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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Pantry of Broward Turns One Year Old

The Pantry of Broward is now one year old.  In July of 2008 The Pantry of Broward opened its doors to serve and support its clients by providing food and support services to seniors in need on low fixed incomes and grandparents raising grandchildren in Broward County.   Founded by BJ Buntrock and CEO Penny Loughan, The Pantry of Broward was created to help these two underserved populations of our community.  Now after one year The Pantry of Broward is serving over 300 clients every month.

 One of our clients is Adeline, a mother and grandmother, who will be 80 years old in September. Adeline lived in New York for over 30 years; she raised two sons and worked as a nurse’s technician and aid in a local hospital.  After retiring she relocated to Florida, initially living with one of her sons in Orlando.  After a period of time, she realized that she wanted to be independent and have some privacy. 
Adeline knew it would be financially difficult to make it completely on her own on the small social security check she was receiving.  She applied for Section 8 housing assistance and after waiting for three years for an apartment to open up, her prayers were answered.

She is so grateful for the added help from The Pantry of Broward.  If not for the additional food and support assistance, Adeline would not be able to make ends meet.  “I don’t really like to cook, so I open the food box and I can warm up items and make simple meals for myself.”
Adeline, like so many other seniors in our community, worked hard all her life, paid taxes, raised a family and simply wants to live her golden years as an independent and proud woman.  These are our clients.

Posted by: rick gomez @ 5:00:48 pm 
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April 2017 Member of the Month 

Dr. Beatriz Perez, Middle River Animal Hospital

Dr. Beatriz Perez has been a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce since 2016, and has helped a number of Chamber members by providing quality medicine and compassionate care to animals.

Middle River Animal Hospital is a locally owned animal hospital that helps maintain the bond between parent and pet. They are a cloud based hospital with the latest equipment to provide the best possible care to animals, also offering house calls and providing in-home hospice care.

As a relatively new member, Dr. Perez understands the importance of networking through the Chamber of Commerce in order to promote her own business as well as encourage other businesses to patronize in our local community. She is an active member of the GLBX Leads groups and shares her experiences with the chamber with the local community. Dr. Perez strives to be a source of information and supports fellow members in order to help maintain and enhance the economic environment in Fort Lauderdale.

Prior to owning Middle River Animal Hospital, Dr. Beatriz Perez studied as the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Previous jobs include working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, after which Dr. Perez attended Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating, she completed a small animal internship and worked locally for 7 years. Middle River Animal Hospital will be having it’s 1 Year Anniversary this year, and Dr. Beatriz Perez is proud to have dedicated her hospital to her beloved pets whom have made her the veterinarian she is today.

When not connecting with other members at the Chamber and running her hospital, Dr. Perez is a supporter of animal rescue groups all over Broward County. She donates services and goods to both animal and non-animal based Non-Profits. She is also currently a partner with Beyond Nine Cat Rescue. In her free time, Dr. Perez enjoys spending time with family and friends. You can find her fishing on a boat with her dad, snorkeling with her husband or travelling the world with friends.