A Moving Celebration at The Advocacy Network on Disabilities 2015 Breakfast for Champions
The Advocacy Network on Disabilities Board Chair Clint Bower receives County Proclamation
from Adele Valencia, Office of Comm. Daniella Levine-Cava
With more than 270 people gathered at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, it was a morning of celebration at the 17th Annual Breakfast for Champions. The day started with a proclamation from Miami-Dade County designating October 20, 2015 as The Advocacy Network on Disabilities Day. Thank you Commissioner Levine-Cava.
Twenty individuals took center stage and were honored as The Advocacy Network on Disabilities Champions for achieving significant milestones in their lives. Among the honorees: Otis “Big O” Kent, who has worked 34 years for the City of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation; Russell Davis, who recently retired from Pizza Hut and purchased a condo; and Vanessa Suazo, a Baptist Hospital employee and graduate of FIU’s Panther Life Program.
Otis “Big O” Kent
But it was the WOW Center Dancers who got the crowd on their feet with a spirited and swag-filled performance to Bruno Mars’, “Uptown Funk.”
Guests commemorated the 40th Anniversary of The Advocacy Network on Disabilities, founded in 1975 by a small group of parents seeking services for their sons and daughters. Today, the organization is our community’s lead advocacy agency providing training and assistance so all children can participate in programs funded by The Children’s Trust; providing financial assistance to hundreds of families through United Way supported programs; linking individuals and families to needed supports via a grant from Miami-Dade County; and through the generosity of the Taft Foundation, spearheading systems advocacy efforts to help people with disabilities and their families effect change in matters that affect them as they live, play, and work.
The day also marked the turning of a new page for the organization. President and CEO Helene Good announced that in 2016, The Advocacy Network on Disabilities would become THE ADVOCACY NETWORK ON DISABILITIES, “to highlight that advocacy and collaboration are at the heart of all we do.”