From left: Paul Leone, CEO, The Breakers Palm Beach; Kathy Leone, child welfare advocate; Dan Cathy, CEO, Chick-fil-A; Mascot; Tom Rivera, Regional Director, Xcel Strategies; Tim Coffield, President and CEO, YMCA of the Palm Beaches
(PRESS RELEASE)_YMCA of the Palm Beaches on Feb. 26 hosted the unveiling of Xcel Strategies Mentoring Network's new WORX Mobile Training Unit, a skills training concept that provides hands-on experience in HVAC, carpentry, electrical, automotive, and plumbing systems for young men and women between the ages of 15-25.
In attendance for the official ribbon-cutting were leadership from YMCA of the Palm Beaches and Xcel, District 2 Commissioner Gregg Weiss, Xcel students, program participants and partners, Willie Snead IV, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens and Willie Snead III, former NFL wide receiver. Xcel Strategies Mentoring Network serves the community through its partnerships with YMCA of the Palm Beaches, Vita Nova, Inc., Lutheran Services, Palm Beach Preparatory Charter Academy, Palm Beach County Sheriff Police Athletic League (PAL), and Palm Beach Christian Preparatory. Guests were treated to Chick-fil-A and were greeted by CEO Dan Cathy and the Chick-fil-A mascot.
BOCA RATON, FL, March 8, 2020– The Junior League of Boca Raton will launch the second annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI), a week long awareness campaign, March 8th-12th, to raise funds to help underserved women and children in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
Junior League members that participate in Little Black Dress will wear the same black dress or outfit for five consecutive days to illustrate the restrictions poverty places on choices, opportunities, and access to resources. By wearing the same black dress or outfit, it symbolizes the somber situation and struggles that many members of our community face on a daily basis. Members will post to their social media channels pictured in the dress.
To support Little Black Dress, visit https://jlbr.charityproud.org/Fundraising/P2P/2473 or send a check to the Junior League of Boca Raton, Vegso Community Resource Center, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Donations are fully tax deductible.
Donations will go to support the programs and mission of the JLBR, including Feeding our Community, Self-Esteem Programs and the Diaper Bank.
Founded in 2014 by the Junior League of London, the Little Black Dress Initiative has been adopted by Junior Leagues throughout the U.S.
The initiative will enable members to experience what it’s like to only own one dress and have to keep it clean and wear it for an entire week so they can reflect on the impact of poverty and the lack of choices people have who live in poverty on a daily basis. League members will raise money via their personal social media channels.
In Florida, 62% of the workforce is comprised of mothers with infant children and one quarter of the state’s resident’s live below the poverty level.
“Our members will wear the same dress every day for five days to illustrate the fact that many people who live in Florida have so little money to live on. Our goal is to raise awareness and funds,” Cristy Stewart Harfmann, President of the Junior League of Boca Raton, said. “The Little Black Dress Initiative shows how limited resources affect daily life.”
The Chairs for the Little Black Dress Initiative are Tara Patton and Cheryl Marcus.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – March 8, 2021) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) today invited concerned adults to two timely, informative and FREE Zoom Conversations in March and April:
Wednesday, March 17 at Noon
Hot Topic Discussion
Economic Development in Palm Beach County
Guest Speaker: Kelly L. Smallridge, President and CEO of Palm Beach County’s public/private economic development agency, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB)
+ Background: Smallridge has worked for the BDB for 32 years, serves as the longest tenured economic development President in the State of Florida, and has a solid track record in facilitating some of the largest job creation projects for Palm Beach County. In 2013, Governor Rick Scott awarded Kelly with the Governor’s Ambassador Medal recognizing her hard work in creating jobs in Palm Beach County. She oversees all operations of the Business Development Board which is one of only two Accredited Economic Development Boards in the State of Florida. Her aggressive style in landing relocations and expansions has led to big announcements of jobs for this county from companies like United Technologies, Amazon, ADT, Pratt & Whitney, G4S, Fed Ex, Sikorsky Helicopters, Aldi, and TBC Corporation to name a few.
+ How to Connect:
Advance registration for this Zoom webinar is required at:
Wednesday, April 7 at pm
Conversations with the League
Palm Beach County Schools
Guest Speaker: Edward Tierney, Chief of Staff for the School District of Palm Beach County, the 10th largest school district in the nation and fourth largest in the State of Florida.
Background: How is the School District working to close the “digital divide” in Palm Beach County, and how is the District preparing for its next strategic plan, including using community input and lessons learned to inform where resources should be focused in the years ahead. Tierney, who has worked for the District for 8 years and has held a variety of positions from Behavior Intervention Associate to Principal of John I. Leonard High School, will discuss the current legislative session and court rulings, and how they may affect the School District.
