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Non-Profit Awards to Honor Non-Profit Organizations and Leaders

Francisco Isaza, of 211 Broward; Milin Espino, of Memorial Healthcare System;  Susan Mansolillo, Community Care Plan; and Dana Somerstein, Partner Greenspoon Marder at the 2023 Non-Profit Awards.
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Francisco Isaza, of 211 Broward; Milin Espino, of Memorial Healthcare System; Susan Mansolillo, Community Care Plan; and Dana Somerstein, Partner Greenspoon Marder at the 2023 Non-Profit Awards.
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The 13th Annual Community Care Plan Non-Profit Awards, presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and hosted by 211 Broward, will return March 5 to honor non-profit organizations and leaders striving to make a positive difference in Broward County.

The annual event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, sponsored by City & Shore magazine, begins with a red-carpet entrance featuring WFP Law LIVE gold models, the Victoria Duke Beauty area and other themed pop-ups. There also will be a luncheon and awards ceremony.

“This event draws attention to the non-profit sector,” says Sheila Smith, president and chief executive officer of 211 Broward, whose mission is to provide a 24-hour comprehensive helpline and support services to individuals and families seeking crisis intervention assistance and to provide information and connections to health and human services in Broward County. “Non-profits do so much to improve lives and make life the best it can be for families in Broward County, but they generally go unrecognized for the amazing work that they do. This is an opportunity to bring recognition to the non-profits and thank them for what they do. They really deserve to be highlighted at least once a year to let the community know how important they are to all of us.”

Awards will be given in eight categories, and all other nominees are eligible for the JM Family Enterprises Community Choice Award, for which the winner will be selected by members of the community, who can vote online for their favorite organization at .

The recipients of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lifetime Achievement Award (Sen. and Mayor of Broward County Nan Rich) and Greenspoon Marder 211 Broward Excellence Award (Jen Klaassens), both selected by 211 Broward, will be recognized at the event as well.

The winners in each category will receive a grant of $1,000 for their non-profit organizations. The finalists in each category will each receive a $500 grant for their organizations.

The categories and finalists (in no particular order) this year include:

Truist Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Collaboration: Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida Inc., HandsOn Broward/HandsOn South Florida, League of Women Voters of Broward County Education Fund.

Calvin, Giordano & Associates Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Rising Star: The For Paul Foundation, Showering Love, Wondherful.

BBX Capital Organization of the Year – The Arts: South Florida Pride Concert Band, Art Prevails Project, Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida.

On the Ball Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Innovation: Area Agency on Aging of Broward County, Heart2Heart Outreach of South Florida, Morningday Community Solutions.

Children’s Service Council of Broward County Collective Impact for Youth: David Posnack Jewish Community Center, Serving with GRACE Inc., Friendship Circle of Greater Fort Lauderdale.

FPL Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year: Ira Schimmel (Ann Storck Center), Stacy Angier (Broward Health), Nancy Brown (Canine Assisted Therapy).

Non-Profit Staff Leader of the Year: Monica Figueroa King (Broward Healthy Start Coalition), Molly Murphy (Equine Assisted Therapies of South Florida), Scott Ehrlich (David Posnack Jewish Community Center).

Memorial Healthcare System Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, LifeNet4Families, Women in Distress.

Finalists for each category were announced at the Broward Health VIP Awards Announcement streaming event on Jan. 30.

Since the event’s inception in 2010, 211 Broward has granted more than $300,000 to non-profit organizations, Smith says.

Previous Non-Profit Award hosts Evan Golden and Kavita Channe will return to emcee this year's event.
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Previous Non-Profit Award hosts Evan Golden and Kavita Channe will return to emcee this year’s event.

Kavita Channe, Amazon best-selling author, TV host and producer and founder of Sip Channé, and Evan Golden, host of Eye on South Florida, will serve as emcees of the event.

Sponsors of the Non-Profit Awards include Community Care Plan as Title Sponsor and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as Presenting Sponsor. Broward Health was the Presenting Sponsor of the finalists’ VIP Announcement streaming event. JM Family Enterprises is the Community Choice Award and “take away treat” partner. Other sponsors include Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Memorial Healthcare System,  FPL, Kip Hunter Marketing, Greenspoon Marder, Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs, WFP Law, Rock With U Entertainment, Seminole Media Productions, Brown & Brown Insurance, City & Shore magazine, GrayRobinson, Centennial Bank, ArtServe, Lis Castella Fashion Designer, Fundraising Academy, Red Chair Catering, Paint Nail Bar Plantation, Victoria Duke Beauty and Eye on South Florida.

“I encourage people to come and participate,” Smith says.

The Non-Profit Awards kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets start at $90. For more information or to purchase tickets, .

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