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Nurse in Fourth Year of Bringing Smiles

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The Miami Herald
2001-08-09
Section: Neighbors BC
Edition: Final
Page: 2MB

José was an 8-year-old homeless boy who did not speak.

According to Bessie Perry-Garrett, who accompanied José on a bus trip to Disney World in Orlando two years ago, the boy was sitting by the window as the bus pulled into the Disney theme park. His eyes widened as he saw hedge sculptures of Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy. All at once, José started hitting Perry-Garrett's knee and shouting, ``BG! BG! Honest-to-God, BG, this is Disney?''

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The Changing Face of Philanthropy

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Miami Herald, The (FL)
2000-11-15
Section: Special Section
Edition: Final
Page: 25GI

Not so long ago, the prototypical philanthropist in these parts had already made his fortune in business and put the kids through school, and could be counted on to write big checks to big institutions whose logos and slogans have long been fixtures on South Florida's charitable landscape.

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Miami-Dade Public Servants Honored For Community Service

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Miami Herald, The (FL)
2000-03-26
Section: Neighbors NW
Edition: Final
Page: 6NW

Ten public servants who work at various jobs around the county were honored at a banquet Monday night as winners of the Green Family Foundation United Way American Values Awards. The awards carry a prize of $5,000 and recognize public servants for exceptional public service outside their jobs.

The honorees, whom keynote speaker Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle called ``heroes who quietly move our world forward,'' included Oria Barbara Acebal of Allapattah, a secretary for the IRS; and Jo Ann Jones of North Miami, teacher at Miami Central Senior High.

Bringing Smiles to Faces of Homeless Kids

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Miami Herald, The (FL)
1999-08-08
Section: Neighbors NW
Edition: Final
Page: 8NW

For 10 years, Bessie Garrett dreamed of showing homeless children a fun time.

What pushed her to do it was meeting an inner-city boy while she was on rounds giving medical treatment to the homeless in Overtown. ``There was an instance where a 5-year-old boy told me that he wanted to get his hair shaved off, and I asked him why,'' Garrett said. ``He told me that if he got his hair shaved off and got really sick, then he could go to Disney World. This really broke my heart.''

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Benefactor is Red Cross' Million-Dollar Man

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Miami Herald, The (FL)
1999-06-23
Section: Local
Edition: Final
Page: 2B

Steven J. Green, a Miami philanthropist who is U.S. ambassador to Singapore, is giving the American Red Cross $1 million for its disaster relief fund and to teach 180,000 local children how to swim.

A formal presentation was planned in Goral Cables on Tuesday night, when the Red Cross installed its board of directors and recognized its volunteers. The money is being donated to the Greater Miami and Keys chapter of Red Cross through the Green Family Foundation. Other recent beneficiaries include Florida International University, the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum and United Way. The foundation is run by Kimberly Green, daughter of the ambassador and his wife Dorothea.

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