WinterFest with Vanilla Ice 2013 a Smashing Success

The Greater Wellington Chamber is delighted to announce another smashing success! WinterFest with Vanilla Ice 2013 drew record-breaking crowds on November 30th of over 5500 people and thrilled the audience with the best of performers, emcees and many surprises!

Presented by The Greater Wellington Chamber, Equestrian Sport Productions and The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the event provided a line up of holiday performances, phenomenal food vendors, holiday shopping, business and service vendors, a visit from Santa and SNOW!  Local celebrity musical sensation, philanthropist and DIY Network television star (Emmy Award Nominated) “Vanilla Ice” performed his iconic “Ice Ice Baby”, “Play that Funky Music” as well as several of his celebrated musical hits to an overflowing crowd. Our very own Presenting Sponsors Mark and Katherine Bellissimo emceed this time-honored event with Local Celebrity Michaela Paige from ” The Voice”, Chamber President Victor Connor and Chairmen Dr. Randy Laurich and Johnny Meier.

Chaired by Dr. Randy Laurich of the Wellness Experience and Johnny Meier of My Community Pharmacy, this event is the most anticipated holiday event of the season. The exceptional hard work and dedication of sponsors, vendors and the professionals at PBIEC allow us to celebrate the success of this event. Dr. Laurich and Mr. Meier believe bringing a “hometown’ element to WinterFest is what makes it so successful. Family friendly events such as a reading of the “Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mark Bellissimo, a visit from Santa, children’s area including carousel rides, face painting, arts and crafts, kids food trucks, and a salute to the troops allow participation from the children and the families and make everyone an intrical part of the festivities.

The Chamber wishes to thank our sponsors, without who we could not host such a spectacular event. Equestrian Sport Productions and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, The Wellness Experience, My Community Pharmacy, The Law Offices of Greenstein and Associates, Home Run Real Estate, Inc. FPL, and W4Cy- The Intertainment Network.   A very special thank you to Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, Michael Stone, Vaneli Bojkova, Anne Caroline Valtin and Paul Regal as well as Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, Craig Young, Dean Piper, Heath Paulson, Nicole Grassi, Ralph Jiminez, Steven Beare, Fred Roger, Marcella Mirande-Ketcham, Monica Kallas, Marcia Andrews- PBC School Board, Matthew Shoemaker- School District of Palm Beach County, Dawn Rivera and “Winterfest The Magazine” advertisers, collaborators and staff, The Exceptional Art Instructors and students who participated in our Poster contest, Bill Morosco and Bedonna Flesher.

Our exceptional WinterFest Vendors were Advanced Healthcare of the Palm Beaches, All Natural Always, Blooming with Autism, British Swim School, Chappy’s Food Cart, Cheezezilla, Cobblestone Chiropractic and Wellness, Costco Wholesale, Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness of Wellington, Estate Properties of Palm Beach Inc., The Fair Trade Boutique, Forever Greyhounds, Genbu-Kai Karate, Grand Champions Polo Club, Hurricane Grill and Wings, India Grill and Bar, i 9 Sports, Jessie’s Girl, Lively Lights, La Vida Massage, The Law Offices of Greenstein and Associates, My Community Pharmacy, Orange Theory Fitness Wellington, Paradise Kettle Corn, Perfect Smile Dentistry, Psychological Wellness Center, Roy’s Ribs, Steam Master, Sunrise Adult Day Care LLC, Sweet Cravings Desert Truck, The UPS Store, Thin Blue Line, Tikiz Shaved Ice and Ice Cream, Three J’s Cigar Emporium II, Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do, Village Music Wellington, Wellington Christian School, Wellington Greenmarket, The Wellness Experience Wellington, Woof Gang Dog Bakery and Grooming, You Fit Health Club- Wellington and W4CY, the Intertainment Network.

We were thrilled to once again offer an amazing VIP FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL boasting the exceptional establishments of A. Alexander Event and Catering, The Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub and Tap Room, The Cookin’ Yogi, India Grill and Bar, Jordan’s Steak Bistro, Madras Catering and Event Productions and Stonewood Grill and Tavern. If you have not yet visited these establishments or utilized their catering services we strongly encourage you to do so!!!

Thank you to our VIP Food and Wine Table sponsors; The Law Offices of Alec Domb, PA., Bodis Realty, The Connor Financial Group, Dressage Sport Boots, Effective Solutions, Equestrian Sport Productions, Floridian Community Bank, Four Winds Farm, FPL, Home Run Real Estate, Inc., Kathy Foster for County Commission Campaign, McAfee- Brian Gumbel, Merrill Lynch, Laura L. Hanson, CFP., My Community Pharmacy and The Wellness Experience Wellington.

Our performers could not have been more phenomenal! The talents of our local superstars are amazing. If you have not heard or seen of the following please make it a point to check them out. They are exquisite each in their own…. Thank you to MICHAELA PAIGE, Shauna Sweeney, Alex Shaw, Lexi Luca, Meghan Ritmiller, Lily Forte, Ashley Barnes-Boswell, Daniel Rabinowitz, Cecilia and the Ocoee River Band, Jade Master, Stanley Toussaint, Brooke Galmarini, Wellington Christian School and The US MARINE CORPS Color Guard.

Thank you Scott Campbell from the Village of Wellington and his exceptional volunteers from Wellington, Palm Beach Central High School, Wellington Community High School, Sun Coast High School and Taylor Green.

Our local superstar and philanthropist “Vanilla Ice” astounds us each year. His spirit of giving and dedication to our community is outstanding. His efforts and those of his team- Frankie and Wes make this event possible. Each is to be commended and thanked for their generosity and for giving back to Wellington. The Chamber is grateful to have the privilege of working with them!

The Chamber salutes all the exhibitors, sponsors and our gracious venue host Equestrian Sport Productions for making their contribution to Wellington’s unique lifestyle, its economy and this spectacular event! And to each of you for attending…THANK YOU for being part of this event and for being a part of our community! We look forward to seeing you all next year! Happy Holidays!