The scene reminded me of an old-fashioned, extended family reunion. The Palm Beach County political family, Republicans and Democrats alike, all gathered to catch up with one another, enjoy an appetizing meal, pose for photos and take in the classic sounds of Lou Galterio singing Frank Sinatra hits.
The event, held June 9 at Westchester Country Club in Boynton Beach, is an annual Voters Coalition dinner and is traditionally well-attended by some of the county’s most influential officials and community leaders. It is also one of the few political events that can be enjoyed by judges, as it is strictly nonpartisan.
It was a room bustling with judges, county commissioners, state legislators and various state and local officials, including Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw (see photos). The well-known organization hosted its 28th annual dinner honoring two members of the political community for their “outstanding service to the citizens of Palm Beach County and for extraordinary leadership.” Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and state Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs received awards and high praises for their efforts.
The Voters Coalition’s large membership has a consistently active base of representatives from some of the county’s largest homeowner’s associations, includingCOWBRA (Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations) and the Alliance of Delray Beach. This widely respected organization’s main goal is to inform voters and to involve them in the political process. Groups like COWBRA and the Alliance of Delray have a big part in carrying out that goal in their communities through the distribution of “palm cards” and other information provided through media advertising and public forums.
The evening’s hostess, Vice Chairman Lisa Macci, was joined by the Palm Beach County Fire Department color guard for the presentation of colors. Lou Galterio also sang the National Anthem, as well as other entertaining favorites throughout the evening.
While I wasn’t privy to all of the conversations among mingling guests, I am pleased to have heard quite the buzz from many political and community leaders about the success of BizPacReview.com. Many were quick to praise the publication, and we appreciate the encouragement. Thank you.
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