3rd Annual Children’s Hero Award Gala
Honors Eduardo Padrón, President of Miami-Dade College
 
Perry Adair and Karen Pascual catch up during the cocktail hour

On October 19, 2011, Family Resource Center of South Florida (FRC) hosted the 3rd Annual Children’s Hero Award Gala at the Conrad Hotel. The event honored Miami-Dade College President Eduardo Padrón for his commitment to bridging the educational gap for children aging out of the foster care system and was emceed by CBS4’s Shannon Hori.

“We are pleased to have honored Dr. Eduardo Padrón with this year’s Children’s Hero Award,” said Dr. Oren Wunderman, FRC’s executive director. “We recognize and value his commitment to helping youth as they transition out of the foster care system and mature into healthy and productive young adults, especially given that education is such a critical component to these teens’ future life successes.”

$45,000 was raised with proceeds going to provide more than 1,000 South Florida newborns, toddlers, adolescents and teens with the shelter, food, medical and mental health care that they need due to experiencing abuse, neglect and abandonment by their parents.


Drew Kern, Chairman of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce & Jessica Wilcox, Board Member of Family Resource Center

Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, State Attorney, George Andrews, Chief of Staff for Dr. Padrón, MDC


Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, State Attorney

Gala guests mingle and enjoy the cocktail hour


Kai Jacobs, Esq., Board Member of Family Resource Center & Guest

Claudia Figueredo & Ed King, Board Member of Family Resource Center


Jorge Arrizurieta, Board of Trustees FIU, J.B. Aleman, Meridian Partners LLC, Alyn Cruz-Higgins, South Florida Regional Director at Office of US Senator Marco Rubio, Jose Fuentes, Miami-Dade College Board of Trustees

Gorgeous centerpieces generously donated by CH Creations


Guests enjoy networking before dinner

City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, Helen Aguirre Ferré, MDC Trustee & MDC President Dr. Eduardo Padrón


Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC & Shannon Hori, Anchor CBS4

Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC & Brenda Miranda, MDC Student


Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC & Brenda Miranda, MDC Student, Robert Fernandez, Esq., Board Chairman of Family Resource Center

Dr. Oren Wunderman, Execuitve Director of Family Resource Center, Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC, Brenda Miranda, MDC Student, Shannon Hori, Anchor CBS4, Robert Fernandez, Esq., Board Chairman of Family Resource Center


Gala guests enjoying dinner at the Conrad Hilton

Shannon Hori, Anchor CBS4


Brenda Miranda, MDC Student

Representative David Rivera


Shannon Hori, Anchor CBS4 and Drew Kern, Chairman, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

Yissel Rosario & Audri Lopez-Sigler


Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC with the Family Resource Center Board of Directors


Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC, Dr. Oren Wunderman, Executive Director, Family Resource Center

Robert Fernandez, Esq., Board Chairman of Family Resource Center, Alyn Cruz-Higgins, South Florida Regional Director at Office of US Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC, Dr. Oren Wunderman, Executive Director, Family Resource Center, Dr. Teri Wunderman


Shannon Hori, Anchor CBS4

Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President MDC


Robert Fernandez, Esq., Board Chairman of Family Resource Center and Dr. Eduardo Padrón

Gala Program and Adoption Story