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Gulfstream Park Shows its Support of the LGBTQ Community with Taste of Equality Event, Which Raised Close to $9,000 for Equality Florida


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Oct. 24, 2017 — Gulfstream Park, a multi-faceted dining, shopping and entertainment destination located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, actively engages with the local communities throughout the year with various events and fundraisers which includes the support of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Mirroring its support of the LGBTQ community, Gulfstream Park recently held its Taste of Equality Event on Oct. 11 for the third consecutive year.

The event raised almost $9,000 for Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing equal rights for Florida’s LGBTQ community with over 270,000 members statewide and over 75,000 in South Florida. Funds raised will benefit Equality Florida’s Safe and Healthy Schools Project, a pioneering new initiative to end LGBTQ bias in schools.

More than 150 guests registered to participate in the evening bringing friends and family to indulge in fabulous tasty bites and savory sips throughout the property. One hundred percent of the food and drink- was donated by Gulfstream Park restaurants Adena Grill & Wine Bar, Brio Tuscan Grille, Frankey’s Sports Bar, Il Gusto Ristorante Italiano, La Pizzeria, Le Macaron, Mijana Lebanese Cuisine, PlugIN Karaoke, Rok:Brgr, Strike 10 Bowling, Ten Palms, Texas de Brazil, Williams Sonoma, and Yard House.

Guests made their way around the village in lively groups stopping off at their favorite spots for sips and bites. Some of the favorites included the Black Pepper Shrimp at Brio Tuscan Grille, the Loaded Tater Tots at Rok:Brgr, the Ooey-Gooey Pumpkin Bars at Williams Sonoma and the Coconut Lime Ceviche at Adena Grill – just to name a few! Guests also brought the house down at PlugIN Karaoke, unleashing their inner Beyonce and Madonna.

Gigi Diaz from local radio station 93.9 MIA kept the crowd going as the emcee for the evening and had the crowd dancing with some great jams.

Guests also took part in on-site entertainment, shopping specials, raffles, spectacular prizes and more. Other participating businesses who helped to make the night a raging success included Crate & Barrel, Ideal Image, Pottery Barn, The Container Store, West Elm, and Z Gallerie. The raffle was a huge hit with guests as they cheered and even danced their way up to the stage to claim their winnings.

Most importantly, the Taste of Equality provides an opportunity to bring South Floridians together to celebrate and support the diversity of our community.

“The Taste of Equality keeps getting better and better,” said Paul Parme, attendee and owner of Miami’s Planet Lighting + Living. “The restaurant selection expands every year with more great-tasting food. My only regret is that I did not make it through a bite at every stop on my passport … I will definitely be back next year!”

About Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park not only offers world-class thoroughbred horse racing, but is also home to an exciting array of adult and kid-friendly venues including over 15 restaurants, outdoor cafes, nightclubs, two casinos, art galleries, fashion retailers, sports bars, state-of-the-art bowling alley, and a renowned selection of signature home stores. Newly-added venues include Color Me Mine, and PlugIN — with 18 private karaoke rooms, and an upcoming expansion will include a luxury movie theater. Gulfstream Park is located at 901 South Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach, Florida, just two miles east of I-95. Valet service and complimentary self-parking are available. Gulfstream Park is open seven days a week. For hours, schedules, upcoming events and additional information, visit www.gulfstreampark.com or call 954-454-7000.

Rachel Sapoznik, Founder, CEO & President of Sapoznik Insurance, Named a Finalist for the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business


Miami, Fla. — Oct. 23, 2017 — Rachel Sapoznik, Founder, CEO & President of Sapoznik Insurance, based in North Miami Beach, was named a finalist for the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year — Business Services — 11 to 2,500 Employees — All Other Industries, category. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s premier business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the companies they run.

Finalists were selected by the average scores of more than 170 professionals worldwide serving on five specialized judging committees. The results — Gold, Silver and Bronze winners — will be announced at the Stevies’ 14th annual awards dinner on Nov. 17 in New York City.

“Every year we say that the current crop of Stevies for Women nominations couldn’t be better, and the next year we’re proven wrong,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.  “The judges’ scores and comments bear witness to the fact that this year we will honor a truly remarkable class of women and women-led organizations in New York on November 17.”

