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24 Annual GPL Tournament Returns To Wellington

The Gay Polo League’s fourth annual International Gay Polo Tournament, one of the highlights of the polo season, is expected to attract record numbers when Grand Champions Polo Club once again hosts the event Saturday, April 13. By Sharon Robb

30 Polo Fashion: Where Tradition Meets Sport

This month, Wellington Fashion partnered with Elegante` Polo to share some extraordinary polo fashion ideas. Elegante` Polo has searched the world, teaming up with a handful of heritage brands producing the highest-quality, authentic products.

36 Wellington Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 25 Years The Wellington Boys & Girls Club marks its 25th anniversary this month with the opening of its new, expanded facility on Wellington Trace. This month, we celebrate this milestone with a special section celebrating the club’s history, supporters, volunteers, families and alumni. By Deborah Welky, Lauren Miró and Jessica Gregoire


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64 Challenge Of The Americas Fights Breast Cancer

The Challenge of the Americas has grown over the past decade into a premier equestrian exhibition, offering entertainment for equestrians and non-equestrians alike while raising money for breast cancer research. By Mary Adelaide Brakenridge

72 Wellington Volunteer: Ed Portman Of The B&G Club Longtime Wellington resident Ed Portman has helped the Boys & Girls Club for decades. For all that he has done for Wellington over three decades, Portman is the April nominee for our Volunteer of the Year award. By Matthew Auerbach

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Wellington Social Scene Singer Lexi Luca Wins The 2013 Wellington Idol Competition St. Therese Church Women Host Fashion Show At Players Club American Cancer Society Presents Diamond Centennial Ball At IPC Hundreds Enjoy Inaugural High Goal All-Star Polo Challenge Star-Studded Challenge Of The Americas Benefits Play For P.I.N.K.

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On our cover, we welcome the Gay Polo League back to Wellington. On Friday, April 12, join GPL at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, where the Wellington Rotary Club will present the “Jeans & Jewels” kickoff party. The following day, head over to the Grand Champions Polo Club for the fourth annual International Gay Polo Tournament. Learn more on the pages of this month’s issue. Founded by Mary Ross, the Challenge of the Americas has grown into a premier equestrian exhibition, offering entertainment for equestrians and nonequestrians alike, while raising money for breast cancer research. We profile this absolutely unique event this month. How great is it to have these types of wonderful events right in our own back yard?

extraordinary items. Special thanks to Robert Kiger of Elegante`, who explained, “Polo is a sport of tradition, and it is our goal to take part in that tradition by outfitting men, women and their homes in style and luxury.” Also this issue, we speak with Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki about options for men seeking to keep a youthful appearance at any age. Our Wellington Volunteer this month is longstanding Boys & Girls Club supporter Ed Portman. Wellington Health features Dr. Kishore Dass of South Florida Radiation Oncology, while former Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen is profiled in Wellington Real Estate. Wellington Home tours a gorgeous Farmington Estates home, while Wellington Table dines at the new elegant and sophisticated Triple Bar Bistro. All this and more in the April issue of Wellington The Magazine.

Congratulations to the Wellington Boys & Girls Club on celebrating its 25th anniversary while getting ready for the grand opening of the brand-new Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club opening this month. We join the celebration with a special section this issue. Read about the business leaders and individuals who stepped up to make this all possible, visit with some of the alumni who now live and work in Wellington, and take a look at some of the families and children who count on this safe place each and every day. “Thanks to all of you, who for the past 25 years have answered our calls, served on committees, chaired events, sponsored programs and events, and shared your talents,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County CEO Mary O’Connor said. “Thousands of young people have been provided a safe haven with life-enhancing programs during those critical out-of-school hours.”

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(Left) Krystie Seese, Adrianna Siena, Wellington Idol winner Lexi Luca and Meghan Ritmiller with their prizes. (Right) Winner Lexi Luca sings “Feeling Good.”

Lexi Luca took home the title 2013 Wellington Idol at the competition finals held Tuesday, March 5 at the Wellington Amphitheater. A total of 13 finalists competed in front of residents and the judging panel for a chance to win. Runners-up were chosen in each of three age categories. Category 1 winner Adrianna Siena, Category 2 winner Meghan Ritmiller and Category 3 winner Krystie Seese each received a $250 cash prize. Luca was presented with the $500 grand prize.

(Left to right) Runner-up Adrianna Siena sings “Defying Gravity;” runner-up Krystie Seese performs; runner-up Meghan Ritmiller sings “Turning Tables;” Lexi Luca with her manager and coach, Mike Soper; and Meghan Ritmiller (center) with friends Melissa Ramirez and Yolanda Lozano.


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The St. Therese de Lisieux Council of Catholic Women presented “A Garden Party” Luncheon & Fashion Show on Saturday, March 9 at the Players Club in Wellington. Fashions and accessories were provided by Evelyn & Arthur, Manalapan and Kathy’s Kloset, Wellington. There were Chinese and silent auctions as well as a 50/50 raffle. For more info., visit

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(Left) Team South America Nico Pieres, Facundo Pieres, Martin Pepa and Roberto Bilbao. (Right) Team North America Brandon Phillips, Kris Kampsen, Nic Roldan and Tommy Biddle Jr.

Eight top polo players went head to head March 16 at the inaugural High Goal All-Star Polo Challenge. Produced by veteran polo events manager Shamin Abas, the event took place at a private polo field on South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. Pitting North America against South America, the event was hosted by Ferrari North America, Dom Perignon and American Eurocopter. With more than 400 people attending, the match ended in a 7-7 tie. For more info., visit www.

(Left to right) Shamin Abas with Nic Roldan and Facundo Pieres; Elliott Pritch and Debbie Schutza along with Luca Fronti of Ferrari with their first-place prize; Louis David and Tracy Fogerty, two of the winners of the morning’s Ferrari competition; Nic Roldan with his girlfriend Jessie Schuster; and Kris Kampsen moves in for a shot and score.


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wellington social scene Photos by Christian Palmer Star-Studded Challenge Of The Americas Benefits Play For P.I.N.K.

(Left to right) Event organizer Mary Ross with Lou Galterio; Debbie Schachter, Stephanie Hamburger and Laura Lassman; and Diane Carney, Brenda Mueller and Jean Baun.

The Challenge of the Americas, a benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K., was held March 9 at the Jim Brandon Center Equestrian Center. The conceptual brainchild of Mary Ross, who lost her mother to breast cancer, the event included musical quadrilles, pas de deux and reining freestyles by top riders. See page 64 for more on the 2013 Challenge of the Americas.

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New K-Park Proposals On The Table A horse park with a hotel and a hotel with a baseball complex are two ideas the Wellington Village Council might consider for the vacant K-Park property on State Road 7. Village Manager Paul Schofield told council members in March that the two proposals had been brought before Wellington staff. “We’ve had discussion with two people about the potential development of K-Park,” he said. “One proposal is a hotel and conference center with a quadruplex that will do baseball tournaments — we’re talking high school, travel teams and college tournaments.” The village had not yet received a site plan for that proposal. “The other proposal was for a horse park,” Schofield continued. “It would have barns, paddocks, three covered arenas and a hotel and some retail associated with it.” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig hoped it could also include a veterinary school. “Hopefully they would keep that moving forward,” she said. “It wouldn’t be the same as anything we have now.” Since Wellington purchased the property in 2004, development of the site has been a controversial issue. Schofield said he wanted to make council members aware of the new proposals. “I have spoken with these folks enough that I needed the council to be aware of the situation,” he said. “I need authorization on whether you want me to continue to have these conversations.” Council members directed Schofield to continue to speak with the interested parties. Biz Hours Update — After months of debate, Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board agreed in March to recommend an ordinance governing hours of operation for some businesses in the village. The proposed rules would allow staff to handle requests for extended hours, Long Range Planning Director Tim Stillings said. “Instead of requesting a conditional-use approval, which would go through PZAB and the council, it would be an administrative

permit,” he said. The new rules would extend hours for all businesses within 300 feet of residences one hour in each direction — 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. Stillings stressed that permit holders would still have to follow village rules otherwise but would be granted the privilege of being open later. The process would also be simpler and less expensive than in the past. “It would be a simple application of two pages,” Stillings said. Board Member Mike Drahos pointed out that the board was attempting to find a middle ground. “We started with a bare-bones, no-limit ordinance,” he said. “And we said we had to protect our residents. I think this is the middle ground that will let businesses be competitive and operate how they want, but yet there is a provision in place which will allow residents protection if a business violates this privilege.” A motion to recommend the ordinance passed unanimously. It now heads to the council for approval. Dog Park Plans — Improvements to the Wellington Dog Park are underway that, when finished, will provide better accessibility and comfort for pooches and people alike. Located on Greenbriar Blvd., the park provides three play areas. Soon, each section will have its own covered pavilion and a pathway circling each enclosure, Wellington Director of Operations Jim Barnes said. “We have a user group, made up of park regulars, who we consult on different issues in the park,” he said. “We told them we were looking at adding pavilions in the small- and medium-sized areas.” The Wellington Village Council already approved spending for the pavilions, Barnes said, which will be similar to the one in the large dog area. It was members of the user group, Barnes said, who requested paths around the park. “It’s common in other dog parks to have a sidewalk or path that goes around the entire space,” he said. The pathways will be made of recycled asphalt.

