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In 1992, a diverse group of local businessmen, neighbors, firefighters, police officers, and other civil servants came together and formed the Big Heart Brigade, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that feeds people in need.

Today, we’re most known for our service to returning military combat veterans, First Responders injured in the line of duty and the less fortunate in our community. Historically our focus was the annual Thanksgiving Feast which brought together thousands of volunteers from throughout South Florida. Together, we prepared and distributed individually packaged Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate in our communities.

 

Since our founding, we’ve fed over 2 million people.

 
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of all donations go directly
back to the community.

Not one penny of any donation goes into our pockets.

 

 

 

 

 

The fact is, we do the right thing for the right reasons.

The mission of the Big Heart Brigade is “Coming to the Rescue” supporting those in our communities, including First Responders and our U.S. military, through “Big-Hearted” individuals, families, companies and faith-based organizations.

We believe no matter where you are in life, you deserve a hot meal and we rely solely on volunteers and donations to make that a reality for so many. Every penny donated goes directly to supplies and food and every hour volunteered is given freely, even by our Board of Directors. We don’t do this for money. We do this to repay those who have given so much.

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Meet the people who bring it all together.

The Big Heart Brigade’s Board of Directors and leadership work tirelessly to bring in volunteers and donations.

Tom DeRita, Founder

Tom DeRita,
Founder

Chuck Dettman, Sec'y/Treasurer

Chuck Dettman,
Sec'y/Treasurer

Dean Morehouse, Director

Dean Morehouse,
Director

 

 

 Johnny Bench
 Mae Dettman
 Micki Fetterman
 Jennifer Hernandez
Ivana Bertuzzelli, President

Ivana Bertuzzelli,
President

Dwight Fetterman , Director

Dwight Fetterman,
Director

Erik Polanco
Director

ADVISORS

Michael Woods, Vice President

Michael Woods,
Vice President

Scott Fetterman, Director

Scott Fetterman,
Director

Deborah Morgan, Director

Deborah Morgan,
Director

 

 

 Michael Hoffman
 Peter Lyons
 Michael Massey
 Peter Tartaglione
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    The mission of the Big Heart Brigade is “Coming to the Rescue” supporting those in our communities, including First Responders and our U.S. military, through “Big-Hearted” individuals, families, companies and faith-based organizations.

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    4822 Northlake Blvd, Suite 5
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
    (561) 320-2597
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