Things We Liked In September

Congrats to the DBMC and Chamber!

Well, September 2017 may not be remembered fondly thanks to Irma, Harvey and Maria.

October is off to a heartbreaking start as well with a horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Still, we aim to stick to our tradition (starting last month) of pointing out some good things in our world and community.

Things we liked in September…
In no particular order…

  • Neighbors helping neighbors pre and post Irma. At times like this, we sometimes discover and often rely on neighbors to help us prepare and cope. For this we are thankful.
  • The Abe and Louie salad
  •  Cream of Mushroom soup at Madison’s. It’s a great restaurant. Try it.
  • Old School Bakery. There are no words to describe the artistry of Old School’s bread.
  • WPTV’s Steve Weagle doing stellar work pre and post Irma. We also rediscovered Bryan Norcross and send shout outs of appreciation to other local meteorologists.
  •  The yeoman’s work done by city staff and utility workers in Boca and Delray to help us get back on our feet post Irma.
  •  The book “The New Brooklyn” by Kay Hymowitz. If you love cities and want to gain some insights on gentrification look no further.
  •  Actress Kristen Bell of “Frozen” entertaining senior citizens and others while riding the storm out in Orlando.
  •  The Good Place on Netflix-starring Ms. Bell.
  •  The black and white cookies at 3Gs.
  •  The guy who plays Spanish guitar at Farmers Table in Boca.
  •  The zest for life and learning that we see from our friend Connor Lynch.
  • A photo of Dr. Craig Spodak with the great Simon Sinek on Instagram. Mr. Sinek wrote the great book “Start With Why”, which is a must read. Dr. Spodak is also an inspiration.
  •  My new grand puppy Riley. An adorable golden (are there any other kind?).
  •  The memory of Phish an adorable Chihuahua and a longtime fixture at the Delray Green Market. Hugs to Jim and Lori Nolan.
  •  Thanks to Hypower Electrical Services and John Potts of TAW Power Systems for their efforts to restore power to the Sandoway Discovery Center saving animals and sea life that were endangered by the loss of electricity. Awesome.
  •  Marisa Herman’s stellar work at the Delray and Boca Newspaper. Make sure to catch her front page article on 92 year old author Bob Levinson in this month’s Delray Newspaper.
  •  Debbie Stackhouse Smith too!
  • Happy one year anniversary to Delray Morning Live and kudos to the excellent hosts Kate Volman and Ryan Boylston. Joe and Mika have nothing on these two.
  •  The music of Steely Dan. Rest In Peace Walter Becker. Thanks for decades of unforgettable music.
  • Congratulations to Dupree Jackson Jr.

    Keep your eye on him. He’s a powerful and committed leader with a big heart. And boy do we ever need heart in our world and communities.

  • We are also immensely impressed with WiseTribe and its leader Jacqueline Botting.
  • Congratulations to the Delray Marketing Cooperative and Delray Chamber of Commerce for winning international recognition. The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), which recognizes the world’s best event producers, recently announced the winners of its annual Pinnacle Awards during its 62nd annual convention  in Tucson, Arizona. The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) and the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce each received a Gold Award, the IFEA’s highest honor, proving once again that when it comes to showing the public an awesome time no one can compete with Delray Beach events, even on an international level.The DBMC won for Best Newspaper Insert for the Famous 100 Foot Christmas Tree and the Chamber won for Best Promotional Video for its Seek in the City Scavenger Hunt.

    We know we missed some good news–so this is only a partial list. But also a reminder that even in difficult times, we have much to be thankful for.


Monday Happenings: Back From Vegas Version

The lean, but not so mean DBMC team.

The lean, but not so mean DBMC team.

Joe Biden in Boca

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Boca Raton today stumping for gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist at Temple Beth Shalom in Century Village.

The visit and stump speech is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Jill Biden, the Vice President’s wife, is expected at FAU today.

Speaking of the governor’s race, we’ve all been bombarded with campaign ads slamming Crist and Gov. Rick Scott. Can anybody tell us what the candidate’s visions are for the Sunshine State?
Is there a single campaign idea from either side?

Maybe VP Biden will shed some light today.

Providencia Finalists; Vote DBMC

The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative  (DBMC) has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 Providencia Award.

This is Palm Beach County’s most important symbol of recognition for the local tourism/hospitality industry that generates an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, welcomes six million visitors a year, supports 60,000 industry jobs and helps to ensure Florida remain a tax-free state.

