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Founding Families Fall Festival

The families that were honored on September 22 are as follows: Anastasiou, Banks, Camp, Cheaney, Cromartie, Denison, Fertig, Hansen, Hodges, Johnston, Lochrie, Maus, McTigue, Moorman, Ryan, Smoker, Stiles, Wells, and Whiddon. We thank you all for all you have done for our city, and we look forward to inducting you in years to come.

It was so hard to pick just a few families to induct into our Founding Families Hall of Fame. The five families chosen are families who were involved with the house long ago and have come to support it in the present day with our upcoming capital campaign. Once our campaign finishes, we will be creating a hall of fame in which these families’ accomplishments are noted. I will not be able to do any of the following families justice with all they have done, but I will try to give a couple good highlights.

The Casteel Family: Most notably is our longtime board member, Sandy Casteel. I don’t know that you can find any other person who has positively affected Fort Lauderdale’s history more than Sandy. She spearheaded the moving of the King-Cromartie House, the 1984 Stranahan restoration, and is now ensuring the funding of our 2024 capital campaign project. Sandy is a force to be reckoned with just like Ivy Stranahan, and we cannot thank her enough.

The Drum Family: We had the pleasure of sitting down with Ted Drum not all that long ago and learned how he along with the Clark and Cox families picked up where Frank left off in helping to make Fort Lauderdale’s waterways world renowned. Now Ted and his family are ensuring the Stranahan legacy continues by helping us preserve Frank and Ivy’s beautiful oak tree and courtyard.

The Powell Family: Frank knew the importance of having a bridge over the intercoastal and worked hard to make that happen. Enter the Powell family and there many contributions throughout Fort Lauderdale that connect us all over our waterways. JS Powell came from Ohio at Frank’s request and built the first bridge to our beach and continued building even after Frank was gone. And their connection to the Stranahans continues Mrs. Ann Powell ensured our new classroom and welcome center are outfitted with state-of-the-art technology.

The Rogers Family: They can be thought of as the oldest law firm in Fort Lauderdale, but they are so much more than that. We recently had the chance learn about the Rogers family; we learned that Dwight Rogers was side by side with Ivy herself ensuring that we all benefitted from Florida’s Homestead Exemption. In honor of his father and mother, Romney Rogers has generously underwritten the new entrance and courtyard for the capital improvement project. We look forward to hosting this event in the Dwight and Viriginia Rogers Courtyard in years to come.

The Tripp Family: For those who don’t know, our president Christine Yates’s maiden name is Tripp. Her father, Norman Tripp, was one of the founder’s of Tripp Scott Law. Like Frank Stranahan, Norm was an entrepreneur and supported many other local entrepreneurs. Alongside his closest friend, Jim Blosser, he helped found the Community Foundation of Broward which has become an integral part of Fort Lauderdale nonprofits. Norm passed away two years ago. Tripp Scott has donated $50,000 in his name to our upcoming capital campaign. It is from this donation that we created this event.

In memorium, The Blosser Family: In August, Stranahan House staff had the true honor of sitting down with Jim Blosser and hearing his story. We learned about how this incredible man changed the landscape of South Florida and all our lives. We also learned how he first got involved with Stranahan House back in the 80s alongside George English and Wayne Huizenga. Jim was the first president of our board when the doors opened in 1984 and he supported this house for so many years from fundraising, to being legal council, to being the head pancake chef. Shortly after our time with Jim, he passed away, and left a large philanthropic hole in Fort Lauderdale’s community. We thank the Blosser family so much for sharing Jim with us for all those years.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Founding Sponsor
Memorial Healthcare System

Autumn Sponsors
Florida Power & Light Company
Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club
Southeast Mechanical Contractors

Game Sponsors
Marando Farms
Powell Brothers Marine/Playboy Marine
Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP
The Corradino Group
The Lochrie Family
The Riverside Hotel / Las Olas Company
United Community Bank

Festival Sponsors
Ben Sorensen Consulting
Broward Health
Caroline Carrara (Balistreri)
Carroll’s Jewelers
CycleBar Fort Lauderdale
Florida Blue
Quantum Marine Stabilizers