Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Barrys Buzz Jan. 12, 2012

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Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and his wife Billi have donated $25 million to Boca Raton Regional Hospital for a neuroscience institute that is desperately needed in South Florida. The contribution is the largest ever to the hospital, which expects the center, to open in 2014, will create about 100 new jobs.
A second Tri-Rail stop in Boca Raton may be on the horizon. the Florida Department of Transportation has proposed adding a second Tri-Rail station in Boca Raton, reviving plans that had been dormant for some time. In its short-term transportation plan that still must be approved by the State Legislature, the department sets aside $1.5 million in 2017 for a new Tri-Rail station near Glades Road and Military Trail.
The Boca Raton Resort and Club was featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition by hosting a family of a blind widow with six children from Iowa while their new home was being built.
Boca residents Bob Sheetz and Benjamine Olewine III, each pledged $1 million to rebuild new entrances at Lynn University for the Presidential debate on Oct. 22. Holli Rockwell pledged $3 million to endow a scholarship.
A new gambling ship at the Port of Palm Beach aims to hire 150 employees at wages of $30,000 to $100,000 a year. Port commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with Black Diamond Casino Inc. of Jupiter to sail twice daily. Black Diamond Casino will need workers to take reservations, play music, serve food and deal cards.
Torah Academy of Boca Raton purchased a 17,00 sq.ft, facility adjacent to its existing campus for $1.5 million with Boca law firm Sachs Sax Caplan negotiating the sale.
Fusionaire, a Japanese fusion restaurant, opened in Royal Palm Place offering artistically presented fare.
From our brand new studio in Boca Raton, Barry Epstein Live internet television show airs Friday at 10 a.m. on featuring Congressman Allen West with breaking national news, Florida State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, Miami Herald gossip columnist and Jose Lambiet, and Lynn University political professor and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Dr. Robert Watson. Watch to win free movie tickets to the Cinemark theaters.
Movies opening at the Cinemark Theatres Friday are: Four Star Iron Lady with Golden Globe and Academy Award winner for best actress Meryl Streep, Contraband with Mark Wahlberg, Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. Movies opening at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth are Iron Lady and Carnage.
Cokie and Steve Roberts headline the JCC book luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Delaire Country Club in Delray Beach. Tickets ar $45 for members and $55 for guests. For tickets, visit
Caldwell Theatre presents The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety. Go to Call 995-2327.
Temple Beth Shira plans its annual fundraiser Sat. Jan. 14 at Spanish River High School: Ultimate Elton John & Billy Joel; with two amazing tribute bands in one spectacular evening. 561-912-1453.
The 15th Annual OPAL awards will be presented by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton on Jan. 14 at Boca Pointe Country Club with cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 7:30 p.m., honoring Tom Snow, Patricia Thomas, Rabbi Merle Singer, Warren Orlando and Ken Davis. Call 477.76180 for more info.
Don’t miss the Concert by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Featuring the original Miller arrangements of pieces like Moonlight Serenade, In The Mood, String Of Pearls and Chattanooga Choo Choo. Wednesday, January 18th at 8:00 PM. Olympic Heights Community High School Auditorium, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton. Free Parking. Tickets $28.00 and VIP Seating $35.00. Charge by phone: 1 800 595-4849. On line:, or call: 561 367-1689.
The Luxury Chamber of Commerce presents Moxy, Muscle & Money networking event to benefit Junior Achievement Jan. 19, 6-9 p.m. at Solita on Las Olas Blvd. Sponsors include: Luxury Chamber of Commerce, SoLita, Barry R. Epstein Associates Public Relations, & Who's Who in South Florida. Benefactors include: Junior Achievement & Luxury Chamber of Commerce. Investment: $40. at the door. To secure an advance ticket to the event visit: http://JuniorAchievement. For Information about Luxury Chamber, visit:
The late Gloria Drummond, founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, will be honored and paid tribute at the hospitals Golden Gala on Jan. 21 with a video and commemorative journal.
The 30th annual Caribbean Cowboy Ball, sponsored by the George Snow Scholarship fund, will be Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Red Reef Park, 1401 N. State Rd. A1A. Call 561.347.6799 for more info.
The hotest new night spot in Boca, V, will be hosting a Mitzvah and Party Showcase on Jan. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the north entrance of the Embassy Suites Hotel, I-95 and Yamato Road. Free admission.
The U.S. Holocaust Museum luncheon at Boca West Country Club, on Jan. 30 features John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Miami Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation and special guest Joshua Bolten, Former White House Chief of Staff and Vice Chairman of the USHM Council. You can reserve tickets at 561.995.6773 or email
The Original Florida Follies, featuring costumed and bejewed dancers from 60 to over 90, returns to Olympic Heights Theater on Feb. 5 and 6 and March 11 and 18. Call 954.956.2626 for ticket information. Don’t miss it!
Barry Epstein, APR, Senior Vice President of Regan Communications Group, (, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant and the president of the Luxury Chamber of Commerce (, and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce (, with a weekly internet television show on His websites are and which is now a division of His emails are, and His blog is:

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