House of Protection Celebrates 20 Years of Dedicated Service

In February of 2002, the Lord gave Suzanne Marcellus, CEO/Founder, a vision. In it, she saw a safe space where children in need could receive counseling, become better educated, and explore extracurricular activities/programs. A space that would serve as a nurturing home and training ground to develop youth who live righteous, joyful and peaceful lives with God at their center. Youth equipped with the tools and experience to become positive influencers in their communities.  House of Protection, 20 Years of Service Since its establishment in May 2004, their staff and volunteers have worked diligently to bring this vision to fruition. […]

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I’m A Girl

I’m a girl. I’m supposed to care about pretty things. Shoes, fashion, style. And all I talk about is Israel and Jews. Why? Because I have PTSD. Because I grew up in bomb shelters hiding from whistling bombs over my head from our neighbors. Because I grew up with intifadas – stabbing, killing, suicide bombings…with exploding coffee shops, malls, busses, non-stop all around me. Because my grandparents escaped the holocaust at 13 years old when their entire family was murdered. Because my dad’s tank exploded in a war and all his friends died virgins at 18. Because at 18, I […]

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4KIDS Culinary Takeoff Fuels Futures

On Friday, April 5th, new and long-time advocates alike came together to ‘fuel futures’ for kids at the 4KIDS Culinary Takeoff. Hosted at the hangar on-site Banyan Air Service, over 150 guests enjoyed an evening filled with culinary delights, live entertainment, and the chance to mingle among luxury jets. Consistent with the name of the event, one of the biggest draws of the night was the opportunity to sample delectable small plates, mocktails, and desserts showcased by 15 different Culinary Partners. From Spanish tapas to Poke bowls, a variety of cultures and styles of cooking were represented and celebrated at […]

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Benefactors Set Sail to Benefit Salvation Army

South Florida business leaders and benefactors set sail to benefit The Salvation Army of Broward County (TSABC) at the organization’s inaugural Red Shield Regatta presented by JM Family Enterprises at “The Park” on March 9. The evening raised $210,649 for TSABC’s Plymouth Colony, an essential transitional housing complex in Hollywood that provides shelter and supportive services for families facing adversity. Benefactors’ Highlights The highlight of the evening was a motorized mini sailboat regatta pitting event sponsors against each other, first, followed by a run-off against local media personalities. Sponsor KPMG emerged first and victorious in both races. To donate, visit […]

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2024 Summer Camp Guide

Memories are made and friendships forged during the carefree days of summer camp. It’s a wonderful way to provide educational enrichment in a fun-filled environment, can build character and independence and may lead to spiritual development. Here are a few local offerings listed geographically from south to north.   Trench Warrior/ King of the South Team Camps St. Thomas University, 16401 NW 37th Ave, Miami Gardens High School June 13, 7am-5pm 754-308-5578 Southatlanticfca.org   CMCP Summer Camps Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, 500 E. Chaminade Drive, Hollywood Baseball Camp Entering 3rd – 9th Grade 1.Camper: $225; 2 Campers: $425 ; 3 Campers: […]

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StrikeForce 421 Marks $1.5 Million in Giving

StrikeForce 421 gave a total of $212,000 to six local Christian ministries making a big impact in South Florida during their Spring Celebration on March 21st. This marks over $1.5 MILLION given away since StrikeForce 421’s inception in 2014  along with their community of pledge partners! The 2024 Grant Awards were given to the following recipients: CityHouse received $28,200 to launch and outfit their newest location in partnership with Rio Vista Community Church Lighthouse 4Students received $15,000 for their after-school summer program for at-risk youth Knox Theological Seminary received $54,050 to develop two foundational, public learning series for lay leaders […]

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16TH Annual BiG Cardio Event Benefits At-Risk Youth

Big Cardio for At-Risk Youth Big Children’s Foundation hosted the 16th Annual Big Cardio Event on March 2nd to benefit at-risk youth. The event, usually held in May for Foster Care Awareness, was held earlier due to park renovations, but will return to its usual first Saturday in May 2025. This fun event encompassed a 5K, a 3.1 walk, 1-mile prayer walk, fitness classes, pickleball, and the Renegade Games—a competitive team relay through an obstacle course where the winners receive medals. The 1-Mile Prayer Walk, sponsored by Community Christian Church, was extra special as the walkers were accompanied by live […]

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4KIDS Opens Doors in Miami-Dade County

Nearly 200 community members celebrated the Grand Opening of 4KIDS’ newest office in Miami Gardens on February 29. This momentous occasion marked 4KIDS’ fourth expansion and regional office, adding Miami-Dade County to a dozen other Florida counties where 4KIDS is bringing Hope, Homes and Healing to children and families in crisis. The 4KIDS Miami Grand Opening This gathering was a powerful culmination of efforts almost 25 years in the making. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kevin Enders, 4KIDS President and CEO, recounted how he had discovered archived meeting minutes from the year 2000, where 4KIDS leaders recognized the desperate need in […]

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FCA Baptizes Athletes

Broward FCA held its Fall baptisms on November 4th for its southwest area student-athletes and coaches from Cooper City High and Miramar High schools. FCA’s Mission Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has a mission to lead EVERY coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. One of its primary goals is to connect student-athletes and coaches to local churches. “In the absence of a church home,” Desmond Cook, FCA Multi Area Director – South Atlantic region, said, “we still encourage our students and coaches to take the next step of obedience in their faith walk […]

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Evening of Gratitude Celebrates Accomplishments Made Possible by Donors

Holy Cross Health hosted an Evening of Gratitude to express heartfelt appreciation to generous donors who helped raise more than $11 million in 2023 for Holy Cross to continue to bring the community state-of-the-art technology and equipment and transformational programs and services. Behind the Evening of Gratitude More than 135 guests, including Philanthropy Circle supporters and Holy Cross Health board members, enjoyed an outdoor reception and live musical entertainment under the stars on the patio at Lauderdale Yacht Club followed by dinner and the evening’s program. “I want to express my appreciation to all of those who through their generosity have made […]

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