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Boca Raton Historical Society Welcomes 100+ to WALK OF RECOGNITION Ceremony at The Addison
The 2022 Walk of Recognition inductees included:
+ Steven Abrams, who served on the Boca Raton City Council beginning in 1989 and was elected Mayor of Boca Raton three times (2001, 2003, 2005), later serving as the first Mayor of Palm Beach County, Chairman of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. During his seven years as Mayor of Boca Raton—the longest of anyone since 1950—Abrams was widely praised for his deft handling of the Anthrax attack post-9/11, spearheading the annexation of the Town Center area to shore up the city's tax base, and successfully lowering taxes and attracting new business.
+ Arline & John McNally, selfless philanthropists that have been major supporters of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Keeping the Promise Campaign, which is funding the largest campus expansion program in the hospital's history, and The Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute's Tree of Hope and League of Ribbons programs. Arline and John McNally have also been generous backers of Boca Helping Hands, American Association of Caregiving Youth, Sweet Dream Makers, JM Lexus Charities, St. Ambrose Catholic Church, The Boys and Girls Club, and more. The couple were introduced at the ceremony by Mark Larkin, Foundation President of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital , who hailed them as "philanthropists who give unconditionally, looking only to make a difference or to improve the lives of others."
+ Lynn Russell, who has lived in Boca Raton since 1980, has played a major role in the development and success of local community gardens, serving as manager and teacher for the Junior League Community Garden at the Library. After helping to launch Allen's Place, a community garden across from Ebenezer Baptist Church, Russell managed this vibrant new project, where she set up a permaculture area of young fruit trees and vegetable gardens for residents of Pearl City. She was introduced at the Walk of Recognition ceremony by 2009 honoree Marjorie O'Sullivan.
(IDs are L-R / Photo Credit: Tracey Benson Photography)
John & Arline McNally, Marta Batmasian, Steven Abrams, Lynn Russell and Mary Csar at the Walk of Recognition stars at Royal Palm Place