Scores of high-profile individuals turned out this year for the 22nd Annual ShowBoats International Boys & Girls Clubs Rendezvous held November 12-14, 2009 at the Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach, Florida. The fundraiser’s venue of 17 exceptional yachts, collector cars from the 50s, Sparktacular Fireworks, and Worth Avenue designs, also featured singer Donna Summer at an after-party James Bond Ball held at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. A tremendous success, this year’s event raised over a million dollars for the Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs.
Starting back in 1965, the Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs of South Florida have since grown to include 13 facilities and serve approximately 13,000 youth. Its mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
Some of those in attendance were Rick and Rita Case of the Rick Case Automobile Group, Felix Sabates of Trinity Yachts-who has attended the event every year, and Linda Von Allmen, Rendezvous Co-Chair and B&GC of Broward County Board Member. “This is our second year at Wayne Huizenga, Jr.’s Rybovich Marina, and he could not have done more for us,” said Linda Von Allmen.
The James Bond formal ball at the Mar-a-Lago Club boasted the talents of Donna Summer and notable guests such as Florida Governor Charlie Crist and host Donald Trump. “Everything went off just right,” remarked Rick Case. “If there’s anything harder than selling cars in this economy, it’s raising money for charity. It was a great event, and it was all for the kids.”
International yacht owners John Rosatti and John Staluppi were also present as they were for the first ever ShowBoats International Boys & Girls Clubs Rendezvous back in 1988 on Cat Cay in The Bahamas. John Staluppi, owner of the Cars of Dreams Museum, opened the museum’s doors Friday evening for dinner and dancing. “I think it was one of the best Rendezvous they have held, in spite of the economy. The weather was good; the venue was terrific. The way it was organized made everybody feel like a part of it,” he said. John Rosatti, member of the Broward County Admirals Club, was also on hand to show his support: “It’s a truly worthy cause, and we look forward to coming out every year.”
The Admirals Club founded in 1995 by Rick and Rita Case, Felix Sabates and Larry DeGeorge recognizes those individuals who have made annual donations of $50,000 or more to the Boys & Girls Clubs. One of its newest developments is the Admirals Club Marine Academy, a program providing young adult vocational training in the field of yachting. “The Admirals Club Marine Academy is helping to train the next generation of yacht crew and helping kids in need in the process—a real ‘win-win’ for our industry and the community,” said Rebecca Cahilly. Members of the Admirals Club, who made their donations afterward, were honored this year with a private party held at the home of fellow Admirals, Suzanne and Robert Tomsich.