January 25, 2010
IT’S HATS “ON”—AND THEN “OFF” TO THE HAVEN “DAY AT THE RACES” AS COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND GUESTS PREP “DERBY-STYLE” AT PRE-EVENT HATS ETCETERA, INC. FUNDRAISER
Extends 20% Donation of Hat Sales Until April 1, 2010 As Others Prep For Win, Place, Show
BOCA RATON, FL (January 25, 2010)--Derby chic will be the style at The Haven’s second annual “Day at the Races” on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Gulfstream Park Race Track in Hallandale. Event co-chairs Lynda Levitsky and Marge Vukovich, committee members and their guests were fitted by internationally renowned custom hat designer Carina Gatto at her Boca Raton-based Hats Etcetera, Inc. workshop and showroom. Dozens of women attended — coming from Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale — to select their perfect “topper” for the upcoming event. Gatto donated 20% of all hat sales to The Haven, a group home for foster youth ages 9-17 who have been removed from abusive and neglectful homes and placed in protective care by the state of Florida.
As an avid supporter of The Haven, Gatto is extending the 20% donation from all hats sold thru April 1, 2010, to The Haven “Day at the Races” event attendees at her salon located at 6455 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For store hours, contact Hats Etcetera, Inc. at 561-997-7900.
To be held Sunday, April 11, 2010, early in the Kentucky Derby season, The Haven’s 2nd Annual “Day at the Races” will combine great food (an elaborate lunch at Christine Lee’s), socializing, and live horse racing action for a great cause at Gulfstream Park Race Track in Hallandale. With ladies donning the most interesting, elegant Derby hats, drawing supporters from Palm Beach to Miami, the afternoon will recognize Honorary Co-Chairs Lisa and Derek Vander Ploeg as longtime supporters and benefactors of The Haven. The Vander Ploeg’s have both contributed significantly to the renovation and restoration of The Haven’s recent Cottage project, with Derek and his Boca Raton-based architecture and design firm, Vander Ploeg & Associates, guiding and advising on the master planning efforts of The Haven.
Home to 36 boys, The Haven provides programs designed to foster the development of each young man’s self-esteem and independence. In a safe, loving and stable environment, the young men are taught the skills necessary for them to become self-sufficient and proud adults. The Haven, a 501(c)(3), is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), and recently received its fifth-consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a national charity watchdog group.
To order tickets or become a sponsor of The Haven’s “Day at the Races” call (561) 483-0962 or visit www.haven4kids.org.
January 22, 2010
THE ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON PRESENTS THE 13TH ANNUAL OPAL AWARDS GALA HONORING OUTSTANDING PEOPLE AND LEADERS
The sold-out Red Carpet O.P.A.L. Awards Gala presented by Rotary Club of Boca Raton to honor Outstanding People And Leaders, have more than 300 area dignitaries and community leaders in attendance. This year’s event honors City of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel (community service); Dr. Louise Morrell , Medical Director of the Women’s Center For Breast Care, Boca Raton Community Hospital (Healthcare & Medicine); Dr. Geoff McKee , Principal of Boca Raton Community High School (Education); Ingrid A. Fulmer , Broker-Associate, SIOR, Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT (Private Sector), and Dr. Dennis Frisch of Boca Raton Podiatry (Community Service). Past Opal Award Recipients attending include Rosemary & Ben Kreiger, Margaret Mary & John Shuff, Dr. Ira Gelb, and Michael Kaufman.
Saturday, January 23, 2010--Cocktail Reception- 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Dinner and Dancing 7:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Boca Pointe Country Club, 7144 Boca Pointe Drive
(Powerline Road, South of Palmetto Park Road, North of 18th Street)
The Rotary Club of Boca Raton, an organization of business and professional leaders dedicated to “Changing Lives and Building Futures” united to provide humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
In addition to OPAL Honorees, other VIPS attendees include City of Boca Raton Council Member Michael Mullaugh and Rotary Club International District 6930 Governor, Leo H. Phillips, Jr. OPAL GALA 2010 Co-chairs; Alan Kaye and Janice Williams; Honorary Chair and Auctioneer: Neil Saffer
Providing college scholarships to worthy candidates has been the primary focus of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton for more than 20 years. In 2009, the club awarded four-year college scholarships (including a laptop computer stipend) to six deserving local high school students. These scholarships assist worthy young men and women in our community in the pursuit of their dreams. Proceeds from the OPAL Gala will again provide scholarships and laptops for deserving Boca Raton area students.
