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Spirit Airlines supports YMCA of South Florida

A South Florida company is paying it forward in a big way.

Spirit Airlines’ foundation has pledged $150,000 to YMCA of South Florida in a five-year partnership. The money will help fund the YMCA of South Florida’s LA Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center on Sistrunk Boulevard.

“The YMCA is an important contributor to our community, and we remain committed to support their efforts as they continue to positively impact society in South Florida,” said Laurie Villa, president of The Spirit Airlines Charitable Foundation and SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer of Spirit Airlines, in a release. “We are very proud of our ongoing partnership with the YMCA and look forward to helping them bring their mission to life for many years to come.”

This isn’t the first time the airline and the nonprofit have worked together to support the community. Spirit’s foundation previously donated $28,000 to support YMCA of South Florida’s weekly grocery deliveries to 100 seniors in 2020. At YMCA’s 17th Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Breakfast, Spirit team members “presented the Spirt of Community recognition award to first responders and healthcare professionals who went above and beyond to help during the pandemic.”

“We are so pleased to have created a strategic partnership with Spirit Airlines,” said Sheryl A. Woods, president and CEO of the YMCA of South Florida, in the release. “This five-year alliance demonstrates Spirit’s support for the work that the YMCA does to bring communities together especially during these uncertain and trying times. As part of this partnership, Spirit supports the Y’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational breakfast and is the sponsor of the “I Have a Dream” wall featuring community and student leaders, along with work from local artists, which will be located in the soon-to-be opening LA Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center on Sistrunk Boulevard.”

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

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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.