Smith and Wollensky Brunch Raises $15,000 For People With Disabilities

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In its third year, the SOBE Hearts ARC Broward Brunch was held at Smith & Wollensky in South Beach on Sunday, May 5 and raised an all-time high of $15,000. All proceeds benefit ARC Broward, a not-for-profit human services organization dedicated to providing services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual disabilities.

The event was hosted by Miami Beach resident Brian Kabot, on behalf of ARC Broward. Brian’s brother, Mikey, is a client of ARC Broward and resides in one of the organization’s group homes. “Our family found ARC Broward during a difficult time and helped Mikey and my family through his difficult transition from adolescence into adulthood, a period when many families are at a loss then their child no longer has a school to keep them safe every day,” said Brian.

The fundraiser’s goal of raising $15,000 was easily reached by the more than 50 who attended. The event also included a raffle for items such as autographed sport memorabilia, free golf outings, and gift certificates to many local businesses that support ARC Broward.

“The passion that the entire Kabot family continues to show on a daily basis for those who live every day with developmental disabilities, like Mikey, is truly inspirational. It is because of their efforts, and so many others like them, that ARC Broward has been able to serve so many for the last 57 years and will continue to do so well into the future,” said Dennis Haas, President and CEO or ARC Broward.

Multiple volunteer opportunities are available with ARC Broward throughout the year in areas ranging from mentoring, tutoring, socializing, with people of all ages with developmental disABILITIES to helping in administrative and clerical functions. Those interested can visit:

Incorporated in 1956, ARC Broward is a nationally accredited, private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual disABILITIES. Serving the South Florida community for more than half a century, ARC Broward continues to provide a continuum of services to more than 1,200 children and adults and employs more than 450 health-care, educational and other professionals. Through our dedicated team of caring professionals, ARC Broward provides a variety of services including 22 programs in 8 locations throughout Broward County, Florida. To find out more, please visit


For more info on the brunch, upcoming partnership/sponsorship opportunities, or information on how to make a donation, contact Jessica Kersey at 954-746-9400 ext. 2203 or email

By Adam Fortner

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