By: Dale King Contributing Writer
The Rotary Club of Boca Raton begins the New Year with its annual OPAL (Outstanding People and Leaders) Awards celebration Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Boca West Country Club.
Going into its 21st year, the red carpet “Hollywood”-themed program is held yearly as a fundraiser for college scholarships, raising thousands for deserving area students.
OPAL recipients are chosen by former winners and represent those “who have contributed through volunteerism to make our community a better place in which to live, work and play.”
Awards will be presented to eight civic leaders: Aubrey and Sally Strul, Art and Glorianne Polacheck, Charles Bender and Rabbi David Steinhart. Two previous OPAL recipients, Arlene and Jim Sclafani, will receive Lifetime Legacy Awards.
Spencer Siegel, local attorney and event co-chair, said he is “excited as our event this year will be hosted by the best emcee we could have ever hoped for – past OPAL Award winner and community activist Jan Savarick.”
He said many tickets have already been sold and he expects a sell-out crowd at the Jan. 19 event.
“The Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s motto is ‘Service above Self’ and this unique scholarship program emphasizes mentorship in addition to financial assistance,” Siegel said. “This program serves our community’s most vulnerable population, and provides both life skills and confidence to the scholars.”
“It has truly grown to be the premier event in Boca Raton, and it is only appropriate, considering the amazing honorees who lead by example and inspire us,” said Neil Saffer, professional auctioneer and event co-chair.
For table information and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.opalawards.com or call Claudia Dubois at 561-477-7180.