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Monopoly monopolizes this signature Boca doings

Only winners at this year’s 13th major fundraiser for Boca Helping Hands.

Seven tables of Monopoly players vied for bragging rights. Connor Jimenez took home the blue ribbon from board president Gary Peters, twice a national winner.

Volunteer Leonard Wierzbowski posed as Mr. Monopoly for photo ops as guests arrived at Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club Saturday. This year’s event was a sellout, noted executive director Greg Hazle.

Others paid to play casino games and “bought” chips converted into raffle tickets.

The event drew a different crowd than most Boca charity fundraisers. “It’s a way for us to spread the word and get more people involved in supporting our mission,” said Pattie Damron, board secretary.

Board member Peggy Jones with Mr. Monopoly Rich Uncle Pennybags, aka Leonard Wierzbowski behind the mustache

Among the exceptions were Isabelle Paul, commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. “We bought them their first refrigerated truck,” she said.

“These people do such amazing work. They don’t do it for the money or the glory,” said Shelly Adler, there with Arthur, who founded Boca West Children’s Foundation.

Boca Helping Hands has evolved from a soup kitchen offering hunger relief to include job training and mentoring and health care. “A lot of the people who are here want to help others,” said board member Peggy Jones.

Auctioneer Neil Saffer emceed and did the live auction. The Auction Ladies handled raffles, silent and live auction details for items the committee assembled.

Among the major sponsors were Michelle and Michael Hagerty, Noreen Hassan and JM Family Enterprises.

By Marci Shatzman


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