You knew as soon as you saw Harvey Wachman’s giant sheriff’s star and Frank Feiler’s massive Stetson. This must be the George Snow Scholarship Fund’s 26th annual Cowboy Ball.
Passersby peeked into the tented Mizner Park Amphitheater Saturday night to see bales of hay and tables set in red gingham. Rattlesnake chili was among cocktail food served up before the Mission BBQ dinner.
A Boca crowd gathered in boots and western gear to support the Snow scholarship fund. YMCA exec Jason Hackensick said both he and his black hat were proudly from Texas.
The foundation gave out $1.2 million in scholarships and mentor support to 147 students in 2018, fund president Tim Snow announced during dinner.
Omarley Spence, a fourth-year Gator going on for his master’s, said he’s so inspired by Snow support he’s going into education.
Supporters who bought a raffle wore a flashing boot button. A cell phone ask raised another $76,000 plus, more than a grand over the goal.
Board chairman Stephen Haskins and Snow gave out honors to Robin and Charles Deyo’s Cendyn. Robin’s a trustee and their firm was the presenting sponsor with Amy and Mike Kazma.
Boca Raton Resort & Club president John Tolbert accepted his community service award via video. The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance was at the Resort this weekend.
Cowboy Ball chair Victoria Matthews “took the bull by the horns,” Snow said.
Honorary chairs Samantha and Cliff Vassallo were also honored. Emcees were Paige Kornblue Hunter and WPTV weatherman Glenn Glazer. The pair also emcee the Snow fund’s biggest fundraiser, Boca’s Ballroom Battle.
Pinnacle Advertising provided the photo backdrop and was a sponsor. Helen Babione was there and her Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home sponsored. Jim and Marta Batmasian sponsored the saloon.
Fund vice chairman Al Travasos and trustees Feiler and Frank Barbieri Jr., the school board chairman, were in the crowd.
Wachman won best-dressed cowboy and Robin Trompeter, a sponsor with Andy Scott, was a best-dressed cowgirl.
Boca Raton High School’s NJROTC were among the volunteers.
By Marci Shatzman