BallenIsles Charity Foundation bird
The BallenIsles Wildlife Foundation donated two Purple Martin birdhouses, one of which is by the practice area on the East golf course and the other that will be by the fitness trail. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH GARDENS — From scooping wayward turtles out of swimming pools to neutering feral cats to mounting bird houses for Purple Martins, a dedicated group of animal-loving volunteers at BallenIsles does it all.

The BallenIsles Wildlife Foundation has humble roots. Resident Mona Roberts trapped, neutered, vaccinated and released feral cats for close to two decades before she came to a few neighbors for help a few years ago, foundation President Marianne Guerra said.

They coalesced into a nonprofit and expanded their efforts. Since the beginning of last year, they’ve trapped, neutered, vaccinated and released more than a dozen feral cats. Releasing them back into the community helps control the population, because cats are territorial, Guerra said. More cats won’t move in where one has already staked a claim.

Roberts said she’s thankful to see the benefits of the time and money she spent trapping, neutering and releasing the cats.

“I’m really happy that this group has now formed and they are carrying what I started 20 years ago,” Roberts said.

Organizations with similar missions exist in the Ibis community in West Palm Beach and Admirals Cove in Jupiter.

A large part of the foundation’s mission is to educate people about the environment so they enjoy and maintain it, Vice President Irwin Edenzon said.

“One of the things about living in South Florida is that it’s a wildlife-rich environment,” he said.

Residents will soon find laminated guides to Florida birds in the golf and tennis shops, Guerra said. BallenIsles’ three courses golf courses just recently became Audubon-certified.

One birdhouse for Purple Martins — large, broad-chested swallows that migrate between the United States and South America — has already been installed on the practice area of the East golf course.

A second house designed for the species will be installed near the gazebo and fitness trail before the birds return to South Florida in mid-January, Edenzon said.

Purple Martins breed here, then head back to South America in the fall.

The birds primarily nest in houses provided by humans and will allow people to observe them up close, Guerra said. The 12-compartment “bird condominiums” places on high poles must be in open areas close to water sources.

The foundation is inclusive of plant-lovers, too. A magazine published several times a year that includes a “Growing Green” section focused on plants native to Florida.

Volunteers have rescued baby opossums, ducks, raccoons and injured turtles and taken them to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, which held a seminar for residents.

Whatever critters come their way, they care for them with compassion.

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Golf Shop at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida We are proud and delighted to announce that BallenIsles Country Club has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) Platinum Award. 

This is the most prestigious award for golf shops in the country. Each year golf and country clubs are invited to submit nominations for consideration. AGM Platinum Award entries are then judged by an impartial panel on a number of categories, including creative ideas, adaptability, revenue-generating initiatives, promotions and visual displays. 

The Association of Golf Merchandisers is a an international, professional association of golf-related merchandisers and vendors. Members include golf professionals, buyers, merchandisers, students, club managers, owners, and suppliers to the golf industry. 

Credit for achieving this distinguished industry award goes to our exemplary golf staff. Their knowledge and personal attentiveness applied to merchandising and member service is reflected in unprecedented success in custom orders. Multiple trunk shows including FootJoy, Bugatchi and Ecco, along with innovative equipment demonstration days, expand the reach of golf retail operations well beyond the walls of the golf shop. These events create an immersive retail experience for our members, elevating shopping transactions into meaningful social and sporting interactions. 

Congratulations to our exceptional team of golf professionals on their hard work in securing this outstanding award for BallenIsles. To learn more about the Golf Shop at BallenIsles click here. 

Venus Williams Tennis Exhibition Charity Event in Palm Beach Gardens at BallenIsles Country Club Venus is doing it again, and she’s joined by an amazing list of pro favorites. It’s the annual Tennis Exhibition Charity Event at BallenIsles Country Club, taking place Friday, December 23 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Sports Complex Stadium Court. This year’s participating players include: Venus Williams- former World Ranking #1, Tatjana Maria- former World Ranking #71, Lauren Davis- Singles Ranking #61, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy- former World Ranking #8, Bianca Andreescu- ITF World Junior #3, Ann Grossman Wunderlich- former World Ranking #29 and Francesca Di Lorenzo- ITF World Junior #11. All players have graciously designated that all proceeds from this year’s Exhibition will be distributed to The BallenIsles Charities Foundation. We thank them for their support. 

The Stadium will open at 2:00 pm. Stadium seating and standing areas are complimentary, but holding seats is not permitted. All chairs are reserved for pre-paid donors. To request chair seating, please contact the Tennis Shop at 561-625-5707. Pre-registered reserved seating donors may pick up their pass after 1:00 pm on December 23 at the Stadium Court directly outside the Member Lounge on the upper deck. All reserved areas must be paid in advance. Limited complimentary bleacher seating opens after 2:00 pm. 

To learn more about additional upcoming events at BallenIsles and resident membership opportunities please sign up here. 

 

 

Thanksgiving at BallenIsles Throughout the year, special dates in the calendar bring Members together for memorable Club events and seasonal celebrations. Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching on Thursday, November 24, and we're gearing up with an entire slate of activities available for members to enjoy over the holiday weekend. Please take a moment to review the multiple daily events we have planned for our members and their BallenIsles' friends. It is our hope that as many can plan on attending and participating in these events as possible!

Thursday, November 24  - Happy Thanksgiving! 

