterparts. “The level of chauvinism is nowhere near what it used to be, at least in the U.S.,” Hale said. “Women have shown their capabilities; they’ve shown they can compete. They’ve earned the absolute respect of the guys.”

Top female players participate in last year’s Women’s Championship Tournament held in Wellington.

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The Women’s Championship Tournament is not the only organization that bears Hale’s imprint. “I’m also the founder and president of the American Polo Horse Association,” she said. “It serves as a registry and database for polo ponies in the U.S. It gives people a place to look up a pony’s history, show records and breeding. Before the APHA, there

was no system in place that provided these things.” Hale’s accomplishments off the field do not go unappreciated. “The WCT has created a huge swell in female memberships for the United States Polo Association,” said Maureen Brennan, owner of the Virginia International Polo Club and a participant in the WCT since 2006. “It has broken down so many barriers and opened so many doors. It has raised the quality of play, empowered women to form their own teams and has taken women’s polo games from second-rate fields to center stage. Sunny is the reason for all of this.” WCT newcomer Candace Dobson echoes those sentiments. “I grew up Sunny Hale’s team was victorious in the 2010 Women’s Championship Tournament. (L-R) Sunny Hale, Kristy Outhier, Bill Kraft, Maureen Brennan and Tiffany Busch.

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around horses and the sport of rodeo, but had never played polo,” she said. “I saw my first polo match here in Wellington two years ago. I was immediately hooked and knew I wanted to try it. I had no real knowledge of the sport, but the WCT made it easy to get started. It was somewhere to learn the game and get some experience under my belt in a fun and competitive environment.” Dobson will be playing in her first WCT qualifier this year. For Sunny Hale, the future of the sport she loves continues to burn bright. “Women’s polo is on track to grow huge,” she said, “thanks in large part to the positive attitudes of the players and people attached to it. This country now has some of the best players in the world. We can challenge and win matches in other countries. I say bring it on.”

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Taylor Blauweiss Blends Riding, Healthy Eating Into A Business By Heather Bellock


questrian Taylor Blauweiss blended her passion for riding and her healthy lifestyle into her business, Taylor Made Café. Blauweiss has been a part of the equestrian community since she was a child. Growing up, she rode and showed on Long Island, N.Y., and has been traveling to Florida to show at the Winter Equestrian Festival since she was 15. She continued showing while attending George Mason University in Virginia. At GMU, Blauweiss majored in theater. But throughout college, she became more conscious about her health and the foods she consumed. Blauweiss taught herself about healthy eating and healthy food alternatives. She began cooking for herself, experimenting with different recipes. When Blauweiss graduated in 2005, she moved to Wellington, planning to live with her


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family while saving money so she could move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in acting. While in Florida, Blauweiss met her soon-to-be husband, Lee Hughes, who worked on the horse show circuit. They fell in love, and for the next several years, Blauweiss joined him on the road, traveling to shows and picking up various jobs. But trying to keep her healthy lifestyle at the horse shows was a challenge, she recalled. Blauweiss would pack herself a lunch every day from groceries she stocked in her hotel room. Riders started asking Blauweiss where she got her lunch and began making their own lunch requests. That was when Blauweiss realized that there was a need for healthy alternatives at horse shows, and she would soon offer the answer. Blauweiss believes in following one’s

dreams but decided that she did not want to continue chasing the dream of acting. After living in Miami and auditioning for American Idol twice, she ultimately settled in Wellington. That decision was not difficult because she had a new dream. She started her food business with her web site, www., and filled orders out of the kitchen in her home. Early on, Blauweiss would take orders from exhibitors at the horse show and deliver them breakfast and/or lunch the next day. But Blauweiss wanted to expand and worked on bringing her vision for the business to life for almost a year. Taylor Made Café opened last April. Blauweiss created every last detail of the café with her own hands. The name was a creation all in itself and represents the business very well. As a child, she owned a pony named Taylor

(Far left) Equestrian entrepreneur Taylor Blauweiss during a lighter moment. (Left) Taylor Made Café is designed in a retro style, featuring images of old Hollywood icons. (Above left) Blauweiss often uses non-traditional ingredients to make popular treats, like these cookies, healthier. (Above right) A sample of one of the tasty sandwich wrap offerings.

Made, and now that fits her business: Everything offered at the café is created by none other than Taylor.

such as yogurt, applesauce and pumpkin filling to create healthier versions of common recipes.

Blauweiss arrives at the café at 6:30 a.m. to get things ready for the day. She delivers breakfast by 8 a.m. and is back at the café to get ready for lunch. When Blauweiss closes for the day, she often stays late to clean up and prep for the next day. If she is there past regular business hours, she leaves her doors open for walk-ins.

On Tuesdays, Blauweiss offers Take Away Tuesday, which is her creation of a meal based on what she finds fresh and in season at the market for that week. The meal can be picked up and reheated as a dinner option as well. “There isn’t anything offered at my café that I wouldn’t eat,” Blauweiss said.

