Letters to the Editor

Fashion and philanthropy

In life, each of us is privileged to meet a handful of individuals whose personal, family and community values shine as examples of what we should all seek to achieve. For me, Maxine Thurston-Fischer, was one such person.

I had the pleasure of working with Maxine during her years on Florida Foster Care Review’s board of directors.

Today, as board president, it is my honor to invite the community to Maxine’s Closet on March 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at McCormick Place Miami, 111 SW Third Street. The fundraiser will celebrate Maxine’s life while raising money to help abused and neglected children.

While South Florida lost Maxine to cancer just over a year ago, her legacy remains. She was a passionate social worker, loving wife and foster mother, demanding professor and trailblazer.

Her primary concerns included caring for marginalized youth, supporting the family system and preventing violence, neglect and abuse toward children.

Maxine donated her wardrobe to Florida Foster Care Review and as a result, we have been able to curate a beautiful collection of clothing and accessories for sale at Maxine’s Closet.

All proceeds will support Florida Foster Care Review’s work to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth in foster care. Tickets are $25 in advance via www.fostercarereview.org or $35 at the door.

Daniele Lomoriello, president, Florida Foster Care Review, Miami