January 18, 2010
“POP THE CORK” ON REDS AND WHITES WITH THE PROS ON THE GREEN AT THE ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF & WINE EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING FIRST DAY OF CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY
In addition to indulging in the varietals from vineyards owned by golf pros Arnold Palmer, John Daly, David Frost, Ernie Els, Luke Donald, Mike Weir… and more, attendees will enjoy culinary favorites served up by The Capital Grille, Morton’s Steak House, Uncle Tai’s, Absinthe, and Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar; and have the chance to win autographed wine bottles, and purchase one-of-a-kind wines. There will also be prize drawings, including the opportunity to win VIP tickets to the championship tournament.
The fourth annual Allianz Championship, to be held from February 15-21, 2010, is the PGA Champions Tour’s second tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the Allianz Championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. Competing for the tournament purse of $1.7 million in the 54-hole stroke-play, will include such legends of golf as Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, and tour rookies Fred Couples, Tom Lehman and Paul Azinger.
The Allianz Championship Golf & Wine Experience tickets are $100 per person; sponsorship opportunities include:
• Gary Player Package--$200--two tickets, two passes to VIP suite overlooking the 16th green during Allianz Championship.
• Fuzzy Zoeller Package--$750--eight tickets, eight passes to VIP suite overlooking the 16th green.
• Hale Irwin Package--$1,000--four tickets, passes to the Executive Skybox at the 18th green, VIP on-course parking passes.
• Nick Price Package--$5,000--(Presenting Sponsor Package)--10 tickets, ten passes to the Executive Skybox on the 18th green, company logo on all printed marketing material and signage.
• Arnold Palmer Package--$10,000-- walk inside the ropes with the Tour pros and their caddies as they play, two Pro-am positions during one day of the tournament, championship gift package, tickets to Golf and Wine Experience, passes to the Executive Skybox on the 18th green, on-course parking passes, company name and logo displayed throughout tournament.
The Allianz Championship Golf & Wine Experience committee is co-chaired by Jon Kaye and Ingrid Fulmer, with committee members including Allianz Championship sponsors Jason Brodie and Joshua Friedman of Brodie & Friedman, PA, and Jon and Bonnie Kaye of Kaye Communications, Inc; Ken Spahn, Chris Carney, Jay Whelchel, Michele Merson, Melanie Loring, William Cappeller, Kate Volman, Linda Petrakis, Bernadette Lemoine, Alan Kaye, Nicole Flier, Julie Kaminski, and Raylene Baddley.
2010 Allianz Championship sponsors include: Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Administaff, The City of Boca Raton, Konica Minolta, JM LEXUS, 3M, Nokia Siemens, MasterCard, Penn Florida, Anheuser Busch, Flagler Development, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Palm Beach County CVB and Rosenberg Diamonds & Co.
For tickets and reservations call the tournament office at (561) 241-GOLF or e-mail Kady Stoll at firstname.lastname@example.org. For sponsorship information, call Jon Kaye, Kaye Communications@
About Allianz Championship
In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Community Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 15-21, 2010. The Allianz Championship with a purse of $1.7 million, is the Champions Tour’s second tournament of the early-season Florida swing of three tournaments with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.
About Allianz Life
Founded in 1896, Allianz Life provides an array of annuities and life insurance products in the U.S. through a nationwide network of independent distribution. The company is part of Allianz SE, a global financial services group that is the 20th largest company in the world based on revenues (Fortune Global 500, August 2009), employing nearly 155,000 people worldwide.
About Boca Raton Community Hospital
Serving the community since 1967, Boca Raton Community Hospital has 400 beds and more than 700 primary and specialty physicians with privileges. Areas of expertise include cancer, cardiovascular disease & surgery and women’s health. Proceeds from this year’s PGA Allianz Championship will support the Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing at Boca Raton Community Hospital. With our country facing a nursing shortage of unheard of proportions, this initiative becomes an extremely important tool in our mission to attract and retain the highest caliber nursing staff in the country and to help our nurses discover a myriad of personal and professional opportunities, including scholarships that support their professional growth. For almost half a century, philanthropy has been an integral component of Boca Raton Community Hospital’s success. Today, community support is more important than ever. For more information about the Foundation and its fundraising initiatives that support the mission of Boca Raton Community Hospital, please call 561-955-4142.
