Departments — 23 January 2020
Non-Profits get moment in spotlight Feb. 28

By Robyn A. Friedman

City & Shore Magazine

Broward County’s non-profit organizations and their leaders will be 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 celebrates 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,” says 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 will be given in 11 categories. The finalists are:

BB&T | SunTrust Bank Now Truist Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Collaboration

Historic Stranahan House Museum

United Way of Broward County’s Broward Business Council on Homelessness

Young At Art Museum of Broward

OK Generators Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Innovation

Florida’s Children First

Habitat for Humanity of Broward

Ken’s Krew

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

Light of the World Clinic


Firewall Centers

FPL Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year

Elaine Appel, HANDY

Howard Talenfeld, Florida’s Children First

Leonard Goldberg, Gilda’s Club South Florida

WLRN Staff Leader of the Year

Dr. Robert G. Barnes, Sheridan House

Julia B. Andrews, Coral Springs Museum of Art

Nancy Robin, Habitat for Humanity of Broward

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

Healing Arts Institute of South Florida International

Sheridan House

Community Based Connections

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Nova Southeastern University Development Executive of the Year

Jon Adler, Sheridan House

Jo Ann Arnowitz, Goodman JFS of Broward County

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 will be determined by 211 Broward.

Non-profit organizations nominated, but not selected as finalists, are eligible to receive the Publix Community Choice Award. The community will select the winner of this award by voting online for their favorite organization.

The winners in each category will receive a $1,000 grant for their non-profit organization. The other finalists will receive a $500 grant for their organizations.

Finalists and other attendees of the awards event will walk a red carpet, accompanied by searchlights.

This year, Benicio Bryant, a top 10 finalist from America’s Got Talent, will perform at the event. “He is an amazing talent and will infuse the event with his positive and creative energy,” Smith says.

The Non-Profit Awards take place 11 a.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Tickets are $100 for general admission, $85 for CLUB 211 members and $75 for non-profit staff or government representatives. After Feb. 3, all tickets are $100 per person. For information or to purchase tickets, call 954-390-0493 or visit

PHOTO: Lifetime Achievement recipient Alan Levan, left; with Jarett and Dara Levan. (Photo Courtesy of Downtown Photo.)




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