The café is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Taylor Made Café is a healthy stop for lunch, but if you can’t make it in, orders for delivery can be made by phone or online. Taylor Made Café also offers catering and will accommodate requests for any kind of food, year-round, up to hundreds of people. “Our hors d’oeuvres are excellent,” Blauweiss said. “I think those are the best, but we also offer a hot buffet, and the catering can be whatever you want.” Although the café focuses on all-natural food options, there are also some alternatives. There are daily specials, and orders can be custom-made. Blauweiss uses alternative ingredients

Performing remains close to her heart. For fun, Blauweiss sings karaoke, and she recently took an offer to sing the national anthem at the Players Club. Since then, she has become known in the equestrian community for her talent and continues to oblige offers to sing. Blauweiss could not be happier with her decision, and although it has been a long, tough road, she reaps the benefits daily. “There are so many people who tell me in one day what a great concept this is and that they love this place. It is so rewarding,” she said, happy to be able to share her creations with her customers. Taylor Made Café is located at 12160 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 729-0441 or www. |wellington the magazine| April 2011


Wellington Chamber Expecting Over 1,000 Attendees At Flavors 2011


he Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual Flavors of Wellington will take place Friday, April 8 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Wellington’s finest dining establishments will offer up their tastiest samplings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the event, presented by Equestrian Sport Productions. Platinum sponsors are IberiaBank and FPL. Flavors of Wellington brings together the best Wellington Chamber member restaurants, catering venues, wholesale clubs, gourmet markets and country clubs, which will showcase their businesses, products, menus and service staff. Each vendor is asked to serve up its most tasty “signature items” and will compete in categories such as “Best Taste,” “Best Plate Presentation,” “Best Display” and “Best Dessert.” Guests will see everything from Tiffany blue chocolate fountains, to sushi boats, gourmet appetizers, dinner samplings, wine tastings — just about anything the vendors can dream up. The host venue for the second year and presenting sponsor for 2011 is Equestrian Sport Productions, a subsidiary of Wellington Equestrian Partners. The partnership includes some of America’s most prominent equestrian families, who are committed to providing a home in Wellington for the equestrian community and to assuring harmony between equestrian and non-equestrian interests in and around the horse show grounds at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.


for the evening are Don Kiselewski of FPL and Maggie Zeller of IberiaBank. Additional celebrity judges will be announced as they are confirmed. Kiselewski, FPL’s area manager for northern and western Palm Beach County, believes in supporting community-based events. “FPL is once again pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor this event due to [its] past success and our continued support of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce,” he said. “We strongly encourage everyone to join us along with many of our customers at this fabulous event.” “IberiaBank is thrilled to be a sponsor of Flavors of Wellington,” added Lori Dean, senior vice president and retail sales manager for IberiaBank of Southeast Florida. “This event has been a highlight in the Wellington community for many years, and the evening is the perfect way to sample many of our local chefs’ best dishes.”

“Equestrian Sport Productions believes in Wellington and in the success of our restaurants, country clubs and catering venues,” said ESP President Michael Stone, who is also the chamber’s president for 2011. “We anticipate the most successful year to date and are honored to present this event to Wellington and beyond.”

Attendees will enjoy an evening of dining and dancing to the Music Masters International 20-piece stage band. The chamber gets calls months in advance each year from people hoping to see Music Masters International. This year, participants will be overlooking the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center arena, with equestrian events going on in the ring.

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Dr. Danielle Esters Specializes In Genetics, HighRisk Pregnancies Story by Ron Bukley

Dr. Danielle Esters at the Maternal Fetal Center in Wellington specializes in high-risk pregnancies and is the only board-certified clinical geneticist in Palm Beach County. “I’m actually boarded in obstetrics and gynecology, high-risk obstetrics, which is also known as paranatology or maternal fetal medicine, and I’m also boarded in clinical genetics,” she said. “I have special training in fetal echocardiology, which is fetal heart studies.” Esters consults and treats pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant who have underlying medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or hereditary conditions. Four percent of all fetuses have some type of birth defect, but only half of those are severe, Esters said. Congenital heart defects are one of the most common conditions she treats. “Patients want a healthy baby, so we do as much evaluation as I think we should be doing so we can have as much information about that pregnancy and about that fetus as possible so we can share that with the patient,” she explained. “I want patients to enjoy their pregnancies and not be totally wired for the entire time.” Often, the testing brings good news to report, and if that is not the case, well, knowing is better than not knowing. “I want to inform the patient of that as well, so that we can have a plan and make sure their expectations are appropriate,” Esters said. Aside from Esters, a patient may need to consult with a

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neonatologist or pediatric subspecialist so they will know what may need to be done after delivery. “We don’t want anyone to be surprised in a negative way after the delivery,” she said. Esters attended medical school at the State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and did her fellowship in high-risk obstetrics at Emory University, primarily at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. During that time, she became interested in genetics, although she did not do her genetics fellowship there. “All paranatologists learn about congenital problems,” she said. “A large percentage of the practice I have now are patients who may have fetuses with abnormalities.” One of the important functions of her practice is addressing genetic mutations such as sickle-cell anemia. “Whenever we are dealing with families where there is a genetic mutation, the mother may be a carrier, the child may be a carrier or the child may be affected,” Esters explained. “We do have to think about future generations. If mom is a carrier for sickle cell and we know that dad is not, then I still have to let her know that there is a 50-percent chance that any of her children will have sickle-cell traits. Even though that is not a problem now, when that child becomes of reproductive age,

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those medical conditions may influence the outcome of the pregnancy,” she said.

The same is true of fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited mental impairment. “We are able to do carrier testing on pregnant women or women who are not pregnant, and that result will determine the risk of fragile X syndrome in future generations, not just their children, but also their grandchildren,” Esters said.

Esters often recommends lifestyle changes, during the pregnancy and afterward. “Even though this is a very specialized practice, I’m very concerned about general health of women, even in their later years,” she said. “They may not be listening right now, but they heard it, and I repeat it frequently throughout the pregnancy.”

Esters also consults with pregnant women, or women who plan to become pregnant, with medical complications such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney or lung disease. Poorly controlled diabetes during pregnancy can lead to increased risk of miscarriage, birth defects, fetal growth abnormalities, premature delivery and maternal complications such as pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Women with hypertension need to be consulted on the proper medication. “If it means they need to change their medication because they are planning pregnancy, then it would be good to do it before they conceive,” she said.

For women who know they are diabetic before they become pregnant, all their pregnancies need to be planned because their blood sugars need to be perfectly controlled at the time of conception and then to be kept normal during pregnancy, Esters said. “That’s a large part of high-risk OB practice, because all of

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Raised in California, Lauren Hough has been a permanent resident of Wellington for more than a decade. While her base of operations is here, she typically spends half the year riding and training in Europe.

