Yvonne Boice

Philanthropist, owner of the Shoppes at Village Pointe

Background: In 1986, after the death of husband Grant, Boice inherited his Shoppes at Village Pointe, a fledgling retail center on the border of Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton. It was overwhelming at first, but Boice eventually embraced the project as her own. She signed Outback Steakhouse as an early tenant and has built the center into a 77,000-square-foot, multipurpose hub for families.

How she is making a difference: Nearly every inch of wall space in Boice’s office attests to her status as a Palm Beach County power player. Framed grip-and-greet photos show Boice interacting with countless politicians, business leaders, media personalities and entertainers—George W. Bush, Olivia Newton-John, Donald Trump—while her shelf space swells with binders dedicated to her numerous charitable causes, including YMCA of Palm Beach County, Soroptomist International and the Palm Beach International Film Festival.

“I was raised as a young child to give back to the community and to those in need,” Boice says. She serves on about a dozen boards and has represented the United States at four international women’s business conferences, where she promoted volunteerism and helped to empower women in Abu Dhabi, Hanoi, Berlin and Bolivia.

What the future holds: Boice agreed to organize a fundraising luncheon in 2013 for the Palm Beach State College Foundation board’s STEM program—provided the foundation change the name to STEAM, to incorporate Arts into the Science, Technology, Education and Math disciplines. Now called Full STEAM Ahead, the program hopes to create 1,000 new scholarships. Boice also has become involved with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the nation’s largest nonprofit targeting sexual violence. “This organization needs to be brought into the public eye,” Boice says.