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Florida’s Children First – State’s Premier Child Advocacy Organization – to Honor Broward County Bar Presidents, Advocates and Former Foster Children on March 22

February 24th, 2012   No Comments   Advocacy, News & Events

Florida’s Children First (FCF), the statewide legal advocacy organization focused on protecting the legal rights of at-risk and foster care children, will recognize and honor supporters of The Tracey McPharlin Pro Bono Dependency Recruitment Initiative at FCF’s 10th annual Broward awards reception. The event will be held Thursday, March 22, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale.

FCF Executive Director Christina Spudeas, along with FCF President and Fort Lauderdale children’s rights attorney Howard Talenfeld, will lead the event. It is expected to draw more than 300 child advocates, elected officials, judges and community and business leaders. Kristi Krueger, WPLG Local 10 Anchor, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

The evening will recognize and honor supporters of The Tracey McPharlin Pro Bono Dependency Recruitment Initiative, named in honor of the long-time child advocate attorney who passed away in 2010. The event also will recognize this year’s Broward Child Advocate honorees, including Broward County Bar Association past president Bruce Weihe; Broward County Bar Association President Jordana Goldstein; and Tracey McPharlin Pro Bono Dependency Recruitment Project Director David Bazerman.

These honorees were all selected for their work in support of the McPharlin Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Broward County Bar Association, Legal Aid Service of Broward County Inc., The 17th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, and Florida’s Children First to recruit, train and support pro bono attorneys who represent children in Dependency Court. More than 80 attorneys have been trained and now volunteer to take cases on behalf of children.

“Florida’s most vulnerable children need the expertise of impassioned attorneys, advocates and organizations who give thousands of hours their behalf,” Talenfeld said. “As a profession, the legal community should be proud of these outstanding individuals – and none more so than Tracey McPharlin, whose legacy of advocacy continues today.”

Also being lauded are this year’s Youth Advocate honorees Stephen Satchell and Tamarra Lestage – former foster children being recognized for their determination and inspiration. Both today are college students and members of the Broward Chapter of Florida Youth SHINE (FYS), a youth advocacy organization for children in and aging out of Florida’s foster care system.

Last year’s event, also held at The Tower Club (atop One Financial Plaza at 100 Southeast Third Ave., in Fort Lauderdale), was attended by more than 200 people and raised more than $100,000 for the organization. A $100 contribution is suggested, with all proceeds to benefit Florida’s Children First. To RSVP, call 954-796-0860 or send an email to fcf@floridaschildrenfirst.org.

Florida’s Children First thanks its sponsors Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate; Eckerd Family Foundation; Patriot National Insurance Group; Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section; Wells Fargo; Lifestyle Publications; Daily Business Review; Boardroom Communications; and Guardian Trust; among others.

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