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Orlando Magic’s Pat Williams to be Honored at Florida’s Children First Oct. 17 Orlando Event for Community Heroes Committed to Helping Local Foster Children

October 15th, 2012   No Comments   Advocacy

Orlando, Fla. – Florida’s Children First (FCF) will recognize Orlando individuals for their tireless efforts to advocate for the state’s most vulnerable citizens at its annual Orlando Reception Oct. 17 at Shakai Sushi Lounge in downtown Orlando. FCF is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting foster children and other at-risk youth.

Among the evening’s honorees is Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Pat is a renowned motivational speaker and supporter of children’s issues. He and his wife, Ruth, are also parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted.

The event will also recognize Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. of the 9th Judicial Circuit Court. Chief Judge Perry diligently fights to protect and uphold the law, benefitting the citizens and youth of Central Florida.

Additionally, Carrie Hoeppner, Central Region Director of Communications for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), will be honored for her work to protect Florida’s at-risk youth. In her role at DCF, Carrie oversees media coverage for 16 different counties and regularly works with both national and local news organizations regarding children’s issues.

Serving as this year’s youth honoree is Ashtavia Maddox, a Florida Youth SHINE member who lived her entire life in foster care. After aging out of the system she developed a life threatening illness, but through it all her spirit has continued to inspire those around her.

Florida’s Children First holds similar events around the state, including an upcoming event in Jacksonville on November 15, 2012. For more information on this event and others around the state, or to learn more about FCF please call 954-796-0860 or email fcf@floridaschildrenfirst.org. You can also visit www.floridaschildrenfirst.org.


About Florida’s Children First:
Florida’s Children First, Inc. (FCF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the legal rights of at – risk children, especially those in Florida’s foster care system. FCF gives these children a powerful voice before all levels of government, including the court system if needed. FCF was founded by child advocates from around the state so that efforts can be coordinated, strengthened and built into a powerful statewide force for Florida’s children.

Media Contact: / Michelle Friedman of Boardroom Communications, Inc. at 904-641-3226 or mfriedman@boardroompr.com

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