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April 7, 2010: Coral Springs CRA chairman recognized by national organization

John Ruffin, Jr., Chairman of the Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency, was recently honored by the United Negro College Fund as an outstanding leader in the organization and the community. Ruffin’s recognition was the first time the group has paid this type of tribute.

UNCF, a national advocate for minority education, created a $100,000 endowment fund in Ruffin’s name that will support scholarships that aid Broward County students pursuing higher education at universities and colleges throughout the country.

Ruffin has been active in helping young people pursue quality higher education since he took the South Florida UNCF chair position in 1986, and has provided $250,000 of his own firm’s money to scholarships.  Although he relinquished his formal role with UNCF in 2009, he remains active in the community, including as part of the Coral Springs CRA. 

Ruffin has served as chairman of the CRA Board since its inception in 2002.  He was reappointed at the March 2, 2010 City Commission Meeting to serve another four-year term.

“I was raised according to the belief that education is imperative to success, and having attended an Ivy League university and a historically black university myself, I wanted to give back so that others would have the same opportunities to make their dreams a reality,” Ruffin said.

About the Coral Springs CRA: The CRA is a separate legal entity created under State laws to coordinate activities and implement the redevelopment plan for the Downtown Coral Springs projects. Downtown Coral Springs is a private/public partnership between the City of Coral Springs and Amera Urban developers to redevelop the approximately 135 acres in the general vicinity of the Sample Road and University Drive intersection.

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