Honored to be Among Amazing Philanthropic Honorees


Today we will proudly join some of the most selfless and generous people in South Florida for a program that always inspires us to do more.

At the 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day® Awards presented by the Signature Grand, the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will recognize their 2013 honorees – individuals and organizations that are helping the less fortunate and most vulnerable segments of our community. This is the second year that Durée & Company has donated our media relations and PR services to promote the event.

AFP has been extremely appreciative of our efforts, which we are thrilled to say have raised its profile among the media and also inspired the South Florida Business Journal and Sun Sentinel Society Scene to provide great coverage to this much-deserved event.

The 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day® Awards pays tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives and our community in Broward County. We will be among more than 500 nonprofit leaders, board members and philanthropists as the following local heroes are honored:

  • Outstanding Philanthropists – Louis and May Jean Wolff, nominated by Broward College Office of Advancement for their philanthropic leadership
  • Outstanding Corporation – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) nominated by Children’s Harbor Inc. for its approach and philosophy to philanthropy and charitable support
  • Outstanding Foundation Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund nominated by Sun Sentinel for its outstanding impact
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser –Glen Weinzimer, nominated by Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center for his exceptional leadership skills in coordinating donors and volunteers for a major fundraising project
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy – Christopher George, Jr. (CJ) nominated by the Florida Panthers Foundation for his outstanding commitment to the community as a youth under the age of 21
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional – Debbie Levine, CFRE nominated by SOS Children’s Villages – Florida for her fundraising accomplishments and commitment of advancing ethical fundraising and the fundraising profession
  • Lifetime Achievement–Rose Miniaci, nominated by the Community Foundation and Broward Performing Arts Foundation for her lifetime of philanthropy

We are also honored – honored to be part of this wonderful occasion. We hope to see you there.

Raymond Lee Jewelers Shares its 30th Anniversary Joy

In 1983, Jeffrey Josephson first introduced Raymond Lee Jewelers in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Thirty years later, the renowned, upscale jewelry sales and service center remains an integral part of the South Florida business landscape. Raymond Lee Jewelers Rolex Giveaway

To celebrate this amazing milestone, Raymond Lee Jewelers is sharing the joy with its special giveaway contest this month. One winner will receive a stunning Rolex Datejust Mother of Pearl Diamond Dial ladies’ or men’s timepiece, worth $4,000. To be entered to win, participants simply need to “like,” follow, or become a fan of Raymond Lee Jewelers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or Instagram now through Nov. 29. The winner will be randomly chosen/notified on Nov. 30.

Located in Boca Raton, Florida, Raymond Lee Jewelers has become a multi-generational, family-owned and -operated business that employs 20 people. It specializes in vintage/estate pieces, designer collections, GIA-certified diamonds and luxury timepieces; and is a major supporter of community non-profit organizations, like the new Place of Hope at the Haven Campus.

Durée & Company raises a champagne-filled glass to 30 years of gorgeous jewelry, vibrant business and dedicated philanthropy. Here’s to sharing the joy of Raymond Lee Jewelers!Ladies Rolex for giveaway


Loving the #3 … the Gold Stevie Award!

Third time’s the charm here at Durée & Company, Inc.

We recently won our third Stevie® Award – but what makes it so special is that this time, we won the gold! Also known as the American Business Award, the Stevies are the world’s premier business award competition, so with this win, we know exactly how excited to get – very!

On Nov. 8 at The 10th Annual American Business Awards for Women in Business dinner, my team and I were honored for our work in the category of Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Crisis Communications category for the campaign, “Turning a South Florida Crash into a Happy Ending Across the Nation.” Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners during the sold-out event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run.  All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2013 awards received entries from 18 nations and territories.

We are extremely familiar with the happiness surrounding the Stevies. We were presented with our second Stevie – a Silver Award in June 2013 at The 11th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago. We won the award in the Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Reputation/Brand Management category for its work with Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. In 2012, I received our first Stevie, the Bronze Award for Women in Business, Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of firms with fewer than 10 employees.

So this time around, three is beginning to be our favorite number. Can you blame us?