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For Immediate Release

2019 Champions For Children Program of the Year Award

Miami, FL, June 13, 2019

Media Contact:
Nanette Molina
nmolina@sfl.easterseals.com
305.777.6835

Miami, FL – The Children’s Trust celebrated the people and programs improving the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County at the 14th Annual Champions for Children Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 13, 2019. The event awarded Eastereals South Florida with the Program of the Year award in recognition of their Easterseals Youth Development Culinary Arts after school and summer camp program.  Other Program of the Year award recipients included Centro Mater and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital School Health Services. 

Champions for Children, often called the “Oscars of Child Advocacy,” celebrates unparalleled achievement in serving the community by honoring local industry “stars.” It is a signature event amongst Miami-Dade’s robust network of child and family advocates and inspires others to follow in the footsteps of those who have reached the highest levels of excellence in service. The celebration, was held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom, recognized the life-changing efforts of local pioneers – from elected officials to innovative programs to people in the trenches with children every day, which is an essential part of The Children’s Trusts’ efforts to build momentum in this community.  This annual event is part of a bigger vision: to inspire nonprofits – both established and up-and-coming – to widen their reach, connect with trailblazers and continue their vital work in Miami-Dade County.

Award recipients:
•David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award: Judge Jery Beth Cohen, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Juvenile Division
•Excellence in Direct Service to Children and Families Award: Michelle Forman, Singer/Mentor – Guitars Over Guns
•Programs of the Year:  Centro Mater, Easterseals South Florida, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital School Health Services

About Easterseals South Florida:
Easterseals South Florida, the indispensable resource for more than 1,700 families in South Florida, is proud to have served people and families challenged by disabilities and disadvantages for more than 77 years. Easterseals is responsive to the needs of each community, helping to overcome barriers that frequently hinder access to high quality services for the families they serve.  They want every child to reach his/her full potential and every adult living with Alzheimer’s to live the fullest and most dignified life possible.  Easterseals provides special education programs for children ages birth to 22 years old, Head Start programs, Alzheimer’s day care and in-home respite services.

Easterseals Youth Development Culinary Arts after school and summer camp serves students ages 14 to 22 years with Autism Spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, providing families a unique and essential skill-building program at no cost to them.  The program offers a safe, healthy and enriching environment, combining life skills, academic supports, job training, and real-world culinary arts experiences.  Together with The Children’s Trust, this program makes a truly powerful impact on each students’ journey towards independence.  For more information or to make a donation, please contact 305.547.4765 or visit www.easterseals.com/southflorida

About The Children’s Trust: 
The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.  To learn more about The Children's Trust or reserve your seat to the event, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.

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