WEST PALM BEACH (May 9, 2024) –  The Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation hosted a VIP reception at the M/Y Café at Rybovich Marina on April 23, 2024, to honor twenty-eight finalists and sponsors of the Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education. Huizenga Holdings graciously hosted this special event, which marks the 40th year of celebrating educational excellence in Palm Beach County.

“2024 marks our 40th event celebrating excellence in education in Palm Beach County. We are honored by a record number of sponsors,” said Michele Jacobs, President and CEO of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County. “Forty-five organizations are participating in celebrating excellence in education. The excitement is contagious, and we hope our community joins us in recognizing these outstanding educators.”

Deana Pizzo, Dwyer Awards Chair, welcomed guests and recognized distinguished attendees, including Palm Beach County School District Board members, elected officials, and school district leadership. Superintendent Michael Burke introduced the esteemed finalists representing various categories, including Early Education, Elementary, Middle, and High School Education, Special Programs, STEM Education, and Student Advancement & Career Education.

The Dwyer Awards, an annual program developed in 1984 and supported by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, honors outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County with a reception, ceremony, and financial recognition. The program seeks to increase awareness of the exemplary teaching in our community and promote high standards of excellence in education. 

The Economic Council of Palm Beach County, comprised of business leaders deeply committed to fostering educational excellence, received nearly 450 nominations for the 2024 Dwyer Awards. Each nominee underwent a rigorous evaluation process by almost one hundred prominent business leaders from Palm Beach County. This meticulous judging procedure culminated in selecting twenty-eight finalists across seven distinct categories, eventually recognizing seven winners, one from each category.

Felicia Rodriguez, anchor at WPBF 25, will serve as emcee. The community is invited to attend. Tickets are $45 each and include a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm and the awards ceremony at 7:00 pm. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

The 2024 Dwyer Awards would like to thank the following sponsors: Presenting Sponsor – Hanley Foundation; Excellence Sponsor – Elmore Family Foundation; Award Sponsors – Comcast, FPL, IT Solutions of South Florida, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, Mariaca Wealth, PNC Bank, and UnitedHealthcare; Finalist VIP Reception Sponsor – Huizenga Holdings; Staging Sponsor – Pratt & Whitney; Teacher Tickets Sponsor – Bank of America; Knowledge Sponsors – Baptist Health, Blue Ocean Capital, The Breakers, Gunster, Kitson & Partners, Oxbow Carbon, and The Weitz Company; Creativity Sponsors  – Jones Foster, Max Planck, SBA Communications, Shutts & Bowen, and Singer Comiter – Michael Singer; Teacher/Student Ticket Sponsors – 2GHO, CareerSource PBC, Dr. Dennis Gallon, Keshavarz, M&T Bank, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, Tortoise Properties, Urban Design Kilday Studios, and Wellington Regional Medical Center; Media Sponsors – The Palm Beach Post, and WPBF.

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Established in 1975, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that supports an open and collaborative relationship between the public and private sectors in Palm Beach County. The Council’s membership comprises a diverse mix of industries of varying sizes in the area whose leaders have an active and influential role in the community. Learn more about the Economic Council at The Economic Council of Palm Beach County Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the Council.