IBEW Local 627.  The mission of the International Brotherhoods of Electrical Workers is to improve the quality of life of their members.  The community welfare it the outreach to help the local community where the members live.  Local 627 serves the Fort Pierce/Port Saint Lucie area. 

Why we contribute:  This Local is situated in FT. Pierce and it the union for the FPL employees in the area.  The Ironman Golf Tournament is their signature community event and we have been the platinum sponsor for 16 years.  The money raised supports 25 local charities. 

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.  The ultimate objective of Special Olympics is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.

Why we contribute: Steven and some friends would participate in the Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West as a charity team.  They ended up raising a good amount of money for the Special Olympics of Florida.  Steven, wanting to know more about the charity and how the donations were being used, started volunteering with them in different sports.  Being absolutely blown away with impact the charity has, Steven wanted to be more involved. Since then, Steven is a coach for standup paddleboard and a unified athlete in track and also mentor at the Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County. 

PWT2 broadens the boundaries of communication, and is an agent for innovation and growth; culturally, socially, economically and historically. Through varied media and technologies WPBT2 extends the reach of the arts and education, connects organizations and institutions across this diverse region, and preserves South Florida's history, leading the way in this global society.  WPBT2 combines the many voices of our community into a dynamic and vital conversation, serving the greater good.  WPBT2 is a vibrant force in the South Florida community that entertains, enlightens, and educates. We provide content from PBS, from other partners, and of our own creation – programs and services that change lives, inspire trust, and make a difference. We are community-supported and take pride in reflecting the diversity of the region in which we live and work.

Why we contribute:  We have for many years enjoyed the outstanding programs of public television.  We were one of the sponsors of Downton Abbey.  

Knights of Columbus has always been an organization dedicated to the well-being and support of Catholic family life. The family is the first and primary place where we experience and are formed in our Catholic faith. By building upon our current programs and activities, the Knights of Columbus continues to promote the family as a ”domestic church” where husbands and wives, parent and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. In order to perform its important mission of evangelization, each family needs to find support in the sacramental life of the parish.

Why we contribute:  We support San Marcos Knight of Columbus Council #6344 golf tournament in Naples and the money raised goes to the local community.

Dade Heritage Trust’s advocacy program has assisted with the rescue and restoration of many historic venues throughout Miami-Dade County. Working with partner organizations and governments, Dade Heritage Trust has preserved and continues to advocate for responsible development and preservation of our community’s historic resources.                          

Why we contribute:  Preservation of historical buildings keeps the history alive.  In this boom town that is Miami, with the massive buildings on Brickell Avenue and other main streets, it is important to keep our landmarks to remember where we are coming from.  

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.Why we contribute:    Our commitment to Rotary goes back 20 years.  Rick was president of the Rotary Club of Miami in 2006-2007.  Rick and Margarita have attended seven Rotary International conventions including Japan and Copenhagen.  They are double diamond donors and have recognized 28 family and friends as Paul Harris Fellows. Rick has volunteered in India in 2008 with the Polio Plus vaccinations.  We met Kristina Shamonina as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 1997.  We joined the Rotary Club of Coral Gables in 2010 because our proximity to the office and fellowship.  Of the numerous events we have sponsored and enjoyed, the scholarships to seniors at the Coral Gables High School has been a keen interest. 

Our mission is to provide comprehensive services to empower homeless residents to become self-sufficient. Chapman Partnership is the private sector partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, operating two Homeless Assistance Centers in downtown Miami and Homestead.  When a person becomes homeless, it affects every aspect of their life. They feel helpless and hopeless and the impact goes far beyond their health and self-esteem, affecting their ability to provide for their family and their future.

Why we contribute:  No other organization has provided more permanent self-sustainability with the homeless than Chapman Partnership.

Led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation provides the philanthropic conduit to connect individuals and corporations looking to positively impact the success of the community. Celebrating 25 years, the Foundation has been at the forefront of the evolving needs of Coral Gables while effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to “The City Beautiful.”

Why we contribute:  We have been a part of the Coral Gables community for over 30 years.  Our son, Steven went from Webelo to Eagle Scout in Troop 7 and he attended to Coral Gables High School in the International Baccalaureate Program.    Rick and Margarita are members of the Merrick Society and received the Philanthropy Award at the 25th Anniversary Gala in 2016.

2018 will mark the 69th year of the annual Homestead Championship Rodeo, a tradition that grew out of a group of seventeen founding members who wanted to showcase this unique western sporting event. It is one of the oldest annual professional sporting events in South Florida and the only PRCA Rodeo in Miami-Dade County. Our rodeo is one of nearly 600 sanctioned annually by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The PRCA is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world; ensuring that every event is managed with fairness and competence, and that the livestock used is healthy and cared for to the highest standards.

Why we contribute:  The rodeo has been “the” community event on Homestead.  It is a family event.  This is such a feel good American event that you are motivated to be a part of it.   For 16 years, we have sponsored the Bare Back Bronco event.

To serve, educate and inspire people through student, family and financial stability services in partnership with our communities.  To lead through deeply rooted and impactful programs and centers that empower people to pursue life changing opportunities.

Why we contribute:  we believe in their mission and the community benefits.

Since 1922 the Miami Rescue Mission I Broward Outreach Center, The Caring Place, have served the homeless and needy of South Florida.  The Broward Outreach Centers serve over 1,300 men, women and children each day.  There are approximately 800 people enrolled in our residential life-changing programs.  At the heart of these decades of serving those in the greatest need are our core values.

Why we contribute: 25 years ago Rick gave up his membership to the Bankers Club and decided to use his dues to help feed the hungry thru the Miami Rescue Mission.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Friends of The Underline is a 501C3 non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression to create a safer, more connected, mobile, and engaged community.

The Underline will connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over a hundred acres of open space with restored natural habitats, encourage a healthy lifestyle, provide an easily accessible place to exercise, create a mobility corridor that integrates transit, car, biking and walking, provide a 10-mile canvas for artistic expression, attract development along US1, and generate significant economic impact.

Why we contribute:  Growing up near Dadeland South Metro Station, having the Tonkinson Financial office across the street and basically using the M path his entire life, Steven was all aboard with wanting to make the Underline a reality.  Steven is a member of the Underline Young Professional Group and the Development Committee, helping to encourage participation and raise awareness in this important next step for Miami’s future.