Women of Substance & Style: Denise Hanley

Denise is a cheerleader when it comes to touting Palm Beach Atlantic University, a private Christian University currently with nine colleges smack in the center of West Palm Beach. As one of her favorite charities, she co-chaired their Women of Distinction luncheon for 10 years, honoring women who have made significant contributions in the community. “We have given tribute to women leaders in education, government, entrepreneurship, healthcare, fashion, entertainment, art, government, and philanthropy for 25 years.” This year, Melania Trump was the 2020 honoree. “I love the fact that besides the remarkable women PBAU honors annually, proceeds from the luncheon benefit a scholarship fund for two very outstanding and deserving female students.” Another favorite cause Denise champions is the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation which she and her husband, Dan, have supported since its inception almost 15 years ago. Promoting awareness, understanding, and research for early onset bipolar disease which affects up to a million teens a year, the Foundation’s main focus is on a “Quest for the Test” to find an empirical biomarker test for bipolar disorder, so that early detection and intervention become a reality. “I have been involved with this incredibly worthwhile cause since it began after its founders, Joyce and Dusty Sang, lost their 24-year-old son who suffered from this disease. I’m happy to say that great strides have been made in our understanding of the disorder, and The Foundation’s researchers are closing in to finding a diagnostic test for early onset.” Denise is also involved with Palm Beach Rehabilitation Center, Hanley Foundation Center, Salvation Army, and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

Denise Hanley