YMCA OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY
Elegance. History. Inspiration. Hundreds gathered at The Boca Raton on Dec. 3 to honor the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s past, celebrate its present and inspire its future. The YMCA’s 50th Anniversary Gala, presented by Myrna Gordon Skurnick, raised a wonderful whopping $2 million to not only support YMCA of South Palm Beach County initiatives and programs but also purchase two new buses and repair two older buses to transport YMCA children. Musicians from the Lynn Conservatory Band, The Gypsy Lane Band and the Y Leaders Club entertained the joyous crowd during an elegant dinner and live auction. Tickets are now on sale for the YMCA’s annual Inspiration Breakfast March 1 featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer, Emmitt Smith!
FULLER CENTER WEE DREAM BALL
It was a winter wonderland at Boca West Country Club as the Fuller Center held its largest fundraiser of the year! The night featured dueling pianos, dancing, a luxurious live auction, delicious cuisine and a heartwarming story from a Fuller Center alumni member. Fuller Center supports under-resourced families and children of our community. Consider adopting a classroom or becoming a mentor at the Fuller Center this holiday season!
AN EVENING WITH MADISON KEYS
Boca Raton kicked its tennis up a notch this month! All eyes were on World No. 11 Professional Tennis Player Madison Keys and the Czech Republic’s Brenda Fruhvirtova as the two competed in a Dec. 9 exhibition match at The Boca Raton’s Racquet Club. The event highlighted Keys’ charity, Kindness Wins, and was emceed by 2-time Wimbledon champion John Lloyd. Lloyd’s new book, Dear John: The John Lloyd Autobiography reflects on life, tennis, Wimbledon, education, parenthood and time with his former spouse, Chris Evert. Don’t miss some great tennis action on the women’s and men’s side at the Delray Beach Open Feb. 10-19, 2023!
WALK OF RECOGNITION
Cheers to those who continue to make Boca even better! The Boca Raton Historical Society welcomed more than 100 supporters and dignitaries to the 2022 Walk of Recognition ceremony at The Addison on Nov. 26. The annual event honors individuals and organizations that have served for the interest of our community and have enriched the lives of the citizens of Boca Raton. The 2022 Walk of Recognition inductees included former mayor Steven Abrams, philanthropists Arline & John McNally and Lynn Russell. The Special Historic Preservation Award was presented to The Addison, one of our most beautiful event spaces in town designed by famed architect Addison Mizner in 1926. You can find stars honoring the annual Walk of Recognition inductees around Boca’s Mizner Tower in Royal Palm Place, on the corner of Federal Highway and S.E. Mizner Boulevard.
SIP, SHOP & SLEIGH
Holiday shopping was made easy at the Sip, Shop & Sleigh Holiday Shopping Bazaar that supported Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s Go Pink Challenge! Dozens of local and national retail, food and beverage companies set up shop on Dec. 1 at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. Proceeds from the Go Pink Challenge benefit breast cancer programs and services at the Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, the Lynn Cancer Institute, and the Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care. Help save lives by supporting the Go Pink Challenge at numerous other events throughout the year.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT THE BOCA RATON
The sky, the trees and best of all, the faces of dozens of happy children were all aglow at The Boca Raton for the resort’s Nov. 26 Christmas Tree Lighting festivities. The Boca Raton kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of the beautiful main entrance Christmas trees, an amazing firework display and music from West Boca Raton High School’s Encore Ensemble Choir and other talented acts.
HOLIDAY STREET PARADE
Celebration and joy took over downtown Boca Raton on Dec. 7 as the 50th annual Holiday Street Parade rolled down Federal Highway. Nearly 100 floats and groups entertained viewers with dancing, lighting and music galore. The theme of this year’s parade was the “Groovy 70s” and no doubt schools, teams and businesses like Tendler Orthodontics nailed it.
PEACEFUL MIND, PEACEFUL LIFE
Life is difficult. A roller coaster. In the chaos of it all, our hometown inner peace and wellness experts Barb Schmidt and Michelle Maros have our backs! Peaceful Mind, Peaceful Life’s December Wellness Series at the BRIC honed in on finding closure and starting new, letting go of stresses and challenges and starting the New Year feeling clear and confident. Sometimes that’s easier said than done (am I right or am I right?!) but Barb and Michelle shared these important strategies to make it all a little easier:
- Love your past enough to move on and let it go.
- As we work to start something new, don’t look at who we can be but who we have never been and want to be!
- When you are open to the possibilities in life, opportunities often come right to you.
- Shift the energy of things and bring affirmations to your day like All is well in this moment, Thank you for the gift of this new day, You are enough, This too shall pass, and You are worthy.
- Choose an intentional word for the year. Examples include ease, trust, joy, courage, decision, emerge, balance, acceptance and bravery. PMPL’s next workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 31 at BRIC. Tickets will soon be available here.