Ortega resident to be honored for work with children

Betsy_LovettThe annual Episcopal Children’s Services Children’s Champion Award Luncheon will honor Ortega resident and noted philanthropist Betsy Lovett on May 22 at the UNF University Center.

The Children’s Champion Award Luncheon began eight years ago and since has honored Mayor John Peyton, Delores Barr Weaver, Ed Burr, Pamela Y. Paul, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, John Baker, and Joannie and Russell Newton. The honorees are outstanding child advocates and have dedicated time, talent, philanthropic dollars, and passion to make Jacksonville a better place for the area’s youngest citizens.

In addition to honoring a child advocate, the event raises money for programs provided by ECS. Episcopal Children’s Services is one of North Florida’s largest not for profit child-focused organizations serving children from birth to age 5 in Northeast Florida. Last year ECS provided services to over 27,000 children in Duval, Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Union, St. Johns, and Putnam counties.
“Betsy has made extraordinary contributions to children in our community,” said ECS CEO Connie Stophel.

While her philanthropy extends beyond Florida, her extensive community support in Jacksonville includes The Betsy Lovett Courtyard at the Main Library, the Betsy Lovett Performing Arts Center at The Bolles School Bartram Campus, and the Betsy Lovett Surgery Center at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. She has supported numerous child-focused organizations that help at-risk youth. Her greatest joy is personally interacting with children…providing hands-on contributions.

“Through her generous support, Betsy has enhanced the lives of thousands of local children. We couldn’t be more thrilled to honor Betsy at this year’s luncheon,” said Stophel.

Luncheon tickets and table sponsorships are available by calling ECS at (904) 726-1500.  Website is www.ecs4kids.org.

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