10527719671?profile=RESIZE_710xBoca Raton Airport Authority board members (l-r) Gene Folden, Jim Nau, Bob Tucker, Randy Nobles, Cheryl Budd and Melvin Pollack hold a few of the breakfast food items gathered for Boca Helping Hands. Photo provided

By Amy Woods

More than 300 pounds of food was donated to Boca Helping Hands courtesy of volunteers at the Boca Raton Airport Authority.
Cereal and other breakfast items were provided to help families in need with the most important meal of the day.
“Boca Helping Hands is a vital organization that exceeds expectations while providing for our local community,” Boca Raton Airport Authority Executive Director Clara Bennett said. “We are always so excited to get involved and help our community soar.”
For more information, call 561-417-0913 or visit bocahelpinghands.org.

‘Rebound and Recovery’ focuses on mental health
As the country calls attention to the growing epidemic of mental health issues, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and Florida State University on a new initiative.
Titled “Rebound and Recovery,” the collaboration aims to tackle the pandemic-aggravated emotional challenges faced by children and teens. FSU’s College of Social Work, as well as its Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families and Children, will spearhead the effort.
“Once we develop the new curriculum and pilot it with the Boys & Girls Clubs, we’ll be able to share it with others in the county, across the state and beyond,” said Jeff Stoops, an FSU graduate who helped start the center in Tallahassee. “Working together within this unique collaboration, we hope to build a program that is scalable and can have a real lifelong impact on the mental health of our youth and teens.”
For more information, call 561-659-6800 or visit yourcommunityfoundation.org.

Laugh with the Library raises more than $230,000
Good humor and laughter were in abundance at the Delray Beach Public Library’s Laugh with the Library, taking place at the Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa.
The event, co-chaired by Chiara Clark and Alissa Rabin, is a perennial favorite for its creative, casual, fun-filled night of comedy, cocktails and dinner-by-the-bite. The headliner was comedian Pat McGann.
“The Delray Beach Public Library depends on the success of this fundraiser to provide support for library materials,” said Kae Jonsons, director of development and community relations, noting that more than $230,000 was generated. “The pandemic led to an increase in demand as well as the cost of books, and digital materials have risen greatly.”
For more information, call 561-266-7698 or visit delraylibrary.org.

New board members at Children’s Foundation
Beth Schlager and Stu Steckler have been appointed as board members of the Boca West Children’s Foundation, which funds projects to assist needy children and their families in South County.
The foundation achieves its goals through a network of 30 local charities.
“We have a very dynamic and committed board of directors, and we are thrilled to welcome Beth and Stu to join us in our mission to serve the kids in Palm Beach County,” Chairman Richard Zenker said. “Both of these individuals are committed to improving the community, and they both have significant business and volunteer experience to bring to the board.”

For more information, call 561-488-6980 or visit bocawestfoundation.org.

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