St. Paul's Episcopal Church recognized by Habitat for Humanity

From left, Lindley Bassett, Mike Williams, Mike Campbell of Habitat with the Rev. William Stokes and the Rev. Kathleen Gannon.

DELRAY BEACH — Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County has presented its first annual Community Servant Award to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach for its efforts to provide affordable housing in the South County region.

Habitat’s mission is to provide affordable homes for low-income families in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. Recipients partner with Habitat, helping to build their homes and others, while paying an interest-free mortgage.

For the past year-and-a-half, St. Paul’s has opened its parish hall to Habitat and prospective homeowners for monthly pre-purchase education classes that Habitat conducts to ensure that prospective homeowners are successful once they complete the program.

TD Bank finances MorseLife Expansion

morselife gets td bank financing

TD Bank helped finance expansion at West Palm Beach-based MorseLife. From left,  Colleen Mullaney, head of TD Bank's healthcare banking group, south; MorseLife CEO Keith Myers, MorseLife Chairman David Markin and TD Bank Vice President Linda Walker.


WEST PALM BEACH – TD Bank’s healthcare banking group has provided $75.8 million in financing to West Palm Beach-based MorseLife Inc., parent company to the Joseph L. Morse Geriatric Center Inc., and The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, Inc., to support new construction, renovation and expansion of existing facilities, and to retire debt. The financing took the form of of tax-exempt bonds through the Palm Beach Health Facilities Authority.

MorseLife, founded in 1983 is a nonprofit corporation that offers independent and assisted living, rehabilitative care, nursing, and home and community-based services to Palm Beach County seniors.

A portion of the financing will be used for the construction of the state-of-the art, 120-bed rehabilitative care nursing complex. Additional projects include the renovation of MorseLife’s 160-bed Resnick Pavilion and the renovation and expansion of the Edwards Pavilion, which when completed will have 30 skilled-nursing beds and 54 assisted living units for seniors with Alzheimer's or related memory impairments.

The remaining $45.8 million was used to retire MorseLife’s outstanding debt.

Tom Cotter to headline Delray Library fundraiser

tom cotterDELRAY BEACH — The Delray Beach Public Library will host  Laugh with the Library, Chapter 7 fundraiser Feb. 1 at the Delray Beach Marriott. Delray Beach residents and Library Board membersBecky Walsh & Heidi Sargeant will serve as co-chairpersons for this night of comedy, cocktails, and supper by the bite.

This year, the evening will feature the comedy of nationally known comedian Tom Cotter, a finalist in the television show, “America’s Got Talent.”

Cotter has playied in some of America’s most famous comedy clubs. His television credits include: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, An Evening at the Improv, and his own special Comedy Central Presents Tom Cotter.

All monies raised will be used to enhance programs and materials for children and teens. Last years’ event raised more than $40,000 for the Library. The cost for the evening is $150 per person. Come out and celebrate the Library’s Centennial year at Laugh with the Library, Chapter 7.

For further information, sponsorship opportunities, to place an Ad in our journal, and to receive an invitation call the Delray Beach Public Library @ 561-266-0775.


Next Generations video wins Bronze Telly Award

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BOCA RATON — The Telly Awards has named Next Generations as a Bronze winner in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards, recgnizing the nonprofit’s video entitled Life After the Holocaust:  Survivors Rebuild Their Lives.  

Life After the Holocaust:  Survivors Rebuild Their Lives explores the experience of Holocaust survivors with Allied government policies during their difficult transition from liberation in May 1945 until the last European Displaced Persons camp closed in 1957.

