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Urban League of Broward County Unveils New Building Name at
First Anniversary Celebration
FORT LAUDERDALE (June 13, 2013) – Elected officials and nearly 200 families and children joined the Urban League of Broward County (ULBC) on Saturday, June 8,, 2013 for its First Anniversary Celebration and naming ceremony. The Family Fun Day kicked off with the unveiling of the newly named Sunshine Health Community Empowerment Center, in tribute of Sunshine Health’s $2M support of the ULBC.
“Sunshine Health proudly supports the initiatives of the Urban League that promote healthy living through education, resources and improved access to care,” said Chris Paterson, Sunshine Health CEO. “We are proud to partner with them as we work to improve the quality of life for those living in Broward County,” he said regarding the donation by Sunshine Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation. The donation was announced at the ULBC’s January Annual Business Meeting.
“During my time in Congress, I have led and supported efforts to facilitate better health care, and it is impactful to see the Urban League partner with entities like Sunshine Heath, or the many wellness vendors here today, for the betterment of our community,” said U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings who spoke at the naming ceremony.
Other attendees included State Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed as well as speakers State Representative Hazelle Rogers and City of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Bobby DuBose. Following their remarks, Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness presented a proclamation, in honor of the anniversary celebration and on behalf of Broward County, to Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, president and CEO of the ULBC.
“Anyone who knows me knows the pride I have for the Urban League, and it is because of the generous support of partners like Sunshine Health, our community and the dedication of Urban Leaguers that so much is possible,” said Commissioner Holness.
Following the naming ceremony, a special Comcast Internet Essentials Program presentation featured 35 program-enrolled families who received free laptops and access to affordable Internet services. By putting the power of the Internet in the homes of students and families who need it, the gap between those with access to and an understanding of the Internet and those who are without is lessening.
“We are excited to provide these services to families enrolled in the Comcast Internet Essentials Program, as it will open the door to new possibilities and help in Comcast’s efforts to close the digital divide,” said Dawn Stagliano who represents government affairs and community investment for the Comcast Florida region.
After the presentation, attendees had a first look at new plaques, dedicated by public artist George Gadson, who was the visionary behind the two Urban League sculpture Equality and Common Unity, as well as an inside look at the Urban League brick walkway, showcasing the indelible imprints supporters have left in support of the ULBC mission. The fun-filled event also featured a live performance by singer/songwriter Indigo courtesy of Cox Media as well as 99 Jamz and Hot 105; a bounce house and other family entertainment; food trucks; wellness vendors; and outdoor Zumba provided by Baptist Health.
“We had a lot to celebrate today and we are grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from our elected officials, partners, vendors and community members,” said Smith-Baugh. “I especially would like to thank Chris Paterson with Sunshine Health for the immense support and we welcome new opportunities to further our reach and to support the wellness of our community residents,” she said.
For more information about the Urban League of Broward County, please call 954.584.0777 or visit us online at www.ulbroward.org.
About the Urban League of Broward County:
The Urban League of Broward County is a not for profit, community based organization founded in 1975. We empower communities and change lives. Our mission is to assist African Americans and other disenfranchised groups in the achievement of social and economic equality. Programs/services include affordable housing development and redevelopment, youth development, diversion, employment and training, education and community empowerment, and civic engagement.