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Spirit Airlines Raises Over $1.5 Million for Charity at Annual Golf Tournament

At its sixth annual Spirit Open, the Spirit Charitable Foundation raised over $1.5 million for national and local nonprofit organizations in South Florida. Participants included aviation industry professionals and community leaders who came together to raise funds for various charities across Spirit Airlines‘ growing network. More than 200 Spirit team members, aviation industry professionals and community leaders joined in celebrating the Foundation’s mission.

The 2023 charity event was presented by NexGen Aero, with Airbus and Pratt & Whitney as Partner Sponsors. It also featured 150 other generous and civic-minded sponsors. The two-day event started with the “Carousel of Giving” social and networking event at the new Carousel Club in Hallandale Beach. Top industry leaders interacted while enjoying a wide selection of specialty food and drinks, a live DJ and an impressive silent auction. The following day, donors met at the Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation for a fun round of golf.

“We’re so grateful and impressed by the continued commitment of our supporters whose generous gifts advance our mission to inspire positive change in the communities where we live and work,” Lania Rittenhouse, president of the Spirit Charitable Foundation and Vice President of Guest Experience, Brand & Communications for Spirit Airlines. “The Spirit Charitable Foundation gives back to organizations making meaningful impacts across our network, including supporting 51 nonprofits in 2022. This year’s funds will empower us to extend our impact even further.”

The Foundation makes charitable investments in nonprofit organizations across the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean that advance its three pillars: Children and Families, Service Members and the Environment. The Foundation continues o honor its long-term commitments and support immediate community needs, such as last year’s hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico.

The following nonprofit organizations in South Florida are receiving support from the Spirit Charitable Foundation in 2023, with more commitments coming throughout the year:

  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Honor Flight South Florida
  • Humane Society of Broward County’s Mutts and Meows for Military
  • NSU Museum Children’s Programming
  • The PATCH
  • The Underline
  • YMCA of South Florida

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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.