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Ways to Help Hurricane Dorian Victims: D&Co Clients & Friends Organizing Relief

By September 4, 2019September 6th, 2019No Comments
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Hurricane Dorian pummeled the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, and it is yet to be determined how it will impact the U.S. East Coast. A few of our clients and friends at Aspen and Fort Lauderdale-based public relations agency Durée & Company are already organizing relief efforts to help those affected by this powerful storm.

  • Fort Lauderdale-based Freedland Harwin Valori, PL ― along with support from Durée & Company, Ultimate Software, Jim Norton of Coldwell Banker, Frank Walker of State Farm, Huntington Learning Center, and Weston Hills Country Club ― are working with the Rotary Club of Weston (RCW), in coordination with Rotary District 6990, to collect supplies for the people devastated by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Portions of the Bahamas (including Grand Bahama) are part of this Rotary District.

Michael Freedland, Esq., founding partner of the firm and longtime Weston resident, is a former President of the Rotary Club of Weston. A consolidated drop-off location is at Weston Hills Country Club, at 2600 Country Club Way, Weston, FL 33332, from Tuesday, Sept. 3–Friday, Sept. 6, 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Rotary District 6990 has secured a 181-foot ship and begun the efforts to fill four 20-foot containers with needed supplies to aid in the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. The local Rotary Clubs will be collecting items and packing them for the first shipment by this weekend. The Rotary Club already has people on the ground in the Bahamas to receive the supplies.

The Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that the affected areas need the following items immediately: power supplies/lights (generators, batteries, flashlights/lanterns, candles, and portable cell phone chargers); baby supplies (diapers, baby wipes, and baby formula/food); and personal care items (feminine hygiene products, adult diapers, toothbrush/paste kits, toilet paper, soap & shampoo, and sunscreen).

Non-perishable food needed is canned tuna, spam, ham, sardines, chicken, pasta and pasta sauce, soups, rice, grits, flour, sugar, dry cereal, oats, canned fruit & vegetables, seasoning, beans, peanut butter, jelly, mashed potatoes, instant rice, teabags, crackers, granola, ramen noodles, juices, paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils.

Also needed are construction items (hammers, roof paper, roofing nails/tin tabs, towels, and chainsaws); food preparation/food storage items (propane tanks, grills, sterno, can openers, camp stoves, matches, lighters, coolers, and paper towels); sleeping supplies (army portable cots, sheets, pillow cases, and blankets); pet supplies, and bottled water.

Additional donations needed are rubber gloves, latex gloves, work gloves, Clorox wipes, face masks, tarps – all sizes, shovels, mops, brooms, buckets, cleaning supplies, large garbage bags, clean rags, and detergent. Monetary donations can also be made.

 For more information, e-mail Blake Freedland at or text Jonathan Berger at 954-646-6642.

  • Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is now mobilizing to support the Bahamas and any other areas that will be affected by Dorian. Nancy Klock Corey, regional vice president of CBRRE’s Southeast Florida region, is rallying the public to bring donations to CBBRE’s Southeast Florida’s 15 branch and satellite offices (from Pinecrest to Delray Beach) from 10 a.m. –7 p.m. CBCore Group (Coldwell Banker Culture of Real Estate), a group representing CBBRE’s African American associates and community, will be working with volunteers to transport donations to Global Empowerment Mission’s collection sites.

Donations will go to Global Empowerment Mission, where you can also drop donations off directly. The non-profit organization also has three warehouses in southeast Florida that will accept direct donations or shipments, including shipments from Amazon, Home Depot and other retailers. Global Empowerment Mission needs generators, chainsaws, non-perishable food, diapers & baby wipes, formula, baby bottles, Pedialyte, sanitary/hygiene products, cleaning supplies, tents, tarps, flashlights, batteries, medical gloves, masks, bug repellent, masks and life jackets, and pain relievers for children and adults.

For more information, contact Global Empowerment Mission by emailing

  • Shelly Tygielski, Chief Mindfulness Officer at YURU™ Meditation + Mindfulness, has teamed up with Julie Berry, Chris Rotella, Mike Rotella, Julian Siegel and Lisa Siegel collecting items supporting the Bahamas relief efforts which will accept donations now for disbursement this week via sea, land and air. Donations will be accepted at all three Riverside Market locations. Supplies include heavy duty trash bags, flashlights, chainsaws, buckets, generators, zip ties, tents, tarps, power strips, extension cords, paper towels, tissues, disposable flatware and dishes, manual can openers, and more. Help with packing and organizing supplies is requested at Atlantic Yacht and Ship 850 NE 3rd St #213 in Dania Beach.

