Outdoor fundraisers return, Y swimming safety expands

Animal rescue sets outdoor brunch fundraiser: Tri-County Animal Rescue’s inaugural Moms & Pups Bark & Brunch is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday May 2 at The Addison’s outdoor courtyard.

Plans include live music, free-flowing Bloody Mary and Bellini bars, a doggie buffet, mom and pooch photo ops, raffles, Mother’s Day boutique gift shopping, giveaways and swag bags.

Boca Raton pup rescue moms Marta Batmasian, Andrea Kline and Constance Scott will be honored for advocating pet rescue and their Tri-County support.

Proceeds will go to Boca’s no-kill rescue, shelter and animal hospital’s medical fund that subsidizes low-cost, full-service veterinary and animal hospital services and to first-responders.

Brunch tickets are $225 each. KARMA Luxury Weekend Chance-to-Win tickets are $100 each. Both are limited. Go to or call 561-482-8110. For sponsorships that include a ticket package, contact Jon Kaye at Kaye Communications, or 561-392-5166.

Men With Caring Hearts returns: 19th annual Men With Caring Hearts to benefit Fuller Center is set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday May 15 at an outdoor venue not yet chosen.

The drive-in tailgate concept “will allow everyone to attend at a safe distance while enjoying…a movie presentation on a big screen,” Fuller CEO Ellyn Okrent said in the announcement.

Lifetime Achievement honoree Cliff Viner and male volunteers for nonprofits will be recognized.

They are: Aitor de Achurra; Bob Buruchian; Phillip DiPonio; Thomas Groendyke; Dr. Donald Janower; Alan Kaye; Gen. Bernard Loefke; Harry Meran and Doug Mosley.

Also Mark Moza; Dan Paulus; Robert Robes; Ramon Robinson; Marty Rosenzweig; Dr. David Snyder; Dr. Thomas Tift and Eddie Ventrice.

For sponsorships or to donate go to or contact Alana Lagerstrom at

The Fuller Center serves and educates at-risk children and their families.

Y swim program honored: The YMCA of South Palm Beach County was chosen as one of 67 swim lesson providers from the USA Swimming Foundation’s nationwide network to receive grant money. The award will go toward the Y’s Drowning Prevention Program’s continuing efforts to provide free or reduced-cost swim lessons.

Drowning is still the No. 1 one cause of death for children under age 5 in Palm Beach County, the announcement said. “While we cannot change our environment, we can remove its biggest threat,” Libby Moon, the Y’s Drowning Prevention coordinator.

The Y’s new public health approach to drowning prevention has expanded to focus on youth from low-income households, Moon said.  The Y’s Safety Around the Water program has been taught to more than 10,000 youth in South Palm Beach County. or contact Libby Moon at or 561-237-0950.


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