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February 25, 2011 - BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards Luncheon presented by 2-1-1 Broward

Where: Signature Grand

When: Friday, February 25, 2011

Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Mistress of Ceremonies: Lynn Martinez, WSVN News Anchor & Co-Host of Deco Drive

Welcome: Jarett S. Levan, President & CEO, BankAtlantic & Sheila J. Smith, Pres/CEO 2-1-1 Broward

Speaker: Bob Danzig, Author & Former CEO, Hearst Newspaper Group

Board of Directors: 2-1-1 Board of Directors: CHAIR: Gregory A. Haile, Esq.- VICE CHAIR: Lynne Wines - SECRETARY/TREASURER: Brett fredman, McGladrey & Pullen, LLP - PAST CHAIR: John A. Benz, Memorial Healthcare System - CHAIR EMERITUS: Dr. Henry W. Mack, Ph.D. - BOARD MEMBERS: Sandra E. Bernard-bastien, Children's Services Council of Broward; Paul Eichner, Esq., Broward County Health Department; Robert Furman, Broward Sheriff's Office; Gary S. Herman, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services; Kip Hunter-Epstein, Kip Hunter Marketing; Jen Klaassens, The Wasie Foundation; Ronnie Oller; Paula Pearson, SunTrust Bank, South Florida; tony Segreto; Lynn Shatas, Florida Power & Light; Britt Sikes, U.S. Imaging Solutions & StewardWebster

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-Southflorida

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FT. LAUDERDALE -- (March 8, 2011) – In true academy awards style, 600 corporate executives and members of the non-profit sector celebrated non-profit leaders and organizations at the first annual BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards Presented by 2-1-1 Broward that took place on Friday, February 25th at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. The suspense was lifted as the distinguished winners of each of the six award categories were announced and honored for their dedication to Broward County and the impact they have on the community each and every day. 2-1-1 Broward awarded a cumulative total of $13,500 to the winners and nominees at the event. The winners in each category received an Academy Award statue and $1000 for each of their non-profit organizations. The other nominees in each category were awarded $500 each.
Known as the single organization providing access and connections to health and human services, 2-1-1 Broward will also be known as the organization behind the creation of the non-profit sectors’ most prestigious honor. The BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards acknowledge the highest level of achievement and hopes to encourage exceptional levels of quality and commitment in the non-profit sector.
BankAtlantic was the title sponsor of this year’s event and has pledged to be the title sponsor for the Awards next year, which will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012. In addition to the presentation of the BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards Presented by 2-1-1- Broward, the ceremony and luncheon featured an inspiring Keynote Speech by  Robert Danzig, Author and Former Nationwide CEO for the Hearst Group. Lynn Martinez, Emmy Award Winning Anchor of WSVN 7 News & Co-Host of Deco Drive, with her dazzling wit and charm, served as emcee for the afternoon.  Marcia Barry-Smith of BankAtlantic and Gregory A. Haile of Berger Singerman were the event co-chairs. 
The categories and winners of the 2011 BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards Presented by 2-1-1 Broward are as follows:
Berger Singerman Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year Winner:  Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc.  Mary Riedel, President and CEO of Women in Distress, accepted the award on behalf of the non-profit organization. Women In Distress of Broward County Inc.’s mission isto provide victims of domestic violence with safe shelter, crisis intervention and resources, and to educate the community in order to Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) through Intervention, Education and Advocacy.  The other nominees in this category included Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Inc. and Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc.
Patriot National Insurance Group, Inc. Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Innovation Winner: Gilda’s Club South Florida.  Elizabeth Wynter, Ed.D., Development Director of Gilda’s Club South Florida,accepted the award on behalf the non-profit organization. Gilda’s Club South Florida is a free cancer support community for women, men, children, and teens with all types of cancer and their families and friends. The organization offers networking groups, lectures, workshops, specialized children’s and teen programs, and social events in a nonresidential, non-medical, home-like setting.The other nominees in this category included Broward Education Foundation and Broward Health – Kinship Cares Initiative.                                                                                                                               
Wasie Foundation Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Advocacy Winner: Broward College Foundation
Ray Kendrick, Vice Chair of Broward College Foundation, accepted the award on behalf of Broward College Foundation. Broward College Foundation’s purpose is to advance the mission of Broward College by raising funds that support its students, faculty, staff and programs. The goal is to make an impact that reaches from the classroom to the community and to make quality, affordable college education accessible to all. The other nominees in this category included Family Network on Disabilities of Broward County and Legal Aid Service of Broward County (A BLACKTIE-SOUTHFLORIDA.COM MEMBER).
Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Rising Star Winner:The Pantry of Broward, Inc. A BLACKTIE-SOUTHFLORIDA.COM MEMBER!
Penny Loughan, CEO of the Pantry of Broward Inc.,accepted the award on behalf of The Pantry of Broward, Inc. The Pantry of Broward, Inc. provides food and support services to seniors in need on low income and to grandparents raising grandchildren. The other nominees in this category included Abi’s Place and Flipany (A BLACKTIE-SOUTHFLORIDA.COM MEMBER.)
Non-Profit Leader of the Year Winner: Susan M. Widmayer, Ph.D. of Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Inc. A BLACKTIE-SOUTHFLORIDA.COM MEMBER.The Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center Inc. provides comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment service to children and youth with special health care needs and their families. The other nominees in this category included Robin Martin of HOPE (The Sheperd’s Way) and Dr. Patrick Taylor of Holy Cross Hospital.   
Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year Winner: Steve Pattison, Chair of ARC Broward. ARC Broward is a nationally accredited, private, not-for-profit organization providing services and employment to children and adults with autism, Down’s syndrome, and other developmental disabilities, as well as those with various life challenges. The other nominees in this category included Matthew Hoaglund of Autism Society Broward County Chapter and Lynne Wines of United Way of Broward County (A BLACKTIE-SOUTHFLORIDA.COM MEMBER.).
In addition to the six non-profit awards, The Community Choice Award was given to one of fifteen organizations selected from nominations submitted for the BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards. Over 8,000 votes from the public were cast via text or online prior to the announcement of this award.  And the Community Choice Award goes to…….Light of the World Clinic. Elaine Vasquez accepted in memory of Founder Dr. Erwin Vasquez, the award for Light of the World Clinic, a free medical facility for the indigent in Broward County providing medical services to more than 12,000 people a year with a cadre of dozens of volunteers. 
About 2-1-1 Broward: The mission of 2-1-1 Broward is to provide 24 hour comprehensive helpline and support services to individuals and families in our community seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County. Every call to 2-1-1 is answered by a trained, degreed counselor who listens to the callers concerns, identifies their needs and links them to appropriate programs that help them on to the road to recovery. 2-1-1 Broward relies on the generous support of government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals to provide this vital community service. For more information regarding 2-1-1 and how you can help, please call 954-390-0493 or visit

About BankAtlantic: BankAtlantic, Florida’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in Florida.  BankAtlantic was rated as having the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction in Florida for Retail Banking” based on the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study™. Via its broad network of community branches and conveniently located ATMs, BankAtlantic provides a full line of personal, small business and commercial banking products and services.  BankAtlantic is open 7 days a week and offers extended weekday hours, Online Banking & Bill Pay, a 7-Day Customer Service Center, Change Exchange coin counters, as well as retail and business checking accounts.  Member FDIC. For further information, please visit

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