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Handy Secures $450,000 in Funding to Support Mental Health and Youth Development Initiatives

The nonprofit organization has transformed the lives of over 50,000 at-risk youth and their families.

Handy, Inc. recently held its 2nd annual Moonrise event on the sand in front of the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale. The event, presented by the Moss Foundation, successfully raised $450,000 to support Handy’s mental health and youth development programs under its dedicated initiative, Handy Cares.

Over 350 guests attended the lively event, where they danced to the music of DJ Tony Zuccaro and Dan Zev. The attendees were dressed in neon and animal print attire and enjoyed espresso martinis served by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and curated lite bites. NBC’s Roxanne Vargas acted as the emcee for the night. The CEO of Handy, Kirk Brown, and the Board Chair, Michael Wild, thanked the guests for their support and gave them an inside look into Handy’s work to transform the lives of youth throughout Broward County.

“95% of our kids graduate high school, and 78% of our kids graduate college, and I want you to know that they are courageous, they’re brave, and the people that work with them are courageous and brave,” Brown says. “What we do takes courage, but we can’t do it without you.”

Phil Debasi, Kari Corbett, and Kurt Corbett

The Moonrise Co-Chairs for the event were Chad Moss, Sara Shake, and Phil DeBiasi. Among the top sponsors who supported the event were Air Pros USA, Advocate In-Home Care, Casa Noble, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, WFP Law, P.A., Aaron and Burnadette Weeks Charitable Foundation, MGM General Contracting, Broward Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants, Todd Kirkpatrick, AGI Capital Management, High West, The MRKT co., Venice Magazine, Memorial Healthcare, Evlution Nutrition, Greentech Renewables, Danto Builders, Community-Based Connections, Aqua Reality Services, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, BBX Capital, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Massuci Family Philanthropies, Marcelle & Andrew Rosen Foundation, ENDOUVTECH, and Bravo5 Enterprises.

Main photo IDs: Christine Shaw, Andrea Becker, Eileen Lamarca, Bibi Marchitto, and Lois Marino

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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.