SARASOTA, Oct.    –State Senator Bill Galvano, a long-time legislative leader on education and children’s issues, will discuss the effects of the new “Council for Kids” law at the Children’s Guardian Fund’s 16th Annual Fall Luncheon.  It will be held at Michael’s on East on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The new law provides Florida’s foster and state care children with disabilities and other special needs with legal representation.  Galvano was a sponsor of the bill.

The doors will open for seating at 11:30 a.m. The program will begin at 12 noon. Luncheon tickets start at $75 per person.

Co-chairs of the event are Carol and Morton Siegler. Luncheon committee members are Carol Belmont, Wendy Cox, Betty Ewing, and Kimberly Hopper.

Joan Geyer will receive CGF’s “Child Advocacy” award for her longtime commitment to the needs of children in foster and state care and for her most recent accomplishment of co-founding the Everyday Blessings’ Springboard program.

Luncheon Honorary Host Committee includes Carol Belmont, Robert and Willa Bernhard, Susan Brainerd and Alan Quinby, Cynthia M. Craig, Michael Jerde, Karen Johnson, William and Elizabeth Johnston, Catherine Kuhlman, Graci McGillicuddy, and Susan Stockham.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will support the 1100 area children now in foster care who have been removed from their homes because they were abused, abandoned or neglected.

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The Children’s Guardian Fund partners with the Guardian Ad Litem program to provide resources that fill the basic needs and enrich the lives of children in foster and state care in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. They also support recruitment, training and retention of Guardian ad Litem volunteers, and promote — awareness and —support for the children’s needs.

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Contact: Svetlana Kaminsky, Office Manager, CGF at (941) 504-9515 (cell) or Harold Hedley, Board Chair, CGF at

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