Palm Beach County Outstanding Volunteers Honored at Fuller Center’s 20th Annual ‘Men with Caring Hearts’ Event – Boca Raton’s Most Trusted Source

Mark Larkin and Tim Snow

Boca Raton, Florida Four dedicated community non-profit volunteers were recognized at the 20th Annual Fuller Center Men with Caring Hearts Awards Celebration April 8and at the Boca West Country Club. The theme for the evening was “Havana Nights”.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Gary Collins of Master Club Advisors and Florida CMAA, and the 2022 Man with a Caring Heart award went to FAU’s Michael O. Miller. SBA Communications was the recipient of the Community Impact Award. The biggest surprise of the evening and perhaps the best kept secret of all was the Fuller Center award, “The Bernie”, named in memory of former board member Bernie Finkelstein, awarded to Stacey Packer, a Fuller Center board member and outstanding volunteer who has consistently gone above and beyond on behalf of the agency. The whole crowd was on their feet when it was announced that “behind every great man is a great woman!”

The evening included tropical libations, Caribbean-inspired dishes, live music and dancing.

“Gary, Michael and Stacey are such dedicated people who inspire us all with their contributions to the community,” said Ellyn Okrent, CEO of the Fuller Center. “SBA Communications is a wonderful business partner supporting so many organizations that help the needy in our community. We were delighted to honor them all and are very grateful to our sponsors and supporters.

The event was chaired by Gina and Todd Skelton and the evening’s emcee was TA Walker of News Channel 5/WPTV.

The “sponsor of tomorrow starts today” was the Gary Peters Family Foundation, with Gina and Todd Skelton serving as “sponsor Embrace”. The “education sponsors” were the Eda & Cliff Viner Community Scholars Foundation, the Christine E. Lynn Foundation, the EM Lynn Foundation, SBA Communications, and Simone and Sam Spiegel. “Empower Sponsors” included the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Office Depot, Plastridge Insurance Agency, Hiromi and Robert Printz, and Susie and Mark Tabor.

For more information, please contact Special Events Manager Alana Lagerström at [email protected], dial (561) 391-7274 ext. 134, or visit

About the Fuller Center

The Fuller Center has been a cornerstone of the community for more than 50 years, providing disadvantaged children with the same educational opportunities as their more affluent peers. Our goal is to help hardworking families and their children realize their full potential. We believe that all children should have the chance to succeed in school, work and life, regardless of their parents’ income or zip code.

For children 6 weeks to 5 years old, we offer a holistic early childhood education program, laying the foundations for academic success and lifelong learning. For school-aged youth, we have opened a private CHOICE elementary school serving kindergarten through third grade, and we offer after-school programs, summer camps, and after-school programs to develop skills in social interaction, literacy , science, technology, math and the arts, and offering tutoring, mentoring and enrichment activities. We have integrated a teen program offering young people the opportunity to learn skills in leadership, communication, project development, preparation for professional skills and community service.

At Fuller Center, we believe that educated children and empowered families create a strong, supportive community. The Fuller Center offers a unique and comprehensive family support system to ensure parents and caregivers are empowered to support their families and make a positive economic impact in our community. We know that when it comes to reversing the trend of generational economic inequality and having a positive impact, tomorrow starts today!

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