Boca’s Mayors Ball Raises More Than $430k For Nonprofits


Staff report

Boca Raton residents, business owners and philanthropists put on their tuxedos and gala gowns for the Fourth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball presented by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton to recognize do-gooders and raise money for local organizations.

More than 350 guests dined at the Royal Palm Yacht Club Marina and danced to sounds from the Steve Chase Band.

The sold-out, black-tie gala recognized elected officials and honored three visionaries who have contributed to the community.

Between a live auction, silent auction and donations, the event raised more than $430,000.

The event was chaired by Arlene Herson, Rick Howard and event producer and founding Mayors Ball co-chair Jon Kaye.

George Long Prism Awards, named after the city’s first mayor, were given to  Jerry Fedele, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital; Modernizing Medicine (accepted by Tara Auclair; Director of Marketing and Public Relations) and Best Foot Forward (accepted by the non-profit founders Debbie Ellman and Donna Biase).

An announcement from Mayors Ball Honorary Chair and philanthropist who received a 2017 George Long Award Bobby Campbell kicked off the fundraising with an announcement that he would donate $200,000.

“Bobby’s generous donation will be utilized to establish the Bobby Campbell Health & Wellness Fund as an endowment,” said Michael Walstrom, president of the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton. “We are deeply grateful to Bobby for his philanthropy that made this coveted fundraiser a record-breaking success!”

The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is dedicated to impacting the Boca Raton Community through the efforts of “Service Above Self.” Its main mission is Health and Wellness. For more information about the Club, including how to become a member, visit