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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS HONORING THE STARS OF POLO The Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame is a treasure trove of information and artifacts that detail the storied history of the sport. The museum also oversees the Polo Hall of Fame, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season. By Lauren Miró













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Remembered as an affable and well-respected man with a smile for all who crossed his path, Carlos Gracida helped change the face of polo with his speed, grace and precision on the field. By Lauren Miró


Rocky and Dorie Duvall formed the Wellington Ballet Theatre three years ago. The not-for-profit performance dance company puts on solid classical, technical ballet and dance programs with the goal of bringing the arts to the community. By Julie Unger Using a non-traditional approach, the mission of is simple — to lead people to become devoted Christians, using technology to make it happen. By Deborah Welky The Young Professionals Of Wellington is a new business group that aims to give a voice to the community’s leaders of tomorrow. Roosters Men’s Grooming Center has brought its classic American barber shop experience to Wellington, offering men the opportunity to sit back and indulge. By Lauren Miró An idea five years ago led Paige Bellissimo to create what has become the Great Charity Challenge, putting $6.4 million into the coffers of charities thus far. By Deborah Welky




WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Fête Cheval Étoile Vaults To Success For The Equus Foundation Diamond Ball At IPC A Benefit For The American Cancer Society Annual White, White West Party Supports Horses Healing Hearts ‘Pony Up For POST’ At IPC Benefits Pediatric Oncology Program Hanley Center Foundation’s Annual Family Picnic Returns To PBIEC New Young Art Masters Program Unveiled At WRMC Reception


With its eclectic charm, the beautiful, customized Palm Beach Polo home of Danielle Baran and her husband, Glen, is the perfect combination of unexpected, stylish eclectic design. Inside and out, the home is perfect for entertaining. By Lauren Miró

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Black Pearl Boba Tea in the Mall at Wellington Green is bringing traditional Asian tastes to Wellington in a fast-casual setting. Known for its delicious bubble tea, Black Pearl has expanded its menu, not only offering a wide variety of drinks, but also delicious meals from various Asian cultures. By Lauren Miró


ON THE COVER George J. DuPont Jr. and Brenda Lynn of the Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame. PHOTO BY MELINDA BREWER 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| April 2014



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Congratulations To The Hall Of Fame For 25 Years Celebrating The Stars Of Polo This issue we profile the Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame, which held its annual gala in February, marking the 25th year the organization has been honoring the stars of polo. We recently sat down with Executive Director George J. DuPont Jr. and Director of Development Brenda Lynn for a chat about the museum, its future and this year’s 25th anniversary Hall of Fame induction gala. Wellington’s only nonprofit ballet dance company, Wellington Ballet Theatre, is busy getting ready for its upcoming production of Snow White. We met with the organization’s founders to discuss the show, the dancers and the future of the arts in Wellington. Are you curious about that big building on State Road 7 just south of Stribling Way? So were we — and what we found was a combination of a music concert, modern technology and a meeting place for so many looking for a different kind of church experience. Learn more about in this issue. Also this month, we visit with the Young Professionals of Wellington, an upand-coming organization dedicated to being the voice of a new generation of Wellington leaders. This month’s Wellington Hero honoree is Paige Bellissimo, co-founder of the Great Charity Challenge. She is recognized for her outstanding efforts in building an event that has helped many Palm Beach County nonprofits, putting millions in their coffers and raising much-needed awareness. Also this month, nurse Patti Gilliano of LaVida Massage shares some interesting tips about the benefits of massage, and Monica Hoffman of Opulence International Realty shares her passion for helping clients with all of their real-estate needs. Wellington Table swings by Black Pearl Boba Tea in the Mall at Wellington Green to sample an extraordinary array of flavored milk teas. Wellington Home visits a unique, custom-designed home in Palm Beach Polo, and we’ll be sending Jay Mann, April winner of our Indulge contest, to Roosters Men’s Grooming Center. As we prepared to go to press with our April issue, we learned about the passing of Wellington polo legend Carlos Gracida. Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Gracida family, friends and the greater polo community as they celebrate the unique contributions to the sport of this son, brother, husband, father, uncle, competitor, friend and polo legend. Let’s make his celebration of life a memory to last forever!

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Polo legend Carlos Gracida: Let’s make his celebration of life a memory to last forever.

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wellington social scene Photos by Emily Riden Fête Cheval Étoile Vaults To Success For The Equus Foundation

David Distler, Lynn Coakley, George Tauber, Chrystine Tauber, Timmy Kees, Jenny Kees and Toddy Munson.

Spectators at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center witnessed a different form of equestrian sport on Sunday, March 16 — vaulting. Guests at the Equus Foundation’s Fête Cheval Étoile enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and an exhibition from the American Vaulting Association. Vaulters from the American Vaulting Association Friendship Team leapt on to the backs of two large Belgian horses and displayed extraordinarily difficult acrobatics. Prior to the demonstration, guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the Gallery at PBIEC and dinner in the Wellington Club. Since its inception, the Equus Foundation has presented over $2 million in grants to charities across America that improve the lives of horses and promote the use of horses to enrich lives.

(Left to right) Dr. and Mrs. Vincent J. Abbatiello; Chrystine and George Tauber; Equus Foundation President Lynn Coakley with the vaulters; the vaulters in action; and Val Renihan and Stacia Madden.


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wellington social scene Photos by Lauren Miró Diamond Ball At IPC A Benefit For The American Cancer Society

(Left) Event Chairs Larry and Linda Smith. (Center) Lori David, Christopher and Kristina Vazquez, Michelle Thompson and Michael Stutevoss. (Right) Shirley and Murray Friedman.

The American Cancer Society’s Diamond Ball was held Saturday, March 8 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Guests enjoyed drinks, dinner and dancing, and were also invited to bid on numerous items in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

(Left to right) Gigi and Henrik Nordstrom; Tom and Regis Wenham with Laurie and Irwin Cohen; Sandy and Steve Chefan; Carmen and Juan Cocuy; and Aleyka Thomas, Tricia Holloway, Kathryn Maguire and Ashley Maguire.


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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Annual White, White West Party Supports Horses Healing Hearts

(Left) Members of the Horses Healing Hearts Board of Directors. (Right) Dr. Cetty and Dr. Bradley Weiss.

The third annual White, White West Party was held on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Coach House Restaurant & Bar. The event was a benefit for Horses Healing Hearts, which helps children in families suffering from substance abuse. Guests enjoyed food and drinks, along with live entertainment from Cecilia Lauren and the Ocoee River Band. For more information, visit www.horseshealing

(Left to right) Nicolas and Margarita Santana with Isabel; Stephen Lavine and Jasmine Velez; Barbara Nesfield, Randy Grimes and Deborah Mullaney; equestrian ambassador Jerry Bailey; Horses Healing Hearts founder Liz Olszewski; and auctioneers Cookie Lockhart and Jim Gall.


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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman ‘Pony Up For POST’ At IPC Benefits Pediatric Oncology Program

(Left) IPC’s John Wash, POST CEO Dr. Barbara Abernathy and Nan O’Leary of the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation with the winning artwork by Alan Metzger titled “Polo Rumble.” (Center) Alan Fried, artist Candra Coner, Mark Fried and artist Jeanne Doroshow. (Right) IPC President John Wash, POST CEO Dr. Barbara Abernathy, polo player Brandon Phillips, and Nan O’Leary and Patty McDonald with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation.

“Pony Up for POST,” supporting the Pediatric Oncology Support Team, was held Thursday, March 6 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The polo club held a poster contest for its 2014 season, and entries participated in the art sale to benefit POST.

(Left to right) Tristan, Lucas and Andrew Dawson with polo player Brandon Phillips; Maria Rivero with KOOL 105.5’s Mo Foster and Sally Sevareid; artist Lynn Matsuoka, Kris Spillane and Jack Lighton; and Kristi Kilfalter, artist Brittany Brett and Brittany Miller.


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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Hanley Center Foundation’s Annual Family Picnic Returns To PBIEC

(Left) Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw with Peter, Noah and Kelly Lofaso, and Dorothy Bradshaw. (Right) Event chairs Val Perez, Denise Groo, and Lisa, Dan, Whitney and Jack Thomas.

The 29th annual Hanley Center Foundation’s Family Picnic was held Sunday, March 9 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Guests enjoyed a buffet lunch, animal encounters, magic shows and other kids activities. There were a wide variety of items up for auction, and an iPad Air was the raffle grand prize.

(Left to right) Hanley Center Foundation CEO Rachel Docekal with Carly, Lillian and Steve Docekal; Sheriff Ric Bradshaw with the Farris, Merris and Haft families, high bidders in the “Sheriff for a Day” auction; magician Larry Jay delights children; and Hanley Center Foundation Director of Development Carol Alsofrom, WRMF DJ Deena Lang with Ellison, News Channel 5 anchor Roxanne Stein and PBSO Community Outreach Coordinator Steve Moss.

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman New Young Art Masters Program Unveiled At WRMC Reception

(Left) WRMC CEO Robbin Lee with Tom Wenham, executive director of the Wellington Preservation Coalition. (Right) Tom Wenham and Robbin Lee with art teachers Jennie Barnett, Anita Smith, Gwenn Seuling, Janet Stanton, Barbara Brubaker and Cynthia Oakes.

The Young Art Masters program, presented by the Jacobs family, the Wellington Preservation Coalition and Wellington Regional Medical Center, was unveiled Monday, March 10 at a special “Meet the Artists” event at WRMC. Students created artwork representing the theme “Palm Beach County.” The artwork is up for auction at All proceeds will support the art programs at Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Seminole Ridge and Palm Beach Central high schools.

