The summertime celebration of all things Boca kicks off July 30 and will continue through August 31, filling each week with must-attend events. Dubbed Boca Festival Days, the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce helps area nonprofits join forces with for-profit Chamber members through August, raising awareness, and funds, for the nonprofit organizations and their missions by hosting events, from small to grand, throughout the city.
The Boca Festival Days, with more than 40 nonprofits and for-profit Chamber members taking part, is unique not just in terms of size but also in the partnership aspect of the event. By teaming up with area businesses and companies, the nonprofit organizations that form the bedrock of the community’s charitable giving have a chance to reach out to new faces, expand their range and continue on their missions. The events also give for-profit organizations a chance to bolster their philanthropic reach, giving back while having fun.
Boca Festival Days’ events are open to the public—some free, others with a nominal entry fee, which directly supports the nonprofit involved. Festivities begin July 30 and will continue through August, each week filled with fun social gatherings that are quickly making August the most anticipated and socially active month of the year.
Below is a run down of the festivities for Boca Festival Days, weeks one and two.
Sponsored by Kaye Communications, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Second annual White Coats 4-Care Reception to benefit the second class of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, will take place at The Bridge Hotel. Entry is a minimum pledge or donation of $100 to underwrite a white coat (64 available), with donation opportunities as high as Named Sponsorship of Medical Student Scholarship Fund ($5,000).
As an added bonus to attendees this year, there will be a VIP reception and lecture at 4 p.m. with Dr. Charles Hennekens, named the “Number 81 ‘Science Hero’ in the World” for his discovery of the link between heart disease and aspirin, crediting him with saving more than 1 million lives. To attend the private event, an additional $20 per person is required.
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NCCI and the KidSafe Foundation partner for the KidSafe Seminar from noon to 1 p.m. at NCCI. The seminar helps raise awareness about the risks children and teens face today and how to be an active role in defending the one you love. Admission is free; call 561-893-3375 for more details
The Boca Raton Museum of Art and Ascendant Planned Giving have partnered up to give Boca golfers an air-conditioned golfing reprieve with The Return of Caddyshack. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., golfers will attack the “Big Art: Miniature Golf” course, merging art, fun and philanthropy into one fun-filled afternoon. Entry costs $24 for individual, $90 for a foursome. For more details and to RSVP, call 561-392-2500, ext. 208, or visit: bocamuseum.org
G.W. Bailey First Responders Charitable Fund is partnering with Morton’s The Steakhouse for Honorable Men in Uniform—Cocktails for a Cause. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the G.W. Bailey First Responders Charitable Fund will be raising awareness, and funds, for students enrolled in paramedic training and education programs by putting firefighters behind the bar and serving the drinks. Entry costs $25; buy your tickets here.
Week one of Boca Festival Days comes to a crescendo with Wine & All That Jazz from 7-9 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Mizner Center. Presented by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Boca Raton Resort & Club, oenophiles can enjoy one of the largest wine tasting parties in the South Florida, with more than 100 wines to try, bites from some of the area’s hottest eateries and live entertainment that will really “jazz” the event up. An exclusive VIP casino room gives the event a distinct Prohibition Era speakeasy fell, where backroom gambling kept the crowds partying into the wee hours.
Admission is $50 general, $100 for VIP. For more information, visit the Boca Chamber website.
The tastes of the European Alps have been solicited to join the fight against cancer for the FondueRaiser from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at the Melting Pot. Presented by First Citizens Bank and the Melting Pot, FondueRaiser benefits the Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Lynn Cancer Institute, with 30 percent of all proceeds going to the institute’s League of Ribbons. Reservations are recommended, and be sure to mention Dip for LCI when calling 561-997-7472.
Blue Martini presents the second annual Cocktails for a Cause to benefit the Jewish Association for Residential Care from 6-8 p.m. The happy hour event will help raise funds to continue JARC Florida’s mission of providing residency and programs for developmentally disabled adults within the community.
The two-hour event costs $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and includes access to the VIP area, two drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to win raffle prizes. For tickets and more information, click here.
Some of South Florida’s most eligible, charity-minded bachelors are up on the auction block for Habitat’s 2012 Mr. Stud Finder Bachelor Auction. Presented by The Shops at Boca Center in support of Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, Mr. Stud Finder is a party like none other, raising funds to help end poverty housing, while rallying all the single ladies to grab an auction paddle and get bidding.
Along with the auction, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails (two with the cost of admission) and a chance to win date packages to enjoy with your partner, whether you are single or not. Habitat’s 2012 Mr. Stud Finder Bachelor Auction runes from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; admission is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. To purchase tickets, click here.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Youth Operation in Training, Fitwize 4 Kids and Joe DiMaggio’s U18 Sports Medicine will present the Health and Wellness EXPO, which the whole family can benefit from at Fitwize 4 Kids in Coral Springs. The expo is beneficial for all levels of athletic ability, with stations and seminars dedicated to injury prevention, nutrition, anti-bullying, exercise demonstrations with pros, childhood obesity seminars and body composition Q&As to help develop a healthy lifestyle and understand the human endocrine system. Admission is free; for more information call 954-818-3709 or visit: yofit.info
The Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Glick Family Funeral Home will host Wine Country Safari from 7-9 p.m. to benefit Twin Palms for the Disabled. The Tommy Bahama casual event opens the doors of the museum for a global wine tour, silent auction, some southern barbecue from Mississippi Sweets BBQ and tunes by the Canon Quartet. Admission is $25 per person, $45 per couple; for more information, contact Wendy Friswell at 561-391-4874 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On August 11 and 18, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum will lead Guided Tours of the Historic Boca Raton Resort & Club. Learn about the nearly 90-year-old Addison Mizner-designed resort that helped shape the city of Boca Raton. Tours cost $15 per person ($10 for BRHS members), plus an $11 valet fee from the resort. Reservations are required. Call 561-395-6766, ext. 101, for more information and to RSVP.
From 4-7 p.m., the party is going to the pets with the “PAW”ty Time for the TriCounty Humane Society. Hosted by The Shoppes at Village Pointe, the “PAW”ty is fun for the whole family (pet included!), with pet adoptions, a happy dog contest, pet photography, live entertainment, specialty vendors and food and raffle giveaways. Admission is free; for more information, visit: tricountyhumane.org