Arts group picks new date to honor Boca Ballet

From left, Kim Champion, Boca Ballet’s Dan Guin and Jane Tyree, Judi Asselta

Update on Arts & Letters honors: The National Society of Arts & Letters East Coast Chapter will honor the founders of Boca Ballet Theatre at their next Star Maker Awards. The group postponed the planned April event and rescheduled for Oct. 10.

Boca Ballet Theatre co-artistic directors Jane Tyree and Dan Guin will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to the arts. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 event, Broadway legend Avery Sommers will receive her belated Lifetime Achievement Award.

“The Star Maker Awards is a dazzling celebration of the arts, featuring instrumental, vocal and musical theater performances along with visual art presentations by NSAL’s scholarship and competition winners,” event chair Kim Champion said in a statement.

This year’s national competition is ballet, and the winner of this chapter’s competition will receive a $2,000 prize and compete virtually in June for the $12,000 national prize. The chapter announced the winner of the local ballet/dance competition is Gabriella Garbarini, a Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Boca Ballet student who lives in Lake Worth.

“With ballet as this year’s national competition, we are thrilled that Jane and Dan, who are beloved in the dance realm, will be the recipients of our Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Judi Asselta, president of NSAL Florida East Coast Chapter.


Cover image by Sylvia Pangano, Boca Ballet Theatre “The Nutcracker” 

Cinch and HFOT celebrated their first joint community kick-off in Jupiter Farms, for a new custom home for Army Sgt. Justin Callahan, his wife and children.

Boca firm partners for veterans’ housing: Boca-Raton based Cinch Home Services has partnered with Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and donating specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans.

Cinch will donate a home protection plan to every HFOT home built across the nation, as well as raise awareness and drive fundraising efforts to support HFOT’s mission.

“Cinch is proud to support HFOT’s inspiring mission of helping our country’s heroes rebuild their lives,” Steve Upshaw, Cinch CEO said in a statement. “The HFOT team shares our belief that a home is more than just four walls and roof. These homes provide a much-needed fresh start for our brave service men and women, and we are honored to help advance such a worthy cause.”

Cinch is committed to supporting 40 home builds through 2022. The properties are spread across 18 states, including Florida. “We’re proud and honored to have the wonderful team at Cinch aligned with our mission, and grateful for their assistance in helping us deliver a solid home ownership experience for our families,” Brigadier Gen. USA (Ret) Tom Landwermeyer, HFOT’s President and CEO said in a statement.

Since its founding in 2004, HFOT has built over 310 specially adapted homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans nationwide and builds approximately 20 to 25 homes annually.



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