South Floridians find ways to care
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SouthFloridaSunrise.com Staff reports
April 3--All over our area, South Floridians give back to their communities. Take a look at how we help each other.
Stand Among Friends raises $120,000 at Third Annual emb(race)
On February 24th, 2013, the nonprofit organization, Stand Among Friends, held its third annual emb(race) fundraising event on Florida Atlantic University’s campus in Boca Raton.
In its third year, Stand Among Friends welcomed over 800 attendees who ran, walked, strolled, and rolled in wheelchairs and hand-cycles in the morning’s events. Known as the ‘all inclusive’ race, the emb(race) included a 5K, 10K, and one mile family walk. This year, over 1,000 people joined the crowd including many well-known dignitaries, such as US Congressmen Ted Deutch, FAU President MJ Saunders, Honorary Chair Christine Lynn, and NBC Channel 5’s Marissa Bagg.
From the young to the old, supporters helped raise nearly $120,000. First grade students at Verde Elementary School in Boca Raton were among some of them; led by their teacher, Candice Brodie, the first grade class along with the whole school, raised over $1,000 for emb(race). While Team Mikey, a non-profit based out of Toronto helped bring in $7,000. Stand Among Friends is grateful to its 125 volunteers who from beginning to end made this year’s event a huge success.
Founded in 1997 Stand Among Friends (SAF) provides career and employment assistance for the disabled community, allowing them to live an independent and fulfilling life. SAF Founder Shawn Friedkin started the nonprofit after suffering a horrific accident in which he became paralyzed and wheelchair bound at 28 years old, discovering there were very few resources for people in his situation. Now many years later, the organization is able to provide services to over 600 disabled locals annually thanks to fundraising efforts like the emb(race) event, their biggest of the year.
Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. GENERATIONS concert raised over $170,000 for music Eeducation In South Florida schools
A crowd of 600+ was treated to a very personal “unforgettable” performance by nine-time GRAMMY® award-winner Natalie Cole at the second annual GENERATIONS Concert benefit recently held at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton. The evening raised more than $170,000 for music education through Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc.
Twin daughters of music legend Nat King Cole, Timolin and Casey Cole of Boca Raton, launched Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. (NKCGH) to honor the legacy, music and life of their father in 2008 after learning of budget cuts in public schools directly affecting the arts. Since that time, donations from this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization have benefited more than 5,000 children with “the greatest need and fewest resources” in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
The Cole twins come from a family with a history of musical excellence and charitable giving, with their father a trailblazer in the music industry and mother Maria, also an entertainer, known for supporting multiple causes throughout her life. By giving students the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and abilities, their family’s legacy lives on.
The benefit—NKCGH’s largest annual fundraiser— opened with students from the NKCGH “Summer Strings” music mentoring program at Lynn University along with appearances by talented local youth performers including guitarist Andrew Foreman, jazz vocalist Zoe Fromer and pianist Jermaine Teague. The classically trained South Florida twosome known as Black Violin followed with an opening act, fresh off their performance at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, including a showcase of their genre-defying blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and even bluegrass music. As though performing in her own personal living room, headliner Natalie Cole shared family moments and serenaded the audience with an elegant, intimate rendition of many of her father Nat King Cole’s classic hits, including “Route 66” and “L-O-V-E.” She also performed “Unforgettable” and “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” as a virtual duet with Nat King Cole himself through the use of a recording.
GENERATIONS Concert sponsors include Platinum Sponsor Patriot National Insurance Group; Silver Sponsor Celebrity Cruises; Bronze Sponsors Allied Health Institute, Excel Services Corporation and West Boca Medical Center; Patron Sponsors Florida Power & Light and Global Tower Partners; and Partners Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Cruisin-America, Dawn of Designs, Kaye Communications, Inc., Lynn University, and SmartCruiser.com; and Media sponsors The Boca Raton Observer, The Boca Raton Tribune, Seaview Radio and LivingFLA.com.
