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Broward Partnership Celebrates 25 Years of Community Service During Salute To Leadership “Silver Soiree” Gala

Broward Partnership Celebrates 25 Years of Community Service During Salute To Leadership “Silver Soiree” Gala

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Broward Partnership celebrated its 25th anniversary with the Salute to Leadership “Silver Soiree” event on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, FL.  The Salute to Leadership Silver Soiree was a spectacular evening of joy, reflection, and appreciation for the collective efforts that have propelled Broward Partnership to become the largest comprehensive homeless services provider in Broward County. The event highlighted the role of the agency’s founding board members and immediate past Chief Executive Officer of 25 years, Frances M. Esposito.  This milestone marks 25 years of Broward Partnership’s unwavering commitment to serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our community. With a focus on shelter support, healthcare, workforce development, and fostering hope, Broward Partnership has transformed over 34,000 lives since its inception.

The Salute to Leadership Silver Soiree was emceed by NBC Miami Lifestyle and Entertainment host, Kristin Sanchez, and paid recognition to distinguished individuals for their instrumental roles in driving positive change. Among the honorees were Florida Representative Chip LaMarca, Broward County Mayor Senator Nan Rich, and Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, whose leadership has proven crucial in addressing the pressing issue of affordable housing.

The success of the Salute to Leadership Silver Soiree was made possible by the dedication and tireless efforts of the host committee members, including Jeremiah Gutierrez, Chair; Elliot Borkson, Esq.; Gale Butler; Diane D’Angelo; Martha Getsee; Gregg Goldstein; Dodie Keith-Lazowick; Mary Robinson; Kathy Salerno; Joanne Snead; and Ali Waldman Bergeron. Their commitment and hard work played a pivotal role in creating an unforgettable celebration of Broward Partnership’s 25 years of service and community collaboration.

Additionally, the event honored three individuals who have served continuously on the Broward Partnership Board of Directors since its inception 25 years ago: Elliot Borkson, Claudette Bruck, and Rabbi Sheldon Harr. Their dedication and contributions have been instrumental in shaping the organization and advancing its mission. Founding Board Members Gale Butler, Samuel Morrison, Ali Waldman Bergeron, and advisor Ron Book were also recognized.

The event concluded with a history of Broward Partnership and a celebration of immediate past CEO Frances M. Esposito’s dedication through a video and award ceremony. Esposito, who now services as Chief Strategy Officer for Broward Partnership, expressed gratitude for the recognition and spoke about her many memorable years working tirelessly to reduce homelessness in Broward County.

The celebration would not have been possible without the generous support of sponsors and underwriters; the Presenting Sponsor was The Leo Goodwin Foundation, and Premier Sponsors included Rita & Rick Case Automotive Group and JM Family Enterprises. Platinum Sponsors included GL Holmes, Lauderdale BMW Pembroke Pines/Holman Automotive, and UKG, and Silver Sponsors featured ABA Centers, Ali Waldman Bergeron & Ron Bergeron, and Steven Douglas & Associates.

The evening included a cocktail reception, silent auction and raffle, dinner, and a program highlighting the accomplishments of Broward Partnership’s mission to help reduce homelessness by promoting independence and self-worth through advocacy, housing, and comprehensive services.  The program was highlighted by a video interviewing and detailing two client success stories.