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May 10, 2013 - HANDY's Eighth Annual Scholars Breakfast

Where: Hyatt Regency Pier 66

When: Friday, May 10, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM

Beneficiary: HANDY

Mistress of Ceremonies: Paula Taylor

Honoree(s): HANDY'S 2013 Champion of Children - Gale Butler, Mary Jane Saunders, PhD, Jerry Taylor & Nancy Bryant - HANDY'S Outstanding 2013 Graduates: Natalie Alves - FAU, Diandre McKay - FIU & Daniel Moore - FAU

Co-Chair(s): Marsha Levy, Jillian Krueger Printz, & Miguel Ramierez

Committee Members: Katie Adler, Michaela Brown, Wilton Brown, Ashley Buchanan, Barbara Burnett, Hilary Creary, Suzanne Driscoll, Hillary Fox, Barbara Gehrig, Suzanne Kranz, Jessica Lopez-Acevedo, SDamuel Millos, Dr. Joyanne Stephens, Lynn Vega & Lucy Weber

President(s): CEO - Paula Taylor

Staff: Paula Taylor, Chief Executive Officer; Beth Bryant, Director of Developmen; Kirk Brown, Sr VP of Business Development & Programs & Deborah Ginsberg MSW, Ecudation Coordinator

Catering: Hyatt Regency Pier 66

Sponsors: Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, AutoNation, MACYS, LifeStyle Publications, Kaplan, Cungter, Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Posh Production & Events, Auxis, FPL, Dr. Marcelle Abell-Rosen & Mr. Andy Rosen, MOSS, Advocate Home Care Services, Shutts & Bowen LLP, Mayors Jewelers, John & barbar Gehrig, Alan & Marsh Levy, Jillian Krueger Printz, Joseph Printz

Attire: Business

Special Thanks: For In-Kind Support: Mayors Jewelers, Broward Performing Arts Foundation & Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Event Coordinator: Beth Bryant

Board of Directors: BOARD CHAIR: Lucy Weber - VICE CHAIR: Barbara Burnette - TREASURER: Susan Smith - SECRETARY: Nicole Akers - GUARDIAN AD LITEM LIAISON: Elaine Appel - DIRECTORS: Dr. Marcelle Abell-Rosen, Sean Coyle, Kathryn Krause, Marsha Levy, Donovan Wildgoose, Eric Coffman, Suzanne Driscoll, The Honorable Phyllis Kotey, Ian Lis, Raul Vega & CEO, Paula Taylor SCHOLARS COMMITTE: Chair: Marsha Levy, Miguel Ramirez, Michaela Brown, Ashley Buchanan, Hilary Creary, Hillary Fox,Captain Jan Jordan, Jessica Lopez-Acevdeo, Dr. Joyanna Stephens, Jillian Krueger Printz, Katie Adler, Wilton Brown, Barbara Burnette, Suzanne Driscoll, Barbara Gehrig, Suzanne Kranz, Samuel Mills & Lynn Vega

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-Southflorida

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HANDY is pleased to announce that at its eighth annual Scholars Breakfast, which took place on Friday, May 10th at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six at 8 a.m. was a huge success totaling over $50,000 in net proceeds with over 450 guests in attendance.
HANDY recognized three Champions of Children whose interest, vision, and generous support have significantly contributed to HANDY’s success.  This year, HANDY’s Champions of Children were: The Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant Foundation, Florida Atlantic University President, Mary Jane Saunders, Ph.D., and AutoNation Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Gale Butler. HANDY also honored their 2013 college graduates who have achieved their college degrees against all odds.

Last year HANDY proudly served more than 1,300 children/youth with the following outcomes:
•    97 percent of HANDY youth remained in school and were promoted to the next grade.
•    95 percent of HANDY youth graduated high school, as compared to 26 percent of youth leaving foster care who did not attend HANDY.
•    95 percent of HANDY high school graduates enrolled either in college or a technical school as opposed to 15 percent of foster care youth not in our program.
•    70 percent of HANDY’s scholarship youth graduate college as compared to 3 percent nationally for the same population.
•    HANDY’s Emergency and Children’s Need Program provided 1,187 children with emergency assistance for food, clothing, beds.  It also assisted caregivers and older youth with transportation and emergency housing to prevent homelessness.
HANDY’s programs embrace, educate, and empower youth to become engaged adults.  As one of HANDY’s high school seniors stated, “HANDY, it’s more than just a program, it’s a lifestyle.”  
Sponsors of the event included: Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Kaplan Higher Education, Marcelle & Andy Rosen, AutoNation, Macy’s, Shutts and Bowen, Florida Power and Light, Auxis, Moss Construction Managers, Community Bank, Jerry Taylor & Nancy Bryant
Katherine Allen, Floral Designs by Yamir, Mayors Jewelers, LKQ, Advocate Home Care, Gunster, Stiles
Resolve Marine Group, KM Wealth, Posh Productions & Events, Marla Bergmann, John & Barbara Gehrig, Alan & Marsha Levy, Jillian Krueger Printz, Joseph Printz, Blacktie South Florida and Eye on South Florida.

HANDY is an award-winning non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1985 to meet the fundamental needs of Broward County’s foster care children and those who have been placed in the care of non-relative and relative caregivers under protective supervision.  HANDY’s services include: life skills training, academic tutoring, mentoring, emergency food, rent and clothing assistance, as well as academic scholarships.

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