Children’s charities benefactor Arthur Adler. Former fire chief Kerry B. Koen. President Dr. John Kelly accepting for Florida Atlantic University.
All three were added to Boca Raton Historical Society’s permanent Walk of Recognition as community legends.
The walk has 81 stars, said Joyce DeVita, co-emcee with society board president Hank Jawhari.
The recent ceremony and reception were held in town founder Addison Mizner’s original headquarters, turned into The Addison reception venue.
All three men were given standing ovations. Adler co-founded and runs Boca West Children’s Charities Foundation that serves 24 nonprofits. Koen innovated fire safety measures and went on to serve on two city boards. Kelly spoke about turning the former military radar field into a learning center.
“His fingerprints are all over the city. He would have loved to have been here,” the late developer George E. Barbar’s son John said. He called on his brother, FAU board chairman Anthony Barbar, to accept in their father’s behalf.
“She taught us to smooth out the rough spots,” 2018 honoree Rita Thrasher said to accept for the late Dr. Merrilee R. Middleton.
Both honorees will be added to the wall of honor at the walk under Addison Mizner’s statute on Royal Palm Place. The walk was started by Marta Batmasian and she and her husband Jim’s foundation sponsor the event.
Among the former honorees there was Mike Arts, proudly wearing his walk medallion. Also asked to stand were Dr. Dick Reed, Derek Vander Ploeg, Connie Siskowski, Alyce Erickson, Jan McArt, Joan Wargo and Yvonne Boice.
By Marci Shatzman