Departments — 23 January 2020
Non-Profits get a moment in the spotlight

By Robyn A. Friedman

City & Shore Magazine

Broward County’s non-profit organizations and their leaders were recognized and honored recently 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

Ken’s Krew

Florida’s Children First

Habitat for Humanity of Broward

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

Parkland Cares

Reyna Group Home

Tamarac Parks and Recreation Foundation

Memorial Healthcare System Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year

Firewall Centers

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

Brazilian Voices

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

Community Based Connections

Healing Arts Institute of South Florida International

Sheridan House

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

PHOTO: Evan Golden, Eye on South Florida; Benicio Bryant, finalist from America’s Got Talent; and Kavita Channe, Founder of Channe Rose/TV personality. Bryant performed at the event. (Photo Courtesy of Downtown Photo.)

 – Mark Gauert also contributed to this report


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