Spring 2016

Partners Newsletter Spring 2016

 Growing Together
Molding Young Leaders Through Service

Chapman Newsletter

Growing Together is a Miami based youth group that believes in supporting youths and aims to inspire teenagers to get involved in their community and make a difference. Their mission is to enrich the lives of the children at Chapman Partnership by providing them play opportunities and educational resources that inspire hope, create happiness and ultimately help children and their families thrive. Growing Together was founded in 2013 by Alessandra V. Quintero and has continued to grow over the last two years.

This self-contained group of young leaders helmed by this year’s President Marietta La Barbera, Vice President Ariel Engel, Treasurer Samantha Rios and Secretary Isabella Mathes. They have embodied the mission of Chapman Partnership and brought it to the next generation of change-makers. Currently, Growing Together has a strong Board that works to ensure the longevity of the youth group. As members of Growing Together, these exemplary teens have the opportunity to gain invaluable skills such as leadership, marketing, fundraising and event planning. Since its inception, students from Gulliver Preparatory, La Salle High, MAST Academy, Riviera Preparatory and several other high schools in Miami-Dade County have banned together on one common interest: serving their community. Growing Together continues to extend their reach as they gain traction in other schools and social circles to create a habit of paying it forward in their peers.

Growing Together continues to host monthly activities in the Family Resource Center with the school-age children and ongoing fundraising events to raise awareness and funds. In January, they hosted their 1st Annual Bowl-a-Thon, in February a garage sale, in March a car wash and on April 1st a beneficiary event at Shake Shack in Coral Gables. We hope you will stop by for lunch or dinner and support Growing Together.

Chairman’s Letter


Volunteer Are The Backbone of our
Mission at Chapman Partnership

Dear Chapman Partnership Stakeholders,

April is volunteer appreciation month, we thank our volunteers with a special luncheon at the Coral Gables Country Club. Last year’s volunteer of the year for the North Center was Pastor John White, II of Emmanuel Temple, and Iliana and Danilo Barreiros for the South Center. Evan Rees was the recipient of the R. Ray Goode Award which is given to an individual/corporation in Miami who has been instrumental in leading the challenge of helping homeless men, women and children in our community.

While you can never say thank you enough to volunteers for their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of those we serve; we hope that our annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch shows our deep felt gratitude for what you all do.

Our volunteers devote so much time and do much of the hard work behind the scenes, and their warm and engaging smiles are rays of sunshine for our residents. Among the many activities our volunteers do with open hearts include:

  • Prepare back to school backpacks
  • Mentor families and children In the FRC with life skills
  • Donate services and training to ensure adults are work ready
  • Provide haircuts and cosmetic services soour residents can look and feel their best

Volunteers also make sure that everyone at Chapman Partnership has a chance to celebrate the holidays and receive gifts from toiletries to toys and hot meals including turkey and all the trimmings.

There are many ways to get involved and engaged with Chapman Partnership such as our popular Meal Service Program. There are various hands-on volunteer opportunities and family enrichment activities in our Family Resource Centers. Community leaders and businesses play a vital role in the success of our programs and your company can make a meaningful contribution by hosting a day of service at our centers.

The most important thing our volunteers do is show the residents that there are people in our community who care about them and their wellbeing and believe they have a future that does not include homelessness, but rather builds dignity and ensures self-sufficiency.

Be sure to visit our volunteer page at https://www.chapmanpartnership.org/volunteer. Simply click on the Center nearest you to view and schedule your next volunteer date!

Don’t see an opportunity that fits you skill set? Contact Heather Wilson at (305) 329-3050 (North Center) or Sharon Haxton (305) 416-7107 (South Center) to find placement that is right for you or your company. We look forward to seeing you volunteer at one of our centers.

Your involvement in Chapman Partnership’s mission through the gift of time is one of the great ways in this community to pay forward. Miami is a better place because of all you do!

This year’s volunteer luncheon is dedicated to the memory of John Dickason of St. Phillips Episcopal Church.

With Gratitude,
Carlos Fernandez-Guzman

RunWild 5K was Amazing!

This year’s Run Wild 5k was a tremendous success with more than 2,000+ participants running and walking to support Chapman Partnership. WQAM’s Joe Rose hyped up the crowd along with a marching band and a warm up by Baby Boot-Camp, with the national anthem sung by Angel from Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.This amazing event was made possible by support of our sponsors, BB&T, Carlton Fields Miami, JN McArthur Foundation, Deloitte, All Aboard Florida, Ocean Bank, Moss and Associates, Lexus of West Kendall and others!

To see 2016 RunWild 5K Videos, Race Times and Photos please visit http://www.runwild5kmiami.com/

Community Outreach

Joe Rose Comes to Visit Chapman Partnership

Former Miami Dolphins Tight End and 560 WQAM host Joe Rose stopped by to tour the North Center. Joe is a longtime supporter of our mission, as well as the face of the back-toschool and holiday toy drives for the families and children at our centers, and this year’s MC of the RunWild 5k.



Thank You To Coral Gables Chamber!

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce hosted a Holiday Toy Drive for the children residing at our centers. Their donations brought holiday cheer and hope to all the little ones. Thank you for showing how much you care about our community.



A Generous Donation from Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society

Members of the Pi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for key women educators, sorted shoes and socks donated to the children at the south center. Delta Kappa Gamma has done this every year for the last five years delivering hundreds of shoes and socks!



Wells Fargo Service Day at Chapman Partnership

Wells Fargo Florida helped our kitchen staff prepare lunch at our downtown center. Thank you for volunteering your time and service to empower the homeless in our community. Our residents truly appreciate all that you do! Learn how you or your organization can volunteer by visiting https://www.chapmanpartnership.org/volunteer.

