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