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ADL hosts 2019 Palm Beach Jurisprudence Awards & Community Reception

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Palm Beach ADL event

Patricia Lebow, center received the ADL Palm Beach Jurisprudence Award in December for her work with “Kids Dreams” and its mission to provide economically underserved children in Palm Beach County with cultural and academic opportunities. Also pictrued, from the left, are ADL Florida Regional Director Sheri Zvi, event Chair Steven Ellison, ADL Director of Development Shelly Friedman and ADL Florida Regional Board Chair Tracey Labgold.

With hundreds of guests in attendance, ADL held its 2019 Palm Beach Jurisprudence Award & Community Reception in December at the Kravis Center.

The event was chaired by Steven Ellison, a partner in Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel, and featured a discussion on extremism with Oren Segal, the director of ADL’s Center on Extremism, and Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist.

At the event, the ADL presented awards to a handful of individuals. The Jurisprudence Award recognizes those who made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession and community at large, while exemplifying the principles upon which ADL was founded. Patricia Lebow of Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel was this year’s honoree.

In her remarks, Lebow shared the story of the founding of her non-profit “Kids Dreams” and its mission to provide economically underserved children in Palm Beach County with cultural and academic opportunities in conjunction with mentoring from law enforcement.

“I hope my story of Kids’ Dreams has inspired you to consider how you might reach out to those in need on a grassroots level,” Lebow said. “Doing so helps our community as a whole, as each child you reach has a better chance of becoming a productive member of a society that respects the rule of law and has no place for hate. Hate is just a byproduct of ignorance. ADL has fought ignorance, prejudice, and hatred over its long history. I salute the ADL for all its work and support its efforts going forward to create a just world.”

Maj. David Dalton of the Clearwater Police Department, Miami Assistant State Attorney Justin Funck, and Detective Hector Gonzalez, Officer Richard Duarte and Officer Jorge Waisman of the Bal Harbour Police Department were also recognized with The Doris & Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, given to members within the Florida law enforcement community on the local, regional, and federal scale who demonstrate “relentless dedication to containing and minimizing the prevalence and severity of hate motivated behavior.”

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