Fam­ily af­fair—Fam­i­lies First awards four vol­un­teers

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At the Sec­ond an­nual Fam­i­lies First Chil­dren’s Day Award Lun­cheon for Palm Beach County res­i­dents were hon­ored for their com­mit­ment and hard work with fam­i­lies and chil­dren. Danielle Hickox Moore of Palm Beach, Con­nie Siskowski of Boca Ra­ton, Joyce Laird of Jupiter and Alan Mentser of West Palm Beach were the re­cip­i­ents. Each was hon­ored by Mis­tress of Cer­e­monies Chan­dra Bill, News An­chor from WPTV News Chan­nel Five and co-chair­women Diane McLaugh­lin and Latasha Ghol­ston.

Fol­low­ing an in­spir­ing key note ad­dress given by Liz Mur­ray, From Home­less to Har­vard. The Fam­i­lies First Award was pre­sented to Alan Mentser for his vol­un­teer work as a Guardian Ad Litem, his work with Grow­ing To­gether Inc., the Big Heart Bri­gade, and Ur­ban Youth Im­pact are among the many or­ga­ni­za­tions he vol­un­teered with in the com­mu­nity.

“Alan Mentser cer­tainly more than meets the cri­te­ria to re­ceive this award in fact each in­di­vid­ual, we hon­ored at the lun­cheon have made a ma­jor im­pact on fam­i­lies with chil­dren in our com­mu­nity, I am hon­ored to know each of them,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Julie Swindler.

Key note speaker Liz Mur­ray brought the more than nearly three-hun­dred guests to their feet at the con­clu­sion of her in­cred­i­ble key note ad­dress. Board Pres­i­dent San­dra Flem­ing said, “Her ad­dress made us cry, cheer and laugh, she is truly an in­spi­ra­tion to us all, we were thrilled to have her as our speaker for this event it couldn’t have been more per­fect.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.fam­i­lies­firstpbc.org.

Award Nom­i­nees Danielle Hickox Moore, left, Joyce Laird, Mis­tress of Cer­e­monies Chan­dra Bill, key note speaker Liz Mur­ray, nom­i­nee Con­nie Siskowski and award re­cip­i­ent Alan Mentser

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Julie Swindler and Fam­i­lies First Award re­cip­i­ent Alan Mentser

Nom­i­nees Joyce Laird, left, Danielle Hickox Moore, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Julie Swindler, award re­cip­i­ent Alan Mentser, Board Pres­i­dent San­dra Flem­ing and Con­nie Siskowski

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