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FAU’s University Club to Host Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser

Thomas and Maureen Workman Named Event Chairs


            BOCA RATON, FL (January 26, 2010)
– The University Club of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc., needs your help in solving a mystery. Participate in all the “who-done-it” fun on Friday, February 26 from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Boca Raton. After dinner, guests will share the center stage with a professional company of actors as Standing Room Only Productions presents its own unique and completely unpredictable version of “Murder in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Proceeds from this dinner theater production and silent auction will benefit the University Club’s fundraising efforts on behalf of FAU scholarship awards, and college and library programs. Although its members work tirelessly throughout the year to help FAU, the University Club’s annual fundraiser has become their highlight event and a staple of the Boca Raton social season.

To ensure that the 2010 fundraiser is a great success, the club is seeking gifts and sponsorships from its constituency and the community. Donations of silent auction items are always needed — small tangible items or consumable goods such as gift certificates for dining, travel and services are preferred. Underwriting opportunities are available as well. Sponsorships help offset event expenses such as venue rental and printing. All items need to be secured by Wednesday, February 10. In addition, the University Club is selling space in its program journal. The journal, which will be distributed at the event, will include announcements and advertisements. Rates vary depending upon ad size and location. The submission deadline is Friday, February 5.

“You don’t need to be a super-sleuth to enjoy this evening,” said Rana Vitha, event co-chair. “Everyone loves a good mystery, and we are hoping to draw a big crowd for ‘Murder in the Garden of Good and Evil.’ We are honored to work for a cause that supports the worthy students and academic programs of FAU and look forward to this event being the best ever.” Joining Vitha as event co-chair is past University Club President Alene Brewer.

This year, Thomas ’71 and Maureen Workman have been appointed the event’s honorary co-chairs. Currently the president of Thomas Workman & Associates, Certified Public Accountants, Tom is well respected for his professionalism and expertise. The former president and managing partner of Workman, Rhine and Co., Tom has held leadership positions in both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). He has served on the board of directors of 1 st United Bank and 1 st United Bancorp, and was founding director and treasurer of Mizner Bank. Tom’s commitment to such South Florida non-profit organizations as the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Boca Raton Community Hospital, the Boca Raton Central Rotary Club and the Boca Raton Historical Society is surpassed only by his longstanding and legendary support of his alma mater. An FAU Trustee since 2008, Tom was a member of the FAU Foundation executive committee from 2005-2008. Tom served as the FAU National Alumni Association’s president from 2004-2005, and is a member of the Parliament of OWLs and the University Club. In 2008, he was named Outstanding Alumnus from FAU’s School of Accounting in the College of Business. This year, Tom, who launched his career as head of FAU’s cashier’s office in 1967, was honored with FAU’s Alumni Talon Award.

Maureen Woods Workman’s career path in business began after she attended Palm Beach College and landed a job with banker and FAU’s earliest supporter Thomas Fleming Jr. After marrying her Seacrest High School sweetheart Tom Workman, Maureen devoted her time to motherhood and volunteerism. She is the former treasurer of the Junior League of Boca Raton and the Boca Raton Historical Society. Maureen returned to work in 1989 as a personal banker with Mizner Bank. She held the position for 20 years and retired this past October. Both Maureen and Tom grew up in Boca Raton in the early 1960s and because of this they have earned membership in the Boca Raton Pioneer Club. 

“Maureen and I are truly honored to serve as honorary chairs for this exciting event,” said Tom Workman. “Since its inception, the University Club has played a pivotal role in FAU’s growth. We are certain that the evening will be great fun and a fundraising success.”

Tickets are $90 per person and are available to members and non-members. This includes dinner, two drink tickets and the performance. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Rana Vitha at 561-297-0421 or rvitha@aol.com .


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The University Club, founded in 1976, develops and implements fundraising projects and encourages its members to give of their time, talent and energy to help achieve the goals of the University. Over the years, the organization has contributed more than $700,000 to various University projects. Membership in the University Club is open to all wishing to support FAU.


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