Yvonne Boice-Zucaro Death – Businesswoman and philanthropist Yvonne Boice-Zucaro, 85, of Boca Raton, died peacefully at home on Friday, January 13. All those who loved her, the several organizations she worked for, and the individuals she helped to mentor and support will miss her dearly. Yvonne, who was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on September 6, 1937, earned a BS in Marketing from New York University. After marrying Real Estate Executive Grant Boice, the couple moved to Boca Raton in 1983. She founded Shoppes in Village Point after her spouse passed away suddenly, and Fugazy International Travel, her passion project, with the help of her keen skills.
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Yvonne’s success in business opened doors for her in the humanitarian world, making her a mentor for nonprofits and an example for businesswomen around the world. The U.S. government noticed her supportive counsel and mentoring work at Palm Beach State College, Lynn University, and Northwood College and chose Yvonne to represent the nation at four important conferences for women in international business. She was also chosen as one of six delegates to the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Women’s Conference held in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., by the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and was appointed the World Summit of Women in Berlin and in Hanoi by the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs.
In order to inspire indigenous women to launch their own businesses and engage in politics, Yvonne also traveled to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Yvonne had a strong passion for education and the arts. She produced the galas for the Palm Beach International Film Festival, was an appointee to the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission and was a major contributor to the creation of the Center for the Arts in Boca Raton. She served on the Palm Beach State College Foundation Board and chaired the college’s STEAM scholarship events. Her dedication to Lynn University went from supporting international students with scholarships to developing the iconic Circle of Flags at the entrance of the university. Yvonne was adamant that exposure to diverse cultures was crucial for one’s personal development and ought to be a requirement for all students.
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle,” James Keller, in her own words. This quote is one of my favorites. I really believe that we need to instruct, motivate, and lead every day. Make donating a part of who you are, and you’ll have a huge impact on many people’s lives. She is survived by her daughter Lauren, a Boston-based lawyer, and Al Zucaro, an attorney and the creator of the Palm Beach World Trade Center, whom she married in 2009. On Friday, January 20, services will be conducted at Glick Family Funeral Home from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a special prayer service opening at 7:00 p.m. Donations to the STEAM Scholarship Program at Palm Beach State College or the Boice-Zucaro International Programs and Services at Lynn University may be made in place of floral tributes.
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