By Amy Woods
The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum has debuted its annual commemorative holiday ornament, marking the 30th anniversary of Mizner Park.
The festive collectible is the creation of Boca Raton artist Barbara Montgomery O’Connell, who has donated her time and talent to making ornaments since 1998.
“We produce fewer than 150 holiday collectibles each year, so history and holiday fans should make their online purchase today,” said Mary Csar, the society’s executive director.
The ornaments cost $20. For information, call 561-395-6766 or visit www.bocaratonornaments.com.
Jewish women’s group picks new board members
The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches has appointed five new members to its board and named a new chairwoman, vice chairwoman and secretary.
The group consists of Suzanne Holmes, Penny Miller, Denise Silverman, Caryn Stevens-Hare and Helene Weingarten as well as Chairwoman Deena Lockman, Vice Chairwoman Kristen Sacks and secretary Laurie Winston.
“We are delighted to welcome the new members to our board and to elect three phenomenal women to new board positions,” CEO Jennifer Kryshka said. “I know the combined expertise of all of the dynamic and inspiring women who serve on the board will bring our organization to the next level as we begin fundraising, event planning and programming for the upcoming year.”
For information, call 561-275-2200 or visit https://jwfpalmbeach.org.
Jewish Family Service busy with virtual events
The Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service honored more than 60 volunteers during a virtual volunteer-appreciation event.
CEO Marc Hopin and other leaders addressed the online group and started the festivities, which included games, icebreakers and a scavenger hunt.
“Volunteers are the heart and soul of what makes things happen,” Chairwoman Zelda Mason said. “On behalf of the board of directors, thank you for your dedication, time and caring. We are very grateful.”
In other news, the organization sponsored “Goal to Goal,” a virtual event featuring a Q&A with former National Hockey League player Mike Hartman. Hartman, interviewed by his cousin — director of development Tara Laxer — spoke about the importance of passion and purpose in his life as well as helping others.
“I’ve had to overcome a lot of hurdles in my life,” he said. “I wasn’t the biggest, strongest or fastest hockey player, but I studied, I watched and I prepared. My advice is to face adversity, have a plan in place and set measurable goals. Take the good in what everyone brings, and learn from it.”
For information, call 561-684-1991 or visit www.alpertjfs.org.
Three women honored by Bethesda Foundation
The Women of Grace Luncheon — typically taking place in November — honors female volunteers for their philanthropy in Palm Beach County.
This year, however, the Bethesda Hospital Foundation had a monthlong virtual celebration honoring the women on social media, in emails and through the local press.
This years' honorees are Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Lt. Patricia Brown (Take Stock in Children), Dr. Marla Dudak (Caridad Center) and Tandy Robinson (Impact 100 Palm Beach County).
For information, call 561-737-7733, Ext. 84445, or visit www.bethesdahospitalfoundation.org.
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