Over $25,000 Raised at 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Brunch to Benefit Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center

Ann Payne, Frances Payne, Jim and Judy AmbroseChildren’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s (CDTC) Sunflower Circle of Friends’ 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch was held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66.  The event raised over $25,000 to support children with chronic illnesses and disabilities served by CDTC. The event’s emcee was Mr. Jay Forte, consultant, author and CDTC Transformer.

Audrey Millsaps, Ellen Schrot, Marian Hill

Over 180 guests attended this year’s Brunch which featured entertainment by American Heritage musicians and a buffet brunch in the Hyatt’s Panorama Room. Guests also had the opportunity to view a selection of designs from Flora Ottimer’s Children’s Boutique and Country Squire during a fashion show. A moving speech was given by Mrs. Spring John, whose children have received services at the Center for many years.

Commissioner Joseph Cobo, Sylvia Cobo, Janet Fernandez, Commissioner Miguel Fernandez

Sponsors for this year’s event were Mr. and Mrs. Ira Vernon, The Perlman Family Foundation, Jim and Judy Ambrose, Richard and Nancy Edison, David and Rochelle Marcus, Steven and Phyllis Adler, Audrey Millsaps, Ann Payne, SunTrust Bank, Castle Group, Eppy Financial Group, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Axis Management and Billing.

Courtney Stanford, Karen Winselmann

“We are so grateful for the Sunflower Circle of Friends and their unwavering support and commitment to the children and mothers at the Center,” said Susan M. Widmayer, Ph.D., Executive Director of CDTC.

Jean Giordano, Nancy Rakowski, Nancy Edison, Judy Ambrose, Susie Perlman

The Sunflower Circle of Friends is a support group of volunteers dedicated to raising awareness of the mission of CDTC and increasing volunteer support for its Medical and Family services.  Founded in 2004, Sunflower has grown from 18 to over 100 members.  In 2010, the Sunflower Circle of Friends contributed over $20,000 to support CDTC’s Primary Care Clinic, provided 1,000 teenagers and moms with holiday gifts, created welcome bags for hundreds of new families to help keep their children healthy, stocked and maintained the Food Pantry, and assisted in Center-wide events such as the Back to School Drive, Kids to Camp, and Thanksgiving Basket Brigade.

John Daly, Michael Daly, Amy Daly and Ava Daly

The Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 10,000 children with special health care needs in Broward County. CDTC’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of children with special health care needs by providing comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services within a medical home environment.  CDTC is a nationally recognized “Center of Excellence,” offering a unique system of care for infants, children and youth with chronic illnesses, disabilities and developmental delays.  For more information, please visit www.childrensdiagnostic.orgJudy Ambrose, Nancy Majteles, Mary Ann Lippman and Juliette Lippman

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