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Hab-A Hearts 2016 Luncheon

“Open Your Heart” Was The Theme – And So Many Did!

Luncheon Chairs, from left: Donna Scully, Sheila Rinker, Sherry Szczublewski, Marianne Vellis

Luncheon Chairs, from left: Donna Scully, Sheila Rinker, Sherry Szczublewski, Marianne Vellis

The 25th Annual Hab-a-Hearts Luncheon benefiting Palm Beach Habilitation Center was held on Monday, February 15 at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.  Sheila Rinker, Donna Scully, Sherry Szczublewski, and Marianne Vellis served as chairwomen for the afternoon event themed “Open Your Heart” that began with an incredible silent auction and a specialty cocktail hour with “Hab-a-Tinis” provided by Perfect Vodka.  

To mark the luncheon’s 25th Anniversary, the Hab-a-Hearts chairs and committee recognized the past kings & queens of heart for their commitment, greatness of heart and support to the Palm Beach Habilitation Center.


Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Concert Choir


The highlight of the afternoon, marking “President’s Day,” the Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Concert Choir conducted by Geoffrey Holland, entertained the guests with an armed forces medley and a moving tribute to the Hab Center’s clients – “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  Tiffany Kenney,  WPBF 25 News anchor, served as emcee.

More than 300 guests attended the event including committee members: Jim Accursio, Prudie Anderson, Sandra Blumel, Cindee Brown, Nancy Cashman, Carol Cucci, Charlotte DeLeu, Susan Downing, Joanne Driscoll, Kathy Fernandes, Barbara Fuschetti, Henrietta Koretsky, Ann Jaggie, Helen Logothetis, Joan Mandy, Gail Neebe, Mary Ann Pearson, Valerie Tango, Joan Thompson, Diane White, Lynne Wise Smith, Babbette Wolff.

Some 300 guests attended.

Some 300 guests attended

Sponsors included: BMO Private Bank, Sheila Rinker. Royal Poinciana Chapel, Lynne Wise Smith,  Florida Power & Light Company, Prudie Anderson, Craig Mitchell, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, Evelyn & Arthur,  Mercedes Benz of Palm Beach

Proceeds from this event will help support the many programs and services to more than 600 individuals with disabilities in Palm Beach County.   Since opening in 1959, over 10,000 men and women have been placed in community employment. For more information about the Hab-a-Hearts and/or Palm Beach Habilitation Center, please contact Jacqueline Nicholson at 561-965-8500 x212.   

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