It was designed to help students understand not only what happened to Holocaust survivors, and how they felt about it, but to understand the tragic human consequences of inadequate policies regarding refugees generally, and surviving victims of genocide particularly. NEXT GENERATIONS VIDEO WINS TELLY

Broken Sound car show nets $18,000 for cancer research

From left, Broken Sound Club General Manager John Crean with Boca Friends executive board members Paula Karp and Roberta Oberman, and Ivan Snyder, president of Broken Sound Club

From left, Broken Sound Club General Manager John Crean with Boca Friends executive board members Paula Karp and Roberta Oberman, and Ivan Snyder, president of Broken Sound Club

BOCA RATON – Broken Sound Club’s First Annual Classic, Collector and Exotic Car Show raised more than $18,000, which was  presented Tuesday to the Boca Friends of the Pap Corps, Champions for Cancer Research.

The car show attracted participants from all over South Florida who showed their antique and classic cars. Spectators voted for the best car and club in show, won raffle prizes, and enjoyed a barbecue. The club has plans to hold an even bigger event next year, and open the show to neighboring clubs.

Broken Sound Club’s Chapter of the Pap Corps joyfully accepted the $18,429.00 check; all proceeds will go to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.


Community Foundation hires Amy Mauser

people image folder/amy mauserWEST PALM BEACH –  The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has appointed Amy Mauser as its senior director of gift planning.  Mauser will serve as a member of the Community Foundation’s management team and will be responsible for developing and expanding the foundation’s comprehensive gift planning program. Mauser also will work with current and prospective donors to design major gift plans that support the foundation’s efforts to build its permanent endowment and charitable funds. 

Mauser joins the foundation after four years at the Norton Museum of Art, in West Palm Beach where she held the position of director of development. She held a similar position at the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, and worked as an associate with Proskauer Rose LLP in New York. Amy is the secretary for the Planned Giving Council for Palm Beach County.

Mauser holds degrees from Columbia University School of Law and New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania.  She resides in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband, Fred Mauser, and their three daughters.


Lions Club donates to aid the visually impaired

Library Director Alan Kornblau receives the $500 check from Lions Club Treasurer John Parke.


DELRAY BEACH — The Delray Beach Lions Club has made a tradition of supporting the Delray Beach Public Library, raising funds to buy materials for the visually impaired. That tradition continues in 2012.

Hospice by the Sea gets grant to upgrade electronic records

BOCA RATON — Hospice by the Sea has received a $30,000 grant from Health Foundation of South Florida to implement the next phase of a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system.

“The goal of technology grants is to strengthen an organization capacity to deliver enhanced patient health services through building their infrastructure,” foundation CEO Steven Marcus said. “We are proud to support and advance the important work being done by Hospice by the Sea.”


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JAN. 21: 4th Annual Bethesda Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Pine Tree Golf Club., 10600 Pine Tree Terrace, Boynton Beach. Join LPGA Greats and Tournament Hosts Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon along with other great golf pros. Click for more info.

JAN. 26: 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 5:30 a.m., Banyon Street/Flagler Avenue, Downtown West Palm Beach. Benefits programs of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Women's 5k 7:30 a.m.; men's 5k at 8:15. Click for more info.

FEB. 1: Laugh with the Library Chapter 7, Delray Beach Marriott, 50 N. Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach. Headline act: Comedian Tom Cotter. Cost: $150 per person. Benefits the Delray Beach Public Library. Click for more info.

FEB. 13: For the Love of Children 5k Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Carlin Park 400 A1A, Jupiter. Benefits the Children's Home Society of Florida, Palm Beach County. Click for more info.

FEB. 14: Palm Beach Heart Ball, 7 p.m. The Breakers, One South County Road, Palm Beach. Benefits the American Heart Association. Contact Stacey Comerford 561 697-6607 or by email.

FEB. 16: Duck Fest Derby, 1 p.m., Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St. Fort Lauderdale. 15,000 rubber duckiess race the New River to benefit Kids in Distress. Adopt a duckie for $5. Click for more info.

FEB. 22: Vino Las Vegas, 7 p.m., Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51, N. Swinton Avenue Delray Beach. Wine tasting, Texas Hold 'Em and Casino benefiting the Delray Beach Athletic Club. Click for more info.

