RPB Rotary To Honor Local Schools At Tribute Dinner

The Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach will honor Royal Palm Beach schools at the annual Rotary Tribute Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center.

The annual Rotary Tribute Dinner began in 2016 when the late Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattioli was honored upon his retirement after nearly 30 years of service to the village. The 2017 event honored Victoria and Jess Santamaria, public servants, developers and philanthropists, for their contributions to the community. Last year, the honor went to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Gauger in honor of his almost 50 years as a law enforcement official and his service to many charities in Palm Beach County.

Royal Palm Beach Rotary President Jeff Hmara has announced that this year, the Rotary saw a unique opportunity to honor the schools of Royal Palm Beach for the tremendous job they do in educating children and partnering with parents to develop well-educated and responsible citizens. “Our schools, principals, teachers and coaches deserve recognition for the leadership and skills they provide educating our kids during the K-12 educational process,” Hmara said.

The schools to be recognized and their principals are: Royal Palm Beach High School, Principal Jesus Armas; Crestwood Middle School, Principal Stephanie Nance; Royal Palm Elementary School, Principal Tracy Gaugler; Cypress Trails Elementary School, Principal Bruce Saulter, H.L. Johnson Elementary School, Principal Jennifer Makowski; Western Academy Charter School, Principal Linda Terranova; and Renaissance Charter School, Principal Steve Epstein.

The Rotary Tribute Committee is chaired by Roland Amateis. He is being assisted by a committee consisting of Jeff Hmara, Keith Jordano, Lynn Balch, Donielle Pinto, Lorna Kernizan, Steve Epstein and Dan Splain.

During the event, there will be videos and presentations by the schools being honored and tributes from the community.

Dinner tickets are available from committee members at $50 per ticket or $400 per table of eight. Sponsorships and program advertising are also available.

For more information, or to order dinner tickets, call Roland Amateis at (561) 723-4427, Dan Splain at (561) 282-6800 or Lynn Balch at (561) 601-7297.