Women of Distinction


A luncheon to honor women who have made significant contributions to the community


Ronnie F. Heyman & Lois Pope



The BreakersPhoto Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach



Reception with the honorees:

11 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Luncheon to follow at noon

The Breakers Palm Beach
One South County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480




$350 per seat / $3,500 per table of 10
Proceeds support student scholarships at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
To purchase tickets, call (561) 803-2971.
The Women of Distinction deadline was Tuesday, February 15. If you have questions, please email advancement@pba.edu.




Ronnie F. Heyman

Ronnie F. Heyman is a successful attorney, corporate executive and dedicated benefactor who has distinguished herself in art, business and philanthropy. She is chairman of GAF Corporation, the country's largest manufacturer of residential roofing and building materials. She serves as president of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art and supports efforts to keep MoMA's focus on accessibility of the museum to children through her endowment of the Heyman Family Art Lab.

She pioneered a number of charitable initiatives alongside her late husband, Samuel J. Heyman. In 2001, they founded the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C., to address the need for reform in government agencies, streamline the federal hiring process and aid in presidential transitions. The Heymans also established fellowship programs at both Harvard and Yale law schools.

Heyman, a Palm Beach resident, is a trustee of the Norton Museum of Art and the Society of the Four Arts and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Chairman's Circle. She was the first recipient of the Evelyn H. Lauder Humanitarian Award of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Lois Pope

Lois Pope

Lois Pope, a Manalapan resident, is one of the country's foremost veterans advocates. She spearheaded the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the nation's first permanent, public tribute to living disabled American veterans. She worked with Congress to establish an annual National Day of Honor for disabled veterans and executive produced two PBS films, Debt of Honor and VA: The Human Cost of War.

She advocated for legislation that allows American soldiers to bring home dogs that served alongside them in combat. Pope created the Pups4Patriots initiative, which trains dogs to become therapy dogs for veterans, and gave $1.5 million to the Tri-County Animal Rescue to endow its 9,000-square-foot veterinary center, which provides low or no-cost veterinary care.

Amid COVID-19, Pope made a $1 million donation to the Palm Beach County Food Bank to endow its meal program for children. In gratitude, the bank renamed the program Lois' Food4Kids. 

In memory of her mother, Pope gave $12 million to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute the largest gift ever received to create the Lois Pope Center for Retinal & Macular Degeneration Research at Bascom Palmerís Palm Beach Gardens campus. 



30 Years

For 30 years, the Women of Distinction luncheon has provided scholarship funds to deserving female students at Palm Beach Atlantic University, allowing them to benefit from a quality, Christ-first education and become the leaders our world so desperately needs.
And it’s all because of people like you.

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Women Of Distinction Scholarship

The Women of Distinction scholarships are awarded to female PBA seniors who demonstrate outstanding academics, service and leadership.

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