Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Boca Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sunday, September 27th in Mizner Park Amphitheater. There is no registration fee to enter the walk. The Walk raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Their goal is to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization.
Registration for the walk starts at 7:30 a.m. and the ceremony starts at 8 a.m. The walk starts at 8:30 a.m. and is 2 miles. Every registered participant who raises $100 or more will receive a t-shirt. Participants can donate online, create a team or join an existing team. Volunteers are also needed to help on the day of the event. A light breakfast will be provided to participants.
To find out more information, go to Act.Alz.Org/BocaWalk or contact Chairperson Pamela Polani at 561-496-4222.

West Boca Relay for Life

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 2.53.05 PMThe West Boca Relay for Life will be held at Olympic Heights High School at 20101 Lyons Road on May 2, 2015. Many local schools and businesses will be participating. Special events during the event include a Survivor and Caregiver lap at 5:30 p.m. and the Winner’s Circle Dinner at 6:30 p.m. There is also a special Luminaria ceremony at night.
winner'scircleinviteThe Relay for Life organization has been holding local fundraisers to raise awareness. There will be a Community Yard Sale on April 26th at Mission Bay.
communityyardsaleFor more details about the Walk, see the recent article in The Sun Sentinel.

Jay Leno to Perform at Benefit Concert

bocawestfoundationJay Leno and Atlantic City Boys to Perform at
Boca West Foundation’s “A Concert for The Children” on March 31
Foundation’s annual concert and golf challenge raise funds that benefit 15 local charities serving 3,000 children in area

Acclaimed late night talk show host and stand up comedian Jay Leno, along with the Atlantic City Boys, will perform at the Boca West Community Charitable Foundation’s annual “Concert for the Children” on Tuesday, March 31 at Boca West Country Club.  The event will follow the Foundation’s annual $100,00 Golf Challenge, happening on March 30.
Funds raised will benefit at risk children and their families in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County.  Each year, Boca West Community Charitable Foundation serves over 3,000 children and its volunteers have given 45,000 hours of their time to the 19 charities with which the organization works.
“In determining who we wished to star in our Concert for the Children this coming year, Jay Leno was always at the top of our list because of his humanitarian efforts throughout the world,” said Arthur Adler, Chairman of the Boca West Charitable Foundation.  “We are delighted that he is aiding the children of South Palm Beach County through his performance here at Boca West.”
The Concert will be held at the AKOYA Amphitheatre on the Great Lawn of Boca West Country Club with doors opening at 6 p.m., the Atlantic City Boys opening the show at 8 p.m. followed by Jay Leno’s performance at 9 p.m.  All tickets are $150 and seats will be assigned by a drawn lottery on March 10.
The Golf Challenge on March 30 will include brunch and registration at 11 a.m., a 1 p.m. golf tee time, followed by a gala cocktail party and award presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   Player spots are $500 and include a ticket for the Concert for the Children.  Additional cocktail party tickets are $125.
Tickets and Sponsorships
Tickets, player spots, and sponsorship opportunities are available on the Boca West Foundation website.  For more information, please contact the Foundation directly by calling 561-488-6980 or by emailing foundation@bocawestcc.org.
About Jay Leno
Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno has always been widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”
Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting over the past 19 years. After resuming hosting the 11:35 PM program following a one-time brief interruption of these duties, Jay once again took the show to the top, leading all of the ensuing quarters handily for another three years. Under his helm, the show was honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” “The Tonight Show” has also taken home the trophy for “Favorite Late Night Show” in the annual TV Guide Awards determined by voting viewers, and Jay was recently installed in the Television Academy’s Broadcast Hall of Fame.
About Boca West Community Charitable Foundation
The Boca West Community Charitable Foundation was launched in November of 2010. It came about as a desire by the thousands of members of the Boca West Country Club to give back to Boca Raton and the South Palm Beach County communities.  The Foundation’s mission is to identify and fund projects to assist children and their families in need in the area.
Since its inception, the Foundation has funded more than $1,500,000 for specific programs of 19 charities including: American Association of Caregiving Youth, Boca Helping Hands, Boca Raton Police Athletic League, Boys & Girls Club of Boca Raton, The Caridad Center, FAU Elementary Band Camp, Florence Fuller Early Childhood Development Centers, The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, The Giving Tree, Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options, Jewish Foundation of South Palm Beach County Safety Net Services, KidSafe Foundation, Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Place of Hope at the Haven Campus, SCOPE, SOS Children’s Village, Unicorn Academy, The Wayne Barton Study Center, and Youth Activity Center.

Walk MS 2015 on March 15th

walkmsBoca Residents can participate in Walk MS on March 15th 2015 at 900 Broken Sound, Parkway NW.  Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other, a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to show the power of our connections.
The funds raised at Walk MS give hope to the more than 7500 people living with MS in our community. Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide. To learn more about MS, go to the National MS Society. The dollars raised at Walk MS support critical research and programs and services.
900 Broken Sound Parkway is located north of Yamato Road. Registration and check in starts at 7:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. You can participate in the walk by calling 1-855-372-1331 or going to walkMS.org. Participants can register as an individual, join a team or volunteer.

