The Scleroderma Foundation

Scleroderma, also known as Systemic Sclerosis, affects over 300,000 people. Ferne Robin, the executive director of the Scleroderma Foundation, Southeast Florida Chapter, and volunteer Rachel Ebert joined us on the Forum for Nonprofits to help raise awareness about this chronic connective tissue disease. The disease causes an over-production of collagen and hardening of the skin. The symptoms vary and are similar to other autoimmune diseases, often damaging internal organs as well as the skin. The Foundation organizes local support groups, holds a variety of fundraising events and hosts patient education programs at North Broward Hospital. For more information about the organization and how to donate, call 954-798-1854, email sclerodermasefl@gmail.com or visit their web site. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: The Scleroderma Foundation  05/06/12

American Cancer Society

Gale Butler, Vice President of Public Affairs for AutoNation, is involved in countless charitable organizations, but one touches her in a deeply personal way.  Her close friend, Jane, is fighting Stage Four melanoma and has leaned on the American Cancer Society for support and information.  Listen as Broward’s Executive Director Tracy Paige gives an overview of the countless resources ACS has to offer, from free wigs, make-up tips and prosthesis to camps for kidsGale also talks about a new fundraising event for the American Cancer Society designed to raise awareness about melanoma and importance of regular screenings. The one-mile Melanoma Moon Walk will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, 2000 North Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Tickets are $65.00. Sponsorships are also available.  A Full Moon Party will follow and Jane will be crowned “Queen of the Full Moon.” For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-2000-7516. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: American Cancer Society.  04/29/12

National Single Parent Resource Center

The National Single Parent Organization supports adults and children in divorce. Judy Romanoff, who likes to be called “Coach Judy,” founded the center after going through two divorces and a nasty custody battle with family members.  She has dedicated her life to making sure others have the support and resources she wasn’t able to find.  Listen to her explain the organization’s litany of services, including support for family members facing neglect and abuse.  Also hear from single dad John Reed, who had to fight a system that traditionally supports mothers.  To find out how to support this organization or access its services, call 561-441-8557 or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: National Single Parent Resource Center  04/15/12

SunServe: Supporting the LGBTQ Community

Wilton Manors-based SunServe offers free and sliding scale services to individuals of all ages in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Question (LGBTQ) community.  The organization provides youth programming throughout Broward County, including an effort to provide role models through the  “Making it Better” projectMental health counseling is available as well as senior respite care and educational training for nurses, health care workers and mental health professionals.  Listen as Executive Director Mark Ketcham and board member Jaime Yordán-Frau, M.S., explain how SunServe has made a difference in the lives of so many people and how you can support them with your gifts of time, talents and financial resources.  To find out more, call 954-764-5150 or visit their web site.  To listen to the program in a new window, click here: SunServe Social Services, Inc.  04/01/12

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida

Almost one in 17 girls in the six-county district of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is a Girl Scout, according to CEO Denise Valz. Yet, as the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary, she worries about the other 16 girls.  Listen as she and her program director, Demi Clemens, describe the varied programs available to girls ages 5 to 17 to develop self confidence, leadership skills and valuable knowledge for life.  From programs led by women engineers to financial literacy training through cookie sales, Girl Scouts today help prepare girls for the future through fun, enriching programs for troops as well as individuals.  You’ll also hear from long-time Girl Scout, Sara Recht, who started as a Daisy at age 5 and is now in 8th grade at Eagles Landing Middle School.  For more information about the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, call 561-427-0178 or visit their website. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida  03/25/12

My Choice Community Development

Motivated by her own poor choices as a teenager, Altermease Kendrick made it her life passion to help guide a new generation of children down a different path. She founded My Choice Community Development in 2003 to provide after school care, tutoring, community field trips and parental support to families in the North Riviera Beach and Lake Park neighborhoodsListen as she and her organization’s board members Gerald Adams and Mario Dickerson describe how these programs have changed the lives of hundreds of young peopleMy Choice currently is building a new charter school that will expand its offerings to neighborhood children.  For information about how you can support their efforts with your time and financial support, call 561-844-2173,  or visit their website here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: My Choice Community Development 03/18/12

Alan Jacobson & The Plaza Theatre

Alan Jacobson enjoyed a successful business career but always dreamed of being a full-time actorListen to him discuss his lifelong journey that led to the opening of the new Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, across the street from the Ritz-Carlton.  The small community theatre will be home to such popular shows as a Neil Sedaka revue Breaking Up is Hard to Do, a Barry Manilow revue, a ’70s revue, a revival of the ’50s revue Music! Music! Music!, a tribute to Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Carole King; a one-man comedy Defending the Caveman; and Food Fight: A Musical Comedy for Waist Watchers, which Jacobson developed and toured.  Tickets start at only $39 with deep discounts for groups. For more information, call 561-588-1820, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Alan Jacobson & The Plaza Theatre   03/11/12

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