July 25, 2012

Attorneys At Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC Recognized As Florida Legal Elite


MEDIA CONTACTS:
Kaye Communications, Inc. 561-392-5166                                                                                                              
Bonnie S. Kaye,
bkaye@kcompr.com, Cell: 561-756-3099
or Jon A. Kaye,
jkaye@kcompr.com, Cell: 561-756-3097

PHOTO CUTLINE: LLL&S MANAGING PARTNER GARY S. LESSER, ASSOCIATE GLENN E. SIEGEL AND PARTNER MICHAEL S. SMITH.
  
ATTORNEYS AT LESSER, LESSER, LANDY & SMITH, PLLC
RECOGNIZED AS FLORIDA LEGAL ELITE

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 16, 2012) – Three attorneys at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S) headquartered in West Palm Beach with offices in Boca Raton and Stuart, have been recognized in the 2012 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite.  The list of 1,348 honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes attorneys in private practice as well as a separate list of top government and non-profit attorneys. LLL&S Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser (recognized for the 6th year and inducted in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame for the third consecutive year), Partner Mickey S. Smith (recognized for the 4th year), and Associate Glenn E. Siegel (recognized for the 3rd year) were among the honorees recognized this year.

Actively practicing Florida attorneys were asked to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard as professionals – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others.  Those chosen represent approximately 2% of the more than 67,000 active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. Recently installed Florida Bar President Gwynne A. Young notes, "Florida Legal Elite provides the public with a useful peer-based resource.”

"The 250,000 Florida Trend readers are executives who rely on the legal community for a multitude of corporate assignments,” says Publisher Andrew Corty. "Florida Legal Elite, now in its ninth year, provides a valuable resource for these readers.  Our website, FloridaTrend.com, offers another pathway for the dissemination of this key information."

The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed at www.FloridaTrend.com/LegalElite.

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S), the third oldest law firm in Palm Beach County, was established in 1927 by Joseph H. Lesser in West Palm Beach, and has been serving clients throughout Florida for more than 85 years focusing on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. LLL&S enjoys a reputation in the community for superior legal skills, hard work, client service, and high ethical standards. All of the Firm partners and associates are "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability. LLL&S is very active in the community, and has donated significant time and financial support to numerous charities. The Firm has obtained significant settlements and verdicts over the years and is well known to insurance companies and insurance defense lawyers as skillful advocates. This experience and reputation allows the Firm to obtain the best possible results for its clients at its West Palm Beach, Stuart and Boca Raton offices. For more information, please call (561) 655-2028 or visit the Firm’s website at www.lesserlawfirm.com.

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July 23, 2012

Communications Partners Selected for Countess de Hoernle "Our Legend, Her Legacy" 100th Birthday Celebration Gala and Community Appreciation Initiative



MEDIA CONTACT: KAYE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 561-392-5166
BONNIE S. KAYE  bkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3099  JON A. KAYE  jkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3097

HENRIETTA, COUNTESS DE HOERNLE GCSJ, MMSJ
Our Legend, Her Legacy

“GIVE WHILE YOU LIVE, SO YOU KNOW WHERE IT GOES.”
“I’M AN AMERICAN BY CHOICE.”
“GIVING STARTS AT HOME AND BOCA RATON IS MY HOME.”
--Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle

COMMUNICATIONS PARTNERS SELECTED 
FOR HENRIETTA, THE COUNTESS DE HOERNLE, “OUR LEGEND, HER LEGACY”
100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GALA
AND COMMUNITY APPRECIATION INITIATIVE

BOCA RATON, FL (July 3, 2012)- The executive committee for the official Henrietta, The Countess de Hoernle “Our Legend, Her Legacy” 100th Birthday Celebration have announced its official C100 communications partners: C100 Sapphire Benefactor and Strategic Communications and Community and Media Relations Event Partner Kaye Communications, Inc. (www.kcompr.com); Silver Patron and Web/Online Event Partner Forté Interactive, Inc. (www.forteinteractive.com), and Multimedia & Social Media Event Partner New Epic Media, Inc. (www.newepicmedia.com). These three industry leaders in their respective fields will work collaboratively under the direction of C100 CEO Greg Schultz and C100 Media Relations Chair Joe Maltese for presenting sponsor, The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida.

Joe Maltese reports that the C100 Communications Partners were selected for their expertise, proven track records, and longstanding history of and dedication to community engagement. They will assist in empowering C100 leadership and other event partners in generating awareness of and engagement in the festivities planned to honor the Countess, sharing on-going C100 news updates, and helping fulfill The Countess’s personal 100th birthday wish of raising significant funds to benefit Boca Raton nonprofits.

According to Maltese:

Kaye Communications, Inc., a Boca Raton-based “Seriously Strategic!℠” integrated marketing and public relations firm that develops distinguishing and “game changing” brand strategies, multi-channel communications programs, market-relevant messaging and original content, and community engagement initiatives for local and national clients, is responsible for the planning and implementation of C100 strategic messaging and communications planning, and community and media relations. Led by its principals, Bonnie and Jon Kaye, the firm has developed and presented a multi-audience and community partner focused plan for C100 that includes event counsel and awareness outreach; local, regional, and national media relations; and the conception and development of an engagement plan for a communitywide initiative that includes the creation of a record-breaking birthday card and a “Red, White & Boca-Blue” Countess Appreciation Day. To learn more, visit www.kcompr.com, or call 561-392-5166.

Forté Interactive, Inc., a proven leader in nonprofit web development and technology consulting, has designed, built, populated, and launched the C100’s robust, comprehensive “official” web site www.countess100.org as a hot-spot hub of information featuring “all things Countess” along with details about C100 festivities. The firm’s easy-to-navigate website design features key information tabs and incorporated an online fundraising program, custom software development, and easy-to-use web content management.  Forte has been amplifying the impact of nonprofit community through technology since 1999, providing innovative and cost-effective online website solutions through its web-based software technologies. To learn more, visit www.forteinteractive.com or call (866)-55-FORTE.

