“Rock the Night Away” at the 23rd Annual Gala Benefiting Children’s Home Society of Florida

Children’s Home Society of Florida’s East Broward Auxiliary hosted its 23rd Annual Gala themed “Rock the Night Away” September 28 at The Westin Beach Resort & Spa. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Intercoastal Division, which serves children and families in Broward County.  The evening will feature a rock-themed gala with silent and live auctions, a casino, and entertainment by the Dale Powers Band.

This year, Children’s Home Society of Florida honored the Honorable Bob Butterworth, who served as Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary from 2007 to 2008, with the prestigious R. David and I. Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award. This is the highest honor Children’s Home Society of Florida bestows upon individuals and groups that have made a significant impact toward improving the lives of homeless, neglected and abused children throughout Florida.

“For the past 40 years, Butterworth has been a strong supporter for Florida’s children and child welfare issues. Prior to being appointed Secretary of Florida’s Department of Children and Families, Bob Butterworth devoted most of his career to public service, including serving as Florida’s Attorney General for four consecutive terms (1986-1998), a judge in the county and circuit courts of Broward County and Broward County Sheriff.”

“We are proud to highlight the Honorable Bob Butterworth’s commitment to helping Florida’s vulnerable children, as he has been instrumental in positively influencing the safety of children throughout the state,” says Rebecca McGuire, executive director of Children’s Home Society of Florida. “Under his leadership, the Florida Department of Children and Families underwent significant changes that have vastly impacted the lives and futures of Florida’s children and families.”

The East Broward Auxiliary invited businesses and individuals to join Children’s Home Society of Florida in helping Broward County’s children and families by supporting the gala through corporate underwriting, program journal advertising and/or sponsoring gaming tables

Sponsors include: I. Lorraine Thomas, Wells Fargo, Lynn and Dolores Drayton, Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Akerman Senterfitt, Jody Brown, Beverly Benjamin, Coldwell Banker, Bruce Ross, Greenberg Traurig, Neiman Marcus, SunTrust Bank, Southern Wine and Spirits of Miami, Michele M. Greene, MaryAnne Richter and Tim Murphy and Tricia Saad, Children of America, Cuddlecube.com,  1800aging.com and Bob Glass.


About Children’s Home Society of Florida:On the front lines since 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. Children’s Home Society of Florida offers services that help break the cycles of abuse in more families, heal the pain for traumatized children, guide teens to successfully transition into adulthood and create strong, loving families through adoption. Children’s Home Society of Florida serves approximately 100,000 children and families throughout the state each year, including more than 1,200 in Broward County. More: www.chsfl.org.

About East Broward Auxiliary: 
Twenty-three years ago, Janice Lahaye, Pam Masters, Lucille DeAngelo, Kathy Clarkson and Bijette Gebron founded the East Broward Auxiliary. These women wanted to make a difference in the lives of Broward County’s abused and neglected children.  Together with I. Lorraine Thomas, they spearheaded a capital campaign and raised more than $3.2 million to build the I. Lorraine Thomas Children’s Home and Family Support Center.  The goal of the East Broward Auxiliary is to respond to the unique needs of children, and the group is committed to the fulfillment of every child’s right to a stable living environment and the opportunity for a healthy family development.