The Civic Association Beacutification Committee toured the remodeled Royal Poinciana Plaza today. Alexandra Patterson, project manager for Up Markets conducted the tour.
"The goal was to recreate John Volks original vision." said Ms. Patterson. "We now have lush tropical sitting areas in the interior courtyard." The emphasis is on the interior space with store and business entrances in the courtyard, not on the street side. See photos below.
Jim Weiner, Alexandra Patterson - UpMarket, Sally Kimball, Susan Gary, John Corey, Catherine Zeiman, Robin Martin
Jim Weiner, Alexandra Patterson, Sally Kimball, Susan Gary, James Borynack
Susan Gary, James Borynack, Sally Kimball, Catherine Zieman
Catherine Zieman, John Corey
Robin Martin, Alexandra Patterson
Pat McLaughlin, Susan Keenan, Christine Aylward
Catherine Zieman, Pat McLaughlin, Alexandra Patterson, Susanne Durst, Phil McDonald - Island Environmental Pest Control
New Location for Hermes - moving from Worth Avenue
Susan Gary, Sally Kimball, Deborah O'Kain, John Corey, Ian Campbell
Catherine Zieman, Deborah O'Kain, James Borynack, Susan Gary, John Corey, Ian Campbell, Harriet Miller
Catherine Zeiman, Pat McLaughling, Robin Martin, Susan Gary, John Corey, Ian Campbell, James Borynack
Sally Kimball, Ned Barnes, Susan Gary, Susanne Durst, Phil McDonald
The Palm Beach Civic Association held its Annual Award Luncheon on January 15, 2017 at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Iconic fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tommy Hilfiger, who launched one of the world’s most recognized lifestyle brands in 1985, was the Keynote Speaker.
Michele Kessler was Chair of the Event Planning Committee, which included Bob Wright, Chairman and CEO of the Palm Beach Civic Association; George Cohon, and Robert Nederlander.
A number of special guests in the audience were recognized, including, among others, Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio; Town Council President Michael Pucillo; Town Council Members Richard Kleid, Dani Moore and Maggie Zeidman; and Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche.
The event, which drew 300 guests, began with a VIP reception (See photos here) where sponsors and donors gathered before the main event in the Venetian Ballroom. Mr. Wright welcomed the guests and presented Beth Walton, President and CEO of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, with the William J. “Bill” Brooks Community Service Award in recognition of her civic and philanthropic contributions to the community, which have significantly improved the quality of life for those in need.
Mr. Wright then introduced Mr. Hilfiger, who shared stories from “American Dreamer,” his recently released memoir about his career in the fashion business highlighting the early years when he began selling jeans as a high school student in his hometown of Elmira, New York and grew his brand into a $6 billion empire.
Considered the pioneer of “classic American cool," Mr. Hilfiger demonstrated his signiture style by donning red slacks and a navy blazer. His presentation with high-energy videos illustrated how he created one of the world’s most recognized lifestyle brands, inspired by music, pop culture and Americana heritage, and how he keeps it relevant with strategic partnerships. The award-winning designer also discussed the future of retail, e-commerce, and the importance of philanthropy.
Through the global organization, TommyCares, the Tommy Hilfiger Company supports international initiatives and charities including Save the Children, Autism Speaks, and the World Wildlife Fund. Over the last 20 years, his foundation has donated more than $50 million to causes and organizations around the world. He and his wife, Dee, sit on the board of Autism Speaks along with Mr. Wright, who founded the organization with his late-wife, Suzanne.
Following the luncheon, Hilfiger signed copies of his book, which were given to each guest at the luncheon.
The 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon was sponsored by First Republic Bank, The Breakers, and Michele and Howard Kessler, who hosted and sponsored the by-invitation Underwriters Dinner following the luncheon.
Event Keynote Presentation Video [15:15] Click Below to Play Video
Q&A With Tommy Hilfiger & Bob Wright [5:57] Click Below to Play Video
Press About the Event
Photos: Capehart Photagraphy
Bob Wright, Michele Kessler, Tommy Hilfiger
Michele Kessler, Beth Walton
Jimmy Borynack, Adolfo Zaralegui
Ellen Collis, Linda Olsson, Tommy Hilfiger
Donnie Moore, Lesly Smith
Dick Kleid, John Scarpa, Michael Pucillo
Mary Alice Pappas, Pat Cooper
Stan Rumbough, Mary Robosson
Mark Cook, Amanda Schumacher
Claudia Kirk Barto
Bill Finneran and Esther Murray
Bob Wright, Chairman and CEO, Palm Beach Civic Association
Beth Walton, recipient of the Bill Brooks Community Service Award
Junior Acheivement, Tommy Hilfiger
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The Palm Beach Civic Association is grateful for the exceptional life and service of our Honorary Director Lewis M. Schott who passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017.
