2015 Finalists Press Release


Finalists Announced for Switchboard of Miami’s
4th Annual Katz Barron Squitero Faust All-Star Non-Profit Awards

More than 100 applications submitted for awards to honor Miami-Dade County’s dedicated non-profits

MIAMI, Fla. (October 16, 2015) – Switchboard of Miami, Inc. (Switchboard) and Katz Barron Squitero Faust are pleased to announce the finalists for the 4th Annual Katz Barron Squitero Faust All-Star Non-Profit Awards. Taking place Thursday, November 19th at 11 a.m. at Jungle Island in Miami, the awards will celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievement of Miami-Dade County’s local non-profit organizations, their executive teams and philanthropic leaders in the community.

“All of us at Switchboard Miami are thrilled to announce this year’s finalists,” said Switchboard of Miami President and CEO Catherine Penrod. “Each of the finalists work so hard in our community to make it a better place.”

Every non-profit organization and their boards are encouraged to attend the luncheon and awards ceremony to celebrate the coming together of the community. Awards will be given in nine categories including the Facebook photo album driven Miami All-Star Award. The finalists for the 4th Annual Katz Barron Squitero Faust All-Star Non-Profit Awards are:

Most Valuable Non-Profit All-Star: Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami; Dolphins Cancer Challenge; Miami Rescue Mission; No More Tears; Women’s HIV Service

Leadership All-Star: Miami Rescue Mission; PACE Center for Girls Miami; Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center; The Advocate Program; The Miami Coalition for the Homeless

Volunteerism All-Star: A Safe Javen for Newborns; Farm Share; Florida Foster Care Review; RJT Foundation; The Little Lighthouse Foundation

Collaboration All-Star: Advocate Program; Chapman Partnership; Dolphins Cycling Challenge; Concerned African Women; Voices for Children

Innovation: Alliance for LGBTQ Youth; Branches; Educate Tomorrow; PACE Center for Girls; The On It Foundation

Rookie of the Year: Get Ready Scholarship; RJT Foundation; It’s My Birthday, Inc.

Young Leader of the Year: Brenda Ace, a Women’s Fund Young Professional; Rudy Duthil of the Dominican American National Foundation; Lakisha Gray from Get Ready Scholarship; Mykaelle “Myka” Figueiredo of The Children’s Hearing Program, UM-UHealth; Osline Pascal from YWCA Miami

Non-Profit Leader of the Year: Bonnie Alkema with Catholic Hospice; Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg from Carrfour Supportive Housing; Colonel Brodes H. Hartley Jr. with Community Health South Florida (CHI); Victor Diaz-Herman from Pridelines; and Paco Velez from Feeding South Florida

Lifetime Achievement: Edmund Ansin, CEO of Sunbeam Television; Tony Argiz, Chairman and CEO, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC; Trish Bell, Board of Trustees for the Chapman Partnership; David Lawrence Jr., Children’s Movement of Florida Chair and The Children’s Trust Founding Chair; Carlos A. Migoya, President and CEO of Jackson Health System

Nine non-profit organizations have also been nominated for Switchboard’s 2015 Miami All-Star including Florida Foster Care Network; It’s My Birthday; Little Lighthouse Foundation; Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc.; PACE Center for Girls Miami; No More Tears; Voices for Children Foundation, Inc.; The Women’s Fund and The YMCA of South Florida. Facebook users are encouraged to vote for a non-profit organization by liking their photo in Switchboard’s 2015 Miami All-Star photo album.

“It’s an honor to celebrate the hard work of the non-profit organizations whose mission is to make
South Florida a better place to live,” said Erica English, Partner at Katz Barron Squitero Faust. “Whatever their cause may be, or whomever they impact, these non-profit organizations make an impact on our community and we need to ensure they succeed.”

The winners in each category will receive an award trophy and bulk flower donation from Galleria Farms.

Switchboard of Miami provides 24/7 assistance to counsel, connect and empower people in need. Their suicide prevention programs, information and referral contact center, and crisis counseling and wellness services serve as both a first point of assistance and a last resource for Miami-Dade County residents. Monies raised at the 4th Annual Switchboard of Miami All Star Awards will directly contribute to funding Switchboard of Miami.

Additional sponsors include Galleria Farms, BankUnited, Publix Super Markets, TimHaahs, GSK CPAs & Consultants Wealth Advisors, Ocean Bank, Florida Power & Light, Miami Marlins, Interamerica Data FL, BDO, Florida Community Bank, Ed Straub, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, Ignacio De Armas, Holland & Knight, Bank of America, Bowman Systems, Unified Technologies, PD2 Process Design & Development, LLC, Brown & Brown Insurance, AlphaNet, Miami Parking Authority, South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine and Kip Hunter Marketing.

Ticket Prices are $75 per person for general admission and $50 per person for non-profit staff/government representatives. Table sponsorships are $700 and Program Ads are $200. For more information about purchasing tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.switchboard.org/allstars.

For more information, please visit www.switchboardmiami.org. For more information about Katz Barron Squitero Faust, please visit www.katzbarron.com.

About Switchboard of Miami

Switchboard of Miami, Inc. is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that counsels, connects and empowers people in need. With more than 15 specialty phone lines, Switchboard offers free and confidential telephone counseling, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and information and referral services to every caller, chatter or texter 24/7. The organization also maintains a comprehensive and reliable social services databases of 5,000+ entries, and provides immediate tri-lingual assistance for an estimated 140,000 individuals annually. Last year alone, Switchboard provided more than 150,000 referrals to callers and is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country. Switchboard also offers other programs, including suicide prevention, counseling, senior services, child development screenings and youth prevention programs, which collectively provided services to more than 5,000 individuals last year. For more information, please visit www.switchboardmiami.org.

About Katz Barron Squitero Faust

Katz Barron Squitero Faust is a full service law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Founded in 1977, the firm is an enduring presence in the South Florida community, offering a sophisticated scope of legal services in the areas of Litigation; Real Estate; Business & Corporate; Estate Planning and Administration; Creditors’ Rights; Mediation and Settlement Counseling; Franchisor and Franchisee Disputes; and Environmental Services and Beneficial Reuse that reflect the needs of its broad-based local, national and international clientele. The firm’s attorneys, administrators and support staff are committed to a tradition of client satisfaction and to the execution of legal strategies that are responsive to the realities of the 21st Century. The Katz Barron Squitero Faust Miami office is located at 2699 S. Bayshore Drive, 7th Floor, Miami, Florida 33133. The Fort Lauderdale office is located at 100 N.E. Third Avenue, Suite 280, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. For more information, please visit www.katzbarron.com.


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