THE EVENT Florida’s Children First (FCF), the statewide advocacy organization focused on protecting the legal rights of at-risk and foster care children, will recognize and honor Broward County child advocates and former foster children at FCF’s 12th annual Broward Awards Reception on Thursday, February 27.
FCF Executive Director Christina Spudeas, along with FCF President and Fort Lauderdale children’s rights attorney Howard Talenfeld, will lead the event. It is expected to draw 300 child advocates, elected officials, judges and community and business leaders.
The 2014 Child Advocate of the Year is the Children’s Service Council of Broward County.
“We are honoring the Children’s Services Council of Broward County because of their extraordinary work since September of 2000 in protecting at-risk children and in enhancing their lives,” says FCF President Howard Talenfeld.
According to Jesse Diner, “Children are our greatest resource and our future. FCF’s mission is to do everything we can to advocate for children’s rights.”
THE CAUSE Florida’s Children First is the leading statewide child advocacy program, serving as a “watchdog” agency, holding DCF and others accountable, and helping them do a better job at protecting the children who need their services. A nonprofit organization, FCF seeks meaningful and sustainable improvements in all child-serving systems, with a special emphasis on the foster care system. The organization is based in Coral Springs and has offices in Tampa and Jacksonville, and works all over the state. Learn more at www.floridaschildrenfirst.org.
TICKETS A $100 donation is suggested, with all proceeds benefitting FCF. Email [email protected] or call 954.796.0860. Or RSVP online at www.floridaschildrenfirst.org
THE SPONSORS Early event sponsors are: Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky, Abate and Webb, The Coral Gables Trust Co., Jesse Diner, Adele Stone, Michelle and Stephen Jackman, Boardroom Communications, Lifestyle Media Group, Woolf Financial, Marietta & Ira GlazerThursday, February 27 Florida’s Children First 12th Annual Broward Fundraiser & Awards Reception The 110 Tower, 110 SE 6th St., Fort Lauderdale 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.