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Weekend Of Festivities Planned As Annual GPL Tournament Returns To Wellington By Sharon Robb

When Melissa Potamkin Ganzi was in Santa Barbara, Calif., for the 2009 summer polo season, she met Gay Polo League founders Chip McKenney and Tom Landry. It was a polo match made in heaven. The Gay Polo League is a dedicated and fun-loving group composed of members of all ages, abilities and professions.

is thriving, attracting amateur polo players from around the world and a large fan base. The tournament is held annually in Wellington.

Ganzi, player-padrone for Piaget and owner of the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, aims to see polo embraced by general and mainstream sports followers and bring new, diverse people into the sport.

GPL’s fourth annual International Gay Polo Tournament, one of the highlights of the polo season, is expected to attract record numbers when Grand Champions Polo Club once again plays host to the tournament Saturday, April 13. Preliminary games are April 12.

“They explained to me their vision and passion for polo and their desire to come to Wellington and play,” Ganzi recalled. “I was excited that new people had an interest in polo. Polo should be accessible to everybody.” Four years later, the Gay Polo League has blossomed, and its annual International Gay Polo Tournament

“We are really looking forward to the 2013 International Gay Polo Tournament,” said Phil Tremo, GPL’s marketing director. “It is a blast; a really fun event. There is seriously good polo and fun on the sidelines.” Created in 2006, GPL is an international organization and the only

known gay polo league in the world. Its four established U.S. chapters are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Wellington. GPL members include players from several foreign countries, including France, England, Argentina, South Africa, Canada and Australia. “The polo clubs like us because we are introducing new people to the sport right now,” McKenney said. “So it’s a win-win. We lease the polo clubs’ equipment and ponies, and we bring them members.” After centuries of being known as the sport of kings, polo is becoming more affordable and accessible. “Polo has all the ingredients to become a great sport for gay people to participate in,” McKenney said. “It

Players participating in the 2011 International Gay Polo Tournament gather for the trophy presentation. (Front row, left to right) Talbot Logan, Dan Haynia, Jack Hoffman, Bradley Graver, James Tweten and John Wigdahl; (back row) Thomas Landry, Juan Bollini, Gordon Ross, Chip McKenney, “The Senator” Glen V. Atkinson, Christine Finerty, Jean-Marc Herrouin and Dwight Tran.

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fosters camaraderie, involves travel and is suitable for all ages and skill levels to participate.” There will be plenty of fun off the field, too, for players and non-players alike. A meet-and-greet Wednesday, April 10 will open the festivities at the Wellington Equestrian Gallery & Mall in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 6 p.m. The Wellington Rotary Club will host the Jeans & Jewels kickoff party Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach Grande Pavilion for all the players, family and friends. Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches will provide food for the various food stations, and there will be an open bar until 10 p.m. DJ Adam West will spin the beats from the 1970s, ’80s,

’90s and today. A Chinese auction and live auction will be held. Bid items including a Palm Beach Yacht Club membership, a table for 10 at IPC, two bicycles and Dine Arounds in Wellington will be available. “It’s going to be a dynamite kickoff party,” said Maggie Zeller, who is organizing the event for the Rotary. The $75 admission benefits the Rotary’s charity causes, including the Lord’s Place, YMCA Harmony House, the Kids Cancer Foundation, Back to Basics and Dream Sponsors. After 10 p.m., the party will continue with a cash bar and West playing music requests from the crowd. “The more people, the merrier,” Zeller said. “All the players will attend and sign autographs. We envision this year’s party as part of the whole weekend of festivities.”

On Saturday, Rodney Briguglio of Elite Meetings & Events will work his magic designing the Elite VIP Tent, which will offer a variety of food, drinks and music during the polo action. “We are creating a Ralph Lauren polo theme, bringing in antiques and all different polo antiquities and collectibles with a bazaar-like feel,” Briguglio said. “We want to go from ordinary to extraordinary and look extremely upscale.” All antiques will be available for purchase from Lon Sabella and Daniel Mikesell Couture on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach. The post-tournament after-party will be held on site in the Elite Tent and will feature a Victory Party atmosphere with disco music from the 1970s and ’80s. There will also be a production number and dancing, Briguglio said.

Gay Polo League members (L-R) Jean-Marc Herrouin, James Tweten, Chip McKenney, Justin Lorehn and Thomas Landry. Photo By Cristopher Lapp

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POLO a sport of tradition This month, Wellington Fashion partnered with Elegante` Polo to share some extraordinary polo fashion ideas. Elegante` Polo has searched the world, teaming up with a handful of heritage brands, legendary for producing the highest-quality, authentic products. Elegante` Polo features designers from California, Paris, Argentina, New York, Italy and more, bringing Wellington fashion connoisseurs the best selection of apparel for this year’s collection. Some of the designers featured at Elegante` Polo include La Martina, Ralph Lauren, Badgley Mischka, Etiqueta Negra, Vicomte A., David Kahn, Tipa y Caùa, Alice & Trixie, Stefano Bravo, Lucchese, Der Dau, Mallet Couture, Teri Jon, Britt Ryan and more. By bringing all of these legendary designers under one roof, Elegante` Polo crafts a memorable and pleasurable shopping experience. We aimed to replicate that experience in this Wellington Fashion pictorial. Polo is a sport of tradition, and this unique Wellington store takes part in that tradition by outfitting men, women and their homes in style and luxury.

(Left) Isabella Deupi: Navy cotton dress by Vicomte A., hat by San Diego Hat Company, shoes by Italian Shoe Makers. Ryan Beckett: Shirt and belt by Vicomte A., signature Elegante` Polo pants by La Martina.

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wellington fashion (Right) Ryan Beckett: Linen sport jacket and belt by Vicomte A., signature Elegante` Polo pants and shirt by La Martina. (Left) Jason Blood: Team jersey and boots by La Martina, pants by Etiqueta Negra, belt and team bag by Tipa y Ca単a.

(Left) Ryan Beckett: Maserati Collection jersey and leather bag by La Martina.


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FASHION CREDITS Special Thanks To Robert S. Kiger ELEGANTE` POLO (Left) Ryan Beckett: Quilted vest by Vicomte A., Maserati Collection shirt and signature Elegante` Polo pants by La Martina.

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(Above, left to right) Christiane Christensen: Royal Linen sport jacket by Elegante` Polo, signature Elegante` Polo jeans by David Khan; Bella the Elegante` pup wearing Polo Ralph Lauren; Ryan Beckett: Navy linen blazer by Vicomte A., Maserati Collection jersey and signature Elegante` Polo pants by La Martina; Isabella Deupi: Black linen blazer by Elegante` Polo, signature Elegante` Polo jeans by David Khan; and polo boot bag by Tipa y Ca単a.


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25 Years Of History Has Made Wellington Boys & Girls Club What It Is Today

Story by Deborah Welky

You’ve probably seen the building going up on Wellington Trace. You probably know at least one child who uses its services. But do you know how the Wellington Boys & Girls Club got its start? Dennis Witkowski does, and so does John Herring. Their dedication, together with that of other longtime residents, is the reason the club exists. Long hours put in by the likes of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County CEO Mary O’Connor and volunteers Sandy Abouzeid, Mike Noto, Sharon Martinelli, Ed Portman, Julie Kime, Eric Giles, Pat Evans, Juan Cocuy, Edward Becker and others are the reason Wellington has one of the most well-known, best-attended, compassionately financed facilities in Palm Beach County. “It’s amazing, the growth that we’ve

Officials, donors and board members turn some dirt to break ground on the new club last May. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ

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seen,” said Witkowski, who has chaired the boards of directors for both the Wellington club and its Palm Beach County parent organization. “When I first came to Wellington, there was only one club in Palm Beach County, and it was opposite the airport. Today, there are 11.” That tremendous expansion began right here in Wellington. “Wellington was the location of the second club, thanks to the passion of [early developers] George de Guardiola and the Vadia family,” Witkowski said. “They were familiar with the club from Miami, and they wanted to have one here. They were instrumental in getting one here, as was John Herring.” Prior to the Wellington Boys & Girls Club, youth sports programs such as

baseball and basketball were run by parents. There was no community-run recreation program because there was no Village of Wellington. “The challenge at the time was that Wellington hadn’t been designed for young families,” Herring explained. “It was anticipated to be a retirement community, for the most part. So all of a sudden, we had a ton of young kids. I formed a not-for-profit group called Youth Athletics of Wellington so we could request money for baseball and soccer through the Rotary Club and other service organizations.” Gould Florida, then Wellington’s master developer, granted the group use of a 5-acre parcel where the pond at Wellington High School now sits. Four baseball fields were quickly mapped out, but a building was an unheard-of luxury. But it didn’t mean



Wellington Boys & Girls Club’s they didn’t keep trying to raise money for their club.

