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Finalists Announced for 6th Annual South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Academy Awards Hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Presented by 2-1-1 Broward

Tony Beall, ‎President/CEO at Mister Nonprofit Consultancy; Jessica Lerner, ‎SVP and COO, South Florida Community Care Network; Sharon Alexander, Executive Director, The Unicorn Children's Foundation; Marielena DeSanctis, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Broward College; Theresa Ansbaugh, Park Creek Surgery Center and Delray Beach Surgery Center; Horacio Randazzo, Chief Technology Officer at ABC Technology Group; Brenda Mallet, CEO of Socially Engaged Media; and Deede Weithorn, Miami Beach Commissioner Tony Beall, ‎President/CEO at Mister Nonprofit Consultancy; Jessica Lerner, ‎SVP and COO, South Florida Community Care Network; Sharon Alexander, Executive Director, The Unicorn Children's Foundation; Marielena DeSanctis, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Broward College; Theresa Ansbaugh, Park Creek Surgery Center and Delray Beach Surgery Center; Horacio Randazzo, Chief Technology Officer at ABC Technology Group; Brenda Mallet, CEO of Socially Engaged Media; and Deede Weithorn, Miami Beach Commissioner Photos Courtesy of Downtown Photo

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – 2-1-1 Broward is pleased to announce the finalists for the 6th AnnualSouth Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Academy Awards hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and presented by 2-1-1 Broward. In true Academy Awards style, the 6th Annual South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Academy Awards will celebrate the inspiring work of Broward County's non-profit agencies and recognize the individual efforts of outstanding non-profit executive and board leaders. Evoking the iconic symbols of the glitzy and glamorous Academy Awards, a red carpet, searchlights and golden statues will adorn the awards ceremony and luncheon taking place on Friday, February 26th at 11 a.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

“We are proud to once again serve as the title sponsor for 2-1-1 Broward’s Non-Profit Academy Awards and are excited for all those nominated this year,” said John A. Benz, President and CEO of South Florida Community Care Network. “This event serves as the perfect opportunity to recognize and honor all those who work tirelessly to make our community a better and healthier place to live.”

The finalists for the 6th Annual Non-Profit Academy Awards were revealed on Thursday, January 14th at an exclusive Broward Health VIP Announcement Party at Bongos Cuban Café. In attendance were this year’s South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Academy Awards Co-Chairs: Susan M. Mansolillo, Vice President, Human Resources and Communications at South Florida Community Care Network; Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs and Special Events for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; and Jen Klaassens, President at Jen Klaassens Consulting - Inspired Philanthropy™; and 2-1-1 Broward Board Members, along with sponsors and award nominees.

“Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are, once again, proud to support the South Florida Community Care Network Academy Awards presented by 2-1-1 Broward. The event, which is now in its sixth year, embodies the Hard Rock ‘Love All, Serve All’ philosophy,” said Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs and Special Events. “Giving recognition to the many charities and leaders who are committed to making a difference in our community each day is well deserved, and, as a company that sponsors and supports so many of these same organizations, makes this particular event close to our heart.”

Every non-profit is encouraged to attend the luncheon and awards ceremony and celebrate their contributions to the community. Awards will be given in ten categories and all other nominees will be eligible for the Publix Community Choice Award. The 6th Annual South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Academy Awards hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and presented by 2-1-1 Broward categories and finalists are:

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Non-Profit Organization of the Year: HANDY, Junior Achievement, Broward Regional Health Planning Council

Non-Profit Leader of the Year: Emilio Benitez – ChildNet, Andy Fernandez – Firewall Centers, Melanie Geddes – LifeNet4Families

Russo Battista Law Group Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year: Nancy Daly – Habitat for Humanity, Heather Geronemus – Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, EJ Spector – The Pantry of Broward  

Greenspoon Marder Non-Profit Organization of the Year – The Arts: Fort Lauderdale’s Children’s Theater, Business for the Arts, Brazilian Voices

SunTrust Bank Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Collaboration: United Way Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, Rebuilding Together Broward County, ArtServe

Brown & Brown Insurance Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Innovation: PACE School for Girls, Morningday Community Solutions, Harvest Drive

Calvin Giordano & Associates Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Rising Star: Taylor’s Closet, South Florida Community Land Trust, Parkland Buddy Sports

Children’s Services Council of Broward County Collective Impact for Youth Award: FLITE Center, Child Rescue Coalition, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention

Publix Community Choice Award: All other non-profits nominated will be included in the Publix Community Choice Award, which will be decided by votes received from the community.

OK Generators Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Sacco – Memorial Healthcare System

The winners in each category will receive an Academy Award statue and $1,000 for each of their organizations. The two finalists in each category will be awarded $500 each. Please note that the grants awarded for SunTrust Bank Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Collaboration category will be divided equally among the collaborating organizations by the leading agency. Those nominated but not selected as a finalist will be eligible to win a $1,000 grant for their organization. The Publix Community Choice Award will be decided by votes received from the community. Online voting for the Publix Community Choice Award is now open at www.211broward.org.

Event sponsors include South Florida Community Care Network; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Broward Health; Bongos Cuban Café; Greenspoon Marder Law; OK Generators; Publix; Calvin Giordano & Associates; Children’s Services Council of Broward County; Brown & Brown Insurance; SunTrust Bank; Russo Battista Law Group; JM Family Enterprises; Leo Goodwin Foundation; Eye on South Florida; Memorial Healthcare System; VIP Television; Wizard Creations; Kip Hunter Marketing; Gray Robinson, P.A.; Envision Web Development; Northwestern Mutual; Rock With U Entertainment; Berkowitz Pollack Brant; Hoffman’s Chocolates; Islands of the Bahamas Tourist Office; FunClick USA; and Canon Solutions America, Inc.

The 6th Annual South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Academy Awards hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and presented by 2-1-1 Broward will be held Friday, February 26th with the Red Carpet & Finalists Celebration at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon and awards ceremony at 12 noon. Ticket Prices are $85 per person for general admission, $75 for FPL CLUB 2-1-1 members, and $65 per person for non-profit staff/government representatives. After February 10th, all tickets are $85 per person. Finalists may reserve a table for $850 and other attendees may purchase a Table Sponsorship for $1,500. Partnership Opportunities ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 and $20,000 are still available. They include unique sponsorships such as the popular LIVE! Golden Statue Award Partner –$5,000; After-Party Partner – $5,000; Glitz & Glam Partner – $3,500; Lights! Camera! Action! Sponsor – $2,500; and others. 

For more information about purchasing tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracy Schuldiner at 954-390-0493 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last modified onJan 25, 2016
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