First Annual Palm Beach Civic Association Awards Luncheon
With Keynote Speaker David Gregory a Big
A capacity crowd of 200 guests attended the
First Annual Civic Association Awards Luncheon on Monday at
the Colony Hotel to hear “Meet the Press” moderator David
Gregory. Stanley M. Rumbough Jr. and Lewis Schott received
the William J. "Bill" Brooks Community Service Award and
Nancy Brinker was presented with the General Alexander M.
Haig Global Impact Award.
“The event was a big success,” said Bob
Wright, Civic Association Chairman and CEO. “We sold out in
three days and the interest from the community has been
fantastic.” The luncheon was chaired by Michele Kessler.
Stanley M. Rumbough Jr., Lewis Schott
William J. "Bill" Brooks Community Service Award
The Civic Association Community Service
Award, named for Civic Association Director Bill Brooks, was
presented to Stanley M. Rumbough Jr. and Lewis Schott for
their lifetime work with area charities including the Kravis
Center, Planned Parenthood, Community Chest/United Way, and
the Palm Beach Civic Association.
“Stan and Lew were part of the early group of
Kravis Center founders, said Mr. Wright. “Stan was also
president of the Board at Planned Parenthood from 1985 to
1995, and Lew served with him on the board and development
committee. These men are willing roll up their sleeves and
raise money where it’s needed most. They give generously of
themselves and inspire others to do the same.”
Both Mr. Rumbough and Mr. Schott played key
roles in the Civic Association as members of the board and
the Executive Committee. Mr. Rumbough was Civic Association
Co-Chairman for seven years, and Chairman and CEO from 2005
to 2009. He is now Chairman Emeritus and still serves on the
Executive Committee. Mr. Schott is now an honorary Civic
Ambassador Nancy Brinker Wins General
Alexander M. Haig Global Impact Award
The Civic Association Global Impact Award,
named for Civic Association Director Alexander M. Haig was
presented to Ambassador Nancy Brinker for her work in
fighting breast cancer. Ambassador Brinker founded Susan G.
Komen for the Cure in 1982. The organization is now the
world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer
survivors and activists fighting to save lives. The Komen
Foundation has invested more than $1.9 billion in breast
cancer research, education, screening and treatment. In
1983, Mrs. Brinker also founded the Susan G. Komen Race for
the Cure®, which is now the world’s largest and most
successful education and fundraising event for breast
Mrs. Brinker, a Palm Beach Civic Association
Director, served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of
Hungary from 2001 –2003, and as U.S. Chief of Protocol from
2007-2009. In 2008, she was named one of TIME magazine’s
“100 Most Influential People.” In 2009, President Barack
Obama awarded Ambassador Brinker the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Keynote Address by NBC’s David Gregory
Following the awards presentation, NBC’s
“Meet the Press” Moderator David Gregory spoke on the topic:
“A Look at the Obama Administration, Decision 2012 and
Politics in America.” He discussed his role on “Meet the
Press,” a position he assumed in 2008 after the sudden death
of Tim Russert, a journalist who appeared on the program for
more than 16 years.
Using video clips from his show, Mr. Gregory
commented on his interviews with politicians and world
leaders including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House
Speaker John Boehner, and Vice President Joe Biden. He
analyzed the Obama administration’s strengths and
weaknesses, and discussed the serious challenges facing the
United States throughout the world.
“Our political leaders should speak to us
frankly about the tough decisions that lie ahead,” he said.
A question and answer period followed the
address with Mr. Gregory responding to a wide range of
queries on the economy, the financial crisis, Iran, and the
wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.
A Winning Combination: Tourneau and the Civic
At the luncheon, guests were given a Tourneau
gift bag with a combination to a TRAUM Safe at the Tourneau
store on Worth Avenue.
Right after the luncheon, guests were invited
to try their combination at the Tourneau store. The guest
with the winning combination that opens the safe received a
choice of a women's or men's watch stored inside the safe.
The safe was at Tourneau, the luncheon sponsor, for two
weeks following the event so guests could try their luck.
Tourneau has offered a $1,200 Swiss-made
stainless steel watch, one for a man or one for a woman.
Both have sapphire crystal and quartz ETA movement and are
The TRAUM Safe weighs in at 900 lbs. and
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About the Palm Beach Civic Association
Palm Beach is known throughout the world for
its exquisite beauty and elegance. The Palm Beach Civic
Association is dedicated to ensuring the town retains that
special quality of life.
Founded in 1944, the Palm Beach Civic
Association has grown to almost 2,000 members in a community
of 8,000 year 'round residents. A prestigious board of over
100 directors guides this active community organization. The
Civic Association is devoted to keeping residents aware and
educated on the critical issues facing Palm Beach and
mobilizing its members to take action whenever necessary to
protect Palm Beach.
Through timely publications, bulletins and
updates; stimulating forums, receptions, and community-wide
events; and meetings with elected officials, consultants,
and town staff; the Palm Beach Civic Association plays an
important role in preserving and enhancing this exceptional