In 2010, Miguel Pilgram purchased a lottery ticket at a gas station in Miami Dade — a winning ticket that would later transform his entire life.
This $52 million lottery winner used his earnings to launch a real estate company, The Pligram Group, to invest in South Florida properties, including some on Sistrunk Boulevard.
Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale’s oldest black community, was “named in honor of Doctor James Sistrunk, a black physician who helped establish Broward County’s first African-American hospital in 1938” during segregation (WLRN).
Pligram decided to invest in Sistrunk and purchased a piece of land that will include a performing arts center.
“I was raised in a similar environment. There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there” – Miguel Pilgram (The Pilgram Group), SunSentinel
Through the arts, he hopes to attract new crowds and restore a sense of excitement about the area.
“Do you know how impactful that is for a child from any of these areas, who is like me, to come out and see people actually painting in the window, or performing on a saxophone?” Pilgram said.
“These properties in the Sistrunk area are very important to me personally because if you look — a lot of the developments in many inner city areas in most major cities don’t get the developers to come in and invest. I’ve been trying to invest in this area for quite some time and most importantly, it’s historic” (SunSentinel).