(Left to right) Palm Beach Central High School art teacher Jennie Barnett with Antonia DiGiacomo; RPBHS art teacher Janet Stanton with Sydney Tate; Alli Duhaime, Laura Louberti, art teacher Gwenn Seuling, Nhi Huinh and Rosie Perissien of Seminole Ridge High School; and Jamie Tadelman and Hannah Niedbalski from Wellington High School collaborated on “Infinite Beauty.”


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Robin was looking forward to her appointment with me. After reading the discussion board on she was convinced she had a thyroid problem. Not only could she not lose weight, she was so intolerant to cold she had to bring a sweater with her everywhere she went. What drove her to make the appointment with me, though, was her severe fatigue. “I’m constantly tired. My bowels don’t move, my hair is falling out and I’ve gained 4 dress sizes! I’ve been to a few doctors but they haven’t helped me. They said my lab tests are normal.” Robin continued, “I’m a stay-at-home mom; I shouldn’t be this wiped out! I searched the internet and found a web site that described how low thyroid can cause all my symptoms and then saw the article you wrote on thyroid lab tests. It was as if you were talking just about me!” “Yes, Mary Shomon has put together a great resource for people suffering from thyroid problems. She asked me to write that article to explain why lab tests don’t always diagnose hypothyroidism correctly. Can I see your old blood work?” I looked at the pages and instantly saw what was going on. “It looks like your other doctors were looking at one test called the TSH. Even though the lab still reports the old normal range of 0.5 – 5.5, you’re level of 4.87 isn’t normal. Since November 2002, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has encouraged doctors to consider treatment for patients who test outside the boundaries of a narrower margin based on a target TSH level of 0.3 to 3.04.” “Does that mean that I really do have a thyroid problem?” “Most likely, however I think we should look a little deeper. I want to check for Thyroid Antibodies. When they are present, we call this Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Unfortunately, Hashimoto’s Disease makes blood tests for thyroid less accurate to where the TSH doesn’t correlate as well with symptoms. I first noticed this phenomenon in my residency where I had a patient with severe hormone resistance who required 400 mcg of Synthroid per day to feel normal. At lesser doses, she was severely fatigued. We had to check out her heart and bones periodically with EKGs and Bone Density Scans, but at that dose, she felt fine without side effects or complications, despite having a low TSH.”

I individualize therapy to each patient’s needs.

Robin asked another question, “So if you can’t always go by the TSH test, how do you know how much medication to use?” “Just like psychiatrists who prescribe antidepressants empirically, I start low and go slow. I monitor my patients for improvement and any potential side effects. When my patients’ symptoms stabilize, they don’t need as close monitoring and I’m able to space out their visits.” “One last question: If you do decide I have a thyroid problem, which medication would you choose for me?” “Most doctors prescribe medications that contain only T4 such as Synthroid (levothyroxine). There are other medications that contain T3 such as Cytomel and Armour Thyroid, and I have found that some patients do better when I individualize therapy to each patient’s needs. For example, when a patient’s T3 level is low; they often do better with the more “natural” thyroid medications. Before we start, I’m going to check the free levels of your hormones.” Robin’s antibody test did come back positive and she was started on thyroid hormone. Though her weight didn’t melt off instantaneously, her fatigue lifted and she was able to exercise. “Look at me,” she said, “I’m back to a size 8!” Dr. Kenneth Woliner is a board-certified family physician in Private practice in Boca Raton. He can be reached at 9325 Glades Road, #104, Boca Raton, FL, 33434; 561-314-0950;;

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By Lauren Miró

Gerwig, Coates Keep Council Seats Wellington Vice Mayor Howard Coates and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig were the victors in the March 11 municipal election, handily defeating two political newcomers. “This is a vindication of the policies that Anne and I have pursued over the last several years,” Coates told a group of supporters for both candidates gathered at Hurricane Grill & Wings after the polls closed. “Hopefully it will be a symbol of the direction this village is moving in going forward.” In the race for Seat 2, Gerwig took 2,559 votes (63 percent) to 1,524 votes (37 percent) for seniors activist Sharon Lascola. In the Seat 3 election, Coates took 2,320 votes (57 percent) to 1,760 votes (43 percent) for education activist Matt Kurit. Just under 4,100 voters took part in the election. Gerwig thanked all the voters who came out on election day. “I’d like to thank everyone for being unbelievably, overwhelmingly supportive on this day and the past six months since I started campaigning,” she said. Both victors said the results were a win not just for their campaigns, but also for nonpartisan politics in Wellington. The election saw an influx of money from the Democratic Party supporting Kurit and Lascola. “I think the votes Anne and I received are a rejection from the people of Wellington, saying that we are going to continue to be nonpartisan,” Coates said. Sober Houses Resolution — Members of the Wellington Village Council asked the state last month to consider legislation that would regulate sober houses. Council members unanimously approved a resolution to support two bills pending in Tallahassee. “It could assist municipalities in dealing with these issues,” Village Attorney Laurie Cohen said. Sober houses have become a concern in Wellington, with residents coming out in early March to ask the council to address the issue. Cohen said the legislation would provide regulation for “sober houses” — facilities that house recovering addicts but do not necessarily provide services to the residents. Be-

cause addiction is a protected class under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Wellington has been unable to regulate or limit the facilities. But two bills filed in the Florida Legislature would require registration of the facilities, along with other provisions, that could help municipalities gain some control. “The legislation would enact a regulatory scheme so that sober houses can be more closely monitored at a state level,” Cohen said. Aero Club Drive Palms — About 22 Washingtonian palm trees that line Aero Club Drive will remain in place until the Wellington Village Council can weigh in on whether they should be cut down. The palm trees have lined Aero Club Drive for years but have interfered with Florida Power & Light’s power lines, as well as moving water during heavy rain, Village Manager Paul Schofield explained. “We’ve been talking for a number of years about the trees,” he said. “There have been some issues. They were installed in the swale line. In very heavy rainfall, we can’t get water down those swales.” As part of drainage plans to prevent flooding, staff planned to remove the existing trees, rebuild the swale and replace the trees, although not with Washingtonian palms. “This is part of a program based on the needs we identified after Tropical Storm Isaac,” Schofield said. Removing the palm trees would also keep them from affecting the nearby power lines, and FP&L would remove them at no cost, he said. However, several council members wanted more discussion of the tree removal. Vice Mayor Howard Coates asked Schofield to halt the removal of the trees to allow the council to consider the issue. “This would totally change the aesthetics of the neighborhood,” Coates said. “And if there are problems and they do need to be taken down, I want to make sure the public fully understands the issue.” Councilman Matt Willhite, however, believes the decision should be left to village staff. “We spend $40,000 a year just to maintain the trees,” he noted. 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| April 2014


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George J. DuPont Jr. and Brenda Lynn at the Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame.

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Museum Of Polo & Hall Of Fame Celebrates 25 Years Honoring

Stars Of POLO Story by Lauren Miró • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Tasked with preserving polo history, the Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame is a treasure trove of information, artifacts, art and film that detail the storied history of the sport in the United States. From its location on Lake Worth Road, the Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame — a nonprofit organization — is home to an extensive collection of historic trophies, works of art, books, films and more, all honoring the “sport of kings.” The organization is also responsible for selecting and honoring polo legends past and present, human and equine, as part of the Polo Hall of Fame, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season. “There’s no other polo museum in the world,” Director of Development Brenda Lynn said. “Even Argentina and England, as much as they play polo, don’t have a physical building for polo like we have. It’s quite a responsibility, to know that we’re in charge of that history.” The museum has gotten so much support through the years that it’s bursting at the seams with memorabilia, leading to plans for an expansion of the building later this year. “The museum has been very successful in its mission,” Lynn said. “People have been quite generous and donated many artifacts. We need more gallery space. We have so many wonderful things, and we’re out of room to display them.” The idea for a polo museum was sparked by players H. Jeremy Chisholm, Phillip B. Iglehart, Leverett S. Miller and George C. Sherman Jr. “The idea came about in 1978,” Executive Director George J. DuPont Jr. said. “They wanted to preserve the history of the sport.

By 1984, the museum had been awarded nonprofit status, and then it was a matter of fundraising.” For more than a decade, the polo community raised money to build a permanent site. “The idea really started to take flight,” Lynn said. “There was a temporary site at the Kentucky Horse Park, which started collecting items. People began donating with the idea that there would be a physical museum.” In 1990, the first players were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and in 1997, the Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame was completed at its current location on Lake Worth Road, west of Florida’s Turnpike. “The founders felt they needed a central place to house the art, the artifacts, the history of the sport, the archives and also to honor the heroes of the sport,” Lynn said. Given the importance of Wellington to the worldwide polo community, it was a natural choice for the museum’s home. “This is the winter high-goal polo capital of the world,” DuPont said. “But polo of all levels is played here.” Today, the museum is a haven for all things polo — from stunning works of art to the first known trophy awarded in the United States. It’s an educational center, with interactive exhibits that educate the community on the sport and its history. “We’re ambassadors of the sport,” Lynn said. “People come here to learn about polo.

