CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIANS: ‘Brevard Relief for the Bahamas’ Aids Victims Devastated by Hurricane Dorian

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The power of community!

On September 4, 2019, two separate, notable efforts began in Brevard County, both with the same goal: to provide immediate assistance and make a positive difference to all of those living in the Bahamas who were devastated by Hurricane Dorian. The next morning they joined forces on Aerospace Drive at warehouse 4A, which collectively formed Brevard Relief for the Bahamas lead by John Casey, Korbel Ballard, Paul Alfrey, Tim Thomas, Miguel Estremera, Shawn Thomas and Isaac Silver.

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On September 4, 2019, two separate, notable efforts began in Brevard County, both with the same goal: to provide immediate assistance and make a positive difference to all of those living in the Bahamas who were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

The next morning they joined forces on Aerospace Drive at warehouse 4A, which collectively formed Brevard Relief for the Bahamas lead by John Casey, Korbel Ballard, Paul Alfrey, Tim Thomas, Miguel Estremera, Shawn Thomas and Isaac Silver.

The power of community blossomed from there as each of them reached out via phone and social media requests for help from our community.

Casey, Alfrey and Tim Thomas not only secured the 7,200 square foot warehouse, but they aligned with Silver of Florida Tech Aviation, and Florida Tech’s College of Aeronautics Estremera and Shawn Thomas who put the first plane in flight.

Tim Thomas quickly drummed up The Sea Cadets and Viera High School’s Jr. ROTC program to help sort donations and load the planes while Casey and Shawn Thomas manned the warehouse and volunteers around the clock.

Brevard Relief for the Bahamas has flown dozens of aircraft missions and numerous vessels to Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, Sandy Point, Freeport and North Eluthera. Through the power of the Brevard County community, they have sent over 100 generators and 46,600 pounds of supplies to assist the Bahamians devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.

Korbel Ballard, an Indialantic resident trained in disaster relief through her service in the AmeriCorps, contacted the Bahama’s Prime Minister and secured immediate plane clearance for their first flights into Sandy Point and Marsh Harbour flown by Silver and Estremera.

Ballard’s son’s scouting with Holy Trinity Boy Scout Troop 323 enabled her not only secure Holy Trinity as the Melbourne drop location but, also opened the flood gates to everything that Scouting instills: service to the community.

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State Representative Randy Fine, who had been receiving a large volume of supplies for the relief effort at his office in Palm Bay and was among those that flew to the Bahamas to assist the effort.

“I’m humbled to be joining our supply run to the Abacos,” said Fine.

Brevard Relief for the Bahamas has flown dozens of aircraft missions and numerous vessels to Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, Sandy Point, Freeport and North Eluthera.

Through the power of the Brevard County community, they have sent over 100 generators and 46,600 pounds of supplies to assist the Bahamians devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.

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2018 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS SET NOV. 7

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.
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Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created in 2009 by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.

TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fundraising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2019 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2019 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and on SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com soon.

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HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL HONOREES INCLUDE:

• Evan Ernst, ‘Who We Play For’
• Healthy Start Coalition
• Community Foundation of Brevard
• Col. Nathan Thomas
• Space Coast Area Transit
• Friends of Children of Brevard County
• Lanette Sanders
• Bryan Lober
• 321 Millennials
• Brevard Zoo
• K9 Junny, BCSO Ambassador
• National Veterans Homeless Support
• Brevard Relief for Bahamas
• Rock Paper Simple
• Brevard Hispanic Center
• Pilot Club of Titusville
• Brevard Rescue Mission
• Tom and Sue Walker
• Heroes on the Water
• Love Stitches
• Matt Susin
• Bruce Buggs
• Sandra Pelham
• Denise Farias
• Brevard Civilian/Military Foundation
• Tim Deratany, Lifetime Achievement honoree

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Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers.

HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER HONOREES:

• Linda Shatzer, Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center
• Jama Sibley, Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital
• Janet MacKenzie, Melbourne Regional Medical Center
• April Marino, Health First’s Viera Hospital
• Catherine Shelton, Rockledge Regional Medical Center
• Susan Testa, Sebastian River Medical Center
• Pat Weber, Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital
• Dennis Jones, Parrish Medical Center

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER HONOREES:

• Haywood Davidson, Hospice Of St. Francis
• Val Johnson, Hospice Of Health First
• Kareen Williams, Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice
• Leslie Miller, Vitas Hospice

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JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING

This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by All Points, Erdman Automotive, Health First, Clear Choice Health Care, Florida Prep, Total Home Roofing, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Paper Simple, Embrace Home Loans, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Friday Night Locker Room, Safari Mail House and SpaceCoastDaily.com.

Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

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For more information or to make a reservation to attend the 2019 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala, call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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