Pub­lisher’s Note

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Society Scene - Palm Beach - - Front Page -

Iwake up everyday de­ter­mined to both change the world and have a good time. Some­times that can be dif­fi­cult: get­ting up at the crack of dawn (and I am not a morn­ing per­son, but when else can I do Pi­lates?); lay­ing my clothes out the night be­fore (oth­er­wise, I’d wear black everyday); putting lip­stick on in the car; arriving at the of­fice and beginning to sort through emails and voice­mails. Then, there comes a big meet­ing in the con­fer­ence room, af­ter­wards I am off to a board meet­ing - thank good­ness lunch is served, be­cause there’s no time to stop and en­ergy is needed to get through the day. Ap­point­ments all af­ter­noon. Two fundrais­ing events on the cal­en­dar for the evening so I split my time - cock­tails at one, din­ner at the other. Then home to catch the evening news, hope­fully. I’m not com­plain­ing though, as I am lucky enough to have a job that al­lows me to do things ev­ery day to change the world and make it a slightly bet­ter place. It’s amaz­ing how much time can be found when none seems to ex­ist, if you are do­ing some­thing you re­ally care about. (How­ever, I’d give my life for a peep-toe stiletto I could wear all day!)

I have al­ways felt that you should never for­get where you come from and how you got to where you are to­day. One should al­ways give back - not just by writ­ing a check but by giv­ing the most valu­able as­set you pos­sess, your time and en­ergy. I know the per­sonal value of ser­vice as a vol­un­teer. I have tried to give what I can to the causes that I hold close to my heart. I am proud to serve on the boards of the Broward Part­ner­ship for the Home­less - com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing home­less­ness by pro­mot­ing in­de­pen­dence and self worth through com­pre­hen­sive ser­vices; The Young at Art Chil­dren’s Mu­seum - shap­ing young minds and awak­en­ing cre­ativ­ity with fun and ex­cit­ing hands - on cul­tural, ed­u­ca­tional and arts ex­pe­ri­ences; Re­viv­ing Base­ball in In­ner Cities (RBI) - a ma­jor league base­ball pro­gram pro­vid­ing dis­ad­van­taged kids ages 13-18 an op­por­tu­nity to learn and en­joy the game of base­ball. But, more im­por­tantly, pro­vid­ing a pos­i­tive, team-ori­ented ac­tiv­ity that keeps them off the streets and teaches them that be­ing a suc­cess in life takes more than suc­ceed­ing on the ball­field - it also means suc­ceed­ing in the class­room and in the com­mu­nity.

And of course the Sun Sen­tinel Chil­drens Fund. I’ve been in­volved in the fund for quite some time. It’s part of my job. It’s also per­sonal. My fam­ily feels lucky to be able to con­trib­ute each year.

We are so for­tu­nate in this com­mu­nity to have a tremendous amount of folks who vol­un­teer and those who want to but aren’t quite sure where to be­gin. So we came up with the idea for the “Vol­un­teer Guide” - a list­ing of the area’s non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in need of help and in­for­ma­tion on how to get in­volved.

You’ll also see in this is­sue of So­ci­ety Scene a few of the re­mark­able men and women who, through their ex­em­plary vol­un­teer­ing and out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions, are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in our world. They ex­plain in their own words the causes that speak to them. While the char­i­ties are as dif­fer­ent as the peo­ple them­selves, the chal­lenge is clear - to dis­cover what com­pels you to care and join them in adding a sweet­ness to the day and a smile to some­one’s heart.

I’m very proud of the So­ci­ety Scene Vol­un­teer Guide and look for­ward to watch­ing it grow ev­ery year. The guide wouldn’t be pos­si­ble without the help of all of our fab­u­lous non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions! Thank you for sup­port­ing this is­sue by con­tribut­ing con­tent and ad­ver­tis­ing, tak­ing part in the cover shoot and shar­ing pho­tos. You all came to­gether in a way that truly shows how much you are the fab­ric of our com­mu­nity

To me, vol­un­teer­ing is like find­ing the per­fect dress - some­times you have to try on a few causes for size, maybe even take a walk around to see if it’s a per­fect fit, but in the end, it looks fab­u­lous on you and feels like a sec­ond skin. Peo­ple of­ten ask me what is the “best” cause to align them­selves with. Look for some­thing that has per­sonal mean­ing. Fo­cus your en­ergy in one di­rec­tion. Iden­tify your pas­sion. It’s only by bring­ing your real pas­sion to some­thing, that you can be your best. I see a lot of peo­ple re­ally want­ing to do pos­i­tive things in the world. So about those ques­tions - isn’t it great when some of the an­swers don’t mat­ter at all - like beer or wine. It’s all good, just pick one. It’s your at­ti­tude that mat­ters most. You can’t save th world by your­self. But if each of us takes action, imag­ine the im­pact!

SO­CI­ETY SCENE Pub­lisher Stacy Os­trau

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