Harbor Lights Newsletter  
Spring 2016
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month: 
      Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much ~ Helen Keller

May has been deemed Foster Care Month to focus attention on the needs of children and youth in the foster care system. Every month at Children’s Harbor is Foster Care Month and every day we get the opportunity to make a difference for children in our care.

Recently we rejoiced with 7 of our children who were reunified with their families; we celebrated with 6 of our children who made the honor roll; and we congratulated one of our teen mothers who graduated from high school and enrolled in college. With your help, Children’s Harbor impacts the lives of 400 children each year.      

Thank you for being our partner in making a difference.  

Dr. Elizabeth Wynter  

Help us fill the room & bring smiles to our kids!
Children enter the foster care system lagging behind in school due to sporadic attendance, changes in placement, and trauma in the home.

Each and every one of the children in our care has graduated to the next grade! They deserve a round of applause! 

You can help cheer their accomplishments at the 3rd annual Academic Achievement Event on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Performing Arts Theatre, Broward College South Campus from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event, sponsored by Cargill, will honor their success with a ceremonial cap and gown procession. Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis and other dignitaries will be on hand to congratulate them. “The success of our students is something they should be extremely proud of and their hard work needs to be acknowledged," says CEO Dr. Elizabeth Wynter.  

Gala Raises over $135,000 to support our children
More than 175 people said their password and entered into a fun-filled 1920's style ballroom at the W Hotel.
The gala, presented by  Ultimate Software and  New York Life and Christina and Peter Gold, celebrated honorees Christina Gold, New York Life Insurance Board Member, and the City of Pembroke Pines with the 2016 Beacon Award, given to individuals and organizations that make a significant difference in the lives of children in Broward County.
The evening featured an appeal for "A Place to Call Home," to help refurbish the group homes for siblings and teen mothers in foster care, and to and continue providing children a place of comfort, growth and a loving place to heal. 
Community support included sponsors Mahoney and Associates, Century Management, Wells Fargo, Florida Blue, the Seminole Tribe, as well as Mercer, Aetna, Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital, Minto Foundation and Melamed and Karp.
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Children and volunteers come together at Appreciation Dinner!

This year the Annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner featured songs and poetry readings by the children, as well as a scrumptious Italian Dinner, all on the campus of Children’s Harbor!

Our volunteers, so committed to Children's Harbor and to helping us at every turn, came out to share in our celebration. Our intrepid photographer, Joe Gallagher, of Gerlinde Photography, who photographs almost every event, was told not to bring his camera, but took pictures anyway.

Camille Munn, who arrives every Tuesday morning and rolls up her sleeves to do accounting or HR work, came back the same night to share in the festivities. 

Volunteers who painted, mulched, cooked, barbecued, organized our garages, managed drives and helped us out throughout the year, all shared in the festive atmosphere. We are so grateful to all of you! 

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