Voices For Children tops $700K in fundraising from annual gala
Voices For Children, South Florida’s leading non-profit organization providing court-appointed Guardians ad Litem to neglected children, celebrated its 25th annual “Be A Voice” Gala on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Mandarin Oriental Miami. The intimate upscale gathering raised more than $700,000 to provide financial assistance for children in Miami-Dade County’s foster care system. Additionally, board of director’s chair Vince Castro, board members and gala co-chairs Angel Ferrer and Yolanda Valencia reflected on the importance of collaboration with judges, attorneys, case managers, and Guardians ad Litem to advocate on behalf of foster children. “We are humbled by the support received from our donors, partners, and volunteers shattering our fundraising goal, thus impacting the lives of thousands of children in need,” Castro said. To donate to Voices For Children, visit beavoice.org/donate/ or call 305-324-5678 to learn more about the organization/process to get involved.communitynewspapers.com
No preseason, no problem: NFL rookies shine in strange year
Young and Jefferson made the Pro Bowl, and surely more rookies would have joined them as alternates at the league’s now-canceled all-star game. “It’s crazy unusual for a rookie, I think, to have the type of leadership that Chase has, genuine leadership,” Washington quarterback Alex Smith said. “I think a lot of young guys, especially high picks, I think you feel pressure to do it some way or somehow. “Talk about a rookie coming in, starting every game and just being focused,” Browns Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio said of Wills. “We’re growing and we’re starting to get a hang of the game,” said Dolphins right tackle Robert Hunt, a second-round pick and one of six Miami rookies starting on offense.
Dolphins come up short against Patriots
By Byler HenryThe Dolphins had their first test on Sunday, a road game against the rival Patriots. However, it was his rushing that made it a long day on the defense with 75 rushing yards on 15 carries with 2 touchdowns. Four other running backs and a wide receiver combined for 132 yards rushing and one touchdown. The running game was not much help either with 3 running backs combining for 69 yards and one touchdown, scored by Jordan Howard. This was only the first game and Dolphins fans should not hit the panic button just yet.thewestsidegazette.com