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Florida’s Children First Honors Broward’s Top Advocates for Children

Florida’s Children First (FCF), a nonprofit organization helping to improve children’s lives, will host its 22nd annual Broward County Advocates for Children Awards at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The event will recognize exceptional child advocates and former foster youth who have made a positive impact in their communities. Josh Rydell, the Mayor of Coconut Creek, will host the annual event. It is anticipated to attract around 300 supporters, including community and business leaders, former honorees, care providers, and individuals committed to aiding Florida’s children.

This year, FCF will spotlight the following honorees:

2024 Outstanding Corporate Champion For Children: Keiser University

Throughout the years, Keiser University and its leaders have actively supported various FCF initiatives to safeguard and enhance children’s rights and protections in Florida. Their efforts have focused on providing necessary tools and opportunities for all children, especially those facing disadvantages.

2024 Outstanding Nonprofit Champion for Children: SOS Children’s Villages Florida

SOS Children’s Villages has been well-known in Broward County for over thirty years. It has established itself as a global leader in providing a caring and family-oriented community to help children and young adults in the foster care system. They offer unparalleled support, a stable home environment, and a platform for healing and hope.

2024 Outstanding Youth Advocate: Takara Young

Despite facing family challenges and being placed under the care of her aunt, Takara has displayed an impressive level of resilience and optimism. She is an emerging leader who has played a vital role in creating and managing engaging events that benefit her peers in care and bring happiness and a sense of belonging to those going through similar experiences.

FCF’s work and this event would not have been possible without the generous support of its sponsors, which include Kelley Kronenberg (Statewide Presenting Sponsor), Funding Florida Legal Aid, Guardian Trust, The Laszlo Fischer Foundation, The Paul Palank Memorial Foundation, The Shane McGee Foundation, and Stuart Building Products.

For more information about FCF or to register for the Broward Advocates for Children Awards, call 954-796-0860 or email events@floridaschildrenfirst.org.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

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.