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2012 For Good Awards Celebrate Encore Careers

February 14, 2012
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$50,000 awarded to three individuals using their retirement to give back to their community
(Fort Lauderdale, February 14, 2012) ─ Elizabeth “BJ” Buntrock has been named the winner of the 2012 For Good Awards by the Community Foundation of Broward. 

BJ Buntrock
Buntrock, 77, was honored for her work supporting seniors in Broward who survive on low, fixed incomes, particularly grandparents who are raising grandchildren.  In her “encore career” Buntrock opened the doors to The Pantry of Broward to provide food and support services to seniors. As the ultimate winner, BJ received $30,000 to invest in the Pantry of Broward. 
Buntrock accepted her award in front of 650 guests at the Signature Grand on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2012. The For Good Awards are part of the Community Foundation of Broward’s Re-engage for Good movement aimed at ensuring new retirees can use their skills and interests to make a difference in their communities.
The Community Foundation of Broward received 70 nominations from across Broward, each highlighting an individual utilizing skills and talents acquired while attending college, raising a family, or developing a career to create solutions on issues they care about. 
“With one in 11 grandparents in Florida acting as the principal caregiver for their grandchildren, and the increasing financial strain on all seniors, I knew we had to do something,” said Buntrock. “I was lucky to have a great supporters and volunteers to make that happen so those we serve can live safe and healthy lives.” 
“BJ decision to give back to her community is a shining example of what Re-engage for Good is all about,” said Richard A. Berkowitz, Chairman of the Community Foundation of Broward. “BJ is utilizing skills and talents acquired over a lifetime to create a solution to issues she cares about.”  
Also honored were Mari Mennel-Bell, and Charles “Chuck “A. Nicholls.  Both received $10,000 for the nonprofits of their choice. Mennel-Bell, founded one of Broward’s most innovative organizations: JazzSLAM, to help students stay focused on academics through engagement in music. 

Linda B. Carter, Richard A. Berkowitz, BJ Buntrock,
Wendy S. Masi
Chuck Nicholls, partnered with Tuesday's Angels, a philanthropic organization that provides emergency assistance for people living with HIV and AIDS in Broward County. Under Mr. Nicholls’ leadership, Tuesday’s Angels has helped countless low-income citizens pay rent and utility bills, find medical assistance and obtain accessible transportation. 
“Each of these inspirational finalists has chosen to invest the second half of their lives in projects that have important social impact,” said Linda B. Carter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward.  “We are proud to be able to recognize these community heroes for the difference they’ve made.”
The awards were made possible by the The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, Inc.  Program partners included Maroone, an AutoNation Company, BNY Mellon, Content Creators, Lifestyle Magazines, Signature Grand and the Sun Sentinel. Cleveland Clinic Florida, KPMG, John Knox Village, Mark J. Gordon Foundation, and The Wasie Foundation were event sponsors.  

For Good Awards photos


About the Community Foundation of Broward
Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward's mission is to provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. A public nonprofit organization with more than 400 Charitable and agency endowment Funds representing $100 million, it has distributed $55 million to support community solutions over the past 28 years.  For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit or call 954-761-9503.  

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