Boca business, nonprofit, university honored at Downtown Rotary’s Fifth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball

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Coveted 2019 George Long Prism Awards presented to Lynn University, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Bluegreen Vacations

Staff report

The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton hosted its fifth annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball last month where rotarians and locals gathered at Boca West Country Club to celebrate Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self.”

Over 450 people dressed up in black-tie tuxedos and gowns to honor three visionaries who have benefited the Boca community.

The three winners of the George Long Prism Awards, given to those who have long championed the tradition of bringing visionary ideas and transformation to Boca Raton, were presented to Lynn University President Kevin Ross, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers Executive Director Ellyn Okrent and Bluegreen Vacations and BBX CFO Ray Lopez.

This year’s gala, presented by Marilyn & Jay Weinberg, raised money for a Rotary pilot program initiative C.H.O.W. (Children’s Health On the Weekend). Donations of $375 were collected, which goes toward feeding one family on the weekends for an entire year.

Proceeds from the Club’s previous four Boca Raton Mayors Balls have benefited both the health and wellness needs of more than 30 nonprofits serving Boca Raton and Rotary International’s program to eradicate polio.

Bobby Campbell kicked off the evening with first donation announcement—$100,000. Then, Co-Chairs Dyana Kenney and Michael Walstrom and Honorary Chairs Terry & Jerry Fedele presented the honorees with awards designed by Tiffany & Co.

To further recognize the achievements of each honoree, the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum curated historical displays that were on exhibit throughout the reception and in the commemorative journal.

Guests then dined and danced to the Steve Chase Band in a Rotary colored blue-and-gold and ballroom.

For more information about the Rotary Club, including how to become a member, visit www.rotarydowntownbocaraton.org.