Hostess with the mostest Yvonne Boice hosted a reception for the Finnish Ambassador at Lucca’s in the Boca Resort & Club. Mayor Susan Welchell presented the key to the city with all council members in attendance, along with a plethora of VIP’s including World Trade Center President Al Zucaro, Jorge Pescuera, Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau honcho and Palm Beach State College prexy Dennis Gallion. An added surprise was a world famous jazz trio flown in from Finland just for the occasion. As usual for a Boice production, guests left with a goodie bag including information about Finland and other gifts.
The Office Depot headquarters on Military Trail in Boca has been sold. OD will remain a tenant.
Guests on barry epstein live friday at 10 a.m. on www.wrpbitv.com will be, Palm Beach Post gossip columnist Jose Lambiet, Sam Dubbin discussing the ties to Holocaust survivors and Allianz, sponsors of the golf tournament underway at Broken Sound golf course, Steve Carnes, partner in www.krptos411.com which provides encrypted I phone and android smart phones for $4.95 a month, FAU head football coach Howard Schnellenberger discussing the new FAU stadium under construction which is scheduled to open Oct. 15 (Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are at www.faustadium.com), Rick Alovis, starting a new non-profit to stop bullying and Sun-Sentinel Editorial columnist Kingsley Guy Over 32,200 viewers watch the show.
The Feb. 16 11:30 a.m. West Boca Women in Business luncheon at City Fish Market will feature Nancy Allen, president and CEO, Women’s Business Development Center,
a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist in the establishment and growth of women in business. Allen helps certify businesses that are owned, operated, managed and controlled by women. Women's Business Enterprise National Council Certification (WBENC) is a certification for women-owned businesses in order to make available corporate procurement opportunities designated for Women Business Enterprises. Details are on the newly redesigned website, www.westbocachamber.com where you will also find a membership application with reduced rates for 2011. Save the date for the Chambers annual scramble golf tournament on Friday May 13 at SouthWinds golf course. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 561. 482.9333 for details.
The Original Florida Follies presents a series of terrific shows, starting Feb. 13 at Olympic Heights High School. Tickets are $28 each and group rates are available. Call 954.956.2626 or visit www.theoriginalfloridafollies.com. Do not miss this fabulous show of youngsters from 60 to the 90’s.
Lothar Mayer hosts a fundraiser brunch for Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Sunday, Feb. 20. E:mail to email@example.com or call 561-338-9415. Attendance starts at $500.
Newt Gingrich headlines the Palm Beach County Republican event on Feb. 24. Tickets are $195.
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a networking and information event on Sat. Feb. 26th from 12:00 to 3:00 PM for members and non member men and women, at the Village Tavern 1880 N. Congress Ave. Suite 170 Boynton Beach 561 853-0280 $8. donation includes food and soft drinks. Call 561 477 8727 for further information.
FAU’s Living Room Theatre is showing the best of movies. This past week they opened Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and Evangelion 1.0. Opening Friday are Evangelion 2.0, The Illusionist and Casablanca on Feb. 11. Upcoming are: Nothing Personal on Feb. 18 and Every Day on Feb. 25. Other movies opening Friday at area theatres include The Illusionist, Just Go For It, Justin Bieber Never Say Never, The Eagle and Gnomeo & Juliet.
Happy Valentines Day to all the ladies out there!
Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, and is president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce (www.westbocachamber.com), with a weekly internet television show on www.wrpbitv.com. His website is www.publicrelations.nu and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. His blog is on the Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal site: http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com/. You can friend him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barryepstein or follow him on Twitter @cme4pr. Fax items for the column to 561.451.0000 or email to: email@example.com.