Gilda’s Club South Florida Hires New Vice President of Development

Gilda’s Club South Florida Hires New Vice President of Development

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – (September 22, 2021) – Gilda’s Club South Florida, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community (CSC), the world’s largest provider of professionally-led cancer support, has tapped Suzanne Tharpe as their new Vice President of Development.  In her new role, Tharpe will oversee Capital Campaign and general operating funding for the 24-year-old non-profit, tax-exempt organization that exists to provide free support programs and services for men, women, and children impacted by cancer. 

Tharpe brings a wealth of knowledge and high-level experience to the role.  She most recently served as Director of Development for WLRN Public Radio and Television and has considerable experience in the non-profit, corporate, and entrepreneurial sectors, including serving as VP of Marketing and Communications for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Executive Director of Music Fest Miami and serving as Director of Business Development for Kaplan University’s School of Graduate Education.

 “Suzanne brings a depth of knowledge about fundraising and relationship building to Gilda’s that will bring us to the next level,” said Kim Praitano, CEO of Gilda’s Club South Florida.  “With our Capital Campaign now in full swing to facilitate our relocation to our new Gilda’s Clubhouse, Suzanne’s creativity and results-driven experience will be crucial to our success and our mission to provide services to as many as possible.”

The goal of Gilda’s Capital Campaign is to raise and provide funding for the new facility with much needed space for services for cancer patients, survivors, family members, friends and other caregivers. Demand for services is at an all-time high.  “Moving to a new 15,000 square foot Clubhouse will give us room to provide all of the services we can to as many people as we can,” said Praitano. “The goal of Gilda’s is that no one should face cancer alone. We help people to improve their health and quality of life — to live longer and to live better. At Gilda’s Club South Florida, we know community is stronger than cancer.   In her new role, Suzanne will help us get that message out.”

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About Gilda’s Club South Florida

Gilda’s Club South Florida, named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner, is a free, nonprofit cancer support community. The mission of Gilda’s Club is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, healthy lifestyles workshops, educational lectures and social activities.  Gilda’s Club South Florida has been providing programs to those living with cancer and their family and friends since 1997. For more information about Gilda’s Club, visit

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