WHAT: Florida’s Children First 2016 Tampa Reception
WHEN: Tuesday June 7, 2016 / 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM
WHERE: SHOOK HARDY & BACON LLP
100 N Tampa Street, Suite 2900, Tampa, FL
WHO: Florida’s Children First will honor child advocates in the Tampa Bay Area at its annual fundraising and awards event. Grayson Kamm, will be Master of Ceremonies. Community and business leaders, and all other persons concerned about the future of Florida’s children, especially abused, abandoned and neglected children and youth, will be in attendance.
Child Advocate of the Year – Commissioner Sandra Murman
Commissioner Murman has spent countless hours volunteering as a community advocate and a public policy leader. She has been directly involved in more than 20 organizations that support our community and enhance the lives of children and families. She spearheaded the Capital Campaign to raise $16 million to build the new Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. Prior to joining the County Commission, Murman completed eight years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1996-2004. One of Commissioner Murman’s current focus areas is providing high-quality critical Children’s Services in Hillsborough County through her creation of a Blue Ribbon Committee for Child Safety.
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year- Stephen Todd
Stephen Todd is a volunteer who stands out. He volunteers for the Guardian Ad Litem program, the HCBA Mentor Program and Crossroad for Florida Kids and has contributed well over 1500 pro bono hours in his 25 year career with over 225 in 2015 alone. Stephen “Steve” Todd is a Senior Assistant County Attorney in the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office Litigation Division. He recruits, mentors and believes that it is the obligation of every attorney to serve those who cannot hire an attorney.
Foster and Adoptive Parent of the Year – Elyse Silver
Elyse Silver was working as a P.E. teacher at Davis Elementary School which serves all the children from The Children’s Home, a residential treatment program for traumatized foster children. Elyse met Thomas when he was chosen to be her “helper”. Elyse fell in love with Thomas and adopted him. Later, she adopted John and David who both also attended Davis. Thomas is currently attending Jacksonville University on a football scholarship.
Outstanding Youth Mentor of the Year – Alejita Rodriguez
Alejita has been working with our Florida Youth SHINE (FYS) chapter as their mentor since 2009. Alejita has played an instrumental role in FYS success; She is the mentor for the Hillsborough and Pinellas/Pasco chapters and takes an active role in trainings and events for FYS. She is an advocate for young adults and empowers them to share their voice and experience. She has travelled to Tallahassee as a key mentor with for Normalcy and Extension of Foster Care issues. Alejita is the Director of Hillsborough, Pasco- Pinellas Independent Living Services at Camelot Community Care.
Youth Advocate of the Year- Dan Scott
Dan Scott is an amazing, youth advocate. He has overcome many obstacles and now attends Hillsborough College studying to be a firefighter. Dan came into care at age 4 with his sister and he was separated from her several times. He spent 14 years in the system, in 7 foster homes and aged out of the system at age 18 without a forever family. Dan became involved with Florida Youth SHINE in 2014 and currently serves as the FYS Statewide Membership Chair. See his digital story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBZToCtJT8o&feature=youtu.be
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About Florida’s Children First:
Florida’s Children First is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children and youth, especially those in foster care. Uniquely positioned as Florida’s premiere independent advocacy organization, our mission is to seek full representation of children and youth and obtain meaningful and sustainable improvement in Florida’s child serving systems.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lia Paul of Florida’s Children First: 954-796-0860 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org