January 2015


Dear Fellow BWAers;

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Whether you spent time with family, friends, in self-reflection or a combination of all three, I hope you are refreshed. For 2015, our programs will focus on some of the exciting programs and projects in place in our area. First up is Mr. Kent George. He is the director of the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Mr. George will bring us an update on the new runway and what it means for our local economy. 

January also brings with it the beginning of our scholarship committee’s efforts to identify deserving women who can benefit from assistance.  Thanks to Tracey Carroll who raffled a significant array of personal services from her shop to raise money for the scholarship fund. In addition, congratulations and thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for the pick-a-prize program ta December’s meeting.

Our dessert sponsorship program will return in January after taking a December hiatus. Three wonderful members have agreed to take the first three months. Each dessert sponsor gets a mention in the newsletter, and a 3-5 minute opportunity to provide her fellow members with information about her organization or a project that the organization is supporting in the community. If you would like information about sponsoring a dessert at an upcoming meeting, please see Debbie Hartman or me.

Happy New Year, and Happy New Day. See you at the January meeting!



Meeting Information/Speaker

Our January speaker is Kent George, A.A.E. Mr. George has been Broward County's Director of Aviation since 2007. He is responsible for development and operation of Ft. Lauderdale- Hollywood international Airport and North Perry Airport.

Mr. George will help us kick off the New Year with an update on the airport expansion and projections for this important sector of our economy. Please join us.

Dr. Donna Goldstein of Take Shape for Life will be the January dessert sponsor. We look forward to a brief message from Donna. Perfect timing, thanks Donna!


Important Registration Details

On line registration closes Wednesday January 7.

Your on-line registration is very important to provide an accurate count.   If you attend without registering OR you register and do not attend, you will be charged a fee.

If you must cancel after Wednesday or  if you have questions about registration you must contact Debbi Hartman at Browardwomensalliance@gmail.com or954-483-3060.


Member News

Much appreciation to everyone who participated in the Tracy Carroll Salon raffle. We raised $1065 for scholarships. THANK YOU!

The teens living at Salvation Army shelters were thrilled to receive gift cards for Christmas. Thanks to all BWA members who so generously donated cards and checks. It was really fun for the kids to have some spending money of their very own. Thanks very much, Sally Gress


Ever wish you could spend an evening chatting with top South Florida chefs while tasting your way through a “tour” of their delicious creations?  Then plan to create your own gourmet experience on January 24, 2015 from 6:30 to 10:30 pm at the fifth annual JA World Uncorked, culinary showcase, presented by Premier Beverage and hosted by chairs Bob & Susan Drinon and Renée Korbel Quinn.  In addition to the tastings, guests will enjoy entertainment by Stache 1920’s

Drinking Den and the signature auction. Open to guests age 21 and older, Uncorked V is a no-program, table-free delight for the adventurous palate. Tickets are $150 per person and are available in advance at www.jaworlduncorked.com/.  For more information contact: Diana Metcalf 954- 979-7120 or diana@jasouthflorida.org

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood's 7th Annual Hot Hollywood Glam fundraiser, "The Masquerade - An Evening of Enchantment," is Sat., Jan. 31 from 7 to 10 pm at the Center's galleries. Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs & Special Events at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will be honored for her contributions to South Florida.  Guests will experience exquisite food, full bar, music, dancing, performances by electric violinist Randi Fishenfeld and VK Dance Center, illusions by close-up magician Jack Maxwell, an exclusive preview of the Center's Annual "Abracadabra" exhibition featuring more than 100 artists, a fabulous silent auction, free valet parking and more! For more info, call            Joy Satterlee at954/921-3274 x238 or visit artandculturecenter.org

This from Jill Beach - Our amazing VITAS Broward family donated many blankets and gently used warm clothing to the Hope South Florida’s shared meal program. In a matter of three weeks, we collected many bags of employee donations from boxes placed in our break rooms. Hope South Florida provides meals at area churches and as we have had some cold spells, they asked for warm clothes and blankets to give the homeless of Broward who come for the shared meals.

Duree Ross announces the following: Recognition for excellence in PR by fellow leading PR professionals is quite an honor. They know their stuff, and they know something great when they see it. So when we at South Florida PR firm Durée & Company found out that we are finalists for two 2015 Gold Coast PR Council(GCPRC) Bernays Awards, which recognize outstanding PR performance and campaigns, we were thrilled.

In fact, this is the third consecutive year that our firm has been a finalist (we’ve won the past two years) for the esteemed awards, presented by members of the GCPRC, South Florida’s largest independent organization of PR & marketing professionals. The 2015 awards will honor PR efforts which took place between Dec. 1, 2013 and Nov. 30, 2014. This year, we’re finalists in the two following categories:

“PR Campaign by a Small Company or Firm” for our work with Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (formerly Miami Science Museum). We’ve created new buzz about the current 65-year-old Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, while there is much public anticipation of the new, state-of-the art museum facility opening in 2016 in downtown Miami.

“Nonprofit/Charity Project or Campaign – Small” for our work with Coral Springs Museum of Art. Among our many accomplishments was repositioning the museum from being a local arts museum to a regional digital arts/modern art attraction.

We’ll find out how we did on Friday, Jan. 30 at the 11th Annual Bernays Awards Luncheon at Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club. As finalists for our work with two amazing South Florida museums, we’ll be very proud to be there, among some of South Florida’s most prominent PR and marketing professionals.

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