Friday, March 11, 2011

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – March 10, 2011

Congrats to newly re-elected Boca Mayor Susan Welchel!
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The Florida Atlantic University Student Alumni Association (SAA) is working to help fund the University's new on-campus stadium by selling personalized bricks. The bricks, which may be engraved with an individual's name, an organization's name or a special message, will be placed in a sidewalk leading into the stadium. Stadium bricks are available in two sizes, 8 inches by 4 inches with 60 character spaces for personalization, and 8 inches by 8 inches with 120 character spaces. The 8-by-4 brick is available for $75 and the 8-by-8 brick is $125. All campaign supporters receive 1-by-3 or 3-by-3 inch replicas of their personalized bricks and a portion of the payment is tax deductible. The stadium fund receives $35 for each 8-by-4 inch brick purchased and $73 for each 8-by-8 inch brick purchased. The SAA also receives a percentage of profits. The first batch of bricks will be ordered in early June with expected delivery by early September. Bricks purchased after June 1 may not be placed until after the stadium has opened. Bricks will be available for purchase at the FAU spring football game on April 23 and can be purchased online anytime at For more information about the stadium brick program, contact Paul Metcalf at 561-297-1248 or
Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops continue their fantastic series of concerts starting March 9 and 11-15 featuring Superstar Clint Holmes: Celebrating the great Sammy Davis, Jr. Tickets are $29-$89. Call 561.832.7677 or visit The West Boca Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon and networking will be March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with Jennifer Valoppi Founder & President, Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program as guest speaker. Ms. Valoppi is a multi-Emmy Award winning journalist and author who has been recognized five times on the floor of the United States Congress and is a 2006 recipient of Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Points of Light Award, the highest honor in the state. Details are on the website, RSVP to by March 14. Soroptimist of Boca/Deerfield present 2011 "Women's Opportunity Award" recipients May 16, 5:30 to & pm. 1515 N. Fed. Hwy. Free admission and refreshments. Email: for reservations. A fundraising concert for Women in Distress, featuring the Oak Street Boys will be on Saturday, March 19 at the South County Park amphitheatre on Glades Road in West Boca. The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced its highly anticipated film line-up for the 16th edition, March 23-31, 2011, featuring 11 World Premieres, 3 U.S. Premieres and 14 Florida Premieres. PBIFF ( will present features, documentaries, shorts and student films from the U.S. and around the world, including Netherlands, Italy, France, England, Russia, West Africa, Israel, Australia, Liberia, Czech Republic, Canada and Greece, and will play host to filmmakers, producers, and actors to represent and discuss their films. The main festival takes place March 23 - 28, followed by screenings of the Best of the Fest which will continue on Tuesday, March 29 through Thursday, March 31.
The Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF), will open its 16th edition with Sundance favorite Win Win, directed by Tom McCarthy and will wrap with the British/Kenyan drama The First Grader, from Justin Chadwick. The full PBIFF film line-up and ticket information is at In addition to the main festival, March 23 - 28, screenings of the Best of the Fest will continue on March 29 - March 31. The Downtown Boca Film Festival (DBFF) will run from April 9-17, 2011. He Wrote THAT?! 12 time Grammy nominee Dennis Lambert wrote pop music hits including Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got), We Built This City (On Rock and Roll), It Only Takes A Minute (to Fall in Love), Nightshift, Baby Come Back and more. Concert includes guest artists Tavares, Mickey Thomas, the lead singer of Starship and Peter Beckett, the lead singer of Player. Lambert, whose life will be portrayed in an upcoming Warner Brothers movie starring Steve Carell, performs at Florida Atlantic University’s Kaye Auditorium on Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 1-800-564-953. $125 for onstage seating with a meet and greet, $70, $60 and $55 and $40. Compassionate Friends, a non-profit support group in Boca for parents who have lost children, is sponsoring a fundraiser on April 29 at St. Paul Church, including a car show, raffles, silent auction, Chinese auction, 50/50, along with food and entertainment. Donations are gratefully accepted and welcomed. Their Tax ID # is 59-2125976 and Group Exemp. # is 36-2968329. Call 561.368.0324 for further information. 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 (, with a weekly internet television show on His website is and his email is His blog is on the Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal site: You can friend him on Facebook at or follow him on Twitter @cme4pr. Fax items for the column to 561.451.0000 or email to:

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