To celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s immense, selfless contributions to the community in royal style on her 100th birthday, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida presents an “Our Legend, Her Legacy” themed benefit gala where more than 700 dignitaries and community, business, and nonprofit leaders will don black or white tie, military or Scottish equivalent, tiaras, regalia, and decorations for dinner, dancing, and reminiscing, a video retrospective and presentation of a gigantic birthday card signed by thousands from the community she has long supported. Chaired Dame Isabelle K. Paul DCGSJ and Vice-Chair Dame Alyce E. Erickson DSJ with Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt, the event is being held as a benefit to fulfill the Countess’s 100th birthday wish of raising significant funds to benefit Boca Raton area nonprofits. Sponsorships at various levels, tribute ads in commemorative journal (that will be sent to the Library of Congress, and the Florida State and Boca Raton Historical Societies inclusion in their historical archives), birthday greetings, and tickets are available at www.countess100.org.
6:00 p.m. Cocktails; 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Celebration
Managing her charitable work from her home since 1981 without any staff, Countess de Hoernle has selflessly given away more than $40 million of her personal funds to local Boca Raton charities while serving on 16 boards of directors each year, for more than 30 different charities in her lifetime. Serving as an indelible and inspiring role model of philanthropy with wisdom and grace, there are more than 40 buildings named in her honor in Boca Raton alone, out of the more than 50 in total throughout Palm Beach County and New York. According to Gregory W. Schultz of Wellington, a long-time member of The Order of St. John, “The Countess is an expert at ‘drive-by’ giving. She looks to see where the need is, and armed only with her pen and notebook, with no secretary or entourage, she—and she alone—decides what to give, how much, to whom and how, often hand-delivering her gift within hours of first learning about those who need it the most.”
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, under Royal Charter and Constitution granted by His Late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia, is one of the oldest orders of chivalry in existence and has raised funds to benefit the sick and the poor of the world since 1048 A.D. The Countess is its patroness and holder of the Order’s Grand Cross of Justice and Medal of Merit. The gala on the occasion of her 100th birthday is organized by the OSJ Commandery of Florida, a not-for-profit charitable 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.
Tables of 10 and individual seats: $375 per person
Various levels of sponsorship available
Gala Chair Isabelle K. Paul (561) 391-3424, firstname.lastname@example.org.