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During a time when the start of the school year is fraught with anxiety and uncertainty, the Broward Education Foundation and Office Depot have stepped up for students with Start Proud. For this philanthropic event, nearly 1,000 brand-new backpacks filled with supplies were distributed to Davie Elementary School students on August 17.

Each backpack was outfitted with notebooks, composition books, notecards, highlighters, pens, pencils and one Office Depot® OfficeMax® merchandise card for future purchases. Educational leaders on hand for the event included Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, Chief School Performance & Account Officer Dr. Valerie Smith Wanza, School Board Members Donna Korn and Laurie Rich Levinson, and Broward Education Foundation Board Chair Tim Curtin. Also attending were foundation Board Members Sue Colton and Ruth Carter-Lynch, Davie Elementary School Principal Erik Anderson, plus teachers and staff from Davie Elementary and a contingent of Office Depot employees.

“We are incredibly thankful for the generous support and the amazing partnership we’ve forged with Office Depot,” said Shea Ciriago, executive director of Broward Education Foundation. “Although the start of the school is virtual, students throughout Broward County now have the educational supplies and learning tools necessary to learn and thrive.” Though students may not enjoy the personal classroom interactions of years past, at least they know that their school and teachers are still invested in their growth and learning.

Davie Elementary School teacher Kelly De Varona was recognized as an All-Star Teacher and presented with new furniture, teaching supplies, technology and tech services from Office Depot, valued at more than $1,500.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



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.