The Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton announces it will produce and present the 5th Annual Boca Raton Mayor’s Ball, a black-tie dinner/dance gala that will be held at the Boca West Country Club on Saturday, November 16, 2019, featuring a lavish reception and dinner, set amidst City-themed décor and the music of the Steve Chase Band. The 5th Annual event honors City’s visionaries past and present who have elevated the community and raises funds to support the health and wellness needs of Boca Raton nonprofits. Funds raised through the annual Boca Raton Mayor’s Ball fulfill grant requests approved through the Rotary Club Downtown Boca’s formal grant application program to be open to all Boca Raton-based nonprofits with needs for health and wellness services and programming. “Twenty-seven area non-profits, as well as Rotary International, benefitted from the 2018 Ball and we are looking forward to supporting even more non- profits from this year’s ball,” said co-chair Michael Walstrom.
The 5th Annual Rotary Club Downtown Boca Mayor’s Ball Co-chairs Dyana Kenney and Michael Walstrom are looking forward to the Rotary Club Downtown Boca again setting the stage for such a prestigious annual event to spotlight Boca Raton and its visionaries, stakeholders, achievements and contributions.
“The Mayor’s Ball is a tribute to those who have made this community the best it can be and the generosity that continues to make a difference in the lives of so many,” said Rotary Club Downtown Boca President Michael Walstrom. “We expect the dance floor to be filled, reconnections made, and relationships renewed and strengthened as together we celebrate ‘all that is Boca’.”
Adding historical perspective to the Ball, Founding co-chair and event producer Jon Kaye reported that the Rotary Club Downtown Boca has established the ‘George Long Awards’ -- named for the City’s first appointed mayor in 1924 whose devotion to Boca Raton was precedent-setting – that will be presented to an Educational Institution (Lynn University) and a non-profit (Florence Fuller Child Development Center) and for-profit organization (Bluegreen Vacations) that have each championed the tradition of bringing indelible visionary ideas and transformation to Boca Raton.
The 2018 George Long Award winner in the Individual category Jerry Fedele and his wife Terry Fedele will serve as honorary chairs. Honorary advisors include Mayor Scott Singer, former mayors Susan Whelchel, Bill T. Smith and Steven Abrams, Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers; Council Members Monica Mayotte, Andrea Levine O’Rourke and Andy Thomson.
“Tapping the Boca Raton Historical Society as a valued resource, its executive director Mary Csar and museum curator Sue Gillis to assist in forwarding a meaningful theme, we envision the Mayor’s Ball as an opportunity for participants to enjoy and enhance their appreciation of the City’s history and its boldness,” said Mayor’s Ball Co-Chair Dyana Kenney. “To date, the response and commitment from Boca-based business, civic, and community leaders for an annual Boca Raton Mayor’s Ball and its mission have been strong.”