Leadership Hollywood Class XL celebrates graduation

dtvolz Leadership Hollywood Class XL celebrates graduation

David Volz

Reporter at Hollywood Gazette
David Volz has been a freelance writer and reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2010.
dtvolz Leadership Hollywood Class XL celebrates graduation

Leadership Hollywood XL participant Myron Bailey loves helping the less fortunate. And as chair of the Feeding South Florida team, he was able to do so by leading a fund raising effort to provide food for those in need as part of his service project.

“We targeted service organizations and encouraged people to donate at least one dollar. That one dollar would give six meals to anyone in need,” said Bailey.

Feeding South Florida raised more than $7,000 and was recognized as the best community service project involved with Leadership Hollywood Class XL.

The graduating class included a group of about 45 up-and-coming Hollywood leaders who spent nine months together. During their time they learned about city government, media, environmental organizations, education, health and human services, public safety and other important institutions. They were divided into four teams that each completed a community service project. They celebrated a graduation at the Diplomat Resort & Spa, where each team gave a presentation on their project and its accomplishments.

Lois Pevin-Weiss, co-chair of the Team Y project enjoyed working on the butterfly garden at the Greater Hollywood YMCA. They held events to raise money and then worked together to install around 200 butterfly attracting plants and a butterfly bench. “This has been a great experience. I learned so much and met some really great people,” said Pevin-Weiss.

Shawn Jacobson, co-chair of Expo Alfresco was proud of his team’s service project. It brought about 40 restaurants and seven breweries together for a large community event at the ArtsPark at Young Circle. “We had a good turnout and people had a great time. We had supersize board games and music,” said Jacobson.

Carlos Zuluaga enjoyed leading an effort to promote a production by the Exceptional Theater Company, an organization that provides an opportunity for disabled individuals to participate in theater performances. “We created marketing materials and setup a website. We helped them put on a Broadway style show,” he said.

Also, people who had completed the Hollywood Leadership Class in previous years were able to serve as Day Chairs. They led the field trips to the various institutions and were recognized at the ceremony.

The program helps create leaders in Hollywood as part of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and run by people who have completed the Class in previous years. “This is a priceless opportunity for future leaders,” said Marie Suarez, Chief Operating Officer for the Chamber.

People who attended the graduation event enjoyed spending an evening together sharing stories about their projects.
Discover more about this unique program at http://hollywoodchamber.org/leadership-hollywood/

 

About David Volz

David Volz has been a freelance writer and reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2010.