About Broken Sound Club
Broken Sound is considered one of the premier golf course communities in Palm Beach County, FL. It features resort-style, country club living in 28 private villages and has 23 tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness/spa center, aquatic area, dining facilities and two of the finest golf courses in South Florida. The original Broken Sound Club, now affectionately known as the "Old Course", was founded in 1978 and designed by Joe Lee. Gene Bates completed a redesign of the Old Course in January 2004. The Old Course features an abundance of trees unique to South Florida and rolling fairways that give it a feel similar to courses in the Pinehurst, NC area. It includes the largest stand of natural Florida maples trees in the county. The Club Course, another Lee design, was opened in 1985 and also recently renovated by Bates. Broken Sound is located on the north side of Yamato Road on Old Course Way between Congress Avenue and Military Trail.
January 15, 2010
They join current advisory board members William Berger, Esq., former circuit judge in Palm Beach County and adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern Law School and Florida Atlantic University; Mark Butters, Principal, Butters Construction & Development; Ann Faraone, Ed.D, Director, Department of Student Intervention Services, School District of Palm Beach County; Frank Frione, CEO, GFA International; Lynda Levitsky, Co-Chair, The Haven Day at The Races; Emmanuel Newsome, Ph.D. – Retired; Former Vice President of Student Affairs, Florida Atlantic University; Derek Vander Ploeg, Principal, Vander Ploeg and Associates, and Dianne Wright, Ph.D., Associate Professor Educational Leadership Florida Atlantic University.
The Honorable Reginald R. Corlew was appointed to the County Court of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Palm Beach County, Florida in March 2006. Prior to his judicial appointment Judge Corlew was employed for 12 years with the United States Department of Treasury, Office of Chief Counsel - IRS, where he handled a diversity of tax related cases in the United States Tax Court. Judge Corlew attended the University of Florida in 1983 on a football scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. He has the distinction of playing with some of the most notable Florida Gators in history, including Emmitt Smith. He also helped his team win the first South Eastern Conference Championship in 1984. After graduation he attended Southern University Law Center and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1992. He then went to Dallas, TX and attended Southern Methodist University where he graduated with a Masters of Law in Tax in 1993. He is licensed to practice in Florida and before the United States Tax Court.
James R. (J.R.) Davis, Jr. is the Managing Director of Brockway Moran & Partners, Inc. in Boca Raton where he contributes to the evaluation, negotiation and financing of investments in growth-oriented companies for the $1.3 billion private equity firm and executes and manages new platform and add-on acquisition opportunities across a wide range of sectors. He conducts negotiations of purchase and credit agreements, business due diligence, industry research, financial modeling and valuation analyses, assessment of corporate strategies, evaluation of management teams and analysis of competitive positioning and growth prospects. Davis has a Master’s degree in business from Harvard, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Princeton, where he was also a member of the football team. He is married to Susan and they have three sons.
Scott Jordan, Esq. joined Tripp Scott as an attorney in 1995 following 10 years experience as a corporate executive, being named as a Tripp Scott director in January 2001. As an attorney, he has counseled business clients in numerous financial transactions and developments, structured and assisted emerging companies with their business and financing needs. He holds a law degree with honors from St. Thomas University School of Law, a Masters degree in business administration and a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Florida Atlantic University. He also attended the University of Louisiana-Monroe on a football scholarship.
According to Don Stewart, executive director of The Haven, the role of the Advisory Board is to play an important public relations role as an ambassador to the community, as well as, providing the Board and staff a fresh perspective on programmatic issues. The Advisory Board will also increase The Haven’s potential to broaden its funding through contacts for in-kind resources, and for direct financial support.
“We look forward to getting the diversified input and support from Judge Corlew, J.R. and Scott, as their talents, leadership experience and established business, community and government agency relationships will help us to significantly further our development and community outreach efforts,” noted Stewart. “During these challenging economic times, we need to remain ambitious, forward-thinking and focused on our mission and vision, and with our strong advisory board and board of directors, we are poised for significant strides.”
BOCA RATON, FL (January 11, 2009)--The officers and board of directors for The Haven, a group home for adolescent boys who are placed in protective care by the State of Florida, has appointed Guy Fronstin, Esq. of the Law Offices of Guy Fronstin, and Neil Meany, Director of Tiffany And Co. at Boca Raton to serve as directors for a three-year term. The announcement was made by Don Stewart, executive director of The Haven.
