Impact Broward’s luncheon recognizes community efforts
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
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