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Local organizations give back during the holidays

Throughout the tumultuous year that has been 2020, several South Florida organizations have stepped in to provide resources at a time when they’ve been most needed by the community.

This Thanksgiving is no exception. That’s when United Way of Broward County’s MISSION UNITED is partnering with the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program and Florida Power & Light to distribute 1,000 Thanksgiving dinner meals to Broward County military veterans and active service members. The event is one of several initiatives of Mission United, which supports employment services, education, health, legal assistance, financial stability, and housing support for veterans and miliary service members.

Taking place Nov. 25, 4-6 p.m., the drive-through distribution event will provide meals to veterans’ and service members’ families (with a limit of five meals per household). To receive the meals, veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members must register in advance and will need to present their online registration ticket and proof of veteran or military status during a drive-thru pick up line. Applicable registrants must wear a mask, present their registration/ID, and arrive with an empty trunk to place meals in.

Another local initiative to give back during the holidays comes from Fort Lauderdale-based Freedland Harwin Valori, PL (FHV), Rotary Club of Weston and Huntington Learning Center. The organizations are uniting to host its annual Harvest Drive, which helps feed families in need. The organizations will be collecting funds through Dec. 1.

The organizations are asking for monetary donations of any amount with a goal to provide 1,500 families with students in Broward County Public Schools two full bags of non-perishable groceries (40 pounds of food) and a $25 gift card.

“This funding from the community will be essential for this year’s Harvest Drive to succeed,” said FHV founding partner Michael Freedland, Esq., who is also a former past president and board member of the Rotary Club of Weston. “Donating to the Harvest Drive is an opportunity for anyone to directly and positively impact the lives of food-insecure families with children.”

In addition to giving to a great cause, everyone who donates, regardless of the amount, will be entered in a raffle to win a $1,000 American Express gift card. To be entered in the raffle, donors simply need to email a screenshot of their donation to rotaryfeeds@gmail.com. Donations can be made via Venmo at @RotaryFeeds, CashApp at $WestonRotary, and PayPal at reho7@aol.com.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

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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.