Week of February 3, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

Tuesday, February 4, 2014  12:00  p.m. -  2:00 p.m. OK2Talk Community Conversation~ National Dialogue on Mental Health, PBSC Belle Glade
Friday, February 7, 2014       8:00  a.m. -  3:00 p.m. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day C.L. Brumback Health Center
Friday, February 7, 2014     11:00  a.m. -  3:00 p.m. A Community Event Honoring National HIV/AIDS Black Awareness Month, Loading Ramp 
Saturday, February 8, 2014  9:00   a.m. -  2:00 p.m. Free Hands-Only CPR Training to be Offered Belle Glade Fire Rescue Station

Glades PATCH & the  REACH Health Fair Planning Committee Give Thanks 

A wonderful medical mission occurred last Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the CL Brumback  Health Center.  A 13 year tradition in the Glades.  Free medical care and education was offered to our neediest and most vulnerable residents - targeted to the uninsured, under-insured, and those that don't seek regular medical care.  add stats here...

Glades PATCH and the 2014 REACH Health Fair Planning Committee would like to thank all who volunteered in many ways by distributing flyers, donating items, volunteering at the event, assisting in the planning, preparing food, donating your time and efforts, sponsoring and donating funds to make this event a success.  

OK2Talk Community Conversation ~ National Dialogue on Mental Health


The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County and its partners are launching a series of community conversations in conjunction withPresident Obama and SAMHSA's (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) National Dialogue on Mental Health. From January through April, a series of town hall meetings will be held throughout Palm Beach County called, #OK2Talk Palm Beach County Speaks: Breaking the Connection between Mental Illness and the Legal System.  We are interested in eliciting the knowledge of community members, particularly young people, who want to share their first-hand experiences. In joining together, all types of community members will create solutions to help those with untreated mental illness from entering the legal system.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 4, 2013 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Palm Beach State College (Room TEC 109),1977 College Drive, Belle Glade


View link for more details and how to attend: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.30.13/MHAOK2Talk.pdf  


A Community Event Honoring National HIV AIDS Black Awareness Month

Learn and Learn session for HIV/AIDS individuals *  Navigators to help educate and enroll the community in the Affordable Care Act *  Community Health Fair *  Membership Information and sign up for Palm Beach County *  HIV Care Council *  Free HIV Testing *  Food, Raffles, & Entertainment.  

WHEN: Friday, February 7, 2014  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: "The Loading Ramp" 500 SW Avenue C Place, Belle Glade
View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.03.14/2014NBHAAD.pdf

For more information, please call the Health Council of Southeast Florida (561) 844-4220 ext. 27


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day  


Palm Beach County, FL-For 22 years HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death among blacks between the ages of 25 and 44.  With the improvements in treatment and care it is now the 4th leading cause of death.  However, the disease continues to infect disproportionate numbers of black men and women versus all other ethnic groups; 1 in 58 black males and 1 in 83 black females. "We continue to educate, test and treat the black community about the HIV/AIDS," said Palm Beach County Health Department Minority AIDS Coordinator Metris Batts.  "Through continued awareness we hope to stop the growing number of infected black people in our area."


WHEN: Friday, February 7, 2014 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


WHERE: C. L. Brumback Health Center, 38754 State Road 80, Belle Glade


For more information contact C.L Brumback: (561) 996-1600




Free Hands- Only CPR Training to be Offered


When seconds count, someone may be counting on a nearby friend, relative, neighbor or county resident to provide hands- only CPR. Hands- only CPR teaches civilians how to pro­vide medical help to cardiac arrest victims before professional medical responders arrive. Residents can receive free hands- only CPR training in 30-minute sessions to be offered at 19 fire stations located throughout Palm Beach County.The sessions will be taught by students from the Palm Beach County School District Medical Magnet Program, along with the Palm Beach State College paramedic students who are hands- only CPR Instructors. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.Knowing hands- only CPR can help save lives. Early medical intervention in cardiac ar­rest victims is a key component to improving survival rates.By increasing the number of county residents familiar with the skills and techniques to perform hands- only CPR, cardiac arrest victims may receive critical help from a trained county resident in the early stages of a medical emer­gency.