Active and loyal supporters of The Haven, Fronstin and Meany served as Advisory Board Members prior to their board appointment. They now join The Haven Board Chairman: Thomas C. Smith, Second Vice President, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Board Vice Chairman: Mark Mileusnic, Chief Customer Operations Officer, NCCI Holdings , Secretary/Treasurer: David Burns, Managing Director, Cross Keys Capital; and Member-at-Large Roger Clark, Major Accounts Director, Forum Publishing Group, along with board members Mary Kelly, President, Personal Senior Services, Inc.; Matt Kutcher, Director, Private Banking, USA Credit Suisse Private Banking; Donn Londeree, Vice President, BNY Mellon Bank; Paul Mack, President, The Mack Group, Inc.; and Barbara Sosnowitz, Ph. D., ACSW, adjunct faculty at Florida Atlantic University. Honorary board members include: Michael Daszkal, CPA of Daszkal Bolton, LLP; Immediate Past Chairman Seth Ellis, Esq. of Ellis, Hodes & Goldberg; Maurice Schwarz, a retired executive, Norman Shapiro, a retired executive, and Roxanna Trinka of Baseline Engineering & Land Surveying.
Fronstin, whose firm concentrates on criminal defense, is one of Florida’s leading trial lawyers with more than 16 years of in-court experience. A former Criminal Prosecutor for Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, Fronstin was appointed as a special prosecutor for conflict cases and also served as a staff attorney for National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). Respected for his legal acumen and support of humanitarian causes, Fronstin will be presented the prestigious Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on March 10, 2010, serves on the board of the City of Boca Raton’s Police Athletic League (PAL), and has provided pro bono legal counsel to more than 60 clients who were victimized by the Bernard Madoff investment scandal.
Meany, who has been with Tiffany and Company since October 2008, is the Store Director for the retailer’s Boca Raton location. Prior to joining Tiffany and Company, Meany worked for Bailey Banks & Biddle Fine Jewelers where he was a Store Manager for three years in Merritt Island, Orlando and Clearwater before becoming a Regional Manager for more than nine years, for stores in the Northeast, Southeast, and Florida & Puerto Rico. In addition to The Haven, Meany’s community involvements include Make-A-Wish (2004 to Present) in Clearwater, FL where he has served as Chairperson for the Make-A-Wish Legends of Baseball Game & Auction in partnership with the Clearwater Threshers Baseball Team.
“We are extremely fortunate to add Guy and Neil to our board of directors,” notes Board Chair Thomas C. Smith. “Their expertise, commitment, and community reach will be instrumental in bringing our ambitious campus and program enhancement and expansion plans currently under development to fruition so that the boys at The Haven get the important guidance, stability, education, camaraderie and life skills they so deserve.”
Smith added that the board is proud of The Haven’s management team for recently receiving its fifth consecutive four-star rating (the highest rating possible) from The Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator. The Charity Navigator utilizes a rating system that examines two broad areas of a charity's financial health -- how responsibly it functions day to day (i.e. program expenses, administrative expenses, fundraising expenses, and fundraising efficiency) as well as how well positioned it is to sustain its programs over time.
“So many South Florida organizations, individuals, neighborhoods, and businesses are hard at work to assist with collecting and donating much needed supplies, clothing, food, etc. to aid this beleaguered island that was just rebuilding after devastating hurricane damage, but as a city we know first-hand that it also requires tremendous financial support for airlifts, on-land delivery, and relief staff, etc. to help the many in Haiti,” notes City of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel. “As a city that has dealt with the preparation for and ramifications of natural disasters such as hurricanes, we know that it takes significant funds to support the important behind-the-scenes operations to maximize and expedite efforts…and thus our donation and plea to other South Florida cities to do the same.”
She noted that all cities in the area have been touched in some way by this tragedy of enormous proportions, from our own city employees to those of other employers, and residents, organizations, and churches who have family and friends currently in Haiti, as well as educational institutions such as Boca Raton-based Lynn University that sent a group of 12 students and two facility members on a Journey of Hope who arrived two hours before the earthquake hit.
“South Florida cities have been fortunate to be hurricane-free for the past two seasons, and while we count our blessings, we need to considerably contribute to our neighbors in Haiti who have not been so fortunate,” added Whelchel. “We hope that the more than 104 cities in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties will step-up generously with funds as the City of Boca Raton to make a collective difference. The need is immediate.”
