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November 19, 2008: Local organizations receive donations

On Tuesday, November 18, Premier Networking Alliance, Inc. presented donations to three local organizations during the Coral Springs Commission meeting. This year, PNA hosted the Festival of the Flutes event, which collected $20,000 in proceeds that went toward the following groups:

· The Coral Springs Community Chest received a check in the amount of $8,000. “It’s been a great event and we appreciate this,” Community Chest Chairperson Maria Pierson said. “The funds come in very handy for us and we support a lot of great organizations.”
· The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Foundation also received an $8,000 donation. “My sister, Lisa, is a two-time breast cancer survivor and is currently battling cancer again. This organization is set up for women in Coral Springs who have no health insurance or the funds,” Vice Mayor Vince Boccard said.  “We’ve now funded over 100 mammograms, and it’s a pleasure to help so many people,” Terry Boccard added. “Of the 100 mammograms we’ve funded, five women have been diagnosed with breast cancer, so that is five lives we have saved. Thank you so much to everyone that contributes to our fund,” Lisa Boccard said.
· Lastly, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention was given a $4,000 check. “I thought it was important to help this last organization because I was personally affected. Many years ago, I lost my mom to suicide,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “I urge you if you know anyone who is going through suicidal thoughts, let them know that there is hope and that this organization can help them.” Former Mayor of Weston, Harry Rosen, accepted the donation on the organization’s behalf. Rosen lost his son to suicide, and he and his wife have been working in suicide prevention through this organization for the past 10 years.

In addition, the City Commission recognized the participants of the Illegal Fireworks Study Circle. Through the City’s Customer-Involved Government Committee, members take on issues that concern our community and find out what our residents think, hear their suggestions and later present their findings to the Commission.

“We want to recognize and thank the participants for giving up their time to help our City do business for our 132,000 residents,” Brook said.

Participants include Patrick Biederman, Lisa Blumstein, Beth Anne Carr, Susan Dale, Bonnie Z. Darvish, Laura Dennison, Annette Finkelstein, Martin Finkelstein, Debbie Gilman, Peter Grom, Christopher Hatch, Ronnie Kessler, William Kickliter, Frank W. Kiraly, Jeff Lichter, Frank Maluda, Linda Modell, Joe Morera, Winston Neblett, Janice Ninesling, Jose L. Rodriguez, Marc Rosensky, Nancy Saathoff, Ann Sansone, Mike Spahn, Chris Spahn, Al Sylvia, Polly Torres, Dave Wimberly, Elisa York, Liria Breitung, Joy Daher, Ruth Epps, Sandra Krummerman, Betty Nall, Carl Prescott, Joy Prescott, Joe Schwartz, Judy Schwartz, and John Zawackis.


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