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National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month, and Fort Lauderdale PR firm Durée & Company is happy to suggest some fun ways to participate! D&Co is proud to represent and support a number of nonprofit clients who make an extraordinary difference in the community. One of our favorite quotes in the D&Co office is “Don’t give back, just give.” So, in honor of National Volunteer Month, here are some ways to get involved in the South Florida community, whether it be volunteering or participating in nonprofit events.

Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K – On April 30 at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, more than 2,000 walkers and runners will make strides in the ongoing fight against drunk driving. Help make our community a safer place by signing up to walk or run in this fun-filled event. Volunteer Chairperson and National Board Member Heather Geronemus established the Fort Lauderdale event in 2011. Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K has raised over $1 million for MADD Broward & Palm Beach. All event proceeds benefit MADD Broward & Palm Beach’s community education, victim support services and youth programs.

FLIPANY – FLIPANY’s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community. On June 2, volunteers will be building a new playground for children in the community. The best part? Children were challenged to draw images of their ideal playground, and those drawings will be used to pick out the equipment! Click here for more information on volunteering with FLIPANY.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade – BGCMIA provides great futures to today’s youth. You can get involved by being a special events volunteer or club volunteer assisting with the members. Special events volunteers assist with the Clubs’ big fundraisers, including the annual “Claws for Kids” happening in just a few weeks on May 7. They have both one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities, so you can do what works best for your schedule.

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami – Get involved with MOCA by joining their docent program, interning, or volunteering during Art Basel or other special events. Docents and volunteers will learn about the various exhibitions at the museum and broaden their knowledge of contemporary art. During Art Basel, volunteers experience behind-the-scenes work at Miami’s most prestigious art events.

All four of these organizations do so much to make our community a better place and we couldn’t thank them enough. Do your part and get involved this month, or anytime! They truly appreciate all their volunteers and know that they couldn’t do it without all the support they receive from those who donate their time.

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estate, public relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising, Special Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.

It’s #GNO! The District’s “Girlfriends & Glamour Getaway” Package, Available through Oct. 1, Highlights Liz Taylor-Style Glamour, a Stay at Las Olas’ Riverside Hotel & More

Package Price Starts at $179 Per Room, Per Night

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – March XX, 2017 – What could be better for a girls getaway than a look at Elizabeth Taylor’s girly “riches” via an NSU Art Museum photography exhibition, a delightful stay at the Riverside Hotel, delectable cuisine and beverages, an all-day Water Taxi pass, and shopping? Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District’s “Girlfriends & Glamour Getaway” package, available now through Sunday Oct. 1, combines all of the above for the perfect ladies’ Fort Lauderdale escape.

Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday, the package includes the following fab features:

  • Deluxe accommodations, based on double occupancy, in the Riverside Hotel’s Executive Tower, beckoning with views of the stunning Fort Lauderdale skyline and beautiful New River, large marble bathrooms, and an optional balcony
  • Tickets to NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Among its current exhibitions is “Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road,” which presents new and recent work by Los Angeles-based artist Catherine Opie, an essential figure in contemporary photography. On view through June 18, the exhibition features photographs taken over the course of six months at the Bel-Air, California residence of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor. Opie photographed rooms, closets, shoes, clothing and jewelry that reveal an indirect, yet deeply intimate portrait of a life defined by wealth and fame.
  • $30 food and beverage credit per room, per stay, which can be used at the hotel’s Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, a coastal chic seafood destination; Indigo Restaurant, featuring culinary delights; Preston’s Wine & Martini Lounge, a uniquely elegant spot to unwind, with a grand piano and coral fireplaces that date back to 1936; or the Golden Lyon vintage pub, where creative cocktails are served
  • One-day Water Taxi pass. Guests can see Fort Lauderdale via water, enjoying a day on the New River and connecting waterways, while hopping on and off at their leisure while taking in shopping, attractions and restaurants. The Water Taxi runs from 10 am.–11 p.m. and offers several routes and schedules.
  • A welcome gift bag, including a savings book from upscale The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall containing more than 40 offers, valued at more than $300 in savings
  • Complimentary valet parking for up to two vehicles per room

Package prices start at $179 per room, per night, based on double occupancy (depending on available occupancy and date selected). Up to four people may stay in one room — the third and fourth guests in the room pay an additional $28 per person. Prices are exclusive of taxes, gratuities, fees and other charges. Cannot be combined with any other offer. No refund or credit for unused portion. Void where prohibited.

