Be A Voice Awards Luncheon
Benefiting Voices For Children Foundation
 

Voices For Children Foundation, a local not-for-profit organization advocating for children in Miami-Dade’s foster care system, and presenting sponsor Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, served as hosts to approximately 400 attorneys, judges, elected officials, community leaders, volunteers and supporters at its 21st annual “Be A Voice” Awards Luncheon held at Jungle Island. News anchor Laurie Jennings served as the emcee.

With help from supporters, Voices For Children Foundation over $130,000. The money will help ensure abused, abandoned and neglected children in Miami-Dade County each have a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that resources are available to support their health, educational and social needs.

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Board member for Voices For Children Foundation Jeffrey Samas; Board member for Voices For Children Foundation and partner in the litigation department
of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. Jay Shapiro;
and Rich Siegel

Laurie Jennings, Emcee of Voices For Children Be A Voice Awards Luncheon and anchor of Local 10 News


Board member for Voices For Children Foundation Michael Block, Laurie Jennings; and Board member for Voices For Children Foundation Dr. Michael Rosenberg

Judge Martin Zilber, Child Advocate Debbie Robbins, Voices For Children Foundation President and CEO Nelson F. Hincapie & Carolina Hincapie


Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Judge Nushin G. Sayfie and Miami-Dade
Assistant County Attorney Chief Jess McCarty

John Price and recipient of Voices For Children Advocate Award and Miami-Dade County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams


Former County Attorney Bob Cuevas

Abigail Price-Williams, Judge Jason Bloch, Former County Attorney Bob Cuevas


Maria Lievano-Cruz, Miami-Dade County Commissioner “Pepe” Diaz,
and Belkys Romay

Denise & Pierre Sasiain


Nelson F. Hincapie, Abigail Price-Williams and Laurie Jennings

Judge Martin Zilber, Alexander Shiekman, Nelson F. Hincapie, and former foster youth Ronald Smith


Board member for Voicers For Children Foundation Angel Ferrer, Nelson F. Hincapie, and Jay Shapiro.

Board member for Voices For Children Foundation Brian Goldmeier, Miami-Dade County Chairman Jean Monestime, and Nelson F. Hincapie


Nelson F. Hincapie, Ivette Gonzalez, and George Rodriguez

PRP Wine International, In-Kind Sponsor for the Be A Voice Awards Luncheon


Brickell Magazine, Media Sponsor for the Be A Voice Awards Luncheon

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, and Judge Jason Bloch


Brett McNaught and Valerie Falsetto

OH MY GOSH! Brigadeiros, In-Kind Sponsor for the Be A Voice Awards Luncheon


Voices For Children’s Board of Directors, Laurie Jennings, and Nelson F. Hincapie.


Judge Andrea R. Wolfson, Judge Nushin G. Sayfie, and Judge Marisa T. Mendez

Harry Winston Salon Director
Leyla Portela and Lino Laurelli


Jay Shapiro and Nelson F. Hincapie

Board members for Voices For Children Foundation Angel Ferrer,
Hans C. Mueller, and Vince Castro


Board member for Voices For Children Foundation Gail Appelrouth, Bentonne Snay, and Dana Snay

Judges Robert J. Luck and Jason Bloch


Jay Shapiro and
Judge Cindy S. Lederman

Becky Zyman, recipient of Voices For Children Path Finder Award
John Lopez, and Jessica Zyman Boyd


John Lopez, Abigail Price-Williams, and Nelson F. Hincapie


At the event, John Lopez, who aged out of foster care and recently graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from the University of Florida – New World School of the Arts, was honored with the organization’s Path Finder Award.

“Being the oldest of 10 children, and moving from shelter to shelter, I was determined to find some sort of stability while in foster care,”Lopez said. “Thanks to Voices For Children Foundation, the It Takes A Village College Life Scholarship, and my mentors, I overcame adversity and was able to pursue my dream of becoming a graphic designer.”

Abigail Price-Williams, the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Miami-Dade County Attorney, was presented with the Voices For Children Advocate Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of the foundation. For many years, she served as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer and was named the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida Guardian ad Litem Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.

“My heart and soul are with Voices For Children Foundation. I have been a lay and a pro-bono Guardian ad Litem volunteer, and I know first-hand what it does in changing people’s lives,” Price-Williams said.

In addition to Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, which has sponsored the annual awards luncheon for nine consecutive years, the event was made possible by ”Platinum Guardian” sponsor Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro. “Gold Guardian” sponsors including: Comcast; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan; Miami-Dade County Chairman Jean Monestime; and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. “Silver Guardian” sponsors are: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Robins; and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa. Brickell Magazine was the event’s media sponsor. Roar Media was the PR sponsor.