By TML Staff
On Tuesday, September 30th, Miami-Dade County’s Deputy Mayor Russell Benford shared an official proclamation from the county declaring the day, Touching Miami with Love Day! This presentation occurred at Touching Miami with Love’s ﬁrst annual our BIG Dreamers Award Luncheon in the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island as we honored those who have helped fulﬁll BIG Dreams for the Overtown children, youth, and adults we serve.
Event guests heard stories from one of our parents, Joyce, whose 4 children have all attended TML. Joyce shared of the impact of TML on her children’s lives and thanked supporters in the crowd for making it all possible. We also heard from former participant and now TML staff member, Isaac, who shared how TML helped him stay on track to graduate, enter college, and later join our staff as a TML coach.
BIG Dreamer awards were presented to our long-time partners. First among them was Florida CBF with Coordinator with Ray Johnson accepting on behalf of the many churches and individuals who make up the Florida CBF network. We’re grateful for CBF FL’s beginning BIG dream in 1996 of raising $800,000 to purchase a building for TML and expand our work and for their continuing support today.
We also honored Christ Journey with Pastor Bill White accepting on behalf of the many in the church family who have served on our board, volunteered, and parƟcipaƟng in their many City Serve outreaches at TML. Lastly, we gave an award to Amy Zambrano founder of a community group on Key Biscayne, Island Angels. We recognized her outstanding contributions to TML through her in-kind donations and fundraising efforts for TML that included single-handedly raising funds for the purchase of our 30 passenger mini-bus!
Bill Hansen, of Bill Hansen Executive Catering, brought words of inspiration and challenge to the guests. His impressive bio includes catering for four U.S. Presidents, Pope John Paul II, and champion Super Bowl teams. We’re excited to have Bill bring his over 45 years of entrepreneurial experience to our middle school students through a newly formed partnership at TML.
From Kindergarten readiness to college success, Touching Miami with Love has been empowering the children and youth of Overtown since 1995 and we honored three BIG Dreamers.
Learn about the engaging programs and services TML provides at www.touchingmiamiwithlove.org
Touching Miami With Love (TML) began as a collaboration of Central Baptist Church in Miami and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) in 1994. CBF placed field personnel in Miami to assess the community and start work. CBF continues to provide the compensation and support of TML’s two lead directors, Jason and Angel Pittman, as well as annual programming support funds. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida has been a key collaborative partner with TML since its inception. CBF-Florida bought the building that houses our ministries and continues to pay all maintenance and utility costs for the building and provides the building rent-free to TML. Learn more about TML here.