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BBXCapital Foundation Donates to United Way of Broward County’s Housing United Initiative

The United Way of Broward County’s Housing United received a three-year (2023-2025) gift totaling $100,000 from the BBX Capital Foundation to support and provide families with down payment assistance and housing subsidies. It will also help the Housing United initiative reach its goal of securing 2,500 units, impacting approximately 7,500 at-risk residents in our community. 

“It is the hope that this pioneer gift will inspire other companies, corporations, and philanthropists to get involved and to be a united front against the affordable housing crisis that our community is facing,” Kathleen Cannon says, president/CEO of United Way of Broward County. “There is no doubt these funds will have a long-lasting impact towards housing stability for the families we serve, and we couldn’t be more grateful to the BBX Capital Foundation for making this happen.” 

United Way of Broward County launched its Housing United initiative in 2022 to address the affordable housing crisis in Broward County. The program centers on a capital fund serving Broward’s cost-burdened residents with both immediate and long-term solutions to one of the most pressing issues facing Broward residents. 

“Affordable housing is currently a critical necessity for so many residents in Broward County,” Jarett Levan says, president and CEO of BBX Capital, Inc. and Trustee of the BBX Capital Foundation. “We are so fortunate that the BBX Capital Foundation can pave the way for United Way of Broward County’s Housing United’s mission to help our community provide homes for families in need.” 

Housing United uses a multi-pronged approach featuring a program-related investment model to raise capital and philanthropic funds, an advocacy component, and a collaborative community effort. United Way of Broward County established the fund with funds from the MacKenzie Scott gift fueled by an initial endowment of $10 million. It will leverage combined local, state, and federal dollars with philanthropic donations to deliver 2,500 affordable housing units over the next five years. 

Photo Credit: United Way of Broward County

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Drew Limsky

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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.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.