UPDATE: A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 579 N. Nova Road in Ormond Beach, Florida. Interment will follow at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Daytona Beach. A service will be held in Palm Beach at a future date.
Lewis was a much-loved and highly respected member of the Palm Beach community. He was an active supporter of the Palm Beach Civic Association and a member of the association’s board of directors for more than 20 years. In 2010, he was named Civic Association Honorary Lifetime Director after serving on the association’s executive committee from 1994 to 2009.
In 2011, he received the Civic Association’s Bill Brooks Community Service Award, the association’s highest honor, to an individual whose contribution to Palm Beach significantly improves the quality of life in the town.
Lewis, who at one time practiced law and served as a municipal judge in Daytona Beach, was a private investor and business consultant. In 1955, he founded LMS Securities Corp., which he ran from his office in Palm Beach. He served on various boards in the Palm Beach area, including Intracoastal Health Systems, Intracoastal Health Foundation, and Town of Palm Beach United Way. He was a life trustee of Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, on whose board of directors he served from 1995 to 2008.
Lewis received his undergraduate and law degree with honors from University of Florida. He established the first Eminent Scholar Super Chair in the Florida State University System. He was a life member of University of Florida Foundation Board, and an honorary member of University of Florida Board of Overseers for the Health Science Center.
As a major Civic Association underwriter, Lewis worked behind the scenes to support the activities of our community organization. He was our biggest fan whose personal backing made countless worthwhile projects possible. We will miss his friendship, his grace and style, and his positive words of encouragement.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his family.
Shoppers and walkers now have some shade when they stroll North County Road. A permanent plaque was installed this week showing the names of the donors on the project [Names listed below]. See the VIDEO.
John David Corey, head of Palm Beach Walks, the Palm Beach Civic Association, and the Town of Palm Beach worked together to plant the trees.
North County Road Tree Initiative Donors
Thank you to the following donors! Names on the plaque:
Sophia, Vivienne and Julian Angle
The Aylward Family
Gregory and Susie Belton
Craig Bernick, Peter Bernick, Lizzy Bernick
Ellen and Ronald Block Family
Rita and Charles Bronfman
Eileen and Brian Burns and Family
Paula and Bob Butler
John D. Corey and Miguel Rosales
Mary and Marvin Davidson
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Dennis
Jennifer and David Fischer
Andrew and Nancy Frazier
The Frisbie Family
Judith S. Giuliani
Eleanor N. Goodman
Anne and Matt Hamilton
Gregory and Mardi Hayt
Mrs. Philip Hulitar
Eric and Margaretha Javits
Henni and John Kessler
Michele and Howard Kessler
Terry Allen Kramer
Howard and Patricia Lester
Charyl, Patrick, Nick, Christopher LeTorneau
Renee and Bill Lickle in memory of Ann Blades
The Honorable and Mrs. Earl I Mack
Sondra and David S. Mack
Jocelyn and Robin Martin
Ed and Pat McLaughlin
Elizabeth and Amanda Meigher
Edward and Sandra Meyer Foundation, Inc.
Don and Patsy Mintmire
Palm Beach Civic Association
Lee and Harvey L. Poppel
Katharine and William Rayner
Sandy and Bob Rogers
Matt and Tracy Smith Foundation
Bob and Christine Stiller
Norma and Bill Tiefel
The Vecellio Family
Ethel and Robert Weiner
Suzanne and Bob Wright
Town of Palm Beach News Release: Conceptual Recreation Center Plans Online - Updated conceptual plans for the proposed Recreation Center have been posted online. The single story building plan and images can be viewed at palmbeachrecreation.com (“Recreation Center Update”).
The continuing development of the project plans are the result of feedback from residents, ARCOM, Recreation Advisory Commission and the Town Council.
Renderings of the conceptual plans are available for viewing at the Recreation Center, 340 Seaview Avenue.
One-story concept for new Palm Beach rec center approved
Plans are moving forward to build a new one-story recreation center in Palm Beach.
