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Are You Ready for the 2016 OBIEs Food & Wine Event!!

OBIE -Food-&-Wine-Festival-FlyerFor the 3rd consecutive year, South Florida will host the OBIE Food & Wine festival where foodies get a chance to sample treats from over 30 top restaurants with no line and let’s not forget……an open bar! The Florida Blue sponsored event will be held at the Broward County Convention Center on Friday, May 20th and will begin at 7:30PM for General Admission but VIPs will be able to begin their evening at 6:30PM. Learn more about this year’s host, celebrity guest judges, and participating restaurants and vendors.

Everglades Foundation Supporters Enjoyed Recent Carl Hiaasen Visit

Chris Havlicek supports the Everglades FoundationEarlier this month, the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club played host to An Evening with Carl Hiaasen where members of the Everglades Foundation enjoyed a lovely evening hearing from legendary novelist and Everglades supports Carl Hiaasen, as he spoke on current issues, politics and environmental restoration. Visit the Everglades Foundation page where you can learn more about opportunities to assist this great cause.

Interested in Giving Back for the Holidays?

The holidays are not only a time to celebrate with loved one and open gifts; it’s also a time for everyone to appreciate the life they have and give back to those that may be going through a rough time in life, whether it be with a monetary donation or just time out of your schedule. With so many places and ways to volunteer in the Florida area, we wanted to highlight a few:

The Genesis Foundation: You can volunteer your time with the Genesis Foundation where their goals are to support clinical care, life enrichment, and educational programs that care for children with complex genetic disorders. You can volunteer here:

The Everglades Foundation: If you would prefer a monetary donation, you can contribute to the Everglades Foundation where your contribution will support scientists, researchers, policy analysts and communications experts who are leading major initiatives for preserving and restoring America’s Everglades.  You can donate here:

The Everglades Foundation Announces New Competition for 2016

The Everglades Foundation has partnered with the Office of Science, Technology and Policy (OSTP) to unveil the new George Barley Science Prize that will award winners of the competition with a prize totaling $11.2 million in cash and prizes over a six year period. Over 300 participants are expected from all over the world and the competition will take place in the summer of 2016.

The competition will incorporate multiple stages and benchmarks, with the first three years of the competition including three stepping-stone prizes. The first two prizes enable entrants to test technologies at lab scale and compare performance under similar operating conditions. The third stepping-stone prize enables entrants to test technologies for three months at pilot scale to demonstrate proof-of-concept that guides full-scale implementation.

Visit the George Barley website for more details and entry information.

Service to Celebrate the life of Dr. Murray Feingold

Next month the Genesis Foundation for Children will host a memorial service for the late Dr. Murray Feingold where the service will be open to the public and all are welcome to pay their respects. The event will take place in the Eden Vale Ballroom and will begin at 5:30PM. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Feingold’s family has asked for individuals to make donations in his memory to The Genesis Foundation for Children.

To attend the memorial event, click here

To make a donation in memory of Dr. Feingold, click here