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The Lighthouse of Broward board and staff are pleased to announce our new Executive Director, Ellyn Drotzer.

Ellyn Drotzer has been serving Broward County for over 25 years in the public sector. Her vast experience spans social service agencies, funders, workforce and economic development, as well as institutions of higher education. 

Ms. Drotzer has been instrumental in revenue development, strategic planning, regional and national partnership creation, and academic and workforce training programs. Drotzer has had a long history of serving on local, state and national boards. Including United Way, Council for Resource Development, Holocaust Education Center and City of Hollywood Racial Justice Task Force. She was honored to be a Governor appointee to the Committee on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities. 

Drotzer earned her Masters of Social Work from Florida International University, her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida and her Associate of Arts in Psychology from Broward Community College. Most recently, Ms. Drotzer graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Nonprofit Financial Stewardship program. Ms. Drotzer has a reputation for extraordinary results, effective leadership, team building with a passion for social and human justice.





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FAQs about the Children's Services Council Reauthorization Vote



Mail-in ballots are being sent to Broward County homes during the first week of October, and early voting will begin on October 20th. During the entire month and through November 4th, Broward voters will decide whether the Children's Services Council of Broward County shall continue to serve as the major, dedicated funding source for local children and family services. The Children's Services Council of Broward County wants to ensure that voters are as informed as possible about the referendum item which will be on the second page of the November ballot (County Question 1). 

Many of you may have questions about the reauthorization process, so we've created an easy-to-read handout that we hope will help answer many of them HERE.

If you need any additional information or have any other questions during this most important time, please contact our offices at (954) 377-1000 or Sandra Bernard-Bastien, our Chief Communications Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for helping to inform the community about the work and impact of the Children's Services Council of Broward County.

Please take a minute to hear a few success stories from children and families who have benefited from CSC funding.


Thank you all for your unwavering support of the CSC.

Cindy Arenberg Seltzer
President & CEO
Children's Services Council of Broward County
Tel. 954-377-1000
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WellPoint Foundation/USABA National Fitness Challenge:

Adaptive Golf Demonstration and Lesson

Golf without Limits


Who: All Lighthouse of Broward Clients

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014               9:30 am-11:00 am

Where: Lighthouse of Broward (650 N. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale)

Cost: FREE

RSVP: Space Limited, RSVP to Olga Idrissi (954) 463-4217 ext. 128

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring water.


Service is provided by Playing Through Adaptive Golf Institute, Inc.

Whether you’ve played before and you’re looking to get back in the game, or you want to try golf for the first time, join us for inclusive adaptive golf lessons and learn how to build on your abilities and achieve your goals. Playing Through Adaptive Golf Institute provides training to all persons with disabilities, all ages & abilities. Come enjoy the outdoors, meet new people, and experience the benefits of adaptive golf as recreation, rehabilitation and therapy.


Laurie Menekou
September 5, 2012

Lighthouse of Broward presents "Adventures in Darkness" starring Tom Sullivan at the Broward Center
Funds raised from Tom Sullivan’s performance of Adventures in Darkness, will help sustain the various services provided, at no cost, to the thousands of visually impaired clients served by the Lighthouse each year.

Read more: Lighthouse of Broward presents Adventures in Darkness Starring Tom Sullivan

Dr. Elly du Pré executive director of the Lighthouse of Broward, the county’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to comprehensive services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, was recently elected to two new leadership positions.

Read more: Lighthouse Executive Director Assumes Two New Leadership Positions

Dr. Elly du Pré, executive director of the Lighthouse of Broward, has been named an honoree for this year’s prestigious Dania Lions Club/Lions Clubs International Medal of Merit Awards. The Lions Clubs International award recognizes outstanding individuals who are assets to their professions and recognized leaders in South Florida.

Read more: Lions Club Award

More than 300 attended Sharing the Vision Breakfast

Read more: 35th Anniversary Campaign Raises $100,000 for Lighthouse of Broward

Gino Martone, senior vice president, BankAtlantic; Valerie Scott, assistant principal, Broward County Public Schools; and Zorica Visosevic, senior manager, Deliotte & Touche, LLP have joined the Lighthouse of Broward Board of Directors.

Read more: Lighthouse of Broward Appoints Three New Board Members

Visiting a new church, mosque or temple can be intimidating for anyone, but for people who are blind and visually impaired such an experience is often especially daunting.

Read more: Stimulus Grant Helps Visually Impaired

(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – Forty Broward County children who are experiencing low vision symptoms will be able to receive free eye exams at the Lighthouse of Broward thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward. The $10,000 grant will cover special low vision evaluations for children ages infant to 12 years old as well as any special equipment required, such as glasses or magnifiers. 

Read more: Community Foundation Grant Provides Free Low Vision Exams for Children