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Boca Raton, FL (June 24, 2024)— Kicking off the Annual Boca Chamber Festival Days event series, Hanley Foundation will host its 3rd Annual Boca Celebrity Cookoff on Thursday, August 1, from 5:30-7:30PM at the Waterstone Resort and Marina in Boca Raton. The popular, interactive event will include a gourmet happy hour with appetizers, a signature cocktail or mocktail, a cash bar, and entertainment. The event also serves as the official kick-off party for Hanley Foundation’s 4th Annual Brice Makris Brunch which takes place on December 15.

High profile Palm Beach County ‘celebrities’ will show-off their culinary skills for the judges and audience. Participant teams include George Petrocelli and Dr. Nathan Nachlas, David Dweck and Bruce Spizler, Jan Savarick and Matt Savarick, and FAU faculty members Dean Naelys Luna and Dr. Katie Burke. The cook-off will be judged by Boca Chamber President & CEO Troy McLellan and emceed by Neil Saffer.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Hanley Foundation’s Brice Makris Endowment Fund, which provides funding for treatment to individuals who cannot otherwise afford it. More than 500 individuals each year are awarded scholarships to vetted high quality treatment centers across the country.

The 4th Annual Brice Makris Brunch will take place on December 15, 2024, at The Boca Raton. Hanley Foundation Board Member and Boca resident Michelle Makris and her husband John will chair the event that honors their son, Brice Makris, who passed away in March 2020 from an accidental Fentanyl overdose.

Tragically, overdose rates have skyrocketed, and many people in our community struggle with mental health issues and substance misuse. With the help of the Boca Chamber and the Makris family, Hanley Foundation is increasing awareness of substance use disorders in South Palm Beach County. With the proceeds of this Boca Chamber Festival Days event and Hanley Foundation’s Annual Brice Makris Brunch, Hanley Foundation will be able to increase its prevention programming to stop substance use disorder before it begins and provide treatment.

Tickets are $35 in advance, and $50 at the door. Tickets are available at For more information, call 561-268-2355 or email