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Three Finalists Chosen for The For Good Awards

12/27/2011
December 27, 2011

 
(Fort Lauderdale, 12-27-11) ─ The Community Foundation of Broward has announced the selection of its 2012 For Good Awards finalists.  The For Good Awards recognize those who are re-engaging after retirement to make Broward better. The three finalists are: Ms. Mari Mennel-Bell , Mr. Charles A. Nicholls and Ms. Elizabeth "BJ” Buntrock. 
 
The finalists and all nominees will be honored on February 14, 2012 at a luncheon at the Signature Grand. The ultimate For Good Awards winner will be announced at the luncheon. 
 
Mennel-Bell, Nicholls, and Buntrock were selected from more than 70 nominees submitted to a selection committee of community members from across Broward. The For Good Awards include $50,000 in prize money, donated to the charities of the winners’ choice. 
 
Mari Mennel-Bell
Mennel-Bell, has been a driving force behind one of Broward’s most innovative organizations: JazzSLAM. It was founded by Ms. Mennel-Bell in hopes of helping students stay focused on academics through music. By using an experiential, hands-on approach, students are taught not only about the fundamentals of music, but how they relate to the academic world. An accomplished musician, Mennel-Bell holds a dual Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Music Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work. 
 
Nicholls, partnered with Tuesday's Angels, a philanthropic organization that 
 
Chuck Nicholls
provides emergency assistance for people living with HIV and AIDS in Broward County. Under Mr. Nicholls’ leadership, Tuesday’s Angels has helped countless citizens pay rent and utility bills, find medical assistance and obtain accessible transportation. 

Elizabeth "BJ” Buntrock

The third finalist, BJ Buntrock, founded The Pantry of Broward, a one-stop-shop for seniors on low fixed incomes and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The Pantry, through scheduled appointments, provides anything from legal assistance, food, and transportation services to accessibility to affordable medical care. With one in 11 grandparents in South Florida raising their grandchildren, Ms. Buntrock, continues to provide vital services to an ever growing number of Broward residents.   
 
“Each of these inspirational individuals 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 For Good Awards are one element in the Foundation’s "Re-Engage for Good" campaign aimed at giving new retirees a reason to stay in South Florida and make a difference in the community.
 
The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, Inc., is providing the $50,000 in award donations. Program partners include AutoNationBNY MellonContent CreatorsLifestyle MagazinesSignature Grand and the Sun Sentinel. Sponsors are Cleveland Clinic FloridaKPMG, John Knox VillageMark J. Gordon Foundation, and The Wasie Foundation.  
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