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Janet Davis


Janet was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Tampa, Florida with her family in 1968. She attended the University of South Florida for two years and then moved to Fort Lauderdale where she graduated from the Broward Community College School of Nursing.

Continuing her nursing career, she studied cardiology at the University of Miami School of Nursing at Mount Sinai.  As a Registered Nurse specializing in critical care and cardiology,  Janet ran the cardiac catherization department at Holy Cross Hospital with Dr. Zachariah Zachariah. 

While sidelined from a snow skiing accident in 1985, Janet studied real estate and began a successful career selling waterfront property with Intercoastal Realty Inc. for the next 16 years. Busy with a full time calendar as a realtor and single mother, Janet met the love of her life, her husband Karl Davis, a general contractor and developer.  Together they built their dream house, which they have opened for various charitable fundraising events. 

Over the years, Janet's participation in many different charitable organizations represents her diverse interests.  Her love of animals and concern for their wellbeing has inspired her work with the Humane Society.  She is an active supporter of HospiceCare of South Florida and serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees. 

Janet chaired the first Women of Style and Substance Luncheon for the Fort Lauderdale Philharmonic in 1991 and served PACERS as Vice President of Public Relations for 3 years. She is also a Founding Member of TABEC. 

Janet recently hosted a brunch at her home for the Founding Members of the Circle of Wise Women to support Junior Achievement's JA World. 

One of Janet's most meaningful fundraising endeavors has been for the Royal Dames of Cancer Research.  Having lost both parents to cancer, Janet is committed to supporting the research necessary to find a cure for this dreadful disease. A member of the Royal Dames since 1989, she has served on the Board of Trustees, the Executive Board, chaired many committees and hosted and underwritten many events.  She co-chaired the 2007 Tiara Ball, "Rock and Roll For The Cure" and was the Royal Dames Woman of the Year in 2006. 

Most recently, Janet's fundraising energy has been focused on funding  research to hasten the discovery of a cure for Parkinson's Disease.  She is currently planning an event with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research for next year.  Go to www.michaeljfox.org/The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or on Facebook.

 

INTERVIEW WITH JANET

Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?

The 2007 Tiara Ball “Rock and Roll for the Cure” for The Royal Dames Cancer Research, Inc.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?

            Thinking I may have made a difference or at least helped

You are out in the public arena quite often, who is the most is the most interesting person you have ever met?

            Too many to pick just one

How did you determine which charitable organizations you would support?

            A hard choice.  Probably the things I most relate to such as cancer, animals, children, now Parkinson’s disease

How have things changed for you through the years?

            Time goes along faster so it becomes more valuable

What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?

            Work hard but try to have fun.  Keep the “FUN” in fundraising

What is your greatest challenge at this time?

            Maintaining physical and mental health

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

            Is there such a thing?  The list would be too long.

What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?

            Patience, tolerance, keep on moving, tomorrows another day.

How do you relax?

            Gardening or grooming my dogs

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

            Aspen, CO

If you found a treasure chest and you could keep it, what would you want to be in it?

The magic pills to cure cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, the secret to stem cell research

 

How can we reach out to other people in the world?

            Its time for them to reach out to us and we should mind our own business

 

Is there and inspiration book you have read that you would recommend to others?

            The Edge Effect” by Dr. Eric Braverman

What can make you laugh?

            A good movie

What can make you cry?

            A good movie

What is your favorite room in the house?

            The kitchen

If your house was up for sale, and a potential buyer did a walk through, what would your home say about you?

            Expensive but worth it

What is your greatest strength?

            The support I get from my husband, family and friends

What is your greatest weakness?

            Not knowing when to quit or say no

What are you most disciplined about?

            Finishing a job, don’t like loose ends

What is a moment you will never forget?

            Getting mugged in my driveway

What is something you have learned from a pet?

Don’t value material things as much.  Dogs eat your furniture and crap on your floor but you still keep the dog and buy another chair

 

If you were going to be on a space shuttle for about a year, what one item would you have to take with you?

            I would not go on the space shuttle

Do you have a fashion addiction?

            Shoes and matching purses

What is your favorite snack?

            Gummy bears

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

            Cherry Garcia

What is your biggest fear?

            Spiders

What do you like the most about yourself?

            Honest, for better or worse

What would you still like to learn how to do?

            Ride a horse better

What do you have to say to all the young women and men out there ready to take on the future?

Pace yourself, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward – you will get there!

 

How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering?

            Include them, ask them to help, they have ideas that appeal to other young people that we “oldies” don’t think about

How does one hold on to their true self in the corporate world and still become successful?

Find your niche, put one foot in front of the other, keep on walking, faster and better

Dear Janet...loved the interview and know first hand about your dogs eating your furniture!..Oh well, you gotta love them! Do continue all the great and generous things that you are doing for everyone but don't forget to have a lot of fun just for you...xoJulie
Julie Finch
25-Aug-09


Hi Janet, Congratulations again! :-)
Paul
24-Aug-09


I agree with the dog comments. Thanks for your friendship nd support over the years.
Patti Meyer (Big Max's Studio)
21-Aug-09


Dear Janet, Congratulations on your person of interest interview! Thank you for all the nonprofit work that you do, you are an inspiration to others and truly a LADY! Love, Helena Kolenda
Helena Kolenda
20-Aug-09


JANET, BEAUTIFUL......YOU HAVE DONE SOO MUCH FOR OUR COMMUNITY...THANK YOU...XOBONNIE
Bonnie Barnett
20-Aug-09


Janet, you're a DOLL!!!! Thanks so much for your dedicated efforts to rid the world of cancer (my mom) and parkinsons (my dad).
Lorah Carrie (Essentials Boutique)
19-Aug-09


Nice job Janet, great work! Animals a a priority to me as well. You are a lovely lady!
Diana Kelly
19-Aug-09


Janet, Love your comments on the PETS! Shoes and purses we have in common. Beautiful pix! best of luck and health to you,Chris Forman
Christine Forman
19-Aug-09


Janet, Love your comments on the PETS! Shoes and purses we have in common. Beautiful pix! best of luck and health to you,Chris Forman
Christine Forman
19-Aug-09


Beautiful, Thoughtful, Truthful, Soulful. This interview so accurately depicts all of these qualities that I love about my friend Janet. Keep up the good fight, Janet, for all of your causes. You do make a difference. Love, Sandy
Sandy Romanovitz
19-Aug-09


You are not only beautiful, intelligent, fun and energetic, but you successfully accomplish everything you undertake . I enjoyed being your friend and charity co-worker. Love to you and Karl. Sharron
Sharron Navarro
19-Aug-09


This short biography of you inspires me to follow in your foot-steps even more than before, but it would take at a whole novel to illustrate just how much you actually do for everyone. Love you.
Brittany Zanin
17-Aug-09


"YOU GO GIRL!!" I love it that you are bringing attention to the work for Parkinson's - a great job on the interview. Patty
Patty Grace
15-Aug-09


Great answers, Janet, to thought provoking questions. I enjoyed the interview and article very much. Go, girl!!! Hugs, Jo Anne
Jo Anne Lewis
14-Aug-09


Love the picture, love the interview, love all you do for others, love you! Betty
Betty Schultze
14-Aug-09


Dear Janet, Congratulations on being chosen as a person of interest. I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Thank You for your loyal friendship throughout the years. You are a treasure to your friends and to your community! xoxo Robin
Robin Hirschman
14-Aug-09