March 2013 Newsletter
March 20 is the first day of Spring this year, and we at MonarchCare are springing into action following our wonderful and well received Transforming Lives Luncheon. Thank you to those who supported us, especially our Major Sponsor Smith & Smith, guardianship attorneys who continually support MonarchCare and our clients in so many ways. It was an honor to have Howard Finkelstein as our Emcee, who again brought his heart to the program. Several attendees signed up to help us on future events and made additional donations. As Spring brings us new blooms, we look forward to growing through new partnerships and with our new supporters’ help.
How We Help

March is National Nutrition Month. A CBS4 online article in 2011 referred to a study which found that 30% of South Florida families with children go hungry. MonarchCare assists many individuals by applying for benefits like food stamps and TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy Families,) when they juggle between covering the costs of putting food on their table and other necessities. Betty contacted MonarchCare to request assistance in obtaining Food Stamps and Social Security benefits for her daughter Kelly. Kelly is 48 and has a mental illness. Our financial specialist worked with Social Security to help get the benefits she needed so she can use her limited funds for other life necessities.

We realize that it’s not just our clients who need this kind of help. That is why we decided years ago to include the solicitation of food items for our table centerpiece baskets at our Transforming Lives Luncheon. Every year these baskets are donated after the luncheon to local organizations chosen by the honorees of the luncheon. This year they were donated to Jewish Family Service and Family Central.

We encourage you to consider doing a food drive in your office to donate to a local pantry this month. There are a number of organizations across South Florida that maintain food pantries or give vouchers to needy families. A few of those in Broward County are Catholic Charities, Cross Road Food Bank, Pantry of Broward, Salvation Army and LifeNet4Families. Feeding South Florida is the major food bank in the area that distributes food to these and other organizations, and their website offers news on events and ways to join the fight against hunger.

How You Can Help

How can you Spring into Action? We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our mission and to work with us on events throughout the year, and now our Fall Gala. Today we especially want to thank those who helped us with our Transforming Lives Luncheon: Lindsay, Peter, Elaine, Bonnie, Holly, Belinda, Laura, June, Christine, Joy, Hanna, Cathy and Rose! Perhaps you would prefer to serve our clients directly as a Friendly Visitor, visiting those who have no family other than MonarchCare - and now you! Chris and Alan Hooks head up this project, and one of our most devoted Friendly Visitors, Quan Le, shared his thoughts about the program at our recent luncheon. We also partner with Hands On Broward, which most recently connected us with Jeronimo, who is helping with our social media outreach and Charles who is answering phones in our office. Please help us by making a difference in whatever way you feel most comfortable. Contact Christina Levine at CLevine@MonarchCare.org for more information.

Did You Know?

On the first day of Spring—the vernal equinox—day and night are each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night in the Northern Hemisphere occurring a few days before the vernal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. See The Old Farmer’s Almanac First Day of Spring page!


Upcoming Events

Lots of activities are in the works for the rest of this year. To begin, think about whom you would like to jail for our Jail & Bail in July. Our Fall Gala will be a hunt for the King and Queen of Networking, so consider who you would like to nominate. We are planning some more friendraisers in between, so we hope you can join us for one or more and invite someone to learn about what we do to serve the community.


Employee of the Month
Melissa Ginn

Melissa joined our team in October 2012 as Care Coordinator and has brought not only her organizational skills but her “can do anything” attitude. Melissa had volunteered for us in the past, working the registration for events and making the centerpieces for our luncheon, this year she donated a fantastic looking candy bouquet for our auction! Melissa graduated from college with a degree in Elementary Education but actually brings over 16 years in pharmacy management experience to MonarchCare. She loves to cook, do arts and crafts and is a voracious reader. She lives with and cares for her mother and their dog, Linus. We welcome Melissa with open arms to our family and congratulate her on being Employee of the Month.

Recipe
Lauren’s Oven-Baked Chicken

The crunchy coating on this baked chicken conjures up images of Fried Chicken

SERVINGS: 6

TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

3 pounds chicken pieces (with or without skin), rinsed and dried
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup Low sodium soy sauce
1 cup Kellogg's Corn Flake Crumbs
3 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted

Directions:

1. Place chicken in single layer in shallow dish Stir together egg and soy sauce. Pour over chicken. Cover and chill at least 1 hour, turning pieces several times.

2. Place Corn Flake Crumbs in shallow dish or pan. Drain chicken pieces slightly. Coat with cereal mixture. Place in single layer, skin side up, in shallow baking pan, coated with cooking spray or foil-lined. Drizzle with margarine.

3. Bake at 350° F about 1 hour or until chicken is tender, no longer pink and juices run clear. Do not cover pan or turn chicken while baking. Serve hot.

Enjoy!

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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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