Con­gress­woman hon­ored

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

MI­AMI - The ballroom at the Hil­ton Mi­ami Down­town was full of Mi­ami-Dade’s “who’s who,” for the Women’s Fund Mi­ami-Dade’s Power of the Purse 2018 and 25th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion. Nearly 900 phi­lan­thropists, cor­po­ra­tions, non-prof­its, com­mu­nity lead­ers, elected of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity mem­bers came to­gether on April 27 for one of the largest gath­er­ings fo­cused on im­prov­ing the lives of women and girls in the county.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion launched its new ral­ly­ing call “WOMEN STRONG WORLD STRONG” to drive the or­ga­ni­za­tion into the next 25 years, and to cel­e­brate the past 25 years of en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity and pro­vid­ing more than $4 mil­lion to al­most 500 non­profit gran­tees serv­ing over 75,000 women and girls in Mi­ami-Dade County.

“We are more than a com­mu­nity, we are a move­ment, and to­gether … we will over­come chal­lenges to cre­ate a world where power and pos­si­bil­ity are not limited by gen­der,” said Kathy An­der­sen, Women’s Fund ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced The Women's Fund Im­pact Awards that will in­vest in lo­cal non-prof­its and pro­grams in its four pil­lars of eco­nomic se­cu­rity, lead­er­ship, health and well-be­ing, and free­dom from vi­o­lence. Full de­tails of how non-prof­its can gain fund­ing through the awards will be an­nounced later in the year.

A new web site and “Take Ac­tion Now” tech­nol­ogy plat­form was launched that al­lows any­one to take ac­tion on crit­i­cal is­sues to ad­vance the sta­tus of women and girls in just a few mo­ments on a mo­bile de­vice or com­puter. Dur­ing the event, at­ten­dees re­ceived a sim­ple text mes­sage that en­abled every­one to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to help end the trauma of hu­man traf­fick­ing vic­tim de­po­si­tions in Florida.

Two pow­er­ful young speak­ers, Shanika Am­pah and Sab­rina Noel, shared their story and spo­ken word on over­com­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence with tes­ti­mony that brought a stand­ing ova­tion.

For­mer U.S. Con­gress­woman Car­rie P. Meek (re­tired) was rec­og­nized by Mi­amiDade Com­mis­sioner Bar­bara Jor­dan for the con­gress­woman’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­com­plish­ments, and to ac­knowl­edge the In­au­gu­ral Car­rie P. Meek Im­pact Award funded by The Car­rie Meek Foun­da­tion as part of The Women’s Fund Im­pact Awards.

Mi­ami-Dade State At­tor­ney, Kather­ine Fer­nan­dez Run­dle, spoke on the is­sue of hu­man traf­fick­ing and the need for on­go­ing ad­vo­cacy to help vic­tims; and pre­sented The Mar­i­lynn Glad­stone Life­time Achieve­ment Award posthu­mously to for­mer U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Janet Reno, which was ac­cepted by Janet’s niece, Hunter Reno.

The event ended with a call to ac­tion for sup­port­ers to con­trib­ute to the ad­vo­cacy and im­pact ini­tia­tives of The Women’s Fund Mi­ami-Dade in or­der to af­fect crit­i­cal is­sues in our com­mu­nity, high­light­ing that as a WOMEN STRONG WORLD STRONG com­mu­nity, we don't ac­cept: • One in five women in Mi­ami-Dade County lives in poverty. • One in three women are vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and one in three girls are vic­tims of child sex­ual abuse. • The aver­age woman earns 78 cents on the dol­lar to a white man, or 61 cents on the dol­lar if you’re a black woman, or 55 cents on the dol­lar if you’re an His­panic woman • One in three girls are afraid to lead, or • Women and fam­i­lies still do not have ad­e­quate and af­ford­able ac­cess to health ser­vices. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.Women­sFundMi­ami.org.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF GREG REED

Con­gress­woman Car­rie Meek pre­sented with the In­au­gu­ral Con­gress­woman Car­rie Meek Im­pact Award by Mi­ami-Dade County Com­mis­sioner Bar­bara Jor­dan,with Lu­cia Davis Raiford (Car­rie's daugh­ter).

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