American Humane Association dedicates new vehicle for Red Star Animal Emergency Services program for South Florida
Ford advertises that its trucks are “tough.” And thanks to prominent Florida philanthropist Lois Pope and American Humane Association, there’s a new Ford truck in town that may be the toughest yet. In fact, it’s tough enough for dozens of dogs, cats, and other domesticated and wild animals in need of emergency rescue, medical, and shelter services.
Indeed, in a ceremony on April 3 in Palm Beach, American Humane Association dedicated the Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicle. The 30,000-pound, 50-foot long Ford F-350 with trailer, bearing the legendary logo of American Humane Association’s Red Star™ Animal Emergency Services on a white background painted with pictures of animals, as well as Mrs. Pope’s name, is specifically-designed and outfitted to provide a wide array of emergency services, particularly in the immediate aftermath of such disasters as hurricanes and tornadoes.
The vehicle, which will be manned by four certified and specially trained responders, carries supplies and equipment to shelter up to 100 animals. The vehicle, based at American Humane Association’s new Palm Beach office, will also be used as a mobile site to conduct humane education and animal cruelty seizures in South Florida.
Mrs. Pope, founder and chair of the Delray Beach-based Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., made contributions totaling nearly $100,000 for the vehicle and to expand American Humane Association’s renowned Red Star™ Animal Emergency Services efforts in South Florida. The funding was made in the form of matching gifts to American Humane Association through both Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. campaign and TV legend and longtime supporter Betty White.
“Our region is particularly prone to such disasters, and amid all the turmoil of these emergencies, the safety and care of dogs, cats, and other domesticated and wild animals might sometimes be overlooked as families struggle for survival,” Mrs. Pope said. “We need to make sure they are not forgotten, that they are cared for with great comfort, compassion, and expertise. That is the hallmark of the Red Star program and why I’m honored to be a partner in these efforts.”
“Lois Pope is a true champion of animals in need,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “She is unwavering in her compassion and commitment to protecting them, and because of her fabulous generosity, even more will receive the care and services they need in times of emergency.”
She noted that Mrs. Pope’s commitment was affirmed with her “transformational” gift of $1 million last year to American Humane Association to launch the Red Star National Centennial Campaign, which celebrates the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the Red Star Animal Emergency Services program. Red Star Rescue services
were founded during World War I, when the organization was invited to serve as the “Red Cross” for animals by providing care for horses injured in battle.
Since that time, Red Star’s expert staff, trained volunteers, and mobile emergency resources have deployed to emergency and disaster scenes to find, rescue, treat, and shelter tens of thousands of animals until they can be reunited with their families. Over the next five years, the Red Star National Centennial Campaign will raise funds to boost the nation’s capacity to prepare for—and care for—animals in emergencies, as well as assist the recovery of communities through the healing power of animal-assisted therapy.
Today, American Humane Association Red Star Animal Emergency Services includes a fleet of emergency response vehicles customized to help animals in disasters, and containing specialized rescue equipment designed specifically for animal search and rescue. Most recently, the program has been on the ground providing services following the floods in North Dakota, the tornado that destroyed Joplin, Missouri, and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as animal cruelty cases in Memphis, Tennessee, Spokane, Washington, and Billings, Montana, among others.
Lois Pope is one of America’s leading philanthropists and humanitarians. Through her various charitable mechanisms, including the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., she is devoted to saving lives, helping people help themselves, improving the quality of life for families in need and encouraging young Americans to become leaders by helping others. Her foundations also provide awards for medical research, college scholarships, humanitarian relief, the performing arts, and animal welfare. Among the many organizations that benefit from her leadership are American Humane Association; the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation, which she founded to spearhead the development of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the nation’s first and only permanent public tribute to the three million living disabled American veterans and the thousands who have died; the University of Miami, where her major contribution endowed the Lois Pope LIFE Center, the top catastrophic neurological research facility in the world and home to the renowned Miami Project to Cure Paralysis; Leaders in Furthering Education, which has provided a summer camp experience for more than 15,000 disadvantaged and special needs children, as well as college scholarship support to dozens of disadvantaged high school students who aspire to careers as physicians/researchers; Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s Red Cross, for new ambulances; and the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League for a new mobile pet adoption unit.