Junior League recognizes longtime volunteer, names 2019 Woman Volunteer of the Year

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Staff report 

A group of 37 local, woman volunteers were celebrated with an afternoon of fashion during the 32nd annual Junior League Woman of the Year luncheon.

The Boca Raton Resort was packed with people supporting one of the nominees from the 37 different nonprofit organizations.

The 2019 Woman Volunteer of the Year award was given to Michelle Stallone, founder of Pink Ball, an organization that raises money for women in the community in need of  mammograms and breast ultrasounds that do not have health insurance.

Pink Ball began about 10 years ago and has served 2,000 people and raised over $675,000.

Stallone said she began selling pink wrist bands as a way to raise money for women who couldn’t afford mammograms. And because of her efforts, she said her organization has helped 30 women who are now breast cancer survivors.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Kirsten Stanley, who was the Junior League of Boca Raton’s nominee for the Woman Volunteer of the Year.

Both women were selected from an independent panel.

Before the winners were announced, guests were treated to an afternoon of fashion. Saks Fifth Avenue and designer Andrea Lieberman put on a runway show that featured 70 different looks.

Lieberman, a stylist turned designer, showed off pieces from her newest A.L.C. line in the beginning of the show.

“This is an incredible honor to be with everyone here today,” Lieberman said. “This event, for me, is exciting because to honor women who give so much of themselves to service the world around us is an amazing opportunity.”

She said females make up 92 percent of her company’s employees and it was so empowering to see women inspiring other women at the event.

This year’s luncheon was co-chaired by Nicole Mugavero and Lisa Warren, who planned the event 10 years ago. Amy Kazma served as the event’s honorary chair.