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Food for Thought 2023

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Thank you for all your support!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Two-hundred donors and supporters of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation enjoyed an elegant, entertaining evening at the annual Food for Thought Dinner, November 4, at the Norton Museum of Art. The fundraiser was the Foundation’s most successful to date, raising more than $330,000 for vital community programming.

Food for Thought is a wonderful evening of hilarity, wit and great dinner conversation facilitated by an exceptional table host. Guests can select their choices of preferred table host(s) to ensure a truly memorable evening. 

Special Thanks To:

Event Chair &
Platinum Benefactor


Melissa Sullivan

Grand Benefactor


The Honorable Ann W. Brown

Corporate Benefactor

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Beverly Myers

Honorary Co-Chair


Abe & Dianne Bernstein

Food for Thought Committee Members

Dianne Bernstein

The Honorable Ann W. Brown

Margaret Moraskie

Beverly Myers

Diane Myers

Adrienne Raptis

Julie Rudolph


Individual Sponsors:

Frances & Jeffrey Fisher

Edith Hall Friedheim

Roger & Myrna Landay

Corporate Sponsors:


Individual Sponsors:

Marianna Baker

Josephine Bayard

Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Burke

Adrienne Coffin

Anne Ilyinsky

Nancy Marshall

Trey & Lindsay Mahoney

Corporate Sponsors:

Head Librarian

Individual Sponsors:

Christopher Cowie

Steve Mayans & Terry Resk

Drs. John & Daisy Merey

Kathryn Vecellio

Corporate Sponsors:



Jeff Alderton

Louise Austin

Suzanne Cameron

Corinne Dandeneau

Dean Dimke

Margaret Donnelley

Wallace & Dr. Mary Ann DuPont

Carole Gigliotti

Victoria Herbert

Nadine Melniker

Lon & Michelle Otremba


Cynthia Jean Oneglia

Nathan & Judith Olney

Elizabeth Rankin

Michael Reiter & Janet Pleasants

Philip Robinson

Carissa Robinson & Daren Rubenfeld

Pam Slotkin

Colleen Smith

Barbara Sullivan

Aleta Wolfe

Robin Woodard

Media Sponsor

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Special Guest


Carl Hiaasen

Journalist & Author

Table hosts

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Nancy Brinker

Founder Susan G. Komen & Promise Fund of Florida

The Power of a Promise

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Steven Caras

Ballet Artist and Photographer

A Life Inspired by Dance


Leta Austin Foster

Interior Designer


Paul Gervais

Artist and Author

Reading: Where? When? What?


Carl Hiaasen

Author and Journalist

An Evening With Carl Hiaasen


Isaac Levy

Yvel Jewelry

What Goes Around, Comes Around


David McClymont

CEO of Palm Beach Symphony

Sustaining the Notes

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Joseph and Max McNamara


Medical Repatriation While Traveling


Nabil Meralli

Investor and Entrepreneur

Venture Capital and Technology Startups


Dr. John Merey

Holocaust Survivor


Holocaust Remembered


Daphne Nikolopoulos

Editor Palm Beach Illustrated

Transformative Travel


Michael Reiter

Security Advisor and Former Palm Beach Police Chief

40+ Years of Protecting Palm Beach

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Rob Russell


Celebrity Sotries!

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Bryan Walsh

DTR Modern Galleries

Art Collecting Made Easy

(Art for Dummies)

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Sybille Welter

Director of Arts, Culture and Community Building

Belonging: You, Me, We:

Shared Stories of a Community

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Ricky Wade 

Entrepreneur - McDonald's Franchisee of 28 restaurants



David Walker

General & Artistic Director

Palm Beach Opera

Mounting an Opera:

Start to Finish

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John Webley

International Adventurer

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David Willson

Editorial Cartoonist

Balancing Billionaires and Butterfly Ballots


Christopher Young

VP Creative Director at

Tiffany & Co.

The Creative Process

Make an impact on your community with your donation!

To get tickets or to sponsor the 2023 Food for Thought event, call at 561-868-7717.

About West Palm Beach Library Foundation

The West Palm Beach Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2000 to support the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. It holds activities and events to financially sustain the library’s free programs, services and resources for children, teens and adults that enrich the diverse community. For more information or to donate to the foundation, please visit

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