Switchboard Miami All Star Awards Luncheon
Host Committee Chair Alex Ramos visits the City Year Miami booth

This year, Switchboard honored seven nonprofit winners

Switchboard, Miami’s premier information and referral services nonprofit, held its Third Annual All Star Awards Luncheon at Jungle Island. In preparation for this event, seventeen judges, including entertainment lawyer Steven Machat, HOPE Founder and Dean of the University of Miami Marni Lennon and many other esteemed community members, volunteered their time to judge countless nonprofit nominations in six different categories. The seventh award category, the Miami All Star Award, was determined by Switchboard’s social media-based competition where nominees submitted their logo, which was added to an album on Switchboard’s Facebook page; the non-profit with the most “likes” on their logo won the competition. This year’s Miami All Star winner was City Year Miami, with almost 200 “likes.”

At this fall luncheon, Switchboard honored over 20 non-profit finalists and presented the awards to seven winners. The applications were narrowed down to 3-5 finalists per category and award winners include the NE 2nd Avenue Partnership, Lotus House, Educate Tomorrow, Best Buddies Miami, I Am Able Fitness, and FANM.

The event was MC’d by Barry Johnson, CEO and President of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Title Sponsor was the Miami Dolphins. Other notable sponsors include the Goldstein Schecter Koch, BDO, Interamerica Data Florida, Kimley-Horn, the Miami Marlins. Switchboard is looking forward to hosting its Fourth Annual All Star Awards next October 2015.

For more information about the All Star Awards, or Switchboard’s other events, please contact Kristyn Greco at kgreco@switchboardmiami.org

Winners of the All Star Awards pose: iAm Able Fitness, Educate Tomorrow, City Year Miami, NE2P, Best Buddies, Lotus House, and FAMN.

The Hall of All Stars Showcased over 20 NonProfits

The All Star Awards was held at Jungle Island.

At the Hall of All Stars, Catalyst Miami teaches community members about its services

Winner of the Collaboration Award, Educate Tomorrow presents its organization.

Members of the Miami Marlins enjoy supporting Switchboard’s All Star Awards

Clyde Wright from Brown and Brown, his staff member, and Dan Kearns from United Way Broward connect at the All Star Awards

Switchboard staff members debut in front of the step and repeat

Alex Ramos, Board Member and Host Committee Chair, presents the All Star Awards.

Alex Buznego, board member and Miami Marlins staff member, speaks about the Miami All Star Award winner, City Year Miami.

Title Sponsor, the Miami Dolphins, made the All Star Awards memorable and festive with its cheerleaders

Over 450 community members joined for the Third Annual All Star Awards

United Way Broward joins Switchboard at the All Star Awards

Jeff Struchtemeyer, Alex Ramos, NE2P, and David Mack pose as NE2P wins the MVP All Star Award.

David Mack, senior group sales manager, from the Miami Dolphins speaks about how we are all “stronger together”:

Switchboard COO Jeff Struchtemeyer helps host the awards ceremony.

Alex Ramos, Ana Melendez from FPL, Azra and Virginia from the Lotus House, and Jeff Struchtemeyer pose as Lotus House wins the Innovation Award.

Jeff Struchtemeyer, Switchboard COO, inspires and greets over 450 community members.

The Chapman Partnership, nonprofit All Star Award finalist and sponsor of the event, supports Switchboard.

Winners of the All Star Awards pose: iAm Able Fitness, Educate Tomorrow, City Year Miami, NE2P, Best Buddies, Lotus House, and FAMN.

Industry professionals reconnect and network at the All Star Awards