Departments — 10 February 2022
Non-Profit Awards 2022 winners named

By Robyn A. Friedman

City & Shore Magazine

The red carpet rolled out again live Thursday to honor Broward’s often unsung non-profit organizations.

The 11th Annual Community Care Plan Non-Profit Awards, presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and hosted by 211 Broward, recognized winners in nine categories with a red carpet-style awards show and luncheon at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate the non-profit sector and draw attention to those organizations that work diligently all year round to better the health of people in our community,” said Sheila Smith, president and chief executive officer of 211 Broward, whose mission is to provide a 24-hour comprehensive helpline and support services to individuals and families in the community seeking crisis intervention assistance and to provide information and connections to health and human services in Broward County.

Smith said the event was even more significant this year because so many people have faced financial or job challenges or have gotten ill or lost family members during the pandemic. Many have been affected emotionally, too, she added. “During COVID, we found that people have been significantly impacted in all kinds of different ways. A lot of the non-profit organizations have been trying to help people through this crisis.”

Winners received a “star” trophy and a $1,000 grant for their organization courtesy of the Ray Pollard Jr. Family Paying It Forward Fund and award partners. The other two finalists in each category each received a $500 grant for their organization.

Since the event’s inception in 2010, 211 Broward has granted more than $200,000 to non-profit organizations. Sponsors of the Non-Profit Awards include Community Care Plan as Title Sponsor, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as Presenting Sponsor, Ray Pollard Jr. Family Paying It Forward Fund as the Paying it Forward Sponsor and Broward Health as the VIP Awards Announcement Event Partner. Others include Truist, Rock With U Entertainment, Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Memorial Healthcare System, Wild, Felice & Partners, Brown & Brown Insurance, Channé Rosé, JM Family Enterprises, Kip Hunter Marketing, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, FPL, GrayRobinson, OK Generators, Centennial Bank, Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Wizard Creations, ArtServe, City & Shore magazine and Eye on South Florida.

“When people support this event, they’re also supporting, recognizing and helping to contribute financially to several other non-profit organizations as well,” Smith said. “It’s really about drawing attention to the important work that everyone does in the non-profit sector, particularly now.”

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                                                                   (Winners listed first, in bold face; followed by the finalists)

Truist Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Collaboration

Winner: Habitat for Humanity of Broward in Collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County

Junior Achievement of South Florida in Collaboration with Broward County Public Schools

Voices for Children of Broward County in Collaboration with Broward Guardian ad Litem Broward


OK Generators Non-Profit Organization of the Year –  Innovation

Winner: Take Stock in Children

Coast to Coast Legal Aid South Florida

Kids In Distress


Calvin, Giordano & Associates Non-Profit Organization of the Year –  Rising Star

Winner: Reyna Group Home

Necessities for Children

PensacolaCAN – SHIELDUS Project


Memorial Healthcare System Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year

Winner: Junior Achievement of South Florida

Light of the World Clinic

Parkland Cares


FPL Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year

Winner: Merick Lewin with Take Stock in Children

Jeffrey J. Arciniaco with South Florida Wildlife Center


Non-Profit Staff Leader of the Year

Winner: Anthony J. Karrat, Esq. with Legal Aid Service Broward County

Keith Clark with Flamingo Gardens

Sandra Lozano Barry with Light of the World Clinic


Greenspoon Marder Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Art

Winner: Brazilian Voices

Island City Stage

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida – Heart To Art Project


Development Executive of the Year

Winner: Jessica Vones with Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center

Maria Meyer with Jack & Jill Center

Peter Neirouz with Broward Health Foundation


Children’s Services Council of Broward County Collective Impact for Youth

Winner: FLITE Center


211 Broward Community Choice Award

Winner: Parkland Buddy Sports


Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lifetime Achievement Award

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Larry Rein, CEO of ChildNet

(Selected by 211 Broward) Photo courtesy Downtown Photo.


211 Broward Excellence Award

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Josie Bacallao

(Selected by 211 Broward) Photo by Amy Beth Bennett

- Mark Gauert also contributed to this report.


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