The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties hosted its second Martens Award Luncheon on Thursday, October 13, 2016* from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. The exciting program celebrates philanthropy, giving, volunteering and charitable engagement in Southern Palm Beach County. The program will highlight the accomplishments philanthropy makes to our society and the leadership role the Community Foundation has played within the community for the past 44 years.
Boca philanthropists Barbara and Irving Gutin were honored with the Martens Award for their extraordinary service in the community. Ann Christiano, Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, provided a dynamic keynote address titled Accelerant on the Fire of Social Change.
“Last year we presented nonprofit organization Spirit of Giving with the first Martens Award. Today, we honored Barbara and Irving Gutin with the second Martens Award. These local philanthropists showcase the heart and soul of the charitable heart of Boca Raton. Anyone that know the Gutins personally know that they are humble, quiet givers – they do much of their giving anonymously and never want publicity for what they do.,” said Bradley Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “What better way to celebrate the power of philanthropy than by hosting this event and honoring Barbara and Irving Gutin, philanthropists making a difference in South Palm Beach County.”
More than 200 people attended the luncheon, including board members, donors and fund holders, local nonprofit organizations, corporate sponsors and community leaders.
Premier sponsor was PNC Bank. Community sponsors included The Boca Raton Observer and South Florida PBS. Table sponsors include Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, FAU Foundation, Lynn University, Impact 100 Palm Beach County, Alzheimer’s Community Care and Palm Beach State College Foundation.
Marie Graber Martens was a humble Boca Raton philanthropist, quietly supporting education and people in need. Charitable by nature, Mrs. Martens gave a $15 million bequest in 1990 at her passing to the Community Foundation, doubling the assets of the organization at that time. Her visionary role in the growth of the Community Foundation has enabled the organization to serve the community many times over. We salute Mrs. Martens for her vision, bequest and faith in the Community Foundation to address and serve our local community’s needs.