Red Nose Day is a program of Comic Relief USA. This effort harnesses the power of entertainment to drive positive change by creating awareness and raising much-needed funds that support programs in the U.S. and around the world. Red Nose Day is a campaign aimed at helping put an end to child poverty, one nose at a time.
HDS Companies has supported this effort over the last five years. Today, Thursday, May 23, 2019, we are honored to celebrate Red Nose Day once again. We purchased Red Noses at Walgreens for our entire workforce volunteer group, the HDS Contenders, both in our Miami and Weston offices. Our proud volunteers gathered while wearing their Red Noses; we had a fantastic day demonstrating our support and compassion by wearing our red noses and taking pictures to share on social media in support of this worthy cause.
HDS looks forward to continuing to support the Red Nose Day initiative each year. Generous acts of kindness that bring hope to those in need is the heart of the HDS culture. We are committed to making a difference in the communities in which we live, work, and play.
To learn more about the philanthropic work we do through the HDS Foundation, the driving force behind the numerous charitable efforts of the HDS Companies, please visit HDSFoundation.org.
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The HDS Foundation spent the last days of Autism Awareness Month celebrating at the Dan Marino Foundation Pedal for Autism Block Party at their main campus in Fort Lauderdale this past Sunday. Families were able to come out and connect with others, participate in games, listen to music, eat good food and #Pedalforautism. HDSF helped to sponsor and exhibit during their ride and fitness expo, along with many other organizations in our community who hold this cause near to their heart 🧩😎🚲🎉#hds4autism #hdsf #dmf #pedalforautism Dan Marino Foundation Rixys Alfonso Walgreens Made in Broward
To commemorate Autism Awareness Month, HDS Companies was invited by Miami-Dade County’s District 12th Commissioner, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, and The Dan Marino Foundation to participate in the Miami-Dade County Autism Awareness Month Kick-Off “My Journey to Independence” Ceremony and Resource Fair. Our HDS Contenders and ASDY-Tech team hosted a Resource Booth at the Fair and had the opportunity to meet and greet with event goers who visited the Stephen P. Clark Government Center throughout the day.
In addition to HDS, various organizations from Miami-Dade Counties participated in this Resource Fair. Those organizations include The Dan Marino Foundation, FIU Embrace, UM-NSU CARD, Miami-Dade Libraries, Vocational Rehabilitation, Bryans Art, South Florida Autism Center, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the 4th largest school district in the nation. We lined the lobby at the Government Center, while elected officials, staff, law enforcement officers, and members of the Miami Community walked through the Fair obtaining vital information about Autism Spectrum Disorder.
At 11:30 am, everyone gathered for the official ceremonies. First to speak was Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez, who talked about Autism Awareness Month and how his family has personally been impacted as his oldest grandchild was diagnosed with Autism. He also spoke about a new Super Heroes Playground that will be opening at Tamiami Park at the end of April. This playground is going to be one of the first in the nation solely dedicated to kids and adults on the Autism spectrum. Following the Mayor, Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz thanked everyone for attending the event and thanked the building management for “Lighting It Up Blue” by adding blue lighting to the lobby. Commissioner Diaz also spoke about Autism and the importance of the Resource Fair for families to be able to obtain crucial resources.
Armando Luis, a Marino Campus Hospitality Student, served as keynote speaker. He spoke about his journey to independence and how the programs and services he has received from The Dan Marino Foundation have changed his life for the better. After being diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2, and having speech and occupational therapy, he feels that the most beneficial assistance has come from the Foundation’s Marino Campus. Piano prodigy Jacob Vasquez, an eleven-year-old musician with PDD-NOS (a form of autism), and a showman to the fullest extent of the word was next to present. He enthusiastically performed two Chopin songs.
The ceremony concluded with Miami-Dade County Commissioners, Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson, District 3, Vice-Chair Rebeca Sosa, District 6, Commissioner Barbara Jordan, District 1, Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, Commissioner Sally Heyman, District 4, Commissioner Eileen Higgens, District 5, Commissioner Xavier Suarez, District 7, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, District 8, and Commissioner Dennis Moss, District 9 assembling a “Hope the Blue Robot” Puzzle Piece that spelled out Autism Awareness. The piece was donated by The Dan Marino Foundation and was created by Miami Wynwood District artist, Caro Tejada.
This event offered an opportunity for our newly formed ASDY-TECH team to present on behalf of HDS Companies and share how our philanthropic efforts through the HDS Foundation are making a difference for the autism community. It also served as a platform to generated awareness of the services ASDY-TECH provides in a public forum. Our HDS Contenders were gracious to be able to participate in this year’s Resource Fair, and are looking forward to future community events.
Join our HDS Contenders on Sunday, April 28th as we culminate Autism Awareness Month with The Dan Marino Foundation. DMF has planned a full day of fun for everyone starting with a Pedal for Autism Fun Training Ride in the early morning, followed by the 2nd Annual DMF Block Party, brought to you by Housing and Development Software at 11:00 am.
For more information, please visit danmarinofoundation.org/events.
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Our HDS Contenders and ASDY-TECH Team had a fantastic time participating in Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Jose “Pepe” Diaz’s Autism Awareness Month Kick-Off “My Journey to Independence”. We hosted a Booth at the Resource Fair and shared our resources with the public who visited the Stephen P. Clark Government Center. #AutismAwareness #HDS4Autism #HDSContenders
In celebration of Autism Month our HDS Contenders will be participating in Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz’s Autism Awareness Month Kick-Off Autism Resource Fair “My Journey to Independence.” If you’re in the area, stop by the Stephen P. Clark Government Center and say hello!
Each year, April is recognized internationally as World Autism Awareness Month, and the United Nations General Assembly designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. People around the globe come together and pledge to go BLUE to spread a message of acceptance and inclusion in support of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For the last 21 years, HDS Companies has taken part in the “Light It Up Blue” pledge.
The HDS Foundation was founded in 2008 and has served as the driving force behind the numerous charitable efforts of HDS Companies. The Foundation encapsulates HDS Companies’ commitment to pursuing corporate social responsibility initiatives in the communities in which we live, work and learn by providing viable resources and opportunities that serve Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder through community-based partnerships, as well as through the volunteer efforts of its workforce community service group, the HDS Contenders.
“Light It Up Blue” is just one of the many community outreach events supported by the HDS Foundation during World Autism Awareness Month. Later this month HDS Foundation will proudly sponsor, Florida Division on Career Development and Transition’s VISIONS Conference XXVI, the annual Tropical Nights Gala, benefiting University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), and the 2nd Annual Dan Marino Foundation Autism Awareness Block Party at Marino Campus Broward, a post-secondary school located downtown Fort Lauderdale.
HDS Companies invites you to support this worthy cause by donating, wearing your blue, posting an inspiring message in support of Autism Awareness. One post, one picture and even one act of kindness can create a ripple effect that has the potential to reach an audience far beyond your imagination.
Please join us, invite your family and friends, and let’s “LIGHT IT UP BLUE!”
Here are a few ways in which you can show your support:
• Wear your Autism shirt, wrist bands, badges or anything you have showing your support. If you do not have anything, just wear blue to show your support.
• Change the frame of your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profile photo for the month just by adding #LightItUpBlue.
• Take and post a selfie and be sure to tag it with #LightItUpBlue You can personalize it by adding where you Light It Up Blue and with who.
• You can visit the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue website for additional resources at autismspeaks.org/how-light-it-blue.