Florida's Champions for Children

A bipartisan coalition of 28 of the state’s most prominent citizens has come together to work on behalf of Florida’s children.

Carol Jenkins Barnett, Lakeland
Chair and President, Publix Super Markets Charities.

Sam Bell III, Tallahassee
Former House Majority Leader; now with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney law firm.

Allan Bense, Panama City
Former House Speaker; now president of GAC Contractors.

Cecilia Bryant, Jacksonville
Attorney and former vice chair of the State University System Board of Regents

Bob Butterworth, Fort Lauderdale
Former attorney general and Department of Children and Families secretary; now Of Counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney law firm.

Marta Casas-Celaya, West Palm Beach
Director of government and community affairs for Comcast.

Betty Castor, Tampa
Former legislator, education commissioner, University of South Florida president and chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Scott Clemons, Panama City
Former legislator and mayor; now president of The Clemons Company.

David Dennis, Clearwater
President and CEO of Eckerd Youth Alternatives.

Manny Diaz, Miami
Former mayor and president of U.S. Conference of Mayors; now senior partner in Lydecker Diaz law firm.

Rob Gidel, Orlando
Former chair of the Florida Polytechnic University board; now managing partner of Liberty Capital Advisors

Pegeen Hanrahan, Gainesville
Former mayor; environmental engineer and principal in Community and Conservation Solutions.

Kathryn Hensley, Fort Pierce
Former K-12 and college educator; now St. Lucie County School Board member

Ed Jennings, Gainesville
Former legislator; now U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administrator

Toni Jennings, Orlando
Former lieutenant governor and legislator; now chair of Jack Jennings & Sons construction

Greg Langowski, Palm Beach
Former executive director of the Palm Beach Republican Party; now regional director for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

David Lawrence Jr, Coral Gables
Retired Miami Herald publisher; now chair of The Children's Movement of Florida.

Roberto Martinez, Coral Gables
Former U.S. attorney and State Board of Education member; now partner in Colson Hicks Eidson law firm

Gepsie Metellus, Miami
Executive director of the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center

Jon Mills, Gainesville
Former House Speaker; now dean emeritus and professor at University of Florida’s College of Law and Of Counsel at Boies Schiller & Flexner law firm

Sandy Murman, Tampa
Former legislator; now Hillsborough County commissioner.

John "Q" Quiñones, Kissimmee
Former legislator and Osceola County commissioner; now an attorney and certified mediator

Nan Rich, Weston
Former legislator and board member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Mario Rubio, Jacksonville
State policy director for the city of Jacksonville

Burt Saunders, Naples
Former legislator; now an attorney with GrayRobinson law firm

H.T. Smith, Miami
Former National Bar Association president; now an attorney, law school professor and community leader

Bill Sublette, Orlando
Former legislator; now an attorney and head of his own law firm

Margaret Tidmore, Panama City
Mentor coordinator and parent liaison at New Horizons Learning Center