“We were clawing for money just to groom, feed, water and install irrigation in the ball fields,” Herring recalled. “[Gould Chairman] Bill Ylvisaker had acquired an old train station approximately 20 feet wide and 50 feet long from Delray Beach, and this piece of antique architecture sat across from their polo fields. Along the way, he decided it wasn’t such a good thing — it was an eyesore, and he wanted it moved before polo season opened. Gould came to me to ask if I would want it for the Boys & Girls Club.” Herring discovered that the structure was full of termites and a mess, but Gould was willing to pay $6,500 to get rid of it. “Two days before my deadline, I called the fire department and they

burned it down as a training exercise,” Herring recalled. “Bill said, ‘That’s not fair!’ but he gave me the money, and I turned around and gave it to the Boys & Girls Club.” An “athletic center” finally came about when the group received a retired Quonset hut from Roger Wellington. It was OK, but Wellington’s popularity with young families caused them to outgrow that facility very quickly. Herring got bold. “When the Vadias bought Wellington from Gould, they were sprucing up the community, and I asked them for a rather large donation to build a big sports complex,” he said. “They said they would, if we allied with a national ‘gatekeeper.’ We teamed up with Brown Bolte and Marty Perry and went under the umbrella of the Boys & Girls Club. We then negotiated with the



Acme Improvement District for the park site. Acme also gave us a little taxpayer money — about one dollar for every six we raised — and [the Vadias’] Corepoint Corporation paid to build the building.” At the facility’s grand opening, Herring threw the switch that turned on the all-important outdoor lights. Now teams could play at night — a giant step forward. “We began as a sports and recreation program for the community and, over the years, we started providing more and more services for the kids, like our after-school program,” Witkowski said. “Countywide, clubs have mushroomed, and now every community wants one.” O’Connor took the reins as county CEO, and Herring recruited

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experienced New Yorker Victor Rivera to direct the Wellington facility. As the programs were continually expanded, financing needed to be expanded as well. Witkowski stepped in.

“When I first opened Cobblestones Restaurant in 1982, I started a golf tournament to raise money for sports teams and leagues,” he said. “A couple years later, we switched our funding to the Boys & Girls Club. I was fortunate enough to run that tournament for 25 years, and we were able to contribute a lot of money to the club.” When Witkowski took over as club president, he wanted to enlarge the building. He credits Sandy Abouzeid for stepping up and providing the necessary financing. When Miles Construction remodeled the facility, Mark Miles donated his would-be profits back to the club. “In order to get what the children needed, we did things back then that we couldn’t do


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today,” Herring said. “We saw bulldozers out building polo fields, and we gave the drivers a few cases of ‘adult beverages’ and paid for a few gallons of diesel fuel — got the whole park cleared in two weekends. Today, you’d be arrested and put in jail for that. We didn’t even need permits. Today, that project would take two years and cost half a million bucks.” But the founders always put the needs of the children first. There was a will, and they would find a way. “We had a lot of doubters in the beginning,” Herring said. “But when our club was three or four years old, our first ‘Youth of the Year’ — I think he was about 15 years old — won county and went on to state competition. This young man was on the borderline and, through the Boys & Girls Club, he went on to become a phenomenal citizen. He coached, graduated high school and went on to

The Wellington club as it appeared in 1987.

college. That opened our eyes to the fact that, regardless of where a child is from or what their background is, they need a place to hang out where there’s good leadership, good values, the opportunity for guidance.” “We’ve had growing pains from the start,” Witkowski added. “We’ve always struggled with the number of kids who wanted to attend. It’s so exciting with the new building. It’s first-class, and Wellington was certainly due for an upgrade. Plus, the location is just fabulous.” O’Connor agreed. “Particularly in

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Wellington, there have been tremendous changes,” she said. “Once Wellington Parks & Recreation took over a lot of the league sports, we were able to concentrate on other needs in the community — we’re a safe haven during non-school hours. Over the years, we’ve turned away hundreds of Wellington kids due to space limitations. Now we have increased the number of kids we are able to serve, and we’ve increased the educational component.”

And as society changes, the Boys & Girls Club changes along with it, working hard to head off trouble before it starts. “We are very cognizant of the fact that children need to be in a supervised haven and not getting their guidance from the street or the computer without any supervision,” O’Connor said. Dr. Edward Becker and his wife, Maria, have been involved in the Wellington Boys & Girls Club for 25 years, ever since they attended the club’s very first dinner dance. “Back then, we thought that Boys & Girls Clubs were established to help disadvantaged kids,” Maria Becker

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recalled. “Twenty-five years ago, Wellington was pretty solidly middle class, so we weren’t sure there was a need for a club here. But after we attended the very first dinner dance, we learned that the club was a safe and nurturing place for every child who needed a place to go after school, where they could find support, fun and a positive environment.” Wellington has always been a community where it is all about the kids, Becker said. “The Boys & Girls Club has been a haven for the kids of Wellington and a refuge for parents,” she said. “It has been a pleasure and an honor to help support the club, which has grown as the community has grown. There aren’t many things in Wellington that have been around for 25 years, but the club has. Parents who once attended the club themselves are now sending their kids, because they know how the club enriched their lives.” LaTricia Jenkins is the current director of the Wellington Boys & Girls Club, which serves 120 children each weekday. “We are graciously looking forward to our new home — the Neil S.

Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club at 1080 Wellington Trace,” she said. “On April 28, we’re going to celebrate with a community grand opening in the form of a big block party.” Herring and Witkowski are glad to see their vision passed on the next generation. “Nothing that becomes great is without its speed bumps,” Herring said. “I’m really proud of the whole organization and how we transformed it. Ninety percent of our funding came from volunteer efforts, and they deserve accolades for their efforts, vision and dedication.” “The Boys & Girls Club has been such a great piece of the fabric of the community,” Witkowski said. “My own boys certainly enjoyed going there — playing pool and basketball and learning all kinds of life lessons. I see all these young adults in Wellington who came up through the program and what wonderful people they are, and I know the Boys & Girls Club had a lot to do with their character-building. It’s very satisfying.” Learn more at

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Community Leaders Come Together To Sponsor New Boys & Girls Club Story by Lauren Miró • Photo by Abner Pedraza

This spring, the efforts of a community rallying for a worthy cause will be celebrated when the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club opens its doors to Wellington’s children. With a $1.5 million donation from club namesake Neil Hirsch, and countless donations from other members of the community, club operators have made the dream of a bigger, better club a reality. “I had a very dear friend who had two children that attended the Boys & Girls Club,” Hirsch recalled. “I saw how important it was for her to have somewhere for her children to go after school while she worked.” For 25 years, the Wellington Boys & Girls Club has provided a crucial service to children in the community, offering them a safe place to pass time, along with support, recreation, life lessons and so much more. As Wellington expanded, the club’s original facility grew too small to serve the many children who frequent its halls, and club operators dreamed of a new facility. Hirsch has been a longtime supporter of the club, donating to build a gymnasium at the original facility along with other support. He said he first learned of the club’s goal from Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County President & CEO Mary O’Connor and Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce CEO Jaene Miranda. “They took me to see what was, at the time, the newest Boys & Girls Club,” Hirsch said. “Mary shared with 44

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me her dream of someday having a Boys & Girls Club facility like that in Wellington.”

Several years ago, the club launched an effort to raise funds for a new facility. “Mary came to me a while ago and said that they were close to their goal, but needed some additional help,” Hirsch said. The decision to help was an easy choice, Hirsch said. He offered the club a generous $1.5 million donation to make the new 22,750-square-foot facility a reality. “For kids who have working parents, being left to their own devices after school is not the best situation,” Hirsch said. “The Boys & Girls Club is a lifesaver for some of those kids.” Though Wellington is often portrayed as an affluent area, there are still children in need, he said. “I think any area that has working families has a need. From the time the kids get off school until their parents get home from work, many kids are basically left on their own,” Hirsch explained. The new facility, situated on Wellington Trace, will not only be more centrally located, but also large enough to serve more children. “The new club is considerably larger,” Hirsch said. “It’s better located, which will make it accessible to more of the kids in Wellington. The facility will be far superior to what they are used to, and a lot more kids will be able to be served. I think it fits perfectly with Wellington.” The legacy of the Boys & Girls Club, Hirsch said, is evident in the


community — the club has helped young Wellington children grow into successful adults. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they went to the Boys & Girls Club when they were kids and how much of a difference it made for them,” he said. “I think that tradition will carry on.” It is for that reason, he said, that he wanted to help. “I totally believe in what the Boys & Girls Club does,” Hirsch said. Much like the children who occupy the club, community supporters come from all walks of life — from business and community leaders and beyond. Last May, equestrian activist Victoria McCullough pledged an additional $200,000 to the facility. “I’m just so honored to be involved with the Boys & Girls Club,” McCullough said. “They are truly the ones who are making Wellington a better place.” Julie and John Kime have been involved with the club since its inception, sponsoring its annual gala and providing other financial contribution. Now, their names will adorn the Welcome Center. “It’s such a worthy cause,” Julie Kime said. “Hopefully, with the expansion, the wait list for kids who want to get in will disappear. Instead of kids going home after school, they’ll have a wonderful club to go to. It will help keep kids off the street.” Richard Rendina, CEO of the Rendina Companies, grew up playing baseball on the Boys & Girls Club fields. “I was able to see the benefits the club

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provided,” he said. “The club has been such a positive influence to youth in Wellington.” Now, he and his wife, Trish, will have their names etched into the Teen Center of the new facility. “We really like the concept,” he said. “The teenage years are the most formative years. We think it’s great to see the new facility coming together. It’s very exciting.” The Wellington Boys & Girls Club has drawn significant support over the years from the Palms West Hospital staff. Staff members have banded together to donate over the years, and will now sponsor the athletic equipment room.

