Archive for October 2011
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Host The 3rd Annual “Future Tastes Great” Iron Chef Competition
Teens have the opportunity to team up and compete with Broward’s best chefs in this culinary fundraiser
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 26, 2011) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) will host the third annual “Future Tastes Great” Iron Chef Competition 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Hugh’s Culinary in Oakland Park. This unique and entertaining fundraiser will raise the necessary funds to operate the BGCBG Culinary Arts program which is located at the North Lauderdale Levine/Slaughter Boys & Girls Club. The Culinary Arts program is just is one of the many specialized Career Exploration Programs that are available for BGCBC’s teen members to help introduce them to alternative career opportunities.
Participating chef’s and culinary experts from Michelle’s Dining & Lounge, Café Maxx, Blue Moon, D’Angelo’s, and Hugh’s just to name a few will treat guests to culinary delights. Chef Teresa Ruiz of the Boys & Girls Club’s Culinary Arts Program will also participate with assistance from her students. Sponsored teams consisting of one chef and BGCBC youth assistants will partner to create magic in the kitchen. Each team will be given the same ingredients and will then be judged in a cook-off. Guests will enjoy an exclusive dinner prepared by some of Broward’s best chefs in addition to wine tastings, libations, live entertainment and a silent auction.
“It is very humbling to have the opportunity to work with the staff and volunteers of the Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Kim Hackett, Levine/Slaughter Advisory Board Member and Future Tastes Great Chairwoman. “This event is all about the kids and the Culinary Arts Program that helps develop new skills and open doors to the world of culinary opportunities for our teen members.”
Tickets are $100 per person and include fine cuisine, wine tastings and other specials. To purchase tickets and for sponsorship information, visit www.northlauderdalebgc.com or call Marika Guyton, Events Coordinator, 954-537-1010 ext. 226.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County joined the national organization in 1965 and have grown along with the movement. We now have 12 facilities with a membership of over 12,000 youth, making us one of the largest Boys & Girls Club organizations in the nation. We are a nonprofit 501(C) (3) private agency. We rely on funding raised by our Board of Directors, special events, general donations, corporate sponsors, foundation support, endowments, and the Broward County government.
The Bougainvilla House Hosted Exclusive Kick-Off Celebration With Celebrity Guests Penelope Ann Miller And Dennis Haysbert
New residential facility offers emotional and financial support to the families of terminally ill children, embraces the concept that ailing children should be united with their families, including family pets
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 25, 2011) – The Bougainvilla House, a new residential facility that offers emotional and financial support to the families of terminally ill children, hosted an exclusive kick-off celebration with celebrity guests Penelope Ann Miller and Dennis Haysbert on Friday, October 21 from 7-9pm.
The Bougainvilla House recently blossomed from the Fort Lauderdale-based HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc., a well-known and respected organization that has served the people of Broward, Dade and Monroe counties for more than 30 years. Continuing the mission to provide care to those in need, The Bougainvilla House will offer transportation, accommodations, meals, bereavement counselors, and therapists to all guests, regardless of their ability to pay.
The private kick-off celebration was held at the waterfront residence of Janet Davis, President and CEO of the new Bougainvilla House, along with Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Guests, including actor and FLIFF honoree Beau Bridges, enjoyed cocktails, hors d ’oeuvres and live entertainment to celebrate the launch of this special organization.
Celebrity guest Penelope Ann Miller is known for her memorable Gold Globe-nominated role in Carlito’s Way, The Freshman, Penny Marshall’s Awakening, Chaplin, and Kindergarten Cop. Miller’s next project The Artist, a black and white silent film by Weinstein Company, will be released November 23, 2011. The unique film has earned universal kudos at film festivals around the world.
Also joining the celebration was actor Dennis Haysbert who is known not only for his legendary talent, but for having one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood. Haysbert small screen roles include David Palmer in the hit series 24 and Sergeant Major Jones in the drama series The Unit. On the silver screen, Haysbert starred alongside Robert DeNiro in Heat, played Raymond Deagan in Far From Heaven, and even lends his famous voice to character Master Ox in Kung Fu Panda.
Scheduled to break ground in spring 2012, The Bougainvilla House will provide transportation, accommodations, meals, bereavement counselors, and therapists to all guests regardless of their ability to pay. The six million dollar British West Indies style House, designed by Ft. Lauderdale architect Bill Storrs, will feature pet-friendly in-suite rooms, private family rooms, indoor dining and outdoor dining on wide covered verandas overlooking beautiful gardens, a chapel, counseling rooms, the Sun Room, and tropical gardens with gazebos, meditation areas, and walkways paved with remembrance bricks.
The Bougainvilla House
The Bougainvilla House is a 501(C)(3) non-profit that will continue the mission of HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc., as a legacy to the 30 years of providing care to those in need. The Bougainvilla House is located at 309 SE 18th Street, one block south of Broward General Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale. For more information, please call (954) 525-8757 or visit www.TheBougainvillaHouse.com.