WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 6th ANNUAL
SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY CARE NETWORK NON-PROFIT AWARDS HOSTED BY SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
AND PRESENTED BY 2-1-1 BROWARD
In true Hollywood awards show style, nearly 750 corporate executives, community leaders and members of the non-profit sector attended the sold-out 6thAnnual South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Awards hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and presented by 2-1-1 Broward on Friday, February 26th.The prestigiousawards honor the work of Broward County’s non-profit organizations and leaders and the impact they have on the community.
The festivities began with a special warm welcome to all of the finalists at the red carpet reception, which featured a photo booth, red carpet with paparazzi, makeup artists and champagne. Upon taking their seats in the ballroom, the audience was welcomed by Bob Birdsong, 2-1-1 Broward Board Chair & CEO of OK Generators; Sheila Smith, President & CEO of 2-1-1 Broward; and John Benz, President & CEO of South Florida Community Care Network.After the welcome, emcees Evan Golden from Eye on South Florida and KavitaChanne from VIP TV began the award ceremony.
The moment everyone had been waiting for finally arrived as the distinguished winners of each of the ten award categories were announced and honored for their dedication to Broward County and the impact they have on the community each and every day. The winners in each category received an award statue and $1,000 for their non-profit organizations. The finalists in each category were awarded $500 each.
“South Florida Community Care Network was so proud to once again be the title sponsor of the Non-Profit Awards hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and presented by 2-1-1 Broward,” said John Benz, President & CEO of South Florida Community Care Network. “We are committed to supporting the South Florida community and all the dedicated people who work tirelessly to make this a great place to live, work and raise our families.” Benz proudly announced at the awards ceremony that South Florida Community Care Network has committed to being the title sponsor of the 2017 2-1-1 Broward Non-Profit Awards.
“2-1-1 Broward is proud to shine the spotlight on all of the great work of the non-profits that have such a tremendous impact on our community,” said Sheila Smith, President/CEO of 2-1-1 Broward. “We are very proud to partner with South Florida Community Care Network, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the rest of our sponsors, to celebrate the non-profits at our annual 2-1-1 Broward Non-Profit Awards Event.”
“Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are proud to support the 6th Annual South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Awards presented by 2-1-1 Broward,” said Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs and Special Events with Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It is wonderful to see how this event brings together Broward’s philanthropic leaders who are being recognized for making a difference every day in our community. All of the nominated and winning organizations deserve the upmost praise for their diligent and extraordinary work.”
The three event chairs included Susan M. Mansolillo, Vice President, Human Resources and Communications at South Florida Community Care Network; Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs and Special Events for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; and Jen Klaassens, President at Jen Klaassens Consulting – Inspired Philanthropy.
The sealed envelopes with the winning organizations and leaders were secured and delivered byBerkowitz Pollack & Brant Advisors and Accountants, the official accounting firm of the Non-Profit Awards.
The 6thAnnual South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Awards hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and presented by 2-1-1 Broward categories and winners were:
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Non-Proﬁt Organization of the Year: HANDY
WLRN Non-Proﬁt Leader of the Year: Emilio Benitez – ChildNet
Russo Battista Law Group Non-Proﬁt Board Leader of the Year: Nancy Daly – Habitat for Humanity
Greenspoon Marder Non-Proﬁt Organization of the Year – The Arts:Fort Lauderdale’s Children’s Theater
SunTrust Bank Non-Proﬁt Organization of the Year – Collaboration: United Way Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse(in collaboration with Broward Sheriff’s Office, Broward Health, Broward Addiction Recovery and Fort Lauderdale Police Department)
Brown & Brown Insurance Non-Proﬁt Organization of the Year – Innovation: PACE Center for Girls
Calvin Giordano & Associates Non-Proﬁt Organization of the Year – Rising Star: Taylor’s Closet
Children’s Services Council of Broward County Collective Impact for Youth Award: FLITE Center
Publix Community Choice Award: Take Stock in Children of Broward County
OK Generators Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Sacco – Memorial Healthcare System
About 2-1-1 Broward
The mission of 2-1-1 Broward is to provide a 24-hour comprehensive helpline and support services to individuals and families in our community seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and connections to health and human services in Broward County. Every call to 2-1-1 is answered by a trained, degreed counselor who listens to the caller’s concerns, identifies their needs and connects them with agencies and programs that can help them. 2-1-1 Broward relies on the generous support of government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals to provide this vital community service. For more information regarding 2-1-1 and how you can help, please contact Tracy Schuldiner, Chief Advancement Officer, at 954-390-0493 or visit www.211-broward.org.