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2013 For Good Awards Finalists Announced

December 5, 2012

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Community Foundation of Broward’s For Good Awards
Finalists Announced

Three post-career Baby Boomers to share $50,000 for social causes
            (Broward Fla. 12.4.12) – Three social entrepreneurs using their experience, skill and innovation in retirement to help the homeless, aid youth in foster care, and serve those with disabilities have been named as the 2013 For Good Awards finalists by the Community Foundation of Broward.
            For Good Awards finalists Arnold Abbott, Elaine Appel and Ray Wolowicz will share $50,000 for a cause of their choosing and be honored as For Good Awards Hall of Fame members.  The awards are part of the Community Foundation’s “ Re-engage for Good” campaign aimed to ensure new retirees can use their skills and interests to make a difference in our community.  
            Arnold Abbott and his wife Maureen had a passion for helping the homeless and providing food to those in need even before he retired as a jewelry manufacturer in 1981. When Maureen passed away suddenly, Arnold wanted to honor her memory by continuing to care for the homeless. In 1991 he established the Love Thy Neighbor Fund and began feeding the homeless, providing them with job training and helping them re-connect with their families across the county. 
            Elaine Appel retired to Florida in 1977 and quickly became an advocate for children with profound disabilities and those in foster care who had "aged out" of the dependency system. Elaine has represented hundreds of children as a Guardian ad Litem and took her fight to the Florida State Senate where she fought to obtain funds to help sustain medically fragile children in foster care.  
Retired banker Ray Wolowicz began volunteering at Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida almost two decades ago and quickly became a passionate advocate of therapeutic riding for those with disabilities. Ray stepped into a leadership role, using his financial skills to put the agency on a solid financial footing and championed growth that greatly increased services to those in need.
            All nominees will be honored on February 14 at a luncheon at the Signature Grand where the winner will be announced. The winner will receive $30,000, and two finalists will each receive $10,000 to support their important causes. 
“Each of these inspirational individuals used retirement as a platform to change lives and give back to their community,” said Linda B. Carter, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward.  “All of them show us the difference one person can make.” 
            The Awards are made possible by the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, Inc. Platinum Sponsors include AutoNation, the Sun Sentinel, the Signature Grand and the Judith Linnell Foundation. Gold Sponsors include John Knox Village Broward College and KPMG. Silver Sponsors are The Wasie Foundation and Edward Jones, Darcy Beeman CFP. Centerpieces sponsored by Flowers and Found Objects

To RSVP for the 2013 For Good Awards luncheon click here.
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 $140 million, it has distributed $60 million to support community solutions over the past 28 years. As a community leader, it convenes citizens around critical issues, and builds the capacity of the nonprofit sector to respond to these issues. For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit or call 954.761.9503. 
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