News Release:Children's Home Society of Florida
June 13, 2014
TALLAHASEE, FL – Corey Simon, a former FSU football player, who went on to play defensive tackle in the NFL for eight seasons, was recognized on Thursday as the 2014 R. David and I. Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate of the Year by the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s North Central Division (CHS) at the organization’s 50th Annual Board Reception.
The most prestigious award given by the organization, named in honor of Wendy’s International founder and philanthropist Dave Thomas, the Child Advocate of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact toward improving the lives of homeless, neglected and abused children throughout Florida. Simon received this honor for his work mentoring children through Corey’s Kids Camp, which provides fun and educational experiences for hundreds of children and young adults in Florida's foster care system.
“It is clearly a great honor to receive such a prestigious award, but, my true reward is the time I get to spend with young people. They keep me on my toes and keep me grounded. I was always told “ If you enjoy what you do you will never work a day in your life” That was true in the NFL and it is true today helping young people experience success when life hasn’t been so rewarding,” said Corey Simon.
The organization commemorated the 50-year milestone with a World Cup-themed reception. Coinciding with the kick-off of the World Cup, the reception celebrated this universal sport that brings together people from all walks of life. Children’s Home Society of Florida also unites members of the community in its efforts to protect and help strengthen families.
“Children’s Home Society (CHS) provides an array of needed services for children and families across the state of Florida. Locally, CHS serves more than 4000 children and families each year with services that include: foster care, adoption, child abuse prevention, early childhood intervention, mental health, case management, and preschool placements. We would not be able to provide these much needed services without the support and dedication of our Board of Directors and community volunteers. Tonight we honor our Board of Directors for their commitment and service. We are also honoring a number of community volunteers for their service children in the Big Bend area,” said Charles McDonald, Executive Director of Children's Home Society of Florida.
Additional awards presented include:
· Victoria “Vicki” Weber Youth Advocacy Mentor - CHS Vice President of Legislative Affairs Summer Pfeiffer
· Community Partners of the Year - ABC 27 WTXL, Mainline Information Systems, Inc., and Tree House of Tallahassee, Inc.
· Special Events Volunteers of the Year – CenturyLink Community Volunteers