Presentation to Connie Francis of the Yaacov Heller-designed Flossy Award for "Outstanding Life
Yaacov Heller - designed "Flossy Award"
Singer Connie Francis remembers her first trip to Fort Lauderdale to make "Where the Boys Are.""Mr. Pasternak, you told me there were boys hanging on palm trees and I can't even find one," she told the movie producer.The film was released in 1960. Now 78 and living in Parkland, Francis reminisced at the opening of the 22nd annual Palm Beach International Film Festival in Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton."The movie came out in January and by May there were 75,000 kids. Kids were sleeping in the nude on the beach, " Francis said to fans who stayed after the opening night film screening to see her. The festival planned to screen films with talks by filmmakers through April 2 at the Boca location and Keiser University in West Palm Beach before presenting awards to the winners.Television and fashion personality Kavita Channe came in to host the Connie Francis ceremony and local vocalist Vanessa Simpson sang the movie's title song Francis made famous. She also serenaded Francis at the festival kickoff last January at sculptor and artist Yaacov Heller's Gallery 22 in Royal Palm Place. Heller walked the second annual Flossy Award to the singer's seat, where she was also presented with flowers and a book.The award was named to keep the spirit of Flossy Keesley, the late Boca Raton philanthropist alive, he said. Keesley supported talented youth and Heller's statue of her stands in front of the Mizner Park Amphitheater. She died in January 2015 at the age of 101. Details of Francis' plans for a new tell-all memoir and an auction of her gowns and jewelry will be on her website, said her manager Leann Kay.