Discover The Palm Beaches bestows the annual Providencia Award to an individual, institution, corporation or organization that is making an extraordinary and positive impact on local tourism. This year marks the third time in the award’s 24-year history that the recipient will be selected by public vote on People can make their selection online until October 26, and the winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2015 Discover The Palm Beaches Marketing & Sales Plan presentation on November 5 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.
“The 2014 Providencia Award finalists represent some of the incredible tourism assets that The Palm Beaches have to offer,” said Jorge Pesquera, President and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches. In addition to DBMC, the other two finalists are the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and The Honda Classic.
“For the DBMC to be one of the finalists for this year’s Providencia Award is not only a great honor for the entire city of Delray Beach, it is recognition of the efforts we are making to strengthen our brand as a major tourist destination,” said Stephanie Immelman DBMC Executive Director. “Now we need everyone who lives in Delray Beach – or who comes here to have fun – to go online and vote for the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.”


Over the last two decades, Delray Beach has been dramatically transformed from a quaint, quiet “Village by the Sea” to the “Most Fun Small Town in the USA,” a year-round tourist magnet with some of the most dynamic thoroughfare of hot-hot-hot restaurants, nightclubs and cultural activities in Palm Beach County. The DBMC has played a major role in the renaissance despite its small team of  Stephanie Immelman, Stephen Chrisanthus, Jarrod White and Tiffany Mazer.
A successful successful partnership between the City of Delray Beach, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, the primary mission of the DBMC is to attract people to the City, create a positive image and increase awareness of Delray Beach for a positive economic impact through Destination Marketing, marketing programs, special events and community collaboration.
During the last year alone, DBMC Special Events (100-Foot Christmas Tree / First Night, July 4th Celebration, ON THE AVE) have attracted hundreds of thousands of participants, residents and out-of-county visitors alike, generating a positive economic impact of $7,775,000 and millions of positive media impressions.
In addition, the DBMC has successfully launched five major Destination Marketing programs over the last year-and-a-half:, a new tourism-focused and user-friendly website, the perfect tool for out-of-towners seeking a memorable vacation get-away.
+ Visit Delray Beach, a colorful new marketing brochure that highlights local hotels and attractions.
New Mobile Tourism Information App, which will launch next year as part of Rand McNally’s Best Town Travel Guide and for which Delray Beach was chosen to be the test site.
Hot Here: It’s Always Cool in Delray Beach Summer Marketing Campaign, which was designed to attract out-of-state visitors during the summer and shoulder months.
Beach Buddies, a fun and funny joint marketing campaign with Marina del Rey in California that will include cross promotions, a new marketing mascot (Swinton the Turtle) and an aggressive social media campaign.
“The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative has been and will continue to be an integral force multiplier in the ongoing growth of Delray Beach as a major tourist attraction – as well as the perfect place to live, work and play,” said Immelman
Previous Providencia Award winners include the Delray Beach, International Tennis Championships, International Polo Club Palm Beach, The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, The Breakers, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Burt Reynolds, Norton Museum of Art, Boca Raton Resort & Club, SunFest, Jack Nicklaus, Marathon of the Palm Beaches, Delta Airlines, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr., and the Palm Beach Kennel Club.
About the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative:
The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) is a partnership between the City of Delray Beach, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. The DBMC’s mission is to attract people to the City, create a positive image and increase awareness of Delray Beach for a positive economic impact through Destination Marketing, marketing programs, special events and community collaboration. For more information, please contact DBMC at 561.279.1380 or visit

Delray Marketing Cooperative Names New Director

Stephanie Immelman, a five year veteran of the DBMC, has been named executive director

Stephanie Immelman, a five year veteran of the DBMC, has been named executive director

After a lengthy search, the board of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative has chosen a familiar face to lead the organization as it evolves from an event driven agency to a destination marketing vehicle for Delray Beach.

Cathy Balestriere, chair of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC), has announced the promotion of Stephanie Immelman to Executive Director.

“With her extensive background in international marketing and corporate finance, including 13 years working in Europe, Stephanie has made numerous valuable contributions to DBMC ever since joining as Destination Marketing Manager in 2008, including spearheading the social media campaign that resulted in Delray Beach being named the Most Fun Small Town in the USA by Rand McNally, USA Today and the Travel Channel,” said Balestriere.

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