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We Could not have done this without you…Thank You!!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hello,
 
This year’s Steps for SOS 5K event was EPIC!!  A very special THANK YOU to each and everyone one of you who came out on Saturday.  Through your support we raised $96,000 to provide programs and resources for our children living in the Village.  The event has grown over the years and we had almost 800 participants. I will continue to update all totals during the week.
 
The event site will remain open until November 15th, so please reach out to anyone who promised to donate but never got around to it.  It is not too late for them to make a difference!  Also, if you have checks or cash to turn in, please either contact me at lgarcia@sosflorida.com  or mail them to:
 
SOS Children’s Villages Florida
Attn: Steps for SOS
3681 NW 59th Place
Coconut Creek, FL  33073
 
Also, please lookout for an event survey shortly.  We need your valuable input to ensure that we are able to grow and service the event as we strive continue to strive for excellence.
 
Best Regards,

Luis

Is your name on the list?

Monday, October 29, 2018



Hi Ronald,
 
Check out the list of top fundraisers for the 2018 Steps for SOS 5k Run/Walk event to take place next Saturday November 3rd at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.  CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who have passed the $500 and $100 fundraising benchmarks!!
 
Our SOS Champions who have raised $500 or more:

Matthew Abraham
Robin Cohen
Samone Gibson
Carolyn McKenzie
Sandra Ortega
Jill Ridinger
Stefan Serju 
Ronald Luzim

 
Fundraised $100 or more who will receive a “Transforming Lives” T-Shirt:
 
Fernando Cardao
Alicia Ligienza
Amy Towne
Angela Fisher
Antonio Mendez
Carolyn McKenzie
cheryl dater
Darren Antonoff
Dave Gravelle
Denise Spady
Dennis Shuman
Georgia Rattray
Greg Zeigler
Harris Solomon
Ivanka Jotic
Janice Muenzenmaier
Jennifer Barmoha
Jill Ridinger
Katharine Barry Barry
Katherine Freitag
Kevin Krayer
Kiwanis Club of Coral Springs !
Krista Witherspoon
Kristin Champagne
Larry Dettmer
Maria Snow
Marie Goodrum Johnson
Mathew Abraham
patrick francois
Robin Cohen
Ronald Luzim
Russell Thompson
Samone Gibson
Sandra Ortega
Shana Gizzie Black
Stefan Serju
Stephen Finley
Tara Harris
Tina Dudley
Toby Heidish
Val Hearn
Veronica Bautista
William Kramer
 
Don’t worry if you have not made the list yet!  There is still time to fundraise..go to stepsforsos.org and get started right away!!

Regards

Luis G


 

Lets make it happen!

Monday, October 22, 2018



Hello,

We are 2 weeks away from the BIG EVENT your fundraising is great and we are asking you to make it even greater please don’t leave money on the table and continue to do what you do best! 
 
I have some GREAT news to share! We have just received another weekend stay for a Bluegreen Resort in Orlando which will be awarded if you fund raise $500 between now and October 24th. We are counting on your support to reach our $100,000 goal to give each child the live that they deserve. YOU CAN DO THIS! The next winner may be you! Please visit www.stepsforsos.org/donate to make your donation.
 

 
Thank you,
 

Luis

Want to win a trip?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018



Hi,
 
**Lets have a big round of applause for Matthew Abraham. Who will be attending the Dolphins Game on October 21st CONGRATULATIONS! **
 
I have some GREAT news to share! We have just received another weekend stay for a Bluegreen Resort in Orlando which will be awarded if you fund raise $500 between now and October 24th. We are counting on your support to reach our $100,000 goal to give each child the live that they deserve. YOU CAN DO THIS! The next winner may be you! Please visit www.stepsforsos.org/donate to make your donation.
 

 
Thank you,
 

Luis

Do you want to claim your SOS “TRANSFORMING LIVES” T-Shirt?

Monday, October 15, 2018




Greetings,

We don’t want you to be left out on receiving a limited edition Steps for SOS “TRANSFORMING LIVES” 5K run/walk  25th Anniversary T-Shirt.  There is still time for you to fund raise a minimum of $100.00 by Saturday November 3rd .
 
The money that you help raise provides critical resources and programs for our foster children- providing them with opportunities for a successful life. Please visit www.stepsforsos.org and put things in motion today.
 
