Children’s Hero Award Gala

Benefits Family Resource Center of South Florida

Honoree Dr. Eduardo Padrón

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Conrad Hotel
1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami
305-960-5536 (Dorit Matthews)

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 County. This year, Family Resource Center will present the award to Miami-Dade College President Dr. Eduardo Padrón for his work to bridge the educational gap for children aging out of the foster care system.

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

Child Advocate Attorney Alan Mishael and Family Resource Center COO Lourdes Pons

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 because of their experiencing abuse, neglect and abandonment by their parents.

To donate to the Trips, Travel & Leisure Auction, to reserve your tables or purchase tickets, 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.

Attendees Enjoying the Silent Auction

Over the last 33 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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