Our inner court consists of coven members who have gone above and beyond using their creativity and skills to support our charity, their fellow witches, and our Delray Beach community. Since 2018, each year we have invited an inspirational and creative witch to join the inner court and awarded them with the coveted “Golden Broom Award”.
2023: Debra Dowd
Debra enjoyed a 39-year career as a teacher in Delray Beach and Palm Beach County. Retired since 2012, Dowd remains active in several organizations, including serving on two nonprofit boards. A board member at the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, she serves as a resource for the teachers.
Also a longtime member of the board of Old School Square, Dowd has also served on the board of Impact 100 Palm Beach County, works closely with Roots and Wings, and serves on a committee for the local Lupus Foundation chapter. Dowd, a certified master gardener, volunteers weekly at Daggerwing Nature Center tending to the butterfly garden. She was selected by the Bethesda Hospital Foundation as a Woman of Grace in 2018 for her work. When not volunteering, she offers tutoring services to students.
Debra is a champion for our community and is always so generous with her time. Her dedication to Delray Beach and it’s residents makes her a natural choice as the 2023 Golden Broom recipient.
2022: Amanda Perna (Fashion Witch)
Not only has she been one of our contest judges since we started doing post-ride contests, but her generosity and passion for fashion also have her frequently decorating and donating her signature witch hats, which are highly prized at our Witches Brew silent auction.
CEO, Founder, and Creative Director of The House of Perna and Neon Bohemians, a two-time Project Runway designer, Host of Delray Morning Live, best-selling author, illustrator, internationally recognized speaker, and most importantly, mom to her daughter Stella. Amanda is an absolute powerhouse for our community. Everywhere she goes, she leaves a little bit of magic.
2021: Joanne Ryan (Photo Witch)
Joanne has been with the coven since 2014 and has never hesitated to use her photography skills and creativity to help promote our cause and capture important moments. In 2021, Joanne was welcomed to the Inner Court by winning the “2021 Golden Broom Award”. You can see her magic on many of our photo album pages. She definitely has an eye for catching our magic as it is happening.
2020: Jane Ratcliffe (Wordsmith Witch)
Jane is quite the poet, and since 2014, she has penned the most creative poems that capture the charity mission of the Witches of Delray. The coven loved her first poem so much that it was featured in our second Witch Ride video. Since then, she has not disappointed us and continues to up the ante for creativity with her craft.
2019: Best Brewtender (Lisa Walsh)
Our First Annual “Witches Brew” Fundraiser was the brainchild of Lisa, who offered her pub (Tim Finnegans Irish Pub) as the venue. She donated heavily to ensure the fundraiser was a success and continues to support the witches through her consistent donations of time, energy, and the annual bike brew attendees can win. Naturally, as a “brewtender”, she consistently creates witch-themed craft cocktails for each event. Her commitment has added thousands to the money we’ve raised for the Achievement Centers for Children & Families.
2018 Best Decorated Broom Lifetime Achievement Award (Lynn Korp)
Lynn, who owns Renaissance Restoration Studio never hesitates to inspire with her creative bike decorating skills as well as help other coven members with witchy clothing, donations, and decorating ideas. She has served as an inspiration to all with her creativity and charity.