Women of Distinction

During its annual Women of Distinction luncheon, Palm Beach Atlantic University honors women who cherish community and family and want to preserve these ideals for others. The event is a PBA tradition for more than 30 years, and proceeds from the luncheon benefit a scholarship fund for deserving female students.

Details & Registration Coming Soon

Feb 20

2024 Women of Distinction

The Breakers Palm Beach

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities

$ 35,000.00 – Presenting Sponsor

$ 25,000.00 – Chairing Sponsor

$ 20,000.00 – Luncheon Sponsor

$ 15,000.00 – Reception Sponsor

$ 10,000.00 – Dessert Sponsor

$ 10,000.00 – Honoree Recognition Gift Sponsor

$ 8,000.00 – Photography Sponsor

$ 7,500.00 – Ambiance Sponsor

$ 7,500.00 – Lighting Sponsor

$ 7,500.00 – Invitation Sponsor

$ 7,500.00 – Music Sponsor

$ 7,500.00 – Valet Sponsor

$ 5,000.00 – PBA Student Table Sponsor

$ 5,000.00 – Floral Sponsor

$ 3,500.00 – American Flag Sponsor

$ 2,500.00 – PBA Choir Sponsor

$ 2,500.00 – Program Sponsor

$ 2,000.00 – Chocolate Bars Sponsor

$ 1,500.00 – Harpist Sponsor

$ 3,500.00 – Table Sponsorship

$ 350.00 – Individual Ticket Price

Thank You!

We couldn't do it without you!

Our 2023 Sponsors

Reception Sponsor – Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Luncheon Sponsor – Frances and Jeffrey Fisher, Gift Bag Sponsor – Penny Murphy, Chocolates Sponsor – John and Sheila Rinker, Program Sponsor – Cathy Flagg, Music Sponsor – Susie Elson, Choir Sponsor – Elfriede Collis, American Flag Sponsor – Michele D. Worth

Our 2023 Committee

Chair: Frances Fisher, Cathy Flagg, Denise Hanley, Evelyn Mahanes, Penny Murphy, Sheila Rinker, Katherine Shenaman

2023 Honorees

Monika PrestonMonika Preston was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in Ontario, Canada, where she met her husband, John, at the University of Guelph. She moved to Palm Beach County in 1991.

Preston chaired the American Heart Association Ball in 2019 and has been a co-chair for several years. She has also co-chaired the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation Ball with her husband. Preston is vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. She has co-chaired the Kravis Center’s annual gala for a number of years. She previously served on the boards of The Benjamin School, Town of Palm Beach United Way, Center for Children in Crises and Stop Children’s Cancer.

She is a mother, wife and grandmother to five. She and her husband will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this summer. In addition to her civic responsibilities, she is thankful to be an equestrian.

Mary Fairbanks FreitasMary Fairbanks Freitas is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communication. She worked in radio and television locally for WPTV NewsChannel 5 and radio stations WRMF and WJNO during and after completing her studies. Prior to that, Mary attended high school at Rosarian Academy where she is a current parent and Board Member.

Along with her husband Mark, they are quite active in supporting many charitable organizations and are highly respected for their philanthropy. Through the Mark and Mary Freitas Foundation, they support many causes affecting those in need in the community, especially children. Some of those they aid include The Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Town of Palm Beach United Way, Nat King Cole Generation Hope and Best Buddies International.

Mary is a trustee of The Town of Palm Beach United Way, The Cox Science Center and Aquarium, Rosarian Academy, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, and a Board Member of The Historical Society of Palm Beach County, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and a Founding Member of the Palm Beach Police Foundation’s Council of 100 and a Founder Member of the Kravis Center for Performing Arts.

She has chaired numerous luncheons and galas for many organizations such as:

The Palm Beach Police Foundation Policeman’s Ball Chairwoman (2014, 2015) Honorary Chairwoman (2016, 2017), Saint Edward Church Christmas Dinner Dance Chairwoman (2012), Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Jingle Bell Ball Chairman (2011, 2012), Rosarian Academy Rose Ball & Auction Co-Chair (2012, 2021), Town of Palm Beach United Way: Tocqueville Dinner Co-Chair (2018), General Campaign Chair (2018/2019 Season), Chairman of the Board (2019/2020, 2020/2021, 2021/2022), South Florida Science Center & Aquarium Spring Gala Co-Chair (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Cox Science Center & Aquarium Annual Gala Honorary Chair (2023), Historical Society Of Palm Beach County Archival Evening Co-Chair (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) Executive Committee (2022), Nat King Cole Generation Hope Chaired and Hosted Fundraiser (March 2020), Best Buddies International Palm Beach Gala Co-Chairwoman (2009, 2011, 2016), Children’s Home Society Ultimate Dinner Party Host (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Center for Family Services “Old Bags Luncheon” Co-Chair (2008) Honorary Chair (2009, 2010, 2013), Johns Hopkins A Woman’s Journey Co-Chair (2016, 2017) Host Committee (2018, 2019), Susan G. Komen Perfect Pink Party Co-Chair (2013)

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