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The Council of 100’s Annual Holiday Dinner at The Breakers on Dec. 7, 2023, drew more than 250 guests that included esteemed intelligence luminaries, Buzzy Krongard, the former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Louis Freeh, former chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),

The festive affair began with a cocktail reception in the Mediterranean Courtyard and dinner in the Venetian Ballroom, where Tim Moran, President and co-founder of the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation and Council of 100, welcomed the guests, acknowledged the special guests in attendance, and introduced John F. Scarpa, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation and Council of 100.

John Scarpa, Buzzy Krongard, and Tim Moran.

Scarpa cited some of the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation’s recent accomplishments.  “We could not do all that we do and plan to do without the support of the special Council of 100 division, now in its 10th year,” Scarpa said.

Then David Mack, Vice President of the Foundation and Council of 100 Co-founder, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

During dinner, Palm Beach Police Chief Nicholas Caristo presented Office of the Fourth Quarter Award to Officer Michael Castineiras, who was unable to attend the event.  Palm Beach Fire Rescue Chief Darrel Donatto presented Firefighter Michael Bennett with Fire Fighter of the Fourth Quarter Award.  Each award recipient received a check from the Foundation.

David Mack and Nicholas Caristo.

Scarpa then presented A.B. “Buzzy Krongard, the keynote speaker to the audience.  Krongard discussed diplomatic tactics, stressing that intelligence is the main defense strategy, and he highlighted the CIA’s role in intelligence operations, emphasizing its distinction from policy-making.

The celebratory evening concluded with warm holiday wishes delivered by Scarpa and Moran, who said they looked forward to seeing everyone at the sold-out Beach Police & Fire Rescue Ball at Mar-a-Lago held January 13, 2024.

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L. to r.: Darrel Donatto and Janet Levy; Michael and Annie Falk.
L. to r.: Michael Belisle and John Scanlan; Larry Herbert and Jean Sharf.
Danielle Moore, Rebecca Torres, and Annie Falk
L. to r.: Amy and John Phelan; Katie Moran and Eileen Burns.
Louis Freeh and John Preston.
L. to r.: John and Anne Surovek; Tom and Devon Roush.
Dave Aronberg and Sean Baker.
L. to r.: Kathryn and Leo Vecellio; Carole Koeppel, Jana Scarpa, and Lynda Lomangino.
L. to r.: Michael Bennett and Herb Shear; Jana and John Scarpa.
Susan and Dom Telesco
L. to r.: Linda Gary and Michael Belisle; Kerry and Simone Vickar.
L. to r.: Joe and Susan Plumeri; Mei Sze and Jeff Greene.
L. to r.: Monika and John Preston; Fred Adderley and Dave Aronson.

Lighthouse Guild kicked off its 17th season in Palm Beach with a festive Holiday Tea on December 8, 2023, hosted by Jackie Weld at her house in Palm Beach.

Marc Rosen, Founder of the Palm Beach Friends of Lighthouse Guild, thanked Weld for hosting the tea, and acknowledged Beth DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi, and Maestro Gerard Schwarz from the Palm Beach Symphony, who will be honored at the Annual Visionary Dinner on February 26, 2024 at Club Colette.

“This season we are Saluting the Arts and we are excited to honor Beth and Firooz, who have been longtime partners in our work and prominent figures in the visual arts community, and to honor Maestro Schwarz, who so magnificently leads the Palm Beach Symphony,” Rosen said.

Jackie Weld, Dr. Calvin Roberts, and Beth DeWoody.

Rosen introduced Dr. Calvin Roberts, Lighthouse Guild’s President and CEO and a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, who gratefully acknowledged the host, honorees and guests, and thanked them for their support.

Roberts showcased a sculpture that was an emblematic example of how technology and art intersect through a program developed by sculptor Bonnie Collura, a Professor at Penn State’s School of Visual Arts.  Collura’s “Together, Tacit” initiative reimagines the experience creating art by using a haptic glove that enables blind or visually impaired artists to sculpt ‘virtual clay’ with a sighted partner while wearing a virtual reality headset, resulting in a collaborative artistic experience.

James Borynack, Audrey Gruss, and Marc Rosen.

The Lighthouse Guild will also host a complimentary Breakfast on January 24, 2024 at Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court that will highlight the latest innovations in vision technology.  On January 25, 2024, art connoisseurs, James Borynack, last year’s honoree, and Adolfo Zaralegui, will host a cocktail party at Findlay Galleries for the honorees and to kickoff the Annual Visionary Dinner in February.

Lighthouse Guild is dedicated to providing exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals. The organization provides coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation, behavioral health and technology as well as related services. Its podcast series, “On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts” offers information and insights about technological innovations that remove barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired.

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L. to r.: Fern Tailor and Frannie Scaife; Andrea Roberts and Peggy Dudley.
Katie and Chuck Arnoldi, and Beth DeWoody.
L. to r.: Duchess of Rutland, Emma Manners and James Borynack; Katie and Chuck Arnoldi.
Robin Leacock and Michel Witmer.
L. to r.: Audrey Gruss and Marc Rosen; Adolfo Zaralegui and Barbara San Damian.
Chuck Arnoldi and Geoffrey Thomas.
Marc Rosen, Frannie Scaife, and Dr. Calvin Roberts.
Duchess of Rutland, Adolfo Zaralegui, and Audrey Gruss.

Photographs by Capehart

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