Investing in Youth

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Wexford Science and Technology, LLC, a privately held real estate investment and development company, and the Urban Research Park CDE, LLC recently presented the Overtown Youth Center with a $100,000 donation.

The generous donation will be used to fund programs that help students achieve academic, fitness, and social goals. Wexford Science and Technology is the private developer building the first phase of the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park along Northwest Seventh Avenue in historic Overtown.

“These funds granted by UM’s Life Science and Technology Park Project will help us reach our goal to provide academic and family support as well as enriching experiences to 270 children and 160 families in the Overtown community,” said Bill Diggs, Alonzo Mourning Charities Board Chair. “Our hope is that with the help of our partners, donors, grantors, and other stakeholders, we can provide invaluable opportunities so that our children will one day become positive contributing citizens.”

The Overtown Youth Center provides services to children and families who reside in the Overtown community of Miami. The center was the vision of local real estate developer Martin Z. Margulies, who through his foundation, built the center with the support of former NBA All-Star and Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning.

The UM Life Science and Technology Park is an important part of UM Innovation, the entity within the University responsible for technology development. The park will house companies that may work synergistically with UM faculty to advance discoveries from the research bench to the bedside to help people.

Attending the ceremony were, back row from left: Leo Toca, Overtown Youth Center (OYC) Advisory Board member; Bill Diggs, chairman of Alonzo Mourning Charities; Phillip Bacon, OYC board Member; Vincent L. Dimmock, CEO of Alonzo Mourning Charities; Juan Carlos del Valle, UM director of government affairs; Keith Fletcher, UM director of the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development; Stephen Marino, OYC board member; and Andre Crenshaw, OYC board member.

Front row, from left: Misty Brown, chief of staff for Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson; Heather Bailey, OYC board member; Natasha D. Mayne, vice chair of the OYC; Jodi Silva, chair of the OYC; Lisa Wooten, OYC board member; and Michelle Surtain, OYC board member.

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