From Jowharah Sanders:
So - Can $25 actually Save a Life? Could it Stop Bullying?
Will it End World Hunger?
YES! To date, NVEEE has been funded through the generous donations of the general public, small grants, and special events. Your donations, along with community partnerships, made it possible for our bullying prevention efforts to reach nearly 20,000 students, parents, teachers and in just 4 years. So YES! Your $25 does help to save lives and our motto is that together we can make a difference.
Our work would not be possible without the support of the community and others who work towards the same goals. Every year NVEEE honors community leaders who make a difference in the lives of youth and families. Scroll below to learn more about this year's honorees. Join us this Friday to celebrate our work while honoring those who pay it forward.
To learn more about our work visit www.NVEEE.org
George Castrataro has been an advocate against bullying and for protecting individual rights and inclusion for over twenty years. In his earlier career as an Epidemiologist, George acted to influence policy and direct funding and resources while working for the Florida Department of Health and later the National American Red Cross. As an attorney, George has championed the issue of bullying the workplace in over 75 cases yielding highly visible public impact and also favorable outcomes for his clients. George spearheaded the formation of the Broward Human Rights Initiative, volunteers as a member of the Care Resource Board of Directors, a founding/appointed member of the Broward County Housing Council and the Florida Co-Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney's. George and his firm have committed over $450,000 to community organizations and pro bono causes over the past five years.
MEDIA HONOREE: MARK'S LIST
Mark's List, a company dedicated to growing Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) business opportunities, was founded over ten years ago, in August of 2003. The site, email campaigns, and social media friends, fans and followers grew into the largest assembly of LGBT Floridians. On an annual basis, Mark's List donates over 1/4 million dollars of advertising, photographic services and editorial support to 246 LGBT non-profit organizations in Florida.
Mark's List founder Mark Haines, photographer Stephen Lang and editor Troy Maillis work to insure that Jowharah Sanders and NVEEE's mission to end bullying remains front and center in Florida's LGBT community.
HONOREE: LAURA DUKSTA
Laura Duksta is a New York Times Bestselling author and self-appointed Ambassador of Love. Her first book I Love You More has sold over 1/2 Million copies in 5 languages and has become a favorite in hearts, homes and classrooms. For over 10 years now Laura's been presenting her program "Empowering *YOU* to Shine!" at schools throughout south Florida and across the country. Having lost all her hair at age 11 to a condition called Alopecia Areata Laura shares her personal stories of turning her biggest challenges into even bigger blessings encouraging young people to do the same. Her message is one of love, appreciation and acceptance for ourselves, one another and the world. She's been recently introduced to NVEEE and is honored to support them as they champion for equality, education and enlightenment.
MEDIA HONOREE: SHE MAGAZINE
Since their first issue in February of 1999, She Magazine has always made space in each issue to support the efforts of non-profit organizations, on both a local and national level. Upon the discovery of
NVEEE in 2009 and their efforts in the community, She Magazine's Publishers, Tina Sordellini & Maria Espinal have lent their support through editorial and advertising on an unwavering and consistent basis.
HONOREE: MICHAEL GONGORA
As a Miami Beach Commissioner one of Commissioner Gongora's top priorities was to ensure that our children grow in a safe educational environment so I am proud to have created the first anti bullying program in Miami Beach. He hosted a Community of Respect Anti-Bullying event in partnership with Anti-Defamation League and Miami-Dade County Public Schools this past year.
HONOREE: LORI SCOTT
Lori Scott, published author and founder of The Achievables, Inc. has inspired and empowered children during her 17 years in the health and fitness industry. Her experience in coaching both children and adults individually and in a team atmosphere has allowed her to inspire their self-confidence and build self-esteem. Educating children in building good character comes naturally to her. Ms. Scott has a unique gift of being "in tune" with children's needs and teaches them responsibility, respect, honesty, and teamwork on and off the field! She has taught them to believe in themselves, how not to fall victim to peer-pressure and how to stand up and say "NO" and walk away when bullied. Scott is not only a powerful influence and mentor but was inspired to write, produce and create this impactful and much needed series "THE ACHIEVABLES®". She has created a unique niche by sharing her powerful and inspiring words in a fun cool way that seem to be penetrating not only children but adults.