Thanks in Advance,



Luis

AND THE WINNER IS!!!! (Could be You)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Hey,

Let’s begin with CONGRATULATIONS to Amy Towne of Team Evo Fit for winning last week’s Miami Dolphin game ticket incentive.  There is an opportunity for you to head out to a game as well!



COUNTDOWN: We are 3 weeks away from the 25th anniversary Steps for SOS 5k Run/Walk event on Saturday November 3rd at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.

GETDOWN: Amp up your fundraising between now and October 16th by raising $250.00.

TOUCHDOWN: You will be entered into a drawing where the winner will receive two tickets and a parking pass for the Miami Dolphins vs. The Detroit Lions football game on Sunday October 21st. The seats are as close as you can get to the field (Section 144 row 24 seat 22-23).

Get to $250.00 starting today by asking friends, family, and co-workers to donate at www.stepsforsos.org or send them your personalized event URL.

Good Luck!
 


 Luis

Get us back on track!

Monday, October 1, 2018



Hi Luis,

A special shout out to the following SOS UMBRELLA WINNERS who are on the way to helping our foster children live the life every child deserves!

  • Cheryl Dater
  • Mireya Keshmiri
  • Priscilla Saldana
  • Kristin Champagne
  • Norvel Bethel
  • Chris Cooper
  • Latrinsha Greaves 
Right now, we are just about 4 weeks away from our special 25th anniversary Steps for SOS 5k Run/Walk event on Saturday November 3rd at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. The State of Florida provides only ½ of what it costs to provide for our children each year and we count on people like you to help make up the difference. For this weeks incentive get us back on track we are offering.
  • Sunday December 2nd 
  • (2) Tickets to the Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills
  • 1:00 pm at Hark Rock Stadium 
Fund raise $100 between today and October 7th and you will be entered into a drawing for the WINNING TEAM INCENTIVE.

You support is appreciated!
 
All the best,



 Luis

Umbrella!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Hello,

As someone who has committed to help improve the lives of our foster children, we want to shower you with some appreciation! Our children are thriving because of your support and generosity.  Statistics show that children in foster care are TWICE as likely to experience homelessness, addiction, and unemployment once the exit the foster care system.  SOS children go on to be functioning, self-sufficient adults due to the level of care and support they receive.  We can’t do this without you!



 
Get your own SOS umbrella through these easy steps between September 21st and 28th:

  • If you have not registered, go to www.stepsforsos.org and register.
  • Raise a minimum of $50.00 and you will be entered into a drawing.  Keep in mind that you will receive one entry for every $50 raised. So, $200 raised gets you 4 entries!!
We have 20 umbrellas with which we want to SHOWER you with our appreciation!!  The odds are in you favor so please help out!!
 
Regards,
 
Luis

Please Help…Close to 70 SOS Kids Need You!!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hello,

***Amy Towne from Team Evo is the winner of last week’s $50 Marshall's Gift card incentive. CONGRATULATIONS AMY!!***

***Dennis Pollack is the winner for the Marlins Flash Fundraiser! (2) Tickets to Sunday's game CONGRATULATIONS Dennis!!***


As someone who has committed to help improve the lives of our foster children, we want to shower you with some appreciation! Our children are thriving because of your support and generosity.  Statistics show that children in foster care are TWICE as likely to experience homelessness, addiction, and unemployment once the exit the foster care system.  SOS children go on to be functioning, self-sufficient adults due to the level of care and support they receive.  We can’t do this without you!



 
Get your own SOS umbrella through these easy steps between September 21st and 28th:

  • If you have not registered, go to www.stepsforsos.org and register.
  • Raise a minimum of $50.00 and you will be entered into a drawing.  Keep in mind that you will receive one entry for every $50 raised. So, $200 raised gets you 4 entries!!
We have 20 umbrellas with which we want to SHOWER you with our appreciation!!  The odds are in you favor so please help out!!
 
Regards,
 
Luis
 

SOS Wants to take you to a Marlins Game!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018



FLASH FUNDRAISER!!


Hi,

Join us for “48 in 48” where you raise $48.00 in the next 48 hours and you will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the Marlins vs. Cincinnati Reds game on Sunday September 23rd at 1:00 pm at Marlins Park.

