Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  On May 10, 2013, the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc. will celebrate the 21st Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon.   The event will take place at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale and will honor a group of Outstanding Individuals that make a difference in the lives of children and families in Broward County.   These honorees are nominated by their peers for exemplifying the qualities of outstanding parenthood, such as kindness, caring, sacrifice and generosity to children.  They go above and beyond their responsibilities as parents and citizens and have a positive impact in the community.

The 2013 honorees include Mother of the Year Recipients: Rhonda Ritchie-Aslaksen, Royal Dames of Cancer Research; Anjali Besley, Women in Distress; Rose Blaise, Free Yourself Women’s Foundation; Sonia Perez, Angel’s Pediatric Heart House; and Cindi Samson, Jewish Federation.  Madelyn Zelman, Can’t Stomach Cancer: The Foundation of Debbie’s Dream, is the Grandmother of the Year; James Carroll, Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue is the Father of the Year; the Honorable John Frusciante, Retired Circuit Court Judge, is the Lifetime Legacy Honoree and the 2013 Guardian Angels are Allison and Dr. Peter Antevy, of the Diamond Angels and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

The Mother’s Day Luncheon is the biggest fundraising event for the agency.  The funds are vital for the organization’s continued dedication to reduce infant deaths by strengthening families through a comprehensive approach to prenatal care, parenting, education and support services.   Founded in 1987, HMHB of Broward continues to grow in services, programs and the population they reach.   Programs include Cribs for Kids, the Fatherhood Mentorship Program, Forget Me Not Bereavement Support, Healthy Families, Teen Collaborative Project, Oral Health for Pregnant Women, Mothers Overcoming Maternal Stress (MOMS) and the Mahogany Project.   Each of these programs target the populations that are at the greatest risk of infant mortality and low birth weight babies.

“The dedicated staff at HMHB of Broward goes into the field each day to ensure mothers, babies and families are receiving the appropriate medical care, emotional support and parenting information necessary  to ensure that Broward’s babies are healthy and living in a safe environment.    

HMHB of Broward strives to be the leader in Broward County in providing education and resources to promote positive maternal and child health.  On June 15, 2013 HMHB of Broward will be hosting their first Parenting Jamboree the JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College.  The event will include important safety and resource information as well as a fun filled day of activities, food and entertainment.

To attend the luncheon, volunteer at HMHB of Broward, sponsor the event, purchase space in the Luncheon Program or request further information you may visit our website at www.hmhbbroward.org or contact Babette Ferre-Kosar at (954)765-0550 ext. 316 or at [email protected].


MAY 10

Westin Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale

954.765.0550, ext. 316



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