23th Annual (OPAL) Outstanding People and Leaders Virtual Event – Changing Lives & Building Futures – Raised Over $170,000 for College Scholarships and Trades Certificate Programs February 21, 2021 The 23rd Annual OPAL gala (virtual) event was held on Sunday evening, February 21, co-hosted and led by Neil Saffer, Jan Savarick and Spencer Siegel. Each year, the OPAL red carpet gala honors outstanding community partners and philanthropists in Boca Raton. This year, due to the pandemic, the OPAL Society members were honored with a custom etched bottle of wine in recognition of their past OPAL award having been [...]
The Club Board recently decided to provide designated support at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) for three vocational programs: • Heating and AC (HVAC) • Marine Serving Technology • Auto Mechanic This designated grant is part of the Club’s overall grant supporting new and continuing students. In our Club meeting on May 27, we presented PBSC President Ava Parker and Rochelle Nolan who is Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning with a check for $67,000 of which a good part will be to fund two qualified and deserving students in each of the three [...]
Vanessa introduced the guests: Alan Hines – FAU Foundation District Governor Donna Gaiser, 6930 PDG 6930 & Current District Foundation Chair, Jim Sisserson Norman Matus, President-Elect, RC Boca Sunrise Robert Yudkin, President, RC Addison, TX Julie Vianale did the invocation. Pat McCarthy gave the Rotary Minute. She shared that she was introduced to Rotary when managing catering for Ft. Lauderdale Westin and Rotary was meeting there. She joined in 2003 and one day asked a fellow employee from Haiti about his family after a hurricane hit the island. When he responded that he [...]
Pictured above are member Kris Amorello of Paradise Bank with Club President Vanessa Havener. Kris provided the club with a donation from Paradise Bank for $5K to t to help underwrite OPAL and Future Stars. Thanks to Paradise Bank to help fund these two major Rotary Club of Boca Raton events.
Rotary Scholarship Student and Single Mom Julissa Maldonado Given a Car Weekly Meeting August 14th, 2019 Pictured above are Michelle Balaun with Wheels from the Heart, Club President Vanessa Havener, Club member Art Polacheck, Julissa Maldonado who is receiving the keys to her car which was awarded by Wheels from the Heartand, lastly, Steve Muschlitz, a Founder of Wheels from the Heart who arranged for the gift to Julissa. Julissa is Rotary Scholarship recipient and is graduating in Product Management later this fall from Palm Beach State College. She has been also working full [...]
Kristina Gregg Receives Boca Rotary Scholarship Funds on Behalf of FAU Weekly Meeting September 18th, 2019 Pictured above are Pia Giannone, Chair of the Scholarship Liaison Committee, Kristina Gregg, Executive Director of Gift Planning at FAU and Club President Vanessa Havener. This year the RCBR funded Eighteen Thousand Dollars to the FAU Foundation to cover the cost of nine scholarship recipients of the FAU/RCBR Scholarship. These funds are then allocated to specific students via their student account to cover tuition. The average scholarship is $2,000 and if the students meets all the FAU/RCBR scholarship [...]
Boca Raton, Florida – November 2, 2018– Save the date for the 2019 Pirate Invasion 5K/10K Run/Walk, presented by PurePoint Financial, on February 2ndat Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, Florida. The annual event is quickly becoming a “must run” event in the greater Boca Raton community and welcomes adults and children of all ages to participate! The Pirate Run, one of only four races sanctioned by the City of Boca Raton, features one of the most picturesque race courses alongside A1A with gorgeous beach-side views. The event is managed by Runners Edge Foundation. Co-Chairmen David Jackson, Holly Meehan [...]