Pay it Forward: Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon breaking records

(l-r) Junior League President Renata Sans de Negri, Heather Shaw, vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton, and event Chairwoman Nicole Stelzer will preside over the luncheon and fashion show. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

The Junior League of Boca Raton’s Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon already has broken records. The highest number of nominees — 50 — was submitted this year, and the highest number of guests — 1,000 — purchased tickets.

The Nov. 16 fundraiser might break another record if Chairwoman Nicole Stelzer’s $300,000 goal is met.

“All signs are pointing to a sold-out and successful event,” Stelzer said.

The luncheon showcases female philanthropy in Boca Raton and beyond by recognizing those who work in all areas of charity — from arts and sciences to disease and hunger to child advocacy.

“It really is a representation of our community and what our community deems as areas of concern,” Stelzer said.

Each of the nominees will be recognized onstage with an introduction and a plaque. Among them, a winner will be selected and presented with a gold pin.

“I think that the women, just for being nominated by one of their organizations, that is a truly special moment for them,” league President Renata Sans de Negri said. “Our mission is to celebrate all the women who are committed to volunteerism in our community.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. with a reception and silent auction, continues with the luncheon and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. and concludes with an after-party at 2 p.m. that runs into the early-evening hours.

“Last year, I was there until 5 p.m., believe it or not, and I was not the last to leave,” de Negri said. “Many of our guests, they do take the Friday off. They really make it a full-day event.”

The fashion show features couture by Tanya Taylor, who will attend and be available for a meet and greet with Runway VIP ticket holders. Saks Fifth Avenue sponsors the full-scale production.

“We let Saks Fifth Avenue bring the magic,” de Negri said. “It’s like a true New York Fashion Week coming into Boca Raton.”

If you go

What: Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon

Date: Nov. 16

Time: 10 a.m. reception and silent auction, 11:30 a.m. luncheon and fashion show, 2 p.m. after-party

Where: Boca Raton Resort and Club, 501 E. Camino Real

Cost: $150 for general seating, $250 for Runway VIP seating

Information: Call 620-2553 or visit