CIRCLE OF HOPE GALA
A SUCCESS FOR BOYNTON'S WOMEN'S CIRCLE
BOYNTON BEACH -- Spring Colors was the theme for the 12th annual Circle of Hope Gala, a tremendous success this year for Women's Circle of Boynton Beach. The organization raised over $120,000 to provide free classes and employment coaching for Boynton's underserved women. Fine dining, great music and valuable silent auction prizes made for a spectacular evening for over 100 guests at the elegant Quail Ridge Country Club.
Everyone enjoyed dancing to the tunes of Roberta Rehner, and a presentation by Women's Circle co-founders Executive Director Sister Lorraine Ryan and Sister Joan Carusillo. Former news anchor with WPTV and Women’s Circle Board Member, Jim Sackett, delivered introductions.
Marie Yolene Decime, Women's Circle client and featured guest speaker, described her experience with Women's Circle. After losing her business and family in the Haiti earthquake, Decime credits Women's Circle with helping her learn English, acquire job skills and obtain the contacts she needed to land her current job at a local Marriott. Sister Lorraine remarked that Marie "reminds us why we are here tonight."
In the past year, over 300 students from 17 different countries participated in Women's Circle classes such as Typing, Computers, ESOL, Literacy and US Citizenship. Women's Circle also inaugurated an ESOL Guatemalan Family Literacy program, which meets at St. Mark's Church in Boynton for lack of space at the SE 4th Street building. In fact, the next mission for Women's Circle is to raise funds for a 4,581 square foot addition, in order to accommodate the many women on the waitlist, and expand classes to enable more Boynton women to find gainful employment.
Mrs. Christine Langan served as Honorary Chair, and the invocation was given by Monsignor Leonard Badia of St. Thomas More Church. The Gala Committee included Event Director Linda Chapley, Raffle Chairwoman Jo-Ann DiLorenzo, Table Hostess and Board Member Marge Blanz, and Silent Auction Chairwoman Wendy Rogers. Tee Jackson, Mary Ellen Courier and Margot Watson greeted the attendees; Jillian Chapley, Jack Devanny and Rosemarie Brady assisted with the raffle, while Amy Robbins, Sharon Grcevic, Janice Williams and Pernille Ostberg, who also serves as President of the Women's Circle Board of Directors, helped with the Silent Auction. Women's Circle Board members also include Mrs. Eileen Augustyn, Vice President, Sister Joan Carusillo, Secretary, Mr. Bruce Allen, Mrs. Peggy Martin, and Sr. Lorraine.
Planning has begun already for next year’s Circle of Hope Gala March 30, 2017.
For more information, contact Linda Chapley at 561-244-7627 x 106.