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1/7/2020 General
14th Annual Diamond Award Luncheon

Honoring Clara Bennett as the 2020 DIAMOND Recipient

Boca Raton, Fl. January 7, 2020 – The Boca Chamber will be hosting its 14th Annual DIAMOND Award Luncheon on February 21, 2020 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club (501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton). Hundreds of business professionals will be in attendance. 

At the Annual DIAMOND Award Luncheon, The Chamber recognizes a professional woman in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County that contributes to the vibrancy of the community. A DIAMOND recipient is a Dedicated, Inspiring, Accomplished, Motivated, Outstanding, Noble and Driven woman.

For 14 years, The Chamber has presented the DIAMOND Award to the following deserving women: Mary Wong (2007), Rocki Rockingham (2008), Victoria Rixon (2009), Cheryl Budd (2010), Margaret Mary Shuff (2011), Dr. Marta Rendon (2012), Jackie Reeves (2013), Yvonne Boice (2014), Mary Sol Gonzalez (2015), Susan Saturday (2017), Barbara Cambia (2018), and Ethel Isaacs Williams (2019).

This year, The Boca Chamber is excited to honor Clara Bennett, the Executive Director of The Boca Raton Airport Authority as the 2020 DIAMOND Award Recipient. Clara served as past two-time chair of the Florida Airports Council, a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) representing general aviation airports, the US Contract Tower Policy Board, the National Business Aircraft Association and The Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. At the Boca Raton Airport Authority, she has developed a $30 million Capital Improvement Plan to enhance facilities and services. Prior to joining the Airport Authority in 2014, Bennett served as Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Manager directing the operation and administration of the Executive Airport.

In addition to celebrating Clara Bennett, we will also be honoring the 2020 Pearl Award Recipient. The Pearl Award is given to a young female who is a graduate of the Boca Chamber's Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). This young woman is achieving success and shines bright as a rising star in the community. The award celebrates an individual that we believe stands out as a ‘pearl of potential’ in the next generation of business leaders. Our 2020 Pearl Award recipient is Rhea Jain of Renoosh Clothing Line. Rhea is a senior at Pine Crest High School and has always exhibited a passion for fashion-forward clothing. While still in school, Rhea worked and interned with various clothing and fashion companies in South Florida to learn the business processes for designing, manufacturing and running a clothing brand. While part of the Boca Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur’s Academy Class of 2019, Rhea identified an untapped need for fashion forward clothing for petite women. This idea generated the idea for Renoosh.
Join the Boca Chamber on February 21st and help us celebrate these deserving women. For information on sponsorship opportunities, corporate tables and tickets, please contact Chasity Navarro at 561.395.4433 or by email at cnavarro@bocachamber.com.


About The Boca Chamber: A 501(c)6 non-profit organization and the largest Chamber in Palm Beach County, with a membership presently composed of more than 1,700 companies representing over 130,000 employees in South Palm Beach County and beyond. Since 1952, The Boca Chamber provides opportunities for leadership, networking, innovative business programs, education, and philanthropy.