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Signature Fundraiser Generates Nearly $450,000 for Jack & Jill Center

Liz Cronin, Kim Gessner, Kelly Climie

The 18th Annual Pediatrix Flip Flops on the Docks at the Lauderdale Yacht Club hosted by the Friends of Jack & Jill Center produced $435,000 for the Jack & Jill Center’s mission to strengthen children and families through innovative education, supportive programming, and community engagement. The signature fundraiser featured relaxed tropical beach décor, drinks, food and live music on the docks overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. More than 425 guests also bid on luxurious items in live and virtual silent auctions.

“We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support from all those who joined us for our Annual Pediatrix Flip Flops on the Docks at the gorgeous Lauderdale Yacht Club,” Heather Siskind says, CEO of Jack & Jill Center. “It was great to see everyone leave their heels and ties at home to enjoy a wonderful evening to support children and families in need. Thank you to our event chairs and sponsors for helping us make it possible.”

Since its establishment in 1999, The Friends of Jack & Jill Center has raised over $5.25 million and volunteered countless hours to improve the lives of the center’s children and families. Jack & Jill Center supports children of high-need working families through quality early childhood education, elementary education and family strengthening programs to ensure every child and family has the tools they need to be successful. The organization has served 26,000 children and families in South Florida since 1942.

Photo Credit: Little’s Photography and Sydney Stelter

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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.