Generous Boca arts supporter Madelyn Savarick passes away


By: Dale King
Contributing Writer

Madelyn Savarick, a philanthropic Boca Raton resident who has, for many years, generously supported cultural arts — the Boca Raton Symphonia, the Boca Ballet, the annual Madrigal Dinner at Florida Atlantic University and other cultural activities – has passed away.

“With sadness, we say goodbye to our beloved friend and benefactor, Madelyn Savarick,” said Dan Guin, executive director at Boca Ballet Theater and co-artistic director with his wife, Jane Tyree.

“Madelyn was passionate about the arts,” he added. “This leading lady sponsored numerous productions, generously providing our community the opportunity to witness world-class dancers performing on Boca Ballet Theatre’s stage.”

“She captured our hearts with her joyous smile and exuberance for music and dance.”

The local arts patron, a New Yorker by birth, died Sept. 12 of natural causes. She is survived by two daughters, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She is pre-deceased by her husband, Michael.

She was known around the city by her nickname, Maddie, which at one time adorned the license plate of her car.

“At Boca Ballet Theatre, she will always be remembered as a founding member of our Sterling Society,” Guin recalled. Donors who contribute $25,000 cumulatively to the Boca Ballet become members of the Sterling Society.

“We send our love and prayers for her and her family. She will be missed,” the ballet director noted.

A celebration of Madelyn’s life was held Oct. 12 at St. Gregory’s Church in Boca Raton.