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Philanthropy Notes: Boca Raton Mayor’s Ball set for Oct. 14 at Resort & Club

Boca Raton Mayor’s Ball committee members (l-r, seated) Gwen Herb, Dyana Kenney, Marilyn Wilson, Constance Scott, Penny Morey, Kim Champion, Bonnie Halperin, Arlene Herson; (standing) Michael Walstrom, Marleen Forkas, Gloria Wank, David Freudenberg, Carole Boucard, Jon Kaye, Michelle McLean-Bailey, Lewis Fogel, Alan Kaye, Kari Oeltjen, Jonathan Whitney, Linda Petrakis, Dr. Allen Konis, Dr. Ron Rubin and Deborah Freudenberg. Photo provided by Gina Fontana

By Amy Woods

Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton has announced the committee, honorees and sponsors for this year’s Boca Raton Mayor’s Ball, a red-carpet, black-tie dinner dance set for Oct. 14 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
The third annual affair lauds elected officials who exemplify Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self.” Money raised will go toward the health and wellness needs of Boca Raton nonprofits.
“The Mayor’s Ball is an annual beacon of city pride,” club President Penny Morey said. “The best part of the evening is seeing personal and professional reconnections made and relationships renewed and strengthened as, together, we celebrate Boca at its best.”
(l-r) Milagro Center board Chairman Kurt Knaus, Harvey Kimmel and Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein.
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Milagro Center receives dual grants from local donors
Delray Beach residents Harvey and Virginia Kimmel provided a grant that will help sustain the musical-instrument instruction program at the Milagro Center along with a matching grant that will strengthen the organization’s ability to provide arts and education programs to at-risk children.
“Milagro Center has been fulfilling a critical need in the local Delray Beach community for many years,” Harvey Kimmel said. “They are filling the gap, offering structured after-school programs, not a baby-sitting service. We are so impressed with their leadership and programs and deeply moved by the impact they are having on these children and their families.”
Milagro Center President and CEO Barbara Stark said the matching grant, designated for operations, will lead to additional donations.
“We are so grateful for the Kimmels’ commitment,” Stark said. “We now call upon the community to fulfill the matching gift. It will go a long way in ensuring the long-term success of children who start life at risk of academic failure. Even the smallest gift can help provide a brighter and better future.”

Class of ’17 Snow scholars hear from experts
More than 80 college-bound students benefited from the George Snow Scholarship Fund’s scholar-orientation program.
The Class of ’17 heard from local experts and current scholars and alumni on a variety of topics, including study skills and time management, the importance of exercise and nutrition and campus safety and the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
“The transition from high school to college can be challenging,” said Tim Snow, president of the fund. “We decided to do this orientation so that our students can learn the best way to adjust and get the most out of their college careers.”

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