“We have been supporters of the Boys & Girls Club for years,” pediatrician Dr. Larry Bergman said. “Members of our medical staff, each year, have supported the club’s annual dinner dance.”



Bergman noted that Palms West Hospital has made a commitment to children through its own medical staff, and support of the club is an extension of that commitment. “The whole hospital is really behind this wonderful organization that provides such needed services and helps keep kids from making poor choices,” he said. “We’re just happy to be able to be a part of it.” Local philanthropists Jeremy and Margaret Jacobs have been longtime donors to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Their names will adorn the Leadership Center. “The Boys & Girls Club is such an important community asset for Wellington,” Jeremy Jacobs said. “We were proud to support Neil Hirsch and the other members of the community who supported the development of the new club. My family’s company, Delaware North, has supported numerous Boys & Girls Clubs around



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the United States and believe in its mission to provide a safe place for our children to learn and grow.” For Dr. Veronica Pedro-Alexander and Kirk Alexander of the Center for Bone & Joint Surgery, their donation was a way to give back to the community as a whole. “We’re really excited to see the project get off the ground. It’s about the kids, and we think this will be a great place for them to enjoy,” Kirk Alexander said. The club will help make children better and brighter citizens, Dr. Shekhar Sharma added. He and his wife, Ranjita, have sponsored the Education Wing. “I’ve always felt I had to do something to help the children of the community in different ways,” he said. “By supporting the Boys & Girls Club, we would be able to reach out to the children in need. Knowledge is power, and that is why we have continued to support this great organization.”

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Boys & Girls Club A Lifeline For Wellington Families

Story and Photos by Jessica Gregoire

The Wellington Boys & Girls Club has enriched the lives of the many families and children it serves. For parents Bruce and Syvia Gordon, they knew that enrolling their son Jason at the club was the best choice for their family. “We heard about how wonderful they were through word of mouth,” Syvia said. Jason started his journey with the Boys & Girls Club at its camp last summer. Bruce and Syvia admired the staff so much that they had Jason join for the entire year.

“They’re awesome here and are really good people,” said Bruce, who especially likes Wellington Club Director LaTricia Jenkins. “She’s a sweetheart. She knows how to handle the kids and just knows the right things to say to get them to cooperate.” Open from 2 to 8 p.m., the club allows flexibility for working parents. “We both have full-time jobs,” Syvia said. “I work at Publix, and my husband works for the Village of Wellington.” Parents are able to pick-up their children when it’s most convenient for them. “The hours that they offer really accommodates us,” Bruce said.

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“It works for us,” Syvia added. “It works with our schedules, lifestyle and our pockets.” As soon as Bruce gets off work, he is able to pick Jason up from the club. “Once I walk in, it’s always a smile and hello, and then right away they call Jason,” Bruce said. “They really, really care, and you can see it in the way they handle the children. That’s why I feel safe leaving my son at the club.” The Gordons like the variety of activities available at the club. “Being we are older parents and he’s an only child, we are limited as to how much we can do with him,” Bruce said. “At



Wellington Boys & Girls Club’s the club, he’s amongst kids his own age group, and gets a chance to do things that we don’t always get to do with him.” The balance of proper discipline and enjoyment is also crucial. “They have a good code of conduct, where the children know respect,” Bruce said. “The children can have a great time, yet they understand they need to be respectful.” For Jason, it’s all about having fun. “I like going on the playground, watching movies and playing foosball,” he said. The Boys & Girls Club’s various

programs, activities and classes enable the children to be more productive after school. The club is open to children ages 6 to 18, and they have the ability to choose their preferred activity. Eleven-year-old Jamaya Sears joined the club at age 6 and enjoys being able to have a place where she can express her creativity. “I like the step and dance for girls, and the arts and crafts,” she said. The step team and dance classes are a way for children to interact with their peers, while also learning something new. “Step and dance is my favorite thing to do here because when we go



in the dance room, all the girls are having fun together,” Sears said. Stepping, an African-American tradition, is a form of dance that uses the entire body to form rhythm, beats and sounds. Ten-year-old Shannon Love also enjoys the step team and dance classes. “The step team is my favorite,” she said. “But I also like ballroom dancing.” Love joined the club two years ago and enjoys dancing. The facility gives her an opportunity to explore the various forms of dance. “You get to learn different dances

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Anniversary and motions,” she said. “I love to dance. It’s what I like most about being here.” Sears works hard coming up with the steps for the team. “Sometimes I ask the group to make up their own steps, and then I mix it in with mine,” she said. “We just need a lot of practice.” The step team was formed by some of the girls in the dance class. They have been trying to fully form the group for the past year, but there’s not enough practice space for them to get ready for competitions. “They don’t have enough space to practice,” Jenkins said. “That’s why we need the new building, because these kids need more space to do things that they enjoy doing.” The Wellington Boys & Girls Club is a major part of the lives of the children and families it serves. With a new building, the future will be brighter for everyone involved.

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Dedicated Corps Of Volunteers Support The Wellington Boys & Girls Club By Deborah Welky

Dedicated volunteers are crucial to the smooth running of any community organization, and the Wellington Boys & Girls Club is no different. “Volunteers fill in where we may not have enough staff that can get to every kid who needs homework assistance or who just wants to hear a story,” said LaTricia Jenkins, director of the Wellington Boys & Girls Club since August 2011. “For example, we have two ladies who are doing a new mentoring program for girls ages 10 and up. The Wellington Art Society also sends in about seven volunteers every few months to do different programs. They teach the fundamentals and values of art, and the children just love it.” The Wellington club also benefits from its Parents Committee, a group that hosts fundraisers and accompanies children on field trips. “That gives them an added family day in which to spend time with their children,” Jenkins explained. There is also a liaison on-site to help link families with resources within the community — beneficial partnerships of which they may not even be aware.

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“Then, from time to time, we do acquire volunteers from high schools — kids who need to complete their community service hours or are involved in child development courses and want to get hands-on experience,” Jenkins added. “It definitely, definitely weighs itself out to an advantage.”

continually turn children away,” Evans said. “It’s very obvious that the need is there now more than at any other time. I am also excited about this new club because we will be able to offer so much more to them because of the special classes that will be included, like music and science.”

Local Realtor Pat Evans is a different type of volunteer. She sits on the Wellington club’s board of directors. Through the years, she has also helped plan many of the club’s annual dinner dances.

Ten-year Wellington resident Janna Zaidspiner has been on the club’s board for six years.

“We realize that children are the future,” Evans said. “So many of these children are or would be latchkey kids if it weren’t for the Boys & Girls Club. They have both parents working, and this is a safe haven for them when they’re leaving school — as opposed to being out on the street and possibly getting into trouble.” She is just as excited as her fellow volunteers about the club’s bright future. “Our club has grown enormously, and we are so happy we are going to have this new building so we don’t have to

“I got involved in order to give back to my community,” said Zaidspiner, who tutored foster children when she lived in New York and taught English as a second language to Russian immigrants in Connecticut. “Then I met a woman at my temple who had gone through a bad divorce, worked in Boca and couldn’t get home until 6:30 or 7 at night. She couldn’t afford regular aftercare and would’ve had to quit her job if it hadn’t been for the Boys & Girls Club.” That really hit home. “People don’t realize how much Wellington needs the Boys & Girls Club,” Zaidspiner said. “There are so many children who would end up going home to empty houses and getting into trouble. At the

club, they can network, get mentoring and help with their homework or enjoy athletics rather than being home alone.” Zaidspiner eagerly awaits the opening of the new club. “I told myself I wouldn’t give up until that new club was built and I would be proud to send my children there,” she said. “It’s going to be such a beautiful club — with a dance room, recording studio and band instruments. There will be room for indoor basketball, which will be amazing in the summer. We’re looking forward to getting more kids in and to bringing in more teen programs. I always had a babysitter to pick up my kids from school and run them around to all their activities. I was lucky. But my 11-year-old son is going to want to go to this new club.” Part of the commitment each board member makes is to help out with family events at the club and spend time with the kids. Zaidspiner hopes the new club will attract more community volunteers. “We’re looking for educators, musicians, artists — anyone with any kind of talent that they could share with the kids,” she said.