New Epic Media, Inc., a leader in social media and video marketing, has designed and launched the official C100 Facebook page www.facebook.com/countess100 for which fans are encouraged to “like” and “share”, and a dedicated C100 YouTube page www.youtube.com/user/Countess100Gala.
 The company is currently in the production process for a commemorative “Our Legend, Her Legacy” retrospective video on the Countess’s life and philanthropic contributions that will debut at the C100 gala. Being produced in its own full-service state-of-the-art studio in West Palm Beach, New Epic Media is blending previously taken photos and recorded video with recently taped personal birthday wishes from community leaders, family and friends to create a heart-warming “look back…and forward” tribute that evening. To learn more, visit www.newepicmedia.com or call (561) 282-0365.

To learn more about the Countess, the gala, sponsorships, and tickets, as well as updates and how to participate  in the “Red, White & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day” festivities, visit www.countess100.org and www.youtube.com/user/Countess100Gala; “Like” Countess on Facebook (www.facebook.com/countess100), and/or call Gala Chair Isabelle K. Paul (561) 391-3424.

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About The C100 Birthday Gala:
On Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s Birthday, Monday, September 24, 2012

To celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s immense selfless contributions to the community in royal style, the “Our Legend, Her Legacy” themed benefit gala will be held at Boca West Country Club with more than 700 dignitaries and community, business, and nonprofit leaders donned in black or white tie, military or Scottish equivalent, tiaras, regalia, and decorations for dinner, music, multi-media tributes, dancing, and reminiscing. The evening’s program will include a video retrospective and presentation of a gigantic birthday card signed by thousands from the community she has long supported.

Presented by the Order of St. John, Chaired Dame Isabelle K. Paul DCGSJ and Vice-Chair Dame Alyce E. Erickson DSJ with Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt, the event is being held as a benefit to fulfill the Countess’s 100th birthday wish of raising significant funds to benefit Boca Raton area nonprofits.  Sponsorships at various levels, commemorative journal tribute ads and birthday greetings, tables of 10 and individual seats at $375 per person are available at www.countess100.org. The gala’s program journal will be sent to the Library of Congress, and the Florida State and Boca Raton Historical Societies for inclusion in their historic archives.

About The Countess, “Our Legend, Her Legacy”:
Managing her charitable work from her home since 1981 without any staff, the Countess de Hoernle has selflessly given away more than $40 million of her personal funds to local charities while serving on 16 boards of directors each year for more than 25 years, for more than 30 different charities in her lifetime.  Serving as an indelible and inspiring role model of philanthropy with wisdom and grace, there are more than 40 buildings named in her honor throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, New York and abroad. For more, visit www.countess100.org.

About The Presenting Sponsor: 
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, under Royal Charter and Constitution granted by His Late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia is one of the oldest orders of chivalry in existence and has raised funds to benefit the sick and the poor of the world since 1048 A.D.  The Countess is its patroness and holder of the Order’s Grand Cross of Justice and Medal of Merit. The gala on the occasion of her 100th birthday is organized by the OSJ Commandery of Florida, a not-for-profit charitable 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.

Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle Celebration Gala and Community Appreciation Initiative Factsheet


MEDIA CONTACT: KAYE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 561-392-5166
BONNIE S. KAYE  bkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3099
JON A. KAYE  jkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3097

EDITOR’S NOTE: PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

HENRIETTA, COUNTESS DE HOERNLE GCSJ, MMSJ
Our Legend, Her Legacy

“GIVE WHILE YOU LIVE, SO YOU KNOW WHERE IT GOES.”
“I’M AN AMERICAN BY CHOICE.”
“GIVING STARTS AT HOME AND BOCA RATON IS MY HOME.”
--Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle

HENRIETTA, COUNTESS DE HOERNLE,
“OUR LEGEND, HER LEGACY” 100TH BIRTHDAY 
CELEBRATION GALA AND COMMUNITY APPRECIATION INITIATIVE 
FACT SHEET

OVERVIEW:
To celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s immense selfless contributions to the community, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida invites the community-at-large to join together to honor the Countess in several ways on her 100th Birthday, Monday, September 24, 2012.  Festivities include a formal gala celebration to benefit local charities, a communitywide “Red, White & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day”, and the presentation to the Countess of what is planned to be a record-breaking birthday card. The evening gala event will be held as a benefit to fulfill the Countess’s 100th birthday wish: to raise significant funds to benefit Boca Raton area nonprofits.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 
MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012: COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY CARD INITIATIVE
In preparation for the gala event, the community is invited and encouraged to come out this summer to sign birthday card panels that will be on display at convenient locations throughout the community.  The panels will then be assembled as one card for its debut at the gala event celebration on September 24, 2012.  Details will soon be announced about how and where residents, nonprofits, schools, companies, and city and county officials and staff can participate in what is expected to be a heart-warming, record-breaking initiative.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMEBER 22, 2012: VIP RECEPTION: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM (BY INVITATION ONLY)
Gala benefactors are invited to an intimate VIP reception hosted by Countess de Hoernle at Boca West Country Club.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 (HER ACTUAL 100TH BIRTHDAY): RED, WHITE & BOCA BLUE DAY (ALL DAY)
Throughout the day on Countess de Hoernle’s birthday being called “Red, White, &  Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day”, the community is encouraged to pay visual tribute to the Countess for her patriotism for the United States, her “country by choice”, by wearing red, white, and blue and wrapping trees with red, white, and blue ribbons.

MONDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012: BENEFIT GALA (EVENING)
To celebrate in royal style at the “Our Legend, Her Legacy” themed benefit gala that begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. at Boca West Country Club, more than 700 dignitaries and community, business, and nonprofit leaders will don black or white tie, military or Scottish equivalent, tiaras, regalia, and decorations.  Guests will enjoy dinner, music, multi-media tributes, reminiscing, a video retrospective, and presentation of a gigantic birthday card signed by thousands from the community she has long supported.

Presented by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida, Chaired Dame Isabelle K. Paul DCGSJ and Vice-Chair Dame Alyce E. Erickson DSJ with Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt, the event is being held as a benefit to fulfill the Countess’s 100th birthday wish: to raise significant funds to benefit Boca Raton area nonprofits.  Sponsorships at various levels, commemorative journal tribute ads and birthday greetings, tables of 10 and individual seats at $375 per person are available online at www.countess100.org.  The gala’s program journal will be sent to the U.S. Library of Congress, and the Florida State and Boca Raton Historical Societies for inclusion in their historic archives.

