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Cheers! Boca Bacchanal Toasts Success of Ninth Annual Fundraiser

Boca Raton Historical Society Benefits from Tasty Even

Boca Raton, Fl - March 30, 2011 -The ninth edition of Boca Bacchanal, a toast to the era of South Florida’s famous Mango Gang Chefs, was held March 18-20 in Boca Raton. It is acclaimed by patrons and aficionados as one of the state’s most exciting and successful food and wine events, raising more than $300,000. Presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society as a principal fund-raiser, Boca Bacchanal supports the organization’s Historic Preservation and Heritage Education Programs.

An outstanding roster of chefs and vintners created six superb Vintner Dinners in private settings on Friday night to kick off the festivities. At one of the dinners, hosted at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, Boca Bacchanal’s Honorary Wine Chairman, Jacques Lardiere, representing the legendary wine producer Maison Louis Jadot from Beaune, France, received a proclamation from the City of Boca Raton presented by Mayor Susan Whelchel.

On Saturday evening bidders vied for a magnificent array of auction lots at The Bacchanal & Auction held at the elegant Boca Raton Resort & Club. As guests arrived at the reception in the magnificent Mizner Center they entered a tropical Floridian wonderland and were greeted by a friendly array of native birds and animals included a bobcat, alligator, parrots and a king snake, all accompanied by trainers who gave everyone a chance for an up-close encounter.

Guests also savored a sumptuous Bacchanal feast prepared in an encore performance by the Vintner Dinner Chefs and orchestrated by the Resort’s Executive Chef, Andrew Roenbeck. Each course was escorted by fine wines from the Vintner’s top portfolios. Activities continued after the auction at a “Rock Your Bacchus” dance party where celebrations lasted into the wee hours.
The weekend concluded with a “by-the-bite” luncheon and wine tasting on the tented green at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre. Over 1,200 guests enjoyed the delicious specialties of 30 top local restaurants and were able to sample 140 different wines. A marketplace was a unique addition this year, with delicious I heart Olive Oils, fresh herbs from NuTurf and Gourmet Cheeses, all available for purchase.

“We were truly pleased with this year' s Boca Bacchanal," said Chairwoman Kate Toomey. “From the Friday Vintner Dinners, to the Saturday Bacchanal & Auction and Sunday’s Grand Tasting, each provided a memorable opportunity for guests to enjoy a delightful cultural event while contributing to worthwhile programs that benefit our community.”

Monies raised in the Fund-a-Need portion of the auction will be used specifically to support the Historical Society’s Heritage Education programs for children, which are offered free of charge. They reach 1200 children annually through a variety of initiatives, including course materials provided to South Palm Beach County public elementary schools as part of the history curriculum.

The Boca Bacchanal Committee was led by Honorary Chairpersons Betsy Fletcher & Skipp Jackman and General Chairpersons Kate & Ted Toomey. Joining them were Committee Chairmen Stephanie and Steve Miskew, The Bacchanal & Auction; Mary Glynn & Tommy Cullinan, Elizabeth and Josh Titcomb , Michele and Teddy Toomey and Katherine and Craig Regna, The Grand Tasting ; Carla Marsh, Vintner Dinner Chef Selection and Public Relations; Lauri Saunders , Vintner Dinners and Chef Liaisons; Robin Deyo, Website; Chris Kearney and Roxana Garciga, Wine Committee and Chef Chuck Gittleman, Chef Advisory Chair for the Grand Tasting. Additional Committee members were Karen Larkin, Rob Sadowsky, Lizzy Bush, Jen Minton, Tashia Rahl, Barbara Levitt and Richard Kuster.

Hosting the six “sold out” Vintner Dinners were: Bob Campbell; Joni and Al Goldberg with Joyce and Thom Devita; Sharon and Bill Shubin, Kate and Ted Toomey, Denise and Lou Bachrodt, Ann and Charlie Rutherford and Amy and Mike Kazma; Peggy Henry; Lisa and Derek Vander Ploeg with Comerica Wealth Management, and Marta and Jim Batmasian with Suzanne Klein. ( A complete list of participating Vintner Dinner Chefs and Vintners, as well as biographies, is available on the event website.)

Event partners include Republic National Distributing Company, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton Magazine, JM Lexus, Comerica Bank, Cendyn, Carla Marsh Public Relations, Crown Wine & Spirits, the City of Boca Raton, the Daphne Seybolt Culpepper Memorial Foundation, Legal Sea Foods, Elaine J. Wold, Lucy C. Long, Publix Supermarkets Charities, Champagne Taittinger; Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council.

The 10th Annual Boca Bacchanal is scheduled for March 23-25, 2012. The Boca Raton Historical Society is located at 71 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL. For information call 561-395-6766 ext. 101, or visit the website at

Bobby Campbell and Anna Gerzon

Ann and Charlie Rutherford with Kate and Ted Toomey

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