And the Winners of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Community Inclusion Awards are… November 25, 2019
[Boca Raton, FL – November 22, 2019] – The Unicorn Children’s Foundation held the 2019 Community Inclusion Awards on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Boca West Country Club which happened to coincide with the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary and rebrand launch. The day was officially proclaimed the 25th Anniversary of Unicorn Children’s Foundation by Vice-Mayor of Palm Beach County, Commissioner Robert Weinroth during the event. These unsung heroes were recognized for their efforts at building a better and more inclusive community for individuals with special needs and their families. Nearly 100 nominations were received in 14 categories. The finalists were announced on October 24th at a VIP Announcement Party sponsored by the Wyndham Deerfield Beach.
Champion of Inclusion Award Debbie Majors, City of Boynton Beach
Disability Employer of the Year Ken's Krew
Employee of the Year Jaclyn Applebaum, Arc of Palm Beach/ Otis Elevators
Healthcare Provider of the Year Dr. Judith Aronson-Ramos, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics of South Florida
Innovation & Collaboration of the Year Sea Turtle Adventures, Inc.
Legal Service Provider of the Year Sheri L. Hazeltine & Associates, P.A.
Legislative Official of the Year Senator Kevin Rader
Media Influencer of the Year Harold Reitman, Different Brains Inc.
Post Secondary Program of the Year Dan Marino Foundation Marino Campus
Respite Care Companion of the Year Sierra Louk, The ARC of Palm Beach County
Self-Advocate of the Year Rachel Barcellona
Service Professional of the Year Melissa Burkhardt, Early Start Autism
Supportive Housing Award Jack Kosik, The Villages of Noah’s Landing
Teacher/Educator of the Year Sara Chong, The ARC of Palm Beach County
Community Choice Award Ken’s Krew
Congratulations to all of the nominees, finalists, and winners who embody excellence, integrity and passion in providing support and services to the 1 in 6 individuals who have one or more special needs/disability! The Unicorn Children’s Foundation is extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors: Marsh Private Client Services, Florida 360 Realty, TD Bank, Publix, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Simply the Best Magazine and Wyndham Deerfield Beach.
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Unicorn Children's Foundation is a 25 year old non-profit organization that is dedicated to building communities of acceptance, support, and opportunity for kids and young adults who are challenged by special needs and neurodiversity by supporting or developing its cradle to career pathways. Our initiatives connect families to community resources, advocate for inclusive opportunities, respect differences, empower individuals, and support success. With 1 in 6 children being diagnosed with a developmental or learning disorder, we believe it is our responsibility to create a world where all children’s potential can flourish. To learn more about the Unicorn Children's Foundation visit http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org. Also available on Facebook and Twitter.