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With the 2023-24 Gala Season Ramping Up, Boca Raton Mayors Ball is a “Don’t Miss” Standout

More than a coveted annual black-tie evening, the 8th Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball continues to draw Boca Raton’s who’s who, dignitaries, business and community leaders.

The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton (RCDBR) is getting ready to roll out its eighth annual celebratory royal blue carpet for the upcoming 2023 Boca Raton Mayors Ball, Saturday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Boca West Country Club.

The lavish black-tie gala pays homage to the City’s historic iconic milestones, and honors all those, past and present, who have helped make Boca Raton the best place to live, work, play, learn, visit, heal and raise a family. Event proceeds fund the Club’s “Service Above Self” grant program that supports vital health and wellness needs of nonprofits serving Boca Raton. 

Co-Chairs Jon and Bonnie Kaye with Honorary Co-Chairs Jessie and Alex Price

This year’s Co-Chairs Jon and Bonnie Kaye, with Honorary Co-Chairs Alex and Jessie Price and the gala’s host committee invite guests to dance the night away to the Steve Chase Band, honor George Long Award recipients, and raise funds through a high-energy live auction and extensive silent auction. In special tribute to Boca’s pioneering agricultural heritage of the Yamato Colony, an epicurean farm-to-table menu is planned by the creative culinary collaboration of Boca West Country Club Executive Chef Paul Griffin and Michelin Star Chef Fabio Trabocchi, whose Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants will debut Fiolina Pasta House Boca Raton this fall. 

Michelin Star Chef Fabio Trabocchi of Fiolina Pasta House with Boca West Country Club Executive Chef Paul Griffin


Centerstage will be the RCDBR’s spotlight on exemplary Boca Raton stakeholders and their achievements and contributions, as the Club recognizes their exceptional generosity of time, treasure and talent. Their valued community efforts elevate the City’s positioning, and uplift the whole community. The 2023 Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton’s George Long Awards, named for the City’s first mayor, will be presented to:

  • Boca Raton Airport Authority (business category)
  • Faulk Center for Counseling (nonprofit category)
  • Marta Batmasian (individual category)

In addition to the George Long Awards, the Club’s Dr. Ira Gelb Health & Wellness Visionary Award will be presented to Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida.


Since the inaugural event in 2015, Mayors Ball proceeds have fulfilled more than $495,000 in health and wellness grant requests for dozens of Boca’s nonprofits. Distributed each year through a formal RCDBR “Service Above Self” grant application process, last year’s 2022 Mayors Ball proceeds fulfilled grant requests submitted by 24+ area nonprofits, as well as a percentage donated to Rotary International’s fund for polio eradication. 

Mayors Ball tickets at $450 per person are on sale here on the RCDBR website or contact Jon Kaye at 561-392-5166, ext.2; or email

This post is sponsored by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton.

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