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Pembroke Pines City of Kindness Initiative: Kindness/ Forgiveness/Compassion
Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis and
Broward County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Runcie

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Inaugural City of Pembroke Pines Kindness event
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Pembroke Pines, FL…February 14, 2017…   During the February 11th Pembroke Pines Kindness Initiative Mayor Frank C. Ortis and Dr. Robert Runcie, Broward County School Board Superintendent, challenged leaders in every Broward County City to embrace the Kindness Initiative by organizing events to promote awareness for Kindness, Compassion, and Forgiveness. 
The City of Pembroke Pines collaborated with the Broward County School Board in hosting the first kindness community event in support of the United States Conference of Mayors Kindness Initiative.  The music and activities at the free event engaged attendees to practice the broader message of Kindness:  Kindness/ Forgiveness/Compassion and tolerance.
As the event unfolded, people appeared to embrace the message of the day, as they participated in awareness building activities. “Everyone has the power to be kind, to forgive and be compassionate. Imagine our communities if everyone embraced this message,” said Mayor Frank C. Ortis right before he tossed out the Challenge.
Ortis and Runcie reminded people of all ages to serve as role models, practice patience and tolerance, and create a culture of kindness in their lives to have a positive impact on those around them.
The Kindness Initiative attracted over 1,500 people to William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 NW 160 Avenue (Dykes Road) in Pembroke Pines. The message of the day seemed to have taken an immediate hold on people. “No one honked their horn or cut anybody off, as they exited the parking lot,” added Ortis. “We hope this Kindness event has legs, and other communities accept our challenge.”
Event Highlights:
Community Peace Meal Picnic - families and friends decorated their picnic area with peace – filled symbols.
Children and Adults - Practiced making random acts of kindness promises
Musical Entertainment - Talented semi-professionals and children from Pembroke Pines schools sang and played music. 
Kindness Activities - Reading books about acts of kindness, creating kindness crafts, distribution of peace coins and wrist bands, presentation of the Peace Pole imprinted with May Peace Prevail On Earth in four languages: English, Creole, Portuguese and Spanish to one of the participating schools and the creation of the Human Peace Sign.
“We believe our community will develop a culture of kindness.  Kindness does not cost, making the time to be nice and helpful is an investment in our community. The best part is the smile you see on a person’s face when they are the recipient of a random act of your kindness,” said Francie Novo, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. 
To continue to pledge your kindness promise and learn about the kind movement please visit For information about the Pembroke Pines Kindness Day Event, please call the City of Pembroke Pines Special Events office at 954-392-2116 or visit


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