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First Annual Palm Beach Civic Association Awards Luncheon
Bob Wright, Civic Association chairman (on left) next to Stan Rumbough, Joan Parker and Larry Barkley, senior VP at Tourneau at a private dinner at the reception of the award luncheon at the Colony hotel – March 21

Bob Wright, Civic Association chairman (on left) next to
Stan Rumbough, Joan Parker and Larry Barkley, senior VP at Tourneau at a private dinner at the reception of the award luncheon at the Colony hotel – March 21


First Annual Palm Beach Civic Association Awards Luncheon

With Keynote Speaker David Gregory a Big Success


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 presented with
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 Association Director.


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 cancer.

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 Association

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 water resistant. 

The TRAUM Safe weighs in at 900 lbs. and costs $90,000.

To learn more about the event, see photos, or find out about the Civic Association, please see our website:


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 island community.


Joyce Brooks

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