The Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s (CDTC) 5th Annual Ribbons for the Children event, an art reception and benefit auction, raised over $30,000 to support children and families served by CDTC living with HIV/AIDS. The event, held in collaboration with ArtsUnited and presented in loving memory of Matthew Klir, was held on Friday December 3, 2010 at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Jay Forte, consultant, author and CDTC Transformer served as the emcee.
Over 150 guests attended this year’s Ribbons event at the Museum of Art. Twenty local artists depicted the red ribbon in original artwork they created for the auction. In addition, attendees sampled hors d’oeuvres provided by Ultimate Cuisine, enjoyed the music of jazz pianist Paul Banman and vocalist Mzuri Moyo and viewed the artwork created by the children of CDTC. One of the Center’s teen leaders, Nick Pilecki, also provided a moving testimonial on “Hope”.
Sponsors for this year’s event included Bank Atlantic, PubSet Printing & Design, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Premier Beverage, Abbott, Tibotec, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University, Kirschbaum, Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC, 9 Muses Art Center, Kohl’s and Ultimate Cuisine.
“We are very grateful to our sponsors and to the twenty local artists who donated their time, talent and original works of art to support the efforts of the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center HIV/AIDS program,” said Dr. Susan M. Widmayer, Executive Director, CDTC.
The CDTC’s Comprehensive Family AIDS Program (CFAP) provides comprehensive services to infants, children, youth, women, and families, who have been infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The Comprehensive Family AIDS Program was established in 1991 and this distinguished program is the primary provider of medical services, and case management, to infants, children, youth, women, and families, who have been affected by HIV/AIDS in Broward County.
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. The CDTC’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of children, with special health care needs, by providing them with comprehensive prevention, intervention, and treatment services, within a medical home environment. The CDTC is a nationally recognized “Center of Excellence,” which offers a unique system of care for infants, children, and youths with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and developmental delays. All of the medical care, and the social services, are provided to all of the children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. For more information, please visit www.childrensdiagnostic.org or phone 954.728.1040.