By: Jen Russon
Held virtually for the first time, a Roaring 20s Grand Gala maintained its glamor, but had a casual ring to it this year, as guests participated from the comfort of their homes.
Cindy Brief, President of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, helped usher in an evening of magic, 20’s trivia, guys and dolls, plus bartending advice on how to stir up a mean Prohibition era drink.
Joking how nice it was to host an event without shoes, Brief co-hosted the gala with Andrea Jacobs, board director, and chairman. The duo presented many awards on behalf of the Chamber.
The event opened with the Florida Singing Sons, who belted out the National Anthem. Soon after, Don Eachus, director of development at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital gave the keynote speech.
The night’s first prize went out to Karen Matroni for the best flapper costume, which earned her gift certificates for a massage and salt room therapy. Second and third prize flappers were Tracey Cantamore and Andrea Jacobs.
Matroni, the general manager of the Promenade of Coconut Creek, also picked up the Butterfly Award for Coconut Creek which recognizes outstanding civil leadership within a community.
Following a magic show presented by Big Joey Magic Showy, an award was accepted by Tracy L’atome on behalf of The Rotary Club of Coral Springs, which picked up Nonprofit of the Year.
John Biggie, founder and CEO of Sentech Medical Systems, accepted the esteemed Covered Bridge award.
The last awards of the evening were presented by Cindy Brief, who thanked Donna Dett and Tim Hogan for their tireless advocacy, congratulating them on their President Awards.
Hogan, who works for FPL, served as a chamber chairman in 2018 and currently serves on board of the nonprofit, Leadership Florida.
All winners at the gala emphasized the chamber’s positive influence on the seven local high schools aided by grand gala proceeds.
“Tonight we raised money for the leaders of tomorrow,” said Brief.
The chamber’s Education Foundation that benefited from the grand gala proceeds, donated them to: Coral Springs High, Coral Glades, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Coral Springs Charter, J.P. Taravella, Coconut Creek High, and Monarch High School.
Attendees at the event included Mayor Scott J. Brook, Vice Mayor Joy Carter, and the rest of the Coral Springs City commission.
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- Jen Russon has been a staff writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, copywriter and editor at the imprint www.swallowpublishing.com. She lives in Coral Springs with her family.
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