Rodolphe Agassiz Lester “Red” Armour III Michael Azzaro Harold A. “Joe” Barry Harold L. Barry Paul Weldon “Bill” Barry Roy M. Barry Carlton Beal James Gordon Bennett Robert D. Beveridge Elmer Boeseke George H. Bostwick Norman Brinker Paul Butler Delmar Carroll Clarence C. Combs Jr. Alan L. Corey Jr. John E. Cowdin Fred W. Dailey Bart Evans Elbridge T. Gerry Sr. Stephen M. Gose Carlos Gracida Guillermo Gracida Jr. Raymond R. Guest Winston F.C. Guest Bennie Gutierrez George Haas Jr. W. Averell Harriman W. Ray Harrington Jr. W.L. (Willis) Hartman H.L. (Henry Lloyd) Herbert Julian Hipwood Louise Eustis Hitchcock Thomas Hitchcock Jr. Thomas Hitchcock Sr. Glen Holden Sr. Philip L.B. Iglehart Stewart B. Iglehart S.K. “Skey” Johnston Foxhall P. Keene Northrup R. Knox Lewis L. Lacey William R. Linfoot William A. Mayer Devereux Milburn James P. “Jimmy” Mills George K. Oliver Stephen A. Orthwein John C. “Jack” Oxley John T. Oxley Al Parsells Eric Pedley Peter Perkins Michael G. Phipps Gonzalo Pieres Owen Rinehart Stephen J. Roberts Will Rogers Charles Cary Rumsey Robert Gould Shaw II George C. Sherman Jr. William Sinclaire Robert Skene Cecil Smith Charles Smith Lewis A. Smith Adam Snow Malcolm Stevenson Louis E. Stoddard Robert E. Strawbridge Jr. Gonzalo Tanoira Robert “Bob” Uihlein Robert E. “Rob” Walton James M. Waterbury Lawrence Waterbury Tommy Wayman J. Watson Webb Harry Payne Whitney William T. Ylvisaker

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One of the exhibits at the museum. This one is about mallets and how they are made.


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We have guided tours and also pushand-play exhibits, which are a lot of fun.” The museum can accommodate tour groups, often hosting schools and summer camps. “The exhibit the kids love the most is about the horses,” Lynn said. “It’s a great exhibit that teaches all about what it takes to train the horses, what they eat before a match and how they are cared for.” Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. As a nonprofit organization, the museum is funded entirely by donations. “We’re not affiliated with any polo group, so we don’t receive any funding or underwriting from anyone,” Lynn said. “Our funding is based strictly on donations.” Almost two decades after its completion, the museum building is ready to expand. Construction begins this year, with the expansion expected to be finished by next season.

“We’re adding 2,500 square feet to the north side of the building,” DuPont said. “It will open up a lot of gallery space. The funds are already raised for it. It will be ready in time for next season.” The museum focuses on polo played in the United States, but honors contributions to U.S.-based polo from throughout the world. “We realize there is polo played throughout the world, so we do give considerations,” Lynn said. “Recently, our board decided we would induct foreign players, but they need to have an impact on polo in the U.S.” The museum puts the focus on all levels of polo, from high-goal competition to arena polo, medium- and lowgoal polo, and junior and intercollegiate levels. “There tends to be a prevalence of high-goal polo, because it’s being played here during the season,” Lynn said. “But it’s our mission to preserve polo across the board.”

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There is even an exhibit dedicated to different polo clubs across the nation, which changes periodically to showcase a variety of clubs. “We focus on polo clubs that don’t necessarily play highgoal polo,” Lynn said. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are nominated by members of the community, and their application is reviewed by a nominating board. Each February, the winners are honored at the Hall of Fame Dinner. “It’s essentially the Academy Awards of polo,” Lynn said. “We induct players both living and posthumously. There is also the Phillip Iglehart Award, which is for outstanding lifetime contributions to the sport. It could be awarded to people who didn’t necessarily have the chance to play, but contributed in other ways.” The Hall of Fame does not only honor the players, but also the “unsung heroes” of the sport: polo ponies. “Any polo player will tell you that to be able to play, you have to be able to


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get to the ball,” Lynn said. “The horses are so enormously important. They’re the unsung heroes of the sport. A horse can’t speak for itself, so we felt it was important to recognize the athletes that are really partners in the game.” With the sport only growing, the museum has a lot to look forward to in the future as it continues to be a source of rich information and history. “I think the community realizes what value the museum has to them,” Lynn

said. “If this is not housed in one place, it could be lost. There is a wisdom that comes with age, and the community sees the value in that.” The Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame is located at 9011 Lake Worth Road. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday and, during season, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call (561) 969-3210 or visit www.polo

The Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame is located on Lake Worth Road.

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Wellington Community Remembers Polo Legend Carlos Gracida Story by Lauren Miró • Photos by Sheryel Aschfort

Remembered as an affable and well-respected man with a smile for all who crossed his path, Carlos Gracida helped change the face of polo with his speed, grace and precision on the field. In late February, the polo world was shocked at the death of one of its legends. Gracida died Tuesday, Feb. 25 after falling from his horse during a match at the Everglades Polo Club. He was 53. But the legacy he left on polo, not only in Wellington, but also across the globe, continues to live on. Gracida is survived by his sons, Carlos Jr. and Mariano Gracida, both to whom he passed on his love for the sport. “In the simplest terms, he was a polo great,” said John Wash, president of the International Polo Club Palm Beach. “He was what polo is all about.” Born Sept. 5, 1960 in Mexico City, Gracida joined a dynasty of polo players with a long legacy of making a mark on the sport. His grandfather, Gabriel Gracida Sr., was a well-known horseman in Mexico. His father, Guillermo Gracida Sr., was a polo legend in his own right. In 1946, Gracida’s father and three uncles took the U.S. Open Polo Championship, marking the only time the prestigious title has been won by four brothers. Carlos Gracida followed in his family’s footsteps, taking up polo at the age of five and competing in tournaments by the age of 10. By 1985 — at age 25 — he had achieved a 10-goal rating, the highest level a polo player can aspire to. He kept the top handicap for more than 15 years, winning tournaments across the world with his older brother, Guillermo “Memo” Gracida Jr. The brothers were an indomitable force on the field. Gracida’s accomplishments in polo bolstered him to legendary status. He won numerous major U.S. tournaments, dominating the U.S. Open nine times. His international wins are just as prestigious and numerous. He won the British Open Gold Cup 10 times — more than any other player in the world. “What was so unique about Carlos was that he won every major tournament in the world,” recalled Tackeria owner Tony Coppola, a well-known polo announcer and friend to the Gracida family. “Sometimes in the same year.” Indeed, Gracida remains the only player to have won the American, Argentine and British open championships in a 40

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single year. He first won this honor in 1987, repeating his wins in 1988 and 1994. “Those are the most important tournaments in the world,” Coppola said. “It’s something no one has done since.” Gracida is also the only non-Argentine polo player to win the Argentine Open more than three times in his career. “He didn’t just win three times,” Coppola said. “He won it five times.” He also earned the “Olimpia de Plata,” Argentina’s Most Valuable Player Award, in 1988, making him the only foreign player ever to do so. In 1994, Gracida picked up the Argentine Triple Crown, winning the country’s three most prestigious tournaments. In England, Gracida was rated at 9 goals and was known as Queen Elizabeth’s favorite professional player. He was an instructor for numerous celebrities and royalty, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. Gracida’s success in polo came during the sport’s “golden years” in America, IPC Director of Polo Operations Jimmy Newman said. “Polo in the U.S. got a lot better right at the time Carlos began playing,” Newman said. “He and his brother moved up the ranks, and they did it pretty doggone quick.” Newman said he’ll remember Gracida for his playing style: swift but graceful. “He had such a way with the game,” Newman said. “When he was on a horse, he looked like he was floating when he got the ball. He was very smooth and very fast. The game got a lot faster in the 1980s than it was in the 1970s, and I think Carlos can get some of the credit for making polo a faster and better game.” Wash agreed, calling Gracida a “true athlete.” “They say Carlos was like an artist out there as a polo player,” he said. “His horses were his palette, and the polo field was his canvas. He was just a true athlete who achieved many accomplishments here in Wellington, but also worldwide.” For his legendary status in the polo world, friends and family say you would never have known Gracida was a polo icon. “He was truly an icon in his sport, yet he never blew his own horn,” Coppola said. “He never had an arrogance about him

Carlos Gracida’s unique polo style helped change the way the sport is played in the United States. He was inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in 2012. 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| April 2014


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in any way, shape or form. He was a polo legend, but he was a very humble guy.” Newman said he’ll always remember Gracida’s big smile. “When you first made eye contact with him, there was that big smile,” he said. “He never came with a frown on his face. He was a classy guy, and always had a quiet way about him.” Friends and family say his friendly personality and positive energy made him someone you wanted to talk to. “He was the type of person who could engage you in a conversation and make you feel that you were important,” Wash said. “He did not put himself above anyone else.” Gracida not only loved to play polo, but he loved to inspire others, coaching a new generation of players, including his sons. “He was truly an ambassador to the sport,” Coppola said. “We will miss him on the sidelines.” Wash called him an inspiration to players across the world. “He was an in-

spiring player,” he said. “He inspired not only his generation, but also the younger generations of polo. Many people wanted to be able to do what Carlos and his brother, Memo, did out there on the field. And he loved to inspire others. He loved to play, but he also loved to coach the sport at all different levels. He was never too far away from it.”

The loss of such a legend will leave a void in the polo world, and Wash said his name will go down in history synonymous with the sport. “We’re going to miss him,” Wash said. “I’m glad we had the pleasure not only to know him, but to see his artistry on the field. He had a strong following, and he’ll always be close to our hearts.” Carlos Gracida won every major polo tournament in the world, often more than once.

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Lexi Barbieri as Snow White and Mikaela Wetter as the Wicked Queen practice for the upcoming Wellington Ballet Theatre production of Snow White.


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Wellington Ballet Theatre Brings

Professional Dance To The Community Story by Julie Unger • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Rocky and Dorie Duvall formed the Wellington Ballet Theatre three years ago. The not-for-profit performance dance company puts on solid classical, technical ballet and dance programs. In addition, the Duvalls run the Wellington-based Dance Arts Conservatory, which offers lessons in tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, acro, musical theater, afrikan, creative movement and more. While the dance school provides their livelihood, it was their deep desire to bring the arts to the community that led to the creation of the Wellington Ballet Theatre.

