Class of 2020 Receives A Special Graduation

Last year I made a donation through the Grant Cardone Foundation to help create a special ceremony for local graduating South Florida seniors during the current COVID-19 shutdown, which prevented traditional graduation ceremonies in schools across the country. The monetary gift helped make it possible for each participating graduating senior to be paraded around Country Club Drive with one graduate per vehicle. 

This idea came from former Aventura Commissioner Michael Stern because his daughter and her friends were missing out on prom and a traditional graduation ceremony that high school students normally experience. Mr. Stern reached out to Aventura City Commissioner Howard Weinberg, because he knew it would require a donation to provide commemorative keepsakes for the students. Howard called me and I immediately said ‘yes’ and I wrote a check for Howard the next day. I also donated a copy of my book on financial education to each graduate, to give them a head start in their careers.

“I made one call…to Grant Cardone. He answered on the first ring and said yes as soon as I said it was for Aventura’s graduating high school students. His only question was ‘how much’. He had a check for me the next day. It’s amazing to have a community with stakeholders like Grant.” —City of Aventura Commissioner Howard Weinberg

 The only way we’re going to get through this nationwide crisis is if everyone does whatever they can to help and it all starts at the local level. If you are in a position to help, it is your responsibility to so. It doesn’t have to be money. Time and effort are just as valuable. Just showing up is what counts the most.

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