MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (2021miami.com) – The Host Committee for the 2021 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship (2021 CFPNCG Host Committee) is teaming up with Ambetter from Sunshine Health, McCraney Property Company, Farm Share, Inc., and the City of Riviera Beach to ensure South Florida families can safely celebrate Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Volunteers will distribute food, sanitation items, Halloween candy, kids crafts and more – while supplies last – at the drive-thru only event beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Wells Recreation Center (2409 Ave. H, West in Rivera Beach). Cars should line up at the West 20th St. entrance.
“With the 2021 CFP National Championship coming to South Florida in January, we want to make sure the excitement and impact of hosting the game is felt throughout our community,” said Host Committee Chair Judge Michael Chavies. “This event is a tremendous opportunity for us to give back while helping Palm Beach County families safely celebrate Halloween this year.”
The event will comply with all local, state and federal guidelines regarding public gatherings.
Ambetter from Sunshine Health is the title sponsor of the event, providing a trick-or-treat bag featuring key Halloween safety tips, a keychain and other giveaways. Presenting sponsor McCraney Property Company is donating towards the food giveaways and will have volunteers onsite to assist with the distribution. Also supporting the event are associate sponsors Baptist Health and TBC Corporation.
“It’s been a difficult year for us all,” said Liz Miller, CEO of Centene’s Florida health plans. “We’re proud to partner with the Host Committee to put on this event and give kids a little extra joy – plus healthy snacks and hand sanitizer – in a safe environment.”
“In the spirit of McCraney Property Company’s commitment to bettering the communities in which we have a footprint, we are proud to be a partner with the 2021 CFPNCG Host Committee and Farm Share once again,” said Steven McCraney, President and CEO of McCraney Property Company. “The free drive-thru food distribution in Riviera Beach will be our fourth event that McCraney Property Company has sponsored; together we will continue to GIVE, CARE, and SHARE!”
In addition, the Host Committee is partnering with Farm Share, Florida’s homegrown food bank that distributes more than 104 million pounds of fresh produce and non-perishable goods to in-need Floridians every year, to provide meals for those in need during this event.
“Farm Share is committed to providing food to those who need it most, and we’re excited to partner with great organizations to bring a little Halloween fun to Rivera Beach children,” stated Stephen Shelley, CEO of Farm Share.
The Celebration is the second in a series organized by the Host Committee leading up to the 2021 CFP National Championship at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11. The first event took place in Miami-Dade County at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens and the third and final Community Celebration will take place in Broward County at Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, November 14.
For more information, visit 2021miami.com.
About the Host Committee
The Host Committee for the 2021 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship is a collaborative effort of the entire community, South Florida municipalities, visitors’ bureaus, the Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium and led by the Orange Bowl Committee, which previously has hosted 20 college football national championships in its 87 years of existence. The game is expected to generate tremendous economic impact and international media exposure for the region, while the Host Committee is committed to a creating a significant legacy of giving back to South Florida. The Host Committee Board is populated by a diverse group of South Florida leaders. The Host Committee has planned a series of community events leading up to the 2021 CFP National Championship Game on Jan. 11, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium. For more information on supporting the Championship effort, log on to 2021miami.com or follow the @2021miami on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Ambetter from Sunshine Health
Headquartered in Sunrise and with offices across the state, Sunshine Health is among the largest healthcare plans in Florida. Offering coordinated care and a network of support for our members, Sunshine Health is transforming the health of the community, one person at a time. Sunshine Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise. We offer government-sponsored managed care through Medicaid, Long Term Care, the Health Insurance Marketplace (Ambetter) and Medicare (Allwell). Sunshine Health is now affiliated with WellCare Health Plan’s Florida health plans, including Staywell Health Plan and WellCare of Florida Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans. Our specialty plans include the Child Welfare Specialty Plan serving children in or adopted from the state’s Child Welfare system; and the Staywell Specialty Health Plan for people living with serious mental illness. We also operate the Children’s Medical Services on behalf of the Department of Health, serving children with special healthcare needs. For more information, visit SunshineHealth.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SunHealthFL.
About Farm Share
In 1991, food waste led to the creation of one of the nation’s most sustainable food charities, Farm Share. The organization’s founder, Patricia Robbins Alger, discovered that thousands of pounds of perfectly good fruits and vegetables were discarded daily by farmers and others because they weren’t “pretty” enough to sell commercially. Using the fresh produce for good, Farm Share began to distribute the food to agencies, soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and churches at no cost, helping feed Florida’s most in-need residents.
Today, Farm Share is led by CEO Stephen Shelley, and it serves more than 2,000 partnering agencies and provides more than 88 million pounds of food annually – still at no cost – with the help of thousands of volunteers. Farm Share serves all 67 counties in Florida through its warehouses in Quincy, Jacksonville, Florida City, Homestead, and Pompano Beach. To learn more visit www.farmshare.org.