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Broward College Hosts Reception to Mark 2014 Florida Gubernatorial Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Nov. 7, 2014) – Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr., hosted a reception for nearly 100 College supporters and community leaders the evening of the 2014 Florida Gubernatorial Debate, held at Broward College’s A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie. The event provided Broward College the opportunity to showcase its many civic engagement events leading up to the debate, and provided a forum for students and staff, as well as members of the community, to engage in discourse related to Florida’s future. 
 
“We were so pleased to invite members of the community and beyond to the Broward College campus to highlight our excellent programs and activities,” said Nancy Botero, vice president of advancement and foundation executive director. “Serving as the center for political debate and civic engagement, the College had a unique opportunity to perform a service of great value to the state of Florida.”
 
Reception guests included members of the District Broward College Board of Trustees, elected officials, education and business leaders and other community members, including District Broward College Board of Trustees members Gloria Fernandez-Banks, Pamela Stephany and Liz Tonkin; Broward College Foundation board members Michael Landry, treasurer; Ray Kendrick, immediate-past chair; Lloyd Rhodes, golf committee chair; and Bruce Rector, strategic planning committee member; German Consul General Jürgen Borsch; Italian Consul General Adolfo Baratollo; U.S. Representatives Lois Frankel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson; Mayor of Broward County Barbara Sharief; Mayor of Fort Lauderdale Jack Seiler; County Commissioner for District 4 Chip LaMarca; Broward County Superintendent Robert W. Runcie; Florida State Senators Maria Sachs, Jeremy Ring, Eleanor Sobel and Oscar Braynon; Florida State House of Representatives Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, George Moraitis, Jim Waldman, Perry Thurston, Hazelle Rogers, Jared Moscowitz, Katie Edwards, Elaine Schwartz, Joe Gibbons, Shevrin Jones and Richard Stark; and President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Bob Swindell.
 
Sponsors for the reception included Advanced Roofing, Inc.; Arenson & Sandhouse; Nancy R. Botero; Dr. Francis and Dr. Catalina Fazzano; Maite Arnedo Jabour, Goldman, Sachs & Company; Dr. Arthur Keiser and Belinda Keiser; Keith & Associates, Inc.; Michael and Barbara Landry; James Mueller & Associates; Susan and Don Peirce; The Rector Group; The Rhodes Insurance Group; Chris Roehm; Randall Vitale and Kelly Alvarez Vitale; Waste Management; and Beverly Yanowitch.
 
The reception preceded the 2014 Florida Gubernatorial Debate at Broward College’s Bailey Hall. In the debate audience, there were approximately 850 attendees, including 125 Broward College students, staff and faculty members. The debate was carried live on TV, radio and websites across the state.
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