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Foundation Serves Students and Teachers

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When the deadly shooting happened Feb. 14 at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in just a matter of hours, the Broward Education Foundation sprang into action.

The foundation, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, is a not-for-profit organization aligned with Broward County Public Schools by providing support for innovative teaching, from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, and by offering critically needed educational materials, school supplies as well as some scholarships.

The foundation raised $10.5 million to assist students and their families after the attack. “It was something we were compelled to do,” says the foundation’s marketing director, Pejay Ryan. “We began setting it up that evening. By the very next morning, we began the fundraising. You can’t wrap your mind around it. The level of horror and shock was reverberating in our community. The outpouring of compassion was awe-inspiring. We had donors from around the nation and from around the world.”

The foundation doesn’t wait for tragedies to strike in its quest to assist educators and children. It provides free school supplies to teachers in economically disadvantaged areas. “We actually have a free-standing building in Pompano Beach,” Ryan says. The building houses many teaching materials and school supplies.

“Two times a year, teachers can shop there,” Ryan says. “We have basics like notebooks and things for craft projects. Teachers walk out with $400 to $500 in school supplies. On average there’s $1.5 million in supplies. There’s always a need for more. The first of the year we start restocking.”

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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.