Alumni In Action: Palm Beach

Palm Beach club a key supporter of local Food For Families drive

Palm Beach County Buckeyes

Membership: More than 175 members who serve more than 2,600 alumni in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Chartered: 1985

Notable club events:

1980’s

  • 40 members attended the Citrus bowl to see #17 ranked Buckeyes beat #9 ranked BYU by the score of 10-7.
  • Club golf outing that benefits student scholarship starts.

1990’s

  • President Gordon Gee visits for a luncheon.
  • Started annual Alumni beach parties- lots of fun and good attendance.

2000’s

  • Game watching party for the 2002 National Championship against our backyard rivals, Miami.
  • Game watching party for the 2006 National Championship game against backyard rival, Florida.
  • Attended Florida Panthers Hockey game and other Big 10 Networking events.
  • Attended Santa Con Pub Crawl in downtown West Palm Beach to benefit Toys for Tots.
  • Attended local college fairs to spread the word about Ohio State.
  • 550 people from PBC attended the Ohio State-Miami game, 200 people took club chartered buses and we raised $2,000 for the scholarship fund.  

Reason to Join our club:

  • 10 percent off your bill at Bru’s Room (game-watch location) any time you dine there.
  • Free club shirt designed by the club officers every year.
  • Free beverages at the pre-game tailgate that we host for every game.
  • Free admission to annual Beat Michigan Tailgate co-hosted by our club and Bru’s Room.
  • Special deals for Games/Bowl Games when our Buckeyes play in Florida.
  • Network professional and socially to meet other Buckeyes living in our area.
  • Your company logo can be placed in our newsletter and Facebook page with a donation to the scholarship fund of any amount.
  • Be a part of a club that genuinely cares about having fun, helping other Buckeyes feel at home despite being so far from Columbus, and supporting The Ohio State University any way possible.

 Quote from the club president Jeff Zito '06:

“Moving away from Ohio and leaving my family, friends and love for Ohio sports was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. One of the main reasons that I ultimately made the decision to move here and still live here today is the local Alumni Club. When I moved to Palm Beach County I came across the local alumni club for Ohio State and knew that I was going to be able to meet other Buckeyes and have someone to watch OSU games with. The club has allowed me to meet some great people including a family that has invited me over for Thanksgiving Dinner and other holidays knowing that I do not have family here. I now feel like their “adopted son” and I never would have met them without the alumni club. This is just one of the many reasons why I enjoy going to our game watches every Saturday in the fall and I know many people have shared similar experiences. It makes me proud to be President of an alumni club for a university that has done so much for me. I know Ohio State contributed to my life more than anyone can know unless you went there of course and I really do feel I can’t pay the University back so I believe that I can “Pay it forward” just like Woody always said!”

Quote from club scholarship winner, Ashley Bell:

“Winning the scholarship from the Palm Beach County Alumni Association meant so much to me. It not only helped me financially with out of state tuition, but it also gave me even more of a sense of excitement before leaving for my freshman year knowing I had a great group of past buckeyes supporting me. My time so far at Ohio State has been the most amazing times of my life. I walk around everyday still appreciating the fact that I am able to attend my dream university and get a great education. Ohio State has been and always will be a huge part of my life!”

Quote WPTV Food For Families Food Drive:

"For the last few years the Ohio State University Alumni Club of Palm Beach County has been collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items at their November game watching events and the food has gone to a great cause. Each year they have raised over 200 lbs. for our Bill Brooks' Food For Families food drive. This six-week food drive helps us raise hundreds of thousands of pounds in our South Florida community and feed hundreds of homeless and hungry families and individuals. Our success is measured by groups such as the OSU Alumni Club of PBC, who take it upon themselves to turn a social event into a food-raising effort and in turn, to do something thoughtful and generous for their neighbors in need. We thank them for helping make the holidays better for so many in our community." -Bernadette O’Grady, Director of Programming and Media Convergence News Channel 5 WPTV

Member stories

Mitch Goldberg '87

“I attended my first Ohio State football game in 1984 and my obsession took another step. Seeing people devote their entire weekend to tailgating with friends and watching them enjoy themselves so thoroughly only fueled my passion. Then in 1987, while serving in the Ohio Air National Guard, I became friends with Chris Stahl. Chris and his family were the biggest Ohio State fans I had ever met and they attended every home game. Shortly after meeting Chris, I learned that his Grandfather @Floyd Stahl had been the Head Basketball, Baseball, and Golf coach as well as an Assistant football coach and an Assistant Athletic Director at Ohio State. I had the pleasure of knowing Floyd Stahl until his passing in 1996 at the age of 97. He told me stories of how he and his wife helped so many young men to get a successful start in life. Most of the stories involved things off the field and you could still see the passion in this man’s eyes. He was a genuine pleasure to be around and someone who took great pride in the fact that he had made a difference and had helped so many people become a success in their own lives. To this day, I watch Ohio State games and think about those stories and the passion this man had and the devotion he had to his players. I am thankful for having met and spent time with Mr. Stahl and for sharing his memories with me.”