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lympian Lauren Hough has made her lifelong love of horses into a successful show jumping career. From her farm in Wellington, she trains, competes and has remained among the nation’s top riders for most of her career. Hough, 33, grew up in northern California in a family that already had a love for horses. Her father Charles — a.k.a. “Champ” — won the three-day eventing team bronze medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. Her mother Linda, a hunter rider, operated a hunter and jumper farm called Sutton Place. “I knew from a very early age that I’d ride,” Hough recalled. “I always loved the horses, and there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” And for Hough, there was no doubt that she would compete in the jumper ring like her father. “I wanted to jump,” she said. “My parents were a big influence on my career.” Hough began competing in the pony ring at an early age, and quickly began winning and moving up in classes. “With my parents in the industry, I had access to many other professionals who helped me along the way,” she said. “It really was an advantage. I’m extremely grateful to my family for the support they’ve given me.”

As she grew older, Hough quickly began rising to the top of the list of young riders. She was named the Pacific Coast Grand Prix Rookie of the Year at age 15, and in 1993 she was selected for the Gold Medal Zone 10 Junior Jumper Team. She was also a winner of the East Coast United States Equestrian Team (now United States Equestrian Federation) Finals. Ten years ago, Hough made Wellington her permanent home, but she typically spends half of the year riding and competing in Europe. “I try to spend half of the year here,” she said. “I love Wellington. My family lives here. It’s a great place, and it’s really nice to be able to have such high-level competition just two miles from my house.” Hough believes it was about the same time that she truly kick-started her professional career when she won a spot on the 2000 U.S. Olympic equestrian team for the games in Sydney, Australia. “I made the Olympic team at age 23,” she said. “That was probably my first big accomplishment as a professional rider. I was quite young, and it gave me a jump-start to the career that I have now.” Hough is particularly proud of that moment. The selection

Lauren Hough rides Quick Study at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

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Lauren Hough hopes that her top mount Quick Study will help propel her to the 2012 Olympics.

process was completely objective, meaning that she truly earned her spot on the team.

FEI World Equestrian Games selection trials, putting her on a short list for the games in Aachen, Germany.

“It was a little bit surreal,” she said. “I don’t think I realized at that time what I had actually accomplished. But looking back on it, it was a wonderful experience.”

In 2007, she represented the United States in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and took home a team bronze medal. Two years later, she and her mount Quick Study helped the U.S. to a Nations Cup win in Rome, and then took home second place at the Helsinki Grand Prix.

Since then, Hough has had an explosive show jumping career. She won the National Horse Show Grand Prix two years in a row in 2001 and 2002. Then, after riding through the selection trials with a broken collarbone, she was selected for the U.S. Pan American Games team, which took home a gold medal. From 2004 to 2006, Hough competed on the U.S. team in the Samsung Super League, taking home first place in 2005 and second in 2006. Then, later that year, Hough won fourth place in the


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Last year, Hough qualified for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, and she won the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Hamburg, Germany. Throughout her career, Hough has remained among the top ranks of riders, something she considers the mark of a successful career. “What I feel most proud of is that I’ve

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stayed at the top of my sport for so many years,” she said. “I’ve been consistent in my ability to keep competing at the top and to keep winning.” Though she has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments and titles in her career, Hough has her eye set on the 2012 London Olympics next summer. “I’d like another chance in the Olympic Games to win a medal,” she said. “It’s still a ways away, and a lot can happen between now and then.” Hough hopes that Quick Study, who she said is in the prime of his career, will help her achieve that goal. Though there are still things that she’d like to accomplish, Hough said that she wakes up each day and counts her blessings.

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“I really feel very fortunate,” she said. “I get to wake up every day with a job that I love, and I get to spend it with horses. I get to travel the world. Certainly there are specific things that I’d love to accomplish, which would be a medal in the Olympics or in the world championships, but in general, I’m quite happy. I love my work. I love my horses. I’m quite fortunate.” And she hopes to be in the industry for a long time, even when she’s unable to compete. “I hope to be in this as long as possible, and I would like to think that I have another good 10 years left in me at a competitive level,” Hough said. “And then, certainly, this sport has given me a lot, and I’d like to give back to it. I want to help young riders. There’s a lot of ways that you can stay involved, and at a high level. But I’m definitely focused on the competition side of it now.”

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Gabriela Pugliese Brings Sultry Moves Of Argentine Tango To Wellington Story by Deborah Welky  Photos by Abner Pedraza


abriela “Gaby” Pugliese didn’t take ballet as a child, nor did she ever express any interest in dancing. But then she saw Forever Tango on Broadway in 1998, and everything changed. “I saw how they were dancing and how passionate they were, and I loved hearing the music, and I said to myself, ‘One day I have to do that,’” recalled Pugliese, who works as a hair designer at Visions Salon in

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Although she has Argentine roots, Gaby Pugliese did not begin to study tango until just a few short years ago.

Wellington. “My parents were born in Buenos Aires, and I was exposed to the music very early on in my life, even though I was born in the U.S. But, in 1998, I had my own hair salon in New Jersey and didn’t have time to take dance lessons. Manhattan was the only place they taught the Argentine tango, and I had no time to take the train to get there.”

tracked down a tango teacher in North Miami Beach, and her odyssey began. “I love this dance very much,” she explained. “It just comes out of me; it’s a part of me.”

The plot thickened in 2004, when Pugliese went to Italy to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Pugliese didn’t find the demanding dance difficult to learn, either. “The tango is a trilogy between the man, the woman and a third factor — perhaps another woman, a gambling problem, a drinking problem, something. ‘Tango’ means three. The relationship between the three provides tension in the dance.”