FEB. 24: 3rd Annual Emb(Race) - The All-inclusive Race, 6 a.m., Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 10k, 5K and 1-mile Family Walk. Proceeds Benefit Stand Among Friends. Click for more info.

MARCH 2: 58th Annual Bethesda Ball. Details to follow. Click for more info.

Boca Raton Heart Ball, 6:30 p.m., Details to follow. Click for more info.

MARCH 9: 2013 Broward Heart Walk, 8 a.m., Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. 5k Run-Walk and 1 mile Red Cap Route. Benefits the American Heart Association. Contact Jessica Hershberger 954 492-6996 or by email.

MARCH 16: Buddha Ball Gala 2013, Mar-a-Lago Club, 1100, South County Road, Palm Beach. Benefits the Unicorn Foundation. Click for more info.

APRIL 13: North Palm Beach Go Red for Women Luncheon, 10 a.m., PGA National Resort & Spa 400 Avenue of Champions, Palm Beach Gardens. Click for more info.

APRIL 16: Bethesda Hospital Foundation 3rd Annual Women's Wellness Symposium, Four Seasons Resort, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. Palm Beach. Guest Speaker: Ali Wentworth Stephanopous. Call 561 737-7733 ext. 85600.


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Allianz Life donates $17,000 via 'Lehman Challenge'

BOCA RATON — Allianz Life Insurance Co. has donated $17,000 to Junior Achievement of South Florida and the Southeast Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association as a result of Tom Lehman’s birdies from the 2013 Allianz Championship, which was played in Boca Raton.. The company donated $1,000 for each of Lehman’s 17 birdies during the 3-day tournament, bringing the total to $8,500 for each organization. Lehman finished in a  tied for 6th place in the 2013 Allianz Championship with a total score of 207.

This was the second year of the Lehman challenge. In 2012, the program netted $10,000 for both organizations. Allianz Life partners with Junior Achievement and the Alzheimer’s Association because of their focus on improving financial literacy and providing services to seniors.
Rocco Mediate won the 2013 Allianz Championship with a final score of 199, 17 under par. The event, the first tournament of the early-season Florida swing for the Champions Tour, benefits Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Publix collects for Sandy Relief

LAKELAND — Publix Super Markets has established a program to offer its customers and employees a way to directly assist those areas in the Northeast affected by Hurricane Sandy. Customers may donate any amount by adding it to their grocery totals when checking out at Publix registers. The money collected money will be donated to the American Red Cross and designated specifically for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.

“Our customers and associates have trusted Publix to react and help those affected by tragic circumstances,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “This disaster to the Northeast hits close to home as we have many customers whom reside in our operating areas during the winter months.”

Smith joins Friends of Mounts board

sandy smithWEST PALM BEACH — Polly Reed, president of the Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden, t announced that Carol S. “Sandy” Smith has joined the nonprofit organization’s board of directors.

Smith, a former schoolteacher and entrepreneur, was the owner of Bubble and Bites, a local wine and cheese shop, for five years before joining Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast in 1992, where she served as vice president of development. Smith also has served on the boards of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, the Dreher Park Zoo, the South Florida Science Museum, the Palm Beach Sailing Club and SunFest. Smith is a master gardener and a member of Mounts’ PR committee.

Drink Pink at The Office

During October, The Office, 201 E. Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, will donate a portion of the proceeds from its “Pink Slip” martini to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Drink for a good cause.

Art Works 4 Food to hold reception

DELRAY BEACH — Nonprofit Art Works 4 Food will hold a reception and grand opening Wednesday at The Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st Street, Delray Beach. Invited guests include members of the Delray Beach City Commission and the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. Art Works was formed to raise aid homeless and hungry children in Palm Beach County.

