Junior League’s Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon, fashion show to return for 32nd year 


Staff report

Thirty-eight do-gooders are up for the coveted “Woman Volunteer of the Year” award.

Hosted by the Junior League of Boca Raton, the annual Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon will return for the 32nd year on Nov. 8 to the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Over 1,000 Junior League members, nominees and guests are expected to attend the festivities, which kick-off at 10 a.m.

The luncheon celebrates outstanding women in the community nominated by nonprofit organizations throughout Palm Beach County for their dedication and expertise as volunteers, as well as the work they do to further the missions of the organizations they serve.

“The coolest part of this event is we get to honor these women who make such an impact in our community,” Junior League of Boca Raton president Cristy Stewart-Harfmann said. “What would Boca be like without our volunteers?”

This year, the event will be planned by co-chairs who know what it takes to put on a large luncheon. Nicole Mugavero and Lisa Warren co-chaired the luncheon 10 years ago. They have been Junior League members for 20 years.

And while they wouldn’t dish out what surprises they have up their sleeve for the event this year, they shared that there will be a big surprise when you walk in the room.

Amy Kazma, a long-time member of Junior League, has been named the honorary chair of this year’s luncheon.

The 38 volunteers were introduced late September during a kick-off event at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute.

The hospital is the award sponsor and hospital president Mark Larkin said it is something that the hospital is “honored to do.”

Also announced during the kick-off event is the fashion designer who will be featured during the fashion show produced by Saks Fifth Avenue.

This year, the designer is Andrea Lieberman and her ready-to-wear line A.L.C. Lieberman will attend the event and sit at the Saks-VIP table. The swag bag at the Saks-VIP table will include gifts from A.L.C.

“We’re thrilled to have such an exciting designer showcased in this year’s fashion show and attending the luncheon! Andrea Lieberman’s design is known for being bold, versatile, and modern; a style which also embodies the essence of our volunteers and members,” Stewart Harfmann, said.

Yves Saint Laurent is the 2019 Beauty Partner for the fashion show and will provide YSL gifts for the nominees at the kickoff reception and gifts in the Saks-VIP Table swag bag on the day of the luncheon.

Saks also donated a Fendi Baguette Leather Shoulder Bag valued at $2,690 to be raffled off. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Raffle tickets cost $100. The winner will be drawn at the luncheon.

Tickets to the luncheon start at $150 per person. VIP runway seats cost $250 per person, which includes priority check-in and access to a VIP lounge where guests can sip on a signature cocktail in Saks Fifth Avenue’s Beauty Bar. Runway VIP guests will have an opportunity to meet the Fashion Show’s featured designer during a pre-show meet and greet.

2019 nominees: Judi Shuman, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center; Cheryl Van Hare, Alzheimer’s Association; Jan Dymtrow, American Association of Caregiving Youth, Inc.; Lori Castle, American Cancer Society; Meryll Bangsil, Best Foot Forward Foundation; Julianna Miron, Boca Ballet Theatre; Mariebel Torres, Boca Helping Hands; Pamela Higer-Polani, Boca Raton Brain Bowl (Alzheimer’s Brain Bowl); Sabrina Smith, Boca Raton Children’s Museum (ImagiNation at the Children’s Museum); Maria Di Pasquale, Boca Raton Christian School; Joanne Barnes, Boca Raton Firefighter & Paramedic Benevolent; Denise Alman, Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum; Jane Katzen, Caridad Center; Nilsa McKinney, Caring House Project Foundation; Fran Nachlas, Connected Warriors; Becky Knapp, CROS Ministries; Sherry Thomas, Debbie Rand Memorial Service League; Martine Pierre-Paul, Eat Better Live Better; Gwen Collins, Faulk Center for Counseling; Kelly Ferrarese, Florence Fuller Child Development Center Inc.; Nancy Dockerty, George Snow Scholarship Fund; Robyn Raphael-Dynan, Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County; Aggie Stoops, HomeSafe; Kim Beaumont, Impact 100 Palm Beach County; Kirsten Stanley, Junior League of Boca Raton; Julie Rudolph, Junior League of the Palm Beaches; Lisa Ashley, KidSafe Foundation; Marilynn Wick, National Society of Arts & Letters, Florida East Coast Chapter; Michelle Stallone, Pinkball; Renee Feder, Place of Hope Rinker Campus; Marilyn Wilson, Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton; Shaw Thomas, Speak Up for Kids Palm Beach County/Guardian ad Litem Program Palm Beach County; Debbie Anderson, Spirit of Giving Network; Jamie Levin, Student ACES; Jeannette Stark, Unicorn Children’s Foundation; Viviane Altef, Women’s Executive Club of South Palm Beach County; and Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, YMCA of South Palm Beach County, Boca.