Philanthropy Spotlight

Elise Anello

Elise Anello

Dance marathon is an incredible event at the University of Florida that contributes to Children’s Miracle Network. Every penny that is raised for CMN at UF is donated to Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida; a children’s hospital that is ranked one of the top 50 pediatric hospitals in the nation in 7 categories. Your donation can be used to fund research for childhood illnesses, purchase new equipment and technology necessary for these children, or provide money for every day comforts like toys and activities for the children living in the hospital.
Dance Marathon is a 26.2 hour marathon in which over 800 students stand for those who can’t while raising money for CMN. This event is the largest student-run philanthropy event in the southeastern United States, and has broken records year after year. Because of your personal contribution, I was selected to represent my sorority Delta Gamma and stand next to 39 of my sorority sisters for 26.2 hours. Because of you, I was able to participate in the most exciting emotional and physical “rollercoaster” for the 2nd year in a row. My experience was even better this year- during the 26.2 hours I danced endlessly, played games with the miracle children, laughed (and sometimes suffered) with my friends, and received some much-needed piggy-back rides from my supporters. I was also able to hear the stories of the Miracle Families that we dance for. Each and every family told their own version of hardship and pain, and how Dance Marathon and CMN benefitted them and their children. Even though I often became tired and my feet began to throb, I was reminded of the pain that each Miracle Child and their families face everyday. 
Dance Marathon at UF, Delta Gamma, and I were able to make countless miracles! Overall, Dance Marathon raised $2,724,324.19 for Children’s Miracle Network! Delta Gamma took home the Miracle Cup (a prestigious award that goes to the organization that raises the most money and shows the most dedication and participation) for the 3rd year in a row and broke records as an organization by raising over $199, 011.13! Personally, with your donation included, I was able to raise $2,350.12, which landed me my very own CMN balloon on the “Wall of Fame”! This is the most I’ve ever raised in the 3 years I’ve participated, and not only meeting, but surpassing my goal truly brought tears to my eyes.
Together, we have the ability to conquer childhood illness through our donations and dedication to Children’s Miracle Network and Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon 2017 was an experience I will always treasure, and I genuinely could not have done it without your help. I could not be more proud to attend the University of Florida and have the privilege to participate in an event that makes such a difference in the lives of many.



Renee Weintraub

I have been working at Brown & Brown Insurance as their business development & community development since 2013. My dedication to philanthropy has not changed, but has spread out over different entities.

As the chair for Brown & Brown’s charitable committee, we are working with non-profits such as United Way, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, and Broward 211, Humane Society, and many others.

For many years now, our office participates in the Corporate Run in downtown Fort Lauderdale, collect school supplies for United Way, & Kids in Distress. We had a thanksgiving food drive for Sheridan House and Women in Distress, and collected toys for the children of Women In Distress. In October, our office raised over $50,000 for Broward Partnership for the Homeless annual Golf-a-thon. We also contributed towards the annual Grand Ghoul benefiting 211-Broward, in which I helped to organize the auction. We have an ongoing drive for items for Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center.

I also participated in the 2014 & 15 walk for Alzheimer’s. Brown & Brown is actually putting together a team this year and raising funds internally with a “Change War” starting in May which will be matched by the company. Walk against Alzheimer’s Walk on October 22nd.

2016 already has been very busy year, starting out with the Humane Society Walk for the Animals February 28th. I am very lucky to be working with such a philanthropic office! Newly added to my volunteer time this year is the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale. I have been going over to the office after work to help organize and most recently with the help of many team members and friends, helped at the MODS Wine & Culinary Event held on April 8th. I assisted at the annual Children’s Home Society luncheon in April as well.

On May 15th, our office has 5 teams in the Pinko-de Mayo Bowling for Susan G. Komen – Help Strike out Breast Cancer.

I go to Detroit every June to help my cousin with his Southfield Summer Soulstice run/walk Event. We raise over $25,000 that is split between several local charities in his area.

My husband, Larry Wheeler & I volunteer every year at the World Golf Championship at Doral as Captains and this past March I volunteered at the Honda Classic as a walking scorer. I also, (in my spare time), volunteer at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts as an usher! So look for me in my red bow tie!

I am sure I am missing mentioning one of the many fantastic charities. I believe that I have been fortunate to have the flexibility to enjoy my professional life while helping others to better their lives. I will always find time to help others! Volunteering is really good for the soul!!!



Me at Georges Haiti with kids ESAOK E

Julian Cavazos


The Renand Foundation

www.renand.org

Board Member / Chairman of the Board

The Renand Foundations main focusis Educating Children and protecting them from Child Slavery in Haiti, along with providing medical community outreach in rural regions of Haiti.

I got involved in The RenandFoundation following a conversation with a good friend and him convincing me totake a trip to see what he was trying to do. After a 5 hour drive to the city of Jacmel, I was introduced to 4 childrenwho the Renand Foundation had taken off the streets, put in a home and weresending to school.  I spend time goinginto the mountains meeting children who live in horrible conditions in thewoods, alone with no parents.  The likelihoodof these children becoming Restaveks or child slaves if they are not taken intoa home is just shocking.  I could not dosomething.

SunServe

www.sunserve.org

Past Board Member

Mission is to provide criticalLife Assistance and Professional Mental Health Services with an emphasis oneconomically disadvantaged, marginalized youth, and senior adults in the GreatSouth Florida metropolitan area.

