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
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
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
Children’s Services Council of Broward County Collective Impact for Youth Award
Healing Arts Institute of South Florida International
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 211-broward.org.
PHOTO: Lifetime Achievement recipient Alan Levan, left; with Jarett and Dara Levan. (Photo Courtesy of Downtown Photo.)