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October 31, 2006 - 14th Annual "Hollywood Welcomes the Stars" benefits Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood"

What: Celebrities come to support Silent Auction to raise funds for Boys & Girls Club

Where: The Westin Diplomat Golf Resort

When: Thursday, October 26, 2006

Time: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Beneficiary: Marti Huizenga Boys & Girls Club Hollywood Unit

Host(s): Marti & Wayne Huizenga

Co-Chair(s): Alan Koslow, Caryl Boise & Jennifer Corbo

Sponsors: DIAMOND STARS: City of Hollywood, Joe Sonken Charitable Trust, MCZ Development Corp., Ocean Properties/Hollywood Beach, Marriott; REGIONS Bank PLATINUM STARS: America's Capital Partners, Boies Schiller & Flexner; Doris Edelman, First Vice President, Wachovia Securities; Ocean Land Investments, Shirley Sumner; The Alfred Wohl Foundation & Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa GOLD STARS: Becker & Poliakoff, P.A./Alan & Sharon Koslow; BlueCross & BlueShield of Florida, Jennifer & Christine Corbo, FIRM Realty, David & Lisa Kofsky, Lawrence & Florence DeGeorge, Leo Goodwin Foundation, Larry Schweiger/The Simba Group, Greenberg Trauig, Metro Signs, Pemier Developers Associates, LLC/Bradley Deckerbaum, RE/MAX Allstars Real Estate/John Leto, Jr., TheAlfred & Rose Miniaci Foundation, Straus & Boise, SOHO & The United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry SILVER SPONSORS: Asian Experience/DBA China Lane, Robert & Elaine Baer, Lori & Ramon Bardales, Arlen J. Simon Campione, City of Hollywood, CRA, William Egan, Florida Business Development Corp, Adrian & Jacqueline Gonzalez, Commissioner Suzanne Gunzurger, Golf Hollywood!/Dave Lottes, Exceptional Mortgage Corp., Goldstein Schechter Price/Lucas Horwitz & Co., PA, James fox & Barbar Miller, Lew & Ginny Ogilvie, Deborah Petrell & Richard Gustin,Rober & Synthia Raymond, Dick & JuneSmythe, Brent & Gisele Spechler,Dr. Ronald & Maryrose Trapana, Gunster Yoakley, United Trust/Jim Nolan, Olympic Mortgate & Southern Wine & Spririts

Board of Directors: BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Marta Prado, President, Prado & Associates; Carole Morningstar; Vice President, Morningstar Jewelers, Mark Finkelstein, Treasurer, Dade Paper Company; Bradley Deckelbaum, Secretary, Premier Developers; Brent Spechler, Endowment; Spechler Consulting Services BOARD MEMBERS: Chip Abele, Southern Facilities development, LLC; Steve Becker, Southern Wine & Spirits; Cameron D. Benson, City Manager, City of Hollywood; Steve & Dalia Berman, FIRM Realty; Caryl L. Boies Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP; Jennifer Carbo, Carbo Enterprises; Steven Caster, American Capital Partners; Alan Koslow, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.; John King, Civil Cadd Engineering; Betsy Krant, Howard Realty, Inc.; Mayor MaraGiulianti, Mayof of Hollywood; Brenda Wyres, Financial Healthcare Resources; Jacqueline Gonzalez, Groupe Pacific; Nancy Goldstein; Nicki Grossman, Greater Ft. Lauderdale CVB; Luis Hernandez, Blanco Popular; David Lottes, Golf Hollywood!; John Leto Jr, RE/MAX Real Estate; Barbara Miller, Eventco; Charles Miller, Miller Schwartz & Miller; Albert Miniaci, Paramount Companies; Louis Morningstar, Morningstar Jewelers; James Q. Nolan, United Trust Fund; Lewis & Virginia Ogilvie; Bernie Paine, Jade Organization, Inc.; Ben Protano, Law Office of Ben Protano; Scott Radway, REGIONS Bank; Linda Rodriquez, Dillon Pools; Nick & Vicki Rotunno, Al's Florist; Chief James Scarberry, Hollywood Police Department; Larry Schweiger, The Simba Group; Pat Stevens, Stevens Auto Service Center; Carol Sharp, Suntrust, Retired; Dennis Sutton, Joe's Stone Crab & Scott P. Schilling, FMS Bonds, Inc. SPECIAL THANKS: City Commission - Mara Giulanti, Mayor of Hollywood; Fran Russo,Vice Mayor; Beam Furr, Commissioner; Peter Beber, Commissioner; Sal Oliveri, Commissioner; Cathleen Anderson, Commissioner, Keith Wasserstrom,Commissioner; Cameron Benson, City Manager & Richard Lemack, Assistant City Commissioner

