Two-day food and wine event attracts more than 750 supporters to help fund mental health counseling.
The One Beat CPR + AED 2nd annual We Are Stoneman Douglas food and wine benefit chaired by George Temel and Debi Weisman on March 16-17 raised over $300,000 for Parkland Cares, a nonprofit that has awarded $239,000 for mental health counseling since last year’s tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The weekend featured over 30 restaurants, 13 wineries from Zinfandel Advocates Producers, and over 200 donated silent auction items. The title sponsor One Beat CPR +AED, Florida’s premier CPR training facility, welcomed 150 guests at the Woodfield Country Club winemakers’ dinner in Boca Raton and 600 guests at the Parkland Golf and Country Club food and wine event held the next day. We Are Stoneman Douglas has quickly become a signature event in South Florida thanks to the dedication of the co-chairs.
“We feel it’s important to support our community by honoring the lives lost and supporting the survivors,” explains Lawrence Franchetti, CEO of One Beat CPR + AED. “Given the centrality of mental health to overall physical wellbeing, we appreciate that Parkland Cares places the relevance of counseling services at the forefront of moving forward and healing.”
Weisman was so appreciative of the community’s outpouring of support and the dedication of all the sponsors. “We are Stoneman Douglas is a metaphor for our community,” she says. “Everyone stepped up in a big way to support Parkland Cares. We are dedicated to helping our community heal and move forward. We thank our vendors, sponsors, and guests for making this a hugely successful event. We are proud to have done this for two years in a row and will continue to create a positive impact.”
“It’s amazing that in only its second year, We Are Stoneman Douglas has become such a huge success,” says Stacey Udine, Parkland Cares’ executive director. “From the auctions to the MSD Jazz Band, and nearly 30 sponsors, co-chairs George Temel and Debi Weisman worked tirelessly to help Parkland Cares. I was truly overwhelmed by the community love and participation over the weekend.”
Udine says the money raised at the We Are Stoneman Douglas event will help support nonprofit mental health providers as they face the daunting task of counseling a community still in grief more than a year after the tragedy. For co-chairs Temel and Weisman, the second annual We Are Stoneman Douglas event couldn’t have designated a better charity. To learn more about Parkland Cares and to get involved, visit www.ParklandCares.org.
We thank all of our Sponsors:
One Beat CPR + AED
The Weisman Family
Seminole Tribe of Florida
Behavioral Health Associates of Broward County
The Rizzo Family
Ai Media Group
Kennedy Legal Team
Amy & Garrett Bragg
Charles Schwab Community Services
South Motor Company of Dade
Parkland Golf & Country Club
Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP)
Over the Top
Lifestyle Media Group
Magic by Mio
It’s All Good
ABOUT: Parkland Cares’ mission is to provide immediate and long-term funding and awareness for mental health counseling and programs for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors, their families and the community at-large, with the goal of becoming a national model for crisis counseling outreach and implementation.
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