Since opening on February 1, 1999, the Broward Partnership served over 21,000 homeless individuals and families, by providing short-term housing, and it has been held as a model program for its comprehensive array of solution-focused services that aim to reduce and prevent homelessness. The agency 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.
On Friday, December 4th, Broward’s top community and business leaders will don aprons to serve as “celebrity waiters” at the 15th Annual Breakfast for Champions of the Homeless event, hosted by the Broward Partnership and the Downtown Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. More than 200 guests are expected to attend this popular power breakfast, where celebrity waiters aim to dazzle with their table decorating and serving skills and compete to earn the most “tips” to benefit the Broward Partnership.
This year’s roster of celebrity waiters includes Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Vice Mayor Robert McKinzie and Commissioners Bruce Roberts, Romney Rogers and Dean Trantalis, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his wife Susan, and community leaders Broward College President David Armstrong, John Benz, John Castelli, Keith Costello, Courtney Crush, David Di Pietro, Heiko Dobrikow, Jim Ellis, Genia Duncan Ellis, Broward Health CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Gloria Fernandez, Jerry Gutierrez, Jonathan Keith, Dan Lindblade, Jean McIntyre, Melissa Milroy, Dev Motwani, Ramola Motwani, Stephen R. Palmer, Jonathan Schiller, Shane Strum, Stephen K. Tilbrook, Jessica Urbanski and Johnny Williams.
The 15th Annual Breakfast for Champions event is made possible through the support of its presenting sponsor the Leo Goodwin Foundation along with sponsors Brinkley Morgan, the Circle of Friends Foundation, Robert Haeffner, the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Pierson Grant Public Relations, Publix Super Markets, Republic Services, Small Business Bookkeeping Solutions, Sun Sentinel, Temple Kol Ami and the Thomas Family Foundation.
On Saturday, October 17th, some of South Florida’s most renowned chefs donated their culinary talents and provided an unforgettable dining experience for guests at the Broward Partnership’s 9th Annual Chefs Helping the Homeless. The unique gastronomical event raised $41,000 to help provide critical services and nutritious meals for the more than 1,000 men, women and families with children experiencing homelessness the Partnership assists each year.
The evening began with a private cocktail reception at the Chef’s Palette Café and Grill on the campus of the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Following the reception, guests were escorted to a limousine and whisked away to one of 10 restaurants throughout Broward and Palm Beach, where they enjoyed multi-course gourmet meals and a luxurious private dining experience.
The 9th Annual Chefs Helping the Homeless event was made possible by supporting sponsors The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Black Coach Limousine, L ‘Hermitage Catering, Papa’s Pilar Rum and Premier Beverage Company. The restaurants that provided the delectable donated meals included: Café Vico Italian Restaurant, Casa D’Angelo, Chops Lobster Bar - Boca, Diplomat Prime at the Diplomat Resort & Spa, Eduardo De San Angel, Market 17, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Secret Garden at The Pillars Hotel, The Signature Grand and Steak 954 at The W Hotel.
Proceeds from the event will assist the Partnership in operating the 230-bed Huizenga Campus in downtown Fort Lauderdale..