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, May 30, community leaders and supporters joined the Broward Partnership on “The Yellow Brick Road” at the 15th Annual Salute to Leadership Gala, which raised more than $217,000 and showed there’s no place like home for the homeless. Many guests dressed as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters for the fun evening of dining, dancing and live music by the Gypsy Lane Band at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina.
This year’s event celebrated the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Partnership’s Huizenga Campus near downtown Fort Lauderdale, where it has helped more than 20,000 homeless individuals and families to date get back on the road to health, employment and housing. The Broward Partnership’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented in memory of Kevin T. Leonard, a founding board member and past board chairman who was dedicated to improving the quality of life for the homeless and the entire community.
The 15th Annual Salute to Leadership event was made possible by presenting sponsor The Leo Goodwin Foundation and additional sponsors JM Family Enterprises, Holy Cross Hospital, Sun Sentinel, Emerald Asset Advisors LLC, Automated HealthCare Solutions, GL Homes, Comerica Bank, Sally Goldman Foundation, Center State Bank, CRP Steel and Premier Beverage.
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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