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“We wanted to do a not-for-profit ballet company separate from Dance Arts Conservatory to promote classical performance,” Rocky explained. “We believe in performance. We wanted to start the company to create more culture and art here in the community. There’s not enough art and culture here in Wellington.” The Duvalls, along with choreographer and instructor Melissa Waters, have been able to provide the community something near and dear to their hearts. “Coming from Los Angeles, being out there, everything’s so accessible,” Waters said. “Coming here, it’s much different. To work within a pre-professional program is so rewarding to watch students grow. Their love for dance on stage, it’s real. To watch them perform, it’s real. Everyone knows they love to dance.” The dancers range in age from four to 30 and are broken down by skill level into six different groups. The trainee twos are the youngest, followed by trainee ones, who are 6 to 8 years old. As skills increase, the 8- to 10-year-olds are moved to apprentice two level, and the 8- to 11-year-olds become apprentice one. The next level is the corps de ballet, with dancers who are 11 or older — strong dancers but not yet en pointe. The final group is the company dancers who dance en pointe and tend to commit to a full year with the company. The 40 or so dancers who are performing next month in Snow White have all signed three-and-a-half-month contracts. Many of them are from the group of 65 or so dancers who performed in the recent production of The Nutcracker. “For the spring, we’re so thrilled that we were able to maintain so much of the base and maintain their interest that they decided to stay on and join us for the upcoming show,” said Dorie, who has been working to prepare the trainee two dancers for their two-minute dance during Snow White. “For this production, I’m very excited that we were able to add a new level to our company to incorporate some of 46 April 2014 |wellington the magazine| 10th Anniversary

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(L-R) Michael Lifshitz, Sarah Smith, Aaron Solomon, Rocky Duvall, Dorie Duvall, Randy Ballen and Melissa Waters of Wellington Ballet Theatre.

our youngest dancers and put them on stage,” she said. “I’ve had a great time teaching them this season in preparation for Snow White. As founders, we don’t always have the chance to participate in the show, since there’s so much to do in production, but having the opportunity to work with this one class has meant so much to me. I just love it.” The company is a young ballet company, and any show is an undertaking. “We are tremendously proud of our production team, choreographers, our board of directors and the director of ballet, our ballet mistress Melissa Waters, that we were all able to get together and to create this,” Dorie added. “I’m so happy to bring this to the community.” The upcoming Snow White show is one of the first productions that the company has created from the ground up, taking the classic childhood story and presenting it in a way that will be embraced by the community. “Melissa’s take on Snow White, a traditional and dark story, is a mixture of the original dark story and the Disney version,” Dorie said. “With our dwarfs, we want to make it playful and fun.”

Snow White will also be the first Wellington Ballet Theatre show that incorporates a set. Sets are expensive to build, and the Duvalls choose to maintain a primary focus on the dancers, rather than their backdrops. “It’s really about the dancing,” Rocky said. “The story is told through movement, and the dancing is getting to the point now where we need to add in all of the elements for proper productions.” The shows that the Wellington Ballet Theatre dancers are preparing for give them a unique opportunity. “Most kids their age don’t have the opportunity to dance these roles,” Waters said. “It’s the adults who get the roles.” The dancers work at the pre-professional level, which is between amateur and professional, and the program helps them transfer smoothly from student to professional, while learning everything they need to learn about being professional dancers. Most of the students put in between eight and 12 hours of practice a week. “We’re trying to cultivate dancers who have a love of dance and performance, and exude passion for what they

do on stage,” Rocky said. “It’s authentic. We’re teaching them properly, we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty to where we can work on their feet. Ballet is something that takes years and years, and you never perfect it. You’re always honing your skills.” Parents of the students have been amazing with helping the company, the Duvalls said. One parent, a professional architect, even went so far as to draft proper architectural drawings, since they would like to eventually add a full school of ballet. “The architectural drawings are for a 15,000- to 20,000-square-foot building. Done properly by an architect, the building could cost between one and two million dollars. The plan is multifaceted and multifunctional,” Rocky said. As a not-for-profit, the company does need help with financing, however, to help it grow. “My whole heart and soul is looking toward the success of this company,” Dorie said. “It has already been such a beautiful opportunity for so many

of our local dancers and performers, and I just want to see it move forward.” In addition to classes, one of the visions for the future is partnering up with a nonprofit, perhaps related to autism. For autistic children, dance is a marvelous form of therapy, Rocky explained. The company has been able to hire professional dancers to appear in its shows, showing the community that the Wellington Ballet Theatre is a serious, professional-level company. At first, the Wellington Amphitheater offered a great start toward exposing the community to dance and the Wellington Ballet Theatre. Though its venues are expanding, and the company is beginning to rent auditoriums, the amphitheater provided a location for the company to begin showcasing its art form to the public through free shows. “It’s really pretty special. There’s no other program like it here in Wellington,” Rocky said. “There are dance studios, and they have their recitals and their performances, and there’s great

talent all around. One of the nice things about Wellington Ballet Theatre is you don’t have to be here at my dance studio to participate in Wellington Ballet Theatre.” The Duvalls’ big-picture plan is to bring more arts and culture to Wellington. “We have big plans, and it’s something that the Village of Wellington does not have,” Rocky said. “There isn’t an arts center; there isn’t a cultural center. There’s sports. There’s equestrians. We need a theater center here in the Village of Wellington, and I’m more than happy to help establish something like that.” The company’s production of Snow White debuts on Sunday, May 4 at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach and in Wellington on Saturday, May 10 at Wellington High School for a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening showing at 7 p.m. Depending on the seating, tickets range from $15 to $40. To learn more about Wellington Ballet Theatre, call (561) 296-1880 or visit www.

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Welsh Country House Cook PENNY LEWIS Visits Wellington Her diminutive size and quiet demeanor belie the dragon that emerges when Penny Lewis of Wales enters the kitchen. Any kitchen. “I’m a country house cook, not a chef. I don’t do restaurants, catering halls or large-service facilities,” she explained. What is a “country house” in the United Kingdom, you ask? Think Downtown Abbey. Stately “piles” that come with lords, ladies and other aristocrats. Lewis cooks for them all and recently came to Wellington to host several cooking demonstrations. Those who took her classes came away with a recipe booklet, filled


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with cooking tips and amusing stories involving those same aristocrats — including Queen Elizabeth II. “I didn’t train as a chef. I was a single mum raising a daughter who all of a sudden announced she was becoming a vegetarian. I needed to be sure that what she was eating was healthy, nutritious and balanced. So I left my life in real estate and started taking cooking classes. The rest is history,” Lewis said. And what a history it is. One of her cooking instructors threw her directly into the fire when the family of a large cider-making enterprise (cider, in the United Kingdom, is an alcoholic beverage) needed a weekend cook. Lewis tied on her apron and “got to it.” Cooking for others was her challenge, and success soon followed. Lewis credits her success to patience, not letting stress interfere and being able to read her customers and provide menus that satisfy them. Many recipes she demonstrated while in Wellington were unusual to American palates, including shrimp and egg mousse, honeyed red cabbage, poached chicken thighs wrapped in Parma ham, and beet and hot-smoked salmon salad. But thinking and cooking outside of the box are what set a country house cook apart. All of her ingredients were sourced locally. Vegetables were gathered from

local markets and community gardens, including the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden in Lake Worth, where Lewis demonstrated a four-course meal and judged a chef competition. Wellington resident Bruce Webb, food service director at Office Depot’s headquarters, invited Lewis to host the food service’s Chef’s Table on a recent Friday afternoon. Never having worked in a commercial kitchen, Lewis was in the corporate kitchen by 6 a.m. preparing chicken stuffed with red peppers or apricots, red and golden beet salad, creamed celeriac and whiskey-infused bread pudding. “I was so thrilled to be cooking for such a large and hungry crowd that the time just flew by,” she said. But it’s her stories that hold the audience, and Lewis has lots of them. Like the last time she was presented to Queen Elizabeth II after preparing a meal at a private dinner party. While chatting away, and holding the Queen’s wrap, it was the Queen who had to say to Lewis, “Shall I take that?” Lewis quickly released her majesty’s stole before shrinking away in embarrassment! Lewis serves as a cook when equestrian dressage champions compete in the U.K. And when Prince Philip hosts his annual carriage driving event, it’s Lewis who is charged with preparing the meals. She’s a favorite of his and always manages to come up with menus to suit his tastes, especially her shrimp and chive mousseline served with champagne sauce and sea bream (or Chilean 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| April 2014


Penny Lewis prepares a pudding dessert at the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden cooking demonstration.

sea bass) with ginger, chili and spring onions on a bed of herb-infused risotto. This spring will find Lewis in Scotland, preparing meals for a Middle Eastern sheik at his highland castle, supporting her horse racing clients at Newmarket and hosting several in-home cookery lessons. Her residence, near Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, is also the home of her school, the Culinary Cottage. Students book for daylong, three-day, five-day or weeklong classes, which include accommodation in her five-bedroom home. Lewis will return to Wellington next February and is available for lessons, private dinner parties or a long-term assignment in local kitchens. Reach her by visiting her web site, Penny at the Office Depot Chef’s Table event with Wellington’s Bruce Webb.

