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Boca’s walk of fame names this year’s super stars

Arthur Adler, Kerry B. Koen and Florida Atlantic University are among the 2019 honorees at the 23rd annual Walk of Recognition.

The recognition ceremony is 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 6 at The Addison. Honorees are chosen and the ceremony benefits the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.

The walk are permanent plaques under Addison Mizner’s statue on Royal Palm Place. Inscriptions will be added for the late George Barbar and Dr. Merrilee R. Middleton.

Adler is being recognized for his work over the last decade as chairman of Boca West Children’s Foundation. He’s active in many local nonprofits he developed 20 years of scholarship funding at Lynn University. He’s on the board of The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program at Florida Atlantic University.

Koen was on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. He was city’s fire chief from 1994 to ’98 and credited with safety codes that installed automatic fire sprinkler and alarm systems in large buildings. He was instrumental in establishing the Advanced Life Support (Paramedic) program.

Middleton passed away in May. She’s considered a pioneer in mental health education and awareness. Barbar will be remembered for developing the first country club concepts for families. He died in 2007.

“The Walk of Recognition is my favorite event because we…honor the outstanding individuals and institutions who have built our community,” historical society executive director Mary Csar said in a statement.

Started in 1997, the Walk of Recognition award has honored 94 members of the community.  The plaques are underwritten by Marta Batmasian, and Jim and Marta sponsor the ceremony.

The event includes dinner-by-the-bite at food stations, libations, entertainment and dancing under the stars in the courtyard. The Addison is located at 2 E. Camino Real.

Tickets are $85 per person at or call 561-395-6766, ext.101.


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