Commission Corner: Boca Chamber Festival Days Overview


By: Commissioner Robert Weinroth District 4 Special to the Boca Newspaper

Well, it’s that time again – the dog days of summer in South Florida! By the way, before we go much further, any idea why these are called “dog days?” Well, here’s a singlet of information you can use the amaze your friends and family.

Some say it signifies hot sultry days “not fit for a dog,” the most oppressive period of summer (which in South Florida likely means heat and humidity generally broken by afternoon showers).

The phrase is actually a reference to the time of the year when the sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major (the greater dog). Sirius is often referred to as the “dog star.”

Because the star is so bright, ancient Romans believed it gave off heat and added to the sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time as diēs caniculārēs, or “dog days.”

OK – store that useless piece of information in the deep recesses of your brain – never know when it will come be a Jeopardy® answer!

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 created Boca Chamber Festival Days, as an outreach to our non-profit community.

The Chamber pairs non-profit members with for-profit members to hold events throughout August to raise awareness and funds for philanthropic efforts.

A full description of the Boca Chamber Festival Days 2019 events can be found at

Here’s a sampling of the events:

On Thursday Aug. 1, the third annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl’s Idol contest.

The Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is searching for their next national anthem performer. The bowl date this year is set for Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

Contestants uploaded their audition demo videos in June and since July 8, selected entries have been featured on the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl website for public voting for their favorite performer.

The top eight competitors determined by public voting were invited to compete live at the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Idol Presented by Marshall Grant, PLLC event to be held at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus.

On Monday Aug. 5 it’s “Boca’s Got Talent”at Crazy Uncle Mike’s (6450 N. Federal Highway) The non-profit partner (Faulk Center for Counseling) is partnering with Confident Bookkeeping Svcs (Laureen Pannullo),  Leading Edge Mortgage (John McClaskie) & Crazy Uncle Mike’s.

The event will feature local professionals who sing, dance and perform other unique acts to benefit the Faulk Center for Counseling. Tickets are $25 per person, includes a drink and appetizers. To register, please contact Ali Rubin at 561-483-5300 or

On Wednesday Aug. 7 it’s the 8th Annual ”FondueRaiser”at the Melting Pot – Boca Raton (5455 N. Federal Highway). The non-profit partner is the Lynn Cancer Institute/League of Ribbons, paired with Alliance Association Bank (Lisa Elkan) and the Melting Pot.

50 percent of food and drink sales and 100 percent of Ribbon-tini signature drink sales during the “FondueRaiser” will be given to the League of Ribbons, which provides patient service enhancements, such as free hand/foot massages to those undergoing cancer treatment.

On Thursday Aug. 8, it’s ”Soleil Warriors”at the Wick Theatre & Costume Museum (7901 N. Federal Highway). Non-profit partner for this event is Connected Warriors, paired with the for profit partner, Siegel Law Group. Enjoy an adult beverage and light bites during cocktail hour and then an outstanding aerial and acro yoga show performed by Defy Gravity and Fly and Flow Fitness and more. Tickets can be purchased through The Wick Theatre.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of the historic Boca Raton Resort & Club on Saturday, Aug. 10 or Aug. 24. Tickets are just $15 and benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. Reservations at:

”Back the Blue,” an event conceived and sponsored by the Boca Raton Police Foundation with its for profit partner, The Florida Printing Group, with be held at Prezzo (5560 N Military Trail) on Monday, Aug. 12 from 6-8 p.m. Admission includes one drink, signature appetizers, silent auction and great networking. Get 15 percent off dine in after the event. Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $40 at the door (if available)!

”Feed Your Funny Bone”will be the order of the day on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the FAU College of Business – Sean Stein Pavilion (777 Glades Road) The non-profit partner for this event is Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services paired with their for profit partner, Unique Gifts & Premiums (Amy & Arnie Zack).

This year, Improv U Comedy Team Business Causal will be performing a live, fully improvised “Whose Line” style comedy just for our audience, based on their suggestions.

On Wednesday, Aug, 14 get ready for ”BINGO For a Cause”at Strikes @ Boca (21046 Commercial Trail) The non-profit partner for the event is American Association of Caregiving Youth and they are teaming up with their for profit partner, Allegiance Home Health (Rosie and Joe Martin). For reservations, visit

On Friday, Aug. 16 it’s Caribbean Dreamin’”at Boston’s on the Beach and 50 Ocean (40 S Ocean Blvd.) Join Be Like Brit and Simplitfy for Caribbean Dreamin’ where you can enjoy drinks and appetizers while supporting the organization’s outreach in Haiti.

On Saturday, Aug. 17 come out to the YMCA of South Palm Beach County (6631 Palmetto Cir S.)to enjoy the Big Fall Kickoff.”The “Y” is partnering with Allegiance Home Health (Rosie and Joe Martin) to help you get a jump on fall at the YMCA’s Big Fall Kickoff. This FREE event will host family fun activities, indoors and out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 18 it’s my favorite event, ”Beer & Bingo”(perhaps because I will be calling the numbers) at Maggiano’s Little Italy (21090 Saint Andrews Blvd.)

On Monday, Aug. 19, it’s ”Margarita Monday”at Rocco’s Tocos (5250 Town Center Circle) Non-profit, KidSafe, partners with Minuteman Press of Boca Raton (Linde and Mike Orr) for happy hour that includes 2 signature drinks plus Rocco’s favorite appetizers.

Get your tickets at:

Next up, “Midsummer Cosmos” Party on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Boca raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real) Where the museum teams up with The Addison to celebrate the exhibition opening of Carol Prusa. Reservations must be made by Aug. 13 at:“cosmos”-party

Battle of the Bartenders returns on Friday, Aug. 23 at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center (5150 Town Center Cicle). Non-profit, Best Foot Forward, teams up with United Capital, Cardinal Financial and Plum Productions. Local celebrities will be serving wine, beer and a specialty signature drink with all tips going toward providing academic support to children in foster care. Get your tickets at:

On Saturday Aug, 24, it’s the Chamber’s signature event, “Wine & All That Jazz.”

Held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club (501 E. Camino Real) This all-out celebration is brought to you by the Boca Chamber and JM Lexus, attracting the who’s who in Boca Raton. Indulge in an extensive array of over 100 varieties of wine, spirits, beer and dinner by the bite from over 15 of Boca’s top restaurants. A portion of the event proceeds benefit the Golden Bell Education Foundation. Must be 21 and older to attend.

On Sunday, Aug. 25 it’s the 13th annual “Bowling for Bread.”Come out for an afternoon of fun, food and bowing benefiting Boca helping Hands (partnered with First Citizens Bank). The fun begins at 2 p.m. at Strikes @ Boca (21046 Commercial Trail) Lanes start at $200, individual bowlers are $50 and can be purchased at: