Joyce Z. Hunter wore her granddad’s hat from Philly’s police department from 1930 to 1972.
That’s how proud her company was to sponsor Back the Blue, Monday’s fundraiser for the Boca Raton Police Foundation. “My grandfather Joseph Corso walked a beat,” said Hunter, president of The Florida Printing Group Inc.
“This grows every year,” Boca police Chief Dan Alexander said about the annual Boca Chamber Festival Days event. “You don’t see this volume and intensity of support,” in other communities.
Board chairman Marc Bell and other community leaders started the foundation in 2013 to pay for added training, community outreach and equipment.
Bell stood on a chair to introduce Chief Alexander and Chamber president/CEO Troy McLellan to cheers.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital v.p. Brian Altschuler and Jeff Hollander were among the board members there.
“This is a perfect fit for us, since we’re a safety company,” said ADT’s corporate affairs director Bob Tucker, new to the board. “It’s important to recognize the great work they do.”
Nicole Flier, a v.p. for Quest Contracting, “appreciates” her new board appointment as a Boca resident for nearly 16 years. “They should have anything they need; they go above and beyond,” said Flier, who chairs the city’s Builders’ Board of Adjustment and Appeals.
The foundation collected tickets online and at the door and held a silent auction to raise more funds. The Bomar Foundation wrote a check for $2,500.
A late storm drove supporters inside Prezzo for the happy hour reception. But once the clouds cleared, K-9 Officer Shawn Lyman did a meet-and-greet on the patio with Dino.
For more Boca Chamber Festival Days events to benefit charities through August go to http://www.thebocavoice.com/events/
By Marci Shatzman