Chris Evert Charities conducting online auction

BOCA RATON — Chris Evert Charities is raising money with an online auction. Items up for bid include a chance to play with Chris Evert and two VIP tickets to her Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity tournament; a chance to meet Maria Sharapova, plus two tickets to the Sony Ericsson Tournament in March; a chance to meet Brad Paisley and two tickets to any concert, hitting lessons with Steffi Graf and more. Click to see the list and bid. Auction ends August 21.


Ocean Optics conducts food drive

DELRAY BEACH — For the entire month of August Ocean Optics will be having a food drive for C.R.O.S. Ministries. Ocean Optics will be accepting dry and canned food items, and for every food item you bring, Ocean Optics will ggive et $5 off in the optical (limit $25).

Mike Malone to cook for books

DELRAY BEACH — Mike Malone can run a chamber of commerce, but can he cook? Find out July 26 when Malone, president of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is the celebrity chef for the Delray Public Library's latest Dine Out for a Cause fundraiser at the Sundy Houe.

The Sundy House is at 106 S. Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended; call : 561-272-5678. Sundy House will donate a portion of evening's proceeds to the library.

Arthur R. Marshall Foundation names Piotrowski to board

thais piotrowskiLAKE WORTH — Nancy Marshall, president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, announced that Thais Piotrowski of Boca Raton has been named to the nonprofit organization’s Board of Directors. Thais Piotrowski is a private wealth advisor and certified financial planner for Ameriprise Financial.  She is also licensed as a chartered retirement planning counselor and small business financial advisor.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Piotrowski also is on the board of the Nat King Cole Foundation and involved with the Women's Circle, Financial Planning Association, NAWBO, Women’s Business Development Council of Florida among others.  She lives in Boca Raton with her husband, Matt Piotrowski, and their dog, Vida.

“Thais Piotrowski brings nearly a decade of business experience to the Marshall Foundation, and her expertise in both wealth management and estate planning will be particularly invaluable as this growing and vital nonprofit organization approaches our 15th anniversary in 2013,” said Mrs. Marshall. “I am particularly pleased that both Thais and her husband Matthew have agreed to serve as official co-chairs of our seventh annual River of Grass Gala, which will be held on December 8 at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach.”

Bus Loop makes return trip to Delray

DELRAY BEACH — The Bus Loop, a fundraiser for local charities, is returning to Delray Beach on July 20. Stops will include the Sundy House and Boston’s on the Beach; organization benefiting include The Delray Beach Public Library, the Spirit of Giving and the Milagro Center.
Participants can register and begin the Bus Loop at The Delray Beach Library, 100 W. Atlantic Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Participants will receive their Bus Loop cards and wristbands allowing them to ride on the designated trolleys at no charge and receive one drink and occasional appetizers at the participating locations. The trolleys will travel along the Bus Loop route. The Bus Loop cards will be honored until 11p.m. but the trolleys will operate until midnight.

 Admission for the Bus Loop is a $25 donation at the door or $20 if prepaid online at For further information, call (954) 574-6000 or call the Delray Library at 561-266-0775.

Boca Raton Historical Society elects James Ballerano as president

james balleranoBOCA RATON — Attorney James A. Ballerano Jr., president of the Chapin, Ballerano & Cheslack law firm, has been elected president of the Boca Raton Historical Society for 2012-2013. Ballerano previously served as vice president. Ballerano will be responsible for conducting monthly board meetings, executive board meetings, communicating with the Historical Society’s Executive Director Mary Czar and staff, and conduct monthly planning meetings for events, including Boca Bacchanal — the annual wine and food fundraising weekend.

Ballerano serves as vice chair and board member of the Schmidt Family Center for the Arts (which produces the Festival of the Arts at Mizner Park); President (through June 2012) and board member of the Greater Boca Raton Estate Planning Council; member of the Professional Advisor Committee of the Jewish Federation for South Palm Beach County; member of the Professional Advisor Network of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties; member of the Professional Advisor Committee of the Boca Raton Museum of Art; and vice chair of Support the Arts, Inc. (known as “stARTS”), a charitable organization in formation.



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