Junior League of Boca Raton held the 2011 Women Volunteer of the Year (WVOY) Luncheon and Fashion Show on Thursday, October 6, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. This year, over 700 people attended the prestigious WVOY luncheon which honored 22 nominees from various non-profit organizations. Attendees saluted nominees and celebrated the Junior League of Boca Raton’s 40 years of service by donning over-the-top and fabulous hats. Lu-Lu Thomas from the Boca Raton Historical Society was named the 2011 Woman Volunteer of the Year.
Lu-Lu has volunteered at the Boca Raton Historical Society for more than three decades. She has served as a docent, at events, fundraisers, and currently as a greeter in Town Hall. “Lu-Lu is a real inspiration, she’s the epitome of a volunteer,” said Nancy Dockerty, President of the Junior League of Boca Raton. “We’re so thrilled our event recognizes such amazing women in our community, and admire all of the nominees for their dedication and hard work.”
This year’s other nominees were Karen Lynne Asher, American Cancer Society; Marti White, American Red Cross Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast Region; Tina Snider, Best Foot Forward Foundation; Anne Henderson, Boca Ballet Theatre; Roberta Valmond, Boca Helping Hands; June Gelb, Boca Raton Museum of Art; Sandy Sokolof, Boca Raton Police Services Department; Dr. Marla W. Dudak, Caridad Center; Holli Rockwell, Caring Hearts Auxiliary ; Diana Rivellino, Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League; Linda L. Behmoiras, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers; Jackie Reeves, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; Ann Marie Barry, Home Safe Foundation; Paula Adams, Hospice by the Sea, Inc.; Robin Deyo, Junior League of Boca Raton; Mary-Ann Knaus, Milagro Center; Marilyn Nelson, National Society of Arts & Letters/Boca Raton-South FL Chapter; Lorry Herdeen, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach; Lisa Guarini, SOS Children's Villages – Florida; Linda Gunn, Spirit of Giving Network; Caron Dockerty, Treasures 4 Charity.
These women are nominated for making significant and noteworthy contributions to the lives of children, families, individuals and seniors within our community. Over the past 23 years, the Junior League of Boca Raton has helped recognize more 470 women volunteers in the community through this event.
For the third consecutive year, the Junior League of Boca Raton was proud to have The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation as Award Sponsor. Saks Fifth Avenue continued its decade long partnership as the Luncheon’s Fashion Show Sponsor and Mercedes-Benz of Delray returned as Valet Sponsor. Additional sponsors included Presenting Sponsor – Bernard & Sylvie Godin; Community Partners - The GEO Group, Cendyn, The Rendon Center for Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine, Atlas Party Rentals; Official Magazine Sponsor – Boca Magazine; Gold Sponsor – Kazma Family Foundation; Silver Sponsors – Elaine Wold/Bay Branch Foundation, Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, Peggy Henry, Schmidt Family Foundation; Bronze Sponsor – Kathy and Paul Adkins; Champagne Sponsors – J Vineyards and Winery, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Coleman, Republic National Distributing Company, Vineyard Brands; Flower Design Sponsor – Daniel Events; Chandelier Table Sponsor – Capitol Lighting; and jewelry donated by Raymond Lee Jewelers.
About the Junior League of Boca Raton
This year, the Junior League of Boca Raton (jlbr.org) is celebrating 40 years of service to our community. Throughout the year, JLBR members will contribute more than 25,000 volunteer hours and raise more than $250,000 to support our mission of training volunteers, developing the potential of women and improving the South Florida community. For more information on joining this year's 2011-2012 JLBR provisional class or to learn more about the JLBR, please contact the JLBR office. Connect with us on facebook.com/JuniorLeagueBocaRaton, twitter.com/JLBocaRaton.
The Junior League of Boca Raton (JLBR) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Since 1971, the JLBR has been an integral part of our community. The Junior League of Boca Raton is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, which is comprised of 292 Junior Leagues across the United States and in four countries.