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, May 29, more than 350 business and community leaders joined the Broward Partnership to celebrate 16 years of opening doors to possibilities for more than 21,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness in Broward County at the annual Salute to Leadership Gala. The event, held at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marin, raised more than $254,000 to support the Partnership’s work to assist those experiencing homelessness.
Entertained throughout the evening by the R&B sounds of the Valerie Tyson Band, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception while bidding on auction items, which was then followed by dinner and an awards ceremony. Dr. Patrick A. Taylor, the President and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital, was honored with the prestigious James J. Blosser Community Trusteeship Award. JM Family Enterprises, Inc. received the Corporate Trusteeship Award and the Realtor Association of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Charitable Foundation was honored with Foundation Trusteeship Award.
The event was made possible by presenting sponsor The Leo Goodwin Foundation and major sponsors including AmTrust North America of Florida, Becker & Poliakoff, BMW/Holman of Fort Lauderdale, Broward Health, Castelli Real Estate Services, Circle of Friends Foundation, City Furniture, Emerald Asset Advisors LLC, GL Homes, Sally Goldman Foundation, Art Greenfeder,Holy Cross Hospital, Jan Klein, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Premier Beverage Company, Sun Sentinel, Turner Construction Company, and Ultimate Software.
The Gala was chaired by the Partnership’s Board Chair Dodie Keith-Lazowick. The event’s Host Committee included Kim Bentley, Elliot P. Borkson, Esq., Claudette Bruck, Carolyn Burns, Diane D’Angelo, Jay Fraser, Kenneth Gordon, Esq., Jane Grant, Christine M. Hansen, Marlene Katkin, Jonathan Keith, Carol Molnar, John Primeau, Joanne Snead, Cathy Stutin, Esq., Jennifer Tate, Dr. Patrick Taylor, Daniel E. Taylor, Esq. and Linda Wood.
Proceeds from the event will assist the Partnership in operating the 230-bed Central Homeless Assistance Center on the Huizenga Campus, which serves more than 1,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness each year.