WHO:
Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle GCSJ, MMSJ:
Managing her charitable work from her home since 1981 without any staff, the Countess de Hoernle has selflessly given away more than $40 million of her personal funds to local charities while serving on 16 boards of directors each year for more than 25 years, and for more than 30 different charities in her lifetime.  Serving as an indelible and inspiring role model of philanthropy with wisdom and grace, there are more than 40 buildings named in her honor throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, New York, and abroad. Countess de Hoernle’s regalia, honorary degrees from Lynn University and Northwood University, awards, plaques, shields, and commemorative photographs are currently on permanent display curated by the Boca Raton Historical Society at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton.  For more, visit www.Countess100.org, www.youtube.com/user/Countess100Gala, and “Like” her on www.facebook.com/countess100.

Presenting Sponsor:              
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, under Royal Charter and Constitution granted by His Late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia, is one of the oldest orders of chivalry in existence and has raised funds to benefit the sick and the poor of the world since 1048 A.D.  The Countess is its patroness and holder of the Order’s Grand Cross of Justice and Medal of Merit.  The gala on the occasion of her 100th birthday is organized by the OSJ Commandery of Florida, a not-for-profit charitable 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Click here to learn about OSJ.

C100 Event Partners:
Auction Partner:  OSJ Commandery of  New York: Normandy “Château de Charante”, Dame Lee Conetta DGSJ and Joseph Conetta
Auction Partner: OSJ Priory of the Americas: Loire Valley “Château la Charmois”, H.E. Prior Ann Van Ness DCJSJ and Chevalier William A. Van Ness KJSJ
Credit Card Processing: BottomLinePros, LLC
Strategic Communications & Community and Media Relations: Kaye Communications, Inc.
Event Curator: Boca Raton Historical Society
Event Design  & Décor:  A Basket Affair
Event Gifts: RunRunRun
Hotel Partner: Boca Raton Resort & Club
Photography: Elite Studio & Barbara McCormick
Premier Venue Partner: Boca West Country Club
RSVP/Mail House Services: Boca Helping Hands and Bulldog Marketing, Inc.
Social Media, Multimedia & Video: New Epic Media
Web Development & Online Services: Forté Interactive, Inc.
Non-Profit Organization Partners: Boca Raton Historical Society, HomeSafe, Family Promise of South Palm Beach County, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc., Habilitation Center, Lynn University, Spirit of Giving Network

MORE INFO:
Visit www.countess100.org to learn more about the Countess, the gala, sponsorships, and tickets, as well as updates and how to participate in the “Red, White & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day” festivities.
Visit www.youtube.com/user/Countess100Gala to see Countess de Hoernle’s legacy, tribute, and dedication to the community by visiting
“Friend” and “Like” Countess on Facebook (www.facebook.com/countess100)
Call Gala Chair Isabelle K. Paul (561) 391-3424

MEDIA CONTACT:
To set up media interviews, hi-res photos, and securing media credentials, contact:
KAYE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (www.kcompr.com)
Official C100 Strategic Communications and Community and Media Relations Partner
561-392-5166
BONNIE S. KAYE, bkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3099
JON A. KAYE, jkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3097

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Robust New Website and Facebook Page Now Live For Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle's 100th Birthday Celebration


MEDIA CONTACT: KAYE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 561-392-5166
BONNIE S. KAYE  bkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3099
JON A. KAYE  jkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3097

HENRIETTA, COUNTESS DE HOERNLE GCSJ, MMSJ
Our Legend, Her Legacy

“GIVE WHILE YOU LIVE, SO YOU KNOW WHERE IT GOES.”
“I’M AN AMERICAN BY CHOICE.”
“GIVING STARTS AT HOME AND BOCA RATON IS MY HOME.”
--Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle


ROBUST NEW WEB SITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE NOW LIVE FOR
HENRIETTA, COUNTESS DE HOERNLE’S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 

Community Invited to Visit Website Often and “Like” Facebook Fan Page 
For Updates on “Our Legend, Her Legacy” C100 Birthday Gala, Record-Breaking Birthday Card Initiative, and Red, White & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day 

BOCA RATON, FL (July 9, 2012) – A new web site and Facebook page are now live to help celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoenle’s 100th birthday (C100) and report news about several ways in which the community can participate in the tribute to “Our Legend, Her Legacy”.  Fans can keep up on frequently updated details regarding “all things Countess” at the two new online hot-spot hubs for information: www.Countess100.org and www.facebook.com/countess100 for which fans are encouraged to “like” and “share”. 

Directed by C100 CEO Greg Schultz and C100 Media Relations Chair Joe Maltese, the commemorative website and online Facebook social page content and design were developed in collaboration by C100 Communications Partners: Silver Patron and Web/Online Event Partner Forté Interactive, Inc. (www.forteinteractive.com), Multimedia & Social Media Event Partner New Epic Media, Inc. (www.newepicmedia.com), and C100 Sapphire Benefactor and Strategic Communications and Community and Media Relations Event Partner Kaye Communications, Inc. (www.kcompr.com). 

“These two ‘official’ C100 online news hubs were created to help the community learn more about the Countess and how to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event that will honor her while fulfilling her personal 100th birthday wish of raising significant dollars to benefit Boca Raton nonprofits,” reports Joe Maltese.  “Each has been designed to be extremely simple and easy to navigate and share, filled with interesting and endearing facts on the Countess, and provide details on the variety of meaningful opportunities in which to join in the festivities planned. In addition to visiting the site for ‘new’ news on a regular basis, companies, organizations, families, and individuals can effortlessly register online to fulfill the Countess’s birthday wish by becoming a gala underwriter, sponsor, or journal advertiser, purchase gala tables and individual seats, and more.”  

