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How is she doing? Junior League updates their president’s condition

The Junior League of Boca Raton has posted an advisory on their website more than a week after their president was injured.

After presiding over the League’s annual Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon Nov. 16, Renata Sans de Negri was hurt in an incident involving a car.

Here’s the Junior League update:

“Thanks for all your prayers for our president, Renata Sans de Negri. Her prognosis is good. We look forward to seeing her back at the league office. Her family has asked for privacy as Renata recovers.’’

There’s nothing Renata would like better than a report on the luncheon, Junior League president-elect Cristy Stewart-Harfmann told Boca Voice.

The 31st annual Woman Volunteer of the Year honored a record 50 non-profit nominees, a record. The two winners were announced at the finale, a tradition for this event before 1,100 people at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

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Jeannette DeOrchis, 2018 Woman Volunteer of the Year, speaks to the audience.

The 2018 Woman Volunteer of the Year is Jeannette DeOrchis, board vice chair and a speaker for Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence: A Community of Hope.

After hugs from president/CEO Pam O’Brien and others at the AVDA table, DeOrchis used her remarks to highlight the agency. AVDA has a safe shelter, crisis hotline, violence prevention, and other support programs.

Joan Weidenfeld received the Lifetime Achievement award after 30 years of volunteerism in Boca, from Sugar Sand Park to The Achievement Center. Her most recent volunteer work was with the Boca Raton Women’s Club.

Presenting the awards were Sans de Negri and Nikki Stelzer, who chaired the luncheon, and two Boca Raton Regional hospital executives, Maureen Mann, and Mindy Shikiar. The hospital and Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute were award sponsors.

Among the selection committee was last year’s Woman of the Year, Joyce DeVita, a 32-year volunteer and former board president of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.

Pat Thomas, the 2013 Lifetime Achievement honoree, was honorary luncheon chair. Saks Fifth Avenue presented a fashion show and had a pop-up shop of the clothes afterward.

By Marci Shatzman



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