Ellen Schulman
(954) 895-3152
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Jim Silvernale,
Lions Club
(954) 648-6905
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Dania Lions Club Awards Lighthouse of Broward
Executive Director Medal of Merit

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- 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. The Lighthouse is the only agency in Broward County providing comprehensive rehabilitation, counseling and educational services to blind and visually impaired children and adults.

Three awards were presented recently by James Silvernale, president of the Dania Lions Club, and Lions Club International District Governor Alec Hernandez. Also honored were: Julie Durda, meteorologist for WSVN/Fox-7 News, and Tamara James, small forward for The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), Washington D.C. Mystics/Jerusalem Israel Team and University of Miami Hall of Fame member.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this award on behalf of the Lighthouse of Broward and very pleased with the terrific friendship that has evolved between the Dania Lions Club and the Lighthouse,” said du Pre’. “Together, we can offer much-needed support to people in our community who are blind or visually impaired.”

“Local business owners who are members of the Lions Clubs seek opportunities to coordinate projects with agencies like the Lighthouse,” added Silvernale. “Our goal is to provide the most beneficial volunteer services to the community and to best advance the Lions Club motto, ‘We Serve.’”

Dr. du Pré has more than 35 years of experience teaching and developing programs for blind or visually impaired individuals. Initially entering the field of blind rehabilitation as an orientation and mobility specialist, she taught in Boston and Miami, eventually directing rehabilitation and computer training programs for children and adults. She previously served as a director of the Lighthouse of Broward from 1987 to 1991 and was with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind for 22 years. The Lighthouse of Broward executive director since 2005, Dr. du Pré is a past president of the Broward Women’s Alliance and is a sought-after speaker on issues related to accommodations of people who are blind or visually impaired.

About the Lighthouse of Broward

The Lighthouse of Broward is a 501 ( c ) 3 charity that serves blind and visually impaired babies, adults and seniors. All services are tailored to meet individual needs, based on assessments conducted by certified professionals. These professionals identify the exact skills needed for the Lighthouse client to achieve maximum independence.

Accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment (NAC), Lighthouse of Broward is a United Way partner agency and member of the Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind and is sponsored by State of Florida, Department of Education/Division of Blind Services. Operating funds are raised through grants and donations from individual and corporate supporters.

If you know someone who is blind or visually impaired or would like to make a donation, contact the Lighthouse at 954-463-4217 or 650 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, or donate online: