9760542454?profile=RESIZE_710xCo-Chairwomen Clara Acero and Kari Oeltjen of the Junior League of Boca Raton’s 34th annual Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

“Celebrating A Renaissance of Community” will serve as the theme for the 34th annual Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon benefiting the Junior League of Boca Raton.
The extravaganza returns to The Boca Raton, formerly the Boca Raton Resort & Club, after a hiatus in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The chairs felt like we’re sort of coming out of the dark ages,” league President Jamie Sauer said, referring to Co-Chairwomen Clara Acero and Kari Oeltjen. “It’s just really nice to be able to get together and honor the volunteers who have made so much of a difference, especially at a time like this.”
The nonprofit’s largest fundraiser begins at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12 with a VIP reception and runs until 1:30 p.m. A total of 22 nominees will be recognized this year.
“These women are all absolutely incredible,” Sauer said. “To have been an active volunteer during the last year and a half is so admirable and amazing. We’re excited to honor them.”
The luncheon’s highlight is the Saks Fifth Avenue runway show that L’Agence fashion director Tara Rudes-Dann will headline. An after-party at Corvina Seafood Grill Royal Palm Place concludes the day.
Last year’s luncheon went virtual, featuring a look back at the hundreds of women who have been nominated over the years as well as the history of the service organization established 50 years ago.
“2020 was difficult on everybody,” Sauer said. “This is sort of like a new beginning, just to kind of come back in person and say thank you.”

Send notes to Amy Woods at flamywoods@bellsouth.net.

If You Go
What: Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon
When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12
Where: The Boca Raton, 501 E. Camino Real
Information: 561-620-2553 or www.jlbr.org.

 

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