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


WHERE: Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Station #73; 525 SW 2nd St., Belle Glade, 


Palm Beach State College Belle Glade Campus Hosting District Board of Trustees


The meeting is open to the public. During this time, members of the community will be able to hear updates and ask questions of our Board of Trustees Members as well as Dr. Gallon. We want to extend an invitation to all members of the Glades communities to attend.


WHEN: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Theater Lobby


If you have any questions or need further information please do not hesitate to contact Heather Love at 561-993-1126   561-993-1126 



Last Chance to Order Your Girl Scout Cookies 


Greeting to our community and friends from your local Belle Glade Girl Scouts Troop # 21170, first we apologize for leaving you no contact information to be able to order your Girl Scout Cookie from last week. Also we forgot to mention that we are asking for donation to send Girl Scout Cookie to our Military Troops, - so they may have a little "taste from home"!  If you would like to order cookies for yourself, I will make sure that they are delivered to you personally.


For more information and to order cookie contact: Valentina Guerra-Troop Leader:  valentina_guerra444@yahoo.com or (561) 577-114


Also just an FYI there is only 2 weeks left to get your Girl Scout Cookies! From all the girls in troop 21170 we would like to thank you for your generosity and support!


Lighthouse Community Food Pantry in Need of Volunteers


Lighthouse Community Food Pantry, which is part of CROS Ministries, is looking for volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays to fill grocery bags, register and sign in clients.  The Pantry is open from 1:00 p.m.  - 3:30 pm.  The Pantry is located at Community United Methodist Church.  If you have an hour or two a week that you can volunteer please call Mayra Echenique at 996-5568 or 755-2495. 

WHEN:  Tuesday and Thursdays
WHERE:  Community United Methodist Church, Belle Glade

Contact for more information Mayra Echenique:   561-996-5568 or 561-755-2495  

Pahokee Mourns the Loss of Beloved Youth Leader - Erickia Abrams

It is with a heavy heart that that we share the loss of a wonderful 10 yr. staff member yesterday, Ms. Erickia Abrams. We learned on Sunday morning that Erickia had suffered a stroke and was put on life support at St. Mary's. Her young life was tragically cut short, leaving behind three teenage children. A memorial service will be held on Saturday and a fund is being established in Pahokee for her children. "For the Children of Erickia L Abrams" has been set up at PNC Bank 104 S. Lake Ave. Pahokee, Florida 33476 to accept any donations or contributions. Over the past 10 years, Erickia has touched so, so many of the youth in the town of Pahokee.  The PYEA has become a trusted institution in Pahokee, and Erickia was one of the major reasons for its success.    She was kind and generous and truly loved. She first joined HP in July 2003, starting at the Pahokee Beacon Center and becoming the Middle School Youth Leadership Coordinator in 2005.  She became the PYEA Director in May 2007.  Erickia kept that program running like clockwork and effectively handled all the many logistics involved with an afterschool program.  She was beloved by her Group Leaders and mentored many of them over the years.  Erickia had a wonderful reputation with the principals at both Pahokee and Canal Point Elementary, as well as the City of Pahokee.  She annually received high scores on the Prime Time Quality Improvement Scale assessment.


View link for tribute video to Erickia Abrams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_6JUkDHgiQ&feature=youtu.be

View link for more details about Erickia Abrams: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.03.14/ErickiaAbrams.pdf  


The Glades Neighborhood Postcard Project       


The Neighborhood Postcard Project collects personal positive from residents in marginalized neighborhoods who send postcards with positive stories about their community  to random people in the same city to change perception and build community.  Why?


"The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, it is that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story." 