“I was standing in the middle of St. Mark’s Square in Venice, and there were three orchestras simultaneously playing ‘Por Una Cabeza’ and everybody got up and started dancing, and I felt this fire in me. I needed to learn that dance.” So when she got back home, Pugliese, now living in Florida,

And how do her parents feel about their American-born daughter going back to roots she barely knew? “They’re very happy; they’re in shock,” she said, laughing.

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Tango is easy to understand, but difficult to master, according to Gaby Pugliese.

“It came into existence when immigrants came from Europe to South America. They were working hard and making money, and they celebrated by dancing. They took all the steps they had from different countries, put them together, and the Argentine tango was created,” Pugliese said. The tango is easy to understand, but difficult to master. “What’s so different is that the Argentine tango has eight basic movements, and, out of those eight, you can have many, many possibilities,” she said. “You have to have a lot of balance, and the woman has to know her technique and not anticipate the next move because the Argentine tango is a very maledominated dance, a very macho dance. The man can change position at any time, and the woman needs to be aware of that.” While not a part of the competitive ballroom circuit — “It has many of its own rules and breaks ballroom rules,” she said — there are competitions specific to the Argentine tango. “It’s a very close-embrace dance. You learn to dance in an open, salon style but the dancers dance very close. Unlike in the American tango, the man is allowed to step in between the woman’s legs. And if any woman loves shoes, it’s all about shoes,” Pugliese said. “The emphasis is on the feet and legs, so we wear a lot of textured pantyhose and ornate, sexy, Argentine tango shoes. The dresses are very sexy with a very high slit on one side, both sides or all around the dress. We do a lot of leg movements so the dresses are made so the heel won’t get caught.” Jealous? Don’t be. You’re welcome to join in!


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Pugliese is going into her third year of teaching the Argentine tango right here in Wellington, at Spotlight of Wellington dance studio in the Kobosko’s Crossing shopping center. The 90-minute-long classes are offered Tuesday nights. Each class runs for four weeks, then students go on to the next level. “It’s sort of like a workshop,” Pugliese said. “The advanced students dance with the beginners. For the more experienced dancer, it’s good to go back to the basics; and the beginner gets to work with somebody who’s more experienced instead of having two beginners working together. If there’s a couple, we encourage they rotate so they don’t get used to each other’s bad habits.” Pugliese has even choreographed special wedding dances for couples who have gotten married, end-of-year Spotlight recitals and a few pieces for herself. She dances in shows, exhibitions and the occasional Argentine tango competition in New York City or Buenos Aires, often with Gabriel Toppino as her partner.

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“And I put on an Argentine tango/ Latin night at the Ritz Ballroom in Jupiter with Debra Peters on the fourth Saturday of every month,” Pugliese said. “It’s a dance party, where the students can go and apply what they’ve learned. We have wine and hors d’oeuvres, and they can dress up. One of my dreams is to get enough people interested to do a dance party here in Wellington. I would like to introduce this to the western communities so they don’t have to go to Miami or Delray Beach or far away like I’ve done since 2004. It would be just another reason not to leave Wellington.” To learn more about Argentine tango, call Pugliese at (561) 312-9371. |wellington the magazine| April 2011


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eeridge Farm, with bases in East Aurora, N.Y., and Wellington, and is owned by the Jacobs family. Jeremy and Alice Jacobs came to Wellington in 1980, when they purchased Deeridge’s second farm, which would serve as the home base for their children’s and grandchildren’s riding ventures during the winter months. Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs currently have six children, 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Several of them are continuing in the family tradition of riding. Lou and Joan Jacobs’ daughter Charlotte, 15, rides with Missy Clark and John Brennan at North Run Farm. Charlotte started riding with Missy’s mother Doris as a youngster. Missy and John have helped Charlotte put together a fabulous string of horses for the 2011 season, including Caranda, Kim Cristo and Bring It On. Caranda is a special new horse for her family, as Caranda was previously owned by Taylor Land, which is special because Charlotte’s

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father and Taylor’s father have ridden together for years. Kim Cristo is on a long-term lease from Georgina Bloomberg and Gotham Enterprizes. Charlotte will also continue to compete Bring It On, a new mount for her starting last summer, in the Large 15 and Under Junior Hunters. Charlotte will also continue with Promise Land and Karaond V Schol’Hof in the Junior Jumpers along with Cortes 7 as her mount in the Equitation ring. Melissa Jacobs, the 17-year-old daughter of Jeremy Jacobs Jr. and his wife Alice, can also be found in the competition ring. “Jerry Jr. was the only Jacobs kid who did not ride, so when Melissa was younger and really wanted to ride, she really had to work hard to convince us.” recalled her mother Alice. “She works so hard and really loves the horses. It’s just in her blood.” Melissa competes with her two Junior Hunters, So You Say, a new mount for this season, and Dakota, who is just coming back after an injury. She shows with Callan Solem of Callan Solem Show Stables. This season, Melissa will also compete in the Low Junior Jumpers under the tutelage of Joe Fargis aboard Pia. “The jumpers are so much fun, and I really respect and value what Joe has to say,” Melissa said. “I really enjoy showing during WEF, even if I’m flying back and forth for school. It’s great having our (Top left) Katie Jacobs Robinson with her daughter Maggie. (Left) Nine-yearold Katie Jacobs with her mount. (Below) Charlotte Jacobs sails over a jump.