Our Benefactors

America’s Promise Alliance/Bruce Lesley
American Airlines/Peter Dolara
Tony Argiz
Bank of America/Maria Alonso
Carol and Barney Barnett and Publix Charities
Jo Ann Bass
Trish and Dan Bell
Nancy and Jerrold Blair
Ron Book
Armando Codina
Bill de la Sierra/Kidworks USA
Colson Hicks Eidson/Dean Colson and Bob Martinez
Edwards S. Moore Family Foundation/Jane Gilbert
Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation/David Odahowski
Gloria and Emilio Estefan
Mike Fernandez
Lori Ferrell
First Focus Campaign for Children/Bruce Lesley
FPL Group Foundation/Manny Rodriguez
Rob H. Gidel
Greenberg Traurig/Cesar Alvarez
Stuart Grossman
Andy Haggard
Preston Haskell
Helios Education Foundation/Paul Luna
Arthur Hertz
Wayne Huizenga
Jesse Ball duPont/Dr. Sherry P. Magill
Paul Tudor Jones II
Manny Kadre
Kaplan Early Learning Company/Hal Kaplan
Dr. Jane and Gerald Katcher
Chaim Katzman
Kirk Landon
Delores and Allen Lastinger
Roberta and David Lawrence Jr.
Daniel Lewis
Health Foundation of South Florida/Dr. Steve Marcus
Charlie Martinez
Manny Medina
Domingo Moreira
Tracy and Alonzo Mourning
Jorge Perez
Neal Roth
Jean and Bill Soman
Shepard Broad Foundation/Ann Bussel and Morris Broad
Wells Fargo/Connie Smith
Ed Williamson
Winter Park Health Foundation/Patty Maddox
Juan Wong Jr.
Carole and Thomas Abbott
Akerman Senterfitt/Mike Abrams
American Reading Company/Jane Hileman
Dr. Alyson Adams
Kathy Andersen
Dr. Daniel Armstrong
The Hon. Allan Bense
Richard A. Berkowitz
Peter L. Bermont
Burt Bloom
Dr. Rita Bornstein
Patricia Boynkin
AutoNation/Gale Butler
The Hon. Bob Butterworth
Barbara Byrd
Betty B. Chapman
Rabbi Mitch Chefitz
The Hons. Sue and Chuck Cobb
Dr. Patricia Snyder and Robert E. Crow
Marion and Jim Currow
Rob Dugger
Marshall Field V
John Flickinger II
Marvin Ross Friedman
Michael Goldstein/Goldstein Schechter Koch
Evelyn Greer
Cecilia and Modesto Abety-Gutierrez
Coral Gables Congregational Church/Rev. Laurie Hafner
Gail Meyers and Andy Hall
Marsha and Kevin Hennessey
The Hon. Sally Heyman
Deborah and Larry Hoffman
Hillary and Ken Hoffman
Stephen Jackman
Jolie Jerry
Phyllis Kalifeh
Kevin Kearns and Health Choice Network
Jill and Neal Kimball
Jonathan and Tina Kislak Philanthropic Fund
Keith Koenig
Judy and Franklin Kreutzer
Dr. James Kushlan
Joseph W. Lawrence
Sidney Levin
Alan Levy/ Levy Family Foundation
Guimel Martinez
Mariana Martinez
Marjorie McCollum
Matthew Merceron/Kaplan Early Learning Companies
Tammy Meyerson/Preferred Medical Plan
Jeffrey S. Miller
Khalid M. Mirza
Gerald Moore
Mario Murgado/Brickell Motors
Pat Neal
Louise O'Brien
Lois Osman
Whitfield M. Palmer Jr.
Marifeli Perez-Stable
Marty Steinberg
W. Douglas Pitts
James H. Pugh Jr.
Lillian Redlich
The Hon. Nan Rich
Dr. Michael Rosenberg
Dorene D. Ross
Diana and Rafael Saldana
Dr. Judy Schaechter
The Hon. Patricia Schroeder
Debra and Gerald K. Schwartz
Ana and David Sejeck
Dr. James Sewell
Ruth and Richard Shack Family Fund
Riki Shaw
Karen Shupenko
DeeDee Smith
Gerrie and Roger Soman
Penny and Roe Stamps
Thomas van Straaten
Howard Talenfeld
Stanley Tate
Robert H. Traurig
Dr. Pamela Trout
Teresita F. Valdes
Michele Vogel
Michaelin and David Watts
Dale Chapman Webb
Harriet Wolf
WELS Foundation

A movement is long-term, enduring and sustainable. To stand the test of time, it requires the continued support of thousands of people who believe in and demand more for all our children. The Children’s Movement of Florida is grateful to all its founding members and donors whose contributions have enabled The Movement to organize and build an ever-growing base of support across the state. We simply could not have the impact or, ultimately, bring about the change necessary to give children what they deserve to be successful in school and in life without you.  You can make a difference today.

Maria Alonso
Terry and Paul Arango
Susan Arkin
Lillian Arrants
Dr. Arnhilda Badia
Jeff and Cathy Bartel
David Batelaan
The Hon. Betty Castor and Samuel P. Bell III
Pedro Bermudez
Elsa Black
Carrie Brazer
Dr. Andrew Brickman
Jessica and Michael Browdy
Cecilia Bryant
Melanie Damian
William Davis
Robert Dinerstein
Harry R. Duncanson
Donna and Steve Feig
Hatch/Winston Salem, N.C.
Horst Ferrero
Suzanne and Dr. Lawrence Fishman
Kirk Fordham
The Hon. Bob Graham
Tiffany Grantham/"Elect Beam Furr 2014"
The Hon. Patricia Seitz and Alan Greer
Mary and David D. Grumhaus
Teresa Hansen
Brodes Hartley Jr.
Simon J. Hassine
The Hon. Kathryn Hensley
Tremaine Foundation/Stewart Hudson
Joseph Jackson
Rosalind Jacobs
Marilu Kernan
Dr. Silvia La Villa
Jerome Levitt
The Hon. Fred Lippman
The Hon. Buddy MacKay
Guillermo Martinez
Alfredo Mesa
Eddy Nelson
Loretta Nido
Judith E. Orr
Barbara and Al Pareira
Dr. Bill Pelham
Dr. Donald Pemberton
Rafael Penalver Jr.
Demetrio Perez
Jackie Remington
James A. Rosenquist
Ron Rothstein
Peter S. Rummell
Jennifer and Michael Samway
Alfred Sanchez
Audrey and Dr. Gerry Schiebler
Andy Sherrard
Alice Smith
H.T. Smith
Erik Sussman
Marcia Teichner
Karen Throckmorton
Kim Werner
Brent Winans
Dr. Joan Wynne