FAPA South Region Gives Back

FAPA South Region at a previous year’s toy drive

If you want some serious PA inspiration, then check out what Nicole Schtupak, the South Regional Director for the Florida Academy of PAs (FAPA), and her amazing team have been able to accomplish!

This year the team has organized another awesome toy drive for three Children’s Hospitals in south Florida! Local people can drop off unwrapped toys at the locations below! Those not local (or just don’t have the time) can submit a venmo payment! There has already been a huge show of support by amazing PAs like John Bielinski and his company CME4Life and I would love to see the Empowered PAs team join in as well!

Giving back to your community can be just one of many ways to help advocate for the Physician Assistant/Associate profession! This is just one of the many philanthropic events Nicole and her team has organized. These efforts are a great way for state PA associations to get their members involved, while also supporting their local communities and healthcare systems, and in this case, helping sick or ill children have something to smile about.

Please consider donating a toy if you are in Florida OR submitting a donation through Venmo or Paypal!

FAPA south region 4th annual toy drive has begun! November 15th through December 24th.

“Our toy drive benefits the THREE children’s hospitals in the tri-county area. In Miami-Dade, Miami Children’s, Joe DiMaggio in Broward County, and Palms West for Palm Beach County. Each year we have collected over 500 toys. Each year, the event has grown larger. So far this year we have received $500.00 in donations!!! One very special donation was from John Bielinski with CME4Life! So thankful for his generous donation. I hope you all caught his WORLD RECORD BREAKING lecture this past weekend. He did it! Broke the world record for the longest lecture. Congratulations John!! Thank you for the incredible support.

Also, if you have not caught Courtney Titus on EmpoweredPAs.com you have to check her out. She is one incredible PA, and her website/ blog site is filled with all sorts of information, regardless of where you are in your PA journey. You can also find information about the south region toy drive on her website: EmpoweredPAs.com Please reach out and support these two amazing PA leaders.

For the toy drive this year the south partnered with BSO fire department. ALL 20 BSO fire stations are drop off sites. Additionally, I was just notified that ALL of the Be Nice restaurant chains in Fort Lauderdale will also be collecting toys for the FAPA south region and agreed to be drop-off locations! Making it unbelievably easy to donate. The Be Nice Restaurant Chain addresses are listed below. They informed me of their interest after the initial flier was made. We are SO grateful for their help, so stop in for a delicious bite to eat/drink and bring your toy for a donation!

Be Nice Restaurant Chains :

Contact: SashaFormica, email: sasha@benicerestaurant.com

Coconuts Waterfront Restaurant

429 SeaBreeze Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Ph: 954-525-2421

Brown Dog Eatery

2701 E Oakland Park Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Ph 954-533-6077

G & B Oyster Bar

429 SeaBreeze Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Ph: 954-525-2421

The Foxy Brown

723 East Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Ph: 754-200-4236

Top Hat Delicatessen

415 NE 3rd Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-900-3896


4520 N Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 Ph:  954-870-7197

Lunchroom Cordova

1824 Cordova Road Fort Lauderdale, FL Ph: 954-530-5124

Venmo Option

Venmo option this year is available by popular demand and PayPal also is available.

  • For both Venmo and Paypal comment “toy drive2019”
    • Venmo @nicoleschtupak
    • PayPal handle : Paypal.Me/NSchtupak
  • POP (proof of purchase) available to provide when toys are purchased if requested.

Previous Year’s Toy Drives:

Florida Academy of Physician Assistants Toy Drive
Florida Academy of Physician Assistants Toy Drive

Let’s Do it for the kids & exceed the 500 number this year! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, thank you!! Cell 305-761-1244″

Nicole Schtupak-Zernitsky MCMSc PA-C, RDMS
South Regional Director, FL Academy of Physician Assistants 
Emergency Medicine and Interventional Radiology Physician Assistant, Cleveland Clinic Florida
Critical Care Flight Physician Assistant, Atherias Aviation 
Adjunct Faculty Barry University Physician Assistant Program

Thanks again to Nicole and the rest of the FAPA team for putting this together! I know those children will be so happy to have something positive in their lives this holiday season and I’m so pleased to see your region being so active in the community! You are setting a great example of what other groups can achieve! PA’s are an incredibly humble group of people, and I’m so excited to share this opportunity for readers to help! Get involved as a PA, you can truly make a difference!


Physician Assistant, Owner and Blogger at EmpoweredPAs.com. Currently practicing in a Pediatric Emergency Department, overseeing and developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines with teams of amazing people, supporting and mentoring Pre-PA and PA Students, with a hope to advance our profession and give PAs the tools and resouces they need to advance their careers.