Inaugural Fishing Fundraiser Charters New Course

Lighthouse Ladies Aug. 12The waters off Jupiter welcomed the first Lighthouse Ladies fishing tournament this summer to benefit the nonprofit Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches.

Because of the enthusiasm of all of the volunteers, participants and sponsors, 100 percent of the net proceeds were donated to the organization that helps those with visual impairments maintain their independence and gain self-confidence.

Tournament events took place at various locations both onshore and offshore, including the JIB Club, Shipwreck Bar & Grille and Sweet’s in Tequesta. Prizes were awarded for the biggest catch, and raffles, an auction, music, food and drinks helped make the event a success.

Tournament Executive Director Johnny Ringo said more of the same is planned for the second Lighthouse Ladies tournament in 2014.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Honors Volunteers at Tea

Shirley Kent, Evelyne Bates, Kate Lennard and Teresa Wood

Shirley Kent, Evelyne Bates, Kate Lennard and Teresa Wood

The Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta recently had a day of thanks to honor its volunteers, throwing the annual appreciation tea in high-society style.

On the menu: little sandwiches, yummy sweets and, of course, tea served with gratitude. The center is home to a team of more than 60 volunteers, led by Volunteer Coordinator Evelyne Bates, of Jupiter, who gave the Volunteer of the Year award to Kate Lennard for Lennard’s 600-plus hours of service. Shirley Kent and Theresa Wood each was honored for 300-plus volunteer hours, and Pam Ayres took home the Most Creative Hat award.

This year’s special Shine Award, reserved for an outstanding Lighthouse ArtCenter member, went to Scott Simmons and received a handmade silver pendant by jewelry artist Tracey Roedl.

In all, volunteers have donated more than 3,200 hours to the Lighthouse ArtCenter depends on the generous and dedicated help of dozens of community volunteers, who have logged more than 3,200 hours of service this year.

For information, call 561-746-3101.


Local Bank, Regional Theater Form Partnership

Tricia Trimble (left) and Maria Friedman at the TD Bank contribution ceremony.

Tricia Trimble (left) and Maria Friedman at the TD Bank contribution ceremony.

The award-winning Maltz Jupiter Theatre recently joined forces with TD Bank and received a donation of nearly $8,000 from through its Affinity Membership Program.

Maria Friedman, a manager at TD Bank’s Tequesta branch, said the company is thrilled to support Maltz Jupiter Theatre with and encourage its efforts to inspire and educate using the performing arts.

The Affinity Membership Program works by basing an annual cash contribution to a partner organization based on the average deposit balance in the organization’s “affinity” accounts.

“Any TD Bank customer can name the theater as its affinity partner, and by doing so, will help this program continue to grow,” explained Tricia Trimble, the theater’s managing director.

The contribution ceremony took place before a full house at the theater, prior to an evening performance.

Local TD Bank branches are in Jupiter, across from Seminole Landing in Juno Beach and North Palm Beach.

Beaux Arts Ball Exceeds Fundraising Goal

The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum and School of Art took in $110,000-plus during the 49th-annual Beaux Arts Ball, which had the theme ’50s Glamour and Rock ’n’ Roll.

Patrick and Jane O’Neill served as chairs of the Feb. 9, 2013, ball at The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter. Former actress, current artist and generous philanthropist Dina Merrill served as honorary chairwoman.

The ball’s fundraising success exceeded its goal, said Katie Deits, executive director of the center.

The center is in the heart of Tequesta and provides arts instruction for the community as well as exhibits of local, regional and national artists’ works. For information, call 561-746-3101.