The Hanley Foundation’s inaugural Boca Celebrity Pizza Cook-Off raised funds for its Brice Makris Endowment Fund for lifesaving treatment scholarships and prevention programs for substance abuse addictions.
Over 250 people attended the recent fundraiser, held in conjunction with Boca Chamber Festival Days at Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar in Boca Raton.
Local celebrities included State Sen. Tina Polsky; Boca Chamber CEO Troy McLellan; Boca Raton Center for Arts & Innovation CEO Andrea Virgin; and attorney Spencer Bryan Siegel of Siegel & Siegel, P.A. Chef Louie Bossi, World Pizza Champion, was the judge, and Polsky took home the title of Champion Pizza-Maker.
The event also served as a kickoff to the foundation’s second annual Brice Makris Brunch, taking place on Dec. 11 at Boca West Country Club. Foundation Board Member John Makris and his wife Michelle are chairpersons of the event that honors their son, Brice, who died in March 2020 from a fentanyl overdose.
“There are thousands of individuals suffering from substance use disorders right here in our community,” Jan Cairnes, CEO of Hanley Foundation, said in a statement. “With the help of events like these, we can continue to expand our prevention programming to stop substance use disorder before it begins and offer more scholarships to provide resources for those who cannot afford the financial burden of recovery.”
Visit hanleyfoundation.org or call 561-268-2355.