Boca Festival Days caps summer with 27 activities


By: Dale King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
It’s August again. And around Boca Raton, that means something special is happening. Boca Chamber Festival Days are back.
The annual event is part of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s outreach to the charitable community.
“Boca Chamber Festival Days allows us to connect nonprofit members with the for-profit community,” said Troy McLellan, Chamber president and CEO.
“The Boca Chamber highly values its 100-plus nonprofit members as they are an integral defining component of our community.”
“Not only do our nonprofit organizations employ thousands of local professionals, they improve the overall quality of life in our city and most importantly, they provide critical support to the underserved,” he added.
The Chamber-sponsored “Wine and All That Jazz” occasion to be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 7-10 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club is the signature event again this year. It will raise funds for the Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation.
New events will mix with those that have enthralled visitors for years. Two returning activities are based on popular TV shows. The highly anticipated “Boca Ballroom Battle,” patterned after “Dancing with the Stars,” takes place Aug. 20 at the Boca Resort. The ninth annual showcase pairs local community leaders with professional dancers in competition to raise money for the George Snow Scholarship Fund.
Also, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is searching for contestants for its third annual talent contest, “Boca’s Got Talent,” much like “America’s Got Talent.” It will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park. “We’re looking for a wide range of talented performers,” said Nathalie Sloane, director of Development for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. “Comedians, singers, musical performers, magicians, and dancers…”
Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County hosts its 25th year anniversary celebration Aug. 4 at M.E.A.T, 980 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. It will feature light bites, craft beers, wine and birthday surprises.
An event that’s delighted festival goers for more than 30 years returns. The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum will again conduct guided tours of the historic Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tours begins at 2 p.m. and will be held on Saturdays, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27.
The Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel will host a “Battle of the Celebrity Bartenders” Friday, Aug. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to raise money for Best Food Forward. Donna Biase, co-founder of the Best Foot Forward Foundation, said, “We are also thrilled to announce that FL-Accounting & Advisers, Allegiance Home Health and United Capital are once again sponsoring the event, and we welcome Berger Singerman LLP as a new sponsor.” The organization helps children in foster care.
Schedule of events
Monday, Aug. 1, 6th Annual White Coats-4-Care, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterstone Resort & Marina, 999 E. Camino Real, to benefit
FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine; sponsored by Kaye Communications;
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services presents Feed Your Funny Bone for JFS, a night of comedy, hors d’oeuvres and drinks at Boca Resto Lounge, 3350 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton.
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 5-8 p.m., Ocean’s 234 Restaurant is partnering with Women in Distress for the 6th Annual Clothes Off our Backs clothing sale.
Thursday, Aug. 4, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s
25th year anniversary celebration in honor of the organization’s accomplishments, at M.E.A.T., 980 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton.
Saturday, Aug. 6, Spirit of Giving’s Back to School Bash serving South Palm Beach County children, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delray Beach Village Academy, 400 SW 12th Ave, Delray Beach.
Monday, Aug. 8, 6 p.m., “Boca’s Got Talent,” at Dubliner Irish Pub in Mizner Park, to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Thursday, Aug. 11, Place of Hope and Clive Daniel Present “Boca Builds Hope,” 5:30 p.m. in Clive Daniel’s design showroom.
Thursday, Aug. 11, “Hook, Wine & Sinker” nautical art & wine extravaganza, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, to benefit Twin Palms Center for the Disabled.
Friday, Aug. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., “Battle of the Celebrity Bartenders,” at Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, to benefit Best Food Forward.
Saturdays, Aug. 13 and 27, 2 p.m., Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum will conduct tours of the historic Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Saturday, Aug. 13, Morgan Stanley will be partnering with The Children’s Museum to kick-off its first BOCA SPLASH! Other sponsors include Mark and Susie Tabor, Samandel Corp. and Fl. – Accounting and Advisors. Activities are open to the public; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum.
Monday, Aug. 15, 4:30 to 10 p.m., Alliance Association Bank and Stroemer & Company, LLC will partner with Boca Raton Regional Hospital to promote the Lynn Cancer Institute’s League of Ribbons initiative with a “FondueRaiser” at the Melting Pot restaurant, 5455 N. Federal Highway
Tuesday, Aug. 16, Tipsy Tuesday, benefiting the Mentoring Firm, Inc. and its sponsor, Allegiance Home Health, will be held at Tap 42 Boca Raton, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 17, The Habilitation Center of Boca Raton and Toshiba Business Solutions are teaming up to participate in a Flower Power Karaoke Social. Guests will enjoy a groovy evening filled with live karaoke music at Boca Resto Lounge, 3360 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton.
Thursday, Aug. 18, Boca Museum of Art has put together a free Cultural Trivia Night from 5-8 pm for employees in the tourism and hospitality industries. Companies can form their own team or individuals can join a “meet-a-new-friend” team, enjoy Museum exhibitions, cocktails and snacks in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden and compete for prizes by answering questions about ten of Boca Raton’s arts organizations.
Saturday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m., ninth annual “Boca Ballroom Battle” at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. All proceeds benefit the George Snow Scholarship Foundation.
Saturday, Aug. 20, the Faulk Center for Counseling will host a yoga event sponsored by Craig Richman Yoga. Money raised will provide free and low-cost mental health counseling. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; intro to yoga at 9; 10:45 a.m., all levels of Vinyasa class.
Monday, Aug. 22, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Margarita Monday at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, sponsor by Rocco’s Tacos and Minuteman Press of Boca Raton to benefit KidSafe Foundation.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6 to 9 p.m., Light up the Night to benefit Junior Achievement of South Florida. It will be held at the Prime Cigar & Wine Bar, 2240 19th St., Suite 916, Boca Raton. Attendees will enjoy two free drinks, a free cigar, and hors d’oeuvres.
Thursday, Aug. 25, Back to School Brunch at Lakeside Terrace, 7880 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Carolyn Boltin-Kelly, first lady of FAU, will be honored. Partners are The American Association of Caregiving Youth and Allegiance Home Health
Thursday, Aug. 25, Beer and Burger Night, 5:30 p.m. at Barrel of Monks, 1141 S. Rogers Circle, Boca Raton. Enjoy a variety of fresh brewed beers and burgers from the Tucker Dukes food truck. Proceeds will benefit Emy’s Promise, education and enrichment for young women in foster care.
Partners: Emy›s Promise and Ascendant Planned Giving
Friday, Aug.26, 6-8 p.m., Charmed by Charity Soiree at Alex and Ani, Town Center Mall. A 15% donation will be made to the Wayside Housed from total sales.
Saturday, Aug. 27, 7-10 p.m., Wine & All That Jazz, signature event sponsored by Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, at Boca Raton Resort & Club. Proceeds to benefit Chamber’s Golden Bell Scholarship Foundation.
Sunday, Aug. 28, Boca Helping Hands’ 10th annual “Bowling for Bread” event at Strikes@Boca from 2 to 5 p.m. For the second year, First Citizens Bank has agreed to be BHH’s for-profit community partner.
Tuesday, Aug. 30, Live rock concert, 5:30 to 7:30 at Boca Resto Lounge, 3360 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Event features free appetizers, two specialty drinks and raffles to win cash and prizes. Proceeds benefit A Child is Missing.