Rick Pfefferle '70

“My passion for OSU football started at home, just after the Snow Bowl in 1950. I was a toddler who received a leather football helmet for Christmas that year. I can't actually remember wearing that helmet, but I can remember walking into the Horseshoe as a child with my dad and hearing the victory bell for the first time as we left. Watching the Buckeyes play in the Ohio stadium then seemed like being in heaven. The memories of Paul Warfield escaping tacklers time and time again are still fresh and amazing. When I was in college there, it was even more exciting watching Jack Tatum utterly deconstruct the efforts of entire opposing backfields, and then watch the offensive team start to pass the football consistently under the leadership of Rex Kern. - Yes I am a Buckeye!

I had originally traveled down to the Broward OSU alumni football parties when the Broward Alumni club set things up in the Sample Road Bru's Room pub in the early 90's (now the Broward club parties have moved to Coral Springs and are organized by my dear friend Jack Korthals). I now am coming to the local Palm Beach Alumni club festivities and found the same passion and excitement here. The Buckeye nation is strong in Southeast Florida.”

Valerie Moore '95

“First of all, I was given the opportunity to attend OSU on a partial golf scholarship by coach Jana Shipley ... and for that, I will always be grateful.  I just can't describe that feeling when I went on my recruiting visit and first stepped onto that golf course and then into Ohio Stadium, I had tears of joy in my eyes. That is where my passion began...I knew at that moment, the importance of a being a Buckeye. After that visit, I didn't even look at another university. Every time I put on that Scarlet and Gray and represented our university as an OSU golfer, I felt proud. I felt privileged. I felt honored. 

"My sophomore year, Coach Therese Hession entered my life and changed it forever. She not only cared about us as golfers, but as individuals. I red-shirted my sophomore year and was so determined to get better that I earned the "Go Bucks Award", an annual award for dedication and work ethic as a Buckeye golfer. Coach Hession cared and worked harder than anyone I know in life. She made me want to be not only a better golfer, but a better person. By the time I was standing on the OSU practice putting green for the last time in my cap and gown, I had been voted a captain of the Women's Varsity Golf Team, been a Scholar-Athlete, and most importantly, earned my degree. But even above all this was being with my parents on that putting green, taking pictures while I was putting in that cap and gown. Shortly after that, my Dad wrote a letter to Andy Geiger, athletic director, thanking him for the opportunity I was afforded and that I was able to graduate with a degree with OSU's assistance. Kindly, he responded with a letter stating how great it was to witness a family celebrating a graduation on The Ohio State University's practice golf green ... he was there that day playing, in the distance, smiling...

"So my passion continues to this day in Palm Beach County, Fla. When I walk into Bru's Room, it is my Ohio Stadium. I did not get to see too many games while I attended OSU because I was either traveling for the golf team or trying to qualify to get on the traveling team. I am so proud to be a Buckeye and proud to be in "Ohio" among such wonderful Buckeyes every fall Saturday in FL in Bru's Room. And when I am not there, I can enjoy my cat named Brutus as well as my OSU guest room in my house...need I say more except GO BUCKS!”

In Memory Of:

“Ken Fogelsanger who was one of the biggest Buckeye fans in South Florida passed away just before the OSU-Michigan game in 2010 and if you met Ken you just know he is watching the games in a better place with Woody and all the past Buckeyes. Every week he and his wife joined us at Bru’s Room, he would come a few minutes early just to talk to us about the team and experiences he had at Ohio State. Ken was a great Buckeye and an even better man and we are honored to say that we met him and his wife, Shirley.” -2011 Club Officers

R.I.P Ken 11-21-2010

President: Jeff Zito ‘06

Vice President: Chris Calabrese

Secretary: Jennifer Vail

Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer: Steve Vitale and Steve Nester

Contact: jzito@atlanticland.com

Web site: www.palmbeachbuckeyes.org (under construction)

Facebook page: Palm Beach Buckeyes Facebook Page