Olympia Dukakis Headlines Boca Raton Event

Olympia Dukakis will speak in Boca Raton.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Olympia Dukakis is heading to Boca Raton and will be the featured speaker at AVDA's February luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

From AVDA:

AVDA’s 7th Annual Heart of a Woman Luncheon will feature keynote speaker, Academy-Award winning actress, Olympia Dukakis. The luncheon will be on Monday, February 24th, 2014 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The event honors the strength, courage and determination of women.

Heart of a Woman Honorees include Jan Savarick, President of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, as well as the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University and the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach. The event Chair is Ann Bennett and the Gold Sponsor is Jeannette DeOrchis, CFP of Morgan Stanley. Silver level sponsor are Ann and Peter Bennett and NCCI Holdings. The Bronze Sponsor is OMEGA Boutique at Town Center mall.

“We are excited to be honoring two key organizations in our community that really make a difference, along with Jan Savarick, who exemplifies “The Heart of a Woman,” Ann Bennett said.

Keynote speaker Olympia Dukakis is an actress, director, producer, teacher, activist and most recently, author with her best-selling memoir ASK ME AGAIN TOMORROW. She received an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actress category, the New York Film Critics Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award and the Golden Globe Award for her work in the Norman Jewison film, MOONSTRUCK.

Dukakis has long been acclaimed for her candid advocacy of women’s rights. She has raised both funds and awareness of domestic violence, giving a voice to many victims who cannot or are afraid to speak for themselves.

Other films Dukakis has appeared in include THE THING ABOUT MY FOLKS with Paul Reiser, MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS with Richard Dreyfus, Woody Allen's MIGHTY APHRODITE, I LOVE TROUBLE with Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts, THE CEMETARY CLUB, STEEL MAGNOLIAS directed by Herbert Ross, DAD co-starring Jack Lemmon, and LOOK WHO'S TALKING I, II, & III with John Travolta and Kirstie Alley.

Committee members include Susan Ames, Marina Chaney, Jeannette DeOrchis, Rosemary Krieger, Anne Vegso, Tish Carlo, Rebecca Crocker Barbara Gutin, Jean Magrella and Gail Veros.

All proceeds from AVDA’s 7th Annual Heart of a Woman Luncheon will benefit AVDA’s 24 hour crisis hotline, Casa Vegso emergency shelter and transitional housing facility and AVDA’s outreach, educational and prevention programs offered throughout Palm Beach County.

AVDA promotes violence free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. For more information or reservations, please call 561-265-3797 or visit www.avdaonline.org.









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