Advance reservations are required for the “Girlfriends & Glamour Getaway” package. To book the package, visit http://www.riverwalkae.com/girlfriends/ and hit the button “Book Now”.

“Spending time away with the ‘girls’ is precious, and we are pleased to present this exciting package,” said Carmen Ackerman, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District project manager. “Whether it’s an overnight escape, a weekend away or a longer retreat to spend quality time with girlfriends, this is a great opportunity to get away, with all of the planning done for you.”

About Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District
Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida. Presenting over 1000 individual events each year, The District attracts well over 1 million visitors annually. Partners of The District Consortium include Broward Center for the Performing Arts, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, the Historic Stranahan House Museum and Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information about The District and its partners, visit www.riverwalkae.com.


The South Florida area’s only indoor skydiving operation welcomes the young and the young-at-heart to experience the joy of flight

 Ft. Lauderdale, FL. – Feb. 20, 2017 – iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, is now delivering the dream of flight to adventure seekers in South Florida.  The new location at 11690 West State Road 84 in Davie is the 27th 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.

“Our mission is to deliver the dream of flight to everybody, whether you’re age 3 or 103,” said Matt Ryan, iFLY President and COO. “Since 1998, more than eight million customers worldwide have experienced human flight at iFLY in a variety of ways: as a fun excursion with family and friends, a student on an educational Science, Technology and Math (S.T.E.M.) field trip, a professional skydiver or member of the military for training, a corporate customer looking for a unique team building activity. Thanks to iFLY, flying is finally available to everyone.”

To prepare for their flight experience, customers complete a training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors. They then are equipped with flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit, and enter the flight chamber by leaning forward into a smooth cushion of air, with a flight instructor at their side.

All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with an International Bodyflight Association (IBA) certified instructor. The IBA established the gold standard for training and safety standards for indoor skydiving instructors. All iFLY instructors meet or exceed IBA standards.

Learn more or book your iFLY flight package at http://www.iflyworld.com/fort-lauderdale/.

“My team and I are pumped to share the dream of flight at our new location,” said Jim Braun, general manager for iFLY Ft. Lauderdale. “Every day is a new adventure for each and every person at the tunnel. Watching people fly for the first time is a life-changing experience all of us are excited about making dreams come true.”

About iFLY Ft. Lauderdale:  iFLY Ft. Lauderdale is the 27th and newest of the iFLY operations in the USA. Featuring a 14-foot diameter wind tunnel powered by four quiet and clean running electric motors, people of all ages can fly with us with few limitations. Those folks with shoulder, back or neck injuries should consult their doctor before attempting to fly with us. There is a standard weight limit of 250 pounds for most flyers, but depending on height and body type that number may be exceeded. All instructors at iFLY Ft. Lauderdale are I.B.A. certified as the best-trained and safest instructors in the sport of indoor skydiving. iFLY Ft. Lauderdale is located on the south side of I-595, just west of Hiatus Road in Davie, FL.

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. Under the brand names iFLY, SkyVenture and Airkix, the company has flown more than 8,000,000 people in a dozen countries since launching the modern vertical wind tunnel industry in 1998. iFLY has 50 facilities operating, 15 currently under construction and another 10 to 12 planned to start construction in 2017. iFLY supports and utilizes the safety and training rules set out by the International Bodyflight Association (IBA) to ensure safety and progression of the sport of indoor skydiving.