The donation from Boca Raton will be made to the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross notes that other cities and individuals in Palm Beach County can send donations to the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross, 825 Fern Street West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 and those in Broward and Miami-Dade counties should send their donations to The American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, DC, 20013 or visit http://www.redcross.org for additional information. Checks should be made payable to The American Red Cross, indicating “Haiti Relief” in the memo line.
In addition to the financial contribution and taking the lead in the cities initiative, the City of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Department is working in cooperation with other fire departments in Palm Beach County to accept donations of non-perishable food, water and medical supplies seven days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day at their fire stations. Visit http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/fire for locations of the eight City of Boca Raton fire stations.
January 11, 2010
The second annual Haven “Day at the Races” event is scheduled for Sunday, April 11, 2009 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, which combines great food and socializing, a great cause and live horse racing fun for all. Held at the beginning of the Kentucky Derby season, the event brings “Derby Chic” (ladies Derby hats and more) to South Florida and draws supporters from Palm Beach to Miami. Proceeds will support programs for foster youth ages 9-17 who reside at The Haven. For more information, visit www.haven4kids.org for more details.
About The Haven
The Haven, founded in 1976, is a group home for adolescent boys, ages 9-17, who have been removed from abusive and neglectful homes and placed in protective care by the state of Florida. From its five-acre campus in Boca Raton, The Haven provides programs designed to foster the development of each young man’s self-esteem and independence. In a safe, loving and stable environment, the young men are taught the skills necessary for them to become self-sufficient and proud adults. The Haven, a 501(c)(3), is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), and recently received its fifth-consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a national charity watchdog group. For more information on helping the boys at The Haven please call (561) 483-0962 or visit www.haven4kids.org.
January 07, 2010
“Having received such tremendous support from fans and corporate partners over the past four years, we, the City of Boca Raton, Allianz Life and our other sponsors are thrilled that we have an opportunity to say thank you and provide this free gift to golf fans,” said Ryan Dillon, tournament director. “We encourage everyone to come out to The Old Course at Broken Sound and enjoy watching the legends of golf compete for the title.”
The Allianz Championship is the Champions Tour’s second tournament of the early-season Florida swing. The Golf Channel will provide live television coverage of all three rounds from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. Competing for the tournament purse of $1.7 million are such golf legends as Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Peter Jacobsen and tour rookies Tom Lehman, Paul Azinger and David Frost. Tournament event proceeds will benefit Boca Raton Community Hospital.
The week-long Allianz Championship schedule of events is currently under development, and includes a Junior Clinic and Pro-Am on Tuesday, Feb. 16th, and the Championship Pro-Am on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17th and 18th, followed by the televised 54-hole competition Friday through Sunday, Feb. 19th-21st.
Upgrades To The Spectator Experience Are Available—VIP and Skybox Seating, Sponsor Packages and an Inaugural Golf & Wine Experience Following the First Round Of Tournament Play
To upgrade the spectator experience, premium ticket packages can be purchased for VIP and Skybox seating ranging from $50 to $150. Sponsorship packages include branding opportunities, premium seating, a variety of invitation-only receptions, Pro Am play, meet and greets with the legends of golf and more.
Wine connoisseurs and golf enthusiasts can hobnob on the green with legends of golf while sampling reds and whites from the private wine collections of golf pros’ own vineyards at the first-ever Allianz Championship Golf & Wine Experience. The event will be held February 19th, immediately following the first round of Allianz Championship PGA Champions Tour play at The Old Course at Broken Sound. Tickets for the premier golf and wine event are $100 per person with sponsorship packages available; proceeds benefit Boca Raton Community Hospital.
2010 Allianz Championship sponsors include: Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Administaff, The City of Boca Raton, Konica Minolta, JM LEXUS, 3M, Nokia Siemens, MasterCard, Penn Florida, Anheuser Busch, Flagler Development, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Palm Beach County CVB and David Rosenberg Diamonds & Co.
The Allianz Championship will be held at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, located at 1401 NW 51st Street, (Yamato Road), Boca Raton, FL 33431. The tournament office is located at 6450 E. Rogers Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33487. For more information, contact 561-241-GOLF (4653); fax 561-241-4658, or visit www.allianzchampionship.com.
Ryan Dillon, Tournament Director