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The Association for Women in Communications South Florida Honor Karyn Turk and Ethan Litman to become Best Buddies Champion of the Year 2019.

A friendly(ish) fundraising competition between a group of champions like Karyn and Ethan. Raise the most money = win bragging rights and a boatload of prizes.

Through 10 weeks of raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies, our Champions will generate countless opportunities for friendships, jobs, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the campaign’s conclusion, we will join together to celebrate each other’s accomplishments, honor the Champions’ collective impact, and name the ultimate Champion of the Year! ~ via Best Buddies International

Karyn Turk nominated for Best Buddies Champion of the Year 2019

South Florida’s very own Karyn Turk, former Mrs. Florida (2016), TV Host, Social Media, Radio Personality, Producer and Actress has set her mind on a new challenge. To become Champion of the year for Best Buddies.

Anthony Kennedy Shriver

Anthony Kennedy Shriver founded Best Buddies in 1989, fomenting friendships among individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). He first reached out to his college peers to come together and broaden the experiences that people with IDD could be exposed to. This volunteer movement makes one-to-one friendships possible along with employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with IDD. 

Karyn Turk and Ethan Litman Best Buddies International to become Champion of the Year 2019

As part of the program, Karen has been paired with a high school student named Ethan Litman. “He is a rock star!” she claims. Someone that is a little bit older than her son and such a great journey. Ethan is instrumental in creating awareness for the program and embraces his differences which converts into a powerful thing. He has aspirations to go into the military. An athlete for the Special Olympics within bowling and track and field. 

It’s not all about giving, this can be selfish as well. Having the opportunity to meet this kid has changed her perspective and this is not about what you give but what you get in return which can be life-changing. 

KARYN TURK – MRS. FLORIDA 2016 U.S CONTINENTAL PAGEANT HIGHLIGHTS

Karen remembers her motivation behind Mrs. Florida she recalls not seen herself as a pageant girl. Her Jewish mother would have been like what are you doing? And the reason to participate was to gain access to an incredible platform that allowed to create awareness towards organizations in need. 

This time her goal is to bring more and more awareness. Best Buddies gives her a purpose, a drive, a goal and a reason to work harder. Being in a contentious media environment, she thrives to focus on what is positive. What can make your life better? 

The IDD community served by Best Buddies includes people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and other undiagnosed disabilities

Every little bit counts, a person sent a handbag for her birthday party to auction, by looking into her birthday petition. This is a job to be done in sync, we are all in this together. The idea behind everything is learning how to be inclusive in this world. 

Ethan Litman quote

What makes you a better adult? Been exposed to people with different needs. Best Buddies is a charity over and above. As part of her plan as Champion for this organization, she formulating an increased exposure of the charity to high net worth entrepreneurs.

Karyn Turk’s quote

Some CEO’s within South Florida have no idea of the organization and its program. Our community has the potential to step up. Karen definitely sees an opportunity to raise the bar. 

The Association of Women in Communications South Florida will be supporting Karen and Ethan’s efforts on Tuesday 24, at The Blue, Boca Raton Resort. 

Sunset at Boca Raton Resort

Register for Women in Communications Meetup: Karyn and Ethan to become Best Buddies Champion of the Year 2019

To support Karen and Ethan in their Goals we can donate on the link below https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/palmbeach/supporting/#karynturk or use the short link: bit.ly/teamkarynandethan

All donations count and may be considered as monetary, In-Kind, Gala Tickets, every little bit counts.

For more information about Best Buddies Champion of the Year Gala https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/palmbeach/event-details/

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ABOUT BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL:

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to nearly 2,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ nine formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, Promoters and Inclusive Living— engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 54 countries, positively impacting the lives of over 1.25 million people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit bestbuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.

