Opportunities for Impact
Here at BLS, we are big proponents of finding connections – and by that we mean identifying commonalities, shared experiences and opportunities for impact. We also believe that when you give, you get back in multiples. Put the two ideas together and the result is our philosophy on community involvement.
Though our giving is not limited to Jewish causes, we are deeply involved in the Jewish community; it is part of the fabric of our lives.
The many causes we support include:
Jewish Federation of Broward County
We strongly support the Jewish community and its beneficiary agencies through our Corporate Partnership with the Jewish Federation of Broward County. The Federation joins together the human and financial resources of our community to save and improve Jewish lives in Broward County, in Israel and around the world.
In 2010, BLS Financial Advisor Keven Milgram was awarded the Jerry “Zvi” Wolf Young Leadership award for co-founding the prestigious Horizon’s Leadership Program, designed to introduce young Jewish professionals to the needs of the community within Broward County.
Both Carol Lasek and Blake Starr (Mitch’s wife) are passionately involved in the women's division and are endowed Lions of Judah.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want a world free of multiple sclerosis. In honor of family and friends who struggle with MS, for the past twenty years we have participated and remain actively involved in a number of fundraising events including the MS Gala, Bike MS, Walk MS, and Run to Stop MS.
Carol Lasek was an honoree of the organization in 2012 for over two decades of activism and support of their cause. BLS is one of the main sponsors of the biggest MS event of the year, the MS Gala Luncheon held every January in Ft. Lauderdale.
Jewish Women’s Foundation
Jewish Women’s Foundation of Broward County is a group of philanthropic women who are committed to transforming the lives of Jewish girls and women both locally and in Israel. Through the generous allocation of grants, this program is making a real difference in increasing public awareness of real issues, providing educational opportunities, crises relief and advocacy. Unlike other foundations, each trustee is personally vested and able to participate in the grant making process. Carol Lasek is a founding trustee, a member of the Executive Board and currently co-chairs the granting committee.
Debbie’s Dream Foundation
Debbie’s Dream is dedicated to finding a cure for stomach cancer. We support the organization’s efforts to raise awareness, fund research and support patients who suffer from this disease. Mitch and his wife, Blake, are members of the "Dream Team" participating in marathon events throughout the year in support of the organization.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. WALK like MADD®, is MADD's signature walk event. In 2013, in over 60 cities around the nation, thousands of people participated in 5K events to celebrate creating a brighter future without drunk driving and underage drinking.
Best Foot Forward Foundation
The Best Foot Forward Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in Palm Beach County dedicated to the educational success of youth who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and have entered the foster care system. By empowering children in foster care, Best Foot Forward helps avoid the all-too-common negative outcomes many experience.
Young Israel of Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale
The Young Israel of Hollywood Fort Lauderdale is affiliated with the National Council of Young Israel and the Union of Orthodox Congregations ("OU"). During the past three decades Young Israel has grown to over four hundred families that encompass a multi-generational, dynamic and vibrant community. BLS Managing Partner Howard Bienenfeld is a Past President, and multiple year board member of Young Israel.
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