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BBX Capital Foundation Awards $75,000 to Local Mental Health Organizations

Eight mental health organizations throughout Broward County will receive the funds.

BBX Capital and the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition (BBHC) joined forces to host a Mental Health Grant Presentation and Reception at The Main in Fort Lauderdale. This event marked a significant moment as the BBX Capital Foundation demonstrated its commitment by awarding a substantial $75,000 to local organizations. These funds will play a crucial role in supporting the well-being and growth of children and adults with mental health or co-occurring diagnoses, underscoring the Foundation’s dedication to the community.

The event commenced with a networking session and refreshments, setting the stage for the impactful evening. Lois Marino, the Executive Director of the BBX Capital Foundation and the Director of Community Engagement for BBX Capital, delivered the opening remarks. She was followed by Silvia Quintana, the CEO of Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, who underscored the vital partnership between BBHC and BBX Capital Foundation in addressing our community’s mental health and wellness. The event also featured a personal account from Camila Mia Bencosme, Miss Fort Lauderdale Teen USA, who shared her mental health journey and discussed her upcoming book, Growing Pains, which focuses on overcoming pain and trauma.

The eight nonprofit organizations receiving grants from the BBX Capital Foundation included:

·         Canine Assisted Therapy works with volunteers and their dogs to provide animal-assisted therapy and companionship to people in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices and schools.

·         NAMI Broward County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, support, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.

·         211 Broward is the live, 24-hour comprehensive helpline, providing all people with support for crisis, health and human services and connecting them to resources in our community.

·         Gilda’s Club South Florida offers free programs for men, women, and children, as well as their families and friends who have been impacted by cancer.

·         City House, whose programs are carefully designed to take a holistic approach to supporting single mothers and their children experiencing homelessness.

·         Tomorrow’s Rainbow aims to nurture emotional wellness and resiliency for children, teens, and families experiencing grief, loss, or trauma.

·         Pace Center for Girls, which provides free year-round middle school and high school academics, counseling, and life skills.

·         Henderson Behavioral Health, which provides healthcare, housing, and hope for people of all ages with behavioral health conditions in Florida.

Photo courtesy of Michael Murphy Photographic

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

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