For the sixth year, the Nonprofit Chamber will recognize a community member who has and continues to make a difference for the nonprofit community as a whole. Chamber members this year selected Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Gauger, a longtime Wellington resident, because of his work and support of nonprofits in Palm Beach County.
A 46-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, Gauger holds a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for the mentally ill and substance abuse community. He is past chairman of the Board of County Commissioners’ County Advisory Committee for Health & Human Services. In addition, he serves as the chairman for the Southeast Florida Behavior Health Network, tasked with distributing funds for mental health and substance abuse treatment in a five-county region. Gauger is an active member of many philanthropic, fraternal and community-based organizations and was selected as the 2014 Palm Beach County social worker of the year.
The luncheon where he will be honored is the sixth annual Community Spirit Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County. It will be held Thursday, Sept. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel (1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach). Tickets are $50 for chamber members and $60 for nonmembers. Tables of 10 cost $500.