Member Spotlight: Shelly Albright

Wellington Shelly Albright relishes role as ‘professional volunteer’

7:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

As past president of Junior League of the Palm Beaches and its current vice president of fundraising, Shelly Albright’s focus is the organization’s annual Deck the Palms holiday shopping extravaganza.

The free event — featuring more than 120 vendors selling clothes, jewelry and holiday gifts — is one of the largest holiday markets in Palm Beach County and will take place at the convention center in just a few weeks. Proceeds benefit children and young adults in the county foster care system.

Shelly Albright, Junior League of the Palm Beaches Vice President of Fundraising, stands inside Eau Palm Beach Resort Eau Spa in Manalapan. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Albright, 45, is passionate about helping others. She is the coordinator of Children’s Ministries at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Wellington, a job she was offered based on her expansive resume of volunteer work. Her efforts at the church have raised thousands of dollars for worthwhile causes in the community.

Born and raised in Tampa, Albright is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she met her husband, David. They live in Wellington and say the city is the perfect place to raise their four boys.

“Even as a working mother I remain very involved in the community,” she said. “My husband quite regularly referred to me as a professional volunteer before I was hired into my current job.”

Besides her work with the Junior League (she’s been a member since 2005), she has given her time and talent to many organizations throughout Palm Beach County over the past 15 years.

On Wednesday, she is being recognized as one of Bethesda Hospital Foundation’s 2015 “Women of Grace” and is one of the Junior League of Boca Raton’s 2015 Woman Volunteer of the Year nominees.

“In my spare time I enjoy gardening, family activities and entertaining at my home whenever I have the chance,” Albright said.

Favorite place to go out for breakfast:

Gabriel’s Café and Grill in Wellington has the best breakfast.

Gabriel’s Café and Grill, 12793 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite G, Wellington, 561-793-0675

Favorite place to go out for lunch:

We love to go to Bradley’s in West Palm Beach as a family on Saturdays for lunch. It is the perfect spot to enjoy the South Florida weather while eating a great meal.

E.R. Bradley’s Saloon, 104 S Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-833-3520,

Favorite place to go out for dinner:

I must admit we go to PDQ more often than I would like because it’s my kids’ favorite restaurant. As much as I love their chicken, my favorite place is Sushi Jo. I absolutely love their Naruto Maki. It is so tasty!

PDQ, 2781 S. State Road 7, Wellington, 561-210-4350,

Sushi Jo, 319 Belvedere Road, Suite 112, West Palm Beach, 561-868-7893,

Favorite place to take out-of-town visitors: 

Guanabanas has the best atmosphere to take out-of-towners!

Guanabanas, 960 N. Highway A1A, Jupiter, 561-747-8878,

Favorite place to go to relax and recharge:

I love Eau Spa and Resort. It is so beautiful. As soon as I step in the entry, I feel the weight of the world lifted from my shoulders.

Eau Spa, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561-540-4924,

On my radar:

We are so lucky to be able to enjoy equestrian life in Wellington. Although I do not ride horses, I love attending the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Winter Equestrian Festival. The riders and horses are spectacular.

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, 14440 Pierson Road, Wellington, 561-793-5867,


Deck the Palms holiday shopping extravaganza

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21.

Admission: Free. Proceeds from the event benefit children and young adults in the Palm Beach County foster care system.

Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.