Editor’s note: Just after press time for the print edition of City & Shore, organizers of the “Making Real Connections” Breakfast, scheduled for Sept. 17, announced the event has been postponed to May 2022 because of concerns about recent spikes in COVID cases. Watch these pages for updates.
By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
The fabric of community is stitched together by the hands of many whose work often goes unheralded. That won’t be the case next May, however, as a couple of hundred people gather for breakfast at a one-time restaurant in a Fort Lauderdale church.
That’s when 211 Broward, an organization that helps connect people to health and human services throughout the county, will honor its community partners at the Kip Hunter Marketing “Making Real Connections” Breakfast. Presented by Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation, and sponsored by City & Shore magazine, the breakfast was to take place on Sept. 17 at First Baptist Church’s Global Grille, now an event center. Organizers rescheduled the event to next May because of concerns about the recent spike in COVID cases.
The non-profit will honor local individuals and organizations that have contributed to the community and helped 211 Broward provide its vital services. Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, president/CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, will be the guest speaker.
“The Making Real Connections Breakfast is an opportunity for us to share how we create connections every day for Broward County residents,” says Sheila Smith, 211 CEO. Seven honorees will be recognized for their commitment to help build those connections. They are:
Lynne Cameron – recipient of the Milestone Award for using her extensive Neighbors 4 Neighbors platform to promote 211.
Kavita Channe/Channé Rosé – for her work as 211 Board Ambassador and for her volunteer service, including emceeing the Community Care Plan Non-Profit Awards, the organization’s signature event; for her far-reaching social media presence with which she promotes 211 Broward; and for donating her Channé Rosé to support 211 events.
Jessica Rosales, Red Chair Catering – for her passion in serving as a CLUB 211 event Ambassador, as well as surprising 211 staff with lunches to recognize their work.
Maria Hernandez, United Way of Broward County – for bringing together community agencies to help those affected by a crisis or major event, such as the Parkland tragedy or hurricanes, and for providing services for those struggling with mental health issues.
Leadership Broward (CIE project) – for helping 211 to create a plan for the prospective launch of a new Community Information Exchange to gather and share critical information about community needs.
City of Parkland – for the efforts of city officials in immediately reaching out to help provide resources to those affected by the 2018 school shooting. Parkland partnered to promote 211 services at city-sponsored events and to train summer camp counselors in identifying emotionally affected youth and informing them about resources.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – for being a long-time supporter of 211 Broward and its Non-Profit Awards, and for creating a Hollywood-style awards event to celebrate its partners’ positive effect on the community.