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Palm Beach Winter Games
Benefiting FIRST SERVE

Inaugural Palm Beach Winter Games to benefit First Serve

The premiere of the Palm Beach Winter Games, hosted at the Breakers, promises to be one of the season’s most exciting new events. This three-day event has something for everyone, especially in benefiting First Serve, which is a nonprofit organization that inspires high-risk children to realize their full potential.

If you are a golf or tennis aficionado, here is an opportunity to play with world-renowned pros and Olympians. The Pro-Am Doubles Tennis Tournament offers a chance to play with both Grand Slam Champions and former top-ranked touring pros in a friendly, yet competitive, round-robin format at the exclusive Breaker’s tennis courts.

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Former Wimbledon Champion and Tennis Ambassador John Lloyd

The Sports Celebrity Golf Tournament will pair you with sports celebrities, such as former NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL players, pro golfers and tennis professionals at the magnificent Ocean Course at The Breakers. Prizes will also be awarded to teams and individuals.

If you prefer to dance the night away, the First Serve Sports Night Gala is billed as “not your grandfather’s gala!” You’ll be able to mingle with sports celebrities and Olympians, while enjoying gourmet food and specialty drink stations.  Restaurants participating include  Meat Market Palm Beach , Imoto, Buccan, Rocco’s Tacos, Sant Ambroeus and Bolay  The nightclub-inspired venue will also have live music and an in-house DJ. Junior Tickets are available for those under 40!

For you fashionistas, check out the Tennis Luncheon and Fashion Show officially sponsored by Cosmo & Company, which in addition to doing hair and make-up for the models, their team of experts will offer a touch-up station for guests.   Guests will also enjoy a fabulous lunch served by the Breakers and walk away with a Tennis swag bag.

Two-time Australian Open Champion, Johan Kriek, First Serve Board Member, Sandra Shaw, Paul and Joanie Van der Grift.

This three-day event runs January 12-15. In addition, there are individual and package opportunities for the different events.  Click here to view ticket prices.

Giving to the Community through FIRST SERVE

The best part of the Palm Beach Winter Games is your participation with the benefit First Serve. Their mission is to help high-risk children through various programs, including sports, education, mentoring, and interaction with law enforcement officials. First Serve endeavors to break the cycle of crime and poverty, helping children transcend their circumstances and transform their lives.

Participants and sponsors will have the opportunity to meet the children First Serve supports and inspires. The Palm Beach Winter Games will be bringing together a vast community; sponsors, local businesses, and volunteers across a wide-scale of activities, within a truly a community-based effort for good.

Click here for sponsorship Information or email Annie to request a customized package.

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Crossing for a Cure for CF
Paddleboard challenge from
Bimini to Dania

Father launches 50 mile stand-up paddleboard challenge to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis

When Piper was four years old, she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a terminal lung disease that currently does not have a cure.  CF is a genetic disorder that causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. 

Immediately after her diagnosis Piper’s dad, Travis Suit, learned that the inhalation of salt water mist has a therapeutic effect on the lung problems associated with the disease.  Salt water helps to clear the mucus that traps bacteria, viruses and other foreign particles.    

“When we heard about the effects that salt water has on the lungs, we knew we had to get her in the ocean immediately,” said Suit. “It doesn’t cure the disease, but she doesn’t suffer nearly as much, and we’re hoping that instilling a lifelong love for the ocean will keep her alive as long as possible.”

In the summer of 2013, Travis Suit and three friends completed The Crossing for A Cure which was a stand-up paddleboard journey from the Bahamas to Florida to raise awareness of the benefits of salt air and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Battling rough seas, a moonless night and exhaustion, the quartet completed the arduous 90 mile journey in less than 16 hours.


This upcoming Father’s Day weekend (June 17th) Travis and 30+ other paddlers will be embarking on The Crossing for A Cure 2017.  Paddlers will start in Bimini and finish in Dania Beach. Once again, all proceeds will benefit families impacted by the disease and research toward a cure for CF. 