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Brings The Church

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experience at all. Our church is not what they expect.” Founded in 1996 by Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel, has 18 campuses around the United States, primarily in Oklahoma. There is also one in New York, one in Tennessee, two in Texas and one in Florida. That Florida campus is located on State Road 7 in Wellington. The building opened two years ago, but attendees met at Palm Beach Central High School for five years prior to that. Mayer said the majority of people who find their way to the Wellington campus come through an invitation from a friend who has had his or her life changed through Some drop in simply because they’ve been driving past the building. “Maybe they were looking for a church and they



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weren’t sure what was happening here,” Mayer said. That is how Wellington residents Joe and Ashley Maguire got involved. “We saw the building go up, and we were curious about it,” Joe Maguire recalled. “I didn’t know what it was, but I kept hearing people talking about it in the community, so I went online to see what it was all about. Every one of Pastor Groeschel’s messages hit home. I felt I learned something every time I listened.” The online experience led the Maguires to visit the Wellington campus. “We got the kids together and Ashley’s mother, and, as soon as we walked in, we were greeted by staff and met Pastor Larry. The LifeKids pastor showed us around the LifeKids area. Within five minutes, we knew that


You enter the auditorium and the music is pulsating, the fog is rolling, the lights are flashing. There are three huge TV screens over your head and your friends are there. You grab a cup of coffee and something to eat. Your kids break away to be with the other kids. Are you at a rock concert? Some sporting event? No, you’re at church — Although its approach is non-traditional, the mission of is simple — to lead people to become fully devoted Christians, using technology to make it happen. “We don’t do spaghetti dinners or bingo night,” explained Pastor Larry Mayer, leader of’s Wellington campus. “We create an atmosphere where people feel valued, needed and wanted — especially people who have given up on church or have no church

Experience Into The 21st Century there was something amazing going on. This was different. It didn’t feel like church. You felt like you were home… The band, the music, the atmosphere is like nothing you could even imagine in church. The music is powerful, moving, and it puts your head in the right place to receive the message.” About 60,000 people nationwide visit the various campuses each weekend. “Another chunk comes to us through social media,” Mayer added. “They blog about it, talk about it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Another group — from all around the world — attends our church online. We treat that like it’s an actual church experience.” Online Pastor Alan George has the numbers. “In 2013, Church Online welcomed 5.7 million unique visitors. In an average week, we see 110,000 to

130,000 unique visitors,” he said. “For some, online ministry is a supplement to help them stay connected to their church when they can’t attend in person. For others, it’s where they find Christ. For some new believers, it can serve as a front door of sorts, which eventually helps them get connected to a local church. And for others, it’s a full-fledged church home. Within those groups, we are able to reach people who might never walk through the doors of a church building.” had its humble start in Groeschel’s two-car garage, but today, between its physical locations and Church Online, offers 172 services each week. By embracing technology, it is also able to offer: a free Bible for smartphones, tablets and computers that has

been installed on more than 124 million devices around the world; an animated biblical storybook app; a free online ministry platform to help other churches launch their own online ministries; a free resource site for other churches; and a free online tracking tool that helps more than 20,000 churches keep tabs on attendance, giving, salvations and baptisms. “Technology has given us powerful tools that can bring us together like never before,” George said. “We’re committed to leveraging technology at to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, and we’re passionate about helping other churches do so as well.” has been recognized for its high standards of financial accountability, board governance, finan-

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cial transparency, integrity in fundraising and proper use of charitable resources. It has been featured in top newspapers, magazines and TV shows across the nation and around the world. But worldwide acclaim is not the goal. “Our senior pastor’s goal, when he teaches from God’s word, is to give you things you can implement into your daily life,” Mayer said. “And that’s whether you’re a college student, working mom, stay-at-home mom, working dad or elected official.” Attendees find the message a lifechanging experience. “There’s a movement going on here that is different than anything I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said Maguire, who has toured the Oklahoma headquarters and several other LifeChurch. tv campuses to increase his understanding. “This is a way of churching that is about one thing — creating the atmosphere for people to have a relationship with God. Everybody watches the same live video feed, originating from Oklahoma, but that is only part of the church experience. Ashley and I are reading the Bible on our smartphones — something I never thought I’d do. When we


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get in the car, my kids request Christian music. My son said, ‘Dad, mom, I love this church.’ What else is there to say after you hear that from a 5-year-old?” Mayer has been ministering in Wellington since 1999 and has seen his congregation swell from 300 to 2,000 since merging with “We’re looking forward to having multiple campuses here in the Palm Beach County area and all across Florida,” he said. “That is one of my greatest hopes, desires and passions. If we can be effective in taking the next steps in faith here locally, we can impact the world. People come to this county from around the world to visit, for vacations or for business. That excites me — the fact that people can have their life, their relationships, even their family changed, then go back home and begin to live out their faith.” Maguire invites everyone to stop by the church and learn more. “ is changing the way people church,” Maguire said. “In my opinion, it is leading the way. When you learn about how they’re changing the world and asking no credit for it, it’s hard not to want to be a part of it.” Joe and Ashley Maguire with Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel, Deanna Mayer and Pastor Larry Mayer.

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Get A Taste Of The Western World With The SBA Reined Cow Horse Experience Story and Photos by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge

Put on your cowboy boots and prepare for the ride of your life! Show By Appointment (SBA) and Steed Training have teamed up to bring the SBA Reined Cow Horse Experience to residents of the Wellington area. Experienced equestrians and first-timers alike can saddle up to get a feel for the thrilling reined cow horse discipline. The experience begins in style with a limo ride to Bynum Farms in Indiantown. Owned by SBA co-founder Blair Bynum, the facility plays host to SBA’s popular winter series of reined cow horse shows. “We partnered with Steed Training to offer the SBA Reined Cow Horse Experience because we wanted to both entertain people and educate them about the western world,” Bynum said. “Through our reined cow horse show series, we’ve seen firsthand how much fun the sport can be for riders of all ages and backgrounds, and we wanted to introduce it to a wider audience.” Trevor Steed and SBA co-founder Rick Steed, who operate Steed Training, provide personalized instruction alongside assistants from the SBA team to ensure that all participants have the skills they need to reach the goal: working with a live cow. The cow horses used for the program are well-schooled, and many boast championship titles. “It’s a unique opportunity to come and ride a trained, high-level horse with quality instruction from a seasoned professional,” Rick Steed said. “Chasing a cow might be as much fun as you can have on an equine when you have a horse that’s in tune and knows how to work a cow.” Upon arrival, riders mount up and learn the basic cues necessary for the day’s activities. They practice their moves while chasing a mechanical cow, and then head into the arena for instruction from Steed, who teaches them each component of a reining pattern, including high-speed spins and sliding stops. After a lunch break, it’s time to get back in the saddle. Mounted instructors assist riders in learning how to correctly position their horses to anticipate the cow’s movements. All of the hard work over the course of the day is tested

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with the final activity as riders face down their first cow. The goal is to keep the cow at one end of the arena, and while the SBA pros make it look easy, it can be a challenge. Coached by Steed and cheered on by the other instructors, riders quickly learn to keep a close eye on the cow and work as a team with their mounts. Show By Appointment offers a fresh approach to competing with the goal of making it “fun, fair and affordable.” The program began in 2013 with a full set of show series around the country, culminating in the SBA Championship Finals in Sarasota, with more than $100,000 in cash and prizes. The finals will return to Sarasota in January 2015 to cap the 2014 season. To accommodate those traveling long distances to compete, and help busy riders fit showing in at their convenience, SBA allows riders to reserve their ride times in advance. Video replay at shows by a judge monitor ensures that riders receive accurate scores. The flexible scheduling and generous prize money appeal to professionals, and the relaxed environment is perfect for families, or those just starting out in the sport. The SBA Reined Cow Horse Experience can be customized to fit participants’ background, availability and budget. Multi-day packages are also offered, and SBA can bring the cow horses to a facility near you. Contact Rick Steed at (772) 263-6830 or for more information.



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Young Professionals Of Wellington

NEW GROUP AIMS TO GIVE VOICE TO THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW As a member of Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board, Michael Drahos has seen many important issues decided by local leaders with little to no input from his demographic group. To remedy this problem, Drahos approached the Wellington Chamber of Commerce with the idea of partnering to create an organization for young professionals that would represent the community from another perspective. Drahos’ vision for the group would be different, however, from other such organizations of which he’d been a member. “I was not looking to organize happy hours or host carwash fundraisers,” he explained. “This group was going to have a very ambitious platform aimed at making an immediate impact. We wanted to find and cultivate the new generation of leadership in Wellington.” The result was the Young Professionals of Wellington, an invitation-only network of professionals from ages 25 to 45 who either live or work in Wellington. “I found that as I was

reaching out to friends and colleagues in the area who I noticed had a penchant for community service, there was a tremendous amount of interest and excitement in what this group could become,” Drahos recalled. By late 2012, an organizational meeting attracted those who had expressed an interest in joining, many of whom had grown up in the community and returned to raise families of their own. Among them was Kevin Swerdlin, a Realtor who had attended school with Drahos as far back as Wellington Elemen-

Members of the Young Professionals of Wellington at a recent event. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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tary School in the late 1980s. Together, Drahos and Swerdlin teamed up to recruit the best candidates they could find. They also capped membership at 20 to ensure that each member who joined took on an active role. Within a few months, the group set its sights on advocating for Wellington and creating awareness of the community’s best attributes. Group members recognized that their opening event would set the tone for future endeavors. “We were in the equestrian capital of the world, so it was a pretty easy decision what we were going to do first,” Swerdlin said. “We wanted people who had never had an opportunity to come to a horse show to see what it was all about.” In March 2013, the group organized its first community social event, called “the Jump Off Party,” in the upper deck of the Tiki Hut at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The event, sponsored by Equestrian Sport Produc-

tions, featured free food and drink with the backdrop of world-class equestrian show jumpers competing. “Most of the guests that we spoke to who had never seen a horse show were very impressed and quick to mention that they would be coming back with their families. It was exactly what we set out to do,” Drahos said. In addition to creating community awareness, members were also able to raise $2,500 for a Wellington nonprofit, Blooming with Autism. “It was an important component to what we were trying to accomplish, and supporting a Wellington charity like Blooming with Autism was very rewarding,” said Noam Weiss, the member who helped organize the donation. Fresh off the heels of a successful opening event, the group turned to another goal, supporting Wellington businesses during the equestrian offseason. “There is a noticeable downturn for


