Boca Raton Public Library proudly hosts a display from the Countess Henrietta de Hoernle Collection, on loan from the Boca Raton Historical Society.
Since the early 1980s, the Count and Countess de Hoernle donated much of their fortune and time to support over 150 health, education and service organizations. The largest gifts were focused on projects in Boca Raton, including the Boca Raton Community Hospital, the Boca Raton Historical Society, the Caldwell Theater Company, Lynn University, and essential support for numerous local theaters, museums, and service groups for first-responders and veterans, for the poor and homeless, and for children. They also donated extensively to the local branches of the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, the YMCA, the American Diabetes Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association of Palm Beach County. The Count and Countess de Hoernle also provided substantial support for other projects in South Florida including the St. John's Hospital for Rehabilitation, the Count and Countess de Hoernle Alzheimer Pavilion, and the Caridad Center for Migrant Workers. After Count de Hoernle's death in 1998, the Countess continued in their tradition of humanitarian service. She urged those with resources to give wisely, inspiring others to support their communities conscientiously with her motto, "Give while you live, so you know where it goes." The Countess Henrietta de Hoernle passed away on July 22, 2016 at 103, but her legacy will endure in her many outstanding contributions in the arts, education and health of the City of Boca Raton and nearby communities.
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