On an afternoon when the Junior League of Boca Raton celebrated 25 years of its signature event, one of the organization’s past presidents was honored as the 2012 Woman Volunteer of the Year (WVOY).

Congratulations to Debbie Abrams, Junior League president in 1999, who earned the distinction for her dedication to and advocacy for the Boca Raton Historical Society. It marked the second consecutive year that a member of the Historical Society has been named WVOY; last year, longtime volunteer Lu-Lu Thomas won the award.

Abrams, vice president for public relations at the Buzz Agency in Delray Beach, has chaired countless fundraising events since joining the Historical Society some three decades ago—not to mention serving as its president and vice president. She’s currently on its board of directors.

The wife of county commissioner Steven Abrams was one of 25 nominees for this year’s honor. As noted by Jan Savarick, president of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation (award sponsor for WVOY), Abrams was a unanimous selection and the only name to appear on the finalist list of all five judges on the selection committee (comprised of Cheryl Budd, Susan Haynie, Marta Rendon, Lu-Lu Thomas and Mary Wong).

The estimated 1,000 attendees at the Boca Raton Resort & Club were treated to a runway fashion show by Neiman Marcus, which delivered an edgy, rock-inspired ode to fall trends. Junior League president Jackie Reeves estimates that the silent auction and other fundraising components at the event will raise upward of $150,000 for the league’s programs.