How to Connect:
To connect with this Zoom chat, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85845235206?pwd=VDhac2V3b0lETGVjVk5pdDhqZ3p0QT09
WHAT: Feeling a little green and lucky? Batch New Southern Kitchen & Tap invites guests to celebrate the luck of the irish for St. Patrick’s Day week! Starting off, Batch will be starting the weekend with a St. Patrick’s Day-themed weekend brunch available on Saturday, March 13th and Sunday, March 14th. Who needs a lucky charm when Batch will be serving up with the purchase of bottomless mimosas, sangrias, and bellinis and its delicious Corned Beef Hash (made with house-cured corned beef, poached eggs, and mustard hollandaise)? Waiting to get lucky the day of St. Patrick’s Day? On Wednesday, March 17th, guests can enjoy $2 Proper No. Twelve Irish Breakfast Shots, $5 Pecan Whiskey shots and $5 Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, Smoked Brisket Rueben Sandwich (made with HM Kraut and 1000 island dressing). If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a twist of southern-style, Batch New Southern Kitchen & Tap is the place to be!
WHO: Batch New Southern Kitchen & Tap is a modern casual dining restaurant & bar featuring a scratch-cooked, locally sourced new southern culinary menu and garden-to-glass cocktails. We’re all about cookin’ from scratch. That means we avoid frozen products, we don’t cut corners, and we only feature the freshest and best ingredients we can source. We use local products, sustainable crops, and fair trade ingredients. It may take us a little more time and a little more work, but we were taught nothin’ worthwhile comes easy, and creating the best possible meal for you is all that matters. We are proud to cater to every diet- don’t be afraid to ask our servers for vegan and gluten-free options! We focus on craft American-made spirits, new-world wines, and Florida micro-brewed beers. 100% of our bitters, tinctures, and syrups are made in-house. We feature freshly squeezed & cold-pressed juices, make our sodas, use local fresh herbs, and even brandy our domestic cherries. We believe all of our beverages should be made to the highest possible standard with the best possible ingredients and care, so each one of your drinks is something we’re proud to call ours.
WHEN: Saturday, March 13 and Sunday March 14 starting at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, March 17th staring at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: 223 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 --(PRESS RELEASE)
From Ed Cunningham, Communications Manager for Village of North Palm Beach: "When the tide is high, the trash rolls in! But it doesn't leave...so come to Anchorage Park this Saturday, March 6th at 9am to assist the Environmental Committee with another park clean-up. Buckets, tongs, gloves provided and student community service hours available. Wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty so we can get every bit along the Earman coastline."
(PRESS RELEASE)_Boca Raton, FL (March 3, 2021)—Boca Helping Hands (BHH) is expanding its drive-thru Pantry Bag distribution hours, to occur during a time slot previously occupied by its Thursday night, sit-down family dinner. It has been almost a year since BHH suspended its Thursday night dinners due to the pandemic.
“Thankfully, due to the commitment of our volunteers and support from those in our community, we’re able to add additional services,” said Greg Hazle, Executive Director of Boca Helping Hands. “Without their dedication and willingness to give back to the community, we would not be able to continue to expand our services.”
The drive-thru pantry bag (groceries) distribution on Thursdays is from 4:30pm to 6pm at the East Boca main facility at 1500 NW 1st Court in Boca Raton. This expansion will help accommodate those who work during the day, making it easier for them to pick up their pantry bags with groceries for their families. Boca Helping Hands is also exploring new locations to continue the expansion of its services to serve even more families. Previously, there were no weekday evening hours available to pick up pantry bags at the drive thru operation.
“We are pleased to be able to offer the expanded hours of our drive-thru pantry bag distribution on Thursday evenings in East Boca,” said Bill Harper, Director of Food and Warehouse Operations. “This will help our families by providing more flexibility and is also a positive step in moving toward resuming pre-COVID operations.”
A common misconception about BHH and the services it offers are that the organization is serving primarily unemployed individuals. However, most BHH clients are employed or underemployed, with a majority of these families still struggling to make ends meet. The Pantry Bag Program often serves as a supplement to their income so that they can better afford other necessities such as medicine, rent, and childcare.
In 2019, BHH was serving 6,018 families and last year, they added an additional 3,435 families to the Pantry Bag Program. Much of that increase came from working families who have been undone by circumstances outside of their control, like client Rick C.
When the pandemic began, Rick’s hospitality business "was ravaged" and "a lot of people were laid off." His wife works in the medical industry and also had mandatory shutdowns, so she wasn't able to work. "We are very proud people, and we have never looked for assistance from anyone. We have a child and food was running out,” Rick said. "[Boca Helping Hands] got us through the bad times. Without their help, I don’t know where we would’ve been. Slowly, but surely, we are getting our lives back on track.”
