Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s 9th annual Be Great Celebration Dinner took place on Thursday, March 10 at The Club of Quail Ridge 3715 Golf Rd., Boynton Beach, Fla. raising $385,000 with a live auction raising a record-breaking $73,000 to fund critical programming and summer camp initiatives for Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach. The event presented the Club’s impact and programs that are offered at the Delray Beach Club.
“After two years of not having the event, we are so excited to have raised so much for our Delray children,” said Co-Chair Susan Mullin. “This event truly shows the impact that the Boys & Girls Club has on our community children. Kathie and I are so grateful to be co-chairs for this event and to be a part of a cause that means a lot to so many people.”
Over a hundred guests enjoyed a cocktail reception outside overlooking the golf course followed by a dinner in the main dining room. The dinner began with the Atlantic Community High School honor guard presenting the Pledge of Allegiance. An opening speech was presented by Delray Advisory Board President William Costa. Guests also enjoyed a special violin performance by Delray Beach Club members. The 2022 Outstanding Service Award was presented to Honorary Chairs Kirsten & Tom Stanley, for their impact on the Delray community. The night ended with an exciting live auction presented by auctioneers Tom Stanley and Mason Delafield.
Guest speakers for the evening included Executive Club Director for Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach Terrance Johnson and 2022 Delray Beach Youth of the Year Aryatha Dornezon. Project FACT (Fathers & Children Together) Manager Shamus Gordon, also provided a speech highlighting the Impact 100 Palm Beach County check for $100,000 which was presented in 2021 to expand the Project FACT program in Delray Beach and Boca Raton communities.
Leading the charge were Co-Chairs Susan Mullin and Kathie Walker. Honorary Chairs were Kirsten and Tom Stanley. Be Amazing Sponsors included Joel Altman Charitable Foundation, Mrs. Kenneth Ambrecht, Mrs. Catherine Austin, Diane & Arthur Bauerfeind, The Harvey Family and George S. Swift, Jr. Family Foundation. Be Great Sponsors included Betsy & Michael Greene, Martha Hartfiel, Northern Trust Delray Beach, Christy & Meredith Sadler and Margie & Bruce Warwick. Be A Hero Sponsors included Melissa & Marc deBaptiste, Carrie & Beau Delafield, Polly & Kevin Maroni, Nor’ Easter Foundation, Stephanie & Jim Seaborg, Jorgette & John Smith, Kirsten & Tom Stanley and The Warner Family Foundation. Be A Friend Sponsors included Marilyn & Joseph Benoit, Dr. Roger Brinner, Kathy & Joe Hardiman, Michael Hefley & Christine Murray, Karen & Kevin Kennedy Foundation, Stephens Lowden, Connie & Peter Lowenstein, Page & Peter MacDonald, Elizabeth & Richard Morris, Jay Nicholson & Mary Hardy, The O’Toole Family Foundation, Chelin & Gregg Satherlie, Carol & Karl Scott, Mary Anne Shula, Carol & C.R. Stanley, Karen & Gary Tapella, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart and Shipley, PA, on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. David P. Vitale Jr., Stevenson Ward, Kathie & Rob Walker and Nancy & Robert Wibbelsman.
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