Parkland Golf and Country Club Hosts 2011 Broward MBF Holiday Party

  Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Networking Group for Elite Real Estate Professionals
Collects More than $800 in Cash and Toys for Pantry of Broward

PARKLAND, FL -- January 2, 2012
– The Master Brokers Forum (MBF) Broward and Palm Beach chapters, comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently celebrated the 2011 holiday season and a resurgent real estate market with its annual Holiday Party.  This festive event was sponsored and hosted by Toll Bros. and the Parkland Golf & Country Club, and chaired by board members Sandra Tagliamonte and Christine Beck.

More than 100 Master Brokers from Jupiter to Hallandale enjoyed a dazzling cocktail reception on the clubhouse’s scenic patio, which began with a dramatic sunset and ended under a cascade of stars.  After gathering inside the clubhouse, Beck and Tagliamonte welcomed the guests and introduced Carolyn Block Ellert and Phil Keagy, the Broward MBF’s chair and vice chair, who extended the organization’s collective gratitude to its host, friends from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and members throughout the region.  Mark Smietana, sales manager of Parkland Golf & Country Club (and a Master Broker himself) then welcomed the guests and introduced them to the extraordinary sale opportunities in the community.  The guests then enjoyed an exquisite buffet dinner.

Before departing, Tagliamonte announced that the MBF had collected that evening more than $800 in cash and toys for the Pantry of Broward; an organization providing food and support services to low-income seniors in need, and to grandparents raising their grandchildren.  (This is the second consecutive year the MBF has supported the Pantry of Broward at its Holiday Party.)

“2011 was certainly a year worth celebrating, as South Florida’s real estate market enjoyed a terrific resurgence,” said Block Ellert.  “We thank our friends at Toll Bros. for hosting this wonderful affair, and the volunteers and staff of the Pantry of Broward for all that they do throughout the year.”

The Broward Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum is generously supported by Wells Fargo.

About the Master Brokers Forum
Established in 1993, the Master Brokers Forum is a unique organization comprised of South Florida's top residential real estate professionals.  The MBF provides its members with the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, stay at the cutting edge of the real estate industry and new products, and spearhead the identity of the best of real estate professionalism.  Membership is limited to the region's most successful real estate professionals, and is by invitation only.  The Broward MBF is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo.  For more information, visit

About Parkland Golf & Country Club
Parkland Golf & Country Club is a prestigious, gated community is situated on approximately 790 acres and offers an exclusive, amenity-rich lifestyle. Parkland Golf and Country Club is one of only 23 developments worldwide and just the ninth in Florida to receive one of Audubon International's highest designations - a Certified Gold Signature Sanctuary - for its environmental practices and policies.

Resident members enjoy championship golf with a par-72, 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course featuring an impressive course design and Golf Club. At the heart of the community, a 43,000 square-foot Sports and Social Club provides an endless source of recreational and fitness opportunities including resort-style pools and spa; tennis courts; state-of-the-art equipment and exercise rooms; steam and spa treatment rooms; tot lot and in-door playroom; and a restaurant and casual bar/grill. With highly-rated schools nearby and a convenient, desirable location between Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Parkland Golf and Country Club by Toll Brothers is the perfect place to call home.  For more information, visit

PHOTOGRAPH CAPTIONS (from left to right)

1.    Members of the Broward/Palm MBF Advisory Board, with donations to the Pantry of Broward.  Back row, standing: Sandra Tagliamonte, Marta DuPree, Rich Campanella, Liz Caldwell, Phil Keagy, Marisa DiLenge, Carolyn Block Ellert, Sue Nelson, Kent McIntyre, Debbie Anderson, Dennis Nelson, Leo Goodman, Linda Fontana, Christine Beck, Susan Polan, and Terri Kasnic.  Front row, kneeling: Tom Schon, Jim Balistreri, Tim Singer, Bill Hahne

2.    Holiday Party co-chair Sandra Tagliamonte

3.    Broward MBF chair and vice chair Carolyn Block Ellert and Phil Keagy

4.    Lorraine Freed and Mark Smietana

5.    Linda Fontana and Laurie Ingber

6.    Michelle Howland, Marisa DiLenge, and Sheryl Hodor

7.    Debbie Anderson and Shellee Gold-Peterson

8.    Neil and Marta DuPree

9.    Leo Goodman and Gail Bass

10.    Melanie Stevens and Rich Campanella

11.    Susan Rindley and Maria Scarola

Broward MBF Holiday Party at Parkland Golf & Country Club