New Broward County Library College Club Helps Students Build a Bridge to College

Too often high school seniors intend to go to college, but don’t end up there in the fall. Parents and students worry they can’t complete the college admissions process, can’t pay the bills, or can’t handle the classes. Broward County Library’s EMU (Educate, Motivate, YOU) College Club is designed to help high school seniors and their parents build a roadmap to college with support from trained counselors. The EMU College Clubs, located at six convenient Broward County Library locations, will feature two-hour long biweekly club meetings for students and biweekly counseling sessions for students and/or parents. Club meetings will cover […]

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Open Carry: A Bad Idea for Florida

Sheriff Scott Israel   With more than 350 mass shootings in the United States in 2015, gun violence weighs heavily in everyone’s thoughts.  Having more guns brandished openly on our streets is not the answer, yet that is exactly what will happen if a very dangerous bill passes in Tallahassee this year. The “open carry” bill would further weaken Florida’s already permissive gun laws by allowing concealed weapon permit holders to carry their guns openly and visibly virtually anywhere.  This “Wild West” open carry proposal would make Florida a more dangerous and menacing place, not a safer place.  That is […]

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Homeschool Children Compete in 19th Annual Saints Track & Field Meets

Saints International Sports Ministry “Where Jesus is Lord & Every Child is a Winner!” held its 19th Annual Track & Field Meets in February. Over 1,000 homeschool kids ages 5-18 were able participate at one of the four locations; Jupiter, Tradewinds Park in Pompano, Naples, and Orlando. The athletes competed in 10 different events ranging from long jump, hurdles, discus, shot put and one-mile run. Also included were races for pre-schoolers such as Diaper Dash and Toddler Trot. All athletes received an Olympic Gold Track & Field Medal. A Fantastic Family Day was had by all. Coach Rick Andreassen Founded […]

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Hoffman’s to Feature Artwork from Boys & Girls Clubs

Hoffman’s Chocolates, in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, has announced that it will feature artwork from students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County in its “Celebrate” Campaign and showcased the paintings at a reception at its Las Olas Boulevard store on January 28th.  The students’ artwork inspired by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s Art with a Heart program will be featured in Hoffman’s Chocolates print ads, social media and other promotional materials and will be on display at Hoffman’s locations. The Boys & Girls Clubs Art with a Heart program […]

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Advent Pet Blessing

Is there a place in heaven for animals?  The Pastors at Advent Church in Boca Raton think absolutely!  On Jan 30th, Advent held a Pet Blessing for the public.  All manner of critters attended including dogs, cats, guinea pigs and hamsters.  There were puppies tumbling over their feet, a service dog in training, a 15 year old poodle that has traveled the world and guinea pigs with fashionably styled hair, just to mention a few of the beloved pets that came to participate.  A pet parade was held after a beautiful service that included blessing all the pets and St. […]

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Broward Youth Coalition Receives Tickets to Black Violin Performance

In continuation of his support for the community and the arts, Zach Hoffman, CEO/Founder of Exults, presented United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse’s Broward Youth Coalition (BYC) with tickets to Black Violin’s Fort Lauderdale show on February 5th at Parker Playhouse. The tickets were distributed to 50 students and chaperones from BYC, a program focused on developing youth advocates in substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion. BYC members are trained to lead youth coalitions and participate in drug-education workshops at their respective chapters at schools throughout the county. The group of students enjoyed the show headlined […]

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People with Special Needs Experience A Night to Shine

Tuxedos and gowns, a red carpet and crowns for everyone. For over 32,000 people with special needs, Night to Shine, a prom sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and held on February 12th at over 200 churches in 48 states and 8 countries, was the experience of a lifetime. St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Boca Raton hosted 100 guests this year with support from over 250 local volunteers. “Church is more than a building,” said Steve Carretto, Sr. Pastor. “It’s about showing God’s love to our community and to the world – to be people loving and caring […]

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Gala Funds Scholarships for Spirit of America Leaders Youth Summit

The 43rd George Washington Birthday Fundraiser Gala took place on February 19, at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale. The guest of honor and keynote speaker was Melvin Morris, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2014 for his valorous actions on Sept. 17, 1969, when he led an advance across enemy lines to retrieve a fallen comrade and single-handedly destroyed an enemy force that had pinned his battalion from a series of bunkers. Morris was shot three times as he ran back toward friendly lines with the American casualties, but did not stop until he reached […]

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Avanti Way Partners with TECHO to end poverty

Overcoming extreme poverty is an everyday struggle for millions of families; however, more than 80,000 volunteers work with TECHO to change these conditions every year. Founded in 1997 in Chile, TECHO is now present in 19 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean where it has worked with more than 670 communities aiming to permanently eradicate poverty. Luciana Neveleff & Maria Gabriela Tedesco, of Avanti Way Realty, said, “We are committed to this extraordinary social cause by giving 10% of our proceeds to help build homes for families in need through our alliance with TECHO.” TECHO promotes the development of […]

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BiG Cardio 2016 Adds Two Events for Even Bigger Impact

BiG Cardio will be back on Saturday, May 7, and it’s going to be bigger than ever! Added to the activities of previous events, the 9th Annual BiG Cardio will have a 100K road cycle, youth soccer clinics, and a CEO Challenge that participants won’t want to miss. And to allow for a greater focus on growing the event to benefit even more children, BiG Cardio will now be produced by BiG Children’s Foundation (BCF), a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization headed up by long-time 4KIDS staff member and advocate, Joyce Feldman. “BCF and 4KIDS are excited about the […]

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