Joan O’Connell Chosen As Honorary Chair Of Grandma’s Angels Luncheon

Joan O’Connell

Jodie Schmitz and Sunny Hawkins, co-chairs of the eighth annual Grandma’s Angels Holiday Luncheon, are proud to announce that Joan O’Connell will serve as the event’s honorary chair.

O’Connell has served on the luncheon committee since the beginning, is a very generous supporter of the luncheon, is always willing to attend donor meetings and give tours, raises a substantial amount of funding for Grandma’s Place programs and is serving her third term as board president. Due to her passion and leadership, the programs at Grandma’s Place have grown and are thriving.

Committee members include Jane Bruno, Susy Burrowes, Amy Considine, Margaret Donnelley, Manda Galin, Helena Guest, Patti Hadden, Barbara Hollender, Eleanor Jones, Mary Liguori, Mary Lewis Moews, Toni O’Brien, Amy Quattlebaum, Dina Rubio, Lisa Shapiro, Marcie Singer, Jaime Taylor and Monique VandeKamp.

Supporters of the luncheon include presenting sponsor Heidi Schaeffer MD; platinum sponsor Ric Bradshaw/Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; gold sponsor Danielle McDonald; and silver sponsors Hadden Landscaping, the International Society of Palm Beach and Cypress Insurance Group/Terri Bond and Nick & Debbie Arciola.

The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Sailfish Club with a wine reception and a fabulous silent auction. During lunch, there will be a small live auction by Neil Saffer, while local CBS12 news anchor Liz Quirantes has once again agreed to serve as the celebrity emcee.

The proceeds benefit Royal Palm Beach-based Grandma’s Place, which provides shelter and loving care to children who have suffered abuse or neglect and have been removed from their homes, and also provides respite care for young children with disabilities while offering support to their parents/caregivers to maximize each child’s safety and success.

Tickets are $200 per person or tables for $2,000.

To receive an invitation, donate an auction item, purchase a ticket, place an ad in the event program or sponsor the event, call Roxanne Jacobs at (561) 376-0488, e-mail at or visit