Crusaders for Caregivers Continue
When Weston residents Kira and Jason Turchin founded Betty Cares in 2010, they never imagined the level of success they would achieve in making a difference in the lives of families caring for children in hospitals. Betty Cares was created out of Kira’s own experiences following the untimely death of her mother, Betty, from cancer. Betty was the ultimate caregiver and dedicated her life to helping others. She unfortunately ignored signs indicating that her own health was failing until it was too late. Just six weeks following her death, Betty’s granddaughter and namesake, Shaina Bari, was born. Shaina brought such joy to the grieving family, but ironically turned Kira and Jason into caregivers. While caring for Shaina at Miami Children’s Hospital’s nationally ranked Neurosurgical Department, Kira was reminded of what her mom went through and how difficult it truly is to care for yourself when your only hope and desire is that your loved one is healed and recovers. During that difficult time, Kira identified an unfulfilled need to support others going through similar ordeals, so she created Betty Cares.
Since then, the organization has made a significant difference, including raising nearly $50,000 through previous events to support caregiver programs at Miami Children’s Hospital. Current Betty Cares projects include the creation and distribution of “Care Bags” to support families of children admitted to Miami Children’s Hospital, donation of laptops for family members in the hospital and offering financial support to different hospital departments.
In addition to drawing support from the community through their events, Kira and Jason Turchin personally invest not just time, but also money into this cause. Jason, a Victim’s Rights Attorney and owner of the Law Offices of Jason Turchin based in Weston, commits to donating a portion of his salary earned on cases involving children to the Betty Cares fund. Additionally, Jason founded Layaway Day in December 2012. On this day, the Turchins set a philanthropic example to the community by helping pay for remaining items on layaway in stores.
It is this philanthropic spirit of Betty Cares Inc. that continues to inspire others to make a difference in the lives of caregivers by supporting the third annual Cars, Cocktails, Cuisine event on May 4 from 7-11 p.m. at the Dauer Museum of Cars at 10801 N.W. 50 St. in Sunrise. This event benefits Betty Cares Fund at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Attendees will tour this exclusive showcase of more than 65 antique and classic vehicles while enjoying a performance by Broadway stars, The Garden State Guys and enjoying cuisine from Bonefish Grill and Hard Rock Café, Cocktails from Little Black Dress Vodka and Gentleman Jack, Starbucks coffee and many other unique and exciting experiences including a silent auction.
Tickets are $100 for individuals. The VIP Reservation is $1,500 for admission of up to 10 guests with VIP benefits, including: VIP seating in front of the stage, meet/greet with the Broadway Performers with song request, early museum/auction access and more! Major sponsors in addition to the above include Law Offices of Jason Turchin, Midtown Athletic Club, Vista BMW, Dauer Museum of Classic Cars, AdServices, Top Drawer Media Solutions, and others. Weston Lifestyle is a media sponsor. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Rachel M. Rodriguez at 786.624.2983 or [email protected] Reservations and sponsorships are available online at: http://bettycares.brownpapertickets.com. For more information about Betty Cares, please visit www.bettycares.org.
Dauer Museum of Cars