By Amy Woods
A fashion show featuring couture from the exclusive retail shops at The Boca Raton highlights this year’s Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon benefiting the Junior League of Boca Raton.
Also highlighting the 36th annual fundraiser are the 49 nominees whose contributions to South County know no bounds.
“They’re powerhouses,” said Margaret Blume, honorary chairwoman of the Nov. 10 luncheon. “These are people who are busy making things better.”
The nominees for Woman Volunteer of the Year are Elaine Abrams, Amy Adaniel, Amy Aronowitz, Judi Asselta, Ashley Bacon, Mara Benjamin, Katie Miller Busch, Nancy Chanin,
Kim Champion, Pamela Coffey, Susan Diener, Mary Donnell, Nicole Flier, Marianne Forrest, Dre Garcia, Donna Glenn, Ellen Gorringe, JoAnne Greiser, Wendy Hasselman, Sharon Hill, Bonnie Kaye, Janet Kranich, Zoe Lanham, Ellen Leibovitch, Kathryn Leonard, Cristina Lewis, Rebecca Lourido, Fernanda Macedo, Victoria Matthews, Tarra Pressey Moten, Claudia Mineyi Nichols, Lynne Ogren, Betsy Owen, Isabel Parrado, Julie Peyton, Pamela Polani, Vicki Pugh, Ana Maria Restrepo, Jackie Reeves, Claudia Rodney, Kristen Ross-Majhess, Danielle Rosse, Bonnie Schweiger, Lynn Travis Stender, Missy Tschappat, Christine Turner, Andrea Virgin, Lee Williams and Aubrey McCutchen Zeigler.
“It’s very inspiring to read the biographies that the women submit,” said Nancy Dockerty, luncheon chairwoman. “They all are longtime volunteers, many of whom have been nominated previously from other organizations.”
The women will be honored during the event as they walk the runway while a video screen displays each one’s name, photo and the logo of the organization that nominated her, all before a sold-out crowd of 1,000.
“My responsibility is fundraising. Equal to that, though, is making this an amazing experience for the nominees,” Dockerty said. “I have been nominated for this in the past, and I felt like the belle at the ball. That is ultimately our goal.”
The luncheon will conclude with the naming of the award recipient, who will receive a gold-and-diamond pin.
“These remarkable nominees have made such an enormous difference in our community,” Junior League President Meghan Shea said. “We are thrilled to honor these truly deserving women who have uplifted and positively impacted so many lives.”
If You Go
What: Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon
When: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 Where: The Boca Raton, 501 E. Camino Real
Information: 561-620-2553 or jlbr.org