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restaurants when the equestrian season ends,” explained Jay Henley, a group member and operator of Schaefer Drugs, one of Wellington’s oldest businesses. “Getting a room full of 20 young professionals on a Tuesday night helps, and we wanted to try and do our part when we felt it was needed most.” So, the group held its monthly meetings at restaurants throughout Wellington during the off-season, where they discussed various community issues, one of which was the change in village policy to the operating hours for businesses located close to residential neighborhoods. “Wellington was searching to come up with a plan that would help keep our local businesses competitive, yet be fair to surrounding neighborhoods,” said Drahos, who was tasked by his fellow zoning board members to work with village staff and various community leaders to develop a balanced proposal. “Getting the perspective of our group

was very helpful to the process and was an important opportunity for our demographic to put their thumbprint on a major policy decision that would affect everyone in town.” As the Young Professionals of Wellington’s inaugural year was coming to an end, the group decided it would plan a Halloween-themed silent auction to benefit a local charity, with the goal of it becoming an annual signature event. While scouting potential locations, the group was introduced to Justin Thompson, golf professional at the Wanderers Club. “Not only did we love the location, but we also felt Justin would be a perfect addition to the Young Professionals of Wellington,” member Kevin Shapiro said. Thompson accepted the invitation to join, and plans quickly evolved as the group began setting its sights on the most ambitious party it could create. “Wicked at the Wanderers” would

be a costume-themed party featuring a DJ, an open bar, appetizers and a casino with proceeds to benefit the HELO Foundation, a charity that helps combat veterans returning from overseas become re-acclimated into society. Within a week of Halloween, the event was completely sold out. The turnout for Wicked at the Wanderers exceeded even the organizers’ lofty goals, with the highlight being the “Win a Date with a Marine” live auction that pitted a male and a female Marine against each other to see who could raise more money. Wicked at the Wanderers helped the Young Professionals of Wellington raise close to $40,000 through sponsorships and the live and silent auction. Looking to build on their success, members are setting bigger goals for 2014. The group has separated from the Wellington Chamber to form its own nonprofit corporation and is pursuing tax-exempt status.

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Drahos and Swerdlin have transitioned into advisory roles, while Shapiro has taken over as the new chairman. Meg Krueger will serve as the group’s vice chair. “We are very proud of what we were able to accomplish in our first year and hope to continue making a difference in our community for many years going forward,” Shapiro said. The group’s two signature events, the Jump Off Party at the show grounds and the Wicked event, are set to return, with other fun activities in the works. “We learned quickly that to establish yourself in Wellington as a truly influential voice, you need to be willing to aim high and serve the community as a whole,” Drahos said. “We believe the time has come for a whole new generation of positive leadership in Wellington.” To learn more about the Young Professionals of Wellington, visit www.ypwellington. com.


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Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Brings Its Unique Barbershop Experience To Wellington Story by Lauren Miró  Photos by Abner Pedraza

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center has brought its classic our younger guests. There are clients who come in from American barber shop experience to Wellington, offer- every age, from young men to 80 years old.” ing men the opportunity to sit back and indulge in the Stylists focus not just on haircuts, but also facial hair charm of an old-school shop with modern techniques. styling. “Our stylists can give you any look you want,” he Offering precision haircuts, professional shaves, beard said. trims and more, the barber shop focuses on the art of No matter what service they’re in for, clients know men’s hairstyling and they’re in good hands. grooming. “All our barbers and Roosters started in hairstylists have 10 years 1999 in Michigan as a of experience or more,” response to the dearth Rourke said. “We’re of barber shops in what very selective in who we had become a unisex hire. They have to unhair styling market. derstand we’re not here “The founders wantto get clients in and out ed to bring back oldof the chair. We’re here fashioned barber shops, to make it an experibecause there wasn’t ence they will rememanything like it,” said ber and enjoy. We focus Bob Rourke, who owns on doing it right.” the new Wellington loRoosters offers the cation, which opened latest hair-cutting techearlier this year. niques, styling and care, Though the business including facial hair. caters mainly to men, The shop uses Aveda Rourke said it’s a place products made for men. for anyone who enjoys “It’s a natural product a precision haircut, or that can be bought at wants to indulge in one any Roosters,” Rourke of the many services ofsaid. (Left to right) Owner Bob Rourke, Yanet Santos, Stacy Sims and fered. Guests can enjoy You don’t have to be Regina Wright at Roosters Men’s Grooming Center in Wellington. a shave, cut and beard a man to enjoy Roosters, trim, a facial shave, hot-towel shampooing, neck trims, though the barber shop sees mostly male clients. “There waxing of the eyebrows and/or ears, and hi-lighting and are many women who want to have what is traditionally a tinting services. “Or camouflage, as we call it for men,” men’s cut,” Rourke noted. Rourke said. Not only can clients enjoy the look and feel of an old“You can come in and get our Gentleman’s Choice, fashioned barber shop, but Rooster’s fosters a relaxing which is a shave, cut and beard trim or facial with free environment with barbers and stylists focused on the clineck trims in between,” Rourke said. “Some of our clients ent. come in for straight edging, which is more popular with “When you go to some salons, you’re in and out very


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quickly,” Rourke said. “We want our clients to relax. The atmosphere is very relaxing. You don’t hear a lot of chatter. We really focus on the customer. Men spend a lot of the week busy and don’t really get a chance to have a break, so we want it to be a relaxing experience for them. And it works — a lot of people fall asleep in the chair.” Rourke encouraged the community to come in and try it out. “If you’re looking for a place to get a haircut, where you can come back and get that same haircut every time, this is the place for you,” he said. Roosters Men’s Grooming Center is located in the Plaza At Wellington Green (2335 State Road 7, Suite 800). The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Appointments can be made by calling (561) 798-0606 or visiting Walk-ins are welcome. 64

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THIS MONTH’S INDULGE CONTEST WINNER Congratulations to Jay Mann, lucky April winner of Wellington The Magazine’s Indulge Contest. Mann will be treated to a day at Roosters Men’s Grooming Center. Can you use a distraction from your daily grind or know someone who can use some “me” time? If so, enter this ongoing contest today. All you have to do is submit a short letter about why you feel you or your nominee should be chosen, along with a recent photo, to: Wellington The Magazine Indulge Contest, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. Then watch for upcoming issues, where we continue to highlight some of Wellington’s top salons and announce more lucky winners!

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Opulence International Realty’s Monica Hoffman Keeps Her Focus On The Client Story by Matthew Auerbach  Photo by Abner Pedraza

With more than 20 years of experience in real estate, Opulence International Realty’s Monica Hoffman has sustained a high level of success. That success has been a great teacher. It has taught Hoffman that the key to her ongoing performance is based upon three words: service, professionalism and integrity. “I have a sense of urgency to meet and exceed all my clients’ needs, and I do so with pride and dedication,” she said. “I’m proud to offer invaluable market information including up-to-date property valuation, utilizing experienced negotiating and issue-resolution skills to ensure successful transactions.” Experience and knowledge are crucial components in any successful real estate equation. For Hoffman, making a personal connection is the most important component of all. “My passion is people and building lasting relationships,” she said. “Whether I work with sellers or buyers, my goal is always the same — to consistently provide ‘opulent’ service.” Hoffman was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Valencia, Venezuela, where she began her real estate career. In 2002, she relocated to the Palm Beaches, where she lives with her husband, James, president and broker at Opulence International Realty. They have three children. Hoffman’s areas of specialization include Wellington, the greater Palm Beaches and Miami. Consistently striving to provide her clients with a high-level mix of sophistication and expertise, Hoffman is a perfect fit at Opulence International Realty. “Opulence International Realty has built a modern, business-oriented platform that provides stunning results for real estate sellers and buyers alike,” she said. “Analogous to the Ritz-Carlton of real estate, Opulence International Realty

stakes its reputation on providing personal attention, customized marketing strategies and painstaking attention to every detail to meet the needs and expectations of every customer. Hoffman said Opulence International Realty’s approach, a mix of the new and the time-tested, allows the company to stay ahead of the competition. “To achieve this, we integrate state-of-the-art technology capabilities with recruiting a team of the finest, most experienced real estate professionals in the industry that serves a distinguished national and international clientele,” Hoffman said. As for the South Florida real estate market, Hoffman believes the balance of power has swung to the seller. “These days, demand is up and inventories are low,” she explained. “Finding the right property takes a better understanding of the local market and understanding your customer’s needs.” Hoffman is confident that she and the company she works for are up to the task of helping both buyers and sellers achieve a successful end result. “We take a deep look into the data by analyzing inventory, days on market, values, and use sound economic practices to assist customers in making the best decisions for their real estate goals,” she said. For more information, call Hoffman at (561) 282-8938 or visit 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| April 2014


