By: Dale King Contributing Writer
Garbed in “boots and bling,” hundreds of Boca Raton’s cowpoke turned out on Leap Day, Feb. 29, for the 27th annual Rhinestone Cowboy Ball, a fundraiser for the George Snow Scholarship Fund.
Victoria Matthews was again the event chair. She said last year’s gathering brought in $120,000 for the non-profit fund that provides college scholarships to students who graduate from high schools in Palm Beach County.
Well-known Boca auctioneer Neil Saffer conducted a live auction that included a weeklong stay at Duck Key and an opportunity for four people to spend a day with Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, who was present at the event, among others.
Two awards were presented during the festivities that included a buffet of cowboy chow, regular dancing and line dancing and a chance for brave folks to ride a mechanical bull. Among those who bellied up to the bull was Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers.
Matthew Maschler, who has forged a career in real estate, received the Community Service Award which is presented “to an individual who has shown an ongoing commitment toward improving the quality of life in our community,” the evening’s program said.
The Corporate Community Service Award went to Whelchel Partners Real Estate Services, founded by the brother and sister duo of Jay Whelchel and Kristy Whelchel Hartofilis. The honor is presented to a corporation or organization that, “supports a variety of local nonprofits.”
The Cowboy Ball was held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.