Broward Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion in­ducts seven into Hall of Fame

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port For­mer U.S. Con­gress­woman Car­rie P. Meek, front cen­ter, at the Ground­break­ing for her name­sake Car­rie Meek In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Park. Black PR Wire

FORT LAUD­ERDALE, Fla. – Broward Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion in­ducted seven com­mu­nity lu­mi­nar­ies and cham­pi­ons in ed­u­ca­tion to its Hall of Fame at the Publix Su­per Mar­kets Char­i­ties “2017 Hall of Fame Break­fast” pre­sented by Me­mo­rial Health­care Sys­tem. The Hall of Fame hon­ors and rec­og­nizes dis­tin­guished alumni of Broward County Pub­lic Schools.

Keith Koenig, pres­i­dent and CEO of City Fur­ni­ture, re­ceived the JM Fam­ily En­ter­prises Inc. Life­time Achieve­ment Award, hon­or­ing an alum­nus who has made an in­deli­ble mark in the com­mu­nity.

Koenig grad­u­ated from North­east High School in 1969 and has been a phi­lan­thropist and ad­vo­cate for ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren for more than 40 years.

The three in­ductees who re­ceived the Bank of Amer­ica Com­mu­nity Achieve­ment Award for their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity were:

Lisa Scott Founds, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Win­ter­fest, Strana­han High School, Class of 1981

Max Osce­ola, Jr., Na­tive Amer­i­can Is­sues Con­sul­tant, McArthur High School, Class of 1968

Shane Strum, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Me­mo­rial Health­care Sys­tem, Hol­ly­wood Hills High School, Class of 1988

Re­ceiv­ing The Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel, Café & Casino Ed­u­ca­tion Achieve­ment Award for their ded­i­ca­tion to a ca­reer in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion were:

James F. Grif­fin II, Laud­erdale Lakes Mid­dle School Prin­ci­pal, Dil­lard High School, Class of 1989

Patrick McQuaid, Nova High School Ath­letic Di­rec­tor, Nova High School, Class of 1968

Elaine Saef, Pan­ther Run El­e­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal, Hol­ly­wood Hills High School, Class of 1982

The names of the in­ductees will for­ever be etched on gran­ite stars lin­ing the BrightS­tar Credit Union “Walk of Fame” out­side of the Broward County Pub­lic Schools District Of­fice.

“We are deeply com­mit­ted to com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and are proud to help shine the spot­light on the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion,” said Ni­cole Krauss, Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager for Publix Su­per Mar­kets Char­i­ties and em­cee of the event. “These Hall of Fame hon­orees have set the stan­dard for sup­port­ing our com­mu­nity with their time and tal­ents and their con­tri­bu­tions will im­pact gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Dur­ing the Hall of Fame break­fast, Broward Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion paid spe­cial trib­ute to Brian W. Dassler, Ph.D., for­mer Florida De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Deputy Chan­cel­lor of Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion and Cooper City High School class of 1997 alum­nus, who passed away ear­lier this year.

Ad­di­tional spon­sors in­cluded D. Stephen­son Con­struc­tion, Inc., Com­cast, Wells Fargo and Char­ter Schools of Ex­cel­lence.

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – The Car­rie Meek Foun­da­tion, Foundry Com­mer­cial and sev­eral part­ners will host the Car­rie Meek In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Park – Con­struc­tion Ven­dor & La­bor Op­por­tu­nity Fair on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16.

The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Sher­bondy Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, lo­cated at 215 N. Perviz Av­enue in Opa-locka. Ad­mis­sion is free, but regis­tra­tion is re­quired.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity and those with busi­ness ex­per­tise to be a part of the plans for the Car­rie Meek In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Park,” said Tony Crapp, Sr., ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Car­rie Meek Foun­da­tion. “We in­vite ev­ery­one to join us to learn more about the project and find out how you can be­come en­gaged and ac­tively a part of its suc­cess.”

Dur­ing the fair, at­ten­dees will hear about the project first hand from the prime con­trac­tor and sev­eral sub­con­trac­tors work­ing to build and de­velop the In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Park.

Par­tic­i­pants will learn about the three phases of the project that are un­der­way and hear from part­ners. This event is es­sen­tial for busi­nesses with the fol­low­ing ex­per­tise: as­phalt, build­ing main­te­nance, hand rails, con­crete land­scap­ing, curb and gut­ter, elec­tri­cal, fenc­ing, ir­ri­ga­tion, paint­ing, plumb­ing, side­walks, sig­nage, un­der­ground util­i­ties, skilled la­bor­ers and more.

Lo­cal busi­nesses, ven­dors and sub­con­trac­tors are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate. There will also be op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for un­skilled la­bor­ers. Ap­pli­cants at­tend­ing the fair should bring copies of their re­sumes, busi­ness cards, cer­tifi­cates and any con­struc­tion and trade li­censes.

The Car­rie Meek Foun­da­tion is a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion that spon­sors and pro­motes pro­grams in ed­u­ca­tion, hous­ing, health and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. It is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for all res­i­dents of its com­mu­nity.

The foun­da­tion sus­tains for­mer U.S. Con­gress­woman Meek’s work through grant­mak­ing, civic en­gage­ment and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment. It is the legacy in ac­tion of one of the most vi­sion­ary and pro­duc­tive pub­lic ser­vants in U.S. his­tory.

Through­out her ed­u­ca­tional ca­reer and her dis­tin­guished ten­ure in state and fed­eral of­fice, Car­rie P. Meek has staunchly ad­vo­cated eq­uity and op­por­tu­nity for poor and dis­en­fran­chised peo­ple.

Com­mit­ted to tak­ing bold, trans­for­ma­tive steps, Meek has worked tire­lessly to im­prove the qual­ity of life and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for all, es­pe­cially the young, mi­nori­ties and the dis­ad­van­taged.

Her be­lief that safe, de­cent, af­ford­able hous­ing should be ac­ces­si­ble even to the most eco­nom­i­cally vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions is man­i­fest in the thou­sands of af­ford­able rental hous­ing units con­structed through her ef­forts in the Florida leg­is­la­ture.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to regis­ter for the Car­rie Meek In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Park Con­struc­tion Ven­dor & La­bor Op­por­tu­nity Fair, con­tact Sonshine Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at 305-948-8063.

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