By: Christina Wood, Special to the Civic Association - The annual affair at The Breakers traditionally kicks off the Season.
The Palm Beach Civic Association held its annual Holiday Party on Monday, Dec. 12, in the magnificent Circle Ballroom at The Breakers, where a festive crowd enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and holiday cheer.
“It’s really the kickoff for the Civic Association’s season,” said Civic Association Director David A. Duffy, who chairs the association’s Public Safety Committee. “The association is growing in popularity every year. It’s exciting.” “If you’re new in town, it’s a great way to meet people,” Mr. Duffy said.
The Civic Association received almost 400 RSVPs for the members-only event; an additional 100 names were placed on a waiting list.
As the capacity crowd mingled beneath a soaring 30-foot, frescoed ceiling, pops of festive red – a jacket, a skirt, a pocket square – caught the eye, with the occasional sequin sparkling in the warm glow of the Venetian crystal chandelier above.
Friends reconnecting upon their return to Palm Beach contributed a merry buzz of conversation to the holiday atmosphere.
As guests happily circulated, live music provided the accompaniment for both tête-à-têtes and table-wide chats. Bob Wright, the chairman and CEO of the Civic Association, even took a brief turn at the keyboard, playing a progression of chords that served as his own introduction.
Bob Wright, Civic Association CEO & Paul Leone, Party Sponsor
Moving from the keys to the microphone, he welcomed partygoers and acknowledged special guests, including Palm Beach Mayor Gail L. Coniglio, President of the Town Council Michael J. Pucillo, Congresswoman Lois Frankel and Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker, among many others.
Mr. Wright also thanked the evening’s sponsors: Boca Nursing Services, Inc., Earl J. Campazzi, MD, Concierge Medicine, Good Samaritan Medical Center and The Breakers.
Julie & Dr. Earl Campazzi, Party Sponsor
“This party feels like a gathering of friends,” said Dr. Campazzi, who has made sponsoring the event a holiday tradition of his own. “Palm Beach is like a small town in many ways.”
When the party eventually began to wind down, members old and new exchanged their thanks for a lovely evening for the goody bags being distributed by Civic Association staff members.
Boca Nursing Team, Party Sponsor
While most in the crowd had, if not visions of sugarplums, at least happy expectations for the holidays and the upcoming season as they made their way out, Congresswoman Frankel was looking ahead to the new session of Congress, which will convene on Jan. 3. “Buckle your seatbelts, I think we’re in for a wild ride,” she said, assuring those in her district that she will be their voice in Washington. “I’m on your side.”
Mark Nosacka, Good Samaritan Medical Ctr & Party Sponsor, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, & Pepe Fanjul
Photos by Lucien Capehart Photography