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ChildNet Raises Funds to Support Foster Youth and Families During Care for Kids Cocktail Reception

The organization strives to help abused, abandoned, and neglected children.

The Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale hosted an annual Care for Kids Cocktail Reception organized by ChildNet, Broward County’s lead Community-Based Care agency. The event was a huge success, raising over $132,000 to support foster youth throughout Broward County. The event was sold-out, and the Health Foundation of South Florida and Memorial Healthcare System sponsored it.

At the event hosted by WPLG Anchor/Reporter Eric Yutzy, Melida Akiti was honored with the Champion for Children Award by ChildNet for her exceptional support and dedication to the children in foster care in Broward County. Woodson Benjamin, a former foster youth, shared his experience in the foster care system and how ChildNet positively impacted his life. Additionally, South Florida’s Youth Poet Laureate, Devin Modia, delivered a captivating performance of his award-winning poem titled “It’s a hard knock life, For us, It’s a hard knock life for us,” which explored the struggles those in foster care face.

The funds raised during the Care for Kids Cocktail Reception will allow ChildNet to have the flexibility to focus on the specific needs of 1,800 children, youth and caregivers. It will enable the organization to take advantage of opportunities and prepare to tackle unforeseen challenges. The aid provided by these funds will go beyond necessities such as braces, swimming lessons, and sports uniforms and extend to college tours and one-on-one tutoring. The goal involves helping foster children succeed and thrive from the moment they enter the foster care system until the moment they leave it.

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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.