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 Los Establos Boutique Inn, Panama
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Macy’s
Adrienne Arsht Center Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant
All Star Auctions Miami Children’s Museum
Anacapri Restaurant Miami Heat
Angelique Euro Cafe Miami Marlins
Art Basel Miami Beach Miami Seaquarium
Bala Vinyasa Yoga Miller Sports Training & Fitness
Blue Martini New York Philharmonic
Body Details Old Lisbon Restaurant
Books & Books Café Perez Art Museum Miami
Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corp. PRP Wine International
Buffalo Wild Wings Red Cap
Busch Gardens Tampa Rowley Portraiture
Butterfly World Sabadell United Bank, N.A.
Cabot Creamery Cooperative Season’s 52
Cake Lush SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Camp Cody South Florida Parenting
Carnegie Hall Splitsville
Carnival Cruise Lines St. James’s Club Morgan Bay
Chloe Di Leo Tarpon Bend
Coconut Grove Arts Festival The Cheesecake Factory
Coral Castle Museum The Fillmore Miami Beach
Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Hotel The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua
Creamy Dreamy Sweets by: Tutty Travel Trackers
Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld University of Florida Athletic Assoc.
Ed King Pop Art Vicky Bakery
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Vida Day Spa & Wellness Center
Florida Museum of Natural History Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Coral Gables Walt Disney World
Hacienda Cerrito Resort Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering
Intercontinental Miami Wines for Humanity
Island Queen Cruises WonderWorks Orlando
Jungle Island Zeel Massage On Demand
Kennedy Space Center Zuma Japanese Restaurant