The inaugural “Surf into Summer” charity concert at the bustling Delray Marketplace brought to the stage a founder and member of the beloved Beach Boys – David Marks.
Marks and his Surf City Allstars gave a top-notch performance that not only had the crowd singing and dancing to the sandy and salty hits from the ’60s and ’70s, they also helped raise money for two nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County.
South Florida restaurateur Burt Rapoport sponsored the charity event to kick off the start of the summer season and to celebrate his company’s “Dream Big Small Business of the Year” award from the United States Chamber of Commerce. This fun-filled community event featured food from Rapoport’s Restaurant Group, including Deck 84, on the Intracoastal Waterway off Atlantic Avenue; Henry’s, near Addison Reserve Country Club; and Max’s Grille, in the Delray Marketplace near Mizner Country Club. It also marked the first large-scale public concert at the new venue.
Beneficiaries were Boca Raton’s Golden Bell Education Foundation and Delray Beach’s Achievement Center for Children and Families.
Tropical-shirt-wearing guests brought their beach chairs and enjoyed the sounds of the Beach Boys tribute band – the only tribute band in which each member has toured with the original Beach Boys.
The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, known as Golden Bell, was created by the chamber’s board of directors to support public schools in Boca Raton. Since its inception in 1991, Golden Bell has granted more than $1 million to the cause.
The Achievement Center for Children and Families is charged with providing a safe environment for children at risk of poverty, abuse, abandonment and neglect. Its mission is to meet the educational and emotional needs of low-income children while helping their families break the cycle of poverty.