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family here to show together.” Kim and Charlie Jacobs’ twins Katie and Charlie Jr. are 9, and younger brother Will just turned 8. Kim and the children all ride under the direction of Kristin Mauks. Katie and Charlie Jr. show their ponies in the Small Pony Hunter divisions. Charlie’s ponies for this year include Aspen Spring and Clovercroft’s Bodacious Babe, while Katie will be showing Helicon Take Notice and Millpond Patchwork. “It’s a fun dynamic having twins,” Kim said. “But they love the horses in different ways and have very different personalities.” Will is moving up this year from the Short Stirrup division to the Children’s Pony division aboard Tinker Toy. “Will is hilarious,” said his mother. “This year will be a great step up for him.” Katie Jacobs Robinson and her husband Chris have four kids. Their children are Phoebe, 16, Grace, 14, Jimmy, 12, and Maggie, 8. Phoebe is really enjoying school in New York, while Jimmy is an avid hockey player. Grace and Maggie, along with Katie, ride with Andre Dignelli and Patricia Griffith at Heritage Farm. Grace is showing in the Children’s

Jumpers aboard Mister Mine. “Grace loves the jumpers and is looking forward to a great season,” Katie said. “Mister Mine is a great horse and really knows what to do, so he is a great teacher for her.” Maggie is moving up to the Short Stirrup division this winter with her two ponies, Farnley Romeo and Hilcrest Kenny. “She has two great ponies whom she loves,” Katie said. “We are excited for her to move up this year and know that she will have a blast showing with her cousins and friends in Wellington.” Although there are many younger members of the Jacobs family, and many who ride under the Deeridge Farm banner, horses are a common thread throughout their family. They are excited for this coming season and enjoy being able to spend the winter months together in Wellington at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Charlotte Jacobs rides Cortes 7 at the show grounds in Wellington.

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Singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope is now touring the nation with her band Hey Monday, but spending time in Wellington is always a treat. “It’s like a vacation every time we come home,” she said. Photo by Susan Lerner

Singer-Songwriter Cassadee Pope Front Woman For The Band Hey Monday, She Celebrates Her Wellington Roots Story by Lauren Miró


inger-songwriter Cassadee Pope is proud to call Wellington home. As front woman for the pop-rock band Hey Monday, she has rocked the stage worldwide with well-known bands such as the All-American Rejects, Cobra Starship and Fall Out Boy, making her this month’s Wellington Star.

When I don’t get something right away, I worry that I’m failing.”

“I love it here,” she said of Wellington. “It’s such a nice place to come home to from tour. It’s like a vacation every time we come home.”

Pope recalled the first moment she knew that she wanted to be a star.

But her voice coach kept pushing her to sing. “And one day, I discovered I had vibrato,” she said. “I just kept singing, and it ended up being my top priority.”

Pope, 21, began singing when she was just four years old. The interest was sparked when her older sister Ashley began taking vocal lessons.

“I saw Mariah Carey on a television special,” she said. “I thought: ‘Wow, this is beautiful. This girl is standing up there singing, and people are cheering for her. I want to be like that.’”

“I wanted to step in and try it because of her,” Pope said. “She was having so much fun. I remember her coming home and practicing and having a great time. I just knew I wanted to do it.”

From a young age, Pope began singing in local bands but found that both her youth and gender made things difficult. Often other musicians “didn’t want to play in a band with a girl singer. It was pretty discouraging.”

Yet taking that first step wasn’t easy. “When I first started, I was terrified,” Pope recalled. “I’m still like that a little bit.

While attending Wellington High School, though, Pope formed the band Blake with Hey Monday guitarist and fellow

The band Hey Monday includes (L-R) Mike Gentile, Alex Lipshaw, Cassadee Pope and Pat McKenzie. Photo by Chris Martin

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Cassadee Pope performs for a hometown crowd last summer at the South Florida Fairgrounds. photo by lauren miró

Wellington resident Mike Gentile. “We got really lucky,” Pope said. “Columbia records had gotten interested in us.” When Blake broke up in 2008, Pope and Gentile began searching for a new band, with Columbia promising to back their next project. Through connections from friends and former band mates, they formed Hey Monday. The band currently consists of Pope and Gentile along with Wellington residents Alex Lipshaw on rhythm guitar, Christopher Gentile on bass and Patrick McKenzie on drums — making Hey Monday a true hometown band. “Everyone in the band I’ve known since I was young,” Pope said. “I’ve known Mike since I was in sixth grade, Alex and Pat since high school. And Mike’s little brother Christopher is filling in on bass.”


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It was a stroke of luck that helped propel Hey Monday into the spotlight. Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz heard one of their demo tapes and wanted to sign them. So, Hey Monday was jointly signed to Columbia Records and Wentz’s label Decaydance. The band released its debut album Hold On Tight in 2008, followed by Beneath It All in 2010, and in February they released their first extended-play album, Candles. Wentz continued to support the band, bringing Hey Monday along as one of the opening acts on Fall Out Boy’s Believers Never Die tour in 2009, giving Pope the chance to play to millions of people at some of the top venues in the world. They’ve also played on numerous other tours nationwide and have been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In March, the hit TV show Glee covered their song “Candles.”

wellington star Last summer, the band had the opportunity to play on the Warped Tour, which came through the Cruzan Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Pope said that the experience of playing where she’d been to concerts all her life was unlike any other. “We’ve all wanted to play the Warped Tour our whole lives,” she said. “When we knew we were going to play the West Palm Beach show, we said that we wouldn’t get our hopes up because there have been some hometown shows where the crowd wasn’t that good.” Pope didn’t expect the response the band got from the crowd. “We got up there, and it was just mayhem,” she said. “People were going nuts for us. It was insane. I’ll never forget that.” Pope said that the memory stands out as one of her proudest career moments. “It was gratifying,” she said. “All of the work we’ve done had paid off. We’re home, and the crowd is into us, and as proud as we are to be there, they’re proud of us, too. It was amazing.” Pope attributes her band’s success to both hard work and being relatable to young people. “I’m not crazy, I’m normal,” Pope said. “Sometimes I wonder what in the hell makes people think that I’m special, or that we’re special… You can’t be someone else just because you want to be famous. It won’t last.” Though she tries to be true to who she is, Pope admits to having a bit of an alter ego on stage. “I’m a lot more confident on stage than I am in real life,” she said. “I don’t have any fears while I’m up there. If the crowd is crazy and into it, it makes me crazier and more into it.” |wellington the magazine| April 2011




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wellington star Hey Monday’s upbeat melodies and relatable lyrics have inspired a young generation of girls who look up to her — something Pope said both awes and intimidates her. “I’m really humbled by that,” she said. “I just hope that I don’t ever let them down. I get that remark sometimes, that I’m a role model to these young girls, and it’s a little intimidating.” Pope noted that bands with female singers are few and far between, which brings unique challenges to making it big. She noted that any time a new female-fronted band emerges, they are automatically compared to other top females out there despite what their music sounds like.


