By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
Broward County’s non-profit organizations and their leaders were recognized and honored Feb. 28 at the 10th Annual Community Care Plan Non-Profit Awards, presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, hosted by 211 Broward and sponsored by City & Shore magazine.
The awards ceremony celebrated the hard work, dedication and achievement of those who so often work behind the scenes and go unrecognized.
“We are particularly proud of this event as it is the only event which celebrates the non-profit organizations and the work they do,” said Sheila Smith, president and CEO of 211 Broward, which operates a live, 24-hour comprehensive helpline that provides all people with crisis, health and human services support and connects them to resources in our community. “This is the one day of the year that people who support or work for organizations, and the organizations themselves, celebrate their impact on the community. We are the only non-profit fundraising event that gives back to the community, for which we are proud.”
Awards were announced at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood in 11 categories. The full list of finalists and winners follows – with the winner’s name appearing first, in bold:
BB&T | SunTrust Bank Now Truist Non-Proﬁt Organization of the Year – Collaboration
United Way of Broward County’s Broward Business Council on Homelessness
Historic Stranahan House Museum
Young At Art Museum of Broward
OK Generators Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Innovation
Florida’s Children First
Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Calvin, Giordano & Associates Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Rising Star
Reyna Group Home
Tamarac Parks and Recreation Foundation
Memorial Healthcare System Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year
Light of the World Clinic
FPL Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year
Howard Talenfeld, Florida’s Children First
Elaine Appel, HANDY
Leonard Goldberg, Gilda’s Club South Florida
WLRN Staff Leader of the Year
Nancy Robin, Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Dr. Robert G. Barnes, Sheridan House
Julia B. Andrews, Coral Springs Museum of Art
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lifetime Achievement
Alan Levan, BBX Capital
Greenspoon Marder Non-Profit Organization of the Year – The Arts
Island City Stage
Children’s Services Council of Broward County Collective Impact for Youth Award
Community Based Connections
Healing Arts Institute of South Florida International
Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Nova Southeastern University Development Executive of the Year
Jo Ann Arnowitz, Goodman JFS of Broward County
Jon Adler, Sheridan House
Maria Meyer, Jack & Jill Children’s Center
211 Broward Excellence Award
The Excellence Award honors an individual, organization or company for their contributions and effect on the work and achievements of the nonprofit sector. The award winner this year was Vice Mayor Robert Mayhersohn, City of Parkland Commission & Founder of Parkland Buddy Sports.
Non-profit organizations nominated, but not selected as finalists, were eligible to receive the Publix Community Choice Award. In online voting, the community picked the Girl Choir of South Florida their favorite organization of the year.
The winners in each category received a $1,000 grant for their non-profit organization. The other finalists received a $500 grant for their organizations.
Benicio Bryant, a top 10 finalist from America’s Got Talent, performed at the event. “He is an amazing talent [who infused] the event with his positive and creative energy,” Smith said.
For information, call 954-390-0493 or visit 211-broward.org.
PHOTO: Lifetime Achievement recipient Alan Levan, left; with Jarett and Dara Levan. (Photo Courtesy of Downtown Photo.)
– Mark Gauert also contributed to this report