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The Cowboy Ball, benefiting The Arc of Palm Beach County, will honor an exemplary individual with the inaugural Courim Award, an exciting addition to the gala, which will be held for the first time at The Mar-A-Lago Club.

The news was part of The Cowboy Ball Kick-Off, held Dec. 9, 2015, in Palm Beach. Chairs Peter Robbins and Emily Pantelides led the event, where committee members were encouraged to suggest award nominees. The committee also planned for the next pre-event gala celebration, which will be graciously hosted by Jay and Diahann Cochran of Palm Beach at 7 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.

“We are kicking the event up a notch with our venue of The Mar-A-Lago Club and celebrating the glamour of boots and ball gowns,” Pantelides said. “Our gown sponsor, La Casa Hermosa of Wellington, brought a gorgeous selection of gowns to the Kick-Off, and we received special permission for our guests to wear jeans to the gala.”

The Cowboy Ball will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2016, at The Mar-A-Lago Club, 1100 S Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL 33480.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the inaugural Courim Award, the highest tribute given by The Arc, awarded to those who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to promoting excellence in their personal lives and throughout the community. The award winner will be announced at the event.

The Cowboy Ball will also feature a luxury silent auction, a gourmet meal in a gilded ballroom, an exciting live auction, exhilarating casino action and mesmerizing entertainment. A few of the outstanding auction items that will be featured at The Cowboy Ball include:

- A cruise for two on exclusive Variety Cruise Lines
Variety Cruises (formerly known as Zeus Casual Cruises) is the world’s largest small ships cruise company and has been offering passengers a total yachting experience since 1968. Its fleet of 12 fully owned vessels varies in size from five to 36 cabins. Its yachts and staff provide an intimate and relaxed environment, a comfort-filled starting point for the discerning travelers, as they visit well-known and unique ports of call. Variety Cruises offers scheduled cruise itineraries in Greece and the Greek Islands, the Adriatic Sea, Turkey, the Seychelles, Costa Rica and the Panama, including a Panama Canal transit, Cuba, the Cape Verde archipelago and the Canary Islands.

Variety Cruises experiential itineraries embrace each destination by allowing guests ample leisure time in each port to discover the local nightlife, culinary traditions and culture. Its yachts dock right in the heart of the destination and offer multiple swim stops right off the vessels in secluded bays, always combining the world's most famous destinations with the off-the-beaten track locales inaccessible to large cruise ships. Fine locally-flavored cuisine, an ever-growing number of exciting itineraries, blending well-known ports of call with off-the-beaten track locales and personalized service, are just a few of the things that have made Variety Cruises the choice for the fast-growing number of travelers looking for distinctive small ship cruise experiences.

- A Vanessa Noel Shoe Party, featuring a Shoe Signing and Private Party
Join the Shoe Party! At The Cowboy Ball, enter for an opportunity to win an exclusive invitation for you and five guests to a private party with Vanessa Noel in her New York townhouse. A special itinerary of surprises is planned for the Shoe Party, such as sipping Prosecco, sampling sweets, and Vanessa Noel signing her stylish brand of footwear.

- New York Fashion Week Getaway for you and your best friend
Experience a fabulous stay for two nights in New York City, the city that never sleeps. Spend an exciting day and night attending one of the most coveted shows during New York Fashion Week – The Carmen Mark Valvo Show – as well as emerging designer shows and wonderful, “in the know” fashion parties. Interested in starting your own style brand? If so, you will be invited to attend a power breakfast with the CEO of World Marketing, known for building celebrity brands.

- Lunch with BRAVO’s Real Housewife of Miami Lea Black
Love, love, love the Real Housewives from BRAVO? You and a friend will lunch with Lea Black of Real Housewives of Miami at the famous private club, The SOHO Beach House in Miami Beach. Take home amazing gifts from her collection of bags, jewelry and skincare. Prepare for a lunch you will not forget!

The Arc works with children and adults with all levels of developmental disabilities, from mild autism to severe cognitive and physical restrictions. From after-school programs and physical fitness trails to personalized tutoring and adult employment training opportunities, The Arc works with families to ensure their children are progressing and developing, no matter their disability.

The Arc of Palm Beach County has been improving the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through services, education and advocacy since 1958. The Arc supports programs throughout Palm Beach County that touch more than 2,300 families each year. For more information, please visit

The Cowboy Ball: This lavish “boots and ball gowns” evening features a luxury silent auction, a gourmet meal in a gilded ballroom, an exciting live auction, exhilarating casino action and mesmerizing entertainment. Chaired by Emily Pantelides and Peter Robbins, the Cowboy Ball promises to be a magical night for guests. Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels. Event is by invitation. Please call for information.

When: 6:30 p.m., March 18, 2016

Where: The Mar-A-Lago Club, 1100 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480

For more information, contact Lauren Malis, The Arc of Palm Beach County; 561-842-3213, ext. 109; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..