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Focus On South Florida

Aaron Hackman, Broward Walk Volunteer Chair and Neal Shapiro, Autism Speaks Board of Directors & parent of a child with autism (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Autism Speaks

Autism spectrum disorder is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in this country. It is now diagnosed in one in every 68 children, including one in 42 boys. “Autism Speaks” is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Its 2014 Broward Walk raises money for families and individuals affected by autism. In fact, “Walk Now For Autism Speaks” is the single most powerful event to raise critically needed funds for research and awareness. We focus on what the organization does, and the all-important upcoming walk.

My TV 33–09/22/2014

David Brown, Director & Host, Urban Tours Miami (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Urban Tour Host

When you think of South Florida, what comes to mind? In addition to the sun, the sand, and the nightlife, we are surrounded by cultural and ecological treasures. Urban Tours Miami specializes in private and group tours of the area. Its award-winning tours are designed to help you discover, in a new way, areas like Little Havana, Little Haiti, Downtown Miami, Overtown and Wynwood. Tours where you can meet the people who make the art, and cook the cultural delicacies. We focus on the unique way to experience the heart of Miami’s past, present and future.

My TV 33–09/22/2014

Michael Marino, Dan Marino Foundation & Clint Bridges, Everglades Holiday Park (Source: My33)

Focus on South Florida: Autism Awareness

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 30 percent increase from just two years ago. For more than 20 years, the mission of the Dan Marino Foundation has been to empower individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Now the Marino Foundation is getting help promoting autism awareness from a rather unlikely source. We focus on its partnership with Everglades Holiday Park, and how you can join the cause.

My TV 33–09/15/2014

Stefanie Lenahan, United Way of Miami-Dade & Alvin Blake, ReadingPals Volunteer (Source: My33)

Focus on South Florida: ReadingPals

Research shows that 60 percent of all fourth graders in this country are not reading at grade level. That puts them at risk to fall behind in school and become discouraged. And these kids are four times more likely to drop out of high school. The United Way of Miami-Dade’s ReadingPals program helps children improve their literacy skills, starting when kids are in preschool. We focus on how the program works and the need for volunteers to help the program grow.

My TV 33–09/15/2014

SantaMarie Arocho, Graduate, Guitars Over Guns (Source: My33)

Focus on South Florida: Guitars Over Guns

Guitars Over Guns, or GOGO, is a local nonprofit organization, which provides after-school mentoring to at-risk youth. It does so through music education and performance as an alternative to the gang recruitment, drugs and violence that typically dominate their environments. We focus on how this unique program works, and the impact it is having on local students.

My TV 33–09/15/2014

Tito Puente Jr., Bandleader and festival performer (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: 2014 Florida Documentary Film Festival

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality. “DocMiami” is a nonprofit, dedicated to promoting the best that documentary filmmaking has to offer worldwide. DocMiami presents an annual film festival to promote the art form. We focus on the 2014 Florida Documentary Film Festival, presented by DocMiami, which is set for Friday September 12 and Saturday Sept. 13 in Boca Raton.

My TV 33–09/08/2014

Mario Bencomo, Cuban-American artist (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: “The Miami Generation: Revisited”

In 1983, Miami’s former Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture presented the groundbreaking exhibition “The Miami Generation”. It brought together the work of nine emerging artists from Miami’s Cuban exile community. Now, more than 30 years later, NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale picks up where the exhibition left off, with “the Miami Generation: Revisited”. The new exhibit features works created since 1983 by the original nine artists. We focus on the new works, with the help of one of the original artists and the exhibit’s curator.

My TV 33–09/08/2014

George Siller, Vice Chairman Tunnel to Towers Foundation (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Tunnel to Towers Foundation & 5K Run

The 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is here. So is the “Tunnel to Towers” walk and run in Fort Lauderdale, of which CBS4 is a proud sponsor. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was started by the family of Stephen Siller, one of the firefighters who died responding to the 9/11 attacks. The money raised goes to help the families of first responders and military heroes who made sacrifices in the line of duty. We focus on all the amazing work done by the foundation, and how you can get involved in this worthwhile cause.

My TV 33–09/08/2014

Djenaba Gregory Faal, Delou Africa (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival

We look ahead to the 5th annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida. Its mission is to preserve African-American heritage here — and does so in a way everyone can enjoy— through food, music and dance. This year’s theme is “bridging cultural gaps”. We focus on why the festival is significant, and what it has to offer. We are also joined in the studio by 4 performers — dancers and drummers who will be participating in next month’s event.

08/25/2014

Dr. Joe Underwood   (Source: CBS4)

Focus on South Florida: Let’s Hear it For the Refs

The Greater Miami Athletic Conference Football Officers Association has been serving the student-athletes of public and private schools in South Florida for more than 75 years. They work over 400 high school football games per season in Miami-Dade county alone. They are a group of dedicated referees and officials, but their goals of community service take them way beyond the football field. We focus on their mission and how you can help them achieve their goals.

My TV 33–08/25/2014

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