$20 Minimum Suggested Donation


To pay at door RSVP:

561 833 8283 

(Paying at the door subject to space)  



New Proud Sponsor of Crossing For A Cure:


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Polo Personalities Support Boys & Girls Club

First of a series of events benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County SELLS OUT

In spite of rescheduling due to Hurricane Matthew, the 2016 Wellington Golf Tournament benefiting the Neil S Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club sold out!  The event which takes place at the Wanderers Club was rescheduled to November 13 2016. Leading the charge this year is Chairman Nic Roldan.

Marley Goodman Overman & Georgina Bloomberg

Marley Goodman Overman & Georgina Bloomberg


It’s no secret the celebrity-studded Boys and Girls Club fundraisers are among the most coveted events to attend.  Shoppers, shooters and party-goers should mark their calendars!  A for sure sell out will be the 2017 Wellington Dinner Dance which takes place January 6th– equestrian champions Georgina Bloomberg and Marley Goodman Overman are returning as two of the Chairmen.

This year’s theme is Passport to Paradise and highlights include music by HyRyze, performances by the Club’s dance team, and amazing vacation packages that include an extravagant equestrian experience for auction


Mark Your Calendar Now For These Popular Upcoming Boys & Girls Club Events

NOVEMBER:  2016 HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW at Seagate Hotel & Spa

DECEMBER:  2nd Annual Tower Shoot at Pine Creek Sporting Club


FEBRUARY:  2017 GALA – THE WINTER BALL at The Breakers Palm Beach

Click here for event ticket and registration information 

Nic Roldan, Gillian Johnston, Neil Hirsch, Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi take the trophy at Great Futures Polo Day.

Nic Roldan, Gillian Johnston, Neil Hirsch, Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi take the trophy at Great Futures Polo Day.







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The American Cancer Society Island of Palm Beach Unit announced that John O’Hurley, best known as J. Peterman on Seinfeld, will be the host of the 48th Annual 19th Hole Club on March 21 and will perform his one-man show A Man with Standards to benefit the organization on March 20. O’Hurley, the multi-talented star of stage and screen, will be performing his show one night only at The Colony in Palm Beach on March 21 at 6:00pm exclusively to benefit the American Cancer Society.

In a case of life imitating art imitating life,Mr. Peterman” (portrayed by actor John O’Hurley) will be conducting the auction of one of President John F. Kennedy’s golf clubs to benefit the American Cancer Society on March 21, 2016 at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.



Fans of the NBC hit Seinfeld may recall the 1996 episode where the character “Elaine” bids on President John F. Kennedy’s golf clubs at the Sotheby’s auction for her boss “Mr. Peterman.” Fast forward to the American Cancer Society’s 48th Annual 19th Hole Club presented by the Addison Hines Charitable Trust where, in a twist of fate, “Mr. Peterman” will play auctioneer and will be offering JFK’s MacGregor wedge golf club to the highest bidder.  Making its highly anticipated debut at Trump International Golf Club, the annual 19th Hole Club event will take place on Monday, March 21, 2016, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

In keeping with tradition of the 19th Hole Club, the early evening social event will include various golf challenges (longest drive, putting challenge, chipping contest) and will culminate at an Awards Reception with exquisite food stations on the Club terrace overlooking the magnificent 18th hole. Hosted for the past 47 years by numerous PGA TOUR pros, previous hosts include Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Davis Love III, Ian Baker-Finch, and all-time golf great Jack Nicklaus, to mention a few.

The golf club to be auctioned is labeled “58 – “59, JFK Palm Beach (1-11-1968)” and will be on public display at the Golfino store at 150 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach March 12 – 20, 2016. The club is expected to be the highlight of the live auction at the event on March 21. Other auction items will include the opportunity to see O’Hurley as “Billy Flynn” in Broadway’s Chicago in Chicago, complete with dinner hosted by O’Hurley following the performance; a 2014 Ryder Cup pin flag signed by all 16 USA Team members including Vice Captain Raymond Floyd, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mayhan, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Tom Watson the Captain of team.

