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The October 22 debate at Lynn University will be the first presidential debate ever held in Palm Beach County.

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Welcome to the "Debate Insider" newsletter,  your behind-the-scenes guide to all things related to the third and final 2012 presidential debate hosted by Lynn University on October 22 in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.  

Debate Small Business Partners 

In advance of  National Small Business Week (May 20-26), Lynn University and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce have partnered together in an initiative to involve local small businesses in the October 22 presidential debate.


Local businesses now have the opportunity to become Official Small Business Partners of the debate for only a nominal cost.  Partner benefits include:

  • Listing on Lynn's debate website and the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce website as an Official Small Business Partner
  • Official Small Business Partner Certificate to be proudly displayed in your place of business
  • 2 VIP tickets to the debate-viewing party in Mizner Park the night of the debate (includes VIP hospitality) - exclusive to Official Small Business Partners
  • 2 commemorative debate lapel pins
  • A subscription and recognition in this newsletter, as well as a chance to be a featured small business partner 


To become an Official Small Business Partner, or for more information, visit the Boca Chamber website.


Community Corner 


It doesn't just take a campus to plan a presidential debate - it takes a city, county and state. 


This is why every six weeks, Lynn University holds a community partners meeting, where local leaders from government, law enforcement, schools, business, tourism and arts and cultural organizations all come together to prepare to host an event of this magnitude and showcase all that our area has to offer.  



This week, see what some of our local business community leaders think about the presidential debate coming to Lynn, Boca Raton and Palm Beach County.


Kelly Smallridge @ Lynn Debate Newsletter Meeting
Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
Troy McLellan @ Lynn Debate Newsletter Meeting
Troy McLellan, President and CEO of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce


Volunteer Application Now Available


The 2012 Debate Volunteer Application is now available on Lynn's debate website.  If you are interested in applying to volunteer, please visit the website, click on the red "Apply to Volunteer" button from your computer (mobile devices are not supported), complete the application and click Save.


If you are selected as a volunteer, you be notified of your selection in the coming months and provided with the next steps in the process. 

In Case You Missed It




 On April 17, Lynn University hosted the quarterly meeting of the Palm Beach Public Information Officer (PIO) Cooperative,  which assists with the media at large-scale events.  Many of the members will be volunteering their services during the debate at Lynn.




Chan Lowe, an award-winning political cartoonist for the Tribune Co., spoke at the Wold Performing Arts Center on April 24.  Prior to the debate, some of Lowe's cartoons will be displayed on loan on the Lynn campus.

View our photos on flickr




WPBF (ABC) reported on Lynn's debate ticketing policy for students during the April 25 newscast.



Google Street View came to Lynn on May 4 to map the campus.  Google plans to promote debate host schools and encourage people to take street view tours of the campuses, which should be available to view mid-summer.




Lynn University joined Mayor Susan Whelchel and the City of Boca Raton on May 8 for Travel Rally DayAs part of National Travel and Tourism Week, cities around the country host road rallies to unite the community's travel employees and supporters and to showcase the industry.




Palm Beach County: Lynn University presidential debate is opportunity to promote area with tourism money

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