Palm Beach Atlantic University will honor Palm Beach residents Gail Coniglio and Danielle Hickox Moore as Women of Distinction 2013 at a luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at The Breakers, Palm Beach. A pre-luncheon reception begins at 11:15 a.m.; the luncheon follows at Noon.
Tickets, at $150 each or tables of 10 for $1,500, may be obtained from the Palm Beach Atlantic University Development Office by calling 561-803-2971. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit a scholarship fund for deserving female students at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
A resident of Palm Beach for more than 30 years, Gail Coniglio was elected mayor of the Town of Palm Beach in 2011 after previously serving two terms as councilwoman. She was re-elected to a second term during January’s Town Caucus. Mayor Coniglio is a successful restaurateur and business owner, committed civil servant, devoted wife and proud mother of six children and six grandchildren.
Mayor Coniglio served 12 years on the Recreation Advisory Commission and two years on the Landmarks and Preservation Commission. She also is a long standing member of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, chairing the United Way’s Red Feather Society annual fundraising campaign and serving as the current secretary of the Board of Trustees.
In 2012, she received the John C. Randolph Award, given to the person who best exemplifies the goals of the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews in promoting friendship, understanding and respect among all religions and cultures in the community.
During her tenure on the Town Council of Palm Beach, Mayor Coniglio has supported capital improvement projects that improve the Town’s infrastructure, including the protection of the coastline. She is very passionate about the need to restore and maintain Palm Beach’s beautiful beaches and has established partnerships with neighboring communities, environmental groups and legislative entities to further the mission. Acting as the Town's ombudsman, her most important role is nurturing relationships and finding consensus among the residents and other communities.
A registered nurse by trade, Mayor Coniglio and her husband of more than 35 years, Frank, own and operate E.R. Bradley’s Saloon in West Palm Beach as well as Cha Cha’s, Cucina Dell’ Arte and Nick & Johnnie’s Restaurant in Palm Beach.
More than 30 years ago, Mayor Coniglio founded a signature community service project that benefits children from migrant worker communities. The Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce presented Mayor Coniglio with its One and Only Award in 2003 in recognition of this effort. As a lifelong parishioner at St. Edward Church in Palm Beach, she has been active in the choir, has served as a lector and helped to lead children’s program’s at the church.
Reinvesting in the community exemplifies the business philosophy of the Coniglio family, who partnered in the development of the First Bank of the Palm Beaches and Spa Cara, a boutique spa in Palm Beach established with a local well-known dermatologist.
Born in New York City, Danielle Hickox Moore grew up in Palm Beach and received her degree from Duke University. She is a licensed Realtor-associate with Brown Harris Stevens, president of the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation Inc., a director of the Fortin Foundation of Florida Inc., and director of the Barker Welfare Foundation and a member of its Finance Committee.
Following in the footsteps of her grandmother, Mary Alice Fortin, and mother, Lesly Smith, Moore is a philanthropist and charitable-cause activist. She is an Executive Committee chairman and former chairman of the Board of the Town of Palm Beach United Way; a member of the Executive Committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County and the former chairman of the capital campaigns of the Boys and Girls Club to build two new Fisher clubhouses; a former member and chairman of the Town of Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Commission; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Palm Beach Preservation Foundation.
Moore served on the boards of the ARC of Palm Beach County, Rosarian Academy, the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and the Garden Club of Palm Beach, and she recently was appointed by Duke University President Richard Broadhead to the Board of DukeEngage.
In 2007, in collaboration with the Daily Bread Food Bank and the Boys and Girls Club, Moore established a children’s backpack program. Two years ago, she established a Christmas in July program, helping 25 struggling families a year with basic needs. Last year, Moore enlisted the help of the Town of Palm Beach United Way to set up a food bank at the Glades Initiative.
An avid golfer with a single digit handicap, Moore has served on the boards of the Women’s Southern Golf Association and the Women’s TransNational Golf Association, and she is a member of the Florida Women’s State Golf Association.
The recipient of numerous awards — including the Nettie Finkle award for Outstanding Community Service from the Town of Palm Beach United Way and the Rose and Torch Award from Rosarian Academy — Moore divides her time between Palm Beach, Virginia and Kentucky. She and her husband, Kelly Moore, have two daughters, Lesly and Alexandra.
The luncheon is an annual event that honors women who have made significant contributions to the community. Previous Women of Distinction include Patricia Supper, Rose Sachs, Helen Ross, Carolyn Buckley, Anita Dubnoff, Jean Feather, Mary Schott, Helen Persson, Helen Cluett, Dorothy Schulman, Anita Hamilton Michaels, Nicki Harris, Hillie Mahoney, Kathryn Vecellio, Pat Cook, Kit Pannill, Nancy Brinker, Pat Johnson, Jean Tailer, Susan Keenan, Edie Schur, Maura Benjamin, Sydelle Meyer, Lore Moran Dodge, Barbara Nicklaus, Alicia Blodgett, Julie Cummings, Diana Ecclestone, Frances Fisher, Helen DeVos, Michele Kessler, Sydell Miller, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau, Gay Hart Gaines, Vicki Halmos, Iris Apfel, Dr. Gail Austin Cooney, Eileen Burns, Suzanne Wright, Joyce Sang and Sally Ross Soter.