Registration deadlines are approaching for the annual Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run. The Corporate Run is turning 30 this year. It is about having fun, getting healthy and boosting company morale. CBS4 is a proud sponsor of the event which attracts more than 12-hundred local companies and 35-thousand corporate participants. We focus on how you can get involved.
Feeding South Florida’s mission is to end hunger here by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through programming and education. Its fifth annual march against hunger is next Saturday– an opportunity for all of us to help make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling to put food on the table. And you might be surprised how many South Floridians are going hungry.
The curtain goes up in just a few days on the 32nd annual Miami International Film Festival. One of the films making its world premiere is called “Dawg Fight”. It is a brutal expose on underground backyard mixed martial arts fighting in one of South Florida’s toughest neighborhoods. It is directed by Florida native Billy Corben, who is best known for his documentaries “Cocaine Cowboys”, “The U” and “The U Part Two”. We focus on Corben’s new film in particular and the festival in general.
A disturbing trend in South Florida is putting all of our children in potential danger. An increase in youth violence here has resulted in teens killing teens, sometimes with guns brought to school, and teens committing suicide as a result of bullying. “Let’s Talk It Out” is a program whose goal it is to introduce simple techniques to youth and teens to resolve conflicts. We focus on the program, how it works, and if it’s helping.
South Florida has long been a premier tourist destination for any number of reasons. Well now you can add gay destination weddings to that list. On Valentine’s Day last weekend— in honor of Broward County’s centennial and the recent rulings legalizing same sex marriage in Florida, the city of Wilton Manors hosted free marriage ceremonies for 100 people. We focus on this event in particular and the bigger picture of gay marriage as big business in Florida.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters is a donor and volunteer supported organization that transforms the lives of at-risk children through adult mentor relationships. Later this month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami will hold its annual gala—- this comes on the heels of even bigger news—- a five million dollar donation. We focus on that and the powerful results of mentoring.
Imagine for a minute not having access to clean drinking water. That is a fact of life for one-point-one billion people worldwide. A local nonprofit organization is dedicated to changing that.. “A Spring of Hope” was founded by Joanne Young and her daughter Brittany, after they visited South Africa several years ago. Since then ASOH has drilled nearly a dozen wells near schools in those areas, providing not only water, but also vegetation. We focus on the importance of the work they do and how you can help.
Join us on a journey with a Haitian-American filmmaker to find her roots. Four years in the making, Rachelle Salnave’s documentary uncovered a movement of Haitians on a quest to change the face of their country .”La Belle Vie: The Good Life” premiered earlier this month at the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Toronto Black Film Festival.
Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood has been serving young patients for more than 20 years. The Tour de Broward is a fitness and recreational event whose fundraising support and benefits the hospital. The sixth annual Tour de Broward is later this month. We focus on the fundraiser, how you can participate and how it benefits sick children in South Florida.
The late Doris Ison of Florida City was a visionary and trailblazer. Dissatisfied with health care for African-Americans, Ison broke barriers in 1971 and created a health center in south Miami-Dade, which today has grown into Community Health of South Florida Incorporated, serving thousands of South Floridians from all walks of life. To coincide with Black History Month, C-H-I is planning a special tribute to Ison.