About Karyn Turk:

For over two decades, Karyn has worked as a journalist, television producer, host, editor and brand ambassador specializing in business, technology, politics and all things relevant to the modern woman. In 2018, Richtopia ranked her as #200 on their list of Top 250 Most Influential Business Journalists in the World. Karyn also holds the title of Mrs. Florida 2016 and was named one of Florida’s Top Power Women and Influencers in 2015. She has also been featured on the cover of national magazines and has appeared on the show “In Sanity, Florida” and in the award-winning film “Nearly Departed.” She is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video in “Fake News: A Trump Story.” For more info: karynturk.com

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The unattended fastest-growing role in all families, 75% are female

caregiver

A $470 billion dollars was the result of unpaid services in 2013, exceeding the value of paid home care and total Medicaid. Right in the ballpark of the Wal-Mart sales of 477 billion. [AARP Public Policy Institute. (2015). Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update.]

Approximately 43.5 million caregivers provided unpaid care to an adult or child within 12 months in 2015. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015)

Helping someone with daily needs. Look out for the most common status: Overwhelmed. For years we have overseen the value and lack of incentive for caregivers within all households. Going through a healing process due to illness, injury or disability is not a one-person task, this is surrounded by individuals that facilitate our recovery and sustainability. We are all bound to become a person in need of care or a provider without even been prepared.

Regardless of the process that you require recovery off, the focus will be mainly placed on the individual suffering the illness. But as a primary rule of survival, just as when you hear the flight attendant on every aircraft, one must place the breathing mask on ourselves before helping others. 

How do we assure and support caregivers for the wellbeing of those in recovery? Recognizing their status is very important, providing incentives and motivation could be one. 

Caregivers asking for help will reflect on the care provided to your loved one. Part of being taken care of is the feeling of guilt, having help for providing assistance can reattribute a sense of relief to the person in recovery. Making time for yourself is always overseen, but crucial to providing the best support. 

In our South Florida community, we encounter many exemplary individuals that look after their loved ones.  According to Family Caregiver Alliance *Upwards of 75% of all caregivers are female, and may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than males. [Institute on Aging. (2016). Read How IOA Views Aging in America.] As women supporting women the Association of Women in Communications South Florida (AWCSF), promotes awareness towards this service.

One Life to Live Foundation

One association looking into this matter and focusing on the 5.5 million caregivers caring for former or current military personnel in the U.S* and stressing the fact that 9 in 10 caregivers of veterans are female and 70% provide care to their spouse or partner is One Life to Live Foundation. 

One Life to Live Foundation Founders (Daphnee Uter, Pamela Black, Yolanda Brown and Arie Lewis)

Increased stress or anxiety, sleep deprivation are only a few of the issues they look to support women with. Daphnee Uter, Pamela Black, Yolanda Brown and Arie Lewis former veterans honorably discharged have set their minds on giving back to the support system that allowed them to adapt to their civilian lives. As each gathers different serving stories that affected their well being and families, who they wish to recognize and assure that all caregivers for veterans are supported.

The Association of Women in Communications South Florida will continue to deploy efforts towards our caregivers and their recognition for the wellbeing of their loved ones. 

*(1.1 million post 9/11). [Ramchand, R., Tanielian, T., Fisher, M., Vaughan, C., Trail, T., Batka, C., Voorhies, P., Robbins, M., Robinson, E., & Ghosh-Dastidar, B. (2014). Key Facts and Statistics from the RAND Military Caregivers Study.]

Online Resources:

Caregiver Booklet

https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/caring-for-the-caregiver.pdf

Caregiver Statistics

https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver-statistics-demographics

One Life to Live Foundation

One Life to Live Foundation, 501(3)C non-profit organization founded in 2019 by Daphnee Uter, Pamela Black, Yolanda Brown and Arie Lewis. Four Women Veterans, realized that most Women Veterans were underserved and caregivers, in general, tend to neglect themselves as they care for others. Understanding the unique needs of Veterans and their caregivers, the Founders decided they needed to be a source of support for positive change among this demographic. A day of respite and retreat to refocus on the individual needs. To learn about self-care and gain a better understanding of what our body requires to maintain a healthy lifestyle is just what caregivers and Women Veterans need. The goal is to raise awareness about Woman Veterans and support caregivers’ Wounded Warriors. For more info: onelifetolivefoundation.com