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Dear Friends,
As we enter this season of giving, please consider two ways to help the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida support healthy, happy childhoods for Florida's children.
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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

This November 27, 2018, join the movement and give - whether it's some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community. Join #GivingTuesday in raising awareness for non-profits and organizations and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. To make a donation to the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida's evidence-based prevention and early intervention programs, go to https://www.ounce.org/donations.asp.

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Ounce of Prevention Fund every time you shop at no additional cost to you. When you shop at  smile.amazon.com and designate the Ounce of Prevention Fund as your favorite charity, you’ll find the exact same prices and selection as Amazon.com. As an added bonus, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate a portion of eligible purchases to the Ounce of Prevention Fund. Thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of Florida's children and families.
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Chris Evert Charities and The Ounce of Prevention Fund Award Scholarships
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Two Florida moms are looking forward to a brighter future thanks to college scholarships awarded by Chris Evert Charities and The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. Tennis legend Chris Evert presented the scholarships to Keila Zayas and Natasha Zatorski during the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Delray Beach.

Keila Zayas received the Vitas Gerulitas Memorial Scholarship in memory of Evert's dear friend, tennis star Vitas Gerulitas, who was a supporter of the annual tennis event and who strongly believed everyone deserves a second chance. Since moving to the United States four years ago, single mother Keila has struggled to provide for her four children. Many nights she has allowed her children to eat when there wasn’t enough for her. But Keila believes “a life of impossibilities can be shifted to a life of possibilities.” She is currently studying nursing and hopes to one day establish a nursing home for the elderly.   

Natasha Zatorski was awarded the Alan Thicke Memorial Scholarship. Actor Alan Thicke was an enthusiastic participant of the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic for many years. Natasha turned to drugs to self-medicate as a way to cope with her broken childhood. Through the years, her addiction left her homeless and her health suffered greatly. She reached rock bottom more than once. When her son was born, Natasha realized the importance of living a clean and sober life. She continues her recovery in outpatient therapy and wants to work to help people overcome addiction.

Since 1994, Chris Evert Charities and The Ounce of Prevention Fund have awarded 45 memorial scholarships to empower women to improve their lives by pursuing their educational goals.
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2018 Daniel Webster Leadership Award
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United Way of Florida President Ted Granger, Congressman Daniel Webster, Carol McNally, Healthy Families Florida Executive Director Jennifer Ohlsen, Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida President Doug Sessions
Congressman Daniel Webster and Healthy Families Florida presented the annual Daniel Webster Leadership Award to Carol McNally, former Healthy Families Florida executive director. Carol McNally was recognized for her unwavering commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and outstanding leadership in founding and building Healthy Families Florida. The award is named in honor of Congressman Daniel Webster who, as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in 1998, led the legislative creation of Healthy Families Florida, an evidence-based child abuse prevention program.

McNally was a driving force behind convincing the Florida Legislature to adopt the Healthy Families model statewide. Her vision included mental health services for the highest risk families. Now that vision is a reality across many sites. Hundreds of families get the treatment they desperately need because of her leadership.

McNally's high standards guided the quality and development of the model, inspiring all involved to work their hardest to ensure that Florida's children are safe, nurtured and thriving. Her determination set the pace, pushing Florida's system to improve practices for families and establishing Florida as an example of excellence for the nation. McNally's work over 16 years established Healthy Families Florida as the largest evidence-based home visiting program in Florida, and built a rock-solid foundation to help Healthy Families grow into Florida's premier prevention program.

Healthy Families Florida is a nationally accredited voluntary home visiting program proven to prevent child abuse and neglect by building on family strengths to promote healthy child development and family self-sufficiency. In partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, the Healthy Families Florida program has helped thousands of children by empowering parents with education and community support. Since 2009, Daniel Webster Leadership Award winners have included legislators, policy makers, law enforcement officials and community leaders who have demonstrated a passion for and commitment to effective prevention.
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RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary, by Karen Pritzker & James Redford, that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the launch of a movement to treat and prevent toxic stress now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression. Extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. 

For more information about the documentary, visit https://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/ and for screening information contact Chris Lolley at  clolley@ounce.org.
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