Web site visitors will learn about:
The Countess’s personal life, meaningful philosophies in philanthropy, honors and recognitions
Her philanthropic history, donating more than $40 million of her own funds to support vital nonprofit missions in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County and New York that includes the naming of more than 50 buildings with 40 buildings located in the greater Boca Raton area.
The number of nonprofit boards on which the Countess has served (sometimes 16 at one time).
Permanent collection of The Countess’s regalia, honorary degrees from Lynn University and Northwood University, awards, plaques, shields and commemorative photographs on display at Spanish River Library (curated by the Boca Raton Historical Society).
The “Our Legend, Her Legacy” 100th Birthday Gala held on her actual birthday, September 24th (including sponsorship opportunities, commemorative journal ads and birthday wishes, online ticket purchasing, and more).
How to be included in the C100 Gala Commemorative Journal that will be housed in the historical archives of the Library of Congress, and the State of Florida and Boca Raton Historical Societies
C100 Presenting Sponsor: Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida and its membership, a local unit of an international and ancient organization that dates back to 1048 AD, providing for the sick and the poor worldwide.
How Boca area residents, nonprofits, schools, companies and City and County officials and staff can participate in:
Efforts for a heart-warming, record-breaking birthday card initiative that will launch this summer; the card will be assembled to debut at the gala (details to soon be announced)
Communitywide “Red, White & Boca-Blue” Countess Appreciation Day on her birthday, September 24, 2012 

To learn more about the Countess, the gala, sponsorships, and tickets, as well as updates and how to participate in the “Red, White & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day” festivities, visit www.countess100.org and www.youtube.com/user/Countess100Gala; “Like” Countess on Facebook (www.facebook.com/countess100), and/or call Gala Chair Isabelle K. Paul (561) 391-3424.

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About The C100 Birthday Gala: On Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s Birthday, Monday, September 24, 2012
To celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s immense selfless contributions to the community in royal style, the “Our Legend, Her Legacy” themed benefit gala will be held at Boca West Country Club with more than 700 dignitaries and community, business, and nonprofit leaders donned in black or white tie, military or Scottish equivalent, tiaras, regalia, and decorations for dinner, music, multi-media tributes, dancing, and reminiscing. The evening’s program will include a video retrospective and presentation of a gigantic birthday card signed by thousands from the community she has long supported.  

Presented by the Order of St. John, Chaired Dame Isabelle K. Paul DCGSJ and Vice-Chair Dame Alyce E. Erickson DSJ with Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt, the event is being held as a benefit to fulfill the Countess’s 100th birthday wish of raising significant funds to benefit Boca Raton area nonprofits.  Sponsorships at various levels, commemorative journal tribute ads and birthday greetings, tables of 10 and individual seats at $375 per person are available at www.countess100.org. The gala’s program journal will be sent to the Library of Congress, and the Florida State and Boca Raton Historical Societies for inclusion in their historic archives.

About The Countess, “Our Legend, Her Legacy”:
Managing her charitable work from her home since 1981 without any staff, the Countess de Hoernle has selflessly  given away more than $40 million of her personal funds to local charities while serving on 16 boards of directors each year for more than 25 years, for more than 30 different charities in her lifetime.  Serving as an indelible and inspiring role model of philanthropy with wisdom and grace, there are more than 40 buildings named in her honor throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, New York and abroad. For more, visit www.countess100.org.

About The Presenting Sponsor: 
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, under Royal Charter and Constitution granted by His Late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia is one of the oldest orders of chivalry in existence and has raised funds to benefit the sick and the poor of the world since 1048 A.D.  The Countess is its patroness and holder of the Order’s Grand Cross of Justice and Medal of Merit. The gala on the occasion of her 100th birthday is organized by the OSJ Commandery of Florida, a not-for-profit charitable 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  


July 17, 2012

A Garth Brooks Tribute Show Will Turn Downtown Into “Countrytown” At Downtown Boca’s Friday Night LIVE! August 3rd





FREE AND OPEN-TO-THE-PUBLIC COUNTRY-THEMED NIGHT TO BE HELD AT SANBORN SQUARE

Downtown Boca invites the public to grab their cowboy boots and hats and head to its popular Friday Night LIVE! that is presented by JM Lexus on August 3rd at Sanborn Square when the downtown turns into Boca’s “CountryTown” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Headlining will be a Garth Brooks Tribute featuring the superstar’s best hits including “Friends In Low Places” to “That Summer” followed by a “Best of Country” set that will get attendees singing while stomping their favorite country line dance. To help get the new and experienced in the spirit, the free and open-to-the-public evening entertainment opens with line dance lessons as country-style culinary favorites are served up curbside by the Gourmet Truck Expo.

Friday Night LIVE! festivities and streetside dining with café seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with line dance lessons followed by showtime at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to “come early, stay late...where something for everyone awaits” as thousands have done for previous Friday Night LIVE! events that included the Panthers Patrol Red Zone Night; Chris MacDonald, the “ultimate Elvis tribute artist”; Tito Puente, Jr. and his Latin Jazz ensemble; and City Link’s Boca Beerfest.

The Friday Night LIVE! evenings include gourmet truck dining, extended hours at participating businesses with special sidewalk tastings, samplings, trunk shows, dining specials, menu items and discounts and often late night "after parties" for exploring and enjoying the destination, from Mizner Park to Royal Palm Place, including the signature collection of shops and boutiques, restaurants and galleries along Palmetto Park Road and Plaza Real South.

“Downtown Boca’s CountryTown Friday Night LIVE! is going to cap off the celebration of summer in a big way,” said Boca Raton Downtown Manager Ruby Childers. “We’re looking forward to guests taking the celebration to the streets and showing off their line dance moves.” She added that the Friday Night LIVE! presented by JM Lexus September 7, 2012 will salute the music and culture of Brazil; it will be “where Boca and Brazil Will Meet To Celebrate The Brazilian Beat!”

Free parking for Friday Night LIVE! event is available at City Hall (201 West Palmetto Park Road), the Boca Raton Historical Society (71 North Federal Highway), the Downtown Library (200 Northwest Boca Raton Boulevard) and other locations downtown where event signage is featured.

Held on the first Friday of every month, the Friday Night LIVE! series presented by JM Lexus fills parts of Downtown Boca (including Sanborn Square and Palmetto Park Road), showcasing live themed entertainment by award-winning bands and vocalists as participating shops, restaurants, and clubs extend their hours for “shopping and strolling” and offer Friday Night LIVE! samplings, discounts and specials.  In addition, the Gourmet Truck Expo lines the event streets with themed culinary offerings and café style seating, art galleries plan exhibitions, boutiques may feature sidewalk fashion or trunk shows, and more for exploring and enjoying the destination, from Mizner Park to Royal Palm Place, including the signature collection of shops and boutiques, restaurants and galleries along Palmetto Park Road and Plaza Real South. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs; chairs available for rental at $2.

Downtown Boca has teamed up with the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel to provide a special discounted room rate for each event night of the Friday Night LIVE! series. To take advantage of this offer, call (866) 909-2622 for reservations and book a room with the promo code “DTBF”.