Sapoznik Insurance is currently the largest employee benefits agency, as well as one of the largest independently owned agencies, in the South Florida region. She is an expert on healthcare reform, corporate wellness, and entrepreneurship, and has been featured in several national and local mediums. She stands out as a passionate voice emphasizing the value and necessity of education and wellness in helping manage costs for the employer while improving the lives of their employees.

“I am incredibly honored to be named a finalist for the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, especially as we celebrate our 30th anniversary,” said Sapoznik. “Thirty years ago, I took a huge leap and founded Sapoznik Insurance from my home. Today, we help companies around the country make health a priority without the fear of offering health insurance they cannot afford. We support companies making the paradigm shift from ‘sick care’ to ‘well care,’ and empower employees to achieve physical and financial well-being while strengthening companies’ bottom lines.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

About Sapoznik Insurance

Sapoznik Insurance is an employee benefits agency focusing on health and wellness education and personal accountability for health.  As the largest employee benefits agency and one of the largest independently owned agencies in the South Florida region, Sapoznik Insurance partners with businesses which truly care about their employees.  The company transforms its wellness expertise into a healthier bottom line for its clients.  The agency was founded in 1987 by native Miamian and published author, Rachel Sapoznik.  For more information, call 1.877.948.8887, visit www.sapoznik.com or email info@sapoznik.com.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Children & Teens Aged 4-16 Can Take Flight at iFLY Fort Lauderdale’s New Flight School, an Elite Training Program for Youth Flyers


Ft. Lauderdale, FL. – October 18, 2017 – They can fly, they can fly, they can fly! Children and teens aged 4–16 can now enjoy one-on-one indoor skydiving coaching at iFLY Fort Lauderdale’s new Flight School. Students learn a progression of flying skills in a fun group setting, during sessions led by a flight instructor who is highly trained in safety standards and certified by the International Bodyflight Association (IBA). iFLY is the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation.

Each weekly session, which is a two-hour experience, includes a team briefing, warm-up with stretching, five minutes of flight time with additional shared time, two video clips of flight for students to keep, debrief with flight video review, logging of flight time and skills in a personal logbook, and light, healthy snacks. Each student receives exclusive Flight School member discounts on personal flight gear.

Each session is limited to 10 flyers total. A single session is priced at $69.95; a one-month program (four sessions) is priced at $239.80. Flyers in each session are organized into two groups based on skill levels: beginner and intermediate/advanced. During the session, parents enjoy free Wi-Fi and a conference room when available.

Four times a year, all iFLY locations host a Quarterly Flight School Competition, during which students can showcase their flying skill progression. Winners from each location advance to iFLY’s Annual Flight School Regional Competition.

“We are very excited to launch our Flight School,” said Jim Braun, general manager for iFLY Fort Lauderdale. “It gives kids and teens a great opportunity to not only develop a love of indoor skydiving, but also push themselves to see how much they can achieve.”

Through Flight School, students develop key athletic and personal development skills such as safety procedures and proper use of flight gear; mastery of a progressive series of flying skills, starting with basic back and belly positions; how to set and achieve goals, teamwork and sportsmanship; leadership, discipline, and IBA competition flight pathways and disciplines.

Located at 11690 West State Road 84 in Davie, the Fort Lauderdale iFLY location is the 28th iFLY facility in the U.S. With iFLY, people of all ages and abilities can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment — without having to jump out of an airplane. Each indoor skydiving facility is a marvel of engineering that replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow people to fly on a smooth cushion of air. With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, customers learn to fly, control their bodies in the air and experience true human flight.

For more information about iFLY Fort Lauderdale’s Flight School, including dates and times, visit iFLYworld.com/flightschool.

About iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Austin-based iFLY Holdings, LLC., is the world leader in design, manufacturing, sales and operations of wind tunnel systems for indoor skydiving. The company has flown more than 8,000,000 people in a dozen countries and at sea since launching the modern vertical wind tunnel industry in 1998. iFLY has more than 60 facilities operating worldwide with 28 wholly-owned in the US and has significant growth plans across the globe in the next 24 months. iFLY supports and utilizes the safety and training guidelines set out by the International Bodyflight Association (IBA) to ensure safety and progression of the sport of indoor skydiving. For more information on iFLY, visit www.iflyworld.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram and YouTube. iFLY Ft. Lauderdale is located at 11690 West State Road 84 in Davie, FL 33325 on the south side of I-595, just west of Hiatus Road in Davie, FL. Visit www.iflyworld.com/fort-lauderdale.