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Real Men Wear Pink raised more than $33,000, even without the annual bartending fundraiser, event chair Ken Lebersfeld said.

Wearing a pink blazer, county Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth announced the winners live from a laptop at Loch Bar, the usual restaurant venue. Winning fundraisers for the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancers are: NCCI’s Craig Ehrnst, $5,186; Kapow Noodle Bar co-owner Vaughn Dugan, $4,032; St. Andrews Country Club’s Kevin Loughney, $3,612. Donations topped $4,000 by Thursday night, Dugan added. Here’s a link to the original story for the rest of the Real Men this year: https://thebocavoice.com/tag/real-men-wear-pink-2020/

Ehrnst is a Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District commissioner. Also at Loch Bar were Bob’s wife Pam Weinroth, who put last year’s event together, and Linda Spielmann, cancer society philanthropy director, in the photo with Weinroth

Care Center of Boca Raton Hospice by the Sea: Their name is on the wall in the new dining room overlooking a tranquility garden with a fountain at Boca’s nonprofit hospice. Benefactors Mary and Harold Perper are no longer here. But this is part of their legacy, left behind to make Boca better. The new space can be used by patients and their families. The dedication included a tour of the kitchen in the new addition.

Best Foot Forward livestreamed the second Sole Mates “luncheon” to raise money like summer rent and dorm room essentials for former foster care kids pursuing their education. A “call from the heart” with a goal of $100,000 reached more than $89,000 from supporters during the fundraiser and a total of $132,000 with auction bids, co-founders Donna Biase and Debbie Ellman announced afterward. “We are their safety net,” they said about the 250 kids they support.

“It’s incredible to see what these kids have accomplished,” said supporter and school board chairman Frank Barbieri Jr. Childnet CEO Larry Rein was honored and Lorraine Cross introduced the virtual event. Their student Serenity rounded out the hour with a moving rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Hero” with appropriate lyrics: “Then a hero comes along with the strength to carry on…and you finally see the truth, that the hero lies in you.”

By Marci Shatzman

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