13th Annual Children’s Day Awards Luncheon

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October 04, 2019
11:00 AM | Friday

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Venue: Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center
701 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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13th Annual Children’s Day Awards Luncheon

October 2019

Please join us as we celebrate 30 years of serving children and families at our annual Children's Day Luncheon. Now in its 13th year, the luncheon provides something for everyone. Our keynote speakers have spurred the audiences to action; the poignant stories from clients who are succeeding despite the odds are moving. Our silent auction is one of the largest and most popular in the county, and the music and artwork provided by local school children bring smiles to everyone’s face.

Join us again this year, on Friday, October 4th for this outstanding event that helps us continue the important work we’ve been doing for 30 years.
Register for the event, become a sponsor, or, if you can’t attend, donate. You’ll be happy you did.

The Luncheon

Friday, October 4, 2019
Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center
Silent Auction: 11:00 a.m. 
Luncheon: Noon
Tickets: $85

We offer a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities to meet your needs, as well.

  Keynote Speaker - Rebecca Babcock

Rebecca Babcock always knew she was adopted, but at 16 she was rocked by the discovery that her birth mother, Diane Downs, was a murderer, convicted of shooting her own children. Motivated by a desire to reassure others struggling with a dark family history, Rebecca shares her confidence that nurture overcomes nature, and hopes to help people who have the same stigma. "Whether they came from a monster or were even raised by a monster—a murderer, molester, someone who beat them, a thief—that does not define who they are as an individual. Their parent's mistake does not have to become their story. Each person holds her own pen and paper and can write her own story. People should never let anyone tell them different."


  Harriet Goldstein Awardee - Eddie Stephens, Esq.

Eddie is an equity partner in Ward Damon, PL, where he leads the family law department and manages community relations for the firm. Eddie is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney who specializes in high-conflict matrimonial law. He has earned the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a professional rating indicating the highest ethical standards and professional ability. In addition to practicing family law, Eddie is an author, lecturer, and community leader who supports a number of local civic and charitable organizations including Center for Child Counseling, Leadership Palm Beach County, Boy Scouts of America, Delta Sigma Pi, Kibblez of Love, Inc., and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.


  Event Chair - Tami R. Lesser 

Tami Lesser is the Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, a nonprofit created to raise funds to support the programming, services and resources of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Tami previously served as the founding CEO of Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches and was the Director of Major Gifts of American Jewish World Service in New York City. Tami worked professionally as an attorney and as an advocate for gender equality and social justice, and she has held numerous senior volunteer leadership positions in communal and national organizations. 

  Emcee - Jill Switzer

Jill Switzer is one of the most sought-after vocalists in Palm Beach County, co-host of “The Morning Lounge with Jill and Rich” on Legends 100.3 FM WLML, and an honorary board member of The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook. For the past twenty-eight years, she has performed at venues ranging from The Royal Room, Palm Beach to Birdland in New York City. Jill has appeared on stage with the Palm Beach Pops, Tony Award®–winner Faith Prince, legendary jazz/pop vocalist Marilyn Maye, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Ann Hampton Callaway, and has recorded with the Four Freshmen and Nicolas King. Her voice has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio show Dick Robinson’s American Standards by the Sea, where she was voted by listeners three consecutive years the “Best New Female Vocalist."

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