ago, soon after I opened my Allstate office in Wellington,” Kime recalled. “One visit to the club did it. Anybody who visits the club when the kids are there gets converted. I started volunteering, then I got on the board, later progressing to the corporate board.” Kime has also been named to the Jeremiah Milbank Society, an honor bestowed by the national office, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “I am very proud to have my name in the reception area of the new club,” she said. “The Boys & Girls Club means the world to me — just go to the club and see the smiles on the kids faces!” Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County CEO Mary O’Connor is quick to sing the praises of all volunteers, especially those who have been there since the beginning. “The Wellington Boys & Girls Club was

the second to open in Palm Beach County,” she said. “The influx of people changed the face of the club. When those original volunteers came on board, they decided not only to open a second club, but to look at Palm Beach County as a whole and help us provide services in as many areas as we could provide them. The original Wellington volunteers were really the impetus for change. Wellington had the strongest sports programs and the strongest ability to raise dollars overall. Those Wellingtonians who served on the county board — like Dennis Witkowski, John Herring, Sharon Martinelli, Joe Vassalo and Julie Kime — are the ones who have helped us grow countywide.” If you’re interested in helping out, call Janice Daley at (561) 683-3287. If you want to mentor young girls, call Nicole Ackerman at (561) 842-5234. If you think your family could benefit from community resources, call (561) 790-0343. Photo by Abner Pedraza

Julie Kime has been a dedicated volunteer since the club’s early days. “I started supporting the club 25 years

(Right) Longtime Wellington Boys & Girls Club volunteer Ed Portman with LaTricia Jenkins, director of the club. (Left) Kids have fun at the club. |wellington the magazine| April 2013


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Story by Deborah Welky • Photos by Abner Pedraza and Jessica Gregoire

With 25 years under its belt, the Wellington Boys & Girls Club is now old enough to have distinguished alumni — people who attended the club and have now become leaders in the community.

Dr. Josh Ackerman with his father, Dr. Ronald Ackerman.

Dr. Josh Ackerman, a board-certified ob/gyn who has been practicing in the area for the past four years, is one such alum. “I was a Boys & Girls Club member when the club was in its infancy in Wellington,” recalled Ackerman, son of longtime club supporter Dr. Ronald Ackerman. “It was a place that I went to after school to stay out of trouble and to make friends. Growing up, early on, I didn’t have a lot of friends, and it was hard for me to make friends, being an awkward kid. I used to go, play sports, play games in the game room, and do my homework. I felt I could be myself there and explore my interest in science, leading me to do what I love today.” Now a married father of two, Ackerman credits the club with making him the person he is today. “There were kids of all walks of life, and my awkwardness meant nothing. I went to the club not because I had to, but because I wanted to,” he said. “I felt secure, and I could look up to all the big brothers. It helped me make friends and speak to people. I was guided by all those caring people around me. Those early years at that club instilled things in me that I carry today in my work as a physician — caring for another person who is less fortunate than I, being able to reach out and guide my patients, saying, ‘I understand and I’m going to be with you every step of the way.’” Every year, Ackerman watched as the club grew more and more. “Today, it is amazing. I was away for a long time during college and medical school,” he said. “When I returned as a newly practicing ob/gyn in the community, I was invited to a Boys & Girls Club fundraiser where all my experiences flooded back to me. The following year, my father and I were asked to co-chair of the annual fundraiser, which I |wellingtonthe themagazine| magazine|April April2013 2013 |wellington

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The Wellington Boys & Girls Club is proud of Destiny Andrews’ achievements. (Left to right) Boynton Beach High School physics teacher Nicole Neuhengen, Boynton Beach/Lantana Rotary Club President Dr. Gay Voss, Boynton Beach/Lantana Rotary Club Past President Deborah Donnelly-McLay, scholarship recipient Destiny Andrews and Destiny’s mother Heather Andrews.

found to be ironic — and an amazing honor. We raised money for the new club where kids like I was can go to grow and take what they need from the experience.” Another distinguished alum, Destiny Andrews, has been in the news recently when she was invited to attend the annual Molecular Frontiers Symposium at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm this May. The Molecular Frontiers Symposium is a think tank comprising a group of prominent scientists and Nobel laureates who will show how molecular events govern much of the world we live in. The goal is to introduce molecular phenomena in a context that is meaningful for teenagers. Andrews has long had an interest in science. The high school junior’s outstanding achievements include receiving the “Character Counts” award and being South Florida’s first recipient of the “Every Child Makes A 56

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Difference” award. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is programming president of Temple Beth Torah’s Youth Group. Andrews began flying aircraft when she was 14 years old, obtaining her student pilot certificate in January 2012. Her first extended flight took her to Ocala, where she was greeted by her proud grandparents. By the end of this school year, she plans on soloing and hopes to obtain her private pilot license before the end of her senior year. Andrews’ long-term goals include obtaining a commercial pilot license and to receive a doctorate in astrophysics. Her ultimate aspiration is to travel in space. As an alum of the Wellington Boys & Girls Club, Andrews has created works of art, which she has donated to auction fundraisers benefiting the new club building. She has

also made donations to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research, the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation and Locks of Love. She has painted homes, sorted hundreds of pounds of rice and beans for local food banks, served the hungry during Thanksgiving week, visited the elderly and volunteered at a local animal rescue shelter.

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Plastic Surgery A Growing Trend Among Baby Boomer Men If cosmetic plastic surgery is any indication of the state of the economy, things are looking up. Total cosmetic procedures increased 5 percent over the past year and have doubled since 2000. While women remain the primary recipients, the number of men seeking the help of a plastic surgeon has increased significantly. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, men account for almost 10 percent of plastic surgery procedures. The top five procedures in men include liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, facelift and male breast reduction. Plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki has been in practice in the Wellington area for more than 25 years and has seen first-hand changes in everyone’s comfort level with using all reasonable means to fight the aging process and improve one’s appearance. “Cosmetic surgery is not the ‘secret’ it once was,” Wisnicki said. “It has become so commonplace, that many of my patients enjoy sharing their stories. And I see more and more men over the years who either feel they need to be more competitive in a youth-oriented marketplace or just want to address problem areas for personal reasons.” Wisnicki was trained in plastic surgery

at Stanford University Medical Center in California, where he graduated cum laude with a distinction in research. He was also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He has spent time as chairman of the board of Palms West Hospital and was chief of plastic surgery at Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s and JFK medical centers. Plastic surgery for men is on the rise and is predicted to rapidly increase because there are some 78 million American baby boomers — about half male — based on the U.S. Census. That means whether the youngest are well into their “mid-life crisis” or not, they are contending with issues of aging and the economic roller coaster of recent years. “Men in this generation seem to be particularly conscious of their physical fitness and overall well-being,” Wisnicki said. “They are living longer, enjoying better health, and many have no plans

of retirement — some for economic reasons, some because they simply enjoy what they do. Many are looking to the wide range of procedures, invasive and minimally invasive, we now have at our disposal to ‘complete the picture’ for them. It’s a matter of growing older without aging.” Men often look for “quick fixes” without a long healing process, Wisnicki said. “Sometimes Botox or filler injections might be the answer,” he said. “Often surgery can be far-reaching in effect with less downtime than expected. Most procedures such as facial surgery and liposuction can be performed under a local anesthetic with or without sedation. There are certainly many cases where ‘less may be more’ but ‘more may be wow.’” Joe Nasuti has had two surgeries for a total of four surgical procedures performed by Wisnicki.

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Something very special Wisnicki does is to help children with cleft palates, a common facial deformity. There are hundreds of children in Third World countries that he has helped by operating on their cleft palates. “When a doctor gives his talent to help others in need, he is blessed and all those children and their families were blessed,” Nasuti said.

“Fortunately, we live in area where there are a lot of very good, welltrained and highly qualified plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons,” he said. “So, if you decide to look and feel younger, take the time to do your homework and get a second and a third opinion on what procedures are best for you.”

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Challenge Of The Americas Marks 11 Years Of Raising Money For Breast Cancer Research Story by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge  Photos by Susan J. Stickle

The Challenge of the Americas has grown over the past decade into a premier equestrian exhibition, offering entertainment for equestrians and non-equestrians alike while raising money for breast cancer research. Each year’s event features teams of worldclass dressage riders performing musical quadrilles, a showcase of another equestrian discipline such as polo or jumping, and an evening gala with dinner and dancing. The challenge’s 2013 edition, held March 9 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, marked the 11th anniversary of an event that has become a highlight of the Wellington season. The 2013 edition of the Challenge of Challenge of the Americas founder and organizer Mary Ross.

the Americas, presented by SSG Gloves, saw Merrill Lynch Team International edge out Purina Team USA for the win in the quadrille competition. Team International performed an intricate pattern to a selection of recent pop music, while Team USA donned leather jackets for a rock ‘n’ roll-themed quadrille. Brothers Rick and Trevor Steed opened the evening with a reining exhibition, and spectators also enjoyed two Pas de Deux exhibitions by mother-daughter team Evi Strasser and Tanya StrasserShostak and Olympians Debbie McDonald and Mason Phelps. “I think the standard is raised every year,” said Team USA member Betsy Steiner, who has ridden in every COTA event since its debut in 2002. “It keeps developing, and the teams get better and better each year. It’s such a fun event. If we can make it fun for the audience and raise money for the cause, then we’re happy.” It began in 2002 as a small luncheon event held in conjunction with the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. Patrick Burssens, Betsy Steiner and Lynda Alicki delighted the audience with their Pas de Trois, a pattern involving three riders, and word quickly got out. The next year, six riders participated, and the event continued to expand from there, building on its winning combination of top-notch performance and charitable giving. “It was successful and fun, and more riders wanted to participate,” founder Mary Ross recalled. “So we turned it into a challenge, with international teams taking on the United States team in the quadrille.”


