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March 16, 2007 - Broward Housing Solutions "RAISING THE ROOF"

What: Broward Housing Solutions. Housing opportunities for Broward's mental health community, Raising the Roof Annual Fundraising Event. Honoring Community Leaders Who Build Up Broward's Mental Health Consumers.

Where: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six, Ft. Lauderdale

When: Friday, March 16, 2007

Time: 7:00 PM

Beneficiary: Broward Housing Solutions

Honoree(s): Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, Broward County Board of County Commissioners; Rocky Rodriguez, Florida Substance Abuse & Mental Health Corporation and LXR Luxury Resorts

EMCEE: John Henry Smith, Sports Anchor with WPLG Local 10

Honorary Chairperson(s): Gene and Cathy Whiddon, Prudential Florida 1st Realty

Corporate Chairperson(s): John Macchia, Wachovia Bank

Committee Members: Barbara Capeletti, Event Chair Brett Atkinson, Sandy Brittain, Bruce Christensen, David Esposito, Rene Harrod, Sandra Robert, Cindy Schutt, Nancy Strong,

President(s): Nancy Merolla

Entertainment: Bobby and the Bulldozers

Sponsors: CONTRACTORS: Causeway Lumber Company – Comerica Bank – Commercebank – Eli Lilli and Company – Great Florida Bank – LXR Luxury Resorts – Wachovia Bank – Washington Mutual..... SUB-CONTRACTORS: Bank of America – Bank Atlantic – Bristol Meyers Squibb Company – C. Davis Electric Co., Inc. – Florida Career College – Gold Aviation Service – Memorial Healthcare System – Moss and Associates – Regions Bank..... HANDYMAN: Bank United – Republic Services, Inc. – SuRealty Title, Inc...... WEEKEND WARRIORS: Anonymous – Berger Singerman, P.A. – Cindy Schutt PR – Community Bank of Broward – Goe Care, Inc. – James A Cummings, Inc. – Kay Riodan State Farm – Maroone, and Auto Nation Company – Northwestern Mutual Financial Network – Pavarini Construction – SunTrust – Valley Bank

Auctioneer: David Esposito

Board of Directors: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: John J. Macchia, Chair – Dr. Stacey Lambert, Vice Chair – Jose L. Gonzalez, Treasurer – Janice Anastasato – Secretary DIRECTORS: Barbara Capeletti, Luis Colon, Gary R. Fine, James L. Fried, Phillips G. Gay, Jr., Rene Harrod, David M. Hawthorne, Mary Hoilett, Shawn Masur, Jeffrey Mindling, Malcolm Pearson, Sandra Robert and Cindy Wells COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD: Philips G. Gay, Jr. – Chair, Dr. Stacey Lambert – Vice Chair, Celena Blade, Sandy Brittain, Lisa Celestin, Luis Colon, Wence Cory, Josephine Harris, Mary Hoilett, Carlton Hughes, Nancy Ion, Garry Lacroix, Steve McAvoy, Nancy L. Merolla, Nancy L. Merolla, Evelyn Miller, Harry Nash, Joanne Richter, Sandra Robert, Pauline Rowe, Elvira Sears, Matt Sokal and Cathy Jo Westervelt

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 John Henry Smith, Sports Anchor with WPLF Local 10 and Event Honorary Co-Chairs  Gene & Cathy Whiddenr
John Henry Smith, Sports Anchor with WPLF Local 10 and Event Honorary Co-Chairs Gene & Cathy Whiddenr

Broward Housing Solutions Raises More Than $125,000 at ‘Raising the Roof’ Event
Using a fun, construction theme and honoring heavy-hitter community leaders who have touched the lives of mental health consumers, the “Raising the Roof” fundraising benefiting Broward Housing Solutions brought in more than $125,000 to the non-profit organization.
“This event always attracts a huge crowd, because we honor deserving community leaders who make a difference by supporting our efforts to improve the lives of the mental health consumers we serve,” said Nancy L. Merolla, President/CEO of Broward Housing Solutions.  “Our supporters have told us they also love this event because it is casual and always has a really fun theme.”
This year, the 350 guests who attended the event enjoyed the “Raising the Roof” construction theme, complete with hard hats for each guest, paint-can centerpieces, yellow caution tape, orange reflective cones and road barricades.  The décor was complimented by the tunes of Bobby and the Bulldozers, a huge silent auction, excellent food and a relaxed atmosphere.  The worthy honorees recognized at the event also made the event special.
At the “Raising the Roof” event at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Spa, Broward Housing Solutions honored Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Secretary Rocky Rodriguez and LXR Luxury Resorts.  Each honoree has provided valuable assistance to Broward Housing Solutions, a non-profit organization that provides quality housing opportunities to meet the needs of lower income persons with mental illness in Broward County. 

Brandon, Phyllis & Honoree Rocky Rodriguez,

     Broward County Commissioner 

Diane Wasserman-Rubin     


LXR Resorts - William Stanton & Katie Woods

Community leaders Gene and Cathy Whiddon of Prudential Florida 1st Realty served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the event, and Barbara Capeletti from Great Florida Bank served as Event Chair.  WPLG Local 10 News Sports Anchor John Henry Smith served as emcee. 

Gene & Cathy Whiddon
Broward Housing Solutions thanks its event sponsors, including Causeway Lumber Company, Comerica Bank, Commercebank, Eli Lilly & Company, Great Florida Bank, LXR Luxury Resorts, Wachovia Bank, Washington Mutual, Bank of America, BankAtlantic, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company, C. Davis Electric Co., Inc., Florida Career College, Gold Aviation Services, Memorial Healthcare System, Moss & Associates, Regions Bank, BankUnited, Republic Services, Inc., SuRealty Title, Inc., Bank of Florida, Berger Singerman, PA, Cindy Schutt PR, Commercial Bank of Florida, Community Bank of Broward, Dorothy Brazeau Interiors, Inc., GEO Care, Inc., James A. Cummings, Inc., Kay Riordan State Farm, Lambert Advisory, Maroone, an AutoNation Company, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Pavarini Construction, Raymond James, SunTrust and Valley Bank.
Dedicated committee members include Brett Atkinson, Sandy Brittain, Bruce Christensen, David Esposito, René Harrod, Sandra Robert, Cindy Schutt and Nancy Strong.
Broward Housing Solutions, provides permanent supportive rental housing to mental health consumers at a cost of only 30 percent of the consumer’s monthly income, through its Rental Housing Program, assists with rent payments through its Rental Subsidy Program, helps consumers become homeowners through Homeownership Solutions, and provides housing to young adults coming out of foster care, through Housing Solutions for Young Adults.  For more information, call 954-764-2800 or visit

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