Friday, June 7, 2024

Out & About in South Florida, From John Tolbert to SBA and Oxygen

It seems as if the only way I know what’s going on anymore is through the emails I get or the occasional phone calls; I miss seeing everyone and socially distanced is starting to assume a whole new dimension. So I just thought I’d share the news I’ve been getting.

John Tolbert

By now the shock waves are beginning to settle after the news that our John Tolbert is leaving the Boca Resort. I hate this. Period. I’ve known John for 25 some years, back when he was the sales and marketing director there, and we’d kept in touch sporadically. When he came back, I was thrilled—as was everyone. He plunged into the community, he introduced fresh ideas to the Resort, he was always brimming with energy, from arranging supply flights to Puerto Rico after the hurricane, to dancing in the Ballroom Battle (and raising the most money) to about a million other ways he changed us, and our town. I will miss him. I will miss the brilliance and the pinball-machine attention span and most of all, the sweetness I have always seen under all that razzle-dazzle. And I will count the days until he comes back to us.

SBA and Boca Regional

In other news, we hear SBA Communications Corporation is partnering with Boca Raton Regional Hospital with new wellness initiatives. “We were in the midst at the time of reviewing and improving our employee benefits in the areas of health and wellness, and it just made sense for the hospital to help evaluate and possibly provide some of the services we needed,” said Jeff Stoops, CEO of SBA. The arrangement, the first of this kind between the hospital and a large local company, encompasses a variety of services, including on-site and off-site doctor’s appointments, blood pressure checks and blood screenings, mobile mammograms, yoga, meditation and mental health services, nutrition, lectures and other services many of which are available to SBA’s entire 1500-person workforce by video. SBA also donated $1 million to support Keeping the Promise…The fundraising campaign for the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Food Bank’s Karen Erren

The Palm Beach County Food Bank (PBCFB) announced that the charismatic Executive Director Karen Erren plans to leave the organization this summer to “pursue opportunities closer to family in the northeast.” That is yet another great loss for Palm Beach County; Erren really made an impact here. Marti LaTour, chairman of the board, announced a search committee and has named long-time board member, Jim Greco, as Interim Executive Director.

Caridad Center

We hear Caridad Center hasn’t missed a beat during the pandemic, providing hot meals to more than 200 families during the week of May 11 alone—in addition to serving the working poor with free medical care. This has always been a pace of miracles—everyone knows that—but I am sure they’ve been in overdrove the past weeks and months.

Loggerhead Marinelife Run

Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s 9th Annual Run 4 The Sea—has gone virtual this year—Runners are urged to support Loggerhead Marinelife Center with a timed four-mile race that begins on participants’ time wherever they want to do it! You just have to enter in your time to receive a finisher medal and t-shirt. Participants will get their race swag after the race weekend; curbside pick up will also be available on June 18-19 from 11 – 6! The Run is this Saturday, June 20, and costs $40 (includes sport-style participant shirt and custom medal) and $20 for the kid’s one miler (includes a child’s t-shirt and custom finisher medal, children 13 yrs old or younger.)

Oxygen and Boca Helping Hands

South Florida cosmetics manufacturer Oxygen Development donated 10,000 hand sanitizer units to Boca Helping Hands, Helping Hands, a high-profile community-based nonprofit that provides food, medical and financial assistance to the underserved.
Established in 2002, Oxygen Development is a world-class leader in the development and production of high-quality color cosmetics, personal care and OTC products for numerous global and trendsetter brands.


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Marie Speed
Marie Speed
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.

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