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173 nominations to honor local nonprofits

From the Boys and Girls Clubs of PBC: Mary O’Connor, Eric Roby, Trudy Crowetz, Jaene Miranda, Childondra Sheppard, Jessica Cecere (CEO of Nonprofits First) and Shamus Gordon.

Photo by Capehart Photography.

Nonprofits First announced last month a record 173 nominations to honor local nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County for the sixth annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Nominations came in 10 categories: Nonprofit of the Year (small, medium and large); Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year; Nonprofit MVP; Nonprofit Professional of the Year; Nonprofit Executive of the Year; Lifetime Achievement; Community Collaborators; and Nonprofit Innovation. Awards for Best Hat and People’s Choice will be awarded the night of the event, based on voting by attendees.

Chaired by Peter Cruise of Florida Atlantic University, the Hats Off Nonprofit Awards celebrate and honor nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County that dedicate themselves to making the community a better place to live and work. The honorees from past Hats Off Nonprofit Awards will be recognized as part of the evening.

The evening kicks off with celebratory music by the nonprofit organization Digital Vibez. The party continues with emcee Bill Bone.

Attire is business and cocktail. Guests are encouraged to wear a hat of any kind, big or small, and can be as creative as they wish. Tickets include an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by the Lessing’s Hospitality Group. Parking is free.

Over 40 sponsors are supporting the event, including top sponsors The Palm Beach Post, M&T Bank Wilmington Trust, FPL, Mariaca Wealth Management and Valley Bank.

“It will be a night to remember and the year the nonprofit community celebrates their hard work as they begin to turn the corner from the pandemic,” said Jessica Cecere, the CEO of Nonprofits First.

Tickets for the Hats Off Nonprofit Awards are on sale at for $150, with a limited number of tables of 10 for $1,500 and sponsorships at all levels. The Kravis Center is at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.


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