Friendship Circle Miami Raises More Than $230,000 During 3rd Annual Heart & Soul Gala

Friendship Circle Miami’s Third Annual Heart & Soul Gala at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Miami raised over $230,000 for children and young adults with special needs. During the gala, the organization also launched its ‘We All Belong’ campaign to help provide funding for its 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art campus, which will serve thousands of individuals and families. 

The event helped gather more than 250 of Miami’s philanthropists and Friendship Circle Miami’s Board of directors and business, civic and social leaders. Miami Dade-County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava gave opening remarks about the importance of inclusion, while Directors Rabbi Yossi Harlig and Nechama Harlig and Co-Chairs Michele Kaplan and Stacy Bolducwith provided the programming. Florida State Representative and Event Honoree Vance Aloupis was presented the “Heart & Soul” Award for his community contributions.

A presentation helped launch the organization’s “We All Belong” campaign, which aims to raise awareness on the benefits of providing friendship, belonging and a sense of community to children and young adults with special needs.

“We are filled with gratitude after witnessing the community’s support to further our commitment of promoting inclusion for all children and adults with special needs,” Harlig says. “Our ‘We All Belong’ Campaign will take our mission to the next level, helping us reach our fundraising goals for the future campus and allowing us to substantially increase our enrollment capabilities.” 

Contributions to the organization included Bean Automotive serving as the presenting sponsor, as well as Fairholme Foundation, WLRN Public Media, Berger Singerman, Veitia Padron Inc., Armor Health, G. Navarrete Consulting Inc., Florida Power & Light Company, Miami’s Community Newspapers, Miami Kids Magazine, The de Moya Foundation and Stanford Blake Mediation.

Friendship Circle Miami is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering friendship and acceptance to individuals with special needs. It has provided programming and resources to special needs children and families for more than 15 years. To donate to the “We All Belong” Campaign,” visit friendshipcirclemiami.org.

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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.