Each year, exemplary students graduate from Broward County Public Schools. And if we are lucky, they stay here or come back to make a positive impact on our community.
To honor those alumni who make countless contributions to our school system and our community, Broward Education Foundation honored them during the annual Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, this year’s awards were presented at a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20 at First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale Global Grille Event Center, 301 E Broward Blvd. The Walk of Fame sponsor is BrightStar Credit Union.
The inductee who recieved this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors an alumnus who is dedicated to improving public education, is George Platt, Managing Partner of LSN Partners. Platt was a member of the Fort Lauderdale High School Class of 1962 and has spent more than 50 years volunteering his services to foster positive change and improvement of education. The Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
The three inductees that received the Community Achievement Award, sponsored by Bank of America, for significant achievements in any field were:
Ulrich “Ric” Green, President/CEO of Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, Pompano Beach High School, Class of 1972
Nancy Botero, Executive Director of Broward College Foundation, Northeast High School, Class of 1977
George LeMieux, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Gunster Law Firm, Coral Springs High School, Class of 1987
Receiving the Education Achievement Award, sponsored by ACAI Associates, Inc., for their dedication to a career in public education were:
Roderick “Rocky” Gillis, County Athletic Director for Broward County Public Schools, Pompano Beach High School, Class of 1978
Olayemi Awofadeju, Principal of South Broward High School, Plantation High School, Class of 1995
Angel Gomez, Principal of Piper High School, Western High School, Class of 1987
In addition to Publix Super Markets Charities, BrightStar Credit Union, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Bank of America and ACAI Associates, Inc., other sponsors include The Charter Schools of Excellence, Gunster Law Firm, LSN Partners, LLC, Patriot Insurance, Pierson Grant Public Relations, RIVA by Premier Developers, Video Dynamics and Wells Fargo.
Look for applications for the 2017 Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Awards on the Broward Education Foundation website.