January Blog

06 Jan 2016 12:30 PM | Anonymous

Happy New Year to all!  With the start of a new year comes the opportunity for new exciting get-togethers with our Gator friends.  Here are some of the Social events coming up:


Winter Equestrian Festival 2016


Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Wellington, FL

Join the Gators for an exciting day at Winter Equestrian Festival 2016.  Stroll the immaculate grounds, watch trials and competitions of jumpers and dressage in the show rings, shop at unique and elegant boutiques.  The price of just $32 pp for members ($35 pp non-members), includes a personal tour guided by notable equestrian Barbara Lang and lunch at this world-class facility. The international gem is located at 3400 Equestrian Dr, Wellington FL

  •  The Winter Equestrian Festival is hosted by at Palm Beach International      Equestrian Center.
  •  It attracts more than 3000 horses and 2800 riders from 49 states and 30 countries, making it the largest equestrian competition in the world. British Royalty is often among the spectators at these world-class events.

  • The Winter Equestrian Festival is where the U.S.  Equestrian Team is forged and, this being an Olympic year, visitors may be able to see trials and qualifiers for the Olympic Games and the World Cup Finals.


                       DATE:  SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 10:30 A.M.

                            PRICE - $32 Members; $35 Non-Members

                                                    CHECK, CASH, ONLINE


                            RSVP:  DOROTHY RETTAY,  drettay@yahoo.com                                                                           561-964-0243




    Thirty lucky Gators and Friends will be enjoying a night at the Kravis for the Tony-Award-Winning Production of "Motown, The Musical."  The event is SOLD OUT.  There are no refunds. However, we are accepting names for a waiting list, in the event some ticket holders must cancel.  The performance is part of the Kravis Broadway Series and will be a Matinee Performance, Saturday, Feb. 13th, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Our block of seats has been assigned and we are in Rows B and C of the premium Loge Section of the theater, at a Group Discount Price of only $67. 

    Contact:  Robert Bruno, robert_b_33478@yahoo.com,


    AND ...

    For those who would like to continue the celebration, join us for drinks and bites at a local West Palm Beach Eatery following the performance.  Menu pricing; separate checks. Venue to be announced (Contact drettay@yahoo.com for information about the after party.)

    Gator Happy Hours


    Happy Hours are the most popular way to meet and connect with your fellow Gators.  Wear your name badge or beads, and you will be instantly part of "the in crowd."  Our Happy Hours are the best, thanks to the efforts of Jeff Saxton.  Here is where we will be in January:

    January 8 - Waterway Cafe  - Palm Beach Gardens

    January 15 - Rocco's Tacos - Palm Beach Gardens

    January 22 - Carmine's Ocean Grill - Palm Beach Gardens

    January 29 - Sea Spray Inn Beach Resort - Palm Beach Shores

    Here's hoping to see you happy and often!

    Dorothy Rettay, V.P. Socials



    A Holiday Party - Gator Style

    Traditionally, the annual Gator Holiday Party is a sellout, and this year was no exception! 

    A great time was had by all, thanks to the efforts of  Santa's Helpers who worked  diligently to create a wonderland that added joy and happiness to the holiday season:


    Deb Haselmire and Dorothy Rettay

    The first thing guests noticed was the spectacular wall of lights, patterned like a Christmas Tree on the wall behind the bandstand.  Deb's creativity shone as brightly as the lights!  Table centerpieces by Dorothy got some comments too!

    Elegant Buffet:  

    Selected by President Evie Houston

    Once again, Evie demonstrated her flair for hosting exceptional dinners.  Thanks,Evie, for your careful selection and planning.

    DJ Jammin' Jim

    The spins of Jim Carillo kept the Gators on the dance floor, celebrating an evening of Gator-Style fun in the spirit of the season. 

    Songstress Nanci Suzanne

    Three delightful holiday selections by our own Nanci added holiday flair to the evening's entertainment.  Thank you, Nanci!

    Holiday Gift:  

    The price of the event was slashed to $30 for members and $35 for guests, thanks to the generosity of Sharon Long!

    We cannot say enough about the generous spirit of Sharon, who made this party affordable to all!

    Thanks to everyone who attended to make this a truly spectacular party. 


    Betty Williams once again opened her beautiful home for a Gators New Years Eve Party!  A great time was had by all who enjoyed an abundant feast. Each of us brought something to the table to share.  Some of my favorites were Doc Scheer's Elk Sausage, the result of his recent hunting adventure, and Bill Lobb's famous roast pork!  Thank you, Betty, for your

    generous hospitality and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our gator family.

    Warmest Regards,

    Dorothy Rettay, V.P. Socials


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