“People don’t compare female-fronted bands to male-fronted bands,” she said, noting that she’s often compared to Paramore’s Hayley Williams. “I think we sound more like Fall Out Boy or All Time Low. So when little girls come up to me after shows and say, ‘I’m starting a band,’ I tell them, ‘Just hang in there. Don’t give up.’”




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And hanging in there is what Pope believes has helped push her and her bandmates in Hey Monday as far as they’ve come. “You can’t ever give up,” she said. “If I’d given up the first time I was rejected, I’d have given up at four years old. You can’t listen to what people tell you. You just have to surround yourself with honest people and know who you are. Don’t change for anyone.” As for the future, Pope hopes to be a lasting presence in the music world for years to come. “I don’t want to do this for just a few years to say I did it when I was young,” she said. “I want to do it forever.”

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(Above) The kitchen opens to the large family room as well as the patio, making it the heart of the home. It features granite counter tops, a walk-in pantry, a full-size fridge and freezer, and plenty of cabinet space for storage. The room is bright and airy, with natural light coming in through the many windows.

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(Above) Executive Chef Tam Ha works with a 32-ounce tomahawk steak.


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Executive Chef Tam Ha Brings A World Of Experience To The Wanderers Club Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Abner Pedraza


xecutive Chef Tam Ha brings his unique and impeccable style of cooking to the Wanderers Club at Wellington, where he serves members delicious and diverse meals that suit all tastes. The love he has for cooking shines through each dish he puts out. Ha, 40, was born in Vietnam and raised by his grandmother, who inspired his love for cooking. “My father died when I was young,” Ha said. “My mother had to work, so my grandmother would watch me. I was always in the kitchen with her, watching as she cooked. I would help her and eventually learned to make all of the meals.”

school for this and become a professional. I was so excited. I couldn’t believe they had school for something like that.” Ha used techniques learned from his grandmother to inspire his dishes, noting that cooking was much different in Vietnam than in America. “You had to use whatever you had to make a dish,” he said. “With a piece of meat, [my grandmother] could make five different dishes. Here, we cut a steak up and serve it to one person. Over there, a piece of meat might feed a family for a week.”

In 1984, at age 14, he left Vietnam and moved to the United States, living on New York’s Long Island with a foster family. Though he enjoyed cooking, it wasn’t his first career choice.

Though Ha is proficient in southeast Asian cuisine, he has expanded his expertise to include Caribbean, American fusion and continental French cuisine. He describes his cooking style as “Asian-French-fusion.”

“I thought I’d become a police officer,” Ha recalled. “I wanted to serve the community, to give something back to America, which had given me so much. But my foster parents said, ‘You just left Vietnam with all the war, and now you want to become a police officer? Every day is a war for you.”

“There is a lot of French influence in Vietnam,” he noted.

Partially influenced by memories of his time cooking alongside his grandmother, Ha decided instead to go to culinary school, graduating second in his class. “It just clicked,” Ha said. “I couldn’t believe I could go to

Ha began his culinary career in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Then, in 1997 he moved to South Florida and began working at the Everglades Club, where he worked his way up to sous chef. In 2003, he left the Everglades Club to work at Donald Trump’s Mar-aLago. “At first, I was intimidated,” Ha recalled. “But as time went by, I got used to him. He’s not as tough as he is on

(Below left) Berries in an almond net with a blanket of sauvignon ice wine. (Below center) A look at the comfortable dining surroundings at the Wanderers Club. (Below right) Filet of sole with risotto, carrots, potatoes and squash.

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(Clockwise from top right) Executive Chef Tam Ha is now in his second season with the Wanderers Club; items from the club’s varied wine selection available to members and their guests; and a look at one of the cozy lounge areas at the club.

television, and he made me feel at home.” After three years, Ha moved on to work as head chef at the City Club, before moving to the Resort at Singer Island, where his restaurant Solu was rated the number-one restaurant in the Palm Beaches. Ha is now in his second season with the Wanderers Club, and he said that the experience has been unlike any other. “Our members are great,” he said. “You get to know them by name, you learn what they like. And they know me by name too, and ask about my family. I’ve never worked in an environment like this. I love it here.” Ha said that working in a restaurant where the guests return often — some eat there every day — presents its own set of challenges and rewards. “I learn from them,” he said. “I know their personal tastes. And I always ask them what I can do to make the meal better.” 70

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Ha said that working at the Wanderers Club is like working with family, and he keeps a close-knit kitchen staff that enjoys cooking as much as he does. He believes strongly in education and tries to pass on his knowledge to others. “The kitchen is really the heart of the club,” he said. “We love what we do. I always tell my staff that they have to come into work happy because then members will be happy. Your food will show it.” Ha takes pride in his work and pushes others to do the same. “You should be proud of each and every thing you do,” he said. “Even if you’re just peeling potatoes, you should take pride in it.” Ha tries to offer both member favorites as well as new dishes to keep his menu interesting as well as satisfying. And he always offers healthy alternatives. “I have a lot of freedom here,” he said. “They give me room to grow. It’s a very easy-going environment.”

