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22nd Annual Walk of Recognition: Wednesday, Nov 7th, 2018


Now in its 22nd year, the Walk of Recognition award ceremony and reception, sponsored and underwritten by Marta and James Batmasian,  will be presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at The Addison in Boca Raton. This year’s induction ceremony and reception will recognize two individuals and an organization that have served in the interest of the community, and have enriched the lives of the citizens of Boca Raton. The ceremony will also include recognition of all past inductees to the Walk of Recognition. The Walk of Recognition event’s Presenting Sponsors are Marta and James Batmasian.  The reception and induction ceremony at The Addison, located at 2 East Camino Real in Boca Raton. are free for all past inductees.

Instituted in 1997 by Marta Batmasian, the Walk of Recognition award has been presented to 91 deserving members of the community.  Each inductee’s name is also inscribed in a stunning black granite plaque, or on the Wall of Honor (for those who are deceased), which are both set into a commemorative monument featuring the mission of the program, beneath the Mizner statue in Royal Palm Place, in Boca Raton. The plaques are underwritten by Marta Batmasian, as part of her commitment to her community.

The new 2018 WOR inductees are: Rita Thrasher, Dr. Dick Reed, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Dr. Dick Reed is a long-time local educator who is well known for his service as principal for both Boca Raton High School and Boca Raton Middle School. Dick founded and single-handedly arranged the Kiwanis/Key Club Scholarship Walk for Homeless and Foster Children, in 2013, and continued it for the past six years. He has also donated many hours, annually, to reviewing the applications for the Snow Foundation Scholarships.

After her retirement as a school teacher, Rita Thrasher has continued to serve the Boca Raton community. Rita is the founder and chairman of the Palm Beach County Action Alliance for Mental Health, working to improve identification and coordination of mental health needs and resources in schools, the legal system, the workplace, and religious institutions.

Founded by artists, the Boca Raton Museum of Art was established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton. The organization has grown to encompass an Art School, Guild, Store, and Museum, with distinguished permanent collections of contemporary art, photography, non-western art, glass, and sculpture, as well as a diverse selection of special exhibitions.

The mission and the purpose of the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum is to collect, preserve, and present information and artifacts, relevant to the past and evolving history of Boca Raton, and to maintain a visible role in education and advocacy of historic preservation in our community.

Tickets are $75 per person, and can be purchased by calling the BRHS&M at 561.395.6766, Ext.101, or by going online to

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