Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Broken Sound Club John Crean has had the keys to a major country club for years. Now, he has the keys to the city of Boca Raton.
Crean was recently recognized by the Broken Sound Club’s 15th annual fundraiser to benefit the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
Guests were given an Irish welcome, a nod to Crean’s homeland, with a bagpiper welcome and greetings from Ireland’s Ambassador to U.S. Daniel Mulhall during the event.
And then event planners gave Crean a taste of their Jewish background with his own Bar Mitzvah-like party complete with a Hora.
More than 320 guests gathered at the club to honor Crean’s leadership and support of the city and its Jewish community.
The typically members only event was opened up to the public as well. Breaking records in number of guests and funds raised, the evening shone the spotlight on Crean for his appreciation and embrace of diversity, passion for community and personal and professional achievements.
The program featured a video that traced Crean’s history back to his roots in Ireland, his hospitality career that brought him to America in 1990, first to Lawrence Beach Club, then Muttontown Country Club and now Broken Sound Club.
Since 2003, when Broken Sound Club membership first hosted its own club fundraiser to benefit the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Crean supported membership’s passion for this critical mission and its impact by generously committing the venue, staff and resources.
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County CEO Matt Levin shared the nonprofit’s appreciation of Crean’s embracement and support of the Jewish community in South Palm Beach and a poignant video spotlighting the program achievements and needs of JARC, a Federation beneficiary agency that serves people with developmental disabilities through group homes, independent living support and in-home respite care.
“I have achieved much and received many leadership awards in my career, but being recognized and honored by an ‘entire culture’ is certainly the most coveted of all,” Crean said. “As an immigrant from Ireland who came to this country as those who once entered through Ellis Island seeking a better life, I am deeply honored to be recognized by Broken Sound Club members as they raised funds to continue to strengthen the foundation of the Jewish community and build its collective future. I applaud the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County that encourages and promotes an inclusive sense of community and advocacy. My wife, daughter and I as well as Broken Sound Club plan to continue our personal and Club generosity.”
Crean personally pledged at $10,000 donation to the Federation at the event.
A well-kept surprise for Crean was when Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer took the stage to present the “Key to the City” for Crean’s inspiring leadership in community stewardship and engagement, economic development, sustainability initiatives and BSC as home to the PGA Champions Tour season opener for 13 consecutive years that puts Boca Raton in the international spotlight.
For more information on Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County visit www.jewishboca.org. To learn more about Broken Sound Club, visit www.brokensoundclub.org.