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The Opportunity Inc. Dinner Dance & Auction

Waverly Shirreffs, Charles and Bobo McKenney.  Photo by:  Lucien Capehart Photography

Waverly Shirreffs, Charles and Bobo McKenney
Photo by: Lucien Capehart Photography


A Sandcastle Fantasy for Opportunity

(Palm Beach) The Opportunity, Inc. Dinner Dance & Auction was held recently at The Beach Club, Palm Beach. This event has become a Palm Beach tradition in support of the town’s oldest charity, currently celebrating 74 years of service.

Guests were greeted by live mermaids and led into a Sandcastle Fantasy complete with exciting silent auction items and the dancing to the rhythmic waves of the Doug Verga Band. Chairwoman of the event was Carole Lembo. Vice Chairwoman were Karalynn Cleary and Tara Gronberg. Honorary Chairwoman was Carolyn Maness. Committee Members were Kim Coleman, Ruth Craven, Catherine Crowley, Steven Deering, Margaret Dimm, Virginia Eades, Eileen Fell, Mary Harrington, Dora Kino, Lucy LaVoy, Joanne Lembo, Louise Lord, Laura Mann, Ann Mara, Helaine McKenney, Meredith Michener, Karen C. Morrish, Sharon Muscarelle, Laurel Myers, Karen Restaino, Nancy Reynolds, Naomi Rosenberg, Waverly Shirreffs, Josephine Stetson, Marion Straton, Penny Townsend, JoAnne Wagner, and
Patsy Williamson.

Opportunity sincerely thanks benefactors and sponsors for making the evening a success. Grand Benefactors for the seventh year, were Meredith and Edward Michener. Additional supporters included Patrons Patricia McCloskey, Lynn & John Pohanka; Ambassador Sponsors Stuart & Allie Haft, BMO Private Bank, Caroline & Bailey Sory, Patsy & George Williamson; Associate Sponsors Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management – New York, AutoNation, Virginia & Alan Eades, Cynthia & Frederick Eaton, Heather & Patrick Henry, Patricia & Howard Lester, Laura & Thomas Mann, Connie McQuade, Karen & David Morrish, TD Bank and The Coats
Family Foundation.

Special thanks to Opportunity’s angel Meredith Finch, the daughter of Meredith Michener, for her outstanding and ongoing commitment to the children at Opportunity, Inc. Through her support the students are able to experience exciting field trips and special in house programs, receive interactive holiday gifts, selected for each child and numerous special activities throughout the year.

Proceeds from the Dinner Dance will support Opportunity, Inc. in its mission to provide low-cost, high-quality, pre-school programming to children of low income, hard working families.

For more information on Opportunity, Inc., please contact 561-712-9112 or .


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