2022 Truman-Kennedy-Johnson Gala

2022 TKJ Recap


PBC Congresswomen Lois Frankel (CD-22) & Sheila Cerfilus-McCormick (CD-20), CD21 candidate Dr. Corinna Balderramos Robinson, & Senator Lori Berman, (backed by Truman, Kennedy, & Johnson) celebrating at the 2022 TKJ!

What a great night to be a PBC Democrat at our first in-person Truman-Kennedy-Johnson Gala in three years!  On October 15, a sold-out, capacity crowd of over 450 PBC Dems & friends mixed, mingled, & connected at the pre-dinner Cocktail Receptions, and then packed the ballroom of the West Palm Beach Marriott to celebrate the evening and hear our powerhouse Gala lineup. The energy in the room was so incredible that every single one of our speakers remarked how amazing PBC Dems are!

Speaker after speaker all underscored the same message – the time is NOW to end 25 years of Republican rule and stop and stop the DeSantis/Rubio/Trump agenda in its tracks!

Special Guest Speaker NJ Governor Phil Murphy, Chairman of the DGA, receiving a PBC Golden Donkey pin from Chair Terrie Rizzo

Thank you to our Special Guest Speaker, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association, who got the evening off to a rousing start; to PBC Congresswomen Lois Frankel & Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Congressional candidates Corinna Balderramos Robinson (for CD-21) & Jared Moscowitz (for CD-23);  to our fabulous Cabinet Candidates, Aramis Ayala for Attorney General,  Adam Hattersley for CFO, & Naomi Esther Blemur for Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services; and to our terrific Keynote Speaker & Candidate for Governor Charlie Crist, for bringing us home!

Governor Charlie Crist delivering Keynote call to arms to PBC Dems!

Thanks also to our Emcees Extraordinaire State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Senator Lori Berman & Senator Bobby Powell, Jr.;  to Boynton Beach Mayor Ty Penserga who led the Pledge of Allegiance on behalf of all Americans; to Kendra Williams for an incredible rendition of our National Anthem; to Rabbi Stephen Pinsky,  Rev, J.R. Thicklin, Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey, & Junaid Akther for an inspirational invocation; and to Special Guest Jon “Bowzer” Bauman for the perfect grand finale: “Good Night, Republicans, It’s Time to Go!”

State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Senator Lori Berman, & Senator Bobby Powell emceeing the program

Congratulations to our 2022 Palm Beach County Democratic Party Special Award Winners, who were announced at the event:

PBC Dems Recognition Award for Distinguished Service to the Democratic Party & the PBC Community:  Robert “Bob” Diffenderfer.

“Turning Florida Blue” Award for exceptional work on behalf of the PBC Democratic Party:  Corinne Miller

Special PBC Democratic Party Award Honoring Congressman Ted Deutch for outstanding service to our party, our county, and our country.

Our great thanks to all PBC Dems & friends who were able to join us for our biggest event of the year.  Very special appreciation goes to our TKJ Sponsors*, to our wonderful TKJ Planning Committee** chaired by Commissioner Mack Bernard, and to Event Director Nicole Galante and our incredible Event Volunteers*** (all noted below) who are the ones who made the evening possible.  It is truly a privilege to be part of a county party with such dedicated & committed people.

To view the 2022 TKJ E-Journal, click HERE.

Pictures of the evening courtesy of Carlton Cartwright appear on this page. For additional fabulous pictures of the evening, courtesy of Carol Porterclick here. Check out all the happy faces!

Our 2022 TKJ Sponsors

Signature Sponsors
Broward, Palm Beaches & St. Lucie Realtors: Dessert & Drinks Sponsor
Enhance Health: Speakers Table Sponsor
GL Homes: Reception Sponsor
Weiss Handler & Cornwell: Reception Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors
Robert Spiegel & Jackie Grimm 

Gold Sponsors
Hon. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick
Electropak Local Union 728/IBEW
Hon. Lois Frankel
Hon. Pat Mathis
NTG Associates/Cyber Security Solutions
Hon. Maria Sachs

Silver Sponsors
Hon. Lori Berman
CDM Smith
Florida Power & Light
GTD Medical & Rehabilitation Center
Lewis Longman & Walker
Hon. Tina Polsky
Hon. Bobby Powell, Jr.
Song & Associates
United Federation of Teachers Retirees

Bronze Sponsors
Hon. Ric Bradshaw
Hon. Jeff Koons
Hon. Jared Moscowitz
PBC Classroom Teachers Association
Hon. Kelly Skidmore

Democratic Club/Caucus Table Sponsors
Bangladeshi American Democratic Club
Caribbean American Democratic Club
Democratic Club of Boca Raton and Delray Beach 
Democratic Club of Greater Boynton Beach
Jewish American Democratic Caucus
Kings Point-United South County Democratic Clubs
Rusty Gordon LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus of PBC
West Palm Beach Western Communities Democratic Club

Platinum & Gold Ad Sponsors
Hon. Val Demings
Hon. Charlie Crist & Karla Hernandez
Hon. Joseph Abruzzo
Hon. Mack Bernard
Tonio Burgos & Associates
Cornerstone Solutions
Hon. Anne Gannon
Hon. Katrina Long-Robinson
Professional Firefighters & Paramedics of PBC, Local 2928
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley
Ken & Anne Sommers
Hon. Robert Weinroth
Hon. Gregg Weiss

Very Special Thanks to our Wonderful Committee & Event Staff

**TKJ Committee 
Junaid Akther  *  Mack Bernard  *  Jim Carroll  *  Mary Therese Delate  *  Bob Diffenderfer  *  Nicole Galante  *  Anne Gannon  *  
Katrina Long-Robinson  *  Joan Katz  *  Mindy Koch  *  John McGovern  *  KaShamba Miller-Anderson  *  Sophia Nelson  *  Bobby Powell, Jr.  *  Terrie Rizzo  *  Joel Schleifer  *  Gregg Weiss

***Event Staff
Event Coordinator:  Nicole Reisch Galante
Associate Coordinator:  Lynn Kobrin
Ana Cristina Acosta  *  Jocelyn Cameau  *  Cleve Cameau  
Mary Ellen Concitis  *  Fred Eisinger  *  Judy Eisinger
Helene Feliciano  *  Nathan Galang  *  Andrea Jackson
Nicole Mohammed  * Grover Ollies  *   Ann Sgarlata
Meryl Shatzman  *  Ken Spellman  *  Shari Shanefield

Allen Robbins  *  Mindy Koch  *  Judith Teller Kaye

Please regularly check our emails, website, FB page, & Twitter for information and join us in our efforts to get out every single vote over these next days — to elect Val Demings to the U.S. Senate, elect the first Democratic Governor & Cabinet in 25 years, and elect Democrats up & down the ballot in PBC! 

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