Boca Raton Pen Women Enjoy First In-Person Luncheon of the Season

By | December 27, 2021

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women held its first in-person program of the 2021- 2022 season with a luncheon and raffle at the Delray Beach Golf Club in Delray Beach, Florida on Wednesday, December 15th. Members came together to reconnect and begin a new creative year with plans for writing, art, music programs and special events. Guests joined us to meet our member artists, writers, music composers and patrons.

Memoir author Romola Hodos, the featured speaker, presented a fascinating talk about how she grew up as the daughter of the notorious porn king of Times Square. Romola related shocking details about her childhood journey through abuse and trauma. Her published book, The Princess of 42nd Street: Surviving My Childhood as the Daughter of Times Square’s King of Porn, is an inspirational story of how she overcame incredible odds and became a successful businesswoman.

Romola appears in a new Netflix documentary series, The Times Square Killer, in which she tells part of her personal story. The series dramatizes the seedy crime-ridden scene in and around Times Square in the 1970s. It will air on December 29, 2021.

A raffle to support our student achievement program followed the program. Members and guests bid on one-of-a-kind donated items, including jewelry and a gift card donated by Publix Super Markets. Raffle proceeds will fund awards for talented students who need financial assistance to pursue careers in the arts.

An annual community outreach event for teens at the Milagro Center in Delray Beach is also supported through our fundraising raffles. Boca Pen Women were pleased to offer a contribution to the Milagro Teen Center this season.
The success of the raffle at this program was made possible through generous gifts from many individual contributors who donated items and from Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Pen Women and Guests

Author Romola Hodas

Memoir Author Romola Hodas

Sheila Firestone presenting member certificate to Dr. Louise Parente


Dr. Brenda Dressler with gift painting from Milagro Teens

President Dayle Herstik and Jo Jo Harder

Dr. Barbara Lunde

Elisa Eisenman, Dayle Herstik, Barbara Bixon