Your support raised over $74,000 for our Family Services program!
The Disco Ball Celebrates Good Times
HONORS COMMUNITY LEADERS AND RAISES MORE THAN $280,000
Saturday Night Fever gripped Broward’s top community and business leaders who dressed in leisure suits, platform shoes and other retro attire to “do the hustle” and raise more than $280,000 to help Broward’s homeless rebuild their lives at the “Disco Ball,” presented by the Broward Partnership as its 14th Annual Salute to Leadership.
More than 350 supporters and guests danced the night away at GPG Studios, which was transformed into a Studio 54-style nightclub. The disco inferno was fueled by a cocktail reception, dinner and awards presentation before Grammy Award-winning disco/Motown legend Thelma Houston ignited the crowd with a live musical performance, which featured “Last Dance” and “Don’t Leave Me This Way”.
In addition to raising funds to support the Partnership's mission, the Disco Ball also shined the spotlight on several outstanding community partners:
The Keith Family was honored with the prestigious James J. Blosser Community Trusteeship Award in recognition of the family’s overwhelming generosity and commitment to the Partnership’s mission, which spans three generations beginning with family patriarch and one of our founders, the late Bill Keith. American Express received the Corporate Trusteeship Award in recognition of the company’s significant financial support of our Workforce Development and Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers programs as well as the active volunteer efforts of American Express employees since 1999. The Health Foundation of South Florida was honored with the Foundation Trusteeship Award for its ongoing support of “Smiles Work!” Dental Program, which provides critically-needed, comprehensive oral health care for the Partnership's homeless residents.
The Disco Ball was made possible by presenting sponsor The Leo Goodwin Foundation. Additional sponsors included GL Homes, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Holy Cross Hospital, Sun Sentinel, Carnival Cruise Lines, Emerald Asset Advisors, Ultimate Software, Automated HealthCare Solutions, Inc., AutoNation, Comerica Bank, First Southern Bank, Sally Goldman Foundation, Premier Beverage Company, Starmark, Pierson Grant Public Relations, Black Coach Limousine, Riverside Hotel and Over the Top Linens. Co-chaired by Elliot Borkson and Kevin Leonard, the event’s host committee included Kim Bentley, Bill Burley, Diane D’Angelo, Shannon Gilbert, Kenneth Gordon, Jane Grant, Michael Keeby, Carol Molnar, Peggy Nordeen, John Primeau, Joni Rein, Cathy Stutin, Charles Tatelbaum, Daniel Taylor, Linda Wood and honorary chair Dr. Patrick Taylor.
Proceeds from the Disco Ball will assist Broward Partnership in operating the 200-bed Central Homeless Assistance Center on the Huizenga Campus, which serves more than 1,200 homeless men, women and children each year. In addition to short term shelter and nutritious meals, we offer wrap-around case management and comprehensive on-site services, such as medical and dental care, behavioral health, workforce development, family therapy and others that assist the homeless in reacquiring health, housing and employment as quickly as possible.
Our 2013 Report to the Community is available for download. Click on the cover image to download the full report.
Since opening on February 1, 1999, the Broward Partnership has served over 19,700 homeless individuals and families, by providing short term housing, and been held as a model program for its comprehensive array of solution-focused services that aim to reduce and prevent homelessness. The agency has won best practices awards from the Florida Department of Children & Families and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, which also recognized the Partnership as one of the 400 best projects in the nation serving the homeless.