Rock, rat­tle and roll for Chil­dren’s Home So­ci­ety

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Guests are in­vited to bring their best air gui­tars to the Rock the Night Away themed gala. The Chil­dren’s Home So­ci­ety of Florida’s East Broward Aux­il­iary will host its 23rd an­nual gala 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 silent and live auc­tions, a casino and en­ter­tain­ment by the Dale Pow­ers Band.

This year, Chil­dren’s Home So­ci­ety of Florida will honor 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, But­ter­worth de­voted most of his ca­reer to pub­lic ser­vice, in­clud­ing serv­ing as Florida’s at­tor­ney gen­eral for four con­sec­u­tive terms (1986-1998), and a Broward County judge.

“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,” said 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.” Tick­ets to the gala are $200. Cur­rent spon­sors in­clude: I. Lor­raine Thomas, Wells Fargo, Lynn and Dolores Dray­ton, The Westin Beach Re­sort & Spa, Ak­er­man Sen­ter­fitt, Jody Brown, Bev­erly Ben­jamin, Cold­well Banker, Bruce Ross, Green­berg Trau­rig, Neiman Mar­cus, SunTrust Bank, South­ern Wine & Spir­its of Mi­ami, Michele M. Greene, MaryAnne Richter, Tim Mur­phy, Tri­cia Saad, Chil­dren of Amer­ica, Cud­dle­, 1800ag­ and Bob Glass.

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 to help break the cy­cles of abuse in fam­i­lies, heal the pain for trau­ma­tized chil­dren, guide teens to suc­cess­ful 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.

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Shelly Spi­vack, left, Bruce Ross, Bob But­ter­worth and Judy Brown

Rhea Chiles, left, and Bruce Ross

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