Children’s Home Society Honors Wycliffe Charities

The Children’s Home Society of Florida has honored the Wycliffe Charities Foundation as the 2014 R. David and I. Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate Award winner for its dedication to helping vulnerable children and families in the Palm Beaches.

Since 2002, the foundation has donated more than $74,000 to the Children’s Home Society of Florida and is a major supporter of the programs that have had a positive impact on thousands of children and families in Palm Beach County.

“Thanks to the Wycliffe Charities Foundation’s generous gifts, we have helped thousands of abandoned and neglected children find shelter and guidance,” said Julie DeMar, executive director of Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Palm Beach Division. “You truly are fulfilling your mission of providing financial support to local Palm Beach County nonprofits engaging in education, health and children’s related programs.”

Established in 1982 by the late Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s International, the R. David and I. Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate Award is the single highest honor given by CHS, recognizing individuals and groups that have made a significant impact toward improving the lives of homeless, neglected and abused children throughout Florida.

Thomas, a dedicated child advocate and supporter of Children’s Home Society of Florida, hoped the awards “would serve as a catalyst to inspire others to improve opportunities for Florida’s children.”

On the front lines since 1902, the Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. For more information, visit

ABOVE: CHS Palm Beach Division Director Julie DeMar, Division Board Chairman Steve Jerauld, Wycliffe Charities Foundation President Marge Goldner, former Wycliffe Charities Foundation President Sue Webber and CHS Division Vice Chairman Dorian Daggs.