By Jason Schwartz
The 5,000 men and women who work downtown Delray Beach did not get as much done Wednesday as they do on a typical day.
That’s because the Downtown Development Authority in partnership with SunTrust Bank and the Miami Dolphins offered dozens of reasons to stop working and start celebrating at an “appreciation party” recently.
The SunTrust Bank, 302 E. Atlantic Ave., was transformed from a contemporary business banking facility to a festive space filled with great food and drinks, and a beauty bar section providing makeup and hair sessions along with fashion tips.
“With over 5,000 employees working in DDA district, it is hard to meet them all and to show our gratitude,” said Marjorie Ferrer, DDA executive director. “But with the help of SunTrust Bank and the many other partners that are part of this first ever event, we are hopeful that we can at least attempt to thank most of them.”
The Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders made an exclusive appearance, took photographs with guests and gave away great prizes including tickets to this season’s home games. Delray Subaru provided test – drives in their 2013 and 2014 models along with giving all the employees free gifts and an opportunity to win some amazing prizes.
One of the highlights was a charity component called “Hand Bag it Over” for ‘Dress for Success of the Palm Beaches’. Attendees were asked to bring a gently used hand bag or briefcase to donate in exchange for a gift certificate from Second Time Around, a local small business in Downtown Delray.
After the event, the property owners, sponsors, executives and other guests attended a VIP Reception where they had a chance to a special evening to network and special recognition.