Letter: Winterfest 2018 A Smashing Success

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce another smashing success. Winterfest with Vanilla Ice 2018 was presented by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, providing a lineup of exceptional holiday performances, phenomenal food vendors, holiday shopping, business and service exhibitors, a Food & Wine Experience, the Blizzard Beach Winter Wonderland Village and snow!

Local celebrity musical sensation, philanthropist and DIY Network television star Vanilla Ice performed his iconic musical hits to an overflowing crowd.

Winterfest is the most anticipated holiday event of the season. The exceptional hard work and dedication of sponsors, vendors and the professionals at PBIEC allow us to celebrate the success of this event.

This event cannot happen without the outstanding, talented and professional staff and leadership at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Thank you Mark Bellissimo, Michael Stone and Paul Regal, and especially to Vaneli, Patti, Ashley, Kim, Tony, Sam, Steve and so many others who make this event possible. Collaboratively, they are among the very best event/venue professionals in the industry.

The chamber wishes to thank our sponsors, without who we could not host such a spectacular event. This includes host venue and presenting sponsors the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center; title sponsor Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital; Blizzard Beach sponsor Palms West Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Palms West; entertainment sponsors NewSound Church and Premier Family Health & Wellness; Food & Wine Experience sponsors the Blow Out Lounge, the original Wellington Mall, the Royal Inn and the Wellness Experience; photo booth sponsors Arden and the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute; and drone sponsor Gary Tenos Real Estate & Photography.

Our exceptional Winterfest vendors were Amber’s Animal Outreach, Art Cellar Wellington, Christ Community Church, CJR Fine Arts Art Gallery, Club Pilates, Code Ninjas, Dr. Michael Harris, Fairfield Inn & Suites Wellington, Fetch My Vet, Grace Family Medicine, Hotworx Wellington, Ian Wiskoff Graphics, Into the Skin, Jersey Mike’s, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the KVJ Show, Little Smiles, MaxHealth Chiropractic, MH Management Solutions, NewSound Church, Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, Palms West Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Palms West, Pilozzi Physical Therapy, Premier Family Health & Wellness, PRMG, Pure Wellness, Sammy’s Suite Hair & Makeup, Santa, Score at the Top, Shullman Orthodontics, Sterling Waves Jewelry, Sunvest Mortgage Group/Century 21 WC Realty, the Blow Out Lounge, the original Wellington Mall, the Royal Inn, the Wellness Experience, Tipsy SalonBar, Title Boxing and Vanilla Ice Merchandise.

We were thrilled to once again offer an amazing VIP Food & Wine Experience boasting the exceptional establishments of Art Cellar, Barrel of Monks, Bolay Wellington, Code Rum, Hurricane Dockside Grill, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Stonewood Grill & Tavern and Wasted Time Brewery. If you have not yet visited these establishments or utilized their products, we strongly encourage you to do so!

Thank you to our VIP Food & Wine table sponsors Boynton Financial Group, Cleary Plumbing, ComForCare, Edward Jones-Carrie Combes, Palm Beach Aquatics, Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, Passport Publications, PhysEdGear.com, Robert Nappi, T&P Pavers, Tipsy SalonBar and the Women of the Wellington Chamber.

Our performers could not have been more phenomenal. The talents of our local superstars are amazing. If you have not heard of or seen the following, please make it a point to check them out. Thank you to our master of ceremonies Wes Kain, Michaela Paige, Alex Shaw, Alyssa Marie Coon, Catherine Boynton, Dance Unlimited, G.L. Hodges, Joshua Houchins, Livia Jahan, Michael O’Leary, Nicky Greed & Violet Rose, the Palm Beach Mako Cheerleaders, Precision Dance Conservatory, Rachel Robinson, Sarah Spiritual, Solid Gold Twirlers, Tom Blake, Vell P. and our Ninja Turtles!

Thank you to our exceptional volunteers from Palm Beach Central High School, Wellington High School and Suncoast High School.

A very special thank you to Andrea Rodney, Mona Rosenthal, Lewis Eisenberg, Stuart and Diann Hack, Daryl and Valentina Lyon, Lynne Rifkin and Ron Jangaard for their time, talents and diligence, The Wellington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and our President Roxanne Stein for her leadership, as well as Mayor Anne Gerwig and former Mayor Darell Bowen, who kicked off our 2018 event.

Our local superstar and philanthropist Vanilla Ice astounds us each year. His spirit of giving and dedication to our community is outstanding. His efforts and those of his team make this event possible. Each is to be commended and thanked for their generosity and for giving back to Wellington. The chamber is grateful to have the privilege of working with them.

The chamber salutes all the exhibitors, sponsors and performers for making their contribution to Wellington’s unique lifestyle, its economy and this spectacular event. And to each of you for attending, for being part of this event and for being a part of our community. We look forward to seeing you all next year. Happy holidays!

Michela Green, Executive Director, Wellington Chamber of Commerce