The Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Financial Group supported their community recently, donating $55,000 in grants and scholarships to a local student and her supporting non-profit, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida at a Sun Life Rising Stars Awards Presentation.
Sun Life Supports the Community
The student, Joeniseley Mathurin, is an accomplished Palm Beach student, and was presented with a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star college scholarship. Miami Dolphins player Brandon Fields and Jamar Taylor presented her with the award. Her supporting non-profit, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, received a $50,000 grant.
Chris Havlicek Appreciates the Boys & Girls Clubs
Sun Life Financial Group will donate $660,000 in grants and scholarships to deserving students and organizations by the end of the year. Chris Havlicek is an avid supporter of organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs that provide a productive and positive place for adolescents to learn and grow.
Chris Havlicek’s Home State Votes on Conversation Amendment
Florida, Chris Havlicek’s current home state, is home to plenty of wildlife, wetlands and natural environments like the Everglades. Today, on voting day, Florida residents will vote on Amendment One. The amendment would use real estate taxes to buy and maintain lands that would help sustain conversation efforts.
Everglades Foundation CEO Speaks About Amendment One
According to the Everglades Foundation‘s CEO, we’re wasting “billions of gallons of fresh water every year.” Amendment One could help filter out water pollution from Lake Okeechobee and stop the pumping of fresh water that is otherwise wasted.
The Everglades Foundation has contributed $143,000 to the first phase of plugging four canals at Cape Sable in an attempt to stop the threat of rising sea levels. Damaging vegetation, debris and salt water are flooding into the cape causing severe damage. So instead of waiting for government aid and work to continue, the Everglades Foundation has donated funds to get the project going. Chris Havlicek is on the board of directors for the Everglades Foundation, and is proud of the work they do in his home state.
Boston Garden Pizza, previously owned by the Valentis, was once a pizza joint frequented by Celtics players and fans alike. They were most famous for cutting their big, cheesy slices with sheers. Anthony Valenti, 88, who ran Boston Garden Pizza from 1957 until 1995, said John Havlicek was his “best customer.” After closing, the pizza joint re-opened at Topsfield Fair.
The Miami Marlins Foundation, Feeding South Florida and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach teamed up to bring perishable and non-perishable food items to families in need in Belle Glade, Florida. The organizations wanted to bring healthy foods to families, so about 80 percent of the food was perishable, including fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen meats. The food went to families, many of who have children who are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach. Chris Havlicek is an avid supporter of the organization and sits on the board.