Palm Beach Insider: Everybody's a Santa at Findlay Galleries' reception for Toy Drive donors

The Findlay Galleries' usually elegant and ordered entryway was a jumble of boxes, bikes and basketballs as the gallery celebrated the Town of Palm Beach United Way's toy drive donors.

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Gallery principals James Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui were chairmen and hosts for the holiday cocktail reception, which took place Nov. 26.

The evening included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and brief remarks.

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“We are honored to host this holiday reception to benefit the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Toy Drive,” said Borynack, a trustee of the United Way. “It was wonderful seeing our donation box overflowing with toys, knowing they will bring smiles to so many children in our community.”

“I’m amazed at how many toys we collected in just one evening,” said board Chairman Bill Tiefel. “We are grateful to Findlay Galleries for hosting such a wonderful event that will benefit so many families in need this holiday season.”

The price of admission to the event was a toy, yielding hundreds of gifts from the 180-plus guests that will benefit children and families in need in Palm Beach County.

Toys will be distributed to children who receive services from United Way partner agencies Achievement Centers for Children and Families, Opportunity Early Childhood Education and Family Center, and The Glades Initiative.


Although the month-long toy drive ended Sunday, the United Way will happily accept cash or check donations from holiday procrastinators.

Donors can contribute online at or send a check payable to Town of Palm Beach United Way with “Toy Drive” in the memo to 44 Cocoanut Row, Suite M201, Palm Beach, FL 33480.

Shannon Donnelly is the society editor and columnist at the Palm Beach Daily News, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach her at

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