Since opening on February 1, 1999, the Broward Partnership served over 20,000 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, September 12th, Broward Partnership hosted their Sixth-Annual Golf Challenge and raised a record $111,500 to support critically-needed shelter and supportive services for homeless families with children in Broward County.
Companies were encouraged to create teams this year, and Brown & Brown Florida accepted this challenge by leading all companies with over $34,000 in pledges. The team was led by Michael Keeby, Executive Vice President, Brown & Brown Florida, a Broward Partnership board member and chair of this year’s golf event.
Golfers were challenged to play 36 holes and raise a minimum of $2,000 each from their business associates, friends and family members for each hole played during the fun-filled day, which took place at the prestigious Fort Lauderdale Country Club.
The corporate team raising the most funds award was presented to Brown & Brown Florida. The individual golfer raising the most funds award was presented to Michael Keeby. Nick DiPietra won the “Closet to the Pin” award, with Michael Keeby winning the “Men’s Longest Drive” and Anita Ward winning the “Women’s Longest Drive” competition. The “Straightest Drive” award was presented to John Perillo.
The Sixth Broward Partnership Golf Challenge was made possible through the generous support of title sponsor Brown & Brown Florida, presenting sponsor The Leo Goodwin Foundation and additional support provided by AutoNation, Inc., Gordon Food Service, Cheney Brothers, Inc., New River Grille & Pizza, David Warren Photography and Angel’s Envy Bourbon.
Proceeds from the event support the Broward Partnership’s Family Services Program, which provides homeless families with emergency shelter, food and a variety of services designed to strengthen and stabilize the entire family, including individual, couples and family therapy; family enrichment activities; peer-led support groups; and training to develop parenting skills and coping techniques. This year the Partnership expanded its campus to accommodate an additional 30 beds for homeless single mothers with children, helping to get more families off the streets and into safe, stable housing as quickly as possible.
On February 28, 2014, the Broward Partnership was presented with the “Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year” award at the 4th Annual PNC Bank Non-Profit Academy Awards. The award honors an organization that accomplishes significant results and serves as a model for other non-profit organizations, and the judges focused on the following key areas of non-profit excellence:
- Exceptional overall results and impact
- Strong governance and executive leadership
- Financial stability
- Effective community engagement and partnerships
Competition for the award was fierce, and the Partnership’s selection as winner is a testament to the leadership of our financial supporters, board of directors and the tireless efforts of our dedicated staff -- all of which make a lasting impact on the issue of homelessness in our community.
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