Published On: Wed, Nov 27th, 2019

And the Winners of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Community Inclusion Awards are…

Amy Mann, Joselyne Gago, Erica Sonn, Michelle Yellin, Tom Lonardo, Sharon Alexander, Vice Mayor of Palm Beach County, Commissioner Robert Weinroth, Angela Fisher, Juliette Ezagui, Marjorie Bernstein, and Gregory Fried

Boca Raton, FL – The Unicorn Children’s Foundation held the 2019 Community Inclusion Awards on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Boca West Country Club which happened to coincide with the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary and rebrand launch. The day was officially proclaimed the 25th Anniversary of Unicorn Children’s Foundation by Vice-Mayor of Palm Beach County, Commissioner Robert Weinroth during the event. These unsung heroes were recognized for their efforts at building a better and more inclusive community for individuals with special needs and their families. Nearly 100 nominations were received in 14 categories.  The finalