By: Jan Engoren Contributing Writer
Joined by Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer and other city mayors, legislators, government officials, legal aid supporters, community advocates and volunteers, The Bresky Bash, a family-friendly festival took place on Jan. 11 at Mizner Park to benefit victims of domestic and elder abuse and support the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.
The Legal Aid Society provides high quality civil legal advice, representation and education to the county’s underserved populations.
The event, sponsored by the Law Offices of Robin Bresky, brought about 400 people together for an afternoon of community, music by DJ Nikko Capria, food and entertainment, including 40 dancers from the Dance with Me Dance Studio, owned by Dancing with the Stars brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
“We’re so thrilled to have the community support and the support of our civic leaders to come out and raise awareness for legal aid in South County,” said Robin Bresky, who says she hopes to hold the event again next year.
Debbie Campbell of West Boca Raton, a former paralegal, and marketing and PR person for law offices came out to support the cause and see old friends.
“Robin Bresky is great,” she said. “I’d always enlist her to come out and speak to the school kids in the public schools.”
Local vendors included Michele Popper, wife of South Palm Beach Bar associate member Eliot Popper, who was selling jewelry and chocolatier Gloria Hosh, whose husband Shaheer, owns Cristino Jewelers in Mizner Park.
Roadside Eats food truck was selling Italian sausage and peppers for $12 along with Tornado Mediterranean food, Captain Lobster and Jugo Boss selling smoothies and acai bowls for $11.
Local advocacy groups including Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA), Families Against Court Travesties (FACTS) and the National Organization for Women (NOW), which will hold its 46th Annual Susan B. Anthony Awards luncheon on Feb. 10, focusing on ending gun violence, were on-site distributing literature and information.
Pamela O’Brien, CEO of AVDA, which works to end domestic violence and abuse says, “We couldn’t do what we do without the assistance of the Legal Aid Society. We rely on them for many things, including pro-bono restraining orders, immigration issues, developing protocols for law enforcement in regards to domestic violence and increased prosecution in stalking cases, etc.”
The two agencies have worked together for more than 20 years.
“We love working with them and do everything we can to show our support,” O’Brien said.
According to preliminary estimates, the event raised approximately $6,000 for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.