The stories are collected through postcards that residents send to random local residents to create a stronger connection between people and communities. Help break down negative stereotypes and build community in the Glades.  Send your postcard: 





Check Out New and Exciting Things Happening at Your Local Library 


Belle Glade Branch: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.03.14/BelleGladeBranch.pdf 

South Bay Branch: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.03.14/SouthBayBranch.pdf 

Pahokee Branch:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.03.14/PahokeeBranch.pdf 



Scholarship Opportunity: 2014 College Scholarship Program offered through Property Appraiser's Office


Property Appraiser Gary R. Nikolits, CFA, is happy to announce that the Property Appraiser's Office is now accepting applications for its 2014 College Scholarship program.The Property Appraiser's Office presents $1,000 scholarships each year to five college bound students. Since 1993, the Property Ap­praiser's Office has awarded $114,000 in college scholarships.Interested students may download the application from the Property Appraiser's website: pbcgov.com/PAPA. The deadline to submit the 2014 application is March 31, 2014. An Employee Scholarship Committee selects the five winners. The scholarships are awarded in May. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a resident of Palm Beach County and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The college or junior college they plan to attend must be accredited. 


Funds are raised through volunteer employee donations from participants in Friday Casual Dress Day.  

View link for scholarship application: http://pbcgov.com/papa/pdf/Scholarship-Application.pdf

For more information, call 561-355-3230.



February 2014 Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center Newsletter





Job Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County~ Chief Development Officer: 


The Lord's Place, Inc.~ Chief Advancement Officer: 


Feeding South Florida~ Community Investment Manager Miami-Dade: 


Feeding South Florida~ Community Investment Manager Food Industry: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.03.14/CommunityInvestmentManagerFoodIndustry.pdf  

Feeding South Florida ~ Community Investment Manager Palm Beach County:






Mental Health Services Public Forum


The Department of Community Services will be hosting a public forum. regarding mental health services, the system of care as it exists, gaps in services and priorities for funding in our county.  This information will be utilized in the development of the Financially Assisted Agencies (FAA) Request for Proposals (RFP) going out in April for services to be contracted starting October 1, 2014.  This forum is being presented jointly with the South East Florida Behavioral Health Network. Please RSVP your attendance by return email to Renee Constantino.  There is limited seating so we ask that you limit representation from your organization to 2 people.  


WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: The Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Service Center, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach   

For more information and to RSVP contact Renee Constantino: rconstan@pbcgov.org                                                         


Substance Abuse Services Public Forum 


The Department of Community Services will be hosting a public forum. regarding substance abuse services, the system of care as it exists, gaps in services and priorities for funding in our county.  This information will be utilized in the Financially Assisted Agencies (FAA) Request for Proposals (RFP) that will go out in April for services to be contracted starting October 1, 2014.  This forum is being presented jointly with the South East Florida Behavioral Health Network. Please RSVP your attendance by return email to Renee Constantino.  There is limited seating so we ask that you limit representation from your organization to 2 people.   


WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 2014 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m 


WHERE: Mayme Fredrick Service Center, 1440 Martin Luther King Blvd. Riviera Beach 

For more information and to RSVP contact Renee Constantino: rconstan@pbcgov.org


Restore the Vote: Disfranchisement Undermines Democracy


The public is invited to a free panel discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters Palm Beach County, ACLU Palm Beach County, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Voting Rights Coalition. Did you know that 1 out of every 10 Florida citizens of voting age is forbidden to vote? Howard Simon, Executive Director of ACLU Florida; John Howe, past president of the Palm Beach Bar Association; Jackie Win chester, former Palm Beach County Superintendent of Elections; Bobby Powell, Florida State Representative District 88 ; and Desmond Meade, President of the Florida Rights Restoration. Coalition will participate in a panel discussion about Florida's policies of denying former felons the right to vote. This policy of disfranchising significant percentages of the population undermines the democratic fiber of our republic.  Learn more about this voter suppression problem.  Panel discussion and Q&A.


When: Sunday, February 9, 2014 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Where: Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/Disfrachisement.pdf



Human Trafficking Coalition General Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday February 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


WHERE: Palm Beach County  Emergency Operations Center 20 S. Military Trail West Palm Beach



League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County: Forum Club Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader U.S. House of Representatives   


Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, will address the Forum Club Feb. 19.  The program will be an armchair discussion with the former Speaker of the House conducted by WPTV's NewsChannel 5 anchor Michael Williams. Pelosi has lead the House Democrats for a decade and has represented San Francisco, California's 12th District for 26 years.  In October, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American Women's rights movement. If you want to see Nancy Pelosi on Feb. 19 and have not as yet mailed your check, please do so ASAP.  Make your check payable to Pam Hall in the amount of $45. 


