Dance, dance, dance at the Mayors Ball this year.
A happy crowd of 450 plus got to Boca West Country Club early to mix during cocktails in the lobby. Photo ops with your significant other as you walked in. Something different: No silent auction; a $50 raffle table instead. Yes, that was Jim Batmasian doing a quick solo on the baby grand.
One of the few black ties in Boca Saturday, most of the gowns were black. That included presenter Marilyn Weinberg with Jay. Patti Carpenter stood out in white with a sequin jacket. “There’s some really great gowns here,” noted one of the locals. A few even had trains and feathers.
Once the ballroom opened, co-chairs Dyana Kenney and Michael Walstrom invited Mayor Scott and Bella Singer and former mayor Bill T. and Bonny Smith to the stage for presentations. Board President and chair Stacey Packer and CEO Ellyn Okrent accepted the George Long Award for Non-Profit Visionary for Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.
President Kevin Ross accepted the George Long Award for Educational Visionary with Christine Lynn by his side. Honorary chairs Jerry and Terry Fedele accepted an award and Jerry spoke.
This is a Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton event and president Dr. Allen Konis and a video explained where the money goes. Member Jon Kaye is a gala founder and event producer with Bonnie through Kaye Communications.
But once the Steve Chase Band struck up oldies, the dance floor was full all night.
Biggest surprise? Sean P. Jackson, board chairman of the Black Republican Caucus of Florida, did lead vocals for a tune with the Steve Chase Band. “I didn’t even know he could do that!” said Marta Batmasin, Jackson’s hosts for the evening.
ADT headquartered here in Boca was the dinner sponsor. Penn-Florida Companies sponsored the cocktail reception. Among the other sponsors were: Barbara and Bobby Campbell, who got shoutouts, Christine Lynn, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Excell Auto Group, Boca Raton Airport Authority and The Wechsler Foundation. Sklar Furnishings sponsored the Mayors Salute and Sklar’s Rick and Pat Howard were there. Our own Kendra Erika got applause for her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.
By Marci Shatzman