James “Woody” Beckham was born at Mt Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach on October 1, 1988. Woody is the second son of Bill and Candice Beckham and attended Bay Harbor Elementary, Stuart Middle School and graduated from Gulliver High School in 2007. He attended Indian River College before he transferred to Florida Atlantic University to study Ocean Engineering.
In January 2011, while playing for his FAU rugby team, Woody was paralyzed making a tackle & suffered a complete C 5 spinal injury. He was treated by the “Dream Team” neurological doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he progressed rapidly through inpatient rehabilitation & therapy.
Discharged in the spring of 2011, Woody has returned to school pursuing an Accounting degree at Florida International University and lives with his father and wonderful step mother – Julia Wade. He has four caring siblings including his sister, Emily & 3 brothers – Will, Matt & Alex . Woody enjoys attending sporting events especially Miami Heat basketball & Miami Hurricanes football as well as boating on the Bloody Bill. He continues his progress toward recovery with outpatient rehabilitation & therapy as well as the encouragement to persevere from the support of so many great friends & family.
As the face of The Woody Foundation, his sheer determination and inspirational words give us all great comfort that he will indeed overcome his devastating injury and walk through the rest of his life as a champion.
Tomas Cabrerizo is the founder and CEO of CFH Group, a privately-held Miami-based real estate corporation that acquires under-valued, under-managed, and/or physically distressed apartment communities and commercial properties. Since 1995, CFH Group has been responsible for the acquisition and operation of more than 18,000 residential units and over two million square feet of commercial property throughout the Southeast. (more…)
Lucy currently resides in Coconut Grove Florida and spends a majority of her time running to-and-from different events in the area. She is the founder of Trivia for a Cause which is a weekly series of “pub quizzes” to raise money and awareness for local organizations. (more…)
Otto grew up calling Miami Beach home. Spent High School and College in the northeast graduating from Hobart College in 2006. Played lacrosse at Hobart, managed the college radio station, and enjoyed photography while studying abroad. Extra curricular activities have always been a passion. (more…)
Samantha MacRae Foerster, Head of Marketing and Relationship Management, Aqua Securities.
John was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida. He attended Gulliver Academy, followed by Coral Gables High School and Auburn University. After various successful business ventures, in 1989, John returned to academia as the Director of Operations for all of Gulliver’s campuses, eventually becoming Director and Head of School. He and his wife of 33 years, Dottie, have two beautiful children, Brittany and John, and two grandchildren. (more…)
David Mills’ resume reads like that of a seasoned philanthropist and fundraiser, yet he’s “just” a student at the University of Alabama. Among his many accomplishments, one that clearly stands out is creating and organizing one of the Woody Foundation’s largest fundraising events, the Lionfish Bash, now in its sixth year. (more…)
Caryn has called Miami home since she graduated from University of Central Florida (UCF) in 1979 and married Rob (a Miami native). A proud mother of two and successful professional, she has developed a career in private accounting since 1980, heading her own accounting firm since 1993. Her community service includes Junior League of Miami, numerous PTSA Boards, Girl Scout leader and she is also an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish. (more…)
Elvis Anderson attended McCook College in McCook, Nebraska on a full golf scholarship and would go onto graduate with an English and Communications degree from Florida State University in December 2003. He then accepted an internship at the Levine Communications Office in Los Angeles and worked directly for industry legend, Michael Levine. (more…)
Anthony Poppe grew up in Miami after his family moved to the city in 1987. Anthony graduated from the University of Florida with a BBA in economics and received a MSc in finance from the University of Groningen, a Dutch university in partnership with the University of Florida. After finishing school in 2006, Anthony moved back to Miami, and began his career working for Aon Risk Services. (more…)
Rick Tonkinson started giving back to the community as a Peace Corp volunteer 40 years ago and now financially supports 40 charities. Rick is married to Margarita and they have one son, Steven, who played rugby in college. He believes in the mission of the Woody Foundation and serves on the Woodystock committee.
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