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‘Tis the Season for the Water Taxi’s Holiday Light Cruises

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With the return of the Fort Lauderdale’s Water Taxi’s Holiday Lights Cruises, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. Cruises will begin December 4th, so be ready to get in the holiday spirit with Water Taxi!

 

Each Holiday Light Cruise features an hour and a half hour ride along the beautiful Intracoastal, where guests can enjoy the dazzling holiday lights glowing and gleaming off the beautiful waterfront homes.

 

“We are so excited for the return of our winter tradition here at Water Taxi. Our Holiday Light Cruises are the perfect way for people to get out on the water and enjoy the incredible light displays featured on some of the most beautiful homes here in Fort Lauderdale,” said Water Taxi’s CEO William Walker. “This year has been difficult and stressful for so many, so we are grateful to be able to offer a way for our guests to relax and unwind while getting in the holiday spirit.”

 

The Holiday Lights Cruises will begin Friday, December 4th, and will run until December 30th (with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Cruises begin at 6:30pm, with select dates featuring an 8:30pm departure time as well.

 

Water Taxi’s pickup is at the Riverside Hotel + Stranhan House, where guests will depart on a double-decker boat and go on to view the picturesque holiday sights that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The cruises will feature live holiday music so that guests can jingle all the way down the Intracoastal.

 

There will also be specialty cocktails served for $8 each including the Peppermint Patty, Boozy Cider, and Knotty Coffee. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

 

Water Taxi’s crew and staff are taking preventative measures to help keep guests safe while cruising. They will operate at 50% capacity, and masks will be required when traveling throughout the vessel and when social distancing cannot be met.

 

Adult tickets (ages 12 & up) will cost $35, with tickets for children ages 2-11 cost $15 each.

Reservations required. To reserve spots, call 954-467-6677 or go to watertaxi.com/tickets.

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About Water Taxi of Fort Lauderdale

The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi is one of the safest, oldest and most respected brands in Fort Lauderdale. Millions of tourists, locals and visitors have enjoyed this unique service, and TripAdvisor has given the Water Taxi of Fort Lauderdale a Certificate of Excellence. On-board water is available and several boats serve beer, wine and cocktails. There are more than 10 stops throughout Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, FL.  Visit watertaxi.com for more information.

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Florida’s Premiere Youth Advocacy Organization Brings Celebrity Chef Experience To Its Supporters For An Evening To Benefit Kids In And Aging Out Of Foster Care

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Florida’s Children First (FCF), an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at–risk children and youth in the foster care system, is hosting Cooking for the Kids with Chef Rome on March 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. This virtual event will feature a cooking demonstration with Chef Rome and his celebrity pals in the sports and showbiz world. It also provides a safe venue for FCF to raise critical funds that support their mission of helping kids in and aging out of foster care, many of whom have been dramatically impacted by the pandemic.

Jerome Brown, better known as Chef Rome, is a personal chef to stars from Shaquille O’Neal and Cam Newton to Nancy Kerrigan and Colin Powell. He’s also a Food Network favorite, a restaurateur, and a mentor to kids.

“While cooking really isn’t MY thing, helping kids DEFINITELY is. Kids are our doctors, nurses, NBA players and top chefs of the future – so we MUST help them achieve all they can – ESPECIALLY our most vulnerable youth: those in foster care,” said Brevin Knight, NBA Point Guard and ESPN commentator.  “That’s why I’m joining Chef Rome and Florida’s Children First’s Cooking for the Kids. It will be great fun, for a great cause.”

Cooking for the Kids puts attendees right in the kitchen with Chef Rome and his famous friends where he will do a short cooking demo, answer questions, and share why he supports the work of Florida’s Children First.

“Whether you enjoy cooking or just enjoy great conversation, this event is for everyone. Your attendance supports our mission to help youth in foster care and you can enjoy a celebrity chef experience from the comfort and safety of your home,” said FCF Board President and founder Howard Talenfeld, who serves as Business Unit Leader of the Justice for Kids Division of Kelley Kronenberg. “We invite you to cook along or simply watch and learn.”

