St. Petersburg, Fla. -- 10News Weekend Anchor Tammie Fields served as Mistress of Ceremony for the Champions of Children Hearts Afire Family Gala in partnership with the Jack and Jill of America Foundation. The family friendly event was held Sunday afternoon at the St. Petersburg Country Club.
Manitia Moultrie, Dr. Christopher Warren and Dr. Phillip Harris were all given awards for their passion and hard work for helping children.
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Moultrie was recognized for mentoring hundreds of student over the past 20 years. Organizers say she's been led by her vision to provide Pinellas County students with opportunities to grow academically, culturally, and professionally. Moultrie says she found her college experience at Florida State University challenging because she didn't have role models and mentors. Her passion is making sure students have those type of resources they need in order to be successful. She currently works with Golder Associates, Inc.
Dr. Warren is an educator and community activist. His work is centered on inner city education alternatives. He credited Moultrie for his own success in life. Warren was raised on the south side of St. Petersburg near where the event was held. The Florida A & M University graduate said he wanted to come back and give back what he was given. He currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the National Institute of Health grant - funded "Figuring It Out for the Child" co-parenting initiative at the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg. It is aimed at providing resources and mentoring for unwed African-American parents having their first child together.
Dr. Philip Harris also has a passion for helping children. Harris graduated from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Mentoring Program. He also earned a Communications Degree from the University of South Florida. Over the past fifteen years he has worked as a Public Administrator focusing on building the emotional and social base of communities in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay areas. Harris thanked God and his wife. He says he's a military brat and that his father impacted his life by taking him all over the world and exposing him to new things.
Organizers say money raised from the gala will go to the Jack and Jill of America Foundation and the Eckerd Raising Hope Foundation which provides emergency and comfort items for children entering the foster care system.