When Susan B. Anthony, the great-niece of the women’s rights advocate, opened the doors of Wayside House in 1974, there was no way of knowing the impact it would have on helping women suffering from alcoholism.

What started in a small house near Atlantic and Northeast Sixth avenues in Delray Beach now is a thriving, highly respected addiction-treatment facility. More than 20,000 clients have been served.

Wayside House recently joined the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon-cutting ceremony heralding the organization’s 50th anniversary and announcing a branding initiative and other plans.

For more information, call 561-278-0055 or visit www.waysidehouse.net.

Plaque commemorates 75 years of airport
The Boca Raton Airport dazzled attendees with its 75th anniversary dinner and reception that took place inside the Signature Flight Support hangar.

The event featured a cocktail reception and presentations throughout the night. The reception welcomed current and past board members, employees, tenants and local and state dignitaries. All were treated to such activities as an interactive photo booth, virtual reality experiences and a live band. The highlight occurred when city officials presented the airport with a plaque recognizing 75 years of service to the general public.

For more information, call 561-391-2202 or visit https://bocaairport.com/75years.

$1 million gift will go to Bethesda East project
Baptist Health Foundation will use the planned gift of $1 million that the late Carl DeSantis pledged to support the renovation of the emergency department at Bethesda Hospital East.

DeSantis, who died last year at age 84, was an entrepreneur involved in the creation of Sundown Vitamins (later known as Rexall Sundown) and Celsius energy drinks. He and his family turned to the hospital for care for years, and his appreciation for the institution and its staff led him to leave the funds.

“We are so honored to have had the long partnership with Mr. DeSantis over the years,” said Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister, senior director of development. “We are grateful for this impactful gift that will assist with our emergency department renovation campaign and get us that much closer to our fundraising goal.”

For more information, call 561-737-7733, ext. 84428, or visit baptisthealth.net/foundation.

Junior League readies for Week of Impact
Hundreds of volunteers are preparing to make a difference March 11-16 during the Junior League of Boca Raton’s annual Week of Impact initiative.

Projects include reading to students at Plumosa School of the Arts, participating in food drives at Boca Helping Hands, delivering feminine hygiene supplies and gathering prom dresses and accessories.

The public is invited to participate in all three efforts benefiting not only Boca Helping Hands but also Cereal4All and Prom Beach.

For more information, call 561-620-2553 or visit www.jlbr.org.

Town Center food court serves up holiday cheer
For the eighth consecutive year, Town Center at Boca Raton joined Boca Helping Hands to make the holidays brighter for the community’s underserved.
The shopping center and the nonprofit organized the North Pole-themed Christmas Day Feast in the food court. Attendees — close to 500 in all — experienced five-star treatment, with fresh flowers on the tables, balloon pillars and candy canes.

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