I knew nothing about SunServereally until I was asked to be a board member. After doing my home work and realizing I knew of the Senior Center andthe LGBT High School Prom they put on each year and that they provided mentalhealth services I was sold.  SunServe istruly an A1 nonprofit providing amazing services in our community.

Citizens of the World / Selfless Acts of Kindness

www.yourwishesgranted.org

Board Member

Selfless Acts of Kindnessgrants wishes to anyone in need.  This couldbe a family who’s getting evicted, a teacher who needs books for their students,someone in the hospital that needs help taking care of home or family.  People write in and the board determinesbased on both the need and vetting if Selfless Acts of Kindness can be ofhelp.

I got involved because I’vebeen working with the founder,  AlMagdaleno,  for around 10 years with Citizensof The World / Selfless Acts of Kindness before it was a nonprofit providingassistance to the homeless in Fort Lauderdale. This is really a grass roots organization that provides great help topeople whom just need a break.


Beth Tache

United Way

I am the chairperson and have spearheaded getting THE WAY up and going here in Weston.  The Way is The Weston Alliance For Youth.

The Weston Alliance for Youth (The WAY) is a community coalition focused on preventing substance use and issues stemming from mental illness amongst youth in Weston.  The coalition meets once a month and consists of local stakeholders and volunteers, including The City of Weston, Weston BSO, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, The YMCA of Weston, MADD and others.  Their primary focus is to plan events and create environmental awareness campaigns that focus on the importance of creating healthy youth, families and communities.  They develop and provide educational materials to schools and other organizations in and around Weston while strengthening local partnerships and resources.  The mentality of The WAY is that providing youth factual information and support will lead them to make healthy, educated decisions regarding drugs and alcohol and their mental health.  The WAY believes that giving youth and families healthy alternatives to negative behaviors will reduce such behaviors, including the incidents of overdose deaths and suicides in the Weston community.

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I am a partner with Girls Night Out Gives Back which is a group of like minded women who want to have a Girls Night Out but also Give Back.   Monthly events benefit local charities for women & children.. We have done 3 events, first one at Acquolina for FISP.  Second at Primetime for Camp Fiesta and last night at Midtown for Sides.  We are not keeping any of the money collected for ourselves..All the money goes to the charity and whatever we need to give for the venue.  So far we have given $3,800 to the 3 charities.

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I am on the Board for FISP, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention.  I was asked to join the Board last August so It’s only been 8 months.  Renzo Barredo and I co-chaired the Gala in February and raised over $60,000.  FISP has also joined forces with Debbie and David Schopp from the Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation.  The Hope Clubs have now become the Hope Sunshine Clubs.  We have our annual Hugs For Hope 5 K coming up on May 7th at Markham Park.  We are still looking for sponsors, runners, walkers and volunteers.

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I have also been involved with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Weston.  I was the Entertainment and Activities Chair from 2007-2015.  My Team, Team PINK HEARTS has been an active participant each year.  The Relay for Life of Weston is held at Cypress Bay School each year in April or May.  We are always looking for volunteers, sponsors and new teams.

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I am also currently on the Mad Hatter Luncheon Committee for The MS Foundation. The Luncheon and fashion show will be in the beautiful Panorama Room at Hyatt Pier Sixty-Six. Join us as we honor Lisa Kaufman, Founder, Scout & Molly’s on May 27th at 11 am.

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I have been on the Board for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce for The Greater Weston Business Council for the past 2 years.  As a Board member I represent the chamber at many events including political events, community events, business events as well as charity events.

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In addition I support Broward 211 as well as many other charities..attending events, working on committees.

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As my bio says on Facebook, I am truly a #charityjunkie (named aptly by Renzo)

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Mike Anderson

My name is Mike Anderson and I coach 4 basketball teams in my free time.  I am the head coach for my 3 sons rec. league teams and the assistant coach for one of the top Travel BBall teams in Florida.  Chase roofing was kind enough to help sponsor our travel team.  We have some kids on the team who can’t afford the dues necessary to pay for all the travel bball expenses.  We need to fund raise money and get sponsorships to allow them to be able to play on the team.  There are lot of kids who need guidance, training, mentorship and a sense of belonging to a family.  Sometimes, they are not getting this at home.  We treat every kid like they are our kids and enjoy seeing them develop during the time we have them.  We preach family value’s, respect, discipline and team work to our kids.  We want to see them become better in all aspects of their life, family, school work etc. Many of these kids will become great team bball players, graduate high school and get a College Scholarship.  That’s our main goal for these kids as they go through our program.  It’s great that Chase Roofing supports the community and helps us to be able do what we do for these kids.


Tamara Chase

My name is Tamara Chase and I am one of the team members at Chase Roofing. I was raised by my Mom and Dad to volunteer when I can so,  I have always enjoyed getting involved with different groups over the years.  Several years ago I started mentoring in the Take Stock In Children program.  I mentored Rachel throughout her high school years, meeting her at school and guiding her where ever she needed.  I absolutely fell in love with her and have had the pleasure of watching her grow into a smart and beautiful young lady.  She is currently a Sophomore at University of Florida.  A Couple weeks ago,  I went and picked her up and took her to Epcot for the day. She surprised me with guardian angel wings charm for my bracelet. I can’t explain the feeling I had when she gave me that charm and told me how much I meant to her.

If anyone is interested in becoming a mentor with the Take Stock in Children program, please contact Raquel Martinez at 954-201-7048 or go to www.takestockbrowardfl.org.

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