Forever Young

It may have been Hospital Ball #58 this weekend, but what was once a stuffy black tie gala has morphed into one of the the most sought-after parties of the year in Boca Raton—based on the entertainment alone. This year probably eclipsed any of the past, with headliner Rod Stewart up close and personal, and a fundraising record of $3.5 million.

You read that number right.

The party began with a lovely cocktail hour after guests walked through a flowery arbor (there was also the requisite VIP cocktail room (of course–this is Boca) with open bars and lost of gorgeous gowns—the perfect prelude to a lovely dinner and The Man himself-—still in good voice, still rocking, still delivering a great show with everything from early hits like “Maggie May” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Tonight’s The Night,” to later standards from Stage II of his career, like “It Had To Be You.”

A massive crowd of tuxedo-ed guests pressed up against the stage, people were dancing and singing, and and the mood was both Saturday-night-on the-town festive and nostalgic. What a party. And no wonder it sold out in about 30 seconds (and at $1,000 a ticket, no less!)

Thanks to Co-Chairs Diane and Larry Feldman, Steve and Debbie Schmidt, honorary Chairs Toby and Leon Cooperman and Billi and Bernie Marcus, and to Bob Sheetz and Debbie Lindstrom who underwrote the entertainment. And special thanks to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital for a great party.

We have no idea how you are going to top it next year!

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Marie Speed is group editor of all JES publications, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Worth Avenue, Mizner’s Dream and the annual publication for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. She also oversees editorial operations of the company’s Salt Lake City magazines. Her community involvement has ranged from work with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce to a longtime board member position at Caridad Center. She is also on the George Snow Scholarship Fund review committee. She is a past officer of the Florida Magazine Association and a member of Class XVII of Leadership Florida. In her spare time, Marie enjoys South Florida’s natural world through hiking and kayaking, and she is an avid reader and an enthusiastic cook.