(Fort Lauderdale, February 14, 2013)
Arnold Abbott Named Winner of the 2013 For Good Awards $50,000 awarded to three retirees making a difference
─ Arnold Abbott has been named the winner of the 2013 For Good Awards by the Community Foundation of Broward.
Abbott, was honored today in front of more than 600 guests at the Signature Grand for his three decades of leadership in helping homeless Broward residents break the cycle of poverty. The retired founder of the Love thy Neighbor Fund received $30,000 to give to the nonprofit of his choice in recognition of his work to improve Broward in his retirement.
For Good Awards finalists, Elaine Appel and Ray Wolowicz were also honored for their work in an “encore career,” receiving $10, 000 each to give to the charity of their choice. The awards are part of the Community Foundation’s “Re-engage for Good” initiative, which inspires and assists retirees to use their skills and interests to make a difference in our community.
Over 78 million Baby Boomers turned 65 in 2012. They are the largest, healthiest, best educated Americans ever to approach retirement. Yet, in Broward, this untapped pool of talent and experience is still encountering barriers in their search of innovative ways to engage. That is why the Community Foundation of Broward established the For Good Awards to honor those retirees who have found innovative approaches to solving community problems.
“Arnold’s determination to give back to his community is a shining example of what Re-engage for Good is all about,” said Linda Carter, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. “Arnold is utilizing skills and talents acquired over a lifetime to create a solution to issues he cares about. He shows us how giving back helps retirees stay connected and contributing to Broward.”
“The nominations we received from 22 cities in Broward tell of extraordinary work on a vast array of issues, by retirees utilizing skills and talents acquired while attending college, raising a family, or developing a career to create solutions on issues they care about,” said Wendy Masi, Chairman of the Community Foundation of Broward. “These and many other “encore careers” are making a true difference in Broward.”
Winner, Arnold Abbott had a passion for helping the homeless and providing food to those in need even before he retired as a jewelry manufacturer in 1981. 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.
After retiring, Elaine Appel quickly became an advocate for children with profound disabilities and those in foster care who had
2013 For Good Awards finalists, Ray Wolowicz and Elaine Appel and winner Arnold Abbott
"aged out" of the dependency system. She was honored with an award for representing hundreds of children as a Guardian ad Litem and obtaining funds to help sustain medically fragile children in foster care.
Retired banker Ray Wolowicz received his award for two decades of service to Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, an organization that offers therapeutic riding for people 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.
The awards were made possible by The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, Inc. Program platinum sponsors included Signature Grand, Maroone, an AutoNation Company, the Judith Linnell Foundation, Sun Sentinel. Gold sponsors were KPMG, John Knox Village, and Broward College. The Wasie Foundation and Edward Jones – Darcy Beeman and Flowers and Found Objects were silver sponsors. See photos 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 450 Charitable and agency endowment Funds representing $140 million, it has distributed $60 million to support community solutions over the past 28 years. For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit cfbroward.org or call 954-761-9503.