Jazz Gala Highlights!



OIC of South Florida 
"Dances Through The Decades"
to celebrate 15 years of service to
youth and adults in the
South Florida Community!

On Saturday, August 26th, OIC of South Florida (OIC-SFL) transformed the Grand Ballroom at The Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club in Hallandale Beach to host 300 guests at their 15th Anniversary Jazz Gala and Dinner Fundraiser. Guests were treated to the musical stylings of world renowned Jazz vocalist Nicole Henry and her quartet, who provided the perfect ambience for the celebratory evening.

OIC-SFL is a community-based not-for-profit organization that works consistently with the underserved within the South Florida community to provide workforce development, education and training that prepares individuals -youth and adults alike- for the world of work. The occasion was organized to raise funds to aid the organization to further spread their mission work and also, to recognize five honorees who have played a key role in the life of OIC-SFL. Newton Sanon – who has served as President and CEO for the past 16 years addressed his guests saying, “It has been an honor to serve the community and it brings me great satisfaction to know that we are able to help people change their lives by promoting economic self-sufficiency through education, vocational skills training and jobs, which provides them and their families with greater stability. We help make their circumstances better for them and their families.”

Having served in his capacity as Board Chair for the past 13 years, W. George Allen highlighted OIC-SFL’s journey from 3 staff to over 90 employees and its growth from an annual budget of $125,000 to over $8 million, increasing OIC-SFL's opportunities to meet the growing needs of our community.

The distinguished honored guests for the evening were Mason Jackson President & CEO, CareerSource Broward with "The OIC Golden Record Award" for Distinguished Partnership for having awarded their very first contract and consistent partnership throughout the years; American Ambulance Services with “The OIC Distinguished Employer Award" for Employer Partnership (Regional CEO, Charles Maymon accepting award) having employed several persons from the OIC program most notably Quinton Washington who was awarded with "The OIC Distinguished Alumni Award" for Professional Achievement. Mr. Washington was able to successfully transition from the criminal justice system and re-enter society to become a productive member serving now as a Critical Care Paramedic at American Ambulance Services for 10 years. In Mr. Maymon’s thank you, he announced American Ambulance’s commitment to further strengthen and expand its over 10 year relationship with OIC of South Florida by awarding 30 scholarships to train new Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).  

Also recognized was Christopher Dorsey Director, Dillard Center for The Arts Jazz Ensemble "The OIC Golden Record Award" for the Preservation of Jazz and Jazz Education and finally, Daniela Embrack, OIC Youth Alumni "The OIC Notes of Change" Youth Leadership Award for her work as a Youth Leader in one of OIC’s cornerstone programs – Project PAUSE.

Arlene Connelly, Event organizer and Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships for OIC stated, “the event honored those who paved the way for OIC to be established, celebrated our accomplishments to date and recognize the collaborative community commitment needed as we forge ahead to expand our capacity to serve more.”


OIC of South Florida sincerely thanks all of our guests and everyone who contributed to our fundraising efforts. Your generous gifts truly 
"Help People Help Themselves!"
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