JFK Golf Club Head

In addition to hosting the 19th Hole Club, O’Hurley will present his one-man show A Man With Standards at a one-night only performance to benefit the American Cancer Society on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 6:30pm in The Royal Room Cabaret at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

Has cancer invaded the life of someone close to you – a family member, friend or neighbor? If you’re ready to join the fight against cancer, save the dates and plan to attend this year’s 19th Hole Club event and exclusive John O’Hurley performance to support the American Cancer Society mission.

Tickets and sponsorships start at $350 and are available by calling Candi Spitz at 561.655.3449.


Equestrian Profile: Around the World with Lourdes de Guardiola

Grace, style, and commitment are three words that sum up Wellington native, Lourdes de Guardiola, not only to detail how she carries herself, but also to describe who she is as a jumper, trainer and mentor. Living out her passion, she travels the world competing and training for renowned shows such as the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, Global Champions Tour, and the Wellington Equestrian Festival. All the while, running a show jumper training and sales business with her husband, Michael Morrissey, and parenting their son, Lucas. The moment you meet her, you will soon realize that there is something truly special about Lourdes. As Alexis Posada TeStrake, longtime friend puts it, “Lourdes is a total chameleon; can go from fishing with a bunch of Cubans to the stables with the people she works with, to the horse show scene to fashion week to the black tie and is 100% at home in each of these scenarios.”

– Altima: How old were you when you first started riding?
– I first started riding around the age of 4 because my parents had horses at our house in Wellington. I think they felt safer if I was on a pony, so they bought my brother, Alex, and I two ponies from a local farm on 441 for $200 each. My mother, growing up in Buffalo had always dreamt of having a pony. My father George, had ridden and jumped when he was younger growing up in Cuba, and it passed through to me. My brother thinks they’re nice to look at, and that’s about as far as he got!

– Altima: What inspired you to start riding?
–  I’ve had some great trainers help me through my riding career, but every time I sit on a horse I think of Ronnie Mutch. He was a legend. I was very fortunate to have him teach me when I transitioned from ponies to horses.  He taught me feeling and connection. Every time I pick up my reins I hear his voice, and it pushes me to always dig a little deeper.

– Altima: Where do you get your inspiration before a competition or while teaching?
– I really love to teach, and I also believe this comes from Ronnie.  He would stand next to me for  hours, describing every last detail about how the horse should feel in your hands and legs, how every turn should ride, how your shoulders help the horse create the best jump it can have.  When teaching my students, I feel that explanation is the key to growth. Telling someone they are wrong does not help them to make it right. But explaining, demonstrating, and patience usually leads to furthered success.

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I am also very passionate about teaching horses to become the best horse they can be. Not all will jump the Olympics, but they all have a top potential, and I really like finding that. I thoroughly enjoy doing my “homework” at the farm and then taking the horse to the show for the “test”. It is very rewarding to see your hard work turn into success.

And of course there are bumps along the way, but that is what makes me want to work harder and overcome them.

– Altima: What events have you participated in this season?
– This season I will be spending October through April in Wellington. My husband, Michael Morrissey, and I run a show jumper training and sales business. This winter is exciting because there are now multiple show venues, within an hour from Wellington, that provide top show jumping competition. We will both compete and train at the Winter Equestrian Festival, The Wellington Masters, and the Global Champions Tour that kicks off in South Beach in April. I will then be traveling to Europe to train at the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show in St. Tropez, and then follow most of the Global Champions Tour competitions, including Cannes, Monaco, Paris and Rome. My husband will be taking his string of jumpers to Traverse City for the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival and then back east for the American Gold Cup in North Salem, NY.