WHEN: Wednesday, February 19, 2014


WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.03.14/NancyPelosi.pdf  



Community Foundation of Palm Beach County: GREAT GIVE Training Sessions


The GREAT GIVE is a 24-hour online giving event led by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County, Martin County Community Foundation and United Way of Martin County designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. Every local gift will be multiplied with bonus dollars from a local pool raised by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and a national pool raised by Give Local AmericaThe GREAT GIVE is open to ALL nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties. Please join us for one of five training sessions designed to provide helpful information on how to make this a successful fundraising event for your organization. 


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.03.14/CommunityFoundation.pdf 


Color Vibe 5k & Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County


Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County would like to invite you to the most awesome 5K run ever! The Color Vibes fun run will have you and your friends going crazy with color in the most exciting color filled day of your lives!  At the Color Vibe, YOU are our color canvas, and when you're finished with this 5k run you'll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece. So tag your friends and hook everybody up with the coolest color blast 5K run to hit West Palm Beach. This is one amazing run you won't want to miss! Register for the color craziness today before it is sold out.


Register at: www.thecolorvibe.com/westpalmbeach.php


WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014


WHERE: South Florida Fair Grounds 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach


Contact for more information:  bdiaz@habitatpbc.org or  www.thecolorvibe.com/westpalmbeach.php


Spring into Fitness Free Health Fair

Come one! Come All! To support the True Fast Outreach Ministries as we encourage our families in the community to eat healthy and stay fit for the upcoming new year!  Hope to see you there!  Zumba, Free Food, Drinks, Fun, Games, & Raffles.  HIV, Syphilis, & Hepatitis Testing, Health Screenings, and Special Guest Speakers on Health and Fitness


WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014     11:00  a.m. - 3:00 p.m


WHERE:  638 6th Street, West Palm Beach


SPONSORS:     Genesis Community Health; Palm Beach Physical Medicine; Affordable Health Care Enrollment; West Palm Beach Fire/Police Department; Comprehensive AIDS Program / Safety Kids; Special Guests: Lounge Ministries of Encouragement



Do you want to get your 40-Hour School Age Certification?


Classes are being offered at Palm Beach State College and are starting in the beginning of February, so now is the time to get registered! The 40-Hour School Age Certification program prepares students to work with children 5 years and up (through grade 12) in a licensed afterschool program. Part I includes topics covering local rules and regulations; identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect; health, safety and nutrition; and school-age appropriate practices. Part II will introduce the participant to a specialized school-age curriculum, Advancing Youth Development (AYD). Prime Time offers scholarships to cover these classes, so submit your scholarship application today!


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.03.14/40HourSchoolAgeCertification.pdf  


2014 Heroes in Medicine Nominations


Do you know a Hero? It's time to salute the heroes among us. Palm Beach County Medical Society Services, a non-profit organization, is hosting the 11th Annual Heroes in Medicine Awards on Thursday, May 8, 2014. These prestigious awards honor individuals and organizations throughout Palm Beach County that use their skills and resources in the field of health care to provide outstanding services for the people of our local, national and global communities. Proceeds from this event benefit Project Access, providing health care for low income, uninsured residents of Palm Beach County and the Medical Society's medical scholarship fund. To be considered for an award, nominations must be received by Friday, February 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. No late nominations will be accepted. Finalists will be interviewed in person on Saturday, March 8, 2014 between 8:30 a.m. and noon.


View link for more details on how to nominate: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.30.13/MedicineNominations.pdf



Allegany Franciscan Ministries Announces 2014 Major Grant Funding Availability 





Primetime Afterschool Resource ~ Friday Forecast January 31, 2014





There is H.O.PE For Me: January 2014 Newsletter 




Monday Morning Update from the Children's Services Council
Previous Postings




3rd Annual Love the Lake 5K/10K & Half Marathon 


Proceeds benefit The Rotary Club Of Clewiston & The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce. Registration fee's vary 


WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:30 a.m.