Ha hopes to remain at the club for a long time. “There’s still so much I want to do,” he said. The diverse chef is also known for his abilities to create fantastic ice sculptures. A trait he learned in school, Ha carves diverse, beautiful shapes in ice. “As a child, I always enjoyed molding things with clay,” he said. “They taught ice carving in school, and I really enjoyed it.” Ha said that his passion for cooking will follow throughout his life — even beyond if he has his way. “I told my wife, ‘When I die, please bury me in my chef’s uniform, and place my knives across my chest,’” he said. “I want to cook for the rest of my life. I love it. And when you love what you do, it’s no longer a job. It becomes part of who you are.” The Wanderers Club at Wellington is located at 1900 Aero Club Drive. For more information, call (561) 795-3501 or visit

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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. Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill serves seafood, steaks, salads, burgers and pizzas as well as daily specials. Backstreets is located in the Wellington Plaza and is open for lunch and dinner. Call (561) 795-0100 for info. 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 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. Executive Chef David Palmateer runs deVine Bistro & Bar with his wife Sara. The restaurant’s atmosphere is chic yet comfy, and the gourmet menu focuses on hand-selected and all-natural ingredients. DeVine Bistro & Bar is located in the Plaza at Wel-

lington Green at 2465 State Road 7, Suite 300. For more info., call (561) 204-5432. 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. Field of Greens, located at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Pointe at Wellington Green, serves some of the freshest and healthiest food in town. It is a quick, contemporary restaurant specializing in salads and sandwiches. Enjoy customized salads with homemade dressings, as well as signature salads and wraps. For more info., call (561) 795-4345. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. 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. 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

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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 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 Foods Market in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 333-1263 or visit 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 or call (561) 798-7433. La Fogata Restaurant serves delicious Mexican cuisine. The restaurant, located in the Wellington Town Square at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., features a tequila bar. Call (561) 422-1641 for info. 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 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.

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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 Pangea Bistro in the Pointe at Wellington Green offers a taste of the best food from all around the world. Pangea is open for lunch and dinner, except for Sundays when it serves only dinner. For a reservation, call (561) 793-9394 or visit 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 more info.

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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. Spices Modern Thai & Sushi Bar features delicious Asian cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy authentic savory Thai cuisine coupled with a full-service sushi bar. Spices is open every day for lunch and dinner, and is located at 11071 Southern Blvd. in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza behind Bank Atlantic. For more info., call (561) 798-3877 or visit 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 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 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 or call (561) 791-1535 for more information. The White Horse Tavern serves up bold, hearty flavors from a convenient location adjacent to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Located at 3401 Equestrian Club Road in Wellington, White Horse Tavern opens for dinner at 5 p.m. nightly. For more info., call (561) 333-1150.

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wellington calendar Friday, April 1 • A Vegas-Style Fundraiser benefiting three of the area’s top animal-rescue organizations will take place Friday, April 1 at the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online for $30 and $50 at the door. Seating is limited. Visit to RSVP. For more info., call Debra at (561) 389-1862 or Beth at (561) 346-8766. Saturday, April 2 • The Wellington Rotary Club will hold its 2011 major fundraising event at an asado after party starting at 5 p.m. after the second annual International Gay Polo Tournament on Saturday, April 2 at the Grand Champions Polo Club off Lake Worth Road in Wellington. The polo matches start at 1 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit • Local schools will bring a mix of action and music to the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) for “A Touch of Broadway: A Musical Revue” on Saturday, April 2. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., students from Elbridge Gale Elementary School, Wellington Christian School, the King’s Academy and Palm Beach Central High School will perform acts from popular musicals. For more info., call Joe Piconcelli at (561) 791-4756 or visit Sunday, April 3 • The 26-goal U.S. Open will be featured on Sunday, April 3 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington). For info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit

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Monday, April 4 • The 12th annual Hanley Center Foundation Golf Classic will be held Monday, April 4 at the RitzCarlton Golf Club & Spa (106 Ritz Carlton Club Drive, Jupiter). The tournament will benefit Hanley Center’s Hope Fund. Registration and breakfast will be at 7 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. An awards luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. The cost is $1,000 per player or $4,000 per foursome. For more info., call Theresa Kewley at (561) 841-1212 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will hold “Lightning Thief Trivia” for ages 9 to 12 on Monday, April 4 at 4 p.m. Do you think you know Percy Jackson? Put your knowledge to the test. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, April 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Straight Talk about Business Plans” for adults on Tuesday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m., presented by Bob Keltie from the Small Business Development Center. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, April 6 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host an After-Hours Networking Mixer on Wednesday, April 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington). For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit Thursday, April 7 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a “Writers’ Critique Workshop” for adults Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism and comments to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere led by Florida Writers Association member Mark Adduci. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, April 8 • Wellington’s finest dining establishments will offer their tastiest samplings Friday, April 8 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center at Flavors of Wellington 2011. In addition to sampling great food, attendees will enjoy an evening of dancing to the Music Masters International 20-piece stage band. Tickets to Flavors 2011 cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP reserved tables begin at $300. Call the Wellington Chamber of Commerce at (561) 7926525 or visit for info.