Bagels & Papers: 7 - 10 am, Grille Room

Thanksgiving Golf & Tennis Sale: Golf Shop and Tennis Shop

Cycling: 7:30 - 8:25 am, Group Exercise Room 

TRX/Condition: 830 - 9:25 am, Group Exercise Room 

Fit Over 50: 9:30 - 10:25 am, Group Exercise Room 

H2O-Water Aerobics: 10:30 - 11:30 am, Pool 

Lunch w/ George Pollis Steel Drums Music: 11 am - 2:30 pm, Bistro 105 

Thanksgiving Dinner: 2 - 6 pm, Main Dining Room 

Happy Hour: 3 - 7 pm, 19th Hole 

Sports Complex and Pool will close at 3 pm 

Clubhouse will close at 7 pm 


Friday, November 25

Thanksgiving Golf & Tennis Sale: Golf Shop and Tennis Shop 

Cardio Mix: 7:30 - 8:25 am, Group Exercise Room 

Barre: 8:30 - 9:25 am, Group Exercise Room 

TRX/Condition: 9"30 - 10:25 am, Group Exercise Room 

H2O-Water Aerobics: 10:30 - 11:30 am, Pool 

Happy Hour: 2:30 - 5:30 pm, Bistro 105 

Happy Hour: 3 - 7 pm, Harry's Bar 

Junior Golf Camp: 3 - 5 pm 

Cycling: 4 - 4:44 pm, Group Exercise Room 

Pizza, Pasta & Prime Rib Night: 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Main Dining Room 

Fireplace Dining: 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Fireplace Room 


Saturday, November 26 

Bagels & Papers: 7 - 10 am, Grille Room 

Thanksgiving Golf & Tennis Sale: Golf Shop and Tennis Shop 

Body Blast: 8 - 8:55 am, Group Exercise Room 

Total Stretch: 9 - 9:55 am, Group Exercise Room 

Hatha Yoga: 10 - 11:25 am, Group Exercise Room 

H2O-Water Aerobics: 10:30 - 11:30 am, Pool 

Lunch w/ George Pollis Steel Drums Music: 11 am - 2:30 pm, Bistro 105 

Happy Hour: 2:30 - 5:30 pm, Bistro 105 

Happy Hour: 3 - 7 pm, Harry's Bar 

Junior Golf Camp: 3 - 5 pm 


Sunday, November 27 

Bagels & Papers: 7 - 10 am, Grille Room 

Thanksgiving Golf & Tennis Sale: Golf Shop and Tennis Shop 

Zumba: 9 - 9:55 am, Group Exercise Room 

Slow Flow Yoga: 10 - 11:25 am, Group Exercise Room 

NFL Sunday: 1 pm Kick-Off, Men's Card Room, Tailgate Buffet 1 - 3:30 pm 

Happy Hour: 2:30 - 5:30 pm, Bistro 105 

Happy Hour: 3 - 7 pm, Harry's Bar 

Here is a list of excellent restaurants offering Thanksgiving Dinner this year in Palm Beach County. Whether you’ve been traveling and don’t have enough time to prepare dinner, work’s been busy and there’s a lot on your plate, the kids are all coming and you can’t all fit in the dining room, or maybe you just don’t love cooking? – don’t fret – the perfect Thanksgiving meal for you and your family is right here in Palm Beach. Just make sure to get your reservations in ASAP and you’ll be able to enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes and all the fixins’ without evening getting the kitchen dirty! Below is a list of excellent restaurants offering Thanksgiving Dinner this year in Palm Beach County. 

Farmer’s Table 
It’s Thanksgiving all day at Farmer’s Table which includes fresh-baked artisanal bread baskets, butternut squash bisque, autumnal salad, turkey, pasta-less lasagna and pumpkin pie or apple strudel. 

BallenIsles Dinner Buffet 
Members and their guests are invited to join us in the Main Dining Room for a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet. The feast will include all of the holiday classics from 2 – 6 pm. Reservations are required and can be made via phone. 

Avocado Grill 
Owner-chef Julien Gremaud will share his special “lighter, healthier” gourmet Thanksgiving meal at Avocado Grill. The meal will include three courses of fresh and tasty cuisine. 

Tansy
This Boca hot spot will offer a special holiday feast equipped with all of your classic favorites and finishing with a Three-Layer Silken Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly cream and pumpkin mousse. 

Brandon’s Palm Beach 
Brandon’s will host a special oceanfront Thanksgiving meal featuring traditional holiday dishes with a number of buffet stations. A portion of all sales will benefit Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches. 

Howley’s Restaurant  
Howley’s is hosting a Thanksgiving Charity dinner this year with all profits benefiting Meals on Wheels, the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, Healthy Bellies & Boca Helping Hands and the Lord’s Place. 

Dada  
This year celebrates the tenth annual Thanksgiving Charity Dinner at Dada. All profits will benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, the Lord’s Place, Healthy Bellies & Boca Helping Hands and Meals on Wheels. 

III Forks Prime Steakhouse 
This Palm Beach Gardens favorite is offering a special four-course dinner on Thanksgiving which includes a tenderloin tomato soup, salad, turkey, maple-glazed yams and roasted vegetables. 

Waterstone Resort & Marina 
Starting at 3 pm, Waterstone is offering three-course dinner that starts with salad or bisque, continues with a meat of choice and finishes with either a pecan tart, pumpkin cheesecake, praline gelato or pumpkin pie. 

The Dubliner 
Another tenth annual Charity Dinner will take place at The Dubliner starting at 5 pm. Profits will benefit the Lord’s Place, the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, Meals on Wheels and Healthy Bellies & Boca Helping Hands. 

 

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