Future series dates* and themes* planned, include the following; unless noted, all evenings are free and begin with festivities at 6:30 p.m. and live entertainment to take the stage at 7:30 p.m.:
September 7th            Brazilian Beat—Sanborn Square
October 5th                 Community & Culture—Mizner Park Amphitheater
November 2nd            Kids Night In, Parents Night Out—Sanborn Square
December 7th             Holiday Sounds—Sanborn Square
*Themes subject to change. Most series events are free.

For more information and event details, visit DowntownBoca.Org regularly. To become a Downtown Boca event sponsor, contact Jon Kaye, Kaye Communications at jkaye@kcompr.com or 561-392-5166.


July 13, 2012

On Her 100th Birthday, September 24, 2012 The Community Will Celebrate The Selfless And Inspiring Philanthropy Of 
Henrietta, Countess De Hoernle, “Our Legend, Her Legacy”



To celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s immense, selfless contributions to the community, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida invites the community-at-large to join together in honoring the Countess in several ways on her 100th Birthday, Monday, September 24, 2012.  Festivities include a formal gala celebration presented by the Order of St. John to benefit local charities, a communitywide “Red, White & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day” and the presentation of what is planned to be a record-breaking birthday card.

Managing her charitable work from her home since 1981 without any staff, the Countess de Hoernle has selflessly given away more than $40 million of her personal funds to local charities while serving on 16 boards of directors each year for more than 25 years, for more than 30 different charities in her lifetime.  Serving as an indelible and inspiring role model of philanthropy with wisdom and grace, there are more than 40 buildings named in her honor throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, New York and abroad.

To celebrate in royal style at the “Our Legend, Her Legacy” themed benefit gala that begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. at Boca West Country Club, more than 700 dignitaries and community, business, and nonprofit leaders will don black or white tie, military or Scottish equivalent, tiaras, regalia, and decorations for dinner, music, multi-media tributes, dancing, reminiscing, a video retrospective and presentation of a gigantic birthday card signed by thousands from the community she has long supported.
Presented by the Order of St. John, Chaired Dame Isabelle K. Paul DCGSJ and Vice-Chair Dame Alyce E. Erickson DSJ with Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt, the event is being held as a benefit to fulfill the Countess’s 100th birthday wish of raising significant funds to benefit Boca Raton area nonprofits.  Sponsorships at various levels, commemorative journal tribute ads and birthday greetings, tables of 10 and individual seats at $375 per person are available at www.Countess100.org. According to Dames Paul and Erickson, the gala’s program journal will be sent to the Library of Congress, and the Florida State and Boca Raton Historical Societies for inclusion in their historic archives.

Throughout the day on her birthday September 24th deemed “Red, White, & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day”, the community is encouraged to pay visual tribute to the Countess for her patriotism for the United States, her “country by choice”, by wearing red, white, and blue and wrapping trees with red, white, and blue ribbons.  In preparation for the gala event, the public-at-large is invited and encouraged to come out this summer to sign birthday card panels (available from late July to early September) that will be on display at convenient locations throughout the community. The panels will then be assembled as one card for its debut at the gala event celebration.  Details will soon be announced about where and how residents, nonprofits, schools, companies, and City and County officials and staff can participate in what is expected to be a heart-warming, record-breaking initiative.

“The Countess is an expert at ‘drive-by’ giving,” added Gregory W. Schultz of Wellington, C100 CEO and a long-time member of The Order of St. John. “She looks to see where the need is, and armed only with her pen and notebook, with no secretary or entourage, she—and she alone—decides what to give, how much, to whom and how, often hand-delivering her gift within hours of first learning about those who need it the most.”

Born Henrietta Rach in Karlsruhe, Germany on September 24, 1912, she immigrated to the U.S. at age  18 aboard the S.S. Pennland in 1931 to live with her grandparents in Jackson Heights in Queens, NY and became an “American by choice”.  After being twice widowed (her second husband Jeff Gass served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was later put in charge of all the documents for the Nuremburg trials), she married engineer and entrepreneur Adolph, Count de Hoernle (who immigrated to the U.S. in 1926) in 1950 and whose family fortune was created as owner of the Stewart Stamping Corp., Yonkers, NY, a manufacturer of stamped metal products.  She has two daughters and nine grandchildren.

While living in Bronxville, NY, the Countess began volunteering at Lawrence Hospital’s thrift shop.  While there, she noticed many plaques in the hospital stating "This room is donated by ... ".  Inspired by the generosity of others, the Countess encouraged her husband to do the same.  At the same time, the Countess also volunteered for local Meals On Wheels programs.  Together, the Count and Countess soon began to provide music scholarships to singers through the Liederkranz Club, a Manhattan social club founded by German-Americans to promote social and instrumental music. Among the first scholarship recipients was opera star Gene Boucher.

Following the sale of Stewart Stamping in New York in 1965 and considerable world travel (including numerous   world cruises) and many visits to the area, the couple retired to Boca Raton in 1981—convinced that Boca Raton  was, indeed, the “Jewel of The Gold Coast”.  Renewed commitment to her charitable work became their “new” life in Florida.

“Time, talent and treasure” became her by-words as service on institutional and organizational boards, community involvement, leadership in philanthropic efforts and her commitment to the region became paramount.  Boca Raton Community Hospital received the de Hoernle’s first “Sunshine State” gift, and it hardly was their last.  Other health organizations, educational facilities, scholarships, cultural programs, community singing and theater groups, abused women and children, students, veterans, first-responders, the elderly and, in particular, the desperately needy, sick and poor have all benefited from the remarkable spirit of kindness and giving that rules the life and daily work of the Countess de Hoernle, our legend as she inspires the community with her legacy.

The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, under Royal Charter and Constitution granted by His Late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia, is one of the oldest orders of chivalry in existence and has raised funds to benefit the sick and the poor of the world since 1048 A.D.  The Countess is its patroness and holder of the Order’s Grand Cross of Justice and Medal of Merit. The gala on the occasion of her 100th birthday is organized by the OSJ Commandery of Florida, a not-for-profit charitable 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Countess de Hoernle’s regalia, honorary degrees from Lynn University and Northwood University, awards, plaques, shields and commemorative photographs are currently on permanent display curated by the Boca Raton Historical Society at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton.

To learn more about the Countess, the gala, sponsorships, and tickets, as well as updates and how to participate in the “Red, White & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day” festivities, visit www.Countess100.org and www.youtube.com/user/Countess100Gala; “Friend” and “Like” Countess on Facebook (www.facebook.com/countess100), or call Gala Chair Isabelle K. Paul (561) 391-3424.

