Healthy Moth­ers, Healthy Ba­bies to cel­e­brate an­nual ‘Mother’s Day Lun­cheon’

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Healthy Moth­ers, Healthy Ba­bies Coali­tion of Broward County Inc. (HMHB) will cel­e­brate the 21st an­nual “Mother’sDay Lun­cheon” May10. The event will take place at theWestin Beach Re­sort& Spa in Fort Laud­erdale and will honor out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als that have made a dif­fer­ence in the lives of chil­dren and fam­i­lies in Broward County, rec­og­niz­ing them as Mother, Fa­ther and Grand­mother of the Year. Th­ese hon­orees are nom­i­nated by their peers for ex­em­pli­fy­ing the qual­i­ties of out­stand­ing par­ent­hood, such as kind­ness, car­ing, sac­ri­fice and gen­eros­ity to chil­dren.

The 2013 hon­orees in­clude Mother of the Year re­cip­i­ents Rhonda Ritchie-As­lak­sen from Royal Dames of Can­cer Re­search; An­jali Bes­ley, board mem­ber of Women in Dis­tress; Rose Blaise, founder of Free Your­selfWomen’s Foun­da­tion; So­nia Perez, founder of An­gel’s Pe­di­atric Heart House; and Cindi Sam­son, board mem­ber of Jewish Fed­er­a­tion. Made­lyn Zel­man of Can’t Stom­ach Can­cer: The Foun­da­tion of Deb­bie’sDream, is the Grand­mother of the Year; James Car­roll, of the Fort Laud­erdale Fire-Res­cue is the Fa­ther of the Year; John Fr­us­ciante, re­tired cir­cuit court judge, is the Life­time Legacy Honoree; and the 2013 Guardian An­gels are Al­li­son and Dr. Peter An­tevy, of the Di­a­mond An­gels and Joe DiMag­gio Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

The “Mother’sDay Lun­cheon” is the big­gest fundrais­ing event forHMHBof Broward. The funds are vi­tal for the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s con­tin­ued ded­i­ca­tion to re­duce in­fant deaths by strength­en­ing fam­i­lies through a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to pre­na­tal care, par­ent­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port ser­vices. Founded in1987, HMHBof Broward con­tin­ues to grow in ser­vices, pro­grams and the pop­u­la­tion they reach. Pro­grams in­clude Cribs for Kids, the Father­hood Men­tor­ship Pro­gram, For­get MeNot Be­reave­ment Sup­port, Healthy Fam­i­lies, Teen Col­lab­o­ra­tive Project, Oral Health for Preg­nant Women, Mother­sOver­com­ing Ma­ter­nal Stress (MOMS) and the Ma­hogany Project. Each of th­ese pro­grams tar­get the pop­u­la­tions that are at the great­est risk of in­fant mor­tal­ity and low birth weight ba­bies.

“The ded­i­cated staff atHMHB of Broward goes into the field each day to en­sure moth­ers, ba­bies and fam­i­lies are re­ceiv­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­cal care, emo­tional sup­port and par­ent­ing in­for­ma­tion nec­es­sary to en­sure that Broward’s ba­bies are healthy and liv­ing in a safe en­vi­ron­ment,” ex­plains Ba­bette Ferre-Kosar, di­rec­tor of devel­op­ment.

HMHBof Broward strives to be the leader in Broward County in pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion and re­sources to pro­mote pos­i­tive ma­ter­nal and child health. The or­ga­ni­za­tion will host its first “Par­ent­ing Jam­boree” at JA World Huizenga Cen­ter at Broward Col­lege June15. The event will in­clude im­por­tant safety and re­source in­for­ma­tion as well as a fun-filled day of ac­tiv­i­ties, food and en­ter­tain­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hmhb­broward.org or con­tact Ba­bette at 954-765-0550, ext. 316 or BFerre-Kosar @hmhmb­broward.org.

Siobhan Ed­wards, left, and Colleen Bokam­per

Rose Blaise, left, and Michelle Reese

Ba­bette Ferre-Kosar, left, and Duree Ross

Deb­bie Zel­man, left, and Ilyssa Blum

Pat Gil­mour, left, and Kim­berly Gil­mour

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