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State Representative Katie A. Edwards and Local Businessman Joseph Eppy to Receive Soref JCC’s Humanitarian of the Year Award
Published Thursday, February 25, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—The Soref Jewish Community Center (JCC) has announced State Representative Katie A. Edwards and local businessman Joseph Eppy will be the recipients of this year’s Humanitarian of the Year Award. The two will be honored at the Humanitarian of the Year Gala on April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Signature Grand in Davie.

A Broward native and resident of the City of Plantation, Katie A. Edwards was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 and has sponsored and passed significant legislation, most notably in the areas of criminal justice reform, private property rights protection and medical marijuana. Edwards serves on key Florida House committees including the Judiciary Committee, Health & Human Services Committee, Higher Education & Workforce Committee and the Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee. Among her many awards, she received the 2013 Champion for the Elderly in 2013 from The Florida Health Care Association. Edwards served on the City of Plantation Planning and Zoning Board from 2011-2012 and continues her vast civic engagement by participating in leadership positions at many community entities.

As the president of the financial firm The Eppy Group, Joseph Eppy has been an active member of the community for over 20 years. Eppy is the current president of the constituency board of the Florida Atlantic University - Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and is a past board member of the Palm Beach School for Autism. He is also a member of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Broward County and serves on the Tocqueville steering committee and the inaugural endowment committee.

Now in its 20th year, the Humanitarian of the Year Gala is the Soref JCC’s largest fundraiser and is attended by hundreds of local business people, philanthropists and local dignitaries. Proceeds from the Gala support the JCC’s WECARE Food Pantry and Children’s Scholarship Programs.

WECARE Food Pantry distributes free non-perishable food to all Broward residents in need, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.  Most of the 11,000 clients served this past year were referred to WECARE by premier social service agencies throughout Broward County.

The Soref JCC’s Children’s Scholarship Program enables children from less fortunate families to attend its high quality preschool, afterschool and summer camp programs.  Since the inception of the JCC in 1977, over $7 million of scholarship assistance has been provided. This year alone the JCC expects to provide approximately $500,000 of scholarship support to those in need. 

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available at www.sorefjcc.org.

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