Top 10 Don’t Miss Events

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  1. The Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter  is hosting its “Sequins and Sparkle Gala” on April 14 at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will honor Gail and Robert Milhous. This is the first gala for this chapter and will feature a night of music, dancing, auctions, cocktails and fine dining all to benefit Parkinson’s Foundation’s mission to educate and empower those with Parkinson’s Disease. Tickets are $225 per person.
  2.  Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food Festival returns this month for its Sweet 16. The signature fundraiser for the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum returns April 6-7 for wine and food. The weekend starts out with Vintner Dinners, intimate, private dinners at grand estates and historical sites in Boca Raton. These dining experiences each feature a vintner and chef pairing their wine and cuisine together to create a 5-course meal. Guests attending the Vintner Dinners will also have the opportunity to meet their chef and vintner. Tickets are $325 per person. Then, the event continues with the community’s party – Bacchanalia, which combines food from over 30 local restaurants with wine. Tickets to Bacchanalia are $100 per person.
  3.  Delray Affair returns this month for its 56th year from April 13-15. The downtown event features more than 500 exhibitors including artists, crafters and food vendors from Delray and across the country. The event spans 10 downtown blocks. Admission is free.
  4.  Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will host its biggest annual fundraising event – the Mounts Spring Benefit – at a private home in Palm Beach on Sunday, April 8, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Funds raised at the Benefit will be used to support educational programs at Mounts, including the popular, family-friendly and environmental-themed exhibit WASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea. The annual Spring Benefit features an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction featuring a diverse array of rare and exotic plants, orchids and arrangements. Tickets cost $175 per person.
  5.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is hosting its Ninth Annual Palm Beach Dinner on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Club Colette. The night will benefit the organization’s mission of finding cures and saving children. Proceeds will advance pioneering research and lifesaving care for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Tickets cost $500. Visit http://stjude.org/palmbeachdinner for more information.
  6.  The 11th Annual Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo will take place on April 14-15 at the Broward County Convention Center. Produced by Boca Raton resident Sheri Daye, a world-record spearfishing diver, the event features educational speakers and exhibitors that specialize in freediving, scuba, spearfishing, fishing, paddle boarding, adventure travel and more. Entry is $20 at the door and includes a free goodie bag (while supplies last) and free entry to the Saturday night After-Party at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Courtyard Marriott.  For more information, visit www.TheBlueWild.com
  7.  Tim Tebow’s mother, Pam, will be this year’s keynote speaker at Angel Moms Brunch on April 13. The 5th Annual Angel Moms Brunch and Benefit for Place of Hope at the Leighan and David Rinker Campus will focus on a mother who raised a Heisman Trophy-winner and served as an ambassador for charity. The theme is “There’s No Place Like Home.” Tebow, and her husband, Bob Tebow, lived for a number of years as missionaries in the Philippines and have ongoing ministries in several, semi-closed Asian countries. They support orphanages, Bible schools, and a safe house they founded for rescued girls. Their orphanage, Uncle Dick’s Homes, has been home to scores of Filipino orphans since 1992. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at Boca West Country Club. For tickets, visit www.placeofhoperinker.org/angelmomsbrunch. Ticket prices are $165 from April 1 until April 13.
  8.  Help send meals to starving children in Guatemala during this year’s Join the Pack event on April 20 and April 21 at Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton. Packing sessions will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The third annual event will be held by Feed My Starving Children and Food For The Poor. Individual volu nteers can join an existing team or create their own team to raise funds to purchase the dehydrated foods used to complete the meal packs. Each team will consist of at least 10 volunteers committed to raising a total of $500. The groups will assemble 150,000 specially formulated MannaPack rice meals for children in Guatemala. In addition to packing meals, volunteers will also raise enough money to send an additional 3 million meals to families in Latin American and Caribbean countries served by Food For The Poor.
  9.  A former FBI Most Wanted criminal will headline the the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s annual benefit, “The Science of Invisibility: An Evening with Kevin Mitnick.” The event will take place on April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Circle Dining Room at The Breakers in Palm Beach. The notorious hacker says he invaded nearly 40 major corporations just for the challenge, and has moved on from an FBI Most Wanted to a most-wanted cyber security speaker and top selling author. Mitnick now devotes his life to helping combat data thieves, cyber-vandals and other malicious computer intruders, and mentors leaders, executives and staff on both the theory and practice of social engineering — topics on which he is the leading global authority. Tickets for the event are $600 per person. For information or to purchase tickets, contact Marcy Hoffman at 561-370-7738 or mhoffman@sfsciencecenter.org or sfsciencecenter.org/gala
  10.  The 23rd Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival’s Student Showcase of Films winners will be revealed during the red-carpet awards show on April 6 at Lynn University. Legendary actor, Burt Reynolds will present the Burt Reynolds’ scholarship and TV star/rap icon, Vanilla Ice, will bestow the Music Video Award. The live show and broadcast is hosted by actor, entertainer and star of CBS Blue Bloods and PBS South Florida’s On the Town in The Palm Beaches, Frank Licari. More than $12,500 in awards and prizes will be awarded to winning film student entries.