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Philanthropy Notes: Gift doubles scholarship for FAU commercial-music program

Florida Atlantic University benefactor Fara Love has made another gift to the school’s commercial music program, which doubles the Jerry and Devon Love Endowed Commercial Music Scholarship. The scholarship, which supports three students annually, was created in memory of Fara Love’s husband, Jerry, and their daughter Devon.

“Jerry, a music-industry veteran, was instrumental in the creation of Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, FAU’s record label,” said Michael Zager, founder and director of the commercial music program. 

“Devon was very artistic and had a great love of music and the record business," Zager said. "While losing a daughter and then a husband in two years is difficult, their legacy will live forever because of Fara’s generosity.”

Added Fara Love, “We have witnessed many wonderful, talented students graduate from Michael Zager’s program. Music was a very strong, happy bond between Jerry and Devon. Music is what joins the heart and soul together and it will happily continue through these students.”

Jewish Women's Grant Wishes event

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County will have its Granting Wishes event at 5:30 p.m. March 14 at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton.

Not only will guests find out who will be awarded the grants, they also will hear from Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, who co-founded The MOMS.

“We are delighted to have Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein as our 2018 Granting Wishes guest speakers,” said Amy Rosenberg, who is co-chairing the event with Randee Rubenstein. 

The MOMS lifestyle brand is featured on TV, radio, podcasts, online, in print and in taxicabs.

“Their Mamarazzi town-hall events provide mothers and media with access to celebrities to discuss meaningful parenting topics,” Rosenberg said. “Denise chronicles her ongoing journey with breast cancer and was the recipient of the 2017 Susan G. Komen NY Impact Award.”

The reception includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Tickets are $85. Call 852-3188 or visit

Cruises benefit All Hands, a retailer for cruises and travel services based in Delray Beach, raised $10,000 for All Hands Volunteers, an organization dedicated to rebuilding communities hit by natural disasters. donated a portion for every Caribbean cruise booked from October through December, in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Lang donates to Red Cross

As part of its commitment to give a percentage of home sales to charity, Lang Realty has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

 “This is our way of helping the many people directly affected by last year’s back-to-back hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria,” said Scott Agran, president of Lang Realty.  

Mounts Botanical’s Friends plan fundraiser

Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will have  its biggest annual fundraiser, the Mounts Spring Benefit, on April 8, to support educational programs. 

Programs include the exhibit “Washed Ashore: Art To Save the Sea.”

Tickets are $175 and can be purchased by calling 233-1757. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities also are available.

Real Men who bake sought

Guys who love to create culinary masterpieces and share them with others will want to sign up for the eighth annual Real Men Bake and Rock at the Sock Hop, set for March 19. Presented by the Woman’s Club of Delray Beach and benefiting several nonprofits, the event is at Old School Square in Delray Beach. Time is 6 to 9 p.m. Guests at Real Men Bake and Rock at the Sock Hop will have a chance to sample all of the creations and vote for their favorites. Prizes will be awarded.  For information, call 843-6821 or visit

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