Optiwow.com Hosted May 2 Fun-Filled Great Glasses Play Day, Celebrating Glasses and the Kids Who Need Them, at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Event Filled with Family Activities, Prizes and Children’s Eyeglasses Awareness

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – May 5, 2015 – Optiwow, the new online eyewear retailer that caters exclusively to children and teens, hosted an exciting Great Glasses Play Day at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science on Saturday, May 2. Children adorned with stylish eyewear and their families and friends attended the celebration.

Guests were welcomed into the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which was transformed into an Optiwow-themed playground. An array of fun games and activities, including a photo booth and raffles to win a pair of MiraFlex® glasses and Nike sunglasses, were highlights of the day. Dr. Roberto Warman, co-founder of Optiwow.com and an acclaimed PEDIATRIC NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGIST, spoke to the families about eye safety. Papa John’s pizza and Optiwow-themed Misha’s Cupcakes were provided at the event.

The Great Glasses Play Day is an international initiative to celebrate glasses and the children who need them. It is meant to be a day of imaginative play, celebration and support, and to connect families with children who wear glasses. It also assists in raising awareness of early detection and treatment of childhood vision issues, and the need to follow up and treat any issues that are identified. According to Great Glasses Play Day, Inc, around one in 20 preschool children and one in 10 young school-age children need some form of vision correction.

Event supporters included the American Optometric Association, the Children’s Eye Foundation, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and numerous independent optical retailers including Optiwow. The Great Glasses Play Day was co-founded by Little Four Eyes and Peeps Eyewear, along with Board member Eye Power Kid’s Wear. For more information, visit www.greatglassesplayday.com.

Owners of Pediatric Ophthalmology Consultants at Miami Children’s Hospital for more than 25 years, Ivonne Goldstein, CEO of Optiwow.com, and her husband Dr. Warman created Optiwow.com to offer kids and teens access to a reasonably-priced, large selection of attractive, well-fit, high quality, age-appropriate children’s prescription eyewear. Goldstein and Dr. Warman created the site when their optical shop of the same name – Optiwow – recently celebrated 15 years in business.

About Optiwow.com

Optiwow.com is an online eyewear retailer dedicated to kids and teens frames and lenses. Optiwow offers the largest online selection of curated high-quality, great-looking prescription kids’ and teens’ eyewear, from top designers of children’s glasses like Disney®, Nike®, Lucky®, Guess®, MiraFlex® and Ray-Ban®. Every pair is custom created, custom fit with top-quality lenses and quality checked by a licensed optician with more than 15 years’ experience dedicated to kids and a complete pediatric optical team. For more information visit www.optiwow.com or call 1-855-optiwow (678-4969).

About the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (Formerly Miami Science Museum)

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science aims to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring them to appreciate the impact that science and technology can have on every facet of our world. For nearly 65 years, the Museum’s award-winning educational programs, family-focused exhibits, historic planetarium, and rehabilitative Wildlife Center and Clinic have enriched locals and tourists alike. In 2016, the museum will continue to inspire visitors in a new state-of-the-art facility designed by Grimshaw Architects currently under construction at Museum Park, in the heart of downtown Miami. The Museum will be structured around a lushly landscaped indoor and outdoor Living Core Aquarium of terrestrial and aquatic environments, featuring a Gulf Stream tank experience totaling over 500,000 gallons of salt water. The facility will also feature a state-of-the-art full dome Planetarium, the Knight Learning Center, Innovation Center and Cafe, and an Exploration Center featuring permanent interactive exhibits: Feathers to the Stars and The River of Grass. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is funded with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.  Learn more at www.miamisci.org or call (305)-646-4200.

The existing Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is located at 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129. The Museum is open every day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is free for members and children under 3; students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3-12, $10.95; adults are $14.95. Parking is free.

3rd Annual Derby Days Belmont Stakes Party on June 6 to Benefit Crockett Foundation, Empowering Today’s Youth with Literacy

Interactive Event at Sport of Kings in Gulfstream Park to Feature

Live Entertainment, Raffle, Silent Auction, Celebrity Guests and More

Hallandale Beach, Fla. – April 2015 – Experience the thrill of the races at this year’s Crockett Foundation’s 3rd annual Derby Days Belmont Stakes Party on June 6, 2015 from 5–10 p.m. Attendees will be right in the action at Gulfstream Park, home of horse racing, leading up to the exciting Belmont Stakes race.

The foundation’s event provides the perfect place to not only celebrate world-class horses reaching the finish line, but also raise much-needed funds for South Florida youth to reach the goal of literacy. Funds will benefit the nonprofit Crockett Foundation’s “School is Cool” program, which focus on improving literacy among middle school students. The Crockett Foundation is led by Henri Crockett, a native of Pompano Beach, Fla. and former NFL player with the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings; and his brother Zach Crockett, a retired NFL player and current scout for the Oakland Raiders.

