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Catalyst Miami celebrates 10 years of Prosperity Campaign

Catalyst Miami celebrates 10 years of Prosperity Campaign

Pictured (l-r) are Noreen Timoney, Jeannett Slesnick, Ginger Jochem and Don Slesnick.

Catalyst Miami (formerly the Human Services Coalition), founded in 1995 as a Miami-based nonprofit organization, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its award-winning Prosperity Campaign.

Recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Agriculture, Ford Foundation and others, the Prosperity Campaign serves low to moderate income Miami residents. Linking them to vital services and teaching them to “fish,” the campaign has brought millions of dollars into this community and stimulated the local economy.

Catalyst Miami has been known as a hub for community and economic development for 16 years. Catalyst identifies and launches innovative strategies to help people and communities thrive. Catalyst Miami is a platform that works through a network of partner organizations and together linking people with financial education and support, healthcare information and options, public benefits and economic opportunities.

This year was the 10th anniversary of the Prosperity Campaign and a celebration for this occasion took place at the home of Daniella Levine, president and CEO of Catalyst Miami, and Rob Cava, MD.

“The Prosperity Campaign increases the standard of living for tens of thousands each year,” said Levine, Catalyst founder. “It has been copied around the state and nation.”

In celebration of helping the community become more prosperous, former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick and Jeannett Slesnick were honored with a lifetime achievement award for their continued dedication to residents’ well-being. Barbara Romani of Citibank was honored with the Prosperity Builder Award in recognition of her commitment to community development.

Jeannett Slesnick expressed gratitude for the recognition.

“We are so excited to be a part of the dynamic work of Catalyst Miami,” Slesnick said.

“The Slesnicks are the ultimate power couple. They use their prestige and success for the benefit of the entire community,” Catalyst board chair Claire Raley said in presenting the award. “They are a tremendous role model for our times.”

The evening included live music by the Grammy-nominated band The Spam All-stars, as well as a surprise guest star appearance by Alex Marley.

More information on the campaign is available online at www.prosperitycampaign.org.

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