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The COTA teams work with top choreographers to develop a unique routine set to music. Pamela Goodrich, an international dressage competitor and trainer at the Grand Prix level, has ridden since the event’s second year. “It’s awesome,” Goodrich said. “It went from just a song and a prayer to a polished performance with great music and a great venue. It has really become a gala night instead of just a performance at a horse show. And it’s great to be able to raise money for a good cause.” The event shifted venues as it developed, finding temporary homes at the Winter Equestrian Festival and the International Polo Club Palm Beach before moving to its current location at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. COTA proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K., and the amount raised over the event’s history totals more than $8 million. Ross organized the challenge in memory of her mother, Jean Cruse, who died of breast cancer. Although Cruse was not an equestrian herself, she always supported her daughter’s involvement with horses. The event has grown into a fitting tribute to Cruse. “My mother would love the challenge!” Ross said. “She loved music and having fun, and that’s what the event is about.” Ross credits COTA’s star cast of internationally acclaimed riders with driving the success of the event. “Everybody said it wouldn’t happen — the riders would be so busy with training and competing that they wouldn’t participate,” Ross


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Brothers Trevor and Rick Steed execute a sliding stop during their reining exhibition.


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Merrill Lynch Team International was victorious at the 2013 event.

remembered. “To be honest, it wasn’t an issue. They wanted to be involved.” “We have the best riders,” Ross continued. “Everyone wants to see them. I haven’t made the event a success — the riders and the cause bring everybody out. I just manage to get it all lined up.” The cause makes the event special for Goodrich. “I’m involved for the cause,” she said. “I myself don’t have a lot of money to donate to breast cancer research, but it’s a great way to raise money for a great cause, on top of which, I love to ride horses to music with my friends. So it fulfills two great goals for me. We love to entertain, and the performance is great.” Even after the challenge’s great success, Ross still looks for ways to innovate. “We introduce something a little bit different every year,” she explained. “We’ve had jumpers, hunters, polo. One year we had ice skaters dancing with horses. We try to add a different element every year.” The event’s unique format has made it a valuable fundraiser for Play for P.I.N.K., a nonprofit organization whose sole beneficiary is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Play for P.I.N.K. is underwritten by Bloomberg, so they can send 100 percent of the money raised straight to the foundation, where it supports critical research projects. “The 66 April 2013 |wellington the magazine|

funds support cutting-edge research across the country and worldwide,” Stephanie Hamburger, executive director of Play for P.I.N.K., said. “Play for P.I.N.K. is currently funding 15 research projects through BCRF.”

is meant to be a crowd-pleaser. “The idea is to appeal to everybody,” Ross said. “It’s equestrian, yes, but it’s also entertainment. We have upbeat music. It’s a family event that is fun for kids to watch as well.”

Play for P.I.N.K. is primarily involved with events at golf and country clubs and also works with youth sports leagues. In their endeavor to raise awareness and collect donations to support breast cancer research, Play for P.I.N.K. benefits from the exposure that the challenge provides. “Mary Ross really has access to a whole different audience,” Hamburger explained. “We normally wouldn’t get into the equestrian circle… It’s a wonderful event, and it is so different. It’s just fabulous to see the same riders and horses involved year after year. I love to see the horses and riders dressed in pink and wearing pink saddlecloths — it’s wonderful. It’s a refreshing change for us.”

Goodrich agreed. “For the equestrians, we provide them the chance to see international competitors in a different way than in competition, where you have just one horse and one rider in the ring,” she said. “It’s a precision ride. Then for non-equestrians, it’s entertaining. It’s something everybody can appreciate: dancing on horses to music.”

The challenge has supported Play for P.I.N.K. since its first event in 2002, and Ross is both happy to support the cause and appreciative of the services that Play for P.I.N.K. provides. “We’ve stuck with the same charity the whole way through, and they’re wonderful,” Ross said. “Anything we need, they’ll help us with.” Along with the worthy goal of raising money for an important cause, COTA

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Dr. Kishore Dass of South Florida Radiation Oncology has championed the creation of a Survivorship Clinic, bringing cancer treatment full circle and giving patients follow-up after successful treatment. SFRO has numerous locations in South Florida, but Dass is based in the Wellington office on State Road 7. “The Survivorship Clinic came about because I noticed that there was a void in patient care,” he said. “I realized that they need support systems in place where they don’t have to necessarily wait for their subsequent follow-up visit with their physicians two or three times a year.”

After intense weeks of treatment, some patients didn’t know what to do afterward. The longer gaps between appointments would lead to anxiety. “This was not only internal anxiety of their own questions, but it was a family-driven anxiety,” Dass explained, adding that many relatives would have questions to ask. “It was psychological, emotional and physical, and because they wouldn’t eat properly, their nutritional level was down.” Dass said all the patients need is a venue to have someone listen to their concerns and offer answers. “These questions do not have to be addressed by doctors, so we established this Survivorship Center,” Dass said. The center, located in Palm Beach Gardens, is run by nurse practitioner Judy Armstrong, who was trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston working with cancer patients, and Cindy Collins, who has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. “She is a certified medical nutritionist and a clinical psychologist,” Dass said. “They are our eyes and ears, and this center is open to all cancer patients, past, present and future. They do not have to be treated by our company. They can be anybody’s patient.” There is also no financial burden. “There is no cost,” Dass said. “I didn’t want this to be a money situation. I didn’t want this to be another doctor’s visit. Doctors’ offices are cold, and there is a white-coat syndrome where patients don’t ask questions because they forget.” The Survivorship Center is very homey, with a kitchen, and yoga and tai chi

classes. “It has a beautiful library for the patients to use,” he said. “It’s like a family-room type of warmth.” Dass said he believes that the environment makes patients relax enough that they can feel comfortable asking questions that have been bothering them. Family members are welcome to participate if the patient desires. One question that comes up frequently in such a setting is if cancer can be contagious through intimate contact. For the record, it is not. “It’s a common fear,” Dass said. “What this tells us is that we have not done our job, and how ineffective we have been in educating.” Dass said he decided to educate his patients and others and make the treatment complete, rather than just treating patients’ cancer and sending them out the door. “We owe this to our society, we owe this to our medical field, in one of the finest countries in the world with state-of-the-art technologies,” he said. “I think that we can do a better job.” The Survivorship Clinic was designed so patients can get back to living their lives. “That is our motto, ‘Get back to living your life,’” he said. “That means make that 360-degree turn and come back to where you were before.” Dass said SFRO is in the process of creating a foundation to help finance operation of the Survivorship Clinic. “It will strictly be run on donations,” he said. SFRO’s Wellington office is located at 3343 State Road 7. For more information, visit or call (561) 795-9845. |wellington the magazine| April 2013



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Darell Bowen has been a leader in the local real estate market since 1985. He began with Re/Max back in 1985, before opening his own Bowen Realty in the original Wellington Mall in 1987. “Bowen Realty grew to six offices with 170 agents throughout Palm Beach County,” recalled Bowen. “In 2001, I sold that business to Illustrated Properties.” In the ensuing years, Bowen made a name for himself though his new business, Creative Marketing Products. He got more involved in local government, serving as president of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and two terms as Wellington’s elected mayor. Now, Bowen has returned to his roots with the founding of Bodis Realty, located at 12769 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 1-A in the Wellington Plaza near Domino’s Pizza. “We’re primarily a residential real estate office, like we were before, but the difference is that I created an office attractive to today’s agents, who don’t need a lot of office space because they work using iPads and iPhones,” Bowen said. “Our office has the things they need, but not the things they don’t need. Because of that, I’m able to keep overhead low and offer great commissions.” The office has a wireless connection for everybody’s use, extra computers to augment agents’ laptops, a little bit of desk space for anyone who needs it. There’s also plenty of conference space for meeting with clients and a receptionist on hand to answer phones.

