LifeNet4Families Announces Honorees for Its Casino Royale Annual Gala

WPLG Local 10’s Calvin Hughes will host the celebratory fundraising evening.

Honorees for the Casino Royale Annual Gala 2023 event hosted by  LifeNet4Families have been announced. The fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, which aims to end homelessness, hunger and poverty, is set to take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Venue at 2345 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors.

The honorees include Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Esq. of Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell, PLLC, Kathleen Cannon, president and CEO of United Way of Broward County, and Robert Taylor, president and CEO of BBI, who have been named Leaders of Distinction. Additionally, Publix Supermarket Charities, Inc. and Downtown Photo will be celebrated as 2023 Community Service Honorees for their contributions to serving and stabilizing the impoverished and promoting health and well-being in South Florida. WPLG Local 10’s Emmy-award Winning Anchor Calvin Hughes will host the engaging and elegant night of excitement and purpose.

“This year’s gala returns after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now we’re stronger and more resilient than ever,” Dr. Melanie Geddes says, president and CEO of LifeNet4Families. It’s not just a night of fun, it’s a powerful step towards building a brighter future for community members who need us the most in Broward County. “With the invaluable support of those who share our vision, we can create real change and foster a community where homelessness, hunger, and poverty are no longer barriers to a better life.”

The upcoming Casino Royale Annual Gala will be an exciting and memorable event, with all proceeds to provide shelter, meals, and essential support services to those experiencing homelessness and hunger. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy various fun games during the cocktail reception at 6 p.m. as they step into the recreated world of a glamorous high-stakes casino. The event will feature live and silent auctions, with unique items for bid. Live entertainment and dinner will follow at 7 p.m. for an unforgettable evening. The event is black-tie-optional, and tickets are priced at $250 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for those looking to support this worthy cause. For more information, please visit Lifenet4families.org/sponsorship.

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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.