A GoFundMe page has also been established to collect funds that can go towards bulk purchases. This is being run through The Roger Jennings Davis Memorial Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization in connection with Songwriters In Paradise Hope Town (SIP Hope Town) that has been fundraising and donating to causes in the Abacos for years. The “Hope 4 Hope Town” fund has amassed over $200,000 within 24 hours of its formation.

Companies and people involved in these efforts are: Chris Rotella, Mike Rotella, Bill Pace and Bill Rotella from the Rotella Group; Julie Berry from Marina Investments Group-Stiles Realty; Kaisa Pace from Churchill Yachts; Zander & Molly White from Z&M Development; Brett Rose from United National Consumer Supplies; Scott Young from Tropic Ocean Airways; Shelly Tygielski, Bob Denison from Denison Yachts; Kevin from Divers Direct; Leah and Chris Carroll from Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc.; Troy Menken from Jetscape; Ed Stobel from Sunshine Solar Services; Julian and Lisa Siegel from The Riverside Market; Durée Ross from Durée & Company; and Songwriter Patrick Davis who is based in Nashville and runs the SIP Hope Town Music Festival in the Bahamas annually and who started and runs the nonprofit collecting the funds.

More information and details can be found on the following Facebook page:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is spearheading relief efforts to collect supplies for those devastated in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian and is working with United Way of Miami-Dade and other entities to directly distribute to those affected by the storm in the Bahamas.

All five Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade locations are accepting items, including those fo children, teens and adults, beginning on Thursday, Sept. 5 and will continue through Friday, Sept. 13, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade locations include:

    • Hank Kline Club at 2805 SW 32nd, Miami, FL 33133
    • Kendall Club at 9475 N Kendall Dr., Miami, FL 33176
    • Northwest Club at 10915 NW 14th, Miami, FL 33167
    • South Beach Club at 1200 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
    • Gwen Cherry Club at 7090 NW 22nd, Miami, FL 33147

Items needed are water, non-perishable food, diapers and baby products, clothes and shoes for all ages, first aid supplies, mosquito spray and hygiene products.

Items also can be donated through Amazon Smile and shipped to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Hank Kline Club. For more information, call 305-446-9910 or email

  • United Way of Broward County in collaboration with Broward County Public Schools, the Broward Education Foundation and BrightStar Credit Union, is assisting those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. They are working around the clock to identify the immediate and long-term recovery needs for our neighbors in the Bahamas. The organization has activated the United Way Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund where 100% of donations collected will go directly to supporting response efforts. Currently they are collecting dollars to provide 270,000 meals and medicine to help 10,000 (for at least 90 days).

To donate, visit or donate via Text to Give by texting UWBCDorian to 41444.

United Way is also requesting volunteers, needed immediately and daily, until further notice during the times of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at  Harbour Towne Marina/Atlantic Yacht & Ship located at 801 Northeast 3rd Street in Dania Beach. Volunteers are needed to receive and sort donations for the Bahamas and must be 18 or older; visit to sign up.

For a complete list of needs and donation sites, visit:

  • In response to Hurricane Dorian, Special Needs Group is working with South Florida ASTA/SBN Chapter to collect donations for The Dania Beach Lions Club to send to the Bahamas. Donation items will be collected Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until Saturday, September 14. Items needed include batteries, wipes, water, toiletries, tents, plastic silverware, generators, phone chargers, paper/plastic cups, paper towels, paper plates, nonperishable food, heavy duty gloves, hand sanitizer, garbage bags, flashlights, battery-operated fans, diapers, manual can openers and feminine hygiene products.

Donations will be collected at Special Needs Group’s Dania Beach location: 302 NW 1st Street, Dania Beach, Florida 33004. Please contact 954-585-0575 or 1-866-708-6210 with any questions.

If you have any questions about how to be a part of these Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, contact us at Durée & Company. Let’s work together to make a difference.

Continue to check back for more updates!


About Durée & Company

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