Broward Education Foundation inducts seven into Hall of Fame
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.