U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-District 20) hosted a luncheon at the Westin Diplomat in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, May 18.
Hastings used the event to present the 2014 Mildred Hastings Tenacity Award, named in memory of his late mother, to Palm Beach County School Board Member Dr. Debra Robinson.
School Board Member Marcia Andrews also attended the brunch and said it wasn’t hard to figure out why her colleague was presented the award.
“I’ve known Dr. Robinson for decades, and it’s no coincidence that she has been recognized by Congressman Hastings for some of the same qualities his mother exhibited: advocacy, community service, tenacity and a commitment to the under-served. I fashion my own service to constituents following that example,” she said.
Robinson said she was honored and humbled to receive the award. “Anyone who knows me knows I don’t do the work I do for awards,” she said. “Still, it touches me to think that someone like Congressman Hastings, who is always fighting for the good of the people, would see a comparison between me and Mrs. Hastings.”