The Town Council approved Tuesday the “conceptual” design of a 14,860-square-foot building to replace the existing 11,000-square-foot center at 340 Seaview Ave. The plan keeps the existing parking configuration and preserves 100 percent of the existing outdoor “green space.”
Tommy Hilfiger is known as the American Dreamer. He started from humble beginnings in Elmira, New York and built a $6 Billion brand and he's coming to Palm Beach to tell us how. Join us for the Civic Association Annual Award Luncheon at The Breakers!
Considered the pioneer of “classic American cool” style, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger has created one of the world’s most recognized lifestyle brands. Inspired by pop culture and a love for Americana, Hilfiger’s brand, which was launched in 1985, is driven by the kind of rule-bending optimism that celebrates individuality and shares an inclusive, youthful spirit with consumers worldwide.
A fashion icon and committed philanthropist, Hilfiger will be the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach Civic Association’s Annual Award Luncheon at The Breakers on January 16, 2017. He will share stories from his recently released memoir, “American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion and Business.”
1. TOMMY on his INSPIRATION:
"My inspiration came from my love for Americana, the outdoors, New England, Hollywood, Aspen, Miami, Malibu, sports, music, pop culture, travel, film, and what was going on in the streets. Always has, always will."
2. TOMMY on BRAND IDENTITY:
"Our sweet spot in the market was 'affordable luxury.' For a time we defined ourselves as designer sportswear, and our goods as 'accessible, aspirational, relatively inexpensive.' Affordable luxury captures the essence in a phrase, and we stuck with that. We would be a status brand for a very broad audience. Even in 2008, at the depth of the financial crisis, we did well – in fact, we had our best year ever – because were affordable luxury.”
3. TOMMY on WHEN SNOOP DOG WORE TOMMY HILFIGER on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE:
"That night that made Tommy Hilfiger supremely cool with “the youth.” We were trending.... legit. Then Russell Simmons, a brilliant entrepreneur, told me that urban kids aspired to an upscale, preppy New England look, but couldn’t afford it. Tommy Hilfiger was within reach. At the time, they were wearing Adidas and Reebok athletic wear, but didn’t have their own designer to follow. I became the designer of choice for young hip-hop street kids, rappers, skaters, all different types. It was very exciting going to this new level."
4. TOMMY on his ROLE MODELS:
"My models were Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. I looked at those guys as the Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz of the design world, and me as the Audi. I thought, “If I continue to expand the product line, get it in the right stores, improve the design, fit and quality, I’m going to move up to being a Porsche.”
5. TOMMY on his BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY:
“I've always tried to select the right people to be around, who can fill in the gaps in my knowledge and expertise. I also look for integrity and strong ethics, because I never want to do anything that is even slightly questionable in terms of being legal, moral, or just. And I never want to burn a bridge. I was brought up to believe that how you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror is more important than besting other people."
6. TOMMY on his ROLE since PVH BOUGHT TOMMY HILFIGER for $3.1 BILLION in 2010:
"Under PVH, I became the Tommy Hilfiger ambassador. By handing over the baton, I gave the brand the opportunity to take my DNA and signature and make it better. I am very proud of the job they have done, and we work very well as a team. I give my opinion on a regular basis, and the designers are responsive. The difference is now I make suggestions rather than give directions."
7. TOMMY (has two children on the autism spectrum), on AUTISM SPEAKS:
"Dee and I joined the board of Autism Speaks, an organization headed by Bob and [the late] Suzanne Wright that has raised millions of dollars and awareness about a disease that remains mysterious. A child may be developing properly, and then all of a sudden he regresses. At a year old, our son Sebastian was counting steps as he was going up the stairs. Then one day he just stopped. Autism Speaks is one of the most important charities with which we are involved"
8. TOMMY on PHILANTHROPY:
"When I first started to make a little money, one of my main goals was to give back. Over the past 20 years, the Tommy Hilfiger Foundation has donated more than $50 million to causes and organizations around the world. We are blessed with good fortune and do our best to spread that blessing. We have our priorities, and autism is on top of the list now, but so many causes are worthwhile."
In addition to featuring guest speaker Tommy Hilfiger at the Civic Association’s Annual Awards Luncheon, Beth Walton President/CEO of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, will be presented with its Community Service Award. The event is being sponsored by First Republic Bank and The Breakers. Tickets start at $200.
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