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Bryan Kampler, Matt Organ, Chief Director of Special Events & Marketing, Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County and Hollywood Police Chief James Scarberry, and, Hollywood Mayor Mara Giulianti
Bryan Kampler, Matt Organ, Chief Director of Special Events & Marketing, Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County and Hollywood Police Chief James Scarberry, and, Hollywood Mayor Mara Giulianti




The 14th Annual "Hollywood Welcomes the Stars" event which benefits the Boys & Girls Club Marti Huizenga Unit was held at the Westin Diplomat Country Club, hosted by the Hollywood Police Department and was well attended by Sponsors, supporters and many celebrities.

The event featured many Silent Auction items that guests could bid on during the night's festivities was followed up by a rousing "Live Auction"!  100% of all proceeds will go to benefit the Marti Huizenga Boys & Girls Club, a non-profit private agency, "dedicated to helping young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth.  Serving more than 2,000 at-risk youth, ages 7-17, each year, its purpose is to inspire and enable children to realize their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens."

Guests were greeted by Wayne & Marti Huizenga, Mayor Mara Giulianti, Marta Prado, Prado & Associates and Board President of The Marti Huizenga Boys and Girls Club Hollywood branch & Hollywood Police Chief James Scarberry,

Bill O'Reilly, of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel gave a wonderful tribute to The Marti Huizenga Boys and Girls Club, chosen as the #1 youth agency in the country three years in a row by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and one-of the best non-profit agencies in a study by Fortune 500.

Then each of the celebrities came up to accept a beautiful blue-glass token of appreciation from the Boys and Girls Club for their support.  After receiving their award, each celebrity gave a short speech on the special reasons for becoming involved with this organization. 

Some Facts About The Marti Huizenga Boys & Girls Club:

  • Open in September 1992
  • Was built by the private sector with funds from the city of Hollywood's Great Neighbors Program
  • Over 2,000 children, ages 7-18 join annually
  • Dues are only $15.00 per year
  • Over 500 children attend daily
  • Two-thirds of the club's members are boys
  • Racial stats:  33% Hispanic; 32% White; 31% African American; 4% other
  • Programs offered at the club include computers, sports and recreation, fitness, education cultural enrichment and personal growth
  • 45% of the club's members live with a single parent
  • 25% of the club's members have four or more children in the family
  • 25% of the club's members are teenagers
  • 25% of the club's members belong to no other organization

Why the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County are important in preserving the future through prevention today. 

 "Youth in Crisis - What Young American's Face Today"

  • Every 5 seconds of the school day a child drops out
  • Every 26 seconds a child runs away from home
  • Every 59 seconds a teenager has a baby
  • Every 7 minutes a child is arrested on a drug offense
  • Every 33 minutes a child is injured or killed by a gun
  • Every day 2,849 children are born into poverty
  • Every day the parents of nearly 2,750 children separate or divorce
  • Every day 1.3 latchkey kids aged 5 to 14 begin using illegal drugs and nearly 1,000 start drinking alcohol
  • Every day 3 children die of injuries inflicted by abusive parents


That is why fundraisers are needed like the "Hollywood Welcomes the Stars" event, to help these kids and maybe change these statistics.

Special Thanks to our Celebrity Guests:  Marty & Wayne Huizenga, Allison Kreiger, "Miss Florida"; Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor; Bob Beamon, Olympic Gold Medallist; Cathy Lee Crosby,TV Star; Dee Wallace, TV Star, "E.T. Extra Terrestrial"; Dennis Cole, TV Star; Earl Morrall, Former Miami Dolphin Legend; George Takei, Star Trek; Jeff Cross, Former Miami Dolphin; Shawn Wooden, Former Miami Dolphin; Jenna Edwards, "Miss Florida USA", Mark Higgs, Former Miami Dolphin; Terry Kirby, Former Miami Dolphin; Dontrell Willis, Pitcher for Florida Marlins; "TD"/Miami Dolphin Mascot & Stanley "C" Panther.

By:  Ginny Fujino with input from Danielle Cox, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County





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