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Chamber catchup: BLU-PAC endorsements, extras for Boca schools

BLU-PAC, Boca Chamber’s political action committee, has endorsed a dozen candidates running in the Nov. 3 election. And the Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation awarded annual grants to schools.

BLU-PAC picked candidates from both parties and a mix of incumbents and new to that office. The PAC interviewed and vetted candidates in key races. “These are the candidates who will best ensure a pro-business environment, vital for responsible growth in our community,” the announcement said.

Here’s the list:

  • Brian Norton, state Senate District 29
  • Kelly Skidmore, state House District 81
  • David Silvers, state House District 87
  • Mike Caruso, state House District 89
  • Joseph Casello, state House District 90
  • Sayd Hussain, state House District 91
  • Joseph Abruzzo, Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller
  • Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach County Sheriff
  • Anne Gannon, Palm Beach County Tax Collector
  • Dave Kerner, Maria Sachs and Mack Bernard, Palm Beach County Commission

Golden Bell celebrated a record-breaking year at a recent chamber breakfast sponsored by Bluegreen Vacations. Some $120,000 went to 21 Boca schools, George Snow Scholarship Fund and Boca Raton Museum of Art. Chamber president and CEO Troy McLellan thanked Chuck Stout, Golden Bell chairman for increasing the grants. He introduced Frank Barbieri Jr., Palm Beach County School Board chairman, who spoke. During the event, Golden Bell raised $3,500 in a text fundraiser. The Chamber’s immediate past chair Susan Saturday and her husband Jim got the giving started. Since 1991, Golden Bell has donated more than $1.7 million to the public schools of Boca Raton in grades K-12.

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