Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club Celebrates “Shake, Rattle-n-Roll”
Proceeds Benefit Club children
WELLINGTON, Florida (January 27, 2015) – A crowd of more than 300 guests came together to “Shake, Rattle-n-Roll” and raised a record-breaking $296,000, as the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club celebrated its 27th Annual Wellington Dinner Dance on Friday, January 9th. This year’s chairmen were Georgina Bloomberg, Dr. Dana Desser and Carol Sollak. The 1950s-themed event was the first in history to be held at the Boys & Girls Club location.
The dollars raised will assist the organization in serving 100 additional children at the club daily. “We were so pleased with the generosity of our chairs and all of the guests in helping to make this goal a reality for the organization,” said Jaene Miranda, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “The funds will underwrite the caring staff that provides fun & educational activities for the children.”
The event kicked off with an airstream trailer at the entrance of the Club where guests got their first sip of the signature root beer float cocktail. They then got the opportunity to walk through the Club as they took a look at the impressive silent auction that included dinner baskets, a BMW bicycle, hotel stays and much more.
Guests were then ushered into the Boys & Girls Club gym where the Doo Wop Mob was playing classic 1950s music, the Club members performed a rocking dance to “Rock Around the Clock” and two screens featured movie classics and dancing to set the sock hop mood. Guests were then treated to dinner by Aaron’s Catering and following dinner was a live auction with auctioneer Todd Barron. Fabulous items were auctioned off including a chance to be Sherriff for a Day, a beautiful pair of 18k white gold diamond earrings from Polo Jewelers, a week stay in Islamorada, polo lessons with Nic Roldan, Jeff Hall, Brandon Phillips and Kris Kampsen, tickets to the American Music Awards, a Miami Marlins VIP experience package and two rounds of golf with PGA Tour professionals Briny Baird and Ken Duke.
Afterwards, guests got their fill at two of the sundae, malts and milkshake stations and danced to the sweet music by Kitty Carmichael. While leaving, they had an opportunity to re-visit the airstream trailer and fill their bags at the candy bar, which featured over 20 different types of candy.
This year’s sponsors went above and beyond and included Diamond Benefactors Georgina Bloomberg, The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches, Comprehensive Pain Care of South Florida, Caroline A. Moran and Palms Wellington Surgical Center. Gold Benefactors included the Neil S. Hirsch Family Foundation and Chip & Debbie Perkins. Grand Benefactors were Bedford Park, FPL, International Polo Club, John & Julie Kime, Palms West Hospital and the Palms West Hospital Medical Staff. Corporate Table Benefactors were A-1 Truss, Adams, Coogler, Watson, Merkel, Barry & Kellner, P.A., Allstate – Ms. Erica Clark, Amy Carr, Complete Healthcare for Women of Wellington, Jeanie Dello Joio, Diagnostic Centers of America, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, Brenda McAdam, Palm Beach Urology Associates, Select Specialty Hospital, Carol Sollak, South Florida Radiation Oncology, LLC, The Barron Group at UBS Financial/ Herman Law, P.A., Waste Management of Florida, Inc., Wellington Preservation Coaliton and Wellington Regional Medical Center.
Assisting this year’s event chairmen were committee members Todd Barron, Maria Becker, Amy Carr, Jeanie Dello Joio, Ngaere Durling, Heidi Harland, Ron Herman, Jen Holmes, Reed Kellner, Julie Khanna Gopalan, Alexandra Kampsen, Julie Kime, Julie Larson-Menitoff, Kimberly Leland, Rachelle List, Darren Marotta, Michael Martin, Aaron Menitoff, Joni Moncelli, Jeanne Mullin, Eduardo Pantoja, Andrea Plevin, Nic Roldan, Maggi Rosenburg, Ellen Sanita, and Becky Wisnicki.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County
Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a not-for profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. The Clubs provide more than a safe, fun and constructive alternative to being home alone – they offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth. The thirteen Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 6,000 children ages 6-18. For more information, please visit www.bgcpbc.org or call 561-683-3287.
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