-Local Celebrities, Scholarship Winners and Community Leaders Join Carey in Shopping Entire Mall With Children From Local Charities-
Former Miami Dolphins Offensive Linemen Vernon Carey is treating 30 deserving children to a mall shopping spree at Westfield Broward Mall. Joining the children in shopping will retired NFL players Adewale Ogunleye, Kendall Langford, Bryant McKinnie, Travis Daniels, Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, Miami Heat Dancers, Florida Panthers ROAR Corps, Hooters Calendar Girls and other local celebrities. The children are from organizations in Broward and Miami Dade County including Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department, Curley’s House, Adopt a Family, Broward County Public Schools, Miami Beach Police Athletic League and The Heart Gallery of Broward. Each child is paired with a celebrity shopper.
The Vernon Carey Foundation creates programs and provides support to encourage the improvement of our youth. These programs are designed to enhance educational and recreational development and economic opportunities within the community. The Vernon Carey Foundation is sponsoring the 5thAnnual Shopping Spree. Children will each receive over $300 in Gift Cards from the Vernon Carey Foundation to spend at the stores in the Mall. Westfield Broward donated an additional $35 per child.
The scholarships also announced at the event are part of the Vernon Carey Foundation “One Step to a Brighter Future” Scholarship program. Each scholarship is in the amount of $5,000.00, totaling $15,000.00 given out to deserving local students.
The schools selected have extra special ties to the Vernon Carey Foundation Board Members. Miami Northwestern is the Alma Mater of Vernon Carey. The Miami Carol City scholarship is in memory of Vincent Banks, father of LaTavia Carey and father in law to Vernon Carey. Miami Central is the Alma Mater of Felix Williams; Mentor to Vernon Carey and Treasurer of the Vernon Carey Foundation.