Boys & Girls Club’s Passport to Paradise a star-studded event


More than $230,000 was raised recently to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington at the 29th Annual Wellington Dinner Dance held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

This year’s event, with the theme “Passport to Paradise,” made its mark for the high profile list of guests in attendance, including polo players Nic Roldan, Martin Pepa, Grant Ganzi, Jeff Hall and Kris Kampsen. Also in attendance was Marc Ganzi, owner of Grand Champions Polo Club, and Jessica Springsteen, Olympic show jumper champion and daughter of rocker Bruce Springsteen.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with the signature cocktail Paradise Punch and had the opportunity to bid on more than fifty unique silent auction baskets raising more than $14,000.

Boys & Girls Club member Bibiana Montoya greeted guests with an opening speech and shared her experiences at the club. At only nine years of age, Bibiana takes pride in giving tours of the club to visitors.

After dinner, auctioneer Neil Saffer sold the crowd on an array of auction items including an equestrian experience complete with polo lessons with Nic Roldan and Brandon Phillips, a one-week stay at the Placencia Hotel and Casino in Belize, a golf foursome at The Loxahatchee Club, a one-week stay in a private Cape Cod cottage and Sheriff for a Day with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department, just to name a few.

In all, the evening generated more than $230,000 that will directly benefit programs at the Wellington club.

For more than two decades, this event has brought supporters and philanthropists of the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington together for an evening of cocktails, silent and live auction, dinner and dancing. The Wellington Dinner Dance is the largest fund-raising event benefiting the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club.

Proceeds will help the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington serve an additional 150 children from the Wellington community in 2017.

“It is truly impressive how many children are in such a positive way thanks to the programs the club offers,” said Dr. Colette Brown-Graham, event chairman. “The proceeds from the dinner dance will remain in Wellington, allowing us the opportunity to provide a safe, after-school environment to an additional 150 children from our community in 2017.”

Pictured above: from left, Scott Harcourt, Ashley Harcourt, Martin Pepa and Paige Pepa

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