25th Annual Outstanding People & Leaders Awards Winners Announced – Boca Raton’s Most Reliable News Source


Community leader Terry Fedele, philanthropists Amy and Mike Kazma, theater impresario Marilynn Wick and Boca Helping Hands director Gregory Hazle will be the 25th annual winners of the OPAL AWARDS.

Renowned Boca Raton philanthropist, Christine E. Lynn, chair of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board of Trustees and herself an OPAL winner, will return as honorary chair.

Hosting one of the first galas of the 2022-2023 social season, the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s premier fundraiser will return to the Boca West Country Club ballroom on January 14, 2023, after a tent sale Last year. The evening will begin with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by an elegant seated dinner. The OPAL AWARDS are always presented as the high point of the evening, complete with videos of the winners.

In keeping with the tradition of honoring a club member, Rotary Scholarship Chair Pia Giannone will receive an OPAL AWARD for her longtime work with FAU and Palm Beach State College. Proceeds from the OPAL Gala benefit one of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s most important service missions…to fund scholarship programs for young people. Proceeds from last year’s OPAL AWARDS funded more than $200,000 to FAU and Palm Beach State College for students in college, certificate, and trade programs such as firefighters and paramedics.

Sponsorships for the OPAL AWARDS 2023 which include gala tickets are available at www.opalawards.com Individual tickets are $300. Table sponsors are $3,500, plus other sponsorships and newspaper ads available.

OPAL awardees are chosen by members of the OPAL society which include past awardees.

Here’s a look at this year’s OPAL AWARDS winners and highlights of their many accomplishments:

Terry Fedele

· Terry Fedele – Terry Fedele has demonstrated his passion for health care, education and children through volunteerism and leadership. Recognized and celebrated, her name is featured on the Boca Raton Historical Society’s Permanent Recognition Walk. Fedele is Chair of the Advisory Board of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Caring Hearts Auxiliary of FAU’s Green Memory and Wellness Center. She serves on four Boca Raton Regional Hospital committees, including the Go Pink Gala and Luncheon. She chaired the YMCA of Palm Beach County 50 this yeare Anniversary Gala and countless other charity fundraisers. A former nurse administrator, she is married to Jerry Fedele, retired CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Gregory Hazel

· Gregory Hazel – Hazle is executive director and former board member of Boca Helping Hands. He has had an extensive corporate career in the utilities, independent energy, mining and building materials industries. He has held senior executive positions at NextEra (parent company of FPL) and other Fortune 500 companies, including multinationals.

· Amy S. Kazma & Mike Kazma – Kazma’s nonprofit footprint spans all over Boca Raton. To name a few: 2022 Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball Chair. Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute Foundation Board. George Snow Scholarship Fund. Twice named Junior League Volunteer of the Year. Fuller Center Board of Directors and Co-Chairman of Wee Dream Ball. Boca Raton Historical Society Bacchanal auction chair. Place of Hope Angel Moms.

Amy S. Kazma & Mike Kazma

· As President and CEO of Amzak Capital Management, Mike Kazma has been an entrepreneur and investor in the telecommunications industry throughout his career. He led expansion into the Caribbean market and Amzak Group purchased over 60 companies in nine countries. Kazma is involved in the company’s charitable donations to schools and universities in the United States, the Caribbean and Central America.

Marilynn A. Wick

· Marilynn A. Wick – As Executive Producer/CEO of Wick Theater & Costume Museum, Wick has created a professional and regional theatrical presence in Boca Raton. New York artists performed in its lobby during the pandemic when their own venues were closed. The theater is also a performance venue for a rotating display of costumes from Broadway shows and films. Wick has produced and provided the venue for fundraisers for non-profit organizations including Connected Warriors, The Pap Corps, Lynn University and Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton. It also provides a theatrical experience for at-risk children.

Pia Giannone

· Pia Giannone – As chair of the scholarship committee since 2017, Giannone has just created a first for the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, awarding scholarships to Palm Beach State College students in non-academic career paths such as auto mechanics and firefighters/paramedics. Giannone serves on the boards of the Palm Beach State College Foundation and The Intergenerational Orchestra. She volunteers at Boca Helping Hands and supports the Fuller Center’s Adopt-a-Class program. She was a benefactor of St. Jude Parish and School for 20 years.

Jan Savarick, Neil Saffer and Spencer B. Siegel will resume their roles as co-chairs of the 2023 OPAL AWARDS.

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