Arts group to honor Boca Ballet co-founders

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

April Arts & Letters fundraiser: The National Society of Arts & Letters East Coast Chapter will honor the founders of Boca Ballet Theatre at the fourth annual Star Maker Awards. The event is 6:30 p.m. Sunday April 25 at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton.

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. NSAL scholarship and competition winners will perform.

Tickets are $250 per person and include supper, dessert and valet parking at https://www.nsalfloridaeast.org/

“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. “We are thrilled that we will be able to hold this year’s fundraiser in person this year, and we will be following all COVID-19 safety precautions.”

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. “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.

Sandra Bernhard for virtual women’s fundraiser: Comedienne, actress and singer Sandra Bernhard will be the keynote speaker for “Faces of Resilience,” a virtual cocktail party for The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches. The event is 5 to 6 p.m. March 10. JWF will also showcase women-owned shops on the event site from Feb. 24 to March 14 with a portion of sales benefiting the organization.

The event will be through an embedded video stream on the JWF website, accessed through a private link to be provided once tickets are purchased. Tickets are $200 and sponsorship opportunities are available. https://jwfpalmbeach.org/faces-of-resilience/ JWF creates long-term social change for women and girls locally, nationally and in Israel.

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