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Boca Raton Mayors Ball Presented By Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Delivers
More Than 400 Boca Stakeholders And Visionaries – Past and Present – Enjoyed Red Carpet Arrival, A Roaring 20s Boca Raton Dance Performance, Presentation of George Long Prism Awards
As its inaugural event, the Mayors Ball drew 'full house' of Boca Raton's 'Who's Who' civic, business, tourism, community and philanthropic stakeholders and visionaries – past and present – spanning more than five decades of commitment and contributions. Celebrating the City's long, rich history, more than 400 attendees at the gala black-tie dinner/dance at Broken Sound Club (BSC) toasted to 'all that is great' in Boca Raton and danced the night away as the evening honored the elected officials who exemplify Rotary International's motto, 'Service Above Self' and recognized the City's visionaries who have elevated the community. The event raised monies for the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton's grant program that funds health and wellness needs of Boca Raton nonprofits. Proceeds from Inaugural Ball in 2015 funded grants requested from 25 nonprofits.
The evening opened with a bountiful reception sponsored by Penn-Florida Companies, Mandarin Residences and 101 Via Mizner with themed drinks by Brito Vodka and a full outdoor patio-side showcase of luxury cars by JM Lexus, the evening's valet sponsor. The ballroom featured City-themed environs, divided into East Camino Real and Yamato Road sections with historical décor nods to award recipients Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Helping Hands and Christine Lynn. ADT Security sponsored the room decor, with memorabilia provided by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum and centerpieces by Dalsimer Atlas Floral & Event Decorators. It set the perfect stage for BSC Executive Chef Joe Longo, Jr. who served up the Distinguished Platinum Club's epicurean experience.
The program opened with the national anthem sung by Boca Raton's very own Future Star and recording artist Kendra Erica, a formal mayor's processional, followed by dancing and the presentation of the 2016 George Long Awards – named for the City's first appointed mayor in 1924 and designed by Tiffany & Co. For championing the tradition of bringing visionary ideas and transformation to Boca Raton, the awards were introduced by Honorary Chair Former Mayor Bill T. Smith, and presented by former Mayor Steven Abrams, Current Mayor Susan Haynie, and former Mayor Susan Whelchel. Honorees were the Boca Raton Resort & Club, (for profit organization)
To start the program off 'on the right foot' Scott Lappin of Dance 4 Life Studios and his dancers – men dressed in black tie tails and top hats and women in period costumes all donated by the Wick Theater & Costume Museum – entertained guests with a Roaring 1920s performance with a whimsical keystone cop to "This Joint Is Jumping"
"The instant positive feedback has been overwhelming, many going LIVE on Facebook from the event to viral shares of selfies and professional photos," noted Jon Kaye, immediate past president, a founding member of Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton and co-chair of the Mayors Ball with Constance Scott. "From raves about the food and the Steve Chase Band to the entire program and guest list…the 'who's who' all in the room at the same time celebrating Boca Raton made for a memorable, iconic evening.
Jon added that "Many have commented that they have been to decades of black-tie events in Palm Beach County, but had its own signature, an energy-packed night with a guest list that spanned generations of community leaders reconnecting, renewing and strengthening relationships as everyone in the room beamed with City pride."
Constance Scott added that "because community health and wellness is the mission of the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton, monies raised by the Boca Raton Mayors Ball will fund grants for nonprofits requesting underwriting for health and wellness-related needs, education and programs for those they serve." She reported that grants requested can include funding for physician and dental appointments and treatments, first aid training manuals and sessions, wheelchairs and other assistance equipment for special needs youth and adults, group counseling/support for nonprofit staff and other caregivers, etc.
Former Boca Raton Mayor Bill T. Smith served as honorary chair. Honorary advisors include former Mayors Susan Whelchel and Steven Abrams, who currently serves as a Palm Beach County Commissioner and Current Mayor Susan Haynie; Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Mike Mullaugh; Council Member Robert Weinroth, Council Member Scott Singer and Council Member Jeremy Rodgers.
Mayors Ball committee members include 2016 Ball Co-chairs Jon Kaye and Constance Scott, Club President Lewis Fogel along with Carole Boucard, Michele Bellisari, David Eltringham, Frank Feiler, Gary Flaks, Marleen Forkas, Dave Freudenberg, Deborah Freudenberg, Ingrid Fulmer, Bonnie Halperin, Arlene Herson, Shaheer Hosh, Rick Howard, Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, Alan Kaye, Dyana Kenney, Adi Kol, Dr. Allen Konis, Penny Morey, Nitzan Mosery, Linda Petrakis, Dr. Ronald Rubin, Howard Tai, Robin Trompeter, Michael Walstrom, Jonathan Whitney and Janice Williams.
The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is dedicated to impacting the Boca Raton Community through the efforts of "Service Above Self." Its main mission is Health And Wellness. For more information about the Club, including how to become a member, visit www.rotarydowntownbocaraton.org
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