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.
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!!!
Julian’s Fountain of Youth
Julian’s Fountain of Youth (JFOY) creates opportunities for our LGBT Youth to partake in activates that include experiential learning and life-enrichment strategies at no cost to them or their families. This collection of initiatives will result in the production of future community leaders and the overall betterment of our LGBT youth both locally and nationally.
The founder of Julian’s Fountain of Youth, Julian Cavazos has worked as a volunteer and Board Member in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. Following his participation in experiential learning courses in 2006, Julian made a commitment to himself that one day he would make these courses and course activates available to LGBTQ Youth at no cost to them. Following a health scare, Julian dedicated the following 11 months to creating Julian’s Fountain of 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.
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.
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.