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FAU ‘Making Waves Gala’ Raises More Than $500,000

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 17, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University recently hosted the “Making Waves Gala,” a black tie-optional event, with proceeds providing scholarships and support for veterans and first generation students.The event was held in the Martin F. & Jane Greenberg Foundation Tower at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton campus. Host committee chairs were Marilyn and Jay Weinberg. Co-chairs were Mark and Marcie Butters and Marianne Lerner.

“The ‘Making Waves Gala’ was a tremendous success, with more than $500,000 raised for veteran and first generation student scholarships,” said FAU President John Kelly. “I would like to thank our gala host committee and more than 60 sponsors again for their support, as well as our volunteers and more than 700 guests.”

The gala spanned the plaza and two levels of the stadium tower, with each level featuring a unique theme. Guests could taste their way across the U.S.A. in the open-air Delray Hyundai Priority Level, which featured cuisine from the northeast, bayou, southwest and west coast regions of the country, as well as live music by Motown band “Memory Lane” for dancing. The Delray Acura Premier Level was transformed into an elegant U.S.O-themed canteen with ice sculptures, a seafood display, and entertainment provided by jazz vocalist Chloe Dolandis ’07.

Highlights of the Americana-themed party included a “halftime” show on the field featuring a video montage, performances by Dolandis and the FAU marching band, and a spectacular fireworks display; and live and silent auctions featuring a $10,000 Saks Fifth Avenue shopping spree, a stadium suite for 20 at an FAU home football game, a 60-minute helicopter tour, a day of high performance sports car racing at Sebring International Raceway, and two tickets to the Tony Awards in New York City.

Commander in Chief ($100,000+) sponsors were Marilyn and Jay Weinberg and Marianne Lerner.

Admiral ($50,000+) sponsors were Sally and Aubrey Strul.

Colonel ($25,000+) sponsors were FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Boca Raton.

Lieutenant ($15,000+) sponsors were Florida House Experience; Shirlee Jacobs and JWR Construction Services, Inc./Gallo Herbert Architects.

Warrant Officer ($10,000+) sponsors were ADT Security Services; BB&T; Chartwells; Designs by Sean; Dirt Pros of Fort Lauderdale; Florida Power & Light; Patricia and Mark Gordon; JM Family Enterprises; and SFL Productions.

Master Sergeant ($5,000+) sponsors were Shelly and Arthur Adler; BNY Mellon; Mark N. and Marcie Butters; Daniel and Debra Cane; Coca-Cola; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Constantine/Merrill Lynch; GEICO; JKG Group; J. Randy and Rosemary Justice; Stewart and Wendy Martin; Pat and Gary McKay/Templeton & Company; Dr. and Mrs. Sasson Moulavi/Smart for Life; Pechter Family Foundation; Premier Beverages; Laurie Silvers, Hollywood Media Corp.; Sports Field Management; University Club of the FAU Foundation, Inc.; and Evelyn Weinberger.

Chief Petty Officer ($2,500+) sponsors were AAA Parking; Bruce and Carolyn Allen; Balfour Beatty Construction; Braman Motorcars; Bubes Family Foundation, Inc.; CSC Security; James A. Cummings, Inc.; Michael L. and Joanne Davis; Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold; Michael and Mindy Feldman; Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Friedman; Nora and Irwin Friedman; Gloria Haft Furman; Ivan Gefen/Morgan Stanley; Lee and Peg Greenspon; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gregory; Hanley Center; Johnson Levinson Ragan Davila, Inc.; Kaufman Lynn Construction; Emilio Lebolo/Lebolo Consulting Services Group; Robert and Constance McGee; PGAL; James Riordan, Ph.D. ’09/FAU MBA–Sport Management; Bob and Shirley Rollins; Show Pro; Chris and Deanna Wheeler; Rhys and Lorna Williams; and Tom and Maureen Workman.

Special thanks to Barclays Capital; Michael Becker; Barbara Bosses; Builders Plus, Inc./John Held; Carole Kissel Cameron; Glickfield Family Foundation; Victor and Marlis Hadeed; Marvin and Barbara Kushnick; Lawrence Miller Photography; Sussman Sessel Family Foundation; Jeffrey Tholl Photography; Iris Weingarten; and Robert S. Weinroth.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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