About The C100 Birthday Gala: On Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s Birthday, Monday, September 24, 2012:
To celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s immense selfless contributions to the community in royal style, the “Our Legend, Her Legacy” themed benefit gala will be held at Boca West Country Club with more than 700 dignitaries and community, business, and nonprofit leaders donned in black or white tie, military or Scottish equivalent, tiaras, regalia, and decorations for dinner, music, multi-media tributes and reminiscing. The evening’s program will include a video retrospective and presentation of a gigantic birthday card signed by thousands from the community she has long supported.

Presented by the Order of St. John, Chaired Dame Isabelle K. Paul DCGSJ and Vice-Chair Dame Alyce E. Erickson DSJ with Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt, the event is being held as a benefit to fulfill the Countess’s 100th birthday wish of raising significant funds to benefit Boca Raton area nonprofits.  Sponsorships at various levels, commemorative journal tribute ads and birthday greetings, tables of 10 and individual seats at $375 per person are available atwww.Countess100.org. The gala’s program journal will be sent to the Library of Congress, and the Florida State and Boca Raton Historical Societies for inclusion in their historic archives.

About The Countess, “Our Legend, Her Legacy”:
Managing her charitable work from her home since 1981 without any staff, the Countess de Hoernle has selflessly given away more than $40 million of her personal funds to local charities while serving on 16 boards of directors each year for more than 25 years, for more than 30 different charities in her lifetime.  Serving as an indelible and inspiring role model of philanthropy with wisdom and grace, there are more than 40 buildings named in her honor throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, New York and abroad. For more, visit www.countess100.org.

About The Presenting Sponsor:
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, under Royal Charter and Constitution granted by His Late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia is one of the oldest orders of chivalry in existence and has raised funds to benefit the sick and the poor of the world since 1048 A.D.  The Countess is its patroness and holder of the Order’s Grand Cross of Justice and Medal of Merit. The gala on the occasion of her 100th birthday is organized by the OSJ Commandery of Florida, a not-for-profit charitable 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.

July 11, 2012

KAYE COMMUNICATIONS TO SPONSOR SECOND ANNUAL“WHITE COATS-4-CARE” RECEPTION TO BENEFIT FAU’S MEDICAL SCHOOL




KAYE COMMUNICATIONS TO SPONSOR
SECOND ANNUAL
“WHITE COATS-4-CARE” RECEPTION
TO BENEFIT FAU’S MEDICAL SCHOOL

Event Co-Hosted By The Bridge Hotel
Is First In The Month-Long
Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
2012 Annual Festival Days
 

BOCA RATON, FL (July 11, 2012) — Bonnie and Jon Kaye and their firm Kaye Communications, Inc. are sponsoring the second annual “White Coats-4-Care” awareness and fund raising reception to benefit the incoming class of Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine on Monday, July 30, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Bridge Hotel’s Carmen’s Restaurant – Top of the Bridge located at 999 East Camino Real in Boca Raton. 

To demonstrate the inspiring level of academia found at the first and only medical school in Palm Beach County, the Kayes are pleased announce that this year’s reception guests will have the opportunity to attend a pre-reception private lecture and discussion from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. given by Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, the No. 81 Science Hero in the history of the world for saving more than a million lives by discovering the link between aspirin and heart attacks.  Following his lecture on therapeutic lifestyle changes to improve the quality and quantity of life, Dr. Hennekens, the first Sir Richard Doll Research Professor in FAU’s Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine, will engage the audience in an enlightening question and answer session.

Reception admission is a pledge or donation with a minimum per-person gift of $100 to underwrite and dedicate a white coat for a new medical student or a selection from a meaningful roster of contribution opportunities that include a $250 White Coat Ceremony Sponsorship; $500 Medical Student Scholarship Award (based on need); $1,000 Named Seat in the Medical Education Auditorium (with personalized donor recognition or tribute plate that will be placed on the back of each seat), $1,700 for a Total Medical Student Welcome Package, which includes one of each item mentioned above; and $5,000 for a “Named” Medical Student Scholarship Fund. Attendance to the pre-reception lecture by Dr. Hennekens is an additional $20 donation.
FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine officially welcomes the new incoming class of 64 students on August 6th.  Later in the week on August 10th, during a special ceremony, each medical student at FAU will receive a white coat, which represents integrity, compassion and trust and symbolizes their shared commitment to serve patients and honor the Hippocratic Oath. 
The “White Coats-4-Care” reception, to be attended by a supportive cross-section of healthcare, business, community and civic leaders, is the first event scheduled in the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s month-long “2012 Greater Boca Raton Festival Days,” now in its 21st year.  The annual series of fun-filled events are held at different locations in Boca Raton during the month of August pairing non-profit Boca Chamber members together with for-profit chamber members with the objective of raising awareness and vital funds for the non-profit member’s philanthropic efforts. 

Kaye Communications, a South Florida-based strategic integrated marketing and public relations firm, pairing with FAU’s new medical school continues to be natural fit according to Bonnie Kaye, Kaye Communications firm president.  Bonnie serves on the board of directors for both the Boca Raton Chamber and FAU Foundation, and firm partner Jon Kaye serves on the advisory board for FAU Schmidt College of Medicine.  The concept and the theme of the event -- to “dress and equip” the college’s second class for success -- was developed to heighten awareness of the new medical school, embrace Florida’s future physicians with a warm community welcome, and raise vital funds to equip these students with the tools they need to begin their medical education and launch their careers.

“Along with our event partners, the Bridge Hotel and Cheney Brothers, we are pleased to once again support “White Coats-4-Care” as we continue to celebrate the medical school’s milestones: completion of its first year, welcoming its incoming class of 64 exceptional young men and women, and our firm’s 16th anniversary of serving the needs of our clients, initiating and promoting the benefits of meaningful public-private partnerships, and stewarding ‘collaborative’ efforts to support the on-going  betterment of the greater Boca Raton community,” said Bonnie Kaye. 

