|On January 13th Emilia Fanjul held her annual fundraiser, A Night of Great Expectations, to a stellar crowd of 214 guests at Cafe Boulud which attracted a new crop of young supporters from Palm Beach County.
The cocktail, dinner and auction raises funds for Emilia's three charter schools in Pahokee, Glades Academy Elementary and Middle School and Everglades Preparatory Academy High School.
The auction was conducted by the one and only Jamie Niven, retired Chairman of Sotheby's America who traveled from New York for the occasion.
|The party raised a record $1.2 million. The money will fund teacher positions and a guidance counselor, important to the academic success of the students who many struggle with emotional and learning challenges both at home and at school, and it will also fund reading books for individual classroom libraries at all three schools.
All the funds raised go directly to the three charter schools.
|Michele Kessler, Chairman of the Palm Beach Civic Association’s Event Planning Committee, and her husband, Howard Kessler, hosted and sponsored the Palm Beach Civic Association’s by-invitation Underwriters’ Dinner at their house in Palm Beach on January 16, 2017.
The dinner, which drew 70 patrons, donors and supporters, was the finale to the Civic Association’s Annual Awards Luncheon, held that afternoon at The Breakers. The VIP dinner honored award-winning fashion designer and philanthropist, Tommy Hilfiger, who was the keynote Speaker at the Luncheon; and Beth Walton, President and CEO of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, the recipient of the 2017 William J "Bill" Brooks Community Service Award. Walton received the award at the luncheon in recognition of her civic and philanthropic contributions to the Town of Palm Beach.
|During the dinner, Hilfiger, who attended with his wife, Dee, regaled the guests with anecdotes from American Dreamer, his recently released memoir about his stellar career in fashion.
The 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon was sponsored by First Republic Bank and The Breakers.
For information, visit www.PalmBeachCivic.org.
|The Third Biennial Palm Beach Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute kicked off with a cocktail reception at Chez Jean Pierre in Palm Beach on January 9, 2017 which drew more than 100 supporters, friends, honored military guests and Palm Beach Town Council members.
The evening began with a Presentation of the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance by the Cadet Corps Color Guard of Palm Beach Gardens. Chairman Rebecca Williams welcomed and thanked the committee; Co-chairmen Margery McCloskey O’Neil, Jane Woodman and Nancy Wildrick, and Dinner Chairman, Elliott Herschberg and Dinner Co-chairman, Judge Moss, for their efforts and hard work on behalf of the Navy SEALs and their families. These elite warriors will be honored at the upcoming Palm Beach Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute, on April 3, 2017 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, with proceeds to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation and Navy SEAL Museum and Trident House.
|This year’s Patriotic evening will feature a much anticipated SEAL Demonstration in the sky and on the lawn at Mar-a-Lago. Special Guests will include Navy SEAL (ret.) Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward Jr., who served in both East and West coast SEAL teams, and in his last active duty assignment as Deputy Commander U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM). He is a National Security Expert currently serving as the CEO of Lockheed Martin in the United Arab Emirates. He will be joined by Lt. Jason Redman (Ret) who served for 21 years as a Navy SEAL.|
|The Navy SEAL’s Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. Our work is focused on five pillars: warrior support and family services, educational opportunities, tragedy assistance, survivor support and legacy preservation. These programs are designed to strengthen the force and family, promote resiliency, provide comfort in times of adversity or loss, provide care for our wounded and their caregivers, and help veterans transition as their military service.
For information about the Palm Beach Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute, call (561) 281-0481 or email: NSEveningOfTribute@gmail.com
|More than 50 people gathered recently at an invitation-only cocktail reception at Valentino on Worth Ave. to kick off the 8th Annual St. Jude Palm Beach Dinner. Co-chairs Lourdes Fanjul, Talbott Maxey and Thomas C. Quick were on hand to welcome guests at the boutique. A percentage of proceeds from the store's sales will benefit patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The 8th Annual Palm Beach Dinner to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be held April 5, 2017 at Club Colette in Palm Beach.
|Leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
For more information, contact Barbara Mari, 305-537-1429 or visit www.stjude.org/palmbeachdinner.
|Photographs by CAPEHART|