YMCA OF SOUTH FLORIDA

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21ST ANNUAL

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

INSPIRATIONAL CELEBRATIONS

JANUARY 16 -20, 2025

ABOUT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. INSPIRATIONAL CELEBRATIONS

Honoring MLK's Dream of Equality

For the past 20 years, the YMCA of South Florida has been dedicated to transforming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream into a reality by fostering equitable programs that transcend the color of one’s skin. Driven by the enduring inspiration of his vision, the YMCA celebrates his legacy through the annual MLK Inspirational Celebrations, encouraging everyone in our community to “Stand for Something!” During these events, we celebrate changemakers in our community and empower them to do more.

All proceeds from support future changemakers through our “I Have a Dream” Youth Scholarship Fund. 

THE EVENTS

UNITY AND SERVICE

Join us in commemorating Dr. King’s enduring legacy at our MLK Inspirational Celebrations—a series of events that bring together over 1,400 members of our community.

TEEN TOWN HALL

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2025
BOYD ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL

The Dr. Martin Luther King Inspirational Celebrations begin with the Teen Town Hall where our keynote speakers set the stage for thoughtful discussions with local high school students.

INSPIRATIONAL
BREAKFAST & LUNCHEON

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2025
7:30 AM – BREAKFAST – BAPTIST CHURCH
11:45AM – LUNCHEON – JUNGLE ISLAND 

Each offers moments of reflection and inspiration for all, along with insights from our keynote speaker on how we can continue the vision of Dr. King.

DAY OF SERVICE

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2025
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
L.A. Lee YMCA/ Mizell Community Center &
Village of Allapattah YMCA 

The weekend culminates in a Day of Service on
Dr. King’s holiday, where we organize community projects in both Broward and Miami Dade Counties counties to actively contribute to creating positive change.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

SUPPORT THE "I HAVE A DREAM" YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Our Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Celebrations support the “I Have a Dream” Youth Scholarship Fund which gives ALL youth the ability to achieve their dreams and aspirations. From preschool to college, the Y believes all youth deserve the ability to reach their full potential. We invite you to join us, STAND FOR SOMETHING and help support us in strengthening our communities through sponsorship. 

NOMINATE A YOUTH LEADER IN YOUR COMMUNITY

YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINEES

Each year, the YMCA of South Florida recognizes young people who have embodied the ideals of Dr. King in advocating for social change in our community. The recipients are awarded a $2,000 college scholarship to support enrollment, registration and financial needs to further their education. The awards are presented during the Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Celebration Breakfast and Luncheon. We need your help in selecting this year’s recipient(s). Please take the time to nominate a young person who has impacted your community.

PAST EVENTS

20TH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATIONS

Experience our 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Teen Town Hall, Breakfast, Luncheon and Day of Service featuring Civil Rights Keynote Donzaleigh Abernathy & Ndaba Mandela Along and Spirit of Community Award recipients, Juliet Rouhlac & Health Foundation of South Florida!

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

AWARDS

YearDave W. Cash Youth Scholarship AwardeesSpirit of Community Award Recipient
2024Chasity Roker, Andy AmadorJuliet Murphy Roulhac, Health Foundation of South Florida
2023Tyler Pierre, Shawn Lawrence MartinezSheri S. Brown Grosvenor, Yolanda Cash Jackson
2022X’spinziv Emmanuel, Mia HernandezCommissioner Robert L. McKinzie, Albert E. Dotson, Sr.
2021First Responders & Healthcare WorkersFirst Responders & Healthcare Workers
2020Garrin Decembre, Andreen WhiteIrma Hunter Wesley, Enid Pinkney
2019Albert Gonzalez, Alvaro PerpulyTrailblazers of Broward County, The Children’s Trust
2018Joshua Mitchell, Shanese WrightValencia Gunder, Derek T. Davis
2017Bardo Lazo, Denilson Pierre-LouisThe Honorable Donald L. Graham, Beauregard “Bo” Cummings
2016Thaliah SicardThe Mizell Family
2015Simone NelziLerue Sarvis
2014Rowanne AliDr. Robert B. Hayling
2013Lauderhill Teen LeadersWillie E. Gary
2012Rebecca Marie CansecoJason Taylor

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

For sponsorship or more information please contact Aimee Fretwell at [email protected] or (954) 334-9622 x 1045.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSORS

DIAMOND SPONSORS

PLATINUM SPONSORS

●Club Med

● Holy Cross

● Valley National Bank
●Broward College

● Power & Light Company

●Nicklaus Children Hospital
● Bilzin Sumberg

● Florida

●Memorial Healthcare Systems
●Bank of America

● Florida Blue

●Kaufman Lynn Construction

GOLD SPONSORS

●CHG Healthcare

● Duane Morris LLP

● Infuse Distribution Corp
●Chateau Alice Designs

● Colliers

●Humana
● Broward Sheriffs Office

●Cleveland Clinic Florida

●Gunster

●University of Miami Miller of Medicine
●America's Office Source

● City of Fort Lauderdale

●First Baptist

●Truist

SILVER SPONSORS

PAST MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. INSPIRATIONAL WEEKEND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

2023
Michelle Duster
2022
Dr. Clayborne Carson
2021
Reverend James Lawson
2020
Minnijean Brown-Trickey
2019
Xernona Clayton
2018
Dr. Clarence Jones
2017
Vernice “Fly Girl” Armour
2016
Diane Judith Nash
2015
Dr. C.T. Vivian
2014
Andrew Young
2013
Martin Luther King, III
2012
J.A. Martinez
2011
Collins Tuohy
2010
Randy Shannon
2009
Cullen Jones
2008
Barrington Irving
2012
J.A. Martinez
2006
Pastor C.E. Glover
2005
Pastor Mack King Carter
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