Brain Bowl barked for Alzheimer’s , Impact 100 anniversary

Brain Bowl showcased Alzheimer awareness: Instead of an annual country club luncheon, Brain Bowl organizers invited the public and their pets to an outdoor “shopping” experience. “Our theme this year was ‘Bark & Browse,’” said attorney Pamela Higer-Polani, president and founder of the non-profit created to raise awareness of neurocognitive diseases and disorders. “We were bringing attention to pets who provide much-needed emotional support to families coping with the stress of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, dementia and other related neurocognitive disorders.”

The event took place on Sunday, Feb. 28 in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in west Boca. Sixty-four vendors offered merchandise, resources and services. “We were socially distanced, so we had the entire park area outside the amphitheater and next to the dog park,” Polani said. Punim, shown with owner Alisa Cohen, Siggy and Chica won the pet contest.

Proceeds benefitted the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s for Boca Raton and Tri-County Animal Rescue, which had a presence there. “We just wanted to remind people that Alzheimer’s is not going away, even during a pandemic, as we raise awareness for the Alzheimer Walk on Nov. 14,” which she founded, Polani said.

Impact 100 Palm Beach County begins 10th year of giving:  Entering its 10th anniversary year as a major grant funder, leadership is not resting on their laurels as the second largest Impact 100 chapter in the world. “We strive to connect, engage and inspire women to improve our community by collectively funding impactful $100,000 grants to nonprofits in our area that are dedicated to addressing the challenges facing our community. The more members we have, the more money we can give to nonprofits in southern Palm Beach County,” Kathy Adkins, president of the women-only, volunteer-based philanthropic organization said in a statement.

Since its inception, Impact 100 PBC has awarded more than $3.8 million in grants to 68 local nonprofits. For the 2020 grant year, the organization had 565 members and was able to grant $565,000 to nonprofits between Boca Raton and Lake Worth.

Impact 100 PBC was founded in 2011 by Lisa Mulhall, Tandy Robinson and Cindy Krebsbach. They made the first $100,000 grant in April 2012 with 143 members. “We were inspired by the simple concept of one woman, one donation, one vote to grant millions of dollars to the southern Palm Beach County community,” Robinson said in the statement. “Impact 100 PBC’s goal is to grow our membership to new heights in order to provide more grant funding to the local community. We would love to have 600 members this year so we can grant $600,000 to deserving nonprofits.”

The organization is also kicking off the Dream Big campaign, an endowment to provide financial security and generate a small stream of income for administrative costs and volunteer support.

To join this chapter, visit  or call 561-336-4623.


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