FAU hosts 5th Annual EMB(RACE) on February 22nd

Embrace2Stand Among Friends (SAF), a Boca Raton based non-profit organization, will host the fifth annual “emb(race) at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. This is an all inclusive run, walk, stroll and roll event being held February 22nd with check-in starting at 6 a.m. The event will feature a 5k, 10k, one-mile family walk and a half-marathon. People of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. There will be games for children, music, food, prizes, awards and many other fun activities.
SAF was founded in 1997 to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by promoting opportunities for them to live without limits and experience the highest degree of independence and success in their communities. In 2006, SAF opened The Disability Center, a designated Center of Excellence within the State of Florida university system, on FAU’s Boca Raton campus in the  Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing building. Current programs include Employment for People with Disabilities, Disability Sensitivity, Assistive Technology Center and off-site demonstrations.
To register for emb(race), call 561-297-4400 or visit www.standamongfriends.org/embrace. Registration for the 1 mile family walk is $20. Race times are as follows: half marathon at 6:30 a.m., 10k at 7:00 a.m., 5k at 7:00 a.m., event ceremony at 8:45 a.m. and family walk at 9:15 a.m.

Boca Raton Boating & Beach Bash

beachbashThe Boca Raton Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities will take place on March 21st, 2015. The Bash is the Nation’s largest, free, fun day for children, adults and Purple Heart recipients with physical and/or intellectual challenges and their caregivers. It will be held at Spanish River Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Park is located at 3100 North Ocean Boulevard.
The highlight of the event is the opportunity to enjoy a boat ride aboard a flotilla of private yachts along the Intracoastal Waterway. All boats are donated by members of Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club in Boca Raton. The Bash is completely organized and run by community volunteers and is funded through private donations and sponsorship.
For more information, call 561-715-2622.

4th Annual Celebrating everyBODY Walk

whywewalkThe 4th Annual Celebrating everyBODY: a walk for eating disorder awareness takes place on February 28th at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton. Proceeds benefit The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach and education related to health promotion including all eating disorders, positive body image and self-esteem. The Alliance works to prevent eating disorders and promote a positive body image by offering educational presentations, support groups, advocacy and a toll-free national phone help line.
The 2015 Alliance Walk will start at the Pond Apple Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The Walk is one mile. All proceeds raised at the walk remain in Florida and pay for printing, production and shipping of the Florida Eating Disorders Referral Guide. The pre-registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for those under 18 years. Pets are an additional $5. The first 650 participants registered will receive an event t-shirt and girft bag. Pets will receive a bandanna. For more information, call 561-841-0900.

15th Annual Walkathon for The PAP Corps

cometogetherwalkathonThe Pap Corps, Champions for Cancer Research, presents its 15th Annual Walkathon Come Together to Beat Cancer on March 14th 2015. The walk will be held at the FAU Campus beginning at 8:30 a.m. The community is invited to celebrate the 60s. There will be a Beatles Tribute Concert by The Nowhere Band. Visit www.thepapcorps.org to register or call 877-495-8100. The registration fee is $20.
The Pap Corps has donated over $50 million to support research on All types of cancer in men, women and children for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Cancer Center is part of the University of Miami Health System. It has locations in Coral Springs and Deerfield Beach.

Olympic Heights Welcomes Samaritan365 Club

carters4Carters_and_ScholasticOlympic Heights is the FIRST high school in the country to host and participate in the Samaritans365 club. Our hope is to bring this club to all elementary, middle, and high schools in the world. We will make a difference –
one good deed at a time!
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It is with great pride that we share the Samaritans365 program with Olympic Heights High School. Through participation in the Samaritans365 Club, students learn what it means to be a true “Samaritan.” They are given the opportunity to listen to interesting and professional speakers who are community members dedicated to doing something for the good of others. Students will be educated about different ways to contribute, the experience of joy derived from giving, and the difference it can make in the lives of others. Our ultimate goal is that all students are committed to being service-oriented global community leaders and environmental citizens. Thank you for supporting this important, educational, and inspirational program.
All meetings and activities will be held in Ms. Posner’s room, room 2206, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Meetings that include speakers will be held the second Thursday of the month. There may be community service hours awarded for different collections/drives, as well as activities done at meetings, to be determined as each opportunity arises.
On February 12th, a representative from The Pajama Program will be speaking to the group. The Pajama Program’s mission is to provide new pajamas and books to children in need. Many of the children served are waiting and hoping to be adopted. Many of them have been abandoned and have never enjoyed the comfort of a parent tucking them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. The group will present the representative with books and pajamas they have collected. You can buy books at the dollar store and pajamas at Walmart and Target.
Upcoming speakers include a woman from the organization of Child Survivors/Hidden Children of the Holocaust, and representatives from Animal Aid and Florence Fuller. If you would like to participate, contact Alayna at tamgator@comcast.net or Deborah Posner at deborahposner@palmbeachschools.org.