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Palm Beach Philanthropists Jeffrey Cole and Patricia Cole-O’Brien Celebrate Cole Eye Institute Expansion

Palm Beach residents Jeffrey Cole and his wife, Patricia O-Brien Cole, recently celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Jeffrey and Patricia Cole Building at Cole Eye Institute on Cleveland Clinic’s Ohio campus. Cole and his company Cole National Corp. also contributed the lead gift that established Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute in 1999. He was chairman and CEO of Cole National Corp and co-founded Pearle Europe, which is now GrandVision while continuing to serve on the boards of eyewear companies.

Jeffrey and Patricia are both native Clevelanders now residing in Palm Beach, where Mr. Cole’s family has had a home for over 50 years. The Coles continued their philanthropic legacy by supporting this expansion to help serve more patients in need of eye care. They have also been generous donors to the Cleveland Clinic Florida Tomsich Health and Medical Center located in Rosemary Square in downtown West Palm Beach.

“I was taught about giving from the time I was in kindergarten and I would say that that really is what led to my involvement with Cleveland Clinic,” Jeffrey Cole says.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.