MELBOURNE, FLA.—Ed and Cheryl Scott, whose gift to Florida Institute of Technology provided the major funding for the establishment of The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, will be among those receiving 2012 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards on Nov. 8. The recognition event will take place at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto Place, starting at 6 p.m.
“I am honored to be writing to you on behalf of the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Committee, and our entire community, to inform you that you and The Scott Center for Autism Treatment will be recognized and honored for the compelling contributions that you have made to the well being of our community. Your selfless work has not gone unnoticed,” wrote Giles Malone of the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Committee. Malone is also director/partner in Maverick Multi-Media Inc.
The purpose of the event is to recognize those who have given their “time, talent and treasure” to help others. The goal of the gala is to bring attention to the great work that has been done by people in the community and to encourage and inspire more people to become involved in programs to help others.
The list of 2012 honorees shows great diversity and includes people from all social strata, race, creed and color. Among previous honorees are Doug Flutie (who has an autism foundation), prominent physicians such as Dr. Bill Broussard and Dr. Silas Charles and 10-year-old Merrilee Burstein, who raised money literally a nickel at a time, to help fund the Smile Train cleft surgery efforts for children.