Boca Briefs


Donation to FAU will support healing through music

Brothers Dr. Andrew Ress and Dr. Bradford Ress recently established the “Ress Family Music for Healing Endowed Fund in Memory of Elvie and Alex Ress” at the Department of Music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.

The fund will provide support for FAU music students to go to patient care facilities to help those who are ill through the power of music.

“The Department of Music is grateful to the Ress Family for their creation of this fund,” said Michael Horswell, dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “It is important for our community that this generous gift will allow FAU’s music majors to bring the joy and relief of music to patients and their families during times of illness. Many of our student musicians have taken on this important project and are already performing in area senior centers, hospice and medical facilities. The Department of Music applauds the Ress Family for their commitment to bringing this special musical opportunity to those who need it most.”

Lynn University hosts eighth annual Celebration of the Arts April 25

Lynn University invites the public to attend its eighth annual Celebration of the Arts showcase on April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are limited to the sellout production.

Guests will enjoy a variety-style show featuring musical theater, dance and contemporary music performed by Lynn’s students, faculty, staff and alumni. Lynn’s Conservatory of Music will also star in a special concert.

Tickets are $25 each and may be bought in person at the Lynn box office, located in the Wold Performing Arts Center at 3601 N. Military Trail, online at or by phone at 561-237-9000.

Gumbo Limbo 10K supports sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation

Join a non-competitive 10K race to benefit sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation efforts at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

The goal for the April 14 race is to raise $40,000, which is double the amount raised last year.

In 2018, the race attracted 1,100 runners and raised approximately $21,000.

The run begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Spanish River Park. Pre-registered participants will be given a T-shirt and race finishers will be awarded metals.

“Gumbo Limbo’s work to preserve the delicate ecosystems of our coastline is incredibly important,” said Bronwen de Villiers, Gumbo Limbo board member and event chair for the past three years. “Through the Gumbo Limbo 10K, we have a tremendous opportunity to support an organization that is vital to protecting the natural beauty and eco-balance of Boca Raton.”

Runners may register online at

Meet author at Boca Library

Meet Bestselling author Chitra Banjeree Divakaruni the Boca Raton Public Library this month for an author talk and book signing.

The event will take place at 4 p.m. on April 13 at the downtown library. Her book “One Amazing Thing” was chosen as this year’s One Book Boca community reading experience.

In “One Amazing Thing,” when an earthquake traps them together, nine  people decide to share “one amazing thing” from their lives—a personal tale they’ve never told anyone before.