Brad Forté - Building Our Community, One Effort at a Time

on Tuesday, 18 February 2014. Posted in forte related

It’s already been a busy year for Forté Properties and me. Aside from our efforts in commercial and class A office leasing and development in Coral Gables, Miami and South Florida, I – in my role with Forté Properties and on my own time – have been working with other community leaders to help those in need. It’s an important task for anyone interested in the health of a community, its people and its quality of life.

Three particular projects I’ve been working affect many of our community’s most important components.

I recently was among the founding committee members of the Baptist Children’s Hospital’s inaugural Hall of Dreams Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala. Working with more than two dozen community leaders and citizens, our “think tank” created from scratch a two-day event that engaged people across the community. Baseball legends Mike Lowell Jorge Posada and dozens of other athletes and celebrities also stepped up to the plate to play golf at the Biltmore Country Club. My foursome included former Miami Marlins pitcher Bill Hurst.

The Hall of Dreams Gala was held at the Doral Golf Club. It attracted more than 430 people. In all, we raised thousands of dollars over two days for a tremendous local cause.

Another event I participated in was the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Charity Golf Classic for Scholarships Luncheon at the Biltmore. Lunch was followed by a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop benefiting the Rotary Foundation. As an occasional golfer, I joined other golfers and non-golfers alike in the perfect marriage of our enjoyment of the sport, pleasure of camaraderie and desire to help the community.

 

It’s already been a busy year for Forté Properties and me. Aside from our efforts in commercial and class A office leasing and development in Coral Gables, Miami and South Florida, I – in my role with Forté Properties and on my own time – have been working with other community leaders to help those in need. It’s an important task for anyone interested in the health of a community, its people and its quality of life.

Three particular projects I’ve been working affect many of our community’s most important components.

I recently was among the founding committee members of the Baptist Children’s Hospital’s inaugural Hall of Dreams Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala. Working with more than two dozen community leaders and citizens, our “think tank” created from scratch a two-day event that engaged people across the community. Baseball legends Mike Lowell Jorge Posada and dozens of other athletes and celebrities also stepped up to the plate to play golf at the Biltmore Country Club. My foursome included former Miami Marlins pitcher Bill Hurst.

The Hall of Dreams Gala was held at the Doral Golf Club. It attracted more than 430 people. In all, we raised thousands of dollars over two days for a tremendous local cause.

Another event I participated in was the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Charity Golf Classic for Scholarships Luncheon at the Biltmore. Lunch was followed by a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop benefiting the Rotary Foundation. As an occasional golfer, I joined other golfers and non-golfers alike in the perfect marriage of our enjoyment of the sport, pleasure of camaraderie and desire to help the community.

Finally, in my adopted home-town of Fort Lauderdale, I participated in January’s Deliver the Dream “Red Hot and In Style” bachelor and bachelorette auction at B Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Along with other local supporters, I sponsored the event and helped with donations for the organization that offers family retreats for children and families facing serious illness and other challenges. 

Giving back is something that’s grown on me as I’ve grown older. My father, and his father before him, both felt giving back was important – as businessmen and members of the South Florida community. Whether as individuals or executives, success and business aren’t all about wealth or profits. We need to strike some sort of balance.

Personally and professionally, I am extremely blessed. It’s important that I never lose sight of this – and volunteerism is my way of expressing my gratitude.

If I serve as an example for others to emulate, all the better.

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