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The Ann Storck Center in Ft Lauderdale, one of South Florida’s leading nonprofit organizations, has recently been chosen as a top nonprofit and is the 2009 recipient of the coveted Sapphire Award given out by The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida. The Ann Storck Center was selected for their work in improving the health of Florida’s uninsured and underserved. The award also includes a gift of $100,000 for Ann Storck Center.

The Sapphire Award is Florida’s only statewide award that recognizes and promotes organizations that have demonstrated excellence in addressing health disparities within their communities.

“It was an honor to be one of the seven finalists,” said Jim McGuire, the Ann Storck Center’s Executive Director.  “We are so grateful to the Blue Foundation for selecting us for their Sapphire Award. Their gift of $100,000, so greatly needed during these hard economic times, will be used to help the center continue serving individuals in need for years to come.”

The Sapphire Award is designed to recognize and promote community health programs that have demonstrated a significant, positive impact on health-related outcomes for the state’s at-risk citizens and communities. An independent selection committee of medical, public health and health communications experts from across the country determines The Sapphire Award honorees.

Fifty years ago, Nurse Ann Storck brought hope and a chance to gain independence to a special group of children who were developmentally disabled.  Today, the Ann Storck Center, named in her honor, serves over 300 children and adults with severe and multiple developmental disabilities, including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism and mental retardation.

A nationally-accredited non-profit human service organization, the Ann Storck Center neighborhood campus in Fort Lauderdale features a preschool for infants and toddlers up to five years old, a developmental training program, and three family-like homes for children and adults with severe and/or multiple disabilities. The Center also operates five professionally staffed and equipped homes in other local neighborhoods, including the Gizmo House, a high-tech “smart” single family home for six residents, and the Pembroke Pines Cluster.

The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida, Inc., is the philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida created as a 501(c)(3) philanthropic foundation that supports community-based solutions that enhance access to quality health-related services for the uninsured and underserved in Florida.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Feb 2 2010. Filed under Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Local news, Non-profit organizations, Pembroke Pines. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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