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FAU Thanks Sponsors Contributing to ‘Make Waves on the 50’ Gala

BOCA RATON, FL (October 18, 2012) –  Florida Atlantic University will host the “Make Waves on the 50” gala, one of Boca Raton’s most distinctive “see and be seen” events, on Saturday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m., with proceeds benefitting the President’s Scholarship Fund. FAU has secured more than 75 sponsors for the gala, including corporations, local businesses, alumni and friends of FAU.

“On behalf of the host committee, I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support of FAU’s second annual gala,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “Each sponsor, donor and volunteer plays an extremely important role in the success of this event, and we look forward to celebrating with them.”

The multi-themed, multi-level party to be held in the Martin F. & Jane Greenberg Foundation Tower at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, will dazzle the senses with gourmet dining, full open bar, ice and caviar bars, live music from Latin to jazz, a “halftime” extravaganza and more. Tickets are available for $250 per person.

“The ‘Make Waves on the 50’ gala is a wonderful opportunity for our friends in the local community to join us in celebrating FAU’s achievements over the past year while raising funds for student scholarships,” said Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., vice president for community engagement and executive director of the FAU Foundation. “I would like to thank all of our sponsors and donors once again for their support.”

The gala host committee chairs are Ms. Elizabeth Fago, Mr. Martin F. and Mrs. Jane Greenberg, and Mr. Raymond and Mrs. Julie Southern.

Silver Level ($10,000+) sponsors include:  Balfour Beatty Capital; Balfour Beatty Construction; Mr. James and Mrs. Marta Batmasian; Designs by Sean; Galaxy/Boca Aviation; Green Advertising; JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; Mr. Michael I. Kaufman, Kaufman Lynn Construction; Mrs. Christine E. Lynn, E.M. Lynn Foundation; Mr. Richard ’70 and Mrs. Barbara Schmidt, Schmidt Family Foundation; SFL Productions; and South Florida Business Journal.

Blue Level ($5,000+) sponsors include:  AutoNation; Barnes & Noble College Bookstores; Chartwells; James A. Cummings, Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Dew, Sports Field Management, LLC; The Honorable Dr. Jeffrey Feingold and The Honorable Barbara Feingold, MCNA Dental; GEICO; Hypower, Inc.; JKG Group; Mr. J. Randy ’73 and Mrs. Rosemary Justice; Modernizing Medicine; Southeastern Printing; Tierra South Florida; and Turner Construction Company.

Red Level ($2,500+) sponsors include:  Mr. Bruce H. ’71 and Mrs. Carolyn ’92 Allen; The Beacon Group; Mr. Barry S. Berg, Credit Suisse; Mr. Zachary M. Berg ’97, ’00, Credit Suisse; Boca Raton Regional Hospital; Mr. Robert B. Caine, Project Caine, Inc.; Ms. Laura Campbell and Mr. John N. Held; Cherrystone Management Consultants, Inc.; Chick-N-Grill; Comerica Bank; Mr. Stephen ’82 and Mrs. Tamra Constantine; Cushman & Wakefield of Florida, Inc.; Mr. Michael and Mrs. Joanne Davis; Dr. Denise Dickins ’06 and Mr. Kyle Hickman; Dirt Pros of Fort Lauderdale; Mr. George Elmore; Mr. Michael ’82 and Mrs. Mindy Feldman; Florida Panthers; Mr. Shawn and Mrs. Lisa Friedkin; Gallo Herbert Lebolo Architecture Interiors Consulting; Gilly Vending; Mr. David J. Gury; Mr. Victor and Mrs. Marlis Hadeed; Hanley Center Foundation; HKS Architects, Inc.; JC White; JWR Construction Services, Inc.; Leo A Daly; Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC; Ms. Marilyn C. Link; Mr. Stewart I. ’89 and Mrs. Wendy Martin; Mrs. Mary Beth (Widmayer) McDonald ’74; Ms. Gerri P. McPherson ’89; MEP Structural Engineering & Inspection Company; Mr. Abdol ’92 and Mrs. Cathy Moabery; Mr. Jack and Mrs. Marilyn Pechter, The Pechter Family Foundation; PGAL; Pirtle Construction Company; Pitney Bowes Management Services; Premier Beverage Company; Research Park at Florida Atlantic University; Richman Capital Management; Dr. James Riordan ’09; Mrs. Holli Rockwell; Mr. Charlie and Mrs. Ann Rutherford, Rutherford Mulhall, P.A.; Show Pro, Inc.; Southern Waste Systems; SunTrust Bank; Templeton & Company; Toshiba Business Solutions; USA Parking System; Mr. Jay and Mrs. Marilyn Weinberg; Wells Fargo; Mr. Christopher C. and Mrs. Deanna Wheeler; Mr. Rhys L. and Dr. Lorna Williams; Mr. Ted Williamson, Williamson Dacar Associates, Inc.; and Mr. Thomas ’71 and Mrs. Maureen Workman, Jr.

Additional contributors include:  Chen Moore and Associates; Dr. Ira and Mrs. June Gelb; Mr. Arthur Jaffe and Mrs. Ezzat Fairplay; Gina Fontana; JLRD; Johnson Structural Group; Mrs. Judith Teller Kaye and Mr. David N. Kaye; Kimley Horn and Associates; Joshua Ott; Pepsi; and Jeffrey Tholl.

For more information about the “Make Waves on the 50” gala, visit , call 561-297-3010 or email .


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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