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Teresa “Terry” Fedele, the late Jay H. Van Vechten, and Boca Ballet Theatre will be added to the city’s 2021 Walk of Recognition. The honorees’ accomplishments will be celebrated at the 24th annual Walk of Recognition ceremony and reception Nov. 4 at The Addison.

This year’s smaller ceremony will adhere to CDC guidelines, the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum said in the announcement. The ceremony will be accessible on the society’s website afterward at https://www.bocahistory.org/

Here’s the honorees’ achievements:

  • Terry Fedele: Since moving to Boca Raton with her husband Jerry Fedele in 2008, Fedele has channeled her passion for health care and children to volunteer and lead numerous organizations. A nurse and former hospital executive, she chairs the board of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Advisory Board. She is board president of Caring Hearts Auxiliary of FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. Fedele has co-chaired their yearly Keep Memories Alive Walk since 2012. She has served on the hospital foundation’s Go Pink luncheon and the Hospital Ball. She is a board member of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music and YMCA of Boca Raton. Fedele is a committee member of George Snow Scholarship Fund’s Ballroom Battle and was a dancer and a top female fundraiser in 2017. She co-chaired Snow’s Caribbean Cowboy Ball in 2014. She is a member of the Soroptomist Club and has co-chaired their Women of Distinction event for the past few years, after being honored as a Woman of Distinction. She is a member of Impact 100 of Palm Beach County. She has served on the hospital foundation’s Go Pink luncheon and the Hospital Ball. She has been a coordinator for the Boca Raton Championship and  The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Pro-Am.

  • The late Jay H. Van Vechten transformed a beach picnic for the disabled into the annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities. He chaired the American Disabilities Foundation Inc. and was executive director of the bash. The event regularly draws more than 5,000 people for a day-long BBQ, rides on boats and yachts, live national entertainment and children’s activities. After a fall in 2001, Van Vechten became an advocate for the disabled. He campaigned for handicapped parking and beach access. Before moving to Boca he operated an award-winning New York City public relations firm. He and his wife Lowell became a vital part of the philanthropic community.
  • Boca Ballet Theatre: Now in its 30th year, the company was launched in 1990 by a group of families. Two years later, co-artistic directors Dan Guin and Jane Tyree. The company is comprised of the performing arts entity, Boca Ballet Theatre and the School of Boca Ballet. World-class professional guest artists perform with aspiring youth dancers. Each season’s performance include “The Nutcracker,” a full-length story ballet; and a repertory collection.  They also created a nationwide workshop to join artistic director, from prominent professional ballet companies, with advanced dancers who are ready to be hired. Additionally, they created the College Dance Fair, an annual nationwide event which joins dancers seeking a college experience with nine top dance universities. BBT’s outreach programs include free after-school introductory dance programs; scholarship programs for students who to continue training; and a certified dance program of free classes to address Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

The Walk of Recognition started in 1997. Each inductee’s name is inscribed on a granite plaque on the walk or in memory on the Wall of Honor. Both are under the Mizner statue in Royal Palm Place and the plaques are underwritten by Marta Batmasian. Presenting Sponsors are Marta and Jim Batmasian. Committee co-chairs are Marta Batmasian and Joyce DeVita. Committee members are Denise Alman and Ann Schauer.

“The Walk of Recognition is my favorite event because we have the opportunity to honor the outstanding individuals and organizations who have built our community,” said Mary Csar, the society’s executive director.

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