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Patti Gilliano has seen the traditional side of healthcare through nearly three decades as a nurse. In all those years, she has also maintained a keen appreciation for the holistic approach to wellness. Today, she puts both into practice as owner of LaVida Massage, where the focus is on wellness and healing. The philosophy of preventive care and wellness is something Gilliano has incorporated in her own life, even while attending nursing school. “I’ve always believed that a healthy lifestyle can prevent serious health complications, and a focus on wellness is better than relying on medicines and surgeries,” she said. “I began my healthy lifestyle by teaching aerobics and doing personal training. At some of the hospitals where I worked, I started wellness programs so the hospitals could take care of their employees. For example, I started an aerobics program at North Penn Hospital in Landsdale, Penn.” It was during this time that she discovered the many benefits of massage. “At the time, I had gotten massages, using them more for healing. But massage is not just a treat. It can be very therapeutic, especially when you incorporate it into your regular routine,” Gilliano said. Gilliano, a Wellington resident, always has practiced preventive care as a part of her personal lifestyle. “At one point, I had a herniated disc in my back. Because of all my years working in the operating room, I knew I didn’t want to have back surgery if I could avoid it. I found holistic methods of healing, including chiropractic care and massage,” she recalled. Gilliano saw another benefit of natural methods of healing after her third son developed allergies as a toddler. While doctors prescribed medicine to stop his vomit-

ing, getting him healthy was accomplished only through a diet of natural meats and vegetables, she said. Gilliano believes in starting a healthy lifestyle from childhood, including good nutrition, exercise and stress relief. “I worked extensively with children at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” she said. “Kids don’t get unhealthy as adults. It starts early on. Taking care of yourself also works to prevent injuries, especially if you have a child who plays sports.” While massage plays a part in injury prevention for the young athlete, Gilliano also has seen its benefits for children with special needs. “For some kids with autism or Tourette’s, when you incorporate these practices, it helps them to feel calm,” she explained. “Massage does have its place as part of an overall care plan.” Upon moving to Florida, Gilliano worked at Palms West Hospital for three years, followed by five years at St. Mary’s Medical Center as administrative director of surgical services. Opening LaVida Massage last year fulfills her lifelong dream of helping people focus on wellness. This year, Gilliano plans to begin offering regular seminars on other aspects of wellness. Topics will include nutritional counseling, pain management and stress relief. LaVida Massage is located at 129 South State Road 7, Suite 403. For more information about the wellness seminars or LaVida Massage, call Gilliano at (561) 790-7755.

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Great Charity Challenge Founder Has Helped Raise Millions For Local Nonprofits Story by Deborah Welky  Photos by Abner Pedraza

Back in 2010, high school senior Paige Bellissimo was watching the local television news with her father, Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo, and was saddened by what she heard. Many Palm Beach County charities were shutting down. Their missions were great. Their volunteers were dedicated. But they simply couldn’t meet their budgets in a tight economy. Paige wanted to help. She started bouncing ideas off her father, whose company produces the famed Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. “We have access to such a great group of people,” Paige said. “I wanted to host a fun event with a competitive atmosphere where 100 percent of the money raised would go to local charities. My dad came up with a model of a greater manifestation of what it could be. I was only 17 or 18; I didn’t have that kind of power.” What the pair came up with was the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, a relay-style equestrian jumping competition in which each team competes not for itself, but for the benefit of a local charity. “The first year, we had 25 teams and raised $560,000

with little planning,” Paige recalled. “This year, the event’s fifth, we raised $2.25 million for 34 teams. The equestrian community is such a giving community, and everyone is on board.” In total, Paige’s idea has put an extra $6.4 million into the coffers of local charities over the past five years. The money comes from families, individual team sponsors and corporations. Table sales and ticket sales garnered from the Trump Invitational Grand Prix at Mar-a-Lago added to contributions this year. To participate, all a charity has to do is meet simple qualifications and register online at The event is vetted by Bank of America. “We’re all about equal opportunities,” Paige said. “We draw the charities out of a big bingo roller, and we draw


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wellington hero their team out of another. It’s completely random, but there are two wild card spots for the charities that have sold the most tickets to the event.” The event’s atmosphere is incredible, she said. “What’s beautiful about the Great Charity Challenge is that everyone is rooting for all the teams,” Paige said. “And every team wins because even the final place team gets about $15,000. Kids from the organizations — like the Boys & Girls Club or HomeSafe — come out to watch their team compete. Everyone is so happy to be there. The people in fancy clothes? It’s not the same network of connections. And many family sponsors who get paired with a charity stay in touch with their charity. Our family’s was HomeSafe. We went out to visit their headquarters. It’s not a onetime thing.” Donald Trump isn’t the only one pitching in. Country singer Hunter Hayes, who took time out from his stu-


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dio work to perform at the Mar-a-Lago event, was so impressed that he came back to perform a concert at this year’s Great Charity Challenge, following his debut at the Grammys. As a thank-you, his charity, MusiCares, was added to the roster. “His was a nice gesture, very selfless,” Paige said. “He offered greater exposure on a national level. That’s what’s so amazing. It’s such a tangible thing.” And the event truly helps. Wheels for Kids won a couple of years ago and was able to buy several new motorized wheelchairs at about $10,000 each. In 2012, the Wellington PTO/PTA Group came in second, and that $150,000 went directly to a dozen Wellington schools. “There’s so much energy and passion around the Great Charity Challenge, it’s contagious. The donors give above and beyond,” Paige said. “The Fidelity Gift Fund manages the gift money and is the title sponsor — the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments — and we absorb all administrative costs at the facility so all the money won can go directly to the charities.” Paige will be graduating from Boston College this year, having focused her studies on communications, economics and business management. The investment firm J.P. Morgan has already made her an offer, but her heart is with the Great Charity Challenge. “I’ve been in college for four years now, and I’ve flown down a lot to help, but next year I’ll be able to do so much more hands-on because I’ll be working for the family next year,” Paige said. “There are so many projects and events we’re involved in.” This year, the Wellington Hero series focuses on individuals who make the world a better place through their actions. Do you know a Wellington Hero deserving of proper recognition? Visit www.wellington today and submit your nomination.


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Formal Dining Room: Located off the main entryway, the formal dining room is a mix of textures and colors that give the space an elegant, formal feel. Anchoring the room is a large, antiqued mirror wall that draws focus. “It adds a lot of drama to the space,” owner Danielle Baran said. “It’s all antique glass.” Central to the space is the large, unique dining table with a beautiful brass antelope base.

Formal Living Room: The formal living room is comfortable but stylish, with pops of pinks and purple offset by neutral tones. The soaring ceilings and windowed doors overlooking the patio make the space feel open and airy. A fireplace adorns the wall with a beautiful custommade entertainment center, while large art niche columns divide the room from the kitchen.

Family Room: The cozy family room, located just off the kitchen, is the perfect place to unwind. “I wanted it to feel luxurious, but inviting,” owner Danielle Baran said. The space features an eclectic mix of furniture that is both comfortable and stylish. Pops of pink give the space a bright, positive atmosphere.

Kitchen: The large, custom kitchen is the heart of the home, with plenty of space for family and friends. “People love to gravitate around the kitchen,” said owner Danielle Baran, shown here with dog Miles. The space is anchored by a breathtaking 11-foot island with book-matched marble and rounded edges. The kitchen also offers a range stove with pot boiler and a wine fridge. The eat-in area features a beautiful table with a banquette that is great for eating, entertaining or working.

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With its eclectic charm, the beautiful, customized Palm Beach Polo home of Danielle Baran and her husband, Glen, is the perfect combination of unexpected, stylish eclectic design. “It’s our home away from home,” Baran said. “We did a full-on restoration from beginning to end. We took the house down to the studs.” The custom four-bedroom, four-bath home reflects Baran’s decor. “It’s the way I always envisioned a Florida home to be,” she explained. “I love experimenting with different textiles and colors. It’s vibrant and unexpected.” The home offers stunning views of the golf course and greenery, but with an intimate outdoor space that allows for plenty of privacy. Inside and out, the home is perfect for entertaining, with an open floor plan, a large kitchen and a beautiful outdoor patio with a pool and hot tub.

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Black Pearl Boba Tea is bringing traditional Asian tastes to Wellington in a fast-casual setting. Known for its delicious bubble tea, Black Pearl has expanded its menu, not only offering a wide variety of drinks, but also delicious meals from various Asian cultures. Located near Dillard’s on the upper level of the Mall at Wellington Green, Black Pearl has spent the past several years introducing bubble tea to Wellington. Owner John Cao recalled how when he moved to Wellington from California, he missed the popular Asian drink. “I’m from California, where there is a boba tea shop on every corner,” he said. “When I moved to Florida, I was looking for it, but there was no place that offered boba tea.”

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Cao opened Black Pearl in February 2012, and it has become a destination for not only shoppers, but everyone who loves boba tea. The popular drink, also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink that became popular in the 1980s. It is often referred to as “bubble” tea, taken from the Chinese word “boba.” “It was a fad originally for kids, but it grew in popularity,” Cao explained. It’s a combination of tea and milk products, with

(Above) Black Pearl guests can choose from more than 20 flavors of boba tea, including classic milk tea, taro tea, apple orchard, strawberry fields and honeydew heaven. Shown here are classic milk teak and taro tea. (Top right) Enjoy a classic Asian lunch of steamed dumplings served with sticky rice. (Middle right) Pair your boba tea with a tasty cookie. (Right) Owner John Cao invites you to visit Black Pearl Boba Tea in the Mall at Wellington Green.


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and other specialties,” he said. “It’s a fusion of Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese food.” With it’s convenient location in the mall, Black Pearl is a great spot to stop in and have a bite or something to drink. The restaurant is beautiful and serene — the perfect place to take a break from shopping and indulge in the delicious Asian flavors. The mint green walls are offset by deep, dark woods that give the space a relaxing, Zen-like atmosphere. There are several tables and chairs throughout the restaurant, which has glass walls looking out into the mall. A large display board enumerates the different flavors of boba tea, along with other offerings. Guests can choose from more than 20 flavors of boba tea, including classic milk tea, taro tea, apple orchard, strawberry fields and honeydew heaven. A classic choice is the milk tea ($3.75 - $4.50), a great introduction for someone new to the drink. “It’s the first tea that was ever made,” Cao said.