WHERE:Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina, 920 East Del Monte Avenue, Clewiston


For more information call: (863) 983-7979


View link for more details and how to register:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/LovetheLakeRace.pdf



Catholic Charities Interfaith Health and Wellness Program Health Fair Event


Catholic Charities St. Mary Center will be having a Free Health Fair Event. Blood pressure check, height, weight, BMI tests, car &bicycle safety, games & raffle prizes, and much more


WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  


WHERE: Catholic Charities St. Mary's Center, 1200 East Main Street, Pahokee


For more information contact Catholic Charities: (561) 924-5677


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/StMarysHealthFair.pdf  


View link for Vendor form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/ExhibitorForm.pdf



City of Pahokee: Request for Proposals


Sealed proposals for PURCHASE/DEVELOP SURPLUS CITY PROPERTY will be received by the City of Pahokee at the City Clerk's Office, 207 Begonia Drive, Pahokee on March 3, 2014 at noon. At that time all bids will be publicly opened and read a loud. Contact Anika Sinclair, City Clerk, at e-mail address asinclair@cityofpahokee.com or obtain a copy of the RFP at www.cityofpahokee.com. The City of Pahokee encourages qualified contractors and vendors to participate in the bidding of this project.The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to waive any technicalities or irregularities therein. 


Sealed bids for REAL ESTATE PROPERTY will be received by the City of Pahokee at the City Clerk's Office, 207 Begonia Drive, Pahokee on March 3, 2014 at 2 P.M. At that time all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Contact Anika Sinclair, City Clerk, at e-mail address asinclair@cityofpahokee.com or obtain a copy of the RFP at www.cityofpahokee.com. The City of Pahokee encourages qualified contractors and vendors to participate in the bidding of this project. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to waive any technicalities or irregularities therein. 



Job Opportunities  


The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/TheSun.pdf

The Sun 2: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/TheSun2.pdf

Community Partners (Glades Area):


Health Care District: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/HealthCareDistrict.pdf

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber Commerce~ Business Development Executive: 


Feeding South Florida - Post-Marketplace Coordinator:

Gove Elementary School's Career Day Is Coming


Gove Elementary School's annual Career Week is on the horizon. We hope that  you will volunteer to share your professional experiences with our students to  make this week truly rewarding. We are looking for community members to volunteer to speak about their profession at Gove. You will be asked to give a short 20 minute presentation about your job, education, training, and how you made the transition from school to your current occupation. You will be giving the same presentation approximately three times to three different groups of students. We are also looking for volunteers to share their work vehicle with the students.


WHEN: Tuesday, May 13, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


WHERE: Gove Elementary, 900 SE Avenue G, Belle Glade


For more information contact Michelle Riker: Michelle.Riker@palmbeachschools.org (561) 993-8726



Join St. John First Missionary Baptist Church Trip to The Holy Land Experience


St. John 1st Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a chartered bus to the Holy Land. From the moment you pass through the gates of our walled city, you will be immersed in ancient Jerusalem. The structures and exhibits characterize the style, architecture, and settings that existed in the Holy Land 2000 years ago. The Garden Tomb, Qumran Dead Sea Caves, Great Temple and Plaza, Jerusalem Model, and Wilderness Tabernacle are all intricately detailed, both inside and out, to provide you with a clearer understanding of their biblical significance.


WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


WHERE: Orlando


For more information contact Kevin Wright or Stephanie Harper: (561) 261-0717 


View link for more details and payment plans: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.30.13/HolyLandExperiance.pdf 



City of Pahokee Youth Intramural Basketball League & Fashion Show


City of Pahokee Fashion Show


The city needs you to come and show the City of Pahokee just how talented you are!! Come sign up to be a model and/or perform in the 2014 City of Pahokee Fashion Show. December 1-31, 2013 for entry form and more information visit the City of Pahokee Parks and Recreation Department or (561) 924-2972


WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2014 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 


WHERE: Parks and Recreation Gymnasium, 360 E Main Street, Pahokee






Empty Bowl: Help Fight Hunger  


Empty Bowls- Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots effort to fight hunger locally. Local potters have made 2,000 bowls, restaurants and chefs are creating signature soups, and bakers are providing rustic breads. Guests will select an artisan bowl, share in a simple meal of bread and soup and keep their empty bowls as a powerful reminder of all of the bowls that remain empty in Palm Beach County. The Community is invited to join us at either or both of our sister events: 


WHEN: Friday, February 14, 2014 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bethesda-By-The-Sea, 141 S County Rd, Palm Beach, $25 per bowl


WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:Great Lawn at West Palm Beach Green Market, 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach    $20 per bowl  


Visit www.pbcfoodbank.org for more info! 



