February 2013 Newsletter
Valentine’s day is not just about giving flowers or candy to those we love. At MonarchCare it is also about celebrating people with heart. Our clients not only appreciate the support that we provide, but all those in the community who support them as well; family, friends, other professionals - people with heart. That is why on Thursday, March 7th at our annual Transforming Lives Luncheon we show our love to those who give back. Keep on reading and see all the HEART                                          out there!
How We Help

Working as a team we accomplish so much! One of our guardianship clients with a brain injury depends on a special family member to have a place to live. Recently, Ethelyn and Josephine were able to move into a 2-bedroom apartment so that Ethelyn doesn’t have to sleep on the couch. But then they needed furniture for a second bedroom. When we reached out into the community, Bright Transitions and Movers donated two beds, a dresser and bedside table and delivered them to our client free of charge.

Another client that we are working with through our collaboration on fiscal literacy services with the City of Tamarac needed a refrigerator but could not afford one. We reached out to Covenant Village Retirement Community which donated the refrigerator, then some BSO volunteers picked it up and delivered it on their off time. These are just some of the people with HEART who support MonarchCare and our clients every day.

How You Can Help

The need in the community for pro bono services grows every day. You can help us to meet that need by supporting our Transforming Lives Luncheon in March with a sponsorship. These dollars enable our Care Managers and Financial Specialists to be the advocates for our clients who often have no one else to help them. Please join us on March 7, 2013 and meet our team and our supporters. Sponsorships range from Supporting Sponsors for $150 to the Presenting Sponsor for $5000. You can also advertise in the Luncheon program, donate a Food Basket Centerpiece or an auction item. But most importantly, come to the event and learn about how we Transform Lives!

Did You Know?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. See the History Channel’s website for more on the origin of Valentine’s day.

Upcoming Events

Howard Finkelstein will again be our Transforming Lives Luncheon emcee. Last year he brought a real HEART-felt passion to the event. This year we will be presenting our First Bill Kling Service to Veterans Award to the Honorable Judge Peter Weinstein for his singular contribution to the formation of the Veterans Court in Broward County. Our special honorees are Alan Cohn, Esq. and the City of Tamarac Social Services Department for all they do for our clients and the community. There will be vendors and auction items to explore while networking and our food basket centerpieces will be donated after the luncheon to Jewish Family Services and Family Central.

Thank You

A BIG Thank You to Horizon Club, a 5 Star Senior Living Community for hosting our “Giving into Gold” fundraiser this January. By hosting the event, we were able to raise community awareness about MonarchCare and several hundred dollars to help support our indigent clients. Karrie Klimas, our favorite Gift Problem Solver was also there with some of her wonderful candles, purses and jewelry for sale (she will be at the Transforming Lives Luncheon, too.)

We also had a great Open House at our newly refreshed offices earlier this month with donated food, wine and chocolate from FLIPANY, Total Wine and Exquisite Catering by Robert – thanks to these supporters everyone who came had a wonderful time.

If you would like to host a FriendRaising event for MonarchCare let us know – we LOVE to party!

Employee of the Month
Lauren Brooks

We welcomed Lauren to our fold a few months ago, but before we could highlight her as a new employee, she has been our Employee of the Month for December and January! Lauren came to us through the AARP Work Search Program in July 2012 and then joined our staff in November as a part-time receptionist. Lauren, who is originally from New York, has been loving life in Florida since 1968. She worked for over 15 years in the Hospitality Industry and Hotel Management.

Lauren loves gardening and animals, especially cats, and in her off time loves biking and the beach. Having worked at the Social Security Administration offices for two years with the AARP program, she now sees how those programs are implemented by our clients and staff every day at MonarchCare. Lauren brings a “can do” attitude to our public face, as you will see when you give us a call!!   

Dolores’ Panettone Bread Pudding


  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

    Bread Pudding:
  • 1 (1-pound) loaf panettone bread, crusts trimmed, bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • Cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350º
To make the sauce: Bring the cream, milk, and sugar to a boil in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, mix the amaretto and cornstarch to blend and then whisk into the cream mixture. Simmer over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Set aside and keep warm. (The amaretto sauce can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm before serving.)
To make the bread pudding: Lightly butter a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking dish. Arrange the bread cubes in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla, cream, milk, and sugar to blend. Pour the custard over the bread cubes, and press the bread cubes gently to submerge. Let stand for 30 minutes, occasionally pressing the bread cubes into the custard mixture. (Recipe can be prepared up to this point 2 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Bake until the pudding puffs and is set in the center, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Spoon the bread pudding into bowls, drizzle with the warm amaretto sauce, and serve.

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Your support enables us to continue our work that has
rescued susceptible individuals from financial
exploitation, restored institutionalized persons to
independent lifestyles and reconnected isolated persons
with long-lost family and friends. Thank You!

Knyvett Lee, NCG
MonarchCare Founder, CEO

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