“We are thrilled to have Chef Rome give our Florida Youth SHINE kids an opportunity to learn cooking traditions and healthy eating tips,” said Christina Spudeas, Executive Director of Florida’s Children First. “Your support enables us to provide cookbooks for Florida Youth SHINE members who often don’t have family to provide guidance and experience in preparing meals on their own.”

Cooking for the Kids is generously underwritten by statewide sponsors that include Kelley Kronenberg (Statewide Presenting Sponsor), The Shane McGee Foundation, Guardian Trust, The Florida Bar Foundation, The Paul Palank Memorial Foundation, and Event Presenter: Stuart Building Products.

“As the pandemic continues, we must not forget those who need our help now more than ever,” notes Heath Eskalyo, Principal Partner/Chief Financial Officer of Kelley Kronenberg. “I hope you will join us for this fun event that will truly make a difference in the lives of Florida’s youth in foster care.”

For more information about Florida’s Children First or the Cooking for the Kids fundraiser and the packages available, please visit www.floridaschildrenfirst.org or https://igfn.us/e/7YRjLw. It is recommended to register by March 1 to ensure package delivery by the event date.

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About Florida’s Children First:

Florida’s Children First is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children and youth in foster care. They focus on making big systemic changes that improve the system for thousands of youth in care today, and in the future. They developed the Florida Youth SHINE program to provide foster youth the support, mentorship, and empowerment they need to reach their full potential as advocates for their own needs.

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Florida’s Children First Invites Supporters to Virtually Escape to Napa: State Attorney’s Office Communications Officer Grayson Kamm to Emcee

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FLORIDA’S PREMIERE YOUTH ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION OFFERS A UNIQUE WAY FOR TAMPA BAY AREA PATRONS TO SIP, SUPPORT OR SAY “THANK YOU” WITH A SPECIAL GIFT THAT SUPPORTS THEIR CRITICAL WORK

Tampa, Fla. – Florida’s Children First (FCF), an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children and youth in the foster care system, is hosting the CHILL Virtual Wine Tasting fundraiser on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 6 to 7 p.m. As part of its annual Greater Tampa Bay area fundraiser, patrons will enjoy a safe, socially distanced and fun way to “escape” from their local surroundings for a bit, while affording FCF the opportunity to raise funds and educate supporters on their mission of helping kids in and aging out of foster care.

“Innovation and impact have been a hallmark of our organization this past year and we cannot wait to share our progress with supporters and the community,” said Robin Rosenberg, FCF Deputy Director. “We’d rather be in person, but we’re bringing that same innovation to this event. By partnering with a team of talented Napa wine experts, participants will enjoy and learn about fine wines while also learning more about the important work we do, as we celebrate the season together virtually.”

Grayson Kamm, a former local news reporter and current Chief Communications Officer at the State Attorney’s Office, will serve as the evening’s Emcee. “I have hosted FCF’s annual fundraiser events for years and seen first-hand the tremendous impact the organization has had on the lives of thousands of our most vulnerable children. I am thrilled that we will be able to toast to their achievements once again.”

During this unique fundraising event, participants will “escape to Napa” as renowned master wine expert Gillian Ballance explains the featured wines, what makes them special, how to best complement each one, and much more. Participants can choose from a variety of premium wines from Napa’s celebrated wine region, which will be shipped directly to their homes. For those who want to support but not savor, the wine packages can also be gifted and shipped to others or sent as year-end corporate or holiday gifts. “A package of wine directly from Napa that also supports a nonprofit is a truly unique gift,” adds Rosenberg.

“Everyone, particularly those in or aging out of the foster care system, have endured some very trying months. But all of us, especially the youth in foster care we serve, have shown tremendous resilience,” said FCF Board President and founder Howard Talenfeld, who serves as Co-Business Unit Leader of the Justice for Kids Division of Kelley Kronenberg. “This event provides an outlet to gather together, “CHILL” out, and celebrate amazing accomplishments and people with the Greater Tampa Bay community.”

One of the featured guests will be former foster youth Kenisha Anthony who will share how FCF’s youth advocacy and empowerment organization, Florida Youth SHINE, helped her transition from being an abandoned child of drug-addicted parents to an accomplished young woman and newly published author of “LABELED: Ward of the State.”

CHILL is generously underwritten by sponsors that include FCF Statewide Presenting Sponsor Kelley Kronenberg; and Statewide Sponsors: The Florida Bar Foundation, The Guardian Trust, The Paul Palank Memorial Foundation, and The Shane McGee Foundation.

“As we end a challenging year and begin the holiday season, what better way to celebrate than a virtual trip to Napa that also supports our society’s most vulnerable kids,” notes Heath Eskalyo, Principal Partner/Chief Financial Officer of Kelley Kronenberg. “At a time when we are all facing unprecedented challenges, youth in state care need our support now more than ever. We hope you will join us in supporting FCF on December 3.”

For more information about Florida’s Children First or the CHILL fundraiser and the packages available, please visit www.FloridasChildrenFirst.org. It is recommended to place wine orders by November 17 to ensure delivery by the event date.

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About Florida’s Children First:
Florida’s Children First (FCF) is an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children and youth in foster care. The organization focuses on making big systemic changes that improve the system for thousands of young people in care today, and in the future. FCF developed the Florida Youth SHINE program to provide foster youth the support, mentorship, and empowerment they need to reach their full potential as advocates for their own needs.

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Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Attorney Expands Inspirational Program for Minority Students

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Alison Smith brings “Ignite Your Passion” speaker series to Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman attorney Alison Smith is joining forces with the Broward County Bar Association (BCBA) to bring the Ignite Your Passion speaker series to minority students at Broward College.
Ignite Your Passion will offer Broward College students the opportunity to hear from people of different backgrounds, from attorneys to doctors to tech entrepreneurs and beyond, on a monthly basis. The program is expected to have a mentoring component so students are able to receive one-on-one time with South Florida’s most successful people. Ignite Your Passion was designed to grant students a gateway to hear from leaders in the community, feel inspired, and open their eyes to what career paths are available to them, no matter their background.
“I’m honored to partner with BCBA on this important program,” said Smith. “When I was a student, I would have jumped at the chance to participate in a program like this. I hope students will take advantage of getting to hear first-hand from some of our community’s greatest leaders.”
Harold Prior, attorney and the first African American to successfully run for State Attorney in the Democratic primary, will kick off the program on Nov. 23, 2020 at noon via Zoom. Future presentations will be held in person once it is safe to do so.
“What I love most about this initiative, is that it helps our students better identify with their major or program,” said Stephanie Repaci, Campus Director of Student Life at Broward College. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear from a professional in that industry as to what they can potentially expect in the day-to-day aspects of that career.”
“I am truly elated to work with Alison and Broward College to bring this program to fruition,” said Braulio Rosa, Executive Director at Broward County Bar Association. “I hope this program will inspire students, spark interest and provide a new perspective on possible career paths.”
To learn more about Ignite Your Passion and to register for the first and subsequent presentations, visit browardbar.org.
Smith currently serves as treasurer of the Broward County Bar Association and chair of the membership committee for the Board of Governors of the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, she is past president of the Caribbean Bar Association, as well as past chair of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast-to-Coast Legal Aid.
Smith graduated magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law and earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University.
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About Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.:
Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L. is a prominent South Florida law firm serving corporate, governmental and individual clients with an integrated array of professional services including commercial litigation, land-use and real estate law, construction law, telecommunications law, labor and employment law, government law and governmental relations. The firm has offices in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Tampa. For more information, visit www.wsh-law.com.

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