This Year’s Portrait Honorees are Ruth Young of The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Community Volunteer Rosemary Krieger and Polo Champion Melissa Potamkin Ganzi,
Annual Luncheon Benefits the Quantum Foundation
(Palm Beach, FL – January 15, 2013) Renowned portrait artist and activist Renee D. Plevy, founder and co-chair of the annual Portrait of a Woman Spring Luncheon, today announced that Palm Beach philanthropist Sydelle Meyer has been named the Grand Matriarch of the second annual luncheon, which will be held in Palm Beach on Thursday, March 21, at 11:30 a.m. The announcement was made at an “exclusive sneak preview” party at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach.
“Our Grand Matriarch the first year was the Countess de Hoernle, and I can think of no one more worthy to assume the title in 2013 than Sydelle Meyer, her name is synonymous with cultural and community philanthropy in Palm Beach County,” said Ms. Plevy. “A lover of great art, bright colors and the generous gesture, and she continues to be an active supporter of numerous local nonprofit organizations from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to the Norton Museum of Art, from Alzheimer’s Community Care to the Marshall Foundation for the Everglades to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.”
The other three distinguished ladies being honored at the luncheon, which is a benefit for Quantum House, are:
+ Ruth Young: The Director of Sales & Marketing at The Colony Hotel since 1993, the effervescent and efficient Ruth Young is a Palm Beach fixture. Thanks in part to her work, The Colony was named Hotel of the Year by the Hotel & Lodging Association of Palm Beach County a few months ago, and received the Quintessentially Palm Beach Award from the local Chamber of Commerce as part of last year’s Centennial Celebration. Before joining The Colony, Ms. Young spent six years with Crown Cruise Lines. Currently, she is a member of the Worth Avenue Assn., Palm Beach Business Group, South County Road Assn., Palm Beach Civic Assn., Palm Beach County Cultural Council, Meeting Planners International (MPI) and HSMAI (Hotel Sales & Marketing Association)
+ Rosemary Krieger: Representing Boca Raton and South County and being honored for her extensive volunteer work throughout the community, Rosemary Krieger believes in following the words of Mother Teresa: “It is not what you do, but the love you put into doing; it is now what you give but the love you put in giving.” And she has put a lot of love in doing and giving for such valuable organizations as AVDA, the Soroptimists, the Rotary, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary and the YMCA.
+ Melissa Potamkin Ganzi: Representing the Wellington area, Melissa Ganzi is one of the few female dynamos in the male-dominated world of international polo. Her long line of competitive titles accolades include being the first woman player to capture the prestigious Monty Waterbury Cup, three-
“The goal of this annual charitable event is to raise much needed funds for Quantum House while honoring some incredible local ladies during Women’s History Month,” says benefit founder Renee D. Plevy, who is also a celebrated portrait artist.
“This event is our way of saluting special women from throughout Palm Beach County for their major long-term contributions to our overall community, as well as to individuals, businesses, civic organizations and charities,” adds co-chair Bobbi Shorr. “Tickets are only $135, and sponsorship opportunities are available.”
Honorary Chairs for the 2013 Portrait of a Woman Spring Luncheon are Etonella Christlieb of Palm Beach and Monica Erickson of West Palm Beach. Honorary Committee members include Edith Gelfand and Gail Worth from Palm Beach; Shelley Cabangon and Debbie Schwarzberg from West Palm Beach; Johanna Klausen of Royal Palm Beach, Geri Morrow from Singer Island and Joan Rubin of Boynton Beach.
The 2012 Portrait of a Woman Honorees included Dorothy Sullivan (Grand Honoree), the Countess de Hoernle (Grand Honorary Matriarch), Honorary Matriarchs Helen Babione and Suzy Minkoff, and five special Honorees Bobbi Horwich, Lynda Levitsky, Jacie Keeley, Sherry Frankel and Dr. Maria M. Vallejo. Ms. Sullivan, who was unable to attend the 2012 luncheon, will be honored again on March 21.
Portrait of a Woman recognizes its annual Honorees and Matriarchs in a unique and personal way, through original oil portraits that will be displayed at leading venues throughout Palm Beach County.
Portrait artist and businesswoman Renee Plevy conceived this unique way to recognize the dedication of these women by painting a special portrait of each Honoree. Her 35 years of expertise painting notables is brilliantly displayed in these portraits that show the unique soul of these remarkable women.
“We are raising monies to support Quantum House, a nonprofit hospital hospitality house, the only facility of its kind between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida. Quantum House was established in May 2001 to provide a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition,” says Plevy.
(ID is L-R / Photo by Corby Kaye’s Studio Palm Beach)
1. Ruth Young, Sydelle Meyer, Rosemary Krieger, Melissa Potamkin Ganzi
2. Honorees 2012 & 2013:
Standing: Sherry Frankel, Dr. Maria M. Vallejo, Lynda Levitsky, Co-Chair Bobbi Shorr, Co-Chair Renee Plevy , Harry Horwich (substituting for wife Bobbi Horwich
Sitting: Ruth Young, Sydelle Meyer, Rosemary Krieger, Melissa Potamkin Ganzi
3. 2013 Honorees & Committee:
Standing: Nathalia Hincapie (intern), Kim Champion, Sherry Frankel, Shelly Cabagnon, Dr. Maria M. Vallejo, Lynda Levitsky, Co-Chair Bobbi Shorr, Gail Worth, Co-Chair Renee Plevy, Melissa Potamkin Ganzi, Natalie Carron
Sitting: Ruth Young, Sydelle Meyer, Rosemary Krieger
4. Sydelle Meyer, Renee Plevy, Bobbi Shorr
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Renee D. Plevy