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For Immediate Release:
December 11, 2012

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Edith Torres


Support Your Local Parks System and Donate To the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade on 12/12/12 at Givemiamiday.Org

The Miami Foundation will match a percentage of all donations made through this 24-hour online giving event
Help an underserved child attend an after-school, summer camp, or learn-to-swim program

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Beginning tonight at midnight through midnight December 13, 2012, donate to The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade at and The Miami Foundation will match a percentage of your donation to The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, during its 24-hour online giving event.

Your $25-minimum, tax-deductible donation to the Parks Foundation through will help an underserved child attend an after-school, summer camp, or learn-to-swim program at a Miami-Dade County park and will help the Parks Foundation reach its $100,000 annual fundraising goal.  Donors can also maximize their donation to The Parks Foundation, by giving at strategically-selected times on  For more information on how to maximize your donation, please visit the site.

"December is a time when companies and individuals scramble to make their tax-deductible contributions before the end of the year.  This is a perfect venue to maximize your contribution and help even more children receive the opportunity to attend a park program," said Dick Anderson, President of The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.  "We want to thank The Miami Foundation, The Knight Foundation and all their contributing partners that are helping non-profits such as ours make an impact in this community."

"Thanks to the support from The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade Parks is able to provide children from low-income families with the opportunity to attend after-school, summer camp and learn-to-swim programs at a discount or at no cost. Your contribution to The Parks Foundation through will go even farther and help more children attend these programs, keeping them safe and healthy year round," said Jack Kardys, Director of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department.

Give Miami Day is a unique, online giving event by The Miami Foundation that allows individuals in the community an opportunity to build a greater Miami by making a charitable gift to a local nonprofit.   The Miami Foundation and its partners have committed an initial monetary pool as incentive dollars to match contributions received during Give Miami Day.

All donations must be made on December 12, 2012, via debit or credit card only at  Minimum donations made to the selected non-profit must be $25 in order for The Miami Foundation to make a percentage match.  There is no maximum limit per gift, or per charity.  Give Miami Day is a program of The Miami Foundation. Your donation receipt will state The Miami Foundation but your donation will be made to your selected non-profit.

About Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For more information about Miami-Dade Parks, call 3-1-1, or visit

About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's effort to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for children, adults and people with disabilities. For more information on the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, please visit


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