The campaign celebrates one million dollars in grant funding that Parkland Cares has given to local mental health nonprofits to serve community members impacted by trauma

April 14, 2022 – Created only days after the Parkland tragedy in 2018, just over four years later, Parkland Cares is celebrating a milestone: Their upcoming round of grant awards to local mental health nonprofits will bring the total amount of grant funding awarded by Parkland Cares to $1 million!

Local dignitaries, elected officials, supporters, and representatives from South Florida mental health providers will gather to celebrate from 6:00-9:00 P.M. on Friday, May 6 at Deja Blue Restaurant at 7805 N University Drive in Parkland.

“We’re grateful for our passionate supporters—neighbors, community partners, local small businesses, and so many in the philanthropic community—that have allowed us to grow and reach more people in need,” says Parkland Cares Executive Director, Stacey Udine.

Last year, Parkland Cares announced it was expanding its mission and opening up eligibility for grant funding to local nonprofits throughout South Florida that provide counseling and treatment for those affected by trauma.

“Parkland Cares has made major efforts to address the unmet needs of Parkland, Coral Springs and the surrounding communities following the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy,” said Jared Smith, CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs. “Contributing to their mission is just one of the ways Broward Health endeavors to support the health and wellness of our neighbors.”

And when it comes to serving the community, Parkland Cares Founder Howard Dvorkin is dedicated to continuing to raise much-needed funds. “As we celebrate this milestone, we also turn the page to the next chapter of taking our successes and continuing to expand that model throughout South Florida.”

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About: Founded in honor of all those impacted by the Parkland, FL tragedy of 2018, Parkland Cares provides funding and awareness for trauma care and mental health services by awarding grants to local non-profit agencies that provide counseling for those in the South Florida community affected by trauma. For more information and to support our mission, visit or text MSD to 71760. Parkland Cares, Inc. is a 501 (C)(3) tax-exempt organization.