United Way of Broward County Distributes Almost 500 Thanksgiving Meals to Military Veterans

The nonprofit provides various services and resources such as employment assistance, education, health care, legal aid, financial stability, and housing support for veterans.

Broward County veterans, active military, National Guard and reservists were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal thanks to United Way of Broward County’s Mission United program. Nearly 500 meals were distributed at United Way of Broward County’s Colker Center in Fort Lauderdale. The event was organized as a gesture of gratitude towards Broward County’s veterans and active-duty military members as they celebrated Thanksgiving with their families.

Miami Dolphins player Blake Ferguson joined donors, volunteers, and staff as they distributed Thanksgiving meals. The meals were distributed “drive-thru” style in the United Way of Broward County parking lot. Each food box included stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cornbread, and a $25 gift card to Publix.

The president/CEO of United Way of Broward County, Kathleen Cannon, along with James Heaton, the Senior Director of United Way of Broward County’s Mission United, and Maria Hernandez, the Chief Program Officer of United Way of Broward County, were present at the event to welcome guests and distribute the Thanksgiving meals.

“Each year, United Way of Broward County’s Mission United looks forward to this Thanksgiving dinner distribution as a way to say thank you to our Veterans, active military personnel and their families during the holiday season,” Cannon says. “We are grateful to the amazing community partners who make this event possible, as it truly takes a village to make an impact.” 

Sponsors included 15th Street Fisheries, Debbie’s Dream Foundation, Haber Law, JM Family Enterprises, JP Morgan Chase & CO., and We Florida Financial. 

(Photos courtesy of Downtown Photo) 

Photo cutline: Nelson Cruz, Jamie Hagar, Chase Bowman 

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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.