published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Champion for Children Award finalists selected
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- For it's 14th year, the Champion for Children Foundation (in partnership with the Children's Services Council) has announced its five nominations for the annual Judge Clifton M. Kelly Champion for Children Award.
The six people -- one couple and four individuals -- have been chosen and the date has been set for the 14th annual gala at Grace Bible Church on Thursday, Sept. 26.
"The Finalists, all dynamic child advocates who have successfully impacted the lives of thousands of children in our community, will be honored at a specially planned awards gala," stated foundation CEO Kevin Roberts in a press release.
This year's nominees are: Charlene Edwards (former Redlands Christian Migrant Association RCMA coordinator and advocate for 40 years); Pam Karlson (a local attorney who has volunteered for numerous organizations including Ag-Venture, Youth Development Council and Take Stock in Children for 27 year); Chris and Tayna Taylor (Youth for Christ leaders and Grace Bible Church Youth Minister; the couple plans mission trips, vacation Bible school and more); John Varady (co-founder of the Miracle Baseball League in Lake Placid and educator with the Highlands County School Board for the past 18 years); and Sandi Whidden (Highlands County educator for the past 30 years, current principal of Sebring Middle School).
"We narrowed these nominees down from a field of 34 nominations. They are just an outstanding, tremendous group of people. They are the cream of the crop and they work each day towards changing the lives of children in this county," Roberts said Thursday morning following the reveal of the nominees. "This is our 14th year doing Champion for Children. It's going to be a grand, grand, wonderful, beautiful event."
The invitation-only event serves to recognize child advocacy, service and hard work. Local dignitaries, entrepreneurs and organizations come together to show support and love for the county's youth.
This year's premier sponsor for the Judge Clifton M. Kelly Champion for Children Awards Gala is Highlands Regional Medical Center.
"The hospital wholeheartedly embraces this special evening of recognition, inspiration, and entertainment. Brain Hess, CEO of Highlands Regional Medical Center, agrees with Judge Kelly, who passed away in 2005, that investing our time, efforts and resources in the lives of children is an investment in our future, an investment that pays tremendous dividends," said Roberts.
For more information, contact Roberts at 381-4040.
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