Sheila Smith, John Benz, Lynne Wines, Kip Hunter and Gary HermanSheila Smith, John Benz, Lynne Wines, Kip Hunter and Gary Herman. Photo Credit:  Downtown Photo

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – 2-1-1 Broward is proud to announce the finalists for the Third Annual PNC Bank Non-Profit Academy Awards Presented by 2-1-1 Broward & Hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  In true Academy Awards style, the 2013 PNC Bank Non-Profit Academy Awards will celebrate the inspiring work of Broward's non-profit agencies and recognize the individual efforts of outstanding non-profit executive and board leaders.  Evoking the iconic symbols of the Academy Awards and its glitz and glamour -- including red carpet, search lights and golden statues, the awards ceremony and luncheon will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013 beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL.

The finalists for the 2013 Awards were revealed on January 10th at an exclusive VIP Announcement Party presented by Broward Health at Passion Nightclub at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In attendance were this year's PNC Bank  Non-Profit Academy Award event Co-Chairs: Laurie Sallarulo AVP, Client & Community Relations Manager at PNC Bank; Jen Klaassens, Vice President of Programs for The Wasie Foundation; and Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs & Special Events for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; along with sponsors and award nominees.

Every non-profit is encouraged to attend the luncheon and awards ceremony and will be recognized for their contribution to our community.  Awards will be given in eight categories and all other nominees will be eligible for the Publix Community Choice award.  The 2013 PNC Bank Non-Profit Academy Awards Presented by 2-1-1 Broward & Hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino categories and nominees are:

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, Hands On Broward and Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center

AutoNation Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr. Abraham S. Fischler, NOVA Southeastern University; Dr. Steven Ronik, Henderson Behavioral Health; and Dr. Susan M. Widmayer, The Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center

Patriot National Insurance Group, Inc. Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Innovation - 4Kids of South Florida, A Child Is Missing and Neighbors 4 Neighbors

Broward College Outstanding Non-Profit Leader of the Year - Dennis Haas, ARC Broward; Michael DeLucca, Broward Regional Health Planning Council; and Charlotte Mather, Ann Storck Center

The Wasie Foundation Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Collaboration – ChildNet; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc.; and Kids In Distress

OK Generators Outstanding Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year - Alfredo Aguirre, Children's Home Society of Florida; Renee Herman, Harvest Drive; and Lysandra Russell, Russell Life Skills & Reading Foundation

Calvin, Giordano & Associates Non-Profit Organization of the Year - Rising Star - Heart Gallery of Broward County, KidSafe Foundation and No More Tears

Nova Southeastern University Non-Profit Organization of the Year - The Arts – ArtServe, Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood and Young at Art Museum

The winners in each category will receive an Academy Award statue and $1000 for each of their non-profit organizations.  The other two finalists in each category will be awarded $500 each. Please note that the grants awarded for The Wasie Foundation Non-Profit Organization of the Year - Collaboration category will be divided equally among the collaborating organizations. All other non-profits nominated will be included in the Publix Community Choice Award, which will be decided by votes received from the community.  The community is encouraged to cast their vote for non-profit of their choice as they will be awarded $1,000.  More details are available online.

The 3rd Annual PNC Bank Non-Profit Academy Awards presented by 2-1-1 Broward and hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL) will begin on Friday, February 22nd with the Memorial Healthcare Systems Red Carpet Reception at 12:00 Noon, followed by the luncheon and awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m. and the Florida Advocates After Party at 2:30 p.m.  Ticket Prices are $75 per person for general admission, $65 for CLUB 2-1-1 Members, and $45 per person for non-profit staff/government representatives.  Tables of 10 are $750 and Table Sponsorships are $1000.  Tickets for the Florida Advocates After Party are $25 per person.  For more information about ticket purchase or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christina Mendez at 954-640-5820 or cmendez@211-broward.org or tshuldiner@211-broward.org.

Event sponsors include The Wasie Foundation; OK Generators, Patriot National Insurance Group; Broward College; Calvin Giordano & Associates; Nova Southeastern University; Publix Super Markets, Inc.; Broward Health; JM Family Enterprises; Southern Wine & Spirits; AutoNation; Broward College; FPL, Consolidated Credit Counseling; Memorial Healthcare System; SunTrust; Sanson, Kline, Jacomino, Tandoc & Gamarra, LLP; BB&T; Kip Hunter Marketing; Canon Business Solutions; Berkowitz Pollack & Brant Advisors and Accountants; Berger Singerman; The McKinley Foundation; Candy Cottage; Timpano; Wizard Creations;  Florida Advocates; Mounted Memories and Academy of Glam.

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About 2-1-1 Broward
The mission of 2-1-1 Broward is to provide 24 hour comprehensive helpline and support services to individuals and families in our community seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County. Every call to 2-1-1 is answered by a trained, degreed counselor who listens to the caller's concerns, identifies their needs and connects them with agencies and programs that can help them.  2-1-1 Broward relies on the generous support of government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals to provide this vital community service.  For more information regarding 2-1-1 and how you can help, please call 954-390-0493 or visit www.211-broward.org.

About PNC Bank
PNC Bank is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC).  PNC (www.pnc.com) is one of the nation largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC or visit www.pnc.com.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to PLAYHARD!  Play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida's ultimate entertainment destination. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold 'em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, 2,500 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player's Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef's Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold 'em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe -Hollywood, part of Hard Rock's 138 globally recognized rock 'n' roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 19 restaurants, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, the Body Rock Spa, 21 boutique shops, 14 bars/nightclubs and lounges, the 400-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, www.facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood and on Twitter at @SHRHollywood.

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