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Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott Donates $4.8 Million to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott will donate $4.8 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to support its mission of providing educational and afterschool programs for local children. The donation will be used to renovate and transform the northwest club into a state-of-the-art facility.

“We are incredibly grateful and humbled by MacKenzie Scott’s generosity to select us for such a transformational gift to support great futures for our area youth,” Alex Rodriguez-Roig says, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “With her support, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade can completely rebuild and renovate our Northwest Club. The Club’s positive programs are very important to keeping our youth members engaged in a healthy, safe, productive, and enjoyable environment.” 

Scott is an American author and philanthropist. She is the founder and executive director of Bystander Revolution, an online resource offering practical, crowdsourced advice about simple things individuals can do to take the power out of bullying. In May 2019, she signed “The Giving Pledge” and promised to give away at least half of her wealth throughout her lifetime.

Recognizing the community’s needs to which she can contribute, Scott made significant financial donations to multiple Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. Scott worked with a team of advisors to help accelerate her giving and took a data-driven approach to identifying organizations with strong leadership teams and results, with particular attention to those operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates and low access to philanthropic capital. Scott’s total commitment will be paid upfront and left unrestricted to provide Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade with maximum flexibility.

Located at 10915 NW 14 Ave. in Miami, the Northwest Club opened its doors in 1953 and it serves predominately African American children from lower-income families. The renovation plan entails completely rebuilding the 11-acre campus. The process will include demolishing the existing 1950s building to construct a new 25,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility featuring a learning center, STEM and computer lab, teen center, recreational areas, and the complete refurbishment of its existing fields and gym. The project’s total cost is $13 million and construction is expected to begin in 2023.

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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.