Boca Chamber Festival Days Returns

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By: former Boca Raton councilman Robert Weinroth Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

There was a time, in the not too distant past, when South Florida virtually emptied out during the dog days of summer. Many residents fancied themselves to be “snow birds,” migrating north for the summer, not returning, in many cases, until just after Election Day.

Activities were sparse for the year-round residents. To help fill the gap, the Boca Chamber of Commerce, which prides itself as being the largest Chamber in Palm Beach County, with over 1,400 member companies representing over 55,000 employees, created the Boca Chamber Festival Days, as an outreach to the non-profit community.

Non-profit Chamber Members are paired with for-profit Chamber Members to hold events throughout the month of August to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit member’s philanthropic efforts. Throughout the month, residents are offered an eclectic array of events – from the intimate to the grand! The Chamber helps to facilitate these events that are created and run by a pairing of non-profit members with for-profit members.

A full list of the events can be found on the Chamber’s website at: http://web.bocaratonchamber.com/events. Boca Chamber Festival Days 2018 boasts two-dozen events.

Here are just a few:

On Aug. 1, the second annual Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl’s Idol contest will select the top talent to perform the National Anthem at the 2018 bowl game on Dec. 18 at FAU Stadium. The fun begins at 6 p.m. at The Addision and admission is just $35, which includes food provided by the host venue. Proceeds from the event benefit Spirit of Giving’s 10th annual “Back to School Bash.” Tickets at: www.SpiritofGivingNetwork.com

The mission of the Spirit of Giving’s 10th annual “Back to School Bash” is to prepare at-risk children in our community with the tools they need to succeed for the upcoming school year.  The event, held on Aug. 4 at the Delray Beach Village Academy allows students to select backpacks and grade-appropriate supplies, uniforms, and shoes.  In addition, haircuts, physicals, health screenings, medical resources and community information are provided.

On Aug. 2, Oceans 234 and Women in Distress are teaming up to help combat domestic violence by holding their “BCFD Back to School” drive where attendees are asked to donate school supplies. The 8th annual soirée will take place from 5–7 p.m.

If you like fondue you’ll love the 7th annual FondueRaiser on Aug. 7 from 4:30–10 p.m. at the Boca Melting Pot. Make it a date night or family. The Melting Pot will donate 50 percent of all food and drink sales from this to the Lynn Cancer Institute’s League of Ribbons.

If you like to laugh, don’t miss “Feed Your Funnybone,” a night of fun and philanthropy at the Pavilion Grille on Aug. 9 from 5:30–7:30 p.m., supporting the programs and services of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. You’ll laugh ‘til it hurts, while watching four funny comedians. Reserve your seats now at: www.RalesJFS.org/funnybone/.

On Aug. 10 it’s “CARE-a-o-ke for a Cause!” Sing Your Heart Out to show you CARE with all proceeds benefiting American Association of Caregiving Youth. The fun begins at Strikes@Boca from 5:30–7:30 p.m.

“Boca’s Got Talent” returns on Aug. 13 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Place Boca Raton featuring local professionals who sing, dance and perform other unique acts, the events will benefit the Faulk Center for Counseling. Advance registration at:

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E200827&id=19.

“Back the Blue,” benefiting the Boca Raton Police Foundation will be held on Aug. 15 from 6–8 p.m. at Ouzo Bay. Admission includes two drinks, Mediterranean appetizers, silent auction and great networking with extended happy hour specials available. Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door. Funds raised enhance equipment, training and technology to impact officer readiness for the Boca Raton Police.

Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center will host Battle of the Bartenders, a celebrity bartending event benefitting Best Foot Forward, on Aug. 17 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Local celebrities will be serve wine, beer and a specialty signature drinks. All tips and a portion of ticket sales from the evening will be donated to Best Foot Forward to provide academic support to children in foster care. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $25 until August 16 and $30 at the door. Ticket price includes two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Register at: www.BestFoot.org.

Brand new this year, its the “Bingo & Beer Bash” on Aug. 19 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. benefiting ChildNet whose mission is to protect abused, abandoned and neglected children in the local community. Register now at: www.ChildNet.us/portal/upcoming-events?EV=192.

“Margarita Monday” on Aug. 20 will benefit the KidSafe Foundation. The event at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar is from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tickets in advance are $25 and $35 at the door and include two signature drinks and Rocco’s favorite appetizers! Register at:

https://app.etapestry.com/cart/KidSafeFoundation/default/index.php.

The nautical themed art auction and wine extravaganza, “Hook, Wine & Sinker” takes place on Aug. 23 from 6–9 p.m. Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center will be turned into a Cork-Popping, Paint-Dropping Extravaganza. Guests will mingle and socialize with community members and local artists while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres paired with exceptional wines and experience live and silent auctions with 100 percent of all proceeds benefitting Twin Palms Center for the Disabled which provides a unique day program for individuals diagnosed with developmental delays, by offering social, academic, and daily living skills training in a safe and secure learning environment.

On Aug. 26 from 2–5 p.m., Boca Helping Hands will hold its 12th Annual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive! It’s an afternoon of fun, food and bowling benefiting local children’s based nonprofits. Get your team together to bowl in the tournament or sponsor a lane for the children from local non-profits. To register or for more information go to:

www.BocaHelpingHands.org/Bowling_For_Bread

Treat the family or friends to taste a part of Italy at Steve’s Wood Fired Pizza where they will be crafting personal pizzas and sampling wines from a wide range of vineyards on Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Expect pizza tossing demonstrations and some new pizza building skills all to benefit the United Way of PBC. All guests (age permitting) will be entered into a raffle to win a basket of wine. Tickets include a custom-made pizza, and the option of a wine tasting. $30 in advance for pizza and a wine flight/$40 at the door for pizza; $10 for children 12 & under $10.

Connected Warriors will hold its Red, White, & Brew event on Aug. 28 at the Connected Warriors HQ at 5:30 p.m. RSVP at: www.connectedwarriors.org/RWB

The Lip Sync Battle returns to the Blue Martini in the Town Center on Aug. 29 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. funds and awareness are raised to support the Nat King Cole Generation Hope mission to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources. Guests can expect an evening filled with spectacular lip-syncing performances performed by Local Celebrities & Community Supporters. Guests will receive a drink ticket, Happy Hour and Ladies Night specials, exciting prize drawings and great company as they help choose the winner! Attendees are encouraged to bring and donate new or gently used brass, woodwind, percussion or string instruments which will be refurbished and distributed to organizations or schools who serve children who are in need. Donations made in honor of contestants are tax deductible and will be counted in the overall scoring of each contestant.