Children’s Hero Awards Gala

Benefits Family Resource Center of South Florida

Children’s Hero Awards – Cocktail Hour

Friday, October 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Conrad Hotel
1395 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-960-5536 (Dorit Matthews)

Family Resource Center of South Florida cordially invites you for dinner, music, and an amazing night of networking! Established in 2009, the Children’s Hero Awards honor community members who have shown incredible foresight and leadership in providing services and support to those youth who have suffered child abuse and neglect in Miami-Dade. This year, Family Resource Center will present four awards to prestigious leaders who have made a difference in the lives of foster children.

Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade County’s Superintendent of Schools, will be this year’s recipient of the Children’s Hero Award in recognition of his provision of critical educational resources and services to children in the foster care system, including the establishment of a data sharing project between Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the local Foster Care Agencies.

Honoree Alberto Carvalho

Judge Michael A. Hanzman, 11th Judicial Circuit – Juvenile Division, will be honored with the 2014 Children’s Advocate Award. This award reflects his outstanding contribution as a thoughtful and compassionate advocate on behalf of children who are left in perilous and sometimes heart wrenching situations.

In acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution as a Family Resource Center board member, as well as his ongoing commitment to the agency, Mario Trueba, CEO and President of Sabadell United Bank, N.A., will receive this year’s Children’s Sustainer Award.

And for the first time, Family Resource Center is pleased to present the Child Welfare Legacy Award. It will be bestowed upon Lawrence S. Hurwit, accomplished real estate developer and composer, for his lifetime body of work supporting children who have suffered child abuse and neglect. Notably, Mr. Hurwit created the Hurwit Children’s Emergency Shelter for those most vulnerable and in need of a safe haven.

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. socialize as you sip on a signature Children’s Hero Cocktail. From there, enjoy an elegant three-course dinner and an award presentation emceed by Sherry Truhlar.

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.

Honoree Mario Trueba

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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, and substance abuse counseling. 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.

Over the last 36 years, the 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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