David Lawrence Honored


David Lawrence Honored

The Children’s Trust observes its Twentieth Anniversary

Miami’s Community Newspapers presented its breakfast event on January 17, 2023 at CasaCuba.  A capacity crowd was on hand to hear from The Children’s Trust founder David Lawrence.  Starting with South Miami Mayor Javier Fernandez, elected officials from the surrounding municipalities of Pinecrest, Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay presented David Lawrence with congratulatory proclamations.

David Lawrence Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of The Miami Herald to work in early childhood development and readiness. He chairs The Children’s Movement of Florida, aimed at making children the state’s top priority for investment. He has served on the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet and twice chaired the Florida Partnership for School Readiness.
In 2002 and 2008 he led successful campaigns for The Children’s Trust.

In 2002-3 he chaired the Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Panel on Child Protection, and in 2011 chaired a similar panel for the Department of Children and Families. In 2002, he was a key figure in passing a statewide constitutional

Former Miami Herald executive Joe Natoli introduced David Lawrence
James Haj President & CEO
of The Children’s TrustJames Haj President & CEO
of The Children’s Trust
Baptist Health’s Ricardo Forbes and former State legislator Dwight Bullard
Community Newspapers Michael Miller pictured with David Lawrence
SOMI publisher John Edward Smith with James Haj and
David Lawrence

amendment to provide pre-K for all 4-year-olds. He is the founding chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe. His memoir, “A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child,” was published in 2018.

The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue derived from property taxes, established by voter referendum in 2002. The mission is to partner with the community to plan, advocate for and fund strategic investments that improve the lives of all children and families in Miami-Dade County. The Trust envisions a community that works together to provide the essential foundations to enable every child to achieve their full potential.

For more information regarding The Children’s Trust, go to their website: www.thechildrenstrust.org.

Photos by All Star Event Photo.


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