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Saturday, April 9 • Join the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club for the inaugural Amazing Rotary Race, a driving adventure through the western communities, on Saturday, April 9. Registration and the starting point will be at the Links at Madison Green (2001 N. Crestwood Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). Registration will take place at 8 a.m. and the first clue will be given at 9 a.m. The entry fee of $100 per team of two players includes lunch. For more info., call Terri Wescott at (561) 2534724 or e-mail Register online at • The Knights of Columbus will host its 12th annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 9 at the Village Golf & Country Club (122 Country Club Drive, Royal Palm Beach) with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75 per person and includes driving range, round of golf, awards dinner and raffle prizes. For more info., call (561) 793-2670 or (561) 793-2768. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Toastmasters Presents: From Ah! to A-Men! Essential Ingredients to Successful Speeches” for adults Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. Award-winning speaker Barry Ross Rinehart will share his secrets in a fun, interactive presentation. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Sunday, April 10 • The 26-goal U.S. Open will be featured on Sunday, April 10 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington). For info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit

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Monday, April 11 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Monday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit Tuesday, April 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Art Throughout History: Women Artists from the 1600s to Now” for adults on Tuesday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. Professional artist and lecturer Arline Peartree will share her insights into the rich and diverse works of women artists. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a “My Bestie” picture frame craft time for ages 6 to 9 on Tuesday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. Read stories about friendship and make a picture frame to give to your best friend. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Enjoy Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (1977 College Drive, Belle Glade) on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 993-1160 for tickets or visit Wednesday, April 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “National Bookmobile Day” for ages 5 and up on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. Discover ways in which people around the world have their library books brought to their town or home. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, April 14 • The USAF Academy Band the Falconaires will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (1977 College Drive, Belle Glade) on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 993-1160 for information about this free event or visit Saturday, April 16 • The annual Royal Palm Beach Community Garage Sale will be held Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at Veterans Park, located just south of Okeechobee Blvd. on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. The park will be filled with vendors selling their wares to the public. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. • The Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host its Spring Plant Sale & Hibiscus Show on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to

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wellington calendar 4 p.m. Admission is free for members, $10 for nonmembers. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit • The 2011 Acreage Music & Chili Cookoff will take place Saturday, April 16 from noon to 10 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. North). General admission is $10. Visit www.acreagechili for more info. Sunday, April 17 • Wellington will host an Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) featuring “Earthman” Lanny Smith in concert. For more info., call (561) 753-2484 or visit • The finals of the 26-goal U.S. Open will be featured on Sunday, April 17 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington). For more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit

with out-of-this-world designs. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, April 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Open Mic Night” for adults on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Perform a dance or read poetry, short prose or an essay. Play an instrument or sing a song for an audience of all ages. Pick up the rules when you pre-register. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. Friday, April 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature an Earth Day Celebration for all ages on Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m. Join singer and storyteller Michael Reno Harrell from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina for songs and stories that tickle the funny bone and touch the hearts of children and adults alike. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, April 23 • Wellington will feature its annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at Village Park on Pierson Road. For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit

Tuesday, April 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Safety First” for ages 5 and up on Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. Learn how to navigate the Internet with care and watch out for the dangers that lurk there. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will offer “Bunny Origami” for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Create colorful inflatable bunnies. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Monday, April 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Teen Game Night” for ages 12 to 17 on Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Wednesday, April 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Storigami” for ages 7 and up on Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. Storigami is what you get when you combine fun-filled stories and origami. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Fantastic Nails” for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Decorate your nails

Tuesday, April 26 • A Morikami Museum Adult Outreach Program is coming to the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Tuesday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Seniors ages 55 and older will produce Japanese calligraphy and origami (paper folding) pieces. There is a $5 material fee for the calligraphy class and a $3 material fee for the origami class. For more info., visit


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Wednesday, April 27 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Wednesday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wanderers Club at Wellington. Call (561) 7926525 to RSVP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Magnetic Personalities” for ages 5 to 8 on Wednesday, April 27 at 4 p.m. Create a oneof-a-kind refrigerator magnet with air-dry clay. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, April 29 • The 28th Annual Installation Gala of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce will take place at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit • Wellington will host the Great Folk-Rock Festival featuring Gathering Time on Friday, April 29 from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 7532484 or visit Learn more about Gathering Time at Saturday, April 30 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Day of the Child (Dia del Niño)” for age 2 and up on Saturday, April 30 at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Celebrate the Day of the Child with stories and songs. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • King Arthur’s Quest will be at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (1977 College Drive, Belle Glade) on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at 7 p.m. Call (561) 993-1160 for tickets or visit Friday, May 1 • The Temple Beth Torah Brotherhood’s Annual Golf Tournament will take place May 1 at Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club in Wellington. The public is invited to play and make donations. For info., call Gregg Lowenstein (561) 307-4243.

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Top Honor For Wellington Teacher — Kristen Rulison, a teacher at Elbridge Gale Elementary School, was chosen from among thousands of teachers in the Palm Beach County School District on March 22 to be the 2011 Teacher of the Year due in part to her passion for teaching children to read. Shown here, Superintendent Bill Malone surprises Rulison with flowers and balloons. Palm beach county School District Photo

Wycliffe Charities Golf Tourney — The Wycliffe Charities Foundation held its annual golf tournament Monday, March 7 at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. The event raised money for charities such as the Quantum House, Hospice of Palm Beach County and Home Safe. More than 230 golfers played. Shown here are Mixed Division first-place winners David and Jeanne Goldner, Paul Weiner and Dr. Gerald Teplitz.

Think Pink Dodgeball — The breast cancer research fundraising club thinkPINKkids Wellington held its annual dodgeball tournament on Friday, March 4 in the Wellington High School gymnasium. Local middle and high schools fielded teams to compete in the tournament. Shown here, the Globo Gym Purple Cobras took first place among the high school teams.

Big A$$ Auction — The Palms West Community Foundation presented its inaugural “Big A$$ Auction” on Sunday, March 13 at the Wanderers Club at Wellington. The event included a “Big A$$ Bingo” game featuring a live donkey, a barbecue, a silent auction and live auction. Shown here are Maggie Zeller, Victoria McCullough and Maureen Gross with Jesus the donkey.

Hanley Family Luncheon — The Hanley Center Foundation held its 16th annual Family Luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For more info., visit (Above) Event co-chair Kelly Moore and his daughter Lesly check out one of the animals in the kids corner. (Right) Hanley Center CEO Dr. Barbara Krantz with Drew and Amy Rothermel. |wellington the magazine| April 2011



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