A glittering, beautifully decorated ballroom at the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club on October 20th greeted the many guests attending the 2011 Shining Stars Awards.

Pompano Beach Chamber President and CEO Ric Greene welcomed everyone and Lighthouse Point Commissioner Susie Gordon made the opening remarks. Jean McIntyre, representing the Kiwaniis Club of Pompano Beach, spoke of the leadership initiative in which she has been involved in the four years since moving to the area.

After lunch, Gwen Leys introduced a number of local celebrities, followed by presentation of the awards by Ric Greene, Gwen Reys and Bill Riddick.

Among those honored were Community Development Agency whose marketing program has accomplished so much to improve the image and in encouraging the private sector to invest in the city.

Also honored were Claudia DuBois, Gail Farkas, Greg Jones, Jean McIntyre, Mike McLain, and Phyliss Neuberger, Steve Piszczynski who received Business Man of the Year and Michel Greene who garnered the Business Woman of the Year Award. Dodie Keith-Lawzowick received the Founders Award, and Roy Rogers received the Stewart Kester Award.

A very special award went to 11 year-old Rachel Wheeler whose two-year effort to raise funds for the people of Haiti has resulted in the building of ‘Rachel’s Village” from donations of over $175,000. Rachel was also named as one of America’s top volunteers in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


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