Bowen believes that this is the perfect time to get back into real estate. “The market is going to continue to get better,” he said. “There’s a pent-up demand that has been building over the last four or five years. People have to make decisions about where they’re going to live. They’ve been sitting on the sidelines a long time already. They may spend $200,000 instead of $300,000 or $400,000, but the market has an extreme amount of demand — and it’s going to get stronger as we get real sellers selling instead of banks and short sales.” The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches named Bodis Realty “Mid-Size Office of the Year” in 2012, and Bowen now sits on the group’s board of directors. Bowen doesn’t see retirement in his future. He took some time off after selling Bowen Realty and found it boring not having a regular job. “I don’t see anything real attractive about traveling for a year or two and then dying,” he said. “Palm Beach County will always do well in real estate. We have the nicest weather in the country. Retirees are going to begin migrating here again. People forget that the market changes just as quickly going up as it did going down.” For more information, call Darell Bowen at (561) 429-2070 or visit www.

A second Bodis Realty office is now open at 5100 S. Dixie Highway between Forest Hill and Southern boulevards. “Most of my sellers are from the western communities, but my buyers come from everywhere,” Bowen said. “I try to put offices where I can have a broad base, in order to meet the needs of everybody — low-end, high-end, multi-family properties. Each office is home to 13 or 14 agents.” Bowen plans additional offices, but wants to keep his focus between Okeechobee Blvd. and Boynton Beach. “I’m going to keep it simple this time,” he said. “Last time I was doing a lot of driving to Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens — not a lot of fun.” |wellington the magazine| April 2013


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For Ed Portman, a lifetime spent volunteering has been based on six simple words: You have to give to get. It’s a personal philosophy that he formed in high school and has held to through his years here in Wellington. And he passed along his passion for helping others to his two sons, both of whom perform volunteer work themselves. For all that he has done for Wellington over three decades, Portman is Wellington The Magazine’s April nominee for our Volunteer of the Year award. As busy as he has been raising money and doing volunteer work for countless causes over the years, Portman has always been involved in the food and beverage industry. It’s what drew him to Florida from New York. That — and the warmer weather, of course. “I came to Florida in 1977 to get away from ‘black snow’ in New York,” Portman recalled. “As the snow fell, it turned black before it hit the ground.” He spent the next four years as a food and beverage director at the North Palm Beach Country Club. He continued volunteering for local organizations, which included the club’s swim team, the American Cancer Society and the Kiwanis Club. Then Wellington called. “In 1980, I took the job of food and

beverage manager at the Wellington Country Club, which had opened in a brand new building on Forest Hill Blvd.,” said Portman, referring the facility now known as the Wellington Community Center. “Wellington was a sleepy little community of about 7,000 residents. It had just started to bust out as a real-estate destination. I fondly recall guys like Bink Glisson, Guerry Stribling, Ken Adams and others who helped launch Wellington on a journey to becoming a beautiful city of 60,000 people.” There is one person from back in the day that Portman continues to look up to — figuratively and literally. “I remember luring big Dennis Witkowski to be my head bartender at the new club,” Portman said. “Dennis was the only 6-foot-8 bartender who could stand in our sunken bar and look customers straight in the eye. Two years later, Dennis opened Cobblestones, which became the ‘Cheers’ of Wellington. He and I started on our fundraising and volunteering careers in the village.” Witkowski became a mentor of sorts to Portman. In 1982, Witkowski started the Cobblestones Classic Golf Tournament, which kickstarted Portman’s volunteer work in Wellington. “That first year, we gave the Wellington

Volunteering is in Ed Portman’s blood, and as far as he’s concerned, it’s something he’ll do for the rest of his life. ‘My take on volunteering and why I will do it ’til the day I die or can no longer do it, is simple,’ he said. ‘There is and always will be someone, some family or some charity that needs help to get through a crisis.’

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wellington volunteer swim team a check for more than $5,000, which was a lot of money in 1982,” he said. “Dennis taught me the art of begging or asking people for donations or help for the charities.” A few years later, Witkowski made another move that had a major effect on his friend’s life. “Dennis joined the board of directors of the Wellington Boys & Girls Club,” Portman said. “He lured me onto the board, and 25 years later, we are still running one of Palm Beach County’s longest-running golf tournaments.” Portman knows the credit for the tournament’s success belongs to a core group of dedicated residents. “Thanks to a great golf committee, this has actually become easier each year,” he said. “They are there year in and year out to volunteer. Pat Evans, Woody White, Jim Bomar, Fernando Gonzales


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and Jim ‘J.R.’ Reed, former owner of Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill, have all volunteered and helped me on many other fundraising events. We also got Cobblestones involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association selling shamrocks for Jerry’s Kids.” Portman’s penchant for helping others was not confined solely to Wellington. When Hurricane Andrew devastated Homestead in 1991, Portman swung into action. “A group of Wellington volunteers, under the direction of builder Mark Miles, gathered donations and building materials and proceeded in a caravan of vans and cars and drove from the original Wellington Mall to Homestead for what seemed like months and helped people repair their lives and homes,” he said. Portman is looking forward to the new

building that will house the Wellington Boys & Girls Club. “Soon, we will be opening a beautiful, 23,000-square-foot club in Wellington, complete with a gymnasium, to replace our old 7,000-square-foot club, and the volunteering will begin anew,” he said. While the new building will serve the children of the village in ways unimagined even a few years ago, Portman will always have a soft spot in his heart for the old building on South Shore Blvd. “I’ll miss the good times volunteering at the old building and working in the old kitchen,” Portman said. “I spent so much time cooking there that they are naming the kitchen at the new club ‘The Ed Portman Kitchen.’ The old kitchen is where I taught my son, who was 12 at the time, the business of volunteering and running a snack-bar

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Both the Portman boys are products of the Boys & Girls Club. “My youngest son at the University of Florida is picking up the torch by volunteering and fundraising for the Children’s Miracle League and Shands Cancer Hospital by doing a 26.2-hour dance marathon at the school,” he said. Call it a way of life; call it a family tradition. Volunteering is in Portman’s blood, and as far as he’s concerned, it’s something he’ll do for the rest of his life. “My take on volunteering and why I will do it ’til the day I die or can no longer do it, is simple,” he said. “There is and always will be someone, some family or some charity that needs volunteer help to get through a crisis or hardship. Do I ever get tired of volunteering or helping or asking people to help? Heck, no. I beg, volunteer, or ask people to help every day of my life. Does people turning me down discourage me? No, I move on and try the next person or business… Someday, I might not be able to help, and I hope someone will volunteer and help me and my family.”

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(Right) One of the perks of this home is a stunning, uninterrupted lake view. You can watch the natural scenery while soaking in the large pool or relaxing on the patio. The patio has both covered and open-air areas, making it a great space for taking in the sun or entertaining in the shade.


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(Right) The stunning formal living room is the first thing you see as you step through the foyer. The room is large and bright, with space for seating and entertaining. A beautiful chandelier centers the room, with coffered ceilings and crown molding giving the space an elegant feel. At the rear of the room, sliding glass doors open out to the patio and spectacular lake views.

(Right) Embodying the Mediterranean theme, the formal dining room is bright and bold. The large room is set apart with a beautiful, colorful ceiling offset by soothing green walls. The space itself is elegant with room for a large table and chairs.

(Right) Bright and open, the kitchen offers plenty of space with all the top amenities, from its granite countertops to the upgraded appliances and wood cabinetry. In addition to an island, the kitchen has a breakfast bar and an eat-in area. The kitchen opens to the family room, meaning the space is perfect for entertaining or family meals.

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Serving up food reminiscent of the comforts of home, Triple Bar Bistro gives you continental cuisine with a twist that will have you hanging up your apron and returning time and time again.

offers a relaxed, elegant setting that is family-friendly yet also the perfect location for a date or celebration. “It’s a place that appeals to many types of people,” owner Mike Polaski said.

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the equestrian name and theme for the new restaurant as a nod to its unique location. “With the location, I wanted the theme to be horserelated,” he said. Triple Bar Bistro, under new ownership and management, is a play on the concept of the triple bar obstacle — a fence with three

bars of graduating height that makes for a wide jump. “We have three bars — two inside and one that will be outside,” Polaski said. “That was my inspiration. With the location, it was fitting that it should be horserelated.” Triple Bar Bistro is primed to be Wellington’s new best-kept secret. Polaski is making improvements on the facility that will make it a great spot for weddings, charity events and more. The large patio will have a new outdoor bar, with space for a tent, dancing and dining. The restaurant itself is stunning — warm and welcoming, with waterfront views and plenty of space. Guests can choose to sit at the bar, a table, a high top or on the patio, where sprawling waterfront views create a lovely dining environment. The atmosphere is inviting, with impressive details, such as the striking large wooden doors and the ornate bar. But don’t be fooled by the atmosphere; Triple Bar Bistro is very much a family-friendly environment, and a place where the entire community can enjoy a meal or a drink. There is a kids menu, and weekend evenings offer live music. Though it may be located near the horse show grounds, it is open to the community, serving up great meals year-round. The restaurant’s equestrian theme

is evident in the gorgeous works of art hanging on the walls. Each piece is for sale and painted by equestrian enthusiasts — many local to Wellington. Though the atmosphere will draw you in, the food will make you return to try everything on the menu.

