Good News - March 2023

NEWS 41 MARCH 2023 Good News • South Florida Edition Food For The Poor (FFTP) is urgently responding with trusted partners to the devastation from a massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria. MAP International and Brother’s Brother Foundation are addressing health needs such as medicines and medical supplies. Feed My Starving Children will provide MannaPack rice meals to supply critically needed food and nutrition, and Water Mission is assisting with safe water. The death toll from the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria that struck on Feb. 6 surpassed 50,000 on Friday, according to Reuters. “The images of the damage are shocking and the stories of survivors crying out for help are heartbreaking,” FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine said. “We know firsthand from responding to catastrophic disasters, such as the August 2021 earthquake in Haiti, that urgent help is needed and that the scale of the response needs to be enormous. We’re committed to working with our partners to help in a meaningful way.” While FFTP’s mission primarily is to serve internationally in the Caribbean and Latin America, the charity has responded in the past to catastrophic disasters elsewhere in the world. To learn more, visit Once again, the Ark Encounter, featuring a 510-foot-long Noah’s Ark as its centerpiece, has been chosen the best religious museum in the United States. The results of the “USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice” poll, with 18 nominees, were announced on February 24, 2023. The Ark’s sister attraction, the high-tech Creation Museum, finished second in the voting. USA Today’s newspaper subscribers and on-line readers were asked to make their choice among museums that represent diverse religious groups and faith communities. Destinations ranked in order of the most votes, include: No. 1: Ark Encounter, Williamstown, Kentucky; No. 2: Creation Museum, Petersburg, Kentucky; No. 3: Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.; No. 4: Biblical History Center, LaGrange, Georgia; No. 5: The Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, North Carolina; No. 6: National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; No. 7: Cincinnati Skirball Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio; No. 8: Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, Illinois; No. 9: Wycliffe Discovery Center, Orlando, Florida, and No. 10: Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Washington, D.C. Executive leaders from BBX Capital and the family of BBX Capital companies, gathered in Fort Lauderdale last month to assemble 500 food packages for LifeNet4Familes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing necessary food, ancillary services, and referrals to those experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty in Broward. “Playing an active role in our community is a fundamental principle of our organization and we are so proud to support LifeNet4Familes,” said Lois Marino, Executive Director of the BBX Capital Foundation. “Inflation, marked by increased food and rent costs, has led to a noteworthy rise in the demand for our services-far exceeding our ability to respond,” said Dr. Melanie Geddes, President & CEO, LifeNet4Families. “Fortunately, through our partnership with BBX Capital, we can make progress towards responding to the urgent needs of our community.” BBXCapital LeadersAssemble FoodPacks for LifeNet4Families Broward Health North leadership, on February 4th, presented a Pompano Beach Fire Rescue crew with the Broward Health Trauma Services Challenge Coin in recognition of their excellent trauma care. Congratulations to Lieutenant Robert Smith, Firefighter/Paramedic Erik Bentley and Firefighter/Paramedic D’Andre Nickle! Broward Health Recognizes Fire Rescue Crew From L-R: Eileen Manniste, Susan Newton, Dr. Evan Boyar, Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Whitton, Erik Bentley, Robert Smith, D’andre Nickle, Matt Garner, Jami Rothenburg, Joann Franklin, Dr. Cesar Carralero. Food For The Poor Responds to Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria Broward Health North hosted a remembrance ceremony to honor the victims and all those who were impacted by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy on the fifth anniversary. In addition to healthcare providers that cared for MSD shooting victims, Broward Health North hospital leaders and staff, members of Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) and BSO Fire Rescue were in attendance. Dr. Evan Boyar, Chief of Staff and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Broward Health North, spoke about his experience caring for the victims, and BSO Chaplain Darren Bennett led attendees in prayer before a moment of silence was held. (L R) BSO Chaplain Darren Bennett, Joann Franklin, Regional Director of Emergency Services at Broward Heath North, Dr. Evan Boyar, Chief of Staff and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Broward Health North, Matthew Garner, CEO of Broward Health North, Stacy Angier, chair of the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. USA Today Names 10Best Religious Museums Remembering Marjory Stoneman Douglas Victims