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Real men wore pink and a new job for event chair Pam Weinroth

You couldn’t see Eric Jaiven’s fuzzy pink slippers behind the bar at Loch Bar’s happy hour Thursday. But like all 24 Real Men Wear Pink, he took the American Cancer Society fundraiser seriously…and wore pink.

Each volunteer did a ½-hour stint as a “bartender,” complete with a tip jar. Both the contents and $30 admission went straight to ACS’ breast cancer programs and research during awareness month. [Their Making Strides walk is Oct. 27 on the FAU campus.]

Real Men volunteers Levis JCC executive director Randy Colman, left in checkered shirt, and philanthropist and jeweler Greg Fried.

This event was billed as a Battle of the Bartenders. But each volunteer has until Oct. 31 to raise money. Event chair Pam Weinroth and the ACS’ Lynn Curry will tally up the proceeds and choose the local winners.

Weinroth, who’s making news herself, said she was thrilled with the turnout and community support. So was honorary chair Patti Carpenter, whose son Todd Payne was one of the Real Men. See the whole list at the end.

Weinroth is the new executive director of the Boca West Children’s Foundation. Founded by board chair Arthur Adler, they’re in their 10th year bankrolling projects for 25 children’s charities. They’ve raised $9 million so far.

At Real Men Wear Pink were, from left, event chair Pam Weinroth, honorary chair Patti Carpenter and her son and Real Men volunteer Todd Payne.

Pam’s high-profile, not only for her fundraising at events like this. But as the Boca Calendar creator and constant companion with her husband Palm Beach County Commissioner Bob Weinroth. He wore a pink suit, of course.

Auctioneer Neil Saffer did a running commentary and introduced VIPs as they arrived, including Mayor Scott Singer.

Disclosure: Brian Feldman is my husband. He was the one in the pink and orange wig. Thank you Linda Gunn Paton for the $50 tip since your husband Doug Paton was also one of the Real Men. So was our Boca Voice publisher, Pinnacle Advertising CEO Peter Gary. Here’s the video to prove it.

Boca Voice publisher Peter Gary behind the bar at Real Men Wear Pink Battle of the Bartenders for the American Cancer Society.
And here’s the list of Real Men Wear Pink:

Randy Colman; Gary Lesser; Bryan Drowos; Ken Lebersfeld; Spencer Siegel

Carlos Romero; Tory Buchman (substituting for David Eddinger)

John Cagno; Jay DiPietro; Frank Occhigrossi; Greg Fried; Jon Kaye

Gregg Goldin; Sam Richter; Matt Saady

Doug Paton; Ken Tolchin; Eric Jaiven

Peter Gary; Jeff Bovarnick; PJ DeLuca

Jon Carter; Todd Payne; Brian Feldman

By Marci Shatzman, 19-year survivor


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