Brown Bag Lunch Event - Sea Level Rise, A Present Day Challenge 


This event is free. Bring your lunch and discuss the issues with our panel: Problem. Sea Level Rise, along with high tides, extreme weather and storm surge, are causing flooding in our coastal and inland communities.Solutions. Learn about recommended plans and policies to protect our properties, infrastructure and environment. Action. Join the discussion on actions you can take to reduce adverse effects in your neighborhood and add your ideas to move our cities, counties and state into action.

WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2014 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton

25th Silver Anniversary of the Annual Eva W. Mack Sickle Cell Luncheon


25th Silver Anniversary of the Annual Eva W. Mack Sickle Cell Luncheon This year's theme is, "Sickle Cell Disease/Trait Affects the Individual, the Family and the Community."  This year's luncheon will include the talents of local emerging musical artists and heartwarming stories and testimonials from our clients.  These luncheon features help "lighten the load" while educating guests about Sickle Cell Disease.  We are pleased to have as honorary chairs:  Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Mrs. Mary Montgomery, Grampy's Charities, Attorney and Mrs. F. Malcolm Cunningham, Mr. Lawrence Gordon and Attorney Salesia Smith-Gordon, and the Honorable Judge Edward Rodgers.

WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2014  


WHERE: Palm Beach Airport Hilton,150 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/2014SickleCellLuncheon.pdf



Haitian-American Solidarity Center: International Women Award


As you know, the Haitian-American Solidarity Center (HASC) actively supports, celebrates and honors women of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds who devote their, talents, time and energy for the advancement of humanity; women who make meaningful contributions in society through their leadership and noble acts.This year,  5 women will receive Awards for their achievements and contributions to society.Feel free to nominate women you feel should be awarded this year and forward this e-mail to organizations, churches, educational institutions, city, state, county agencies, etc...Please remember the deadline for HASC to receive all nominations is February 23rd, 2014 by 5 p.m.

WHEN: Sunday, March 23, 2014



Swank Table Farm Style Event- You Can Bank On It!


Palm Beach County Food Bank is the beneficiary of the SWANK TABLE al fresco luncheon. Hosted at SWANK Farm, this exclusive luncheon invites renowned chefs to create farm-to-table style dishes in a rustic setting.


WHEN: Sunday, March 9, 2014 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


WHERE: SWANK Farm, 14311 N Rd, Loxahatchee


For more information and to RSVP visit: www.swankspecialtyproduce.com



Monday Morning Update - Jan. 27, 2013 





CROS Ministries: CROS This Week: January 22, 2014 





Leadership Palm Beach County: Class of 2015 Application & Info Sessions 


The Leadership Class of 2015 application is now available. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2014.


View link for more details and  Information Session Schedule:




Florida Chain Reaction: State Opposition to ACA; Enrollment Events; New Staff




Clerk & Comptroller Clerk Alert: Proposed legislation  improve oversight of guardianship


Clerk & Comptroller - For the Record: Valentine's Day Group Wedding, More Services Coming toRoyal Palm Beach Office, Foreclosure Stats & Holiday Closing 






Non Profit Legal Assistance Project Newsletter:  Proposed Fundraising Reforms 




2014 African-American Achievers Awards


Five extraordinary individuals will be recognized at the 22nd annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony. Presented by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus, more than 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event at the Broward County Convention Center. Established in 1992 by the late Jim Moran, automotive legend and founder of JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus, the African-American Achievers awards continues his vision to recognize those who unselfishly invest their time and talents toward building a stronger South Florida community.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2013 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


WHERE: Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale


View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.04.13/2014AfricanAmericanAchieversAwards.pdf 



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