Second Couple Announced for South Florida’s Finest Couples Gala, Benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Boca Raton, Fla., – September 7, 2012—Bluegreen Vacations today announced it is thrilled to welcome Kim Champion and Richard Stewart as a South Florida’s Finest Couple for 2012. Champion and Stewart will be honored at the South Florida’s Finest Couples Gala, Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, chaired by Bluegreen.

“I was totally surprised and completely thrilled to nominated,” Kim said. “Just to be considered for an honor like this is what it’s all about.” Kim and Rick have been married for 20 years and are the power behind Champion Home Health Care.

Kim has personally owned and operated the Boca Raton office for Champion since 1993, and Rick supports the business, working with their franchisees on a daily basis. There are currently seven offices in the state of Florida, spread from Broward County to Pensacola.

“Bottom line is you need to enjoy helping people,” Champion said. “The fact that we literally save lives is really meaningful. It’s one of those things that you don’t get tired of. It doesn’t get boring. You’re constantly interacting with clients, their families and the caregivers. It is rewarding and exciting.” When Kim’s not performing her leading role in Florida home health care, she participates in such events as JDRF’s, One Hot Night event. She was also a 2009 nominee for “Woman Volunteer of the Year” for the Boca Raton Junior League. She has served on the Board for Soroptimist International of Boca Raton since 2006 and was president for 4 years. She is currently serving her third year as District Director. She served on the Homecare Association of Florida board from 2005-2011.

If you ask Kim about Rick’s philanthropic participation, she’ll tell you that Rick is a “Soroptimister.”

“Over the past 6 years, he has helped behind the scenes with dozens of events for Soroptimist International of Boca Raton – Deerfield Beach,” she said. “Because Soroptimist only has female members, we lovingly created a special category for all of our husbands, called Soroptimisters. These men frequently do the “heavy lifting” entailed with any fundraiser, not to mention the set up and clean up work. Rick has also attended countless charitable events with me, such as the ‘One Hot Night JDRF’ gala, the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, the Junior League of Boca Raton’s Chocolate Party, the Lynn University Gingerbread Concert, and more. Lucky for me, Rick looks stunning in a tuxedo and is willing to wear it!”

The event honors the area’s top couples for their leadership in the community, success in business, unparalleled support of charitable causes as well as great teamwork. The event will include live and silent auctions, a cocktail reception, dinner and a tribute to all honorees. The cocktail reception begins at 6:30pm with dinner, the honoree presentation and dancing to follow, beginning at 7:30pm.

Bluegreen Corporation has been involved as a sponsor of South Florida’s Finest Couples since its inception. Prior to the gala, Bluegreen Corporation was a supporter of the organization through company-sponsored donations through its Charitable Giving Committee. Bluegreen had identified Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of its core charities and this event has become the particular channel for our sponsorship.