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Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic

Celebrating 25 Years!

Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic

The 25th annual Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and Black Tie Gala will be held November 21-23, 2014 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center and Boca Raton Resort and Club.


Since 1989, tennis legend and Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida board member Chris Evert has hosted the event as part of her ongoing campaign to prevent drug abuse and child neglect in Florida. Many of Evert's celebrity friends join her to help raise funds. Expected at the 2014 event are actor/comedian Jon Lovitz; TV personalities Gayle King, Rob Marciano and Hoda Kotb; musicians Gavin Rossdale and David Cook; and international celebrities Dutchess of York Sarah Ferguson and Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova.


This outstanding three-day charity event brings attention to issues like child abuse and addiction that impact communities throughout Florida. The money raised from this annual event is matched by the State of Florida through the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida to make a measurable difference for Florida's most vulnerable children and families. For more information, or to purchase tickets for this year's event, visit   



Healthy Families Florida

Retirement Announcement and Special Awards Highlight Annual Leadership Meeting

Executive Director Retires

Carol McNally, the longtime executive director of Healthy Families Florida (HFF), announced her retirement at the program's recent Leadership Meeting in Orlando. Carol, a trailblazer in the field of home visiting for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, has worked tirelessly to promote programs and policies that have a positive impact on the lives of children and families.

Carol McNally

Carol McNally


"It is with mixed feelings that we bid farewell to Carol," said Doug Sessions, president and CEO of the Ounce of Prevention Fund. "It is difficult to sum up with a few sentences her 16 years of achievements and dedicated service to Healthy Families. Her hard work and commitment to Florida's most vulnerable children and families will be remembered. She is a stellar example of what child advocates should strive for and I hope others will follow in her footsteps."


On hand to celebrate and congratulate Carol was Congressman Daniel Webster. "I was grateful to participate in the Healthy Families Florida Leadership Meeting to recognize their flawless national accreditation and thank Carol McNally for the tremendous work of her team," said Congressman Webster. "Carol is a passionate advocate of Healthy Families Florida and it was a pleasure to reflect on the lives of countless children and families in the State of Florida that have been changed due to her efforts and care." 


Lifetime Achievement Award Bestowed

In recognition of her lifelong commitment to the betterment of children and their families, Prevent Child Abuse America and Healthy Families America (HFA) presented Carol with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


"This is only the second lifetime achievement award we have granted in the 22 year history of HFA," said Cyd Wessel, Senior Director of Healthy Families America. 


Daniel Webster Leadership Award Presented

Each year, HFF presents the Daniel Webster Leadership Award to recognize outstanding leadership in advocating for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. This award was created in honor of Congressman Daniel Webster who, as Florida Speaker of the House, worked tirelessly to pass the legislation that created Healthy Families Florida in 1998.

Carol McNally, Congressman Daniel Webster, Doug Sessions, Cindy Brown, Elizabeth Tyrell

Carol McNally, Congressman Daniel Webster, Doug Sessions, Cindy Brown, Elizabeth Tyrell

The recipient of the 2014 Daniel Webster Leadership Award is Representative Matt Hudson. Representative Hudson served as Chairman of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee during the 2014 legislative session.

Doug Sessions, Carol McNally, Representative Matt Hudson, Cindy Brown, Ted Granger

Doug Sessions, Carol McNally, Representative Matt Hudson, Cindy Brown, Ted Granger

Lauding this year's recipient of the Leadership Award, Webster said, "As Chair of the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Representative Matt Hudson has worked hard to address the health and education needs of Florida's children and has also fought to increase funding for Healthy Families Florida as part of the Child Welfare reform package. His chairmanship is marked by fiscal responsibility and innovation in access and delivery of healthcare to Florida's most vulnerable populations."


Representative Hudson has steadfastly supported Healthy Families throughout his legislative tenure and was instrumental in the appropriation of an additional $2 million in funding for Healthy Families Florida during the 2014 legislative session. This additional funding will establish programs in Seminole, Baker and Osceola counties to serve an additional 558 high-risk families and their 1,040 children. 

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Innovative Initiatives

Character Kids

The Character Center


The Ounce of Prevention Fund is proud to partner with Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. to implement the Character Kids program. Character Kids will provide life enhancement activities to 40 Leon County school students' ages 13-17. Program activities focus on promoting character development, health and wellness and career development through hands-on strategies, group interactions and role-playing activities.


The goal of the program is to enhance the lives of the students by offering information that will encourage and sustain health and wellness as well as career and character development. Their holistic approach to teaching and tutoring children is unparalleled in education. At the program, it's not just about children learning well, it's about children living right. The mission is to produce change that can be seen in children as well as make a difference children can feel in their daily lives.


In 2003, child advocate and professional speaker Zachery Richardson founded and became president of Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. He is also the executive director of The Character Center. Located in Tallahassee, the center promotes individual and community empowerment leading to positive behavior change for children and their parents.


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Prevent Child Abuse Florida

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In October, Prevent Child Abuse Florida (PCA Florida) Executive Director Anita Odom provided several workshops and presentations at national and state conferences.  At the National 2014 Strengthening Families Summit in Chicago, she presented one of the prevention objectives of the Florida statewide prevention plan related to the protective factors approach and shared how this approach is infused into home visiting services in Florida. At the 2014 National Faith-Based Symposium, she presented a workshop on parent leadership in collaboration with the Florida Department of Children and Families titled "Meaningful Parent Leadership: A Guide to Success." At the 58th Annual Florida Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, she provided a workshop on the protective factors approach titled "Strengthening Families with a Protective Factors Framework" to train child care workers on how to assist and support parents of young children to build protective factors for their own families and for other families in their communities.



Employee of the Year!

Doug Sesseions and Suzie Godfrey

Doug Sessions, Suzie Godfrey

Congratulations to Suzie Godfrey on being awarded Employee of the Year! Suzie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration Management with a minor in Human Resources and has worked at the Ounce of Prevention Fund for four years. She has been designated employee of the quarter on two separate occasions and was recently promoted to the position of contract specialist with Healthy Families Florida.


Away from the office, Suzie stays busy by spending time with her family, which includes two grandchildren. She also enjoys cross-fit training, reading, crafting and volunteering at her church.


Thank you, Suzie, for all your hard work, dedication and commitment to the Ounce of Prevention Fund!


In This Issue

Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic

Healthy Families Florida

Innovative Initiatives

Prevent Child Abuse Florida

Employee of the Year!



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