Four South Florida residents, including Ron Book of Plantation, and one organization were recently honored with awards from the Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation at the “19th annual Circle of Friends” luncheon at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood.
The Spirit of Healing and Wasie Leadership awards reward professional excellence, community service, commitment, generosity and leadership to the Memorial Healthcare System.
“Our award winners are difference makers in the community,” said Stu Siegel, board chair of the Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundations. “They have consistently dedicated their efforts to making South Florida a better place.”
Ron Book has worked for many years supporting children’s causes, including Lauren’s Kids which he started to prevent childhood sexual abuse after his own daughter was victimized. His dedication as an advocate for children and the causes that serve them have helped so many.
“I care about children, whether we’re talking about giving them healthcare, preventing abuse, or strengthening the foster care system,” says Book. “If we don’t stand up for, protect, and provide for our children, we will be defined for decades to come as a community that abandoned its young and allowed them to grow without the care, love and compassion they needed.”
In a life and career distinguished by philanthropy, he has been especially impactful as a founding board member and director emeritus for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation and as chairman of Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit organization that works to prevent childhood sexual abuse through education and awareness.
Book, an attorney, has represented the South Broward Hospital District for more than 35 years and works with nonprofits that include the Autism Society of Florida, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, New Horizons Community Mental Health Center, Best Buddies, and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
“Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is still a community hospital at heart, because no matter who you are, what your color or creed or national origin is, or whatever walk in life you come from – you’re treated the same here. It lives the Spirit of Healing every day, because we are a place of caring,” added Book.
To learn more about the Memorial and Joe Di Maggio Children’s Hospital Foundations please call 954-265-3454 or visit them online at www.jdchfoundation.org.