The West Palm Beach Library Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser, Food For Thought: An Evening of Great Conversation, on Saturday April 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. The elegant dinner party features local luminaries leading stimulating conversation in the impressive Grand Reading Room of the downtown library. All proceeds benefit community programs at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach such as afterschool homework centers, summer programs, teen mentoring, job readiness as well as cultural, educational and recreational events and programs.
Guests can select a table host from various notable personalities including local authors, chefs, historians, artists, politicians, scientists, media and community leaders, and enjoy an intimate dinner and lively discussion with these experts about their professional field.
Table hosts for 2018 include: Norton Museum Executive Director/CEO Hope Alswang, Wine Columnist William Paul Combs, Political Cartoonist Pat Crowley, PBC Ethics Commissioner Peter L. Cruise, Shiny Sheet Society Editor Shannon Donnelly, Congresswoman Lois J. Frankel, Chef Aaron Fuller, Author & Fashion Designer Anita Gabler, Mosaic TV Host Barbara G. Kay, Photojournalist Jim Mahoney, WPBF 25 News Reporter Terri Parker, Interior Designer Joseph Pubillones, Molecular Scientist Dr. Paul Robbins, Legends 100.3 Radio Host Dick Robinson, Journalist/Author Bill Sanderson, Author/Historian Richard René Silvin, and Humorist/Radio Personality Kathy Taulman Vaughan (complete biographies and table topics online at wpblf.org).
“We are thrilled to present our second annual Food For Thought: An Evening of Great Conversation, an event we tailored specifically for library supporters to be able to speak with experts and gain new insights,” said Rebecca Weiss, West Palm Beach Library Foundation executive director. “The event supports the vital and valued programs available at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, so that we can continue to educate, inspire, and entertain our community.”
Honorary event chairs are Frances Fisher and Sally Ross Soter. Event co-chairs are Natalie M. Alvarez and Dianne Bernstein. The 2018 committee members include Linda Beaty, Adrienne M. Coffin, Edith Hall Friedheim, Anita Gabler, Lesley Hogan, Betsy Kallop, Beverly Myers, Janet Nakushian, Kitty Omura, Patti Patrick, Elizabeth Santoro, Mary Simses, Pamela Slotkin, Melissa Sullivan, Tricia Trimble, and Sheryl G. Wood.
Sponsors include: Jeffrey & Frances Fisher, Soter Kay Foundation, William K. Caler, Jr., Edith Friedheim, Melissa Sullivan, The Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings Foundation, Sandy James Fine Food & Productions, Keith & Linda Beaty, Dianne & Abe Bernstein, Paul C. & Barbara F. Bremer, Adrienne M. Coffin, Janet & Bob Nakushian, Kitty & Dudley Omura, Patti Patrick, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital / St. Mary’s Hospital, Jeff Mullens & Fern Rose, Herbert J. & Beverly J. Myers Charitable Foundation, The Chesterfield Palm Beach, Stuart & Allison Haft, Lesley Hogan, Esq., Helene C. Karp, Barbara Kay, Alan & Penny Murphy, Robert Sanders, Mitchell & Pamela Slotkin, Tricia & Tom Trimble, Brian & Laura Wodar, Sheryl G. Wood, HIVE Home, Gift & Garden, IBERIABANK, and Pioneer Linens.