Fort Lauderdale High-Society Rich in Philanthropy

Given the Fort Lauderdale area’s rich culture and diversity, many individuals spend hundreds of hours a year volunteering and participating in local charity events. With a plethora of venues for such events in the area, and the infinite number of causes to support, there are always ways to get involved in South Florida, often while having the time of your life!

This article will feature a number of local charities, all with lavish, fun, and exotic events coming up before years-end.

The Bus Loop Charities in Fort Lauderdale is geared toward the demographic of 21-36 year old young professionals in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding cities. The events include minimal donation amounts (usually not to exceed $25 per person, per event) and the money supports a number of charities, including:

*- Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation

*- Young Professionals for Covenant House

*- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

*- The Riverwalk Trust

*- Broward County Gator Club Scholarships & Jack and Jill Children’s Center

Bus Loop events are held 5 times per year and always feature 10 different restaurants, bars or night clubs on each event. With your wrist band, you get complimentary charter bus or Sun Trolley transportation through the “Bus Loop” and each restaurant, bar or night club offers participants a free drink, food item, or discount. Some featured bars and restaurants in the past include Blue Martini Lounge, B Ocean Resort on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Duffy’s Sports Bar & Grill, Tokyo Blue, and 33rd Street Wine Bar, to name a few.

These events are great for social and professional networking for the 21-36 year old demographic, so plan to bring a number of business cards. It is also a great way to celebrate a birthday, bachelorette party or special event all while giving back to the community. The events are featured on Friday or Saturday evenings, about every two months. More information can be found at

Autism Speaks hosts a number of Charity events in South Florida throughout the year. On Saturday, August 6, 2011, the most glamourous of such events will be held at America’s Backyard in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The event, titled “The Ultimate Ladies Night” is said to feature 2 hours of complimentary open bar from 8 pm – 10 pm, a complementary makeover by Rachel Boyd of Motives by Loren Ridinger, a $20 Gift Certificate for America’s Backyard, a complementary raffle ticket, and a number of local boutique vendors. This event, featuring “Martini’s, Makeovers, and Shopping…” features a low  $10 donation through advanced purchase. More information about this event can be viewed here.

Miami Dolphin’s Special Teams is a community volunteer effort that offers volunteer-incentives to active participants in the area.
“The Miami Dolphins Special Teams is a unique volunteer organization created to enlist and mobilize the ongoing services of the community with the Miami Dolphins staff, players and alumni. The mission of the Special Teams is to offer hands-on services to communities and families in need, to partner with existing organizations on worthwhile social, civic and charitable programs, to provide assistance at Miami Dolphins Foundation events, and to support community efforts in times of emergency (courtesy:”

Through volunteerism with Miami Dolphin’s Special Teams, volunteers can earn complimentary seats to home games as well as discounts on season tickets, Miami Dolphin’s Team Gear, Autographed Footballs, and other, undisclosed prizes. A schedule of events is available here, and most events require volunteers to be 14+ years old. Miami Dolphin’s Special Teams participates in over 700 events annually, featuring charity and fundraising events even for the most distinguished of volunteers. This is a great way to get your children involved with the community, or earn great game seats for the upcoming NFL season with your closest friends.

Volunteering within the Fort Lauderdale area is a great benefit to new and old residents alike, in any age group or within any social status. Being new to the community, it gives you a way to learn about your local area and the make-up of local residents. More events and opportunities are sponsored by the afforementioned charities on a regular basis, always giving the most philanthropic residents an outlet for their kindness.

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