The incoming class of FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine has a cumulative GPA of 3.67 and an average MCAT score of 31. Most of the major colleges in Florida are represented. Other students in the class attended such prestigious undergraduate institutions such as Columbia, Boston University, Duke, George Washington, University of California-Santa Barbara, St. Joseph’s, Brigham Young University, California State University-Los Angeles, UCLA, William & Mary, Ohio State, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, University of Alabama, University of Wisconsin and Notre Dame.   
“The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is truly this community’s medical school,” said Dr. Stuart L. Markowitz, M.D., senior associate dean for student affairs in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine.  “By partnering with our community we can attract the best and brightest future doctors to take care of our family, friends and our community. Scholarship support is vital to our success and to ensuring that we are competitive in recruiting and retaining our future doctors.”

Troy McLellan, president and CEO of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, believes the new medical school continues be important to Boca Raton and that it is a worthy recipient of the Festival Days’ and Kaye Communications’ philanthropic efforts and pleased that Kaye Communications has chosen the medical school as its beneficiary for a second year in support of the Chamber’s 2012 Festival Days.

“Having the first and only medical school at a public university in Palm Beach County, in our backyard, places our great city in a very unique and privileged position,” he noted.  “We are pleased to watch and partner with Florida Atlantic University as it continues to attract a pool of very talented students from Florida and the nation to its medical school and our community.”

For more information about the “White Coats-4-Care” reception, pledge your gift to attend the event, or to make a contribution, contact Kari Oeltjen, Director of Development, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU at koeltjen@fau.edu or 561-699-7198.

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Photo Cutline:
From left: Greg Kaylor, General Manager, Bridge Hotel; Stuart Markowitz, M.D., Senior Associate Dean, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine; Bonnie S. Kaye, President & Chief Strategist, Kaye Communications, Inc.; Jon A. Kaye, COO & Chief Marketing Strategist, Kaye Communications, Inc.; Kari Oeltjen, Director of Development, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine; David J. Bjorkman, M.D., M.S.P.H., Dean & Professor, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. 



July 03, 2012

HENRIETTA, COUNTESS DE HOERNLE GCSJ, MMSJ, "Our Legend, Her Legacy" 100th Birthday Gala


MEDIA CONTACT: KAYE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 561-392-5166
BONNIE S. KAYE  bkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3099 
JON A. KAYE 
 jkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3097

“GIVE WHILE YOU LIVE, SO YOU KNOW WHERE IT GOES.”
“I’M AN AMERICAN BY CHOICE.”
“GIVING STARTS AT HOME AND BOCA RATON IS MY HOME.”
                                                                                                   --Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle

ON HER 100th BIRTHDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
THE COMMUNITY WILL CELEBRATE
THE SELFLESS AND INSPIRING PHILANTHROPY OF 
HENRIETTA, THE COUNTESS DE HOERNLE
“OUR LEGEND, HER LEGACY”

Festivities Include the “Royal Treatment”
with Black or White Tie Formal, Military or Scottish Equivalent, 

Tiaras, Regalia, and Decorations at Benefit Gala,
and a “Red, White and Boca-Blue” Countess Appreciation Day
Planned to Shower Her with Record-Breaking “Community Wishes”

BOCA RATON, FL (July 3, 2012)--To celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s immense, selfless contributions to the community, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida invites the community-at-large to join together in honoring The Countess in several ways on her 100th Birthday, Monday, September 24, 2012.  Festivities include a formal gala celebration presented by the Order of St. John to benefit local charities, a communitywide “Red, White & Boca-Blue” Countess Appreciation Day and the presentation of what is planned to be a record-breaking birthday card.

Managing her charitable work from her home since 1981 without any staff, the Countess de Hoernle has selflessly given away more than $40 million of her personal funds to local Boca Raton charities while serving on 16 boards of directors each year, for more than 30 different charities in her lifetime.  Serving as an indelible and inspiring role model of philanthropy with wisdom and grace, there are more than 40 buildings named in her honor in Boca Raton alone, out of the more than 50 in total throughout Palm Beach County and New York.

To celebrate in royal style at the “Our Legend, Her Legacy” themed benefit gala that begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. at Boca West Country Club, more than 700 dignitaries and community, business, and nonprofit leaders will don black or white tie, military or Scottish equivalent, tiaras, regalia, and decorations for dinner, dancing, and reminiscing, a video retrospective and presentation of a gigantic birthday card signed by thousands from the community she has long supported. 

Presented by the Order of St. John, Chaired Dame Isabelle K. Paul DCGSJ and Vice-Chair Dame Alyce E. Erickson DSJ with Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt, the event is being held as a benefit to fulfill the Countess’s 100th birthday wish of raising significant funds to benefit Boca Raton area nonprofits.  Sponsorships at various levels, commemorative journal tribute ads and birthday greetings, tables of 10 and individual seats at $375 per person are available at www.countess100.org. According to Dames Paul and Erickson, the gala’s program journal will be sent to the Library of Congress, and the Florida State and Boca Raton Historical Societies for inclusion in their historic archives.

Throughout the day on her birthday September 24th, the community is encouraged to pay visual tribute to the Countess for her patriotism for the United States, her “country by choice”, by wearing red, white, and blue and wrapping trees with red, white, and blue ribbons.  In preparation for the gala event, the public-at-large is invited and encouraged to come out this summer to sign birthday card panels (available from mid-July to early-September) that will be on display at convenient locations throughout the community. The panels will then be merged as one card for its debut at the gala event celebration.  Details will soon be announced about where and how residents, nonprofits, schools, companies, and City and County officials and staff can participate in what is expected to be a heart-warming, record-breaking initiative.

“The Countess is an expert at ‘drive-by’ giving,” added Gregory W. Schultz of Wellington, a long-time member of The Order of St. John. “She looks to see where the need is, and armed only with her pen and notebook, with no secretary or entourage, she—and she alone—decides what to give, how much, to whom and how, often hand-delivering her gift within hours of first learning about those who need it the most.”

Born Henrietta Rach in Karlsruhe, Germany on September 24, 1912, she immigrated to the U.S. at age 18 aboard the S.S. Pennland in 1931 to live with her grandparents in Jackson Heights in Queens, NY and became an “American by choice”.  After being twice widowed (her second husband Jeff Gass served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was later put in charge of all the documents for the Nuremburg trials), she married engineer and entrepreneur Adolph, Count de Hoernle (who immigrated to the U.S. in 1926) in 1950 and whose family fortune was created as owner of the Stewart Stamping Corp., Bronxville, NY, a manufacturer of stamped metal products.  She has two daughters and nine grandchildren.