Roasted pork loin featuring meat that falls off the bone, juicy and flavorful, served with truffle smashed Yukon gold potatoes and asparagus.

“It’s a continental menu,” Polaski said. “All the food is what I’d call comfort food — comfort food with a twist. We take a meal that you might be familiar with, but then we elevate it with sauces or other tweaks that are more innovative.” From salads and sandwiches to steaks and seafood, Triple Bar Bistro has a little something for everyone. “There’s something everyone can enjoy,” Polaski said. “You could eat here every day and never get tired of it, because the menu is so diverse. We offer a delicious Chilean sea bass and grouper. We also have a fish of the week, which gives us the opportunity to change up our menu a bit.”

Pan-seared black grouper served with a wild mushroom artichoke risotto, hot rock shrimp, tomatoes and a garlic and white wine sauce.

If you’re in for seafood, the panseared black grouper ($27) will more than satisfy. Served with a wild mushroom artichoke risotto, hot rock shrimp, tomatoes and a garlic and white wine sauce, the fish is cooked to perfection. The risotto is flavorful but lets the grouper shine. Triple Bar Bistro offers several options for steak. From the 8 oz. filet ($39) to the 20 oz. bone-in-ribeye

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wellington table ($59), you can have a great choice of meat cooked to perfection, creating your own meal by choosing from a variety of sauces and toppings.

asparagus that make for a filling meal.

Polaski noted that the restaurant offers a daily special as part of its Supper Club. For $25, guests get the special of the day with a salad or soup and dessert.

For starters, try the Shock Top Cheese Curds ($10). They are battered and served with buttermilk ranch and honey mustard dipping sauces. The sauces set off the creamy texture of the curds, making this dish a must-try.

“We offer what we call a ‘composed dinner,’” he explained. “You get a protein, a starch and a veggie all at one price. For $25, it’s a whole meal with a salad and dessert. It’s a great deal for people who are more value conscious.” Though each day of the week includes a different meal, it’s worth dropping in on Wednesday for the roasted pork loin. The meat falls off the bones, juicy and flavorful. It’s served with truffle smashed Yukon gold potatoes and

There is also lighter fare if you’re not up for a full meal.

Mikey’s Burger ($12), named for Polaski himself, is one of the best burgers in town. An all-natural, 8 oz. beef patty with Worchester sauce is topped with a combination of smoked Gouda, sweet onion bacon compote and served on a pretzel bun. “It sells out,” Polaski said. “I think people like to come in and don’t necessarily want a big dinner. It’s a delicious burger.”

There’s also a great selection of salads on the Triple Bar menu. The pear and mission fig salad ($10) puts sweet mission figs and shaved Bartlett pears on a bed of baby red romaine. The pear vinaigrette makes for a zesty dressing, and paired with shaved Manchego cheese, the salad is a delicious option. Or try the wedge salad ($9), a creative take on the popular classic. Bacon, tomatoes, carrots and candied walnuts are all mixed with wedges of romaine and iceberg lettuce, and topped off with a combination of balsamic and blue cheese dressing that makes this dish sing. Triple Bar Bistro, located at 3401 Equestrian Club Drive in Wellington, is open seven days a week from 3 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit or call (561) 333-1150.

Triple Bar Bistro Executive Chef Derrick Brown. Shock Top Cheese Curds are battered and served with buttermilk ranch and honey mustard dipping sauces.

The wedge salad has bacon, tomatoes, carrots and candied walnuts mixed with wedges of romaine and iceberg lettuce, and topped off with a combination of balsamic and blue cheese dressing. Mikey’s Burger is an all-natural, 8 oz. beef patty with Worchester sauce topped with a combination of smoked Gouda, sweet onion bacon compote and served on a pretzel bun.


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from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For info., call (561) 792-6525. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free screening of the movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for info. Saturday, April 6 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 283-5856 for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Play Ball!” for ages 5 and up on Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. Have fun with all things sports. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Sunday, April 7 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will feature the USPA 109th U.S. Open Polo Championship on Sunday, April 7. For tickets, visit or call (561) 204-5687. • Iron Lion Fitness (10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 160, Wellington) will host its second annual Ryde for Autism, a special charity event featuring food, drinks, music and cycling, on Sunday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to donate a minimum of $10 per Ryde to benefit the Palm Beach School for Autism. For info., call Gen Lane at (561) 312-9573 or visit Monday, April 8 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Scholarship Luncheon featuring Superintendent E. Wayne Gent on Monday, April 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). Contact Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 578-4807 or e-mail for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)


will host “Pocket Full of Poetry” for ages 7 and up on Monday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate National Poetry Month. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Women of Note a cappella chorus will host an open dress rehearsal Monday, April 8 at 8 p.m. at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington in preparation for regional competition. For info., visit or call (877) 966-7464. Tuesday, April 9 • Attorney Matthew Vanden Bosch will explain the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act at the next meeting of the mid-county chapter of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans on Tuesday, April 9 at 3 p.m. at the Wellington library. Call (561) 793-9677 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit Wednesday, April 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Art Club for ages 8 and up Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m. This month’s activity will be shaving cream art using food dye. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Hooked on Crochet” for adults Wednesdays, April 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or bring current projects to share and work on. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, April 11 • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, April 11 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pajama Tales for ages 2 to 6 on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for info.

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Thursday, April 18 • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, April 18 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Pioneering Palm Beach: The Deweys and the South Florida Frontier” for adults Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Authors Janet De Vries and Ginger Pedersen will tell this fascinating but forgotten story. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The King’s Academy Fine Arts Department (8401 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach) will host the premiere The Hunchback of Notre Dame Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20 and 25-27. Tickets start at $15 and can be ordered online at or by calling (888) 718-4253. Saturday, April 20 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International will host its Tropical Fruit Tree & Plant Sale on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Agriplex. Admission and parking are free. For more info., call Susan Lerner at (561) 478-7444 or visit www.pbrare • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Chick, Chick, Chickens!” for ages 3 to 8 on Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs and fun with a special craft all about chicks and chickens. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Sunday, April 21 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will feature the fi-

nals of the USPA 109th U.S. Open Polo Championship on Sunday, April 21. For tickets, visit www. or call (561) 204-5687. • The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Israel’s independence, Yom Ha’atzmaut, at a free event Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). The event is free and open to the public. Register at For more info., call Myra Gold at (561) 242-6609. • Wellington will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Monday, April 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Fraud and Identity Theft: Protect Yourself” for adults Monday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, April 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Kids Create!” for ages 5 to 8 on Tuesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your creativity and imagination and the library will provide materials. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit Wednesday, April 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “If You Give a Mouse a Click: Internet Safety” for ages 8 and up Wednesday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m. at celebrate Internet Safety Awareness Week. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, April 25 • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, April 25 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Adult Craft Night: Paper Cut-Out Wall Art” on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Create unique wall décor using paper cut-outs on a colorful background. Bring your favorite scissors. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, April 27 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host its Spring Plant Sale, Hibiscus & Rose Show on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a members breakfast at 8 a.m., and Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 80 vendors will have a large assortment of plants and goods. The event is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. For info., call (561) 233-1757. Sunday, April 28 • The Wellington Kids Triathlon will take place Sunday, April 28, beginning at the Wellington Aquatics Complex (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Participants will swim, bike and run different distances based on age group. Registration is $35 and includes a T-shirt for each competitor. Register online at www. by Monday, April 22. • The 10th annual Temple Beth Torah Brotherhood Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, April 28 at Breakers West. The event begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m., with an awards reception dinner following the tournament. The cost is $150 per golfer. Register at www.tbtbrotherhood. com. For info., e-mail Monday, April 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Finding Your Florida Doctor” for adults Monday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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St. Michael Lutheran Church Fair — St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellington held its Family Fun Fair on Saturday, March 16. There was face painting, book and bake sales, auctions, crafts for sale and more. Shown here are Bonnie Choman, Allison Kiss and Margie Runkles.

WHS Hosts Dance Marathon — Wellington High School held a dance marathon fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals on March 15. Students danced all night to raise money for the charity, with proceeds benefiting the Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. Shown here, Brianne Corrado, Terah Kalk, Scott Meskin and Caroline Spitz serve food.

EAF Fundraiser At Dressage Derby — The fifth annual Equestrian Aid Foundation Inspection Reception fundraiser was held Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. The event included a barbecue dinner, live and silent auctions and special guest speaker Courtney KingDye (shown above).

Purim Carnival — Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington held a Purim Carnival Fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 24. There was face painting, cookie decorating, crafts and games, a silent auction, and the students performed a “Seussical Purim Spiel” about how the Jewish people were saved in Persia by Queen Esther.

Spizzwinks Perform At Temple — Yale University’s male a cappella group the Spizzwinks brought its traditional and quirky performance to Temple Beth Torah in Wellington on March 14. The group of underclassmen performed a variety of classic and contemporary songs. (Right) Drew O’Donnell, Nicholas Agar-Johnson and Bradford Ward. (Below) Helene Weiss is serenaded by one of the Spizzwinks.


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