To register for the Pantry Bag Program, visit one of the four distribution locations. Hours and addresses can be found on the BHH website at BocaHelpingHands.org/PantryBagProgram
Boca Helping Hands also offers limited financial assistance for rent, utilities, childcare, and healthcare vouchers. For more information, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/ResourceCenter
BHH offers six no-cost job-training programs, including Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Medical Billing and Coding, Commercial Driver’s License, Information Technology and Customer Service Representative. For some programs, students can earn their certification in just a few weeks. For more information, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/JTP.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Stop washing the dishes and support local restaurants, instead. Covid-19’s effects on our culinary habits have had dire consequences on the nation’s restaurant industry. According to data accrued by the National Restaurant Association, one in six establishments have permanently shuttered and thousands more face closures daily.
Working with III Forks Prime Steakhouse and other local restaurants throughout Palm Beach County and across the nation, Certified Angus Beef® brand believes patron praise and generosity (buying gift cards, leaving a generous tip) can help stem the restaurant industry from its tailspin.
Recently, the leading beef supplier launched the #RestaurantChallenge. Running through April 11, the online contest/giveaway rewards consumers for sharing their favorite food and drink images, online dining reviews, and other culinary content on Facebook and Instagram.
Here’s how it works: Each week, ten social media users are randomly selected to receive a $100 VISA gift card to dine out. Posts must be tagged with #RestaurantChallenge for a chance to win.
Restaurants can be contest winners, too, when they post on their own media platforms and tag #RestaurantChallenge. Diners, who include their dining location, provide restaurants an additional opportunity to win. Two restaurants will be randomly selected each week to receive $2,500 “tip” to be used to support their staffs.
Restaurants must feature Certified Angus Beef® brand foods to be eligible for a chance to win a $2,500 tip. Consumers can dine at any restaurant in their local area for a chance to win a $100 gift card prize.
For more information on Certified Angus Beef ® brand’s #RestaurantChallenge, please visit challenge.certifiedangusbeef.com.
Amrit Ocean Resort and Residences on Singer Island has announced they are over 50% sold, and is "looking forward to welcoming their residents and guests in the coming months." The hybrid, luxury residential and hotel development is comprised of two towers - Tower P for Peace and Tower H for Happiness - Amrit is designed around the Five Pillars of Wellness: Nutrition, Fitness, Mindfulness, Relaxation and Sleep, and offers a comprehensive holistic living and wellness program of both Eastern wellbeing philosophies and western technology. For more, see our previous coverage HERE. (Drone aerial shot provided by Amrit.)
(PRESS RELEASE)_NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – Doris Italian Market & Bakery and Stage Kitchen & Bar present an exclusive food and wine pairing with Shafer Vineyards on Wednesday, March 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Stage Kitchen & Bar, 2000 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.
Open to the public, the social distanced, outdoor tasting will feature five wines from Shafer Vineyards paired with cuisine presented by Chef Pushkar Marathe to best complement the wines. The wine and food pairings include:
Following the dinner, guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the wines at special pricing. Guests will be notified when they can pick up the wine at Doris Market in North Palm Beach.
Tickets are $135.99 per person and seating is limited to 35 guests. All health and safety guidelines will be taken to meet state and local requirements to ensure a safe and satisfying experience.
Tickets to the wine pairing event can be purchased online at dorismarket.com/online-store. Availability is on a first come, first served basis. RSVP is required.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-517-8488.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – March 3, 2021) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) is officially endorsing the life-saving Emergency Info Plan, a family and friends alert system that was developed by Boca Raton resident John Pastore, who was inspired by a tragic life event to help others be better prepared for emergencies.
“When you have an emergency, every minute counts,” warns Pastore. “I know. When I was away on business, my wife called 911. If I had been alerted, she might be alive today. But I didn’t find anything out until a neighbor called me 40-minutes later. If first responders had contacted me immediately, I could have provided vital medical information that might have spared her life.”
“What if you had an emergency,” he asks. “Would your family and friends be alerted immediately? Would first responders have access to your vital medical information to treat you at the scene, and could your family members access important documents at a moment’s notice in order to represent you?”
His personal experience prompted Pastore to create a simple 2-minute assessment to help others determine just how prepared they are in an emergency. The Emergency Info Plan also explains how people can use their iPhone or Android as both an emergency alert device to notify contacts and as a medical ID the provides EMS personnel access to critical medical information for better onsite treatment.
Senior-friendly and easy-to-use, the plan starts with Emergency Alert Stickers for the communication device, the home and car, so those who came to a person’s aid will see that they are prepared and can take immediate life-saving action.
Pastore urges interested people take a free, two-minute, online assessment to instantly calculate their Emergency Preparedness. This can be done at any time at www.emergencyinfoplan.com.
In addition to the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, the Emergency Info Plan has been endorsed by UNITE US, LifeExec, and The Center for Caregiver Support.
For more information about this emergency alert service, please visit www.emergencyinfoplan.com or call 888-333-3079.
Exploring what to see and do in North Palm Beach and the South Florida area. Your hosts are Pam and Gerry Barker.
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