– Altima: Which competition do you look forward to watching this season?
– This year feels very exciting in our world of show jumping because it is an Olympic year. Many of the top riders have been planning their last four years around the Olympics. It’s great to see riders, coaches, managers, all digging in deep, to become the best in the world.  These are the years in which we learn and grow, being able to study the greats in our sport, all aspiring to be at the top.

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– Altima: What does your free time look like?
– When Michael and I do have free time, we spend it with our son Lucas. He’s 11. He does not have that riding bug that Michael and I inherited, although like my brother, enjoys our horses and our sport. As a family we are fortunate enough to travel the world, eat at amazing restaurants, and enjoy our life and our passions.



Over $1 Billion Worth Featured at International Boat Show, Camper & Nicholsons International

A show featuring over $1 billion worth of boats,  yachts  and accessories, is a show worth attending. The 31st Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show perfectly docks itself along West Palm Beach’s world renowned Intercoastal Waterway, boasting incredible views of the city skyline on one side and the pristine island on the other. In addition to the inventory of breathtaking yachts and powerful watercrafts, the show will feature several special events and seminars celebrating all-things water related.

Camper & Nicholsons International, luxury yacht purveyor, teases us with one of their most coveted features this year:



The Details:
– Builder: Kingship Marine Limited
– Accommodation: 12 guests in 5 cabins
– Crew: 8
– Year: 2012 / 2014
– Cruising speed: 10 knots (approx)
– Max speed: 14 knots (approx)

– Material: Steel
– Engines: 2 x CAT 750HP
– Length: 41.9m/137′ 5″
– Beam: 8.4m/27′ 6″
– Draft: 2.6m/8′ 6″

– Flag: Cayman Islands
– Designer: Vripack
– Class: Lloyds 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6
– New paint, Dark Blue Awlgrip hull & Matterhorn White superstructure
– Interior refitted with new Italian furniture, curtains, marble & wood flooring replacing carpeting in main and upper salons, new carpet in all staterooms

To set up a personal tour of Camper Nicholson’s superyacht, kindly contact

Fernando Nicholson  Fnicholson@camperandnicholsons.com

For more information about the Palm Beach International Boat Show and participating vendors, visit:


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Absolutely Coco for the New VIP Polo Lounge

As if the International Polo Club Social Scene wasn’t seductive enough with the overflowing  glasses of champagne, chic and colorful fashion flooding the field during the divot stomp, and the talented players and horses…a new attraction just rolled up. This time in the shape of a luxury 1964 vintage, red double decker bus, officially known as the Coco Polo Lounge. Sponsored by Seminole Coconut Creek CasinoJosh Sagman & Associates, and Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches, the VIP experience is limited to 50 seats every Sunday from January until April.


For $225 per person ($245 during March and April), guests receive early entry with a champagne welcome, preferred seating, a custom charcuterie board, complimentary valet, unparalleled service at the International Polo Club Pavilion Brunch, and a Swag Bag with products and gift certificates from Worth Avenue retailers, NYY Steak, and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Attending as a couple? Coco Polo has a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot waiting for you!

XX, Josh Sagman, and Vanilla Ice at IPC Coco Polo Lounge


Tickets available at internationalpoloclub.ticketleap.com
or please call 561-792-9292 for parties of six or more.
Photos taken by LILA Photo.
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SuperCar Week, The Destination for Auto Enthusiasts Around the World


The City of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County Commissioners have officially proclaimed the second week of January as SuperCar Week. Needless to say, it is a big deal in South Florida and intends to become THE destination for auto enthusiasts around the world. This year the event will take place from January 2-10, 2016.

The 9-day event, celebrates the art and technology of speed and design featuring several fun and engaging events throughout Palm Beach County – from Boca Raton to Jupiter. The Grand Finale Sunday SuperCar SuperShow brings to life an auto enthusiast’s playground. The mile-long West Palm Beach Waterfront will feature fitting street names such SuperCar Street, Muscle Beach, Memory Lane, Green Street for Electrics, Corvette Court, Viper Blvd., ArtCar Ave., Marine Village for Off Shore PowerBoats, and the Race Village of Race Teams. Other events include SuperCar HorsePower exhibition, opening day of the International Polo Club season in Wellington, Florida, track events at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter.

