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Polo Club donates to AVDA
The Polo Club of Boca Raton selected Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse as one of the beneficiaries of the Polo Club Gives Back Week of Giving.
The club presented AVDA with a check for $63,773.95 to name the second floor family wing at AVDA’s emergency shelter.
The wing will now be called “New Beginnings Wing- Dedicated to the Strong and Courageous Families Who Live Here- A Gift from the Polo Club of Boca Raton.”
The gift helps cover some of the loan the nonprofit took out to rebuild its 1953-shelter with a new building. Now, the remaining amount of the loan totals $76,000, according to AVDA officials.
For more information, or to make a donation, please call 561-265-3797 or e-mail mforce@avda-fl.com.  Donations can also be made online at www.avdaonline.org.
Annual Landscape Excellence Awards
The Boca Raton Beautification Committee recently announced the winners of the Annual Landscape Excellence Awards.
The committee honors local businesses for landscaping efforts in several categories. Lang Realty and Lang Management sponsored a luncheon after the awards.
The winners include:
Choice Mortgage Bank, Glades Plaza North, Victory Church, Silver Companies, Custom Artisan Cabinetry, The Atrium at Boca Raton, Office Depot, Woodfield Hunt Club, Broadstone North Boca Village, Stratford Arms and Boca Isles Park.
Taxable values
Palm Beach County-wide property values increased 7.85 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the property appraiser’s office as of June.
In July, the property appraiser submits a preliminary tax roll to the Department of Revenue.
The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office has achieved 23 consecutive tax roll approvals without defect.
Boca bicycle rack manufacturer named Bicycle Friendly Business
The Park and Facilities Catalog was recognized with a bronze level award by the League of American Bicyclists. The award signifies a business as being bike friendly and recognizes their involvement with reducing the carbon footprint and supporting a healthier lifestyle. Manufacturing a wide variety of commercial bike racks, they look to make artistic and custom bike racks for all types of areas. Fore more information, visit https://www.theparkcatalog.com/bike-racks
Boca West Community Charitable Foundation donates $1 million
The BocaWest Community Charitable Foundation board members have presented $1 million in checks to 25 area charities in support of each organization’s programs for children.
Recipients include Boca Helping Hands, Boca Raton Police Athletic League, Boys and Girls Club, Caridad Center, Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Boca Raton Children’s Museum, FAU, Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, JAFCO, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, SCOPE, SOS Children’s Village (Broward), The Giving Tree, Unicorn Academy, Wayne Barton, Youth Activities Center, Place of Hope, Nat King Cole Generation Hope, KidSafe, American Association of Caregiving Youth, Junior League of Boca Raton, Rotary Club, Donna Klein Jewish Academy and the Viner Community Scholars.
The foundation was launched in November 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.
FAU receives grants
Florida Atlantic University was recently granted $683,661 by the Department of Health and Human Services to help provide advanced clinical training for registered nurses in South Florida. FAU also received $459,580 from the National Institutes of Health for allergy and immunity research, money that will help develop an innovative technology to count immune system cells.