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Making a Difference in South Florida: African-American Achievers 2020 Honorees

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  – In anticipation of the 28th annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony,JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus recently held a private reception to announce the 2020 African-American Achievers. The program was created 28 years ago by JM Family founder Jim Moran to recognize inspiring individuals who give selflessly in order to make a significant difference in the lives of others.

Ken Roland (center), 2020 Education Achiever, celebrated this honor with his son Jacob Roland (L) and Colin Brown (R), chairman of the board, JM Family Enterprises

Beaches Resorts Holds Successful Real Madrid Foundation Soccer Clinics for Children in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos

Beaches® Resorts and the Sandals Foundation kicked off the New Year with two soccer clinics at Beaches Negril, Jamaica and Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa in Providenciales in partnership with the Real Madrid Foundation – a foundation dedicated to promoting the values inherent in sports, both in Spain and abroad, through interactive programs. 2020 marks the second consecutive year that the Luxury Included resort brand for families has teamed up with the Real Madrid Foundation to bring Spain’s legendary sport to the Caribbean.

Students participating in the Real Madrid Foundation soccer clinics in Negril gather for a photo with coach Carlos after receiving their certificate of participation

Human Trafficking is Big Business in South Florida

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Make no mistake about it. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Florida ranks third in the U.S. in human trafficking cases reported by states, behind only California and Texas. The hotline received more than 41,000 calls and identified 10,949 victims of human trafficking in 2018 experiencing a 25 percent jump from 2017. In 2019, the Florida Abuse Hotline received 201 calls of suspected human trafficking cases of minors verifying 60 of those cases.

Jamaica’s Music - an odd Recipe for Fighting Inflation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last December, Jamaica’s central bank posted a reggae music video on its Twitter account. Since then, more than 240,000 people have watched the video, prompting the bank to release a second video, which has already been viewed 180,000 times.

Music Bob Marley helped make popular is being put to other uses

Annual Homes for Haiti Reception in Boca Grande Ed Raine, Food For The Poor President/CEO, Keynote Speaker

COCONUT CREEK, Fla.  –Fundraising for 50 new homes for Haiti will continue with the Boca Grande Hope For Haitians annual cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at the Gasparilla Inn Beach Club, in Boca Grande, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The Hope For Haitians Committee, along with partner Food For The Poor,is preparing for the 11th annual reception to help raise funds to transform the lives of 50 Haitian families who have been praying for safe shelter.

(Center) Ben and Louise Scott, Chairs of Boca Grande Hope For Haitians, with a group of committee members and friends at their 10th Annual Boca Grande Hope For Haitians cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at the Gasparilla Inn Beach Club in Boca Grande, Fla., on Feb. 5, 2019. Boca Grande Hope For Haitians is fundraising to build 50 additional homes in Savann Kabrit, Haiti, through Food For The Poor. (Photo/Photographic Images)
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