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Coastal Star: Retired exec promotes FAU fundraiser

David High is enjoying his life in ‘retirement,’ including an active lifestyle from his home. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Mary Thurwachter
    
Ten years ago, David High and his wife, JoAnne, joined some friends in attending a few meetings of the University Club at Florida Atlantic University. Their friends were already members, and it didn’t take long for the Highs to realize that the organization — a branch of Florida Atlantic University’s Foundation devoted to helping the university’s library and raising money for scholarships — was a good fit for them, too.
    Today, the Delray Beach couple serves as co-chairmen of the club’s membership committee and are helping to promote the organization’s main fundraiser, Casino Royale, on Jan. 25 at Via Mizner.
    “It’ll be a night of gaming, and prizes and an auction,” High said. By the time the evening is over, the club hopes to have netted $20,000-$30,000 for the FAU library and for scholarships.
    Since the University Club was founded by eight women in 1976, the organization has raised more than $1 million, High said.
    Being in the club, High said, “gets us connected with projects that help others,” he said. “Plus, it’s a good opportunity for us for volunteering and networking. And it keeps us up to date on concerts and other events.”
    The Highs moved to Delray Beach from Reading, Penn., in 1996, after High, 73, retired from his job as an electricity industry executive. For a few years, they were snowbirds, but in 2005, they moved here year-round. “We chose Delray because it put us midway between two airports and two cultural centers (Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach),” he said. It is, he added, a perfect location for a couple who enjoys the arts and loves to travel.
    Their home is between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.
    “I can see boats cruising down the Intracoastal,” he said during a phone interview.
    Their home also is close to the Delray Beach Club, where he is president of the board of governors. With the beach, tennis courts and many activities, not to mention its good restaurants, the club is the perfect place to take their two sons and their families when they come to visit. 

If You Go
What: Casino Royale, the annual fundraiser for the University Club at FAU. Where: Via Mizner Golf and Country Club, 6200 Boca Del Mar Drive, Boca Raton.
When: 6-10 p.m.  Jan. 25
Tickets: $125; $150 for VIP (open bar).
Info: For tickets, underwriting or sponsorship opportunities, call Janice Abreu at FAU,  297-6144 or Alene Brewer, president of the University Club, at 706-3053.

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