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Emmy award-winning Michael Putney, the dean of South Florida political reporters, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 35th Biscayne Bay Gala honoring Lauren Book as the Michael Shores Citizen of the Year.
Putney, who came to WPLG Local 10 in 1989 to become senior political reporter and host of "This Week In South Florida with Michael Putney” is Local 10's senior reporter on politics and government. He also writes a semimonthly column on politics for The Miami Herald.
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For more then 60 years the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club, one of South Florida’s leading community service organizations, has offered individuals and corporations the opportunity to serve the youth of South Florida by becoming members of this Downtown Miami/Brickell-based organization.
By joining this all-volunteer, non-profit group of dedicated men and women, below are just some of the progams in which you can participate
  • Foster student leadership in public schools by supporting student-lead service clubs and volunteer alongside kids at joint service projects.
  • Distribute school uniforms, supplies, and backpacks to children in need.
  • Give out tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships annually.
  • Provide homeless feedings, food bank donations, and Thanksgiving meals.
  • Read one-on-one with second graders monthly to prepare them for the FCAT.
  • Guided tours of Everglades National Park and field trips to the Biscayne Nature Center.
  • Chaperone kids to local attractions and sporting events.
  • Help teach lessons in etiquette, civics, and life skills.
  • Volunteer with disabled adults and provide holiday gifts, parties, and fun activities.
  • Be part of the Kiwanis team as we support the events of other local charities.

To Receive Award at 35th Biscayne Bay Gala, October 25

Lauren Book of Lauren’s Kids

Named 2014 Citizen of the Year

Lauren Book, founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids – an organization dedicated to preventing childhood sexual abuse and healing survivors – has been selected as the recipient of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club’s 2014 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award.

Book will receive the prestigious award at the 35th Biscayne Bay Gala, October 25, at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction,followed by a dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m.

“Lauren Book has done so much for the youth of South Florida, the state and the nation in her efforts to raise awareness of—and prevent—childhood sexual abuse—that it is our honor to recognize her and her tireless efforts,” said Biscayne Bay Kiwanis President William Reich.

Lauren’s Kids ( educates adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through an in-school curriculum and raises awareness about the issue of child sexual abuse through an annual 1,500-mile “Walk in My Shoes” walk across Florida. The organization also provides more than 6 million educational and awareness materials statewide through direct mail every year and – aided by the efforts of its Chairman Ron Book, a noted attorney and lobbyist – has taken proactive efforts to make Florida a safer place through advocacy for the passage of more than a dozen state laws that protect children and help victims heal and become survivors.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club and join such a distinctive list of recipients,” said Book. “As an advocate and an educator, I hold their work near and dear to my heart: this is a great organization which serves the most deserving children of Miami’s inner city and has – for more than 60 years – positively impacted the lives of thousands of those children and their families.”

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