For those on the more adventurous side, Village Commons will host a SuperCar event where guests can actually register to experience one of the featured hot wheels. This will only take place on Saturday Jan 9th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m at Village Commons Shopping Center, located at 701-971 Village Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409

SuperCar Week 2016

SuperCar Week 2016

Don’t forget to refuel at one of SuperCar Week and ICTV1 Network affiliate restaurants for a SuperCar Week Pit Stop from January 2-10, 2016 for a 2 for 1 happy hour. The key to this offer? Just say “SuperCar Week” to your bartender.

This year, over 75,000 are expected to attend the event. VIP tickets are limited. Contact Maribel@altimapalmbeach if you are interested in attending as a VIP guest.

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Under 21: Winter Fun in the Swiss Alps

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

What was your greatest experience as a child? Was it a vacation your parents took you on? Maybe it was when you met your lifelong friend during recess? Did you have a teacher who inspired you to become what you are today? I am sure you have shared endless childhood stories with your children. It is time for your them to start making memories of their own…

Institut Le Rosey is known for bringing excellence in education and life experiences for the past 135 years. Does a 2-week Winter Camp filled with the breath-taking natural beauty of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps, endless indoor and outdoor adventures and a group of inspiring mentors sound like a blast to you? Sorry parents, but we are talking to the kids! (You are invited to live vicariously through them, of course.)

A Rosean is an active, curious and ambitious individual with the motivation to follow a holistic education.

Institut Le Rosey

Institut Le Rosey

The exclusive camp only accepts 50 students and focuses in the development of self-confidence.   The program which is made up of sports, activities, workshops and excursions, will be led by a team of 7 counselors who have been with Le Rosey and the Rosey Summer Camps for at least 5 years. There is a Camp Director, a Head of Excursions, a Head of Sports, a Head of Boarding, a Nurse, an Arts teacher, Public Speaking teacher and 5 more supporting teachers who are there to ensure your child makes the most out of this experience!


Interested in this opportunity for your child? Contact Maribel@altimapalmbeach.com or 561-833-8283


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A “De-Stress, De-Compose, Relax” Method Tailored for YOU

Christine Festa | Yoga Pose

Christine Festa | Mermaid Yoga Pose

Yogis are everywhere! In the studio, on the beach, at the park, perched on a mountain top, and in homes. People are taking this relaxation practice everywhere they go. It is a way to disconnect with your common life distractions (work, school, family) and connect with your inner-self.  How much better is it when an experienced yoga instructor comes to you, understands your needs and creates a tailor-made itinerary?

I recently experienced a tailor-made session with Christine Festa with Movement Yoga and Wellness who takes her mobile studio on the road.

‘She zenned me out.’

With the holiday season quickly approaching (The Christmas and Hanukkah decorations are already in department stores- TOO SOON!) I know it would behoove me to adopt a de-stressing routine to be my best self for the most wonderful time of the year. It can be hard to find the right methods which fit your needs, so it is helpful (and much safer) to hire an expert who can help you achieve the best results for your mind, body and soul!

We know this is a huge deal at Altima! With the hectic schedule of our season, I have to be reminded by my kids  to JUST BREATHE!

Yoga offers a slew of benefits you may not have even thought of including strength building, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness.

Science has shown that bringing the body into relaxation can alter your response to stress not only on an emotional level, but a physical one too.

Christine Festa is a certified yoga instructor and founder and owner of  Movement Yoga and Wellness, A Mobile Yoga Studio in South Florida. You can contact her at 561-396-9791 or christine@movement.yoga to set up your private session.


Christine Fest | Yoga Headstand with Eagle Legs

Christine Festa | Yoga Headstand with Eagle Legs