Marlins Check-In Offer. The individual who wins the tickets will have a chance to win more prizes at the park!

Check-in on your ballpark app when you enter the ballpark for a chance to unlock some of our top offers:

  • One (1) MCM Branded Backpack
  • Three (3) lucky fans will unlock a chance to receive a J.T. Realmuto autographed All-Star Hat.
  • Five (5) lucky fans will unlock R.B.I. Baseball 18 Codes. Your code will work on Baseball 18 game available on Xbox, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
  • MLB At Bat Subscription

This is just one of many campaign incentives to come…HURRY and fundraise today!! www.stepsforsos.org/donate
 
Best Regards,


 
Luis

You got this!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hello,

There are still opportunities for everyone to make their mark and become eligible for a weekly incentive prize over the next 6 weeks leading up to the event on Saturday November 3rd. Every dollar you raise ensures that a foster child has good chance for a promising future. 

Check out our current incentive:

You have until tomorrow midnight September 19th , get 5 people to register and join your team and make a personal donation of $25.00 (to commemorate our 25thAnniversary) and you will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50.00 Marshall’s gift card.  Personalize your steps page and send requests for new team members.
 
Best regards,



Luis
 

And the Winner is!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hi,

I am happy to announce that
JILL RIDINGER of TEAM COUGARS is the winner of an Orlando weekend stay courtesy of BlueGreen Vacations.  CONGRATULATIONS Jill for fundraising over $500 and becoming an SOS Champion!  In addition to Jill, we have 4 other champions.

Sandra Ortega $1,280

Robin Cohen $725
Samone Gibson $520
Carolyn McKenzie $500



There are still opportunities for everyone to make their mark and become eligible for a weekly incentive prize over the next 6 weeks leading up to the event on Saturday November 3rd. Every dollar you raise ensures that a foster child has good chance for a promising future. 


Check out our current incentive:

Between September 13th and 19th, get 5 people to register and join your team and make a personal donation of $25.00 (to commemorate our 25th Anniversary) and you will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50.00 Marshall’s gift card.  Personalize your steps page and send requests for new team members.
 
Best regards,



Luis

What will you do in the remaining final hours?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018



Hello,

There is still time to raise $500, become an SOS Champion, and be entered into a drawing for a two-night stay at a BlueGreen Vacations resort in Orlando, FL. 

Every dollar you raise ensures that our foster children are prepared to face the work ahead on stable ground.  Our tutoring and therapy services give our children the academic and emotional stability to focus on being a child aspire towards a bright future.
 
You have until MIDNIGHT to make your fundraising mark! If you raise $1,000 you have 2 entries in the drawing to win!
 
All the Best,


 
Luis
 

Drumroll Please….!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Greetings,

Let’s get straight to the point and announce the following individuals who have attained SOS CHAMPION status by raising $500 or morefor this year’s event to take place on Saturday November 3rd at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Sandra Ortega $1,265
Robin Cohen $740
Jill Ridinger $625
 
They will be entered into a drawing to win a 2-night stay at the Fountains resort in Orlando, compliments of BlueGreen Vacations.  As CHAMPIONS, they will receive special recognition on the day of the event and a special 25th anniversary commemorative T-Shirt, and a champion medal.



Visit Bluegreenvacations.com

If you are not currently listed as a CHAMPION…it’s not too late. You have 1 days remaining! A few of you are so close you can make it!
Here are a few ways to get to $500 quickly:

  • Make a self-donation
  • Ask 20 people for $25.00
  • Send donation request emails from your Steps page to your address book
  • Add your donation link to your Facebook or social media pages
  • Register if you have not done so
     
Thank you for your support…our children are counting on you!

Sincerely,


Luis Garcia
 

Phone Fan

Monday, August 27, 2018



Hello,

There is still time remaining for you to register and receive a phone fan! Join the ranks of the following registered participants from this past week who have received a FREE phone fan.
 
