Wednesday, July 6, 2022


So this is the second year I have gone to Boca’s Ballroom Battle, a late summer “Dancing With the Stars”-type fundraiser that benefits the George Snow Scholarship Fund. We are the media sponsor, and I am also on the committee that reviews scholarship applications for kids who could otherwise not afford to go to college.

I will be the first to admit that I fulfilled my lifetime quota of community fundraisers about five years ago. How many black dresses have I owned?  How many times have I flipped through an event program and groaned as I realized we were barely past the convocation? I have had more mystery chicken and chocolate mousse and rice pilaf and bad white wine than any woman needs to have in a lifetime. I have heard “Proud Mary” approximately 1,400 times, and I hate it just as much now as I did back when Tina first let it rip.

So I consider it a minor miracle that this event is actually fun. Way fun. First of all, everyone in town goes, and after a long hot summer of not seeing anyone, it’s kind of like a reunion. And then you have all these people who are usually anonymous dark suits in an office suddenly decked out in dance costumes and vamping around with sexy little Fred Astaire dancers to Sinatra music. Jerry Fedele foxtrotting? Robin Deyo with legs UP TO HERE? It just gets better and better. When you add in the fact that all these people have raised money to be in the contest and the contest helps send kids to college, it just sends me over the moon. So here’s to Tim Snow, and to his late father who inspired this charity, for not only throwing the best party of the year-but also one of the most meaningful, with genuine community spirit and involvement.

Almost makes you feel like dancing.

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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