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Chad Bernstein: The Music Man

Guitars Over Guns A renowned musician and teacher, Bernstein has spent much of his life drawing inspiration from music, but it was his sense of community that drew him to become a “social entrepreneur.” Bernstein says growing up in a family that...

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Mercedes Sorensen: A Sense of Panther Pride

Paws For Panthers Background Counting three siblings and three children as Palmetto students and alum, Mercedes Sorensen was no stranger to the halls of Palmetto Senior High School (PHS). But even after years of volunteering, and six as a PTSA Board...

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Paw Power – Paws 4 You

Name: Lisa Merkin Organization: Paws 4 You paws4you.org Background: Lisa Merkin’s work with animals has been a true lifelong calling, beginning back in childhood and evolving into her dedication to Paws 4 You. “I have always been involved with...

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Fighting Like a Girl

Name: Beth Armstrong Organization: Race for the Cure raceforthecure.org Background: For Armstrong, raising money for breast cancer research isn’t just a cause; it’s a personal mission. The 40-year-old mother of three boys was, herself, diagnosed...

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Cause for a KISS

Name: Lauren Davis Organization: The KISS Initiative facebook.com/theKISSinitiative Background: Established in May 2015, the KISS Initiative helps pediatric stroke survivors via a restricted fund within the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation by...

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Leader of the Pack

Name: Marie C. Fernandez Organization: Pack of Dogs www.packofdogs.org Background: As acting Managing Partner of  Imagery Creative Communications, Fernandez spends much of her day immersed in the world of corporate marketing and communications, but...

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The Glory of Giving

Name: Mercy Mesa Organization: The Glory House of Miami www.gloryhouseofmiami.org Background: Though Mesa began her career as a jewelry designer, the mom of five found her true calling in fundraising, eventually using her talents for event planning...

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