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Get in on flurry of Festival Days fundraisers for charities

Yoga for veterans who saw action. Cocktails and fondue to raise money for chemotherapy patients. A talent show for the mental health counseling center. Boca knows how to support its charities.

Parties for-profits sponsor to benefit nonprofits run the whole month of August as Boca Chamber Festival Days. Supporters can buy tickets at the charity’s web site and often at the event itself.

This week’s events will benefit Boca Raton Police Foundation, FAU College of Business, American Association of Caregiving Youth and others.

Faulk Center for Counseling had 200 supporters at Boca’s Got Talent, including board president Lois Weisman.

Frank Alessi took top prize with a Sinatra tune. Duet Dawn Forgione and Mike Miller placed second and well-known Boca comedian Angela Nacca nabbed third.

Emcee was Jon Sahn, longtime chairman of Boca Chamber Festival Days. He attends every single festival event.

Putting their heads together in front of the stage after contestants performed were: Chamber president/CEO Troy McLellan, Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers and Billboard singer-songwriter, Boca’s own Kendra Erika.

At “Boca’s Got Talent” were, from left, Mike Miller, Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers, Dawn Forgione, Laureen Pannullo, Frank Alessi, Angela Nacca, [back row] Jon Sahn, County Commissioner Robert Weinroth, Troy McLellan, [front row] Kendra Erika, Vicki Katz Photo by Tina VaLant

“We’re extremely grateful to Mike Goodwin of Crazy Uncle Mike’s for…bringing awareness to the importance of mental health and wellness,” Faulk Center CEO Vicki Katz said.

The Melting Pot restaurant had a menu of special cocktails and a discount on their famous fondue for the eighth annual FondueRaiser.

Proceeds went to provide free hand and foot massages for Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital patients on chemotherapy.  

Lisa Elkan, v.p. of Alliance Association Bank, co-chaired again.

The institute’s annual 5K run League of Ribbons logo is a rainbow of colors for different kinds of cancer, she explained.

Allegiance Home Health sponsored all 22 Festival Day events again this year. CEO/president Rosie Inguanzo-Martin and her husband Joe Martin, vice president and director of rehab, were at the FondueRaiser and Connected Warriors’ event to benefit military veterans. Allegiance stands for veterans, Rosie explained.

Judy Weaver started Connected Warriors here in Boca that now serves thousands of veterans nationwide with trauma-conscious yoga. “We were just approved to expand our program to offer outside behavior health,” she announced from the stage of the Wick Theatre.

He was a convert to the benefits of yoga and now teaches a class in Deerfield Beach, retired Commander Ken Bingham told the audience. He started and ran NJROTC at Boca High.

The Wick Theatre’s Marilynn and Kimberly Wick hosted “Soleil Warriors.” Anita Havel of Skin to Silk choreographed the aerial yoga performance. See our video on

The Siegel Law Group was the sponsor and Barry Siegel welcomed the crowd.

The event was a kickoff for Connected Warriors’ Nov. 2 gala. Honorees Dr. Ira and June Gelb and honorary chair, attorney Pamela Higer-Polani were there.

By Marci Shatzman


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