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Two familiar faces win Junior League volunteer kudos

Two highly anticipated announcements capped this year’s Junior League of Boca Raton Woman Volunteer of the Year.

Who would be named out of 37 women nominated by local nonprofits? They each walked the runways to cheers.

First Michelle Stallone stepped to the stage when her name was called for starting Pink Ball 10 years ago. Then Impact 100 and the Junior League’s Kirsten Stanley was named Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.

What they both have in common is the fight against breast cancer: Stallone as a fundraiser for uninsured women at her Striking Out Cancer benefit Feb. 8.

A nine-year survivor and 2019 Komen Warrior in Pink, Stanley’s a visible community leader.

More than 950 attended Friday’s 32nd luncheon and Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Michelle Stallone, left, reacts to being named Woman Volunteer of the Year at the Junior League’s annual luncheon.

Saks v.p. Heather Shaw introduced this year’s designer guest Andrea Lieberman. The former stylist was happy to hobnob and the fall fashion show led with her collection. Afterwards, a Saks pop-up shop in the lobby with those clothes and accessories did a brisk business.

The announcements were made by the luncheon’s longtime hospital partner, Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. Executive director Maureen Mann did the honors with medical director Dr. Kathy Schilling.

Stallone works at the institute, but Mann confirmed afterward that the judges are always independent. This year they were Lloyd Staffing’s Jeanine Banks; Boca Magazine’s Marie Speed; and philanthropists Holly Rockwell Trubinsky, Anne Vegso and Tish Messinger.

League president Cristy Stewart-Harfman also spoke, as did honorary chair, philanthropist Amy Kazma. Nicole Mugavero and Lisa Warren co-chaired the event. Former TV personalities Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby emceed.

A good time was had by all and no rush to leave.

By Marci Shatzman

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