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Alonzo Mourning, Publix, Fedex gives Thanksgiving dinners to 500 families


MIAMI (WSVN) – Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning was on hand to give out Thanksgiving turkeys to 500 families, Tuesday morning.

Mourning and volunteers began Tuesday morning at a Southwest Miami-Dade Publix where they loaded up Thanksgiving meals, and then traveled to the Overtown Youth Center to pass them out to hundreds of families.

“There’s a lot of under-served families here in South Florida,” Mourning said. Many of us kind of get caught up in our own busy daily lives and not realize that about a quarter of our population here in South Florida live below the poverty level.”

This is the 16th Thanksgiving Mourning and his partners, Publix and FedEx, have distributed holiday meals to families in Overtown and Little Haiti.

“He’s taking his time to provide a meal for every family that is enrolled in the Overtown Youth Center, and I’m thankful,” said Overtown resident Libiada Modesto.

The meals include a full turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables and desert.

“Those that can’t pick the meals up, we deliver the meals to their homes,” Mourning said.

On Thanksgiving day, Mourning will surprise 10 pre-selected families at their homes and deliver fully-cooked meals.

“We tend to forget there’s a lot of people, a lot of people out there that are a lot less fortunate than we are.” Mourning said.

Mourning says if you want to volunteer at any point during the year, go to overtownyouth.org or mourningfamilyfoundation.org.

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Donan pavo para honrar espíritu de Acción de Gracias en Miami


Los hermanos Jojo y Jeante Rivero con su madre María Rivero muestran el lunes los alimentos distribuidos por Kiwanis Club en la escuela Phillis Wheatley Elementary School.

Los hermanos Jojo y Jeante Rivero con su madre María Rivero muestran el lunes los alimentos distribuidos por Kiwanis Club en la escuela Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. C.M. GUERRERO. cmguerrero@elnuevoherald.com

El agradecer a Dios por una buena cosecha, renueva los sentimientos de solidaridad y a partir de este lunes moviliza acciones por parte de diversas organizaciones y personalidades del sur de Florida.

El noble gesto de dar, en ofrenda a la gratitud, comenzó este lunes, beneficiando a 150 residentes de Smathers Plaza, por parte del Club Kiwanis de la Pequeña Habana. Los miembros de la familia se deleitaron con los diversos componentes del plato de Día de Acción de Gracias, así como con actividades y entretenimiento en vivo, durante la décimo sexta edición de la reunión que por esta festividad ha llevado a cabo este club afiliado a Kiwanis Internacional, organización de voluntarios sin fines de lucro dedicada a servir a los niños de sus respectivas comunidades.

A partir de este martes, la décimo sexta edición de las “33 acciones de gracias” de la Fundación de la Familia Mourning proveerá más de 400 comidas, por el Día de Acción de Gracias , a familias del sur de la Florida. La organización del célebre basquetbolista Alonzo Mourning, ofrecerá platos con todas las guarniciones (puré de papas y salsa, relleno, salsa de naranja y té helado) a grupos familiares que han sido seleccionados de las comunidades de Overtown y Little Haití.

Esta organización de “33 acciones” será posible por las contribuciones de los supermercados Publix, la empresa FedEx así como el esfuerzo de las organizaciones Overtown Youth Center y Honey Shine. Este martes, a las 9:00 am, en el supermercado Publix de la 2270 SW 27 Avenida, en Miami, Alonzo Mourning, miembros del equipo de las organizaciones patrocinantes y voluntarios prepararán las más de 400 comidas y las montarán en un camión, a fin de que estén listas para su despacho. A las 4:00 pm, numerosas familias recibirán la comida en el Overtown Youth Center, en 450 NW 14 Street en Miami. En la mañana del jueves, Alonzo Mourning y su familia tocarán la puerta de 10 familias el Día de Acción de Gracias, con una caravana que saldrá a las 8:00 am, desde el Overtown Youth Center.

En el marco de esta festividad, también se anunció que Gloria y Emilio Estefan serán los anfitriones de la novena edición del Día de Acción de Gracias “Feed a Friend”, (alimentar a un amigo), en Bongos Cuban Café, en Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, actividad a beneficio de diversas organizaciones que servirán comida para los desamparados y familias menos favorecidas y que efectuará el próximo jueves 24 de noviembre, a las 12 del mediodía.

Los invitados se deleitarán con tradicionales platos americanos y clásicos cubanos y de esta manera harán posible la iniciativa Feed a friend,que brindará apoyo a los desamparados y familias en transición de Big Brother, Big Sister y Boys & Girls Club (en Borward), Children’s Harbor, Covenant House, Feeding South Florida, Hispanic Unity of South Florida, No More Tears, SOS Children’s Villages, Touchline Seniors, Winterfest, Women in Distress y 211 Broward”.

Se prevé que celebridades locales formen parte de la línea de servicio para los asistentes al Cuban Café en Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5733 Seminole Way Hollywood, Florida.

Por su parte, veterinarios agrupados en la organización Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists están ayudando a personas del sur de la Florida, con una donación de aproximadamente 2,400 libras de pavo a la organización caritativa Pantry of Broward, en el marco del Día de Acción de Gracias.