While living in Bronxville, NY, the Countess began volunteering at Lawrence Hospital’s thrift shop.  While there, she noticed many plaques in the hospital stating "This room is donated by ... ".  Inspired by the generosity of others, the Countess encouraged her husband to do the same.  At the same time, the Countess also volunteered for local Meals On Wheels programs.  Together, the Count and Countess soon began to provide music scholarships to singers through the Liederkranz Club, a Manhattan social club founded by German-Americans to promote social and instrumental music. Among the first scholarship recipients was opera star Gene Boucher.

Following the sale of Stewart Stamping in New York in 1965 and considerable world travel (including 20 world cruises) and many visits to the area, the couple retired to Boca Raton in 1981—convinced that Boca Raton was, indeed, the “Jewel of The Gold Coast”.  Renewed commitment to her charitable work became their “new” life in Florida. 

“Time, talent and treasure” became her by-words as service on institutional and organizational boards, community involvement, leadership in philanthropic efforts and her commitment to the region became paramount.  Boca Raton Community Hospital received the de Hoernle’s first “Sunshine State” gift, and it hardly was their last.  Other health organizations, educational facilities, scholarships, cultural programs, community singing and theater groups, abused women and children, students, veterans, first-responders, the elderly and, in particular, the desperately needy, sick and poor have all benefited from the remarkable spirit of kindness and giving that rules the life and daily work of the Countess de Hoernle, our legend as she inspires the community with her legacy.

The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, under Royal Charter and Constitution granted by His Late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia, is one of the oldest orders of chivalry in existence and has raised funds to benefit the sick and the poor of the world since 1048 A.D.  The Countess is its patroness and holder of the Order’s Grand Cross of Justice and Medal of Merit. The gala on the occasion of her 100th birthday is organized by the OSJ Commandery of Florida, a not-for-profit charitable 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Countess de Hoernle’s regalia, degrees, awards, plaques, shields and commemorative photographs are currently on permanent display curated by the Boca Raton Historical Society at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton.

To learn more about the Countess, the gala, sponsorships, and tickets, as well as updates and how to participate in the “Red, White & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day” festivities, visit www.countess100.org; “Friend” and “Like” Countess on Facebook (www.facebook.com/countess100), or call Gala Chair Isabelle K. Paul (561) 391-3424. 

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Photo Cutlines: (other photos available upon request)
From top to bottom--
  • Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle GCSJ, MMSJ
  • From left: Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn, Dick Schmidt, Barbara Schmidt
  • From left: Gala Chair Commander Isabelle K. Paul DCGSI and Gala Vice-Chair Dame Alyce E. Erickson DSJ with (seated) Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle GCSJ, MMSJ






Public Accounting And C-Suite Operations Consultancy Veteran Jean M. Evans Launches Own Firm Evans & Associates: The C-Suite “One Source” Outsource



New Hybrid Executive Operations Firm’s Practice Areas
Strengthen Businesses For Profitability & Growth

BOCA RATON, FL (July 2, 2012) — With more than 25 years’ experience in private industry and public accounting, including 21 years as founder and principal of a New England-headquartered professional services firm, Jean M. Evans has formed Evans & Associates: The C-Suite “One Source” Outsource in South Florida. The firm focuses on strengthening businesses for profitability and growth, providing C-Suite executives and entrepreneurs with management and operations consultancy, financial operations planning, build-to-sell initiatives, turnaround strategy, transition and exit planning and software analysis/strategic conversions for maximum, effective function.

Evans and Associates provides operational and financial guidance to emerging and midmarket companies focusing on developing effective and efficient accounting processes to result in the increase in overall value and cash flow of the business. Based on a client’s business objectives, albeit launch, transition growth or exit strategy planning, Evans works closely as a client’s trusted advisor to review and plan strategically with a comprehensive approach.

Now more than ever before, Founder and President Jean Evans reports that there is a critical need and burgeoning demand in this economic cycle for a comprehensive approach to profitability and growth that requires a hybrid-type firm with several disciplines to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and proficiencies for financial success. Conveniently working onsite at a client’s office as part of its financial “think tank”, Evans & Associates professionals help C-Suite executives and business owners to:

  • Define multi-pronged short-term and long-term financial objectives for launch, reorganization, growth and exit phases.
  • Develop an operations-targeted financial strategy and plan that integrates other business disciplines and expert resources for maximum success (i.e. organization chart restructuring/downsizing plan, physical plant reorganization, team-building, sales training, branding and marketing, media relations, crisis management, etc.)
  • Plan and budget for, embrace and utilize most effective and efficient “off-the-shelf “ or customized software technology and processes to support their objectives; and then
  • Guide the consistency in executive leadership mission, vision, management operations, technology educations and application, brand messaging and communications with strong internal and external stewardship and advocacy.

Evans attributes exceptional operations and financial technology expertise and excellent client service are what further distinguishes her firm from others in the C-Suite consultancy field. She is an accounting system specialist and a QuickBooks Pro Advisor who is proficient in a wide range of software packages and systems including: Microsoft Dynamics, Great Plains Accounting, QuickBooks Enterprise, Premier and Pro, GE Centricity EMR/PM, Ntierprise, Peachtree Accounting, MAS 90, Software Shop Construction Software, as well as, Networking Applications. Experience with SAP, MRP, Timberline, as well as many custom client/server and main applications.

“What is unfortunately too often discounted as a key to financial success is the significant role software and technology plays in business growth and profitability,“ noted Evans who  has installed a wide range of software packages, including industry-specific programs she customizes and implements to fit clients’ specific needs. “Most business owners are either IT phobic or adverse, and thus do not realize the benefits of what integrated systems management means to their bottom line. Without setting any type of revenue or sales benchmarks within the accounting program and continuously reviewing its progress, owners put growth and exit strategy efforts at serious risk.”

Drawing upon the expertise and experience she has garnered representing hundreds of companies in diverse industries from early stage/start-ups to mid-market companies. Client genres have included physicians’ and law practices, tech companies, marketing firms, manufacturers, distributors, retail, commercial and residential construction and landscape firms, restaurants, and event venues. Recognized for her financial systems expertise, she is often tapped by certified public accountants, mergers and acquisitions firms, venture capital firms, and business brokerage firms to assist/collaborate with them in identifying related solutions or resolves.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and was trained by Pinnacle Equity Solutions as a Business Exit Planner.

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