Children’s Hero Award Gala

Benefits Family Resource Center of South Florida

Shannon Hori, Anchor CBS4 and Drew Kern, Chairman, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

Friday, November 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Conrad Hotel
1395 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-960-5536 (Dorit Matthews)

Enjoy Dinner, Music and Dancing at the Family Resource Center of South Florida’s “Children’s Hero Award Gala.” Established in 2009, the Children’s Hero Award honors a community leader who has shown incredible foresight and leadership in providing services and access to those youth who have suffered child abuse and neglect in Miami-Dade. This year, Family Resource Center will present the award to Citrus Health Network’s President & CEO, Mario Jardon, for his creation of a high quality health system that provides critical behavioral and emotional services to children in the foster care system.

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., sip on a signature Children’s Hero Cocktail while you check out a one-of-a-kind silent auction called Trips, Travel & Leisure. This auction will feature an amazing array of getaways here and abroad, as well as sports tickets, spa pampering and fine dining. Make sure to snag something fabulous. From there, enjoy an elegant three-course dinner and a whirl around the dance floor.

Claudia Figueredo and Ed King, Board Member of Family Resource Center, check out the Trips, Travel & Leisure silent auction

All proceeds generated from the evening will go towards providing hundreds of newborns, toddlers, adolescents and teens with the shelter, food, medical and mental health care that they need due to experiencing abuse, neglect and abandonment by their parents.

To donate to the Trips, Travel & Leisure Auction or to reserve your tables or seats, visit or contact Dorit Matthews at 305-960-5536 or

About Family Resource Center of South Florida

Family Resource Center of South Florida (“FRC”) was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1978 by a group of concerned citizens. Its mission is the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect through the strengthening of families. Services include integrated care for children in the foster care system, adoptions, parent education classes, mental health services, substance abuse counseling and aid in the licensing and oversight of foster homes. Today, the agency is a leader in child welfare, providing in-office, in-home and in-school support to help protect children and strengthen families.

Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC and the 2011 Children’s Hero, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, State Attorney

Over the last 34 years, they agency has been dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse and now serves approximately 2,500 children, adolescents and adults annually. Family Resource Center is the only foster care agency in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the gold standard of healthcare and mental healthcare excellence.

To learn more about our programs and ways to volunteer or assist a child in need, visit us at,, or on Twitter at @frcflorida.

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