Boca Raton Historical Society honors new inductees at Royal Palm Place
Walk of Recognition adds four stars
SouthFloridaSunrise.com Staff report
May 10--The annual Walk of Recognition, presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society, added four new stars at a ceremony this past Thursday, May 3, under the Mizner statue at Royal Palm Place.
The new stars are for Sandra Greenblatt, Howard McCall, Holli Rockwell, and Anne Vegso, who, according to the Historical Society, "...have demonstrated a significant long-term commitment to serving in the interest of Boca Raton and have enriched the lives of our citizens."
2012 Walk of Recognition inductees: (left to right) Anne Vegso, Sandra Greenblatt, and Holli Rockwell.
Not pictured: Howard McCall. Photo credit: Barbara McCormick
Sandra Greenblatt has been an Honorary Board Member and active volunteer and supporter of the Tri County Humane Society for 15 years, where she spends numerous hours each week walking and socializing dogs available for adoption. As a Lifetime Member of Hadassah, she actively supports the Boca Raton Jewish Community; she helped start the “Meals on Wheels” program; and at the Levis Jewish Community Center, she encourages the growth of artistic talent among young people. Sandra has used her generous nature and humble spirit to enrich and improve the lives of thousands of animals and people.
Howard McCall, moved to Boca Raton 1957 when he opened his architecture practice. Boca Raton was a small town at that time and Howard became active in the growing community, helping to shape the modern City of Boca Raton. Howard served as President of the Spanish River AIA Chapter; served as President (and other offices) of the Boca Raton Rotary Club; and served on the Boca Raton Planning & Zoning Board and later the Boca Raton Historic Preservation Board for many years. In his retirement, Howard continued to remain involved using his gifts and talents for projects at St. Gregory’s Church and other charities. Howard will join his wife Peg McCall’s star on the Walk of Recognition.
Holli Rockwell has made a lasting impact on the City of Boca Raton through her volunteerism, fundraising and philanthropy to support health care, education and the arts within the community. She has supported the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the American Cancer Society and FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She is also a patron of the arts and is a supporter of Boca Ballet Theatre and the Keith C. and Elaine H. Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.
Anne Vegso has brought joy and stability to the Boca Raton community for years. She began volunteering with the Junior League, where she has served on many boards and committees including the League’s headquarters, the Vegso Community Resource Center. Anne is currently President of the Board for Horses and the Handicapped, where she spearheaded the building of a stadium so clients could work under cover, and where she provides scholarship support among other things. AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) has benefitted from Anne’s efforts through a campaign to build “Casa Vegso,” a residential facility for women and children, and where Anne has actively served on the board. Anne is a tireless volunteer who has made a significant impact on the lives of many. Anne was selected as the Woman Volunteer of the Year in 2005; was a March of Dimes Woman of Distinction in 2006; and was made an Honorary member of AVDA and founding member of “Anne’s Steps” in 2008.
Instituted in 1997, the Walk of Recognition award has been presented to 74 members of the community. Each inductee’s name is inscribed in a black granite plaque, which is set into a commemorative monument featuring the mission of the program beneath the Mizner statue in Royal Palm Place. The plaques are underwritten by Marta Batmasian as part of her commitment to the community.
2012 Walk of Recognition inductees: Anne Vegso, Sandra Greenblatt, and Holli Rockwell. Not pictured: Howard McCall. Photo credit: Barbara McCormick