Chapman Partnership News

Nory’s Home Services hosts Chapman Partnership Toy Drive

Nory’s Home Services, Inc. staff hosted a toy distribution at our North center. Santa was full of great cheer and brought the children lots of toys and t-shirts! They loved spending the day with Santa Claus and his elves. We are thankful for what Nory’s Home Services contributes to our families.




Miami Heat legend Alonzo Mourning along with the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Chairman Ron Book and volunteers from C1 Bank served dinner as part of the REHEAT program that donated unserved food from the A.A.A. to feed the homeless. Zo took time out to speak with residents. Burney, the Heat Mascot, was a huge hit with the kids giving high-fives and posing for selfies.



nextgen 5th Annual Back to School Winter Wonderland

The Winter Wonderland is always a favorite for the kids in the FRC. What a great time we all had at Winter Wonderland! We were able to bring the children of Chapman Partnership joy with 500+ toys donated by our charitable friends. Thank you to everyone who participated. We sincerely thank our nextgen members and volunteers who helped secure goods, set up and breakdown the event.



Chapman Partnership Culinary Arts Program

Chapman Partnership’s Culinary Arts Program lead by Chef Betancourt won the vegetarian category in the “Taste of Everything” competition presented by the Education Fund. Their savory roasted beet pudding was a crowd favorite!

2016 Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
**Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Founding Chairman
*Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, Chairman
*Trish Bell, Chairman Emeritus
*Robert E. Chisholm, FAIA, Past Chairman
*Dr. Evalina Bestman, Vice Chair
*Tomas P. Erban, Vice Chair
*Osmond C. Howe, Jr. Vice Chair
*Jonah Pruitt, III, Vice Chair
*Jorge R. Villacampa, Vice Chair
*Bonnie M. Crabtree, Secretary
*Tom Huston, Jr., Treasurer
*H. Daniel Vincent, President & CEO
Richard B. Adams, Jr., Esq.
Timothy M. Adams
Julie. A Baird
Jon Batchelor
Sandy Batchelor
*Rob Bowlby
Paula Brockway
*Guillermo G. Castillo
Armando Codina
Terry Curry
Deborah Davidson
Nancy J. Davis
Thomas B. Davis
Scott Desharnais
Paul J. DiMare
Alan Eisenberg
*Gerardo B. Fernandez
Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields
Jose M. Gonzalez
Nancy Hector
Elsie Howard
Sherrill Hudson
*Edward Joyce
Larry Kahn
Steven C. Kirk
**R. Kirk Landon
Rev. Richard Ledgister
John M. Malloy, Jr.
Brent McLaughlin
Marisa T. Mendez
Bronwyn C. Miller
Robert R. Munoz
Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin
*Allan Pekor
Fatima Perez
Peter Pruitt
Philip M. Reagan
Evan Rees
Rev. Mark T. Reeves
Raquel Regalado
*Carlos Saballos, nextgen President 
Brigid Cech Samole
Dale Chapman Webb
Tracy R. Slavens
Jay A. Steinman
Stefan H. Zachar, III
Emeritus Board Members
Hon. Mike H. Abrams
**William H. Allen, Jr.
Jill Beach
Hon. Edward Bullard
**Annette Eisenberg
Dr. Douglas C. Harris
Adolfo Henriques
Dr. Frank Jacobs
Glendon Johnson
**R. Kirk Landon
Lynn B. Lewis
Carlos Migoya
William L. Morrison
Aaron S. Podhurst,Esq
John W. Reynolds
Kenneth G. Sellers
Rev. Thom Shafer
Mark Small
Dr. John Uribe
Joanna Wragg
Associate Board Members
Sara Adler.
Maria Beguiristain
Yolanda Berkowitz
Stephen H. Bittel
**Philip Corey

Thomas M. Cornish
Jesus Diaz, Jr.
Jose M. Diaz
**Dr. Stephen J. Dresnick
Thomas Franklin
Robert V. Glaser
Maritza Gutierrez
Dr. Rosemary F. Hall, RN
Ron Magill
Robert McKinney, Esq.
Dennis Pastrana
Bruce Rubin
Jacob Solomon
Michael Swerdlow
Bill R. Tillett

*Denotes Executive Committee Members / ** Deceased

Board Dates

Meetings are scheduled for 8 a.m at 1550 North Miami Avenue, unless otherwise advised.

board dates

Gift of Giving

Thanks to our Generous Donors (July 2015-October 2015)

Harry F. Duncan Foundation, Inc.
J.N. McArthur Foundation
Scott Weyman
Trish & Dan Bell
Volunteer Florida
Yolanda Berkowitz
Baptist Health South
Ameriprise Financial
Brickell Trust 8th Street Property, LLC
Deloitte, LLP
Edward J. Joyce
Greater Miami Chapter RIMS
Hobbs Foundation
Jane Gold
Jo Anne Davidson
Linda Corey
Mary & George Herbert Zimmerma Fdn.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Micky & Madeleine Arison
Samuel & Mary Thatcher Foundation
Sara H. Woodruff Foundation
Sherrill Hudson
Tammy Huff
The Prentice Foundation
Fidelity Foundation
Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
Sherrill Hudson
Solomon Family Foundation
St. Christopher’s By-The-Sea

Assurant Foundation
D. Richard Mead Charitable Foundation
Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.
Joseph and Sherrie Garfield Charitable Fdt.
JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA
Leslie Miller Saiontz
Ocean Bank

Upcoming Events

Questions? Contact Grace Ugalde-Wolpert at 305-329-3081 or gugalde@chapmanpartnership.org

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