Pantry of Broward es una organización caritativa que provee cajas de 55 libras de comida para más de 400 familias en el Condado de Broward al mes. Las personas interesadas en ayudar a que Pantry of Broward provea comida a aquellos en situación precaria este Día de Acción de Gracias, puede hacerlo enviando comida no perecedera a la Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists en 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, o a la oficina de Pantry of Broward en 610 NW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale.

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Large donation made by local auto dealership


MIAMI (WSVN) – A generous donation was made, Wednesday, to a South Florida community.

Warren Henry Auto Group donated $25,000 to the Overtown Youth Center. “I like to feel like we’ve created a vehicle here where individuals can connect themselves to our brand and continue to help our effort so that we can continue to graduate more kids,” said Mourning Family Foundation and former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning.

Mourning, whose family foundation supports the youth center, was on hand to receive the donation.

The foundation has served more than 700 students in South Florida.

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Flanked by Mournings, Clinton drops in on Overtown


Fidgety students awaited their big visitor Tuesday evening inside the cheerfully painted walls of the Overtown Youth Center.

“Hello, everybody,” Hillary Clinton greeted them as she walked in. She was met with a few gasps.

It was a day before Florida’s extended deadline for voters to register before the Nov. 8 election. Clinton was spending precious minutes with children mostly too young to sign up.

Some of them, though, would be taking part in their first election — if they filled out the paperwork in time.

“Get in the game,” they were urged — not by Clinton herself, but by a prominent donor and local philanthropist: Tracy Mourning, the wife of former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning.

The Mournings guided Clinton through the center, which opened in 2003 as a project of the Mourning Family Foundation. Students gathered for after-school programs, including one focusing on culinary arts and another designed around college prep.

That gave Clinton an opening to pitch her affordable-college plan.

“We’re going to get that cost down,” she pledged.

Even if most of the students couldn’t cast ballots for her, perhaps some of their parents could. So Clinton specifically mentioned HBCU’s — historically black colleges and universities. “I’m going to pay special attention to those, because they’ve done a great job,” she said.

There was not a single mention of Donald Trump.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Clinton had stumped at a rally at Miami Dade College — also aimed at attracting young voters — centered on climate change. Her unannounced Overtown stop was intended to highlight Clinton’s work for children and families. That it gave a little publicity to a pair of big-name campaign contributors didn’t hurt. Neither did its location in the heart of black Miami, where Clinton has tried to boost her popularity to closer approximate President Barack Obama’s.

The neighborhood seemed pleased to have her. Several young kids clad in school uniforms outside the center’s front door saw through a chain-link fence as Clinton entered.

“Hillary Clinton!” a little girl squealed, long after Clinton was out of sight.

Locker cleanout at Miami Country Day benefits Overtown students


Blaise Pronesti, who organized the volunteer effort at Miami Country Day School, sorts through school supplies.


Blaise Pronesti, who organized the volunteer effort at Miami Country Day School, sorts through school supplies.

Roberto Koltun
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It’s the end of the school year and that means lots of school supplies, books and backpacks have to find a home.

Thanks to an entrepreneurial Miami Country Day student, these items and more will be collected, refurbished and donated to students at the Overtown Youth Center.

Last week, Blaise Pronesti, 15, a rising junior at County Day, organized a school-wide locker cleanout on behalf of Bind Us Together, a nonprofit founded last year by his parents to facilitate their son’s efforts.

When the cleanout was finished, more than 20 bins were filled and loaded into a U-Haul truck.

“It’s a long process, but it is all worth it in the end,” Blaise said. “It’s really good to give back to the community.”

Blaise learned about the Youth Center in eighth grade, after completing community service there with his school. That’s when he found out that someone had been shot a week earlier, just one block from the center.

Blaise reached out to Miami Country Day Upper School Dean José Oronoz to see if they could collect discarded items from the upcoming locker clean-out. Oronoz agreed. That was last year, which was done at the last moment.

“We collected and donated about 1,200 items,’’ Blaise said.

This year, the initiative was more organized. The school made an announcement three days before the massive clean-out. Also, three schools were added to the initiative, including RASG Hebrew Academy, Miami Beach High School and Nautilus Middle School.

At 8:45 a.m. June 2, volunteers came dressed in white shirts, with the organization’s name and logo written on the front, to wrap up the process. The bins were marked for the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.

“We decided to set up the bins to make it easier for middle school students to place their items in,” said Danny Cross, 16, a volunteer and friend of Blaise. “This initiative is really important, it’s so important to help others and give back to the community.”

Now that the items are collected, the next step is to refurbish and donate them to the center. There, Executive Director Tina Brown and Development Director Yance Torres oversee the distribution process.

“To ensure that the process goes smoothly, we pre-package the items into backpacks for students,” Torres said. “Students are then called based on grade level to pick up their backpack.

“No one wants to start the first day of school with a broken backpack,” she said. “How a child feels and performs in school is directly connected to their success.”

Meanwhile, Blaise is already thinking about next year, adding more schools and volunteers.

“This was a lot of fun, working with friends makes it that much more meaningful,” said Brandon Arriaga, 15, a volunteer. “We’re bonding while doing something for our community.”

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