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Family Resource Center’s
Annual Children’s Hero Awards Gala

Happened on Friday, October 24th, 2014
at the Conrad Miami Hotel

Established in 2009, the Children’s Hero Awards honor local community leaders who have shown extraordinary leadership in providing services and support to those youth who have suffered child abuse and neglect in Miami-Dade.

Family Resource Center presented three awards to prestigious community members who have made a difference in the lives of foster children.

Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade County’s Superintendent of Schools, was 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.

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

And for the first time, Family Resource Center was pleased to present the Child Welfare Legacy Award. It was bestowed upon Mr.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.  Built in Miami Gardens in 1981, this complex has sheltered many hundreds of children of all ages, as well as teen mothers and their infants.



94th Aero Squadron  Restaurant Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant
Actors’ Playhouse Miami Children’s Museum
Adrienne Arsht Center Miami HEAT
Art Basel in Miami Beach Miami Seaquarium
Bala Vinyasa Yoga Miller Training & Fitness
Blue Martini New World Symphony event
Body Details New York Philharmonic
Books & Books Old Lisbon Restaurant
Busch Gardens Tampa Perez Art Museum Miami
Butterfly World PRP Wine International
Cabot Creamery Cooperative Red Cap
Carnegie Hall Sabadell United Bank, N.A.
Coral Castle Museum South Florida Parenting
Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach  Hotel St. James’s Club & Villas  Antigua
Doubletree By Hilton Orlando St. James’s Club Morgan Bay
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden The Chessecake Factory
Florida Museum of Natural History The Filmore Miami Beach
Florida Panthers The Verandah Resort & Spa Antigua
Fred Astaire Dance Studio Travel Trackers
Hacienda Cerrito Resort UF Athletic Association
Intercontinental Miami Vida Day Spa & Wellness Center
Island Queen Cruises Vizcaya Museum
Jungle Island Walt Disney World
Kennedy Space Center Whisk Gourmet Food
Los Establos Boutique Inn Panama WonderWorks
Macy’s Zuma