Friday, April 19, 2024

Qualk Named Woman Volunteer of Year

The Junior League of Boca Raton celeb
rated charitable contributions of women throughout south Palm Beach County at its 23rd annual Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon Friday at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

More than 30 ladies were nominated for their outstanding work in the community-but the afternoon’s top honor went to Brooke Qualk of the Children’s Place at Home Safe.

Qualk, who spent 15 years with Home Safe, was recognized for her tireless work on behalf of the organization that provides hope and care for children who have been physically and/or sexually abused, children who have been abandoned or neglected, orphans, and children with HIV/AIDS. In addition to leading several fundraising events, she has helped to create successful programs for Home Safe and its children.

Friday’s event, which drew approximately 1,000 attendees, was presented by Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and included a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue.

Congratulations to the other nominees, including:

Bonnie Mason, American Red Cross South County Service Center; Laurie Udine, Boca Ballet Theatre; Margaret Jones, Boca Helping Hands; Elizabeth D. Fletcher, Boca Raton Historical Society; Sara Jo Kobacker, Boca Raton Museum of Art; Ann Ehrlich, Boca Raton Police Services Department; Linda L. Snelling, Caridad Center; Devina Kirpalani, C.R.O.S. Ministries; Debbie Leising, Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League; Lynn Hover, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers; Sharon Higerd, 4Kids of South Florida; Pam Casanave, George Snow Scholarship Fund; Helen Bass, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County; Margi Cross, Hospice by the Sea; Vicki Rautbord, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation; Paula Ciavolino, ItsJust4Kids Inc.

Judy Levis Markhoff, Jewish Association for Residential Care; Dorothy C. MacDiarmid, Junior League of Boca Raton; Maggie Dickenson, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County; Karen Hoffheimer, Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center; Susie Roegiers, Milagro Center; Casey Cole, Nat King Cole Generation Hope; Dorinda Spahr, National Society of Arts & Letters/Boca Raton chapter; Esther Uria LaBovick, PACE Center for Girls; Cynthia Brown, Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts; Cynthia Cummings, Soroptimist International; Janyce Speier, SOS Children’s Villages; Barbara Schmidt, Spirit of Giving Network; Louise Levinson, The Volen Senior Center

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