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25 Bashes To Kick Off Boca Chamber Annual Festival Days

August means it must be Boca Chamber Festival Days annual month of fundraisers for local charities.

The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Addison. Watch eight teen finalists compete to sing the National Anthem at this year’s Boca Raton Bowl college football game in December. The $35 admission at goes to the Spirit of Giving’s Back to School Bash for 4,000 at-risk kids.

Some events have become classics. Boca’s Got Talent moves to the Hyatt Place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13. The $25 admission at goes to the Faulk Center for Counseling with low-cost therapy and support groups.

“Another classic is the Battle of Bartenders and I’m in it,” said Chamber CEO and president Troy McClellan. It’s $25 in advance, $30 at the door from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Marriott Boca Raton. “Tips” go to Best Foot Forward Foundation that helps foster kids further their education at 

Battle of the Bartenders in 2017 to benefit Best Foot Forward Foundation. Photos courtesy of Best Foot Forward Foundation

Margarita Monday is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Rocco’s Tacos in the Shops at Boca Center. The $25 in advance or $30 at the door benefit KidSafe, to prevent bullying and Internet dangers, at

The Lip Sync contest from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Blue Martini supports Nat King Cole Generation Hope. The late singer’s twin daughters run the foundation to keep music alive for at-risk kids. Tickets at

“There are a couple new ones I’m excited about,” McLellan said. “Throwback Thursday at the Tilted Kilt benefits Trustbridge [the nonprofit for hospice and home health care.]”

Wine & All That Jazz is chamber’s annual wine, libation, and food-tasting at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. “There are unbelievable food and entertainment,” he said. “We absolutely want people to buy tickets in advance,” he said.

Admission is $75 or $120 for the VIP room at

“There are two bands and a big dance floor. This is THE event for the summer in Boca Raton,” McLellan said.

For the list, go to

By Marci Shatzman

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