One of our clients we hold close to our hearts here at Santucci Priore P.L. is Belvit Jordan, Founder and Managing Partner of South Florida based Next Weekend Productions. Her special events and production company oversees the coordination, design, development, and production of many high-profile events across the nation. Next Weekend Productions was created to “edutain” and filled a void for events that both bring awareness and entertainment to our community. Events produced by Next Weekend provide needed information and resources with regards to accessing social services and get support for those in need.
Belvit has also served as the Director of Creative Arts Unit for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward. She produced events with major corporations such as Coca-Cola, Nike, and AutoNation, and launched the only club center dedicated to the Performing Arts. Belvit also launched fundraisers that enabled children to attend performance art camps both here in the States and overseas.
With over 15 years of experience as a producer for special events such as concerts, festivals, conferences, plays, award galas, videos, campaigns, fundraisers, and film documentaries, Belvit has enjoyed her hard-earned success and uses it to create bridges between businesses and our communities. One great example is the continued success of the “Save the Twinz”: Live PINK! Initiative, now in its fifth year. Because of this, Belvit has brought awareness about breast cancer in minority communities and encourages both men and women to take charge of their health, especially in high risk communities. Because of her contributions to the community, Ms. Jordan was honored as a 2011 Local Hero from the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards and she was nominated for the African-American Achievers Award in both 1998 and 2013.
In October of this year, Belvit received a Certification of Achievement for Large Special Event Management with the Special Event Seminars Organization, the first African-American Female Producer in the country to receive such a certification. Belvit also serves as a Committee Member for the Women of Color Empowerment Conference, the publishers of Women Lead magazine. The Women of Color Empowerment Conference is one of the largest conferences in the country for women of color.
Belvit is currently producing Laughing on the Green, a Hurricane Irma comedy relief benefit taking place on December 9th, 2017 at the Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium. Laughing on the Green will feature four nationally and internationally known comedians, and is hosted by ComicView’s Howie Bell.
You can purchase tickets for Laughing on the Green HERE
As I’ve mentioned in my previous spotlight post, Santucci Priore, P.L. have the privilege to represent a veritable cornucopia of clients. By far and wide, one of our most charming and talented is hip hop artist and femcee, Stichiz.
Stichiz was born in Ottawa, Canada but raised right here in South Florida. Due to her Haitian heritage, she speaks English, Creole, and French fluently. Stichiz is an active member in South Florida’s community. She hosted and performed in the “Crunk City: Stay in School” tour, with a focus on finding and improving one’s passions, education, and health. From 2008 to 2011, Stichiz served as president of the NAACP’s Youth and College Division for the state of Florida and was also a Youth board member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee for over five years. In addition to her already impressive philanthropic resume, Stichiz is also a mentor for Women of Tomorrow and a member of Konbit Kreyol, an organization aimed at educating students about Haitian culture.
Stichiz combines a variety of music genres such as Hip Hop, Rock, R&B, with a hint of Soul and Funk, coining the term, “Stichzophrenic Music” with DMX, KRS1, Da Brat, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers being notable influences on her as an artist. Stichiz’s career has been on fire since her debut, having opened for Wycleaf Jean, Lil Kim, and Gucci Mane. Her top singles, “Dangerous” and “An’Ale” (a tribute to her heritage and the #1 Haitian Flag Day anthem), cemented her ranks on the Top 10 Alternative Artist and Top 3 Hip Hop Artist charts on ourstage.com. Awards and nominations include The Dream Keeper Award, voted Best Host and Best Female Lyricist in Broward County, and a NAACP Medgar Evers award nomination.
Her latest endeavor is appearing on BET’s brand new show, “One Shot,” for a chance to prove her emcee skills to a panel of fellow musicians in a fierce completion. We wish Stichiz the absolute best of luck on the show and have faith that she will go far in her astounding career.
You can catch Stitchiz on BET’s “One Shot” tonight at 10pm EST by clicking HERE!
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Pictured above: Dr. Harold “Hackie” Reitman with Katie Charron and Michael Santucci
Within the walls of Santucci Priore P.L., we’ve seen our fair share of clients from all walks of life, from mild-mannered businessmen to absolute wild cards and everything in between. Some lead lives that are downright inspirational and it is those clients who are remembered with fond admiration.
One of our most respected and well-loved clients is Dr. Harold “Hackie” Reitman, who is not only a now-retired orthopaedic surgeon but also a philanthropist and children’s activist, author, entrepreneur, film maker, and a strong advocate for understanding the concept of “neurodiversity.” To top it all off, Dr. Reitman was also a former professional heavyweight boxer.
Dr. Reitman has received numerous accolades over the years for his work, including the Emerald Society 2000 Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies 2002 Honorary ‘Mr. Mom’ Award. One of his recent speaking engagements was giving the keynote address for the AADMD at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles, alongside Tim Shriver.
During the 1990s, Dr. Reitman juggled simultaneous careers in orthopaedic surgery and professional boxing, earning himself the title, “The Boxing Doctor.” With a lifetime record of 13 wins (11 being knockouts), 7 losses, and 6 draws, he donated all winnings to various children’s charities, citing his daughter’s health struggles as his inspiration. Dr. Reitman was inducted into both the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame and the Broward Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2015, Dr. Reitman wrote, produced, and co-directed indie film about a college student with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome, The Square Root of 2, starring Darby Stanchfield of ABC’s hit TV show, Scandal. Dr. Reitman’s own daughter, Rebecca, would later graduate with a degree in Discrete Mathematics after being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome herself. To aid those living with neurodiversity, he penned the book, Aspertools: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodiveristy, along with a documentary of the experience called, Asperger’s, Autism, and The Square Root of 2: A Neurodiversity Documentary.
Dr. Reitman founded the website, Different Brains, and describes it as:
“Different Brains is a community where everyone is accepted and no one has to feel like the ‘Lone Ranger’ ever again.”
The community site based on neurodiversity features news, blogs, videos, podcasts, documentaries, and resources to aid those in need of inspiration and furthering their knowledge of every condition that may be considered “neurodiverse,” whether it be Asperger’s Syndrome, OCD, ADHD, or Autism.
Dr. Reitman’s latest interview, Justice for the Neurodiverse with Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, can be found in its entirety here.
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