The Heart Gallery of Broward County Announces Successful 2013 and New Executive Director

The Heart Gallery of Broward County provides innovative programs that help to promote the adoption and enrichment of Broward County’s foster children.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – February 27, 2014 – The Heart Gallery of Broward is a happy to announce there were 25 matches that included 10 finalized adoptions for 2013.  One of the programs that had great feedback from the community was the hands-on art class that was combined with a photo shoot.  The children enjoyed the entire experience.  The lending acquired towards this innovation allowed the Heart Gallery to obtain funding to produce electronic kiosks to display the photos of the children with a brief description on each one.  These will serve to augment the traditional photo gallery exhibit and will be placed at host sites in high traffic areas to increase the organization’s awareness and mission.

“We are looking forward to an exciting 2014 with the help of our new Executive Director, Yvette DuBois,”Michaelo Boorom, President of the Heart Gallery commented.  “Yvette’s strong background in sales and marketing and over 14 years of experience in architectural specifications in marketing and sales will bring a strong leadership to our overall mission and goals, “he added.

Yvette DuBois also worked 13 years as a board member of the ACTSO Broward and as a mentor to high school students. “My mother was a foster child and she had a positive experience in her foster home and was later adopted at age 16, it changed her life. I truly believe that every child deserves to feel loved and wanted, it is fundamental to the human experience,” stated DuBois.

The Heart Gallery’s initiatives for 2014 are largely our effort to continue to grow and expand our reach through innovative programs and events.  We will be introducing exciting programs throughout the year for the community to learn and get involved with us.  One of the programs is the “Ask Me Programming.”  Through this program the children were asked to tell the organization what it is they wanted to experience.  The feedback was great and we will be implementing as many as possible over the next year.  The organization also plans to start a workshop feature to the Ask Me series to teach the children anything from financial awareness to how to tie a tie.  To help with all the programs, the Heart Gallery is also launching a capital campaign, Campaign 214 an ongoing fundraiser for the year in which we ask donors to donate and invest in our programs and the children of Broward County.

For more information about programs, services and how to donate visit our website www.heartgalleryofbroward.org.

About The Heart Gallery of Broward County

The Heart Gallery’s mission is to provide innovative programs that help to promote the adoption and enrichment of Broward’s foster children. It is one of over 100 independent heart galleries across the country. We work closely with ChildNet and the local foster care providers to seek adoptive families and other connections for these children. The first exhibit was introduced in April of 2007.

The Heart Gallery of Broward County is a traveling photography exhibit of foster children who are waiting to be permanently adopted. The Gallery is unique: in concept- it is displayed in many public places just like an art exhibit- and in execution- every photograph is a vibrant composition taken by a professional photographer. Coupled with a bio card that describes each child’s personality and interests, the inner spirits of these unique children are brought to life. The Gallery presents an emotional appeal to the community to help:

  • to adopt
  • to volunteer
  • to donate money or goods

The Heart Gallery provides a solution. It raises awareness of a major need and draws the community together to help solve it.