stephanie-sylvestre_web.jpgThe Belafonte TACOLCY Center was recognized twice in one week recently for its signature programs and services.

First came the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s NOVO Award, which was followed by the organization being selected to participate in the Leave A Legacy Family Album.

The NOVO Awards honor South Florida’s best non-profit programs and board leaders for innovative excellence and for making a difference in the people that they serve.

TACOLCY was selected as one of three finalists from a pool of 50 applicants vying for the NOVO Award in the Under 2 Million in Revenue Category. It got the honor over the Panzou Project and Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program.

The Leave A Legacy Family Album pays tribute to the work of community nonprofits and their donors. TACOLCY recognized its chief information officer, Stephanie Sylvestre, who volunteers year-round in that position.

TACOLCY CEO Alison Austin said she was gratified that the work of the organization was being noticed by the wider community.

“I am really humbled to be recognized by the broader business community as the NOVO recipient. Non-profit organizations play a critical role in providing much needed services and filling huge gaps in providing employment to sustain communities,” Austin said.

Austin also expressed her delight at being able to honor committed individuals who help TACOLCY fulfill its mission of serving families.

“We work hard to leave positive legacies with our work and it is awesome to be able to honor individuals who are critical in helping smaller non-profits make a positive difference in our clients’ lives,” she said.

This was the third time in less than a month that TACOLCY drew attention for its community work. The organization is also one of 10 finalists competing in Maxwell House’s nationwide Drops of Good Contest to receive a $50,000 extreme makeover. The public can vote once daily until June 17 at

The Belafonte TACOLCY Center Inc. is one of the largest youth and family service non-profits in Greater Miami. For more than 44 years, the agency has been offering services to youth, their families, schools, and other agencies, particularly around low-income community issues and in the underserved minority community.

TACOLCY says its services reach more than 2,000 children, youth and families annually and it has served more than one million people since its inception.

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