Kiwanis Club of Coral Springs
Clint Henderson
Lucy Sessions
Dennis Shuman
Elizabeth Guimaraes
Kevin Krayer
Sandra Ortega
Dean Meadows
Vivian Rodriguez
Marcela Phillips
Christina Silva
Melanie Urena
Heather Ford
Wayne Linton 
Alan Renzer
Marie Goodrum Johnson 
Alison Trautmann
Laura Whitehead
Kenneth Lichstein
Perry Victor
Jane Schafrann



This summer is "SIZZLING" as one of the hottest on record and at SOS as we celebrate 25 years of serving foster children! We want to help you beat the heat as you get on board and register for the 2018 Steps for SOS 5k run walk event which is just 10 weeks away!

We appreciate your support and look forward to you joining us on Saturday November 3rd at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek for our special 25th anniversary run/walk to improve the lives of our foster children. Your participation will ensure that our children go through the school year with tutoring twice a week in reading and math, as it will prepare them with everything they need to focus on their education. 

Please visit www.stepsforsos.org before August 28th and register to receive your personal SOS USB cell phone fan. Help us and we will help you beat the heat!

Sincerely,


Luis Garcia
Manager Steps for SOS 

 

Starbucks

Monday, August 27, 2018



Fundraisers!

There is still time remaining for you to register and make a $25.00 donation towards your 2018 Steps for SOS fundraising goal and join the ranks of the following fundraising leaders who will receive a FREE $5.00 Starbucks gift card in the mail next week.

Mary Jameison 
Lucy Session
Marcela Phillips
Amy Lacomb
Sandra Ortega
Jacqueline Donovan
Jeanne Nelson
Diana Marrero
Antonio Mendez
Yahaira Alonzo
John Pond
Jeffrey Kagan
Daniel McMahon
Australia Espinal
Yvonne Lopez
Pamira Davidson 
Marie Johnson
Alison Trautman
Sarah Burlingame
Alan Renzer
Lisa Slone
Kenneth Lichstein
Alan Levine
Jane Schafrann 




You already have taken the most important step by registering for the 2018 Steps for SOS 5K run/walk event to take place on November 3rd at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. For this, we want to say, "THANKS A-LATTE!"
                                                     

Consider yourself an SOS fundraising pioneer as you set out to help raise money to endure that each of our almost 70 foster children live the life that every child deserves. This month your dollars will provide tutoring in reading and math, and purchase back to school clothes, uniforms, and shoes.

Raise $25 or more between now and August 26th and you will receive a $5.00 Starbucks gift card. You can either make a personal donation or send friends and family members a customized message from your Steps for SOS webpage asking that they support you. Visit www.stepsforsos.org/donate.

Note: This week is the beginning of our fundraising incentives. Please be sure to read all of them as we have some very nice items in store!

Sincerely,


Luis Garcia
Manager Steps for SOS

Why not keep a good thing going?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

To keep a good thing going, we are extending the FREE chick-fil-a sandwich promotion for each person who registers online at  www.stepsforsos.org  between July 24th to 31st. Join the growing list of those who have made a commitment to be a part of this year’s SOS 25th anniversary event.



Yvelaine Alexandre
Beverley Armstrong
Evelyn Burns
John Canino
Nicole Canino
Karen Clowers
Milan Curcic
Tina Dudley
Lilian Garcia
C Gold
Dave Gravelle
Fabiola Groves
Heather Hughes
William Lee
Alicia Ligienza
Brian Ligienza
Nathalie Longobardi
Marta Luzim
Ronald Luzim
Carolyn McKenzie
Tim McPherson
Mitshuca Moreau
Nicole Opacki
Camila Orco
Cindy Page
Omnisha Philostin
Patty Pierce
Trevor Raborn
Elizabeth Rivera
Cecilia Ruiz
Yuli Ruiz
Francelina Sanchez
Justin Santasier
Gavriel Simon
Melissa Wright

 

Don't miss out on our FREE Chick-Fil-A lunch promotion …

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


 …why pass up a good thing??!!  Simply register for this year’s Steps for SOS event at https://www.stepsforsos.org/Account/Register and your free gift card will be on it’s way to you in the mail. Register between July 10th and 16th to be eligible



 
A special shout out to the following SOS SUPERSTARS who have taken the first step of registering and are on the way to helping our foster children live the life every child deserves!
 

  • Kamil Thomas
  • Whitney Johnson
  • Gloria T
  • Diana Cevallos
  • Nicholas Simpson
  • Kayla Merew
  • Kevin Kearney
  • Ronelle Kruger

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