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The milk tea is sweet but not overwhelmingly so, and the deep tea flavors are front and center. It’s flavorful and refreshing. The taro teaser ($4.10 - $4.85) is a unique drink that infuses the flavor of taro into the classic milk tea, giving it a nutty, vanilla flavor. “It’s one of our best sellers, along with the classic tea,” Cao noted. The balls of tapioca at the bottom truly make the drink. They are chewy and flavorful, bringing a nice texture to the treat. But if bobas don’t interest you, Black Pearl has many other options, from slushies to more than 20 kinds of smoothies, coffee, hot tea, juice and more. “You can get a healthy fruit smoothie, or even ice cream,” Cao said. “We offer Vietnamese coffee, which will wake you up very quickly.” Guests can also stay for a tasty bite of food, with a menu that spans several different cultures. If you try one thing, it should be the dumplings. Served with sticky rice, the dumplings (10 for $7.95) are savory and delicious. Guests can choose from pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetables or chive filling, all of them being an excellent choice. They are steamed to perfection and filled with a blend of meats, vegetables and spices that will have you coming back for more. The sticky rice ($3) also stands out as a great side dish, with a sauce of mushrooms, chicken and spices at the center of the rice ball. It brings this traditional meal to a new level. Other items include chicken or pork buns and chicken wings. No matter what you choose, you’re bound to have a delicious, authentic Asian meal at Black Pearl. Black Pearl Boba Tea is located on the second level of the Mall at Wellington Green at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 201. For more information, visit blackpearlbobatea or call (714) 717-2449.

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wellington dining guide For a touch of the Florida Keys in your own back yard, visit Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. Located at 10880 W. Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, Bonefish Mac’s offers excellent food in a family-friendly environment. For more information, visit or call (561) 798-6227. Brooklyn Bagel in Wellington has been in business for more than 20 years, offering customers handmade, authentic bagels and more. Brooklyn Bagel is located at 13873 Wellington Trace, Suite B9, in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For more information, call (561) 784-5501. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is located on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. Specializing in family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo is known for its large portions designed to serve several people. For more info., call (561) 7903287 or visit Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring a wide variety of delicious Mexican Cuisine, opened recently in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit www. Coach House Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd.) features gourmet cuisine along with a piano bar, bistro area, outside dining, smoking bars, entertainment and more. For more info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit First Watch, the Daytime Café, is now open in Wellington at 2335 South State Road 7 in front of the Mall at Wellington Green near Office Depot. First Watch is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. For more info., call (561) 795-5500 or visit Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington


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Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro. For an authentic, elegant Italian experience, visit Franco Italian Bistro at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 103, in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 615-1551 or visit The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. Offering delicious cuts of steak and succulent seafood dishes, Jordan’s Steak Bistro serves up delicious meals and craft cocktails in a stylish environment. The restaurant is located in the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 793-9394 or visit www.jordans Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner, including food and drink specials. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For more info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit Romano’s Macaroni Grill, located at 2535 S. State Road 7 in Wellington, serves innovative Italian cooking in a comfortable atmosphere. The menu includes the popular create-your-own pasta dishes. For more info., call 561-792-2248 or visit www.macaronigrill. com. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit for more info. A family tradition since 1905, Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a real New York delicatessen, serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at the corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli in the Mall at Wellington Green for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit A wide variety of food choices can be found at Welli Deli, located at 13501 South Shore Blvd. For more info., visit or call (561) 784-5884. World of Beer (2465 State Road 7, Suite 100) offers more than 500 varieties of choice brews. For info., call (561) 383-6115 or visit

wellington calendar Tuesday, April 1 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host the Beverly Cleary Reading Club for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesdays, April 1, 15 and 29 and Mondays, April 7 and 21 at 3 p.m. Library staff will read from one of Beverly Cleary’s chapter books throughout the month of April. Make something fun each week and on April 29, celebrate Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • A free series for parents of teens, “TeeningUp” with Your Teen, will be offered by the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension at the Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center (559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (561) 233-1742 to register. Wednesday, April 2 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Financial Statement Soup: Understand the Darn Things on Wednesday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Phil Scruton from the Small Business Development Center will explain what they mean and how to use them. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature Lily Tomlin on Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall. For info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Thursday, April 3 • The Palm Beach International Film Festival will take place Thursday, April 3 through April 10. Visit for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Thursdays, April 3 at 10 and 11 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra featuring vocalist Delores King Williams on Thursday, April 3 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall. For info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Play With Poetry for ages 4 to 14 on Thursday, April 3 at 1 p.m. Bring a favorite poem and a prop or two to help “perform” it. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, April 3 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Friday, April 4 • The annual International Gay Polo Tournament will take place Friday through Sunday, April 4-6 in Wellington. For more info., visit • The Flavors Wellington Food & Wine Festival will take place Friday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.flavors • The Village of Wellington will host its fourth annual “A Touch of Broadway” Musical Preview on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater featuring local high school theater departments. For more info., call (561) 753-2484 or visit Saturday, April 5 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Wellington Garden Club will present “The Secret Gardens of Wellington” on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit six spectacular gardens and participate in a unique plant sale and raffle. The event will support scholarships and community projects. For more information, call (561) 791-0273 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Deep Sea Stories for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center will host Beginning Birding for ages 8 and up Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| April 2014


wellington calendar • The Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature Paul Anka on Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in the Dreyfoos Concert Hall. For info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Sunday, April 6 • The third annual Wellington Kids Triathlon will take place Sunday, April 6, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Participants can register online at www. No race day registrations will be accepted. For more info., visit • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will continue its 2014 season Sunday, April 6 with the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championships. For tickets, call (561) 2045687 or visit Tuesday, April 8 • Kravis on Broadway will feature Evita from Tuesday through Sunday, April 8-13 in Dreyfoos Hall. For info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s Forecast on Housing and Jobs will take place Tuesday, April 8 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at 8 a.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, April 8 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 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Taxes: Business & Personal on Wednesday, April 9 at 2 p.m. Phil Scruton of Palm Beach State College will talk about the world of business taxes. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Need a GED?” on Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m., offer-

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Sunday, April 20 • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington) will conclude its 2014 season Sunday, April 20 with the finals of the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championships. For tickets, visit or call (561) 204-5687. Tuesday, April 22 • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit Wednesday, April 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Rainsticks for ages 6 and up Wednesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. Create the sound of April showers with a rainstick. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Finding the Loot to Startup/Grow Your Small Business on Wednesday, April 23 at 2 p.m. with Ted Kramer, director of the Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, April 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Medicare 101 on Thursday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. Samantha Howell, project director from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will discuss the latest developments regarding Medicare services and benefits. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Internet Safety: If You Give a Mouse a Click” for ages 8 and up Thursday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Internet Safety Awareness Week and enjoy games that help children understand how to go online safely. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, April 24 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Saturday, April 26 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will host the 21st annual Reach for the Stars Benefit on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby. For more info., call (561) 8327469 or visit Sunday, April 27 • The Village of Wellington will host an Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration on Sunday, April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 753-2484 or visit Tuesday, April 29 • Kravis On Broadway will feature Million Dollar Quartet from Tuesday through Sunday, April 29 to May 4 in Dreyfoos Hall. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit Wednesday, April 30 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Holocaust Witness for adults Wednesday, April 30 at 3 p.m. The docudrama follows the story of Halina Laster, a young Polish Jewish girl who was arrested by the Germans for helping smuggle food into a ghetto and spent five years in concentration camps. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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Spa Benefit — The Sanda Gané European Day Spa in Wellington offered special facials Monday, March 3 to benefit Grandma’s Place, an emergency shelter for children in Royal Palm Beach. Shown here are Maureen Gross, Patricia Morris, Maxine Turner, Sanda Gané, Martha Webster, Francine Broadhead, Roxanne Jacobs, Karen Vaughan, Michele Poole, Tammy Shiver, Adriana Suarez and Rebecca Hager.

Tipsy Grand Opening — A grand opening party for Tipsy Nail Salon & Spa was held Thursday, March 6 at its Wellington location. Guests enjoyed music, food, drinks and more. Tipsy Nail Salon & Spa is located in the Pointe At Wellington Green, near Stonewood Grill. For more info., visit Shown here are Amanda Kaplan and Amber Brodhurst.

Health Festival — The Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted its Wellington Health & Fitness Festival on Saturday, March 8 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The event included live fitness demonstrations, music, healthy cooking sessions, health screenings and more. Shown here are Jeanine Wiernik and Julie Bryant at the Universal Living Sprouts booth.

PBSO Polo Benefit — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation held its second annual polo fundraiser on Sunday, March 16 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. There was a buffet luncheon and demonstrations from PBSO K-9 officers and the mounted units. Shown here are State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Neil Hirsch and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. Wellington Idol — The Village of Wellington presented the finals of the third annual Wellington Idol competition Saturday, March 8 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Thirteen finalists competed for cash prizes, while friends and family gathered to cheer on their favorite singers. Jessica Pereira was crowned Wellington Idol 2014, while Jade Master, Princess Vitcome and Sara Nelms won division titles. (Left) Wellington Idol 2014 Jesssica Periera performs. (Below) Master of Ceremonies Rocky Duvall with Jade Master, Jody Marlowe, Princess Victome, Lee Marlowe, Sara Nelms, Jason Fisher and Jessica Periera.


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