The Derby Days Belmont Stakes Party will take place at Sport of Kings in Gulfstream Park located at 501 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. Guests will enjoy interactive entertainment, live musicians, celebrity guests, and “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat” contests. Raffle tickets and silent auction items to include weekend getaways, restaurant dining, movie passes, cruises, a wine tasting for a party of ten, resort stay, limousine rides, and much more. Audi Coral Springs’ latest luxury cars will be showcased. The attire is derby chic.

Invited VIP guests include retired NBA player Eddie Jones, Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward County School Board Member Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Florida State Senator Chris Smith, State Representative Bobby DuBose, Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher, Miramar City Commissioner Wayne Messam, retired NFL players Henri and Zach Crockett, Cornelius Bennett and more.

Broward County leads the nation in the number of high school dropouts. According to research, many students drop out prior to high school because they cannot read, or because of delinquent behavior resulting from not being able to read. The Crockett Foundation’s “School is Cool” program, at Margate Middle School in Margate, Fla., meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4–6 p.m. and focuses on improving literacy among middle school students. Students are encouraged to improve attendance, behavior and course performance through the engagement of technology. Students work with iPads and desktop computers to access online reference materials, complete math and reading exercises and play educational games. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) approach is utilized to encourage students to embrace technology and develop skills that will help them throughout their lives.

“The Crockett Foundation has been striving to make a difference in the lives of children and their families through educational, mentoring and tutoring programs since its inception in 2002,” said Henri Crockett, founder of the Crockett Foundation. “The 3rd Annual Derby Days Belmont Stakes Party will be a fun and exciting event that will also raise funds for the foundation’s literacy programs, and further help us build character, develop leaders, and improve communities.”

Sponsorship opportunities, ranging from the Kentucky Derby Congratulatory Sponsor for $500 to the Belmont Stakes Sponsor for $7,500, are available.

Individual tickets are priced at $100 per ticket and include food, beverages, and an unforgettable evening. For further event information, sponsorship information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Crockett Foundation at 954-254-7535 or www.crockettfoundation.org. The Crockett Foundation is a 501(c)(3), and 75 percent of the ticket price is tax deductible.

About the Crockett Foundation

The Crockett Foundation is a South Florida-based non-profit organization committed to improving quality of life and building strong communities locally and internationally, wherever there is a need. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities, increase health and awareness, and inspire and equip today’s youth that they may overcome social limitations and realize their full potential, growing to become productive and contributing members of tomorrow’s global community. For more information, visit www.crockettfoundation.org, email elamarca@crockettfoundation.org, or call 954-254-7535. 


2000 Participants Took Steps Against Drunk Driving for Annual Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale on April 26, 2015

More than $185,000 Raised; Donations Still Being Accepted

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – (April 30, 2015) – On the morning of Sunday, April 26, 2015, over 2000 South Floridians of all ages and fitness levels gathered at Huizenga Plaza under the bright lights of the Bank of America building for the fifth annual Walk like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K. The Bank of America building showed its support for the cause by using red lights.

Although the runners with the fastest times were awarded, the whole South Florida community won a victory in the campaign against drunk driving by spreading awareness and raising more than $185,000, which will be used to fund local awareness and education programs. Donations can be made through June 1, 2015 at www.walklikemadd.org/fortlauderdale.

Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash is MADD’s annual signature walk, which takes place in over 60 cities in the U.S., including Fort Lauderdale. Since it was established in 2011, Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K has raised more than $600,000 to date for MADD Broward & Palm Beach.

Former WTVJ-NBC 6 anchor and longtime MADD supporter Tony Segreto emceed the event, which featured VIP supporters and speakers including the event’s Honorary Chairman Colonel Alvin Pollock, City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca. Local singing sensation Julia Dale took to the stage to perform the National Anthem and the popular tribute band 2 of Us got the crowd moving with a playlist of Beatles’ classics. Many participants wore team shirts depicting images of victims of drunk driving and carried signs asking for justice and awareness.

Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash 5K Fort Lauderdale Chairperson Heather Geronemus shared with participants her touching story about her personal connection with MADD. Her father, Dr. Robert Perry Geronemus, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2009.

“I’m incredibly proud that MADD Broward has become one of the largest and fastest growing MADD 5Ks in the country. What was once a community of primarily victims has grown to become a community of thousands of supporters, sponsors, fundraisers and volunteers who are there to take care of people they don’t even know,” says Geronemus. “This is a 100 percent preventable crime and we will continue to fight to create a community where people can live safely.”

Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash 5K sponsors included title sponsor Ultimate Software, presenting sponsor Westway Towing, La Croix, ADT Always Cares, Yellow Cab, SunTrust, Festival Flea Market, Walmart and Broward Sheriff’s Office.

About MADD
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every nine minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. In South Florida, the chapter’s annual Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash have raised more than $250,000 in three years (2011–2013). MADD’s Broward and Palm Beach chapters facilitate dozens of free events each year to educate youth and parents on the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.