Im­pact Broward’s lun­cheon rec­og­nizes com­mu­nity ef­forts

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Im­pact Broward’s “Com­mu­nity Im­pact Awards Lun­cheon” will take place Oct. 4 at the Re­nais­sance Ho­tel in Plan­ta­tion.

The chair­man of this year’s event is Peter Leighton. Awards pro­vided this year will in­clude: Non­profit Part­ner­ship Award to the United Way of Broward County; Cor­po­rate Part­ner­ship Award to Hu­mana; In­di­vid­ual Award to Con­nie McKen­zie; Pub­lic Of­fi­cial Award to Com­mis­sioner Lois Wexler; and the Edith S. Leder­berg Wis­dom In Ac­tion Award will be pre­sented to June and John McCarthy.

All hon­orees are be­ing rec­og­nized for their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the lives of res­i­dents of Broward County. A com­mit­tee re­viewed nom­i­na­tions of ex­cep­tional Im­pact Broward vol­un­teers from col­lab­o­rat­ing non­profit agen­cies pro­vid­ing ser­vices to chil­dren, adults and non­prof­its for the Vol­un­teer Pub­lic Ser­vice Awards.

Ex­cep­tional vol­un­teers re­ceiv­ing the Pub­lic Ser­vice Awards at the lun­cheon are: Mary Alexan­der, a foster grand­par­ent vol­un­teer at Markham El­e­men­tary School; Gilma Oca­sio a se­nior com­pan­ion vol­un­teer at St. An­drew Tow­ers; and Charles Vrane a re­tired and Se­nior Vol­un­teer Pro­gram vol­un­teer at the Broward County VA Out­pa­tient Clinic.

This year, Im­pact Broward has an­nounced the op­por­tu­nity of a chal­lenge grant from the Salah Foun­da­tion that will match up to $50,000 for each dol­lar Im­pact Broward raises to ben­e­fit the Veter­ans Help­ing Veter­ans Pro­gram. The goal of the pro­gram is to match an older veteran or men­tor with a younger veteran or mentee re­turn­ing from Iraq and Afghanistan. The men­tors pro­vide sup­port to their mentee in­clud­ing: read­just­ment to civil­ian life, cop­ing skills, and friend­ship and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in or­der for the re­turn­ing veteran to have a smoother tran­si­tion from com­bat to civil­ian life.

Im­pact Broward has been ac­tively serv­ing the Broward County com­mu­nity for 48 years. Our vol­un­teers ded­i­cate their time and skills to tu­tor­ing and men­tor­ing chil­dren, pro­vid­ing sup­port and com­pan­ion­ship to frail el­derly and adults with dis­abil­i­ties, pro­vid­ing older veter­ans to as­sist younger veter­ans re­turn­ing from Iraq and Afghanistan, and vol­un­teers who as­sist non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions by pro­vid­ing pro bono con­sult­ing ser­vices that en­hance the non­prof­its’ ca­pac­ity to de­liver ser­vices to res­i­dents in the com­mu­nity. Pro­grams in­clude: Se­nior Com­pan­ion Pro­gram, Respite for Care­givers, Re­tired and Se­nior Vol­un­teer Pro­gram, Foster Grand­par­ents, Dropout Preven­tion, Case Man­age­ment Ser­vices, En­core Con­nect and

Mar­lene Crep, left, John Gar­gotta, Su­san Wiener and Diane Smith

Pho­tos by Kara Starzyk

Broward County Com­mis­sioner Lois Wexler, left, Mary Alexan­der, Con­nie McKen­zie and Deb­o­rah Gal­loway

Deb­bie Sav­age, left, Clin­ton Perkins, Lee Zei­d­man and Peter Leighton

June McCarthy, left, and John McCarthy

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