By Amy Woods

Palm Beach County Food Bank supporters got an early seat at the table when the organization cooked up the excitement at its VIP reception for the eighth annual Empty Bowls Delray Beach.

The VIP reception included a beautiful display of handcrafted bowls by local artists as well as a silent auction, live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

“The holidays can be a tough time for many, and that does not exclude local neighbors here in Palm Beach County,” CEO Jamie Kendall said. “There are 132,000 food-insecure residents in our county, and we typically find that those who are dealing with hunger are also experiencing chronic illness or other catalysts for loss of income.”

The 2023 Empty Bowls Delray Beach took place at Trinity Lutheran in December, with John and Diane Brewer serving as event chairs and Stephanie Dodge serving as honorary chairwoman.

For more information, call 561-670-2518 or visit www.pbcfoodbank.org.


12368620296?profile=RESIZE_400xAltmans make $2.5 million gift to Boca Raton Regional
Corporate leaders Joel Altman and Beverly Raphael-Altman’s $2.5 million gift to “Keeping the Promise — the Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital” will be recognized with the naming of the East Courtyard on campus.

The gift is in memory of Sydney Altman, Joel Altman’s father and the first president of the hospital foundation board.

“We are so thankful for the Altmans’ demonstration of generosity toward our billion-dollar campus transformation,” CEO Lincoln Mendez said. “This is another extraordinary gift to Keeping the Promise, and it continues to underscore the belief and trust in our vision and the urgency people in our community feel about the future of health care here.”
Raphael-Altman said, “We have a wonderful insight into the plans and vision of Boca Raton Regional Hospital and believe they have the health and well-being of everyone in this community in mind as they forge their way into the future. We’re proud to be part of this effort.”

For more information, call 561-955-4142 or visit https://donate.brrh.com.

Philanthropy Tank, school district team up
The nonprofit committed to empowering young change-makers announced a new collaboration, approved by the Palm Beach County School District board, that paves the way for establishing Philanthropy Tank clubs in high schools across the county.

The measure will create platforms for local students to address pressing community issues. The Changemakers program challenges youths to implement sustainable solutions to identified problems. Philanthropist investors fund the initiatives and mentor students as they launch the efforts.

“If any of you have not had the opportunity to go when they are judging, it’s a fabulous experience,” board Chairwoman Karen Brill said. “I invite everybody to go and see these amazing projects.”

For more information, call 561-910-3893 or visit www.philanthropytank.org.

Cuban scholar receives ‘America 250’ award
The España Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored Martha Gutiérrez-Steinkamp with the esteemed America 250 award.

The chapter, in alignment with patriotic activities organized for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the United States, recognized Gutiérrez-Steinkamp for her efforts in fostering a connection with Spain. She is a Cuban-born scholar and a Smithsonian fellow.

“We were proud to host this DAR event to highlight Martha’s accomplishments toward a greater understanding of Spain’s role in the American Revolution,” said Mary Csar, executive director of the Boca Raton Historical Society. “She is so deserving of the DAR’s America 250 award.”

For information about the España Chapter, visit darspain.org. For information about America 250, visit dar.org/national-society/america-250. For information about the Boca Raton Historical Society, call 561-395-6766 or visit www.bocahistory.org.

Speaker series to conclude with interior designer
Impact 100 Palm Beach County’s latest speaker series concludes Feb. 20 with a presentation by interior designer Ashley Whittaker.

12368621286?profile=RESIZE_180x180Whittaker grew up in South County and attended Gulf Stream School.

“Our Impact Talks series reflects our commitment to uniting women and fostering positive change in our community,” Co-President Jeannine Morris said, noting that Whittaker will discuss the inspiration behind her designs. “The journeys our esteemed speakers will share are a testament to the profound difference individuals can make when they are dedicated to creating meaningful impact.”

The free event runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus Presentation Hall.

For more information, call 561-336-4623 or visit impact100pbc.org.

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