CBF was pleased to make a donation to the Leisure City/Modello Optimist Club of Florida. The Optimist Club is a non-profit that sponsors five teams in the Miami Stream Youth Football League, including the well known Timberwolves. Players range in ages from five to fourteen and although the competition is extremely fierce, they have been awarded top prizes in recent years.
You may recognize the woman accepting the check, Mrs. Geneva Josephs. As the Director of Optimist Club, she has been working hard for the youth in our community since 1998. She started out taking neighborhood children to school and football practices and decided she wanted to get more involved. She connected with the Optimist Club and has been running the concessions and sponsorships since then. Every game she cooks up a storm to raise money. She takes many of the players to practice at Modello Park and to after-school tutoring. She has counted on Community Bank for the last several years because their funding comes directly from donations. They are required to provide transportation for the players to and from the games, as well as pay for certified referees. These referees run $200 each and with 4 referees required per game, the costs go up quickly. The group continues to fundraise and seek corporate and individual sponsorships. If you would like to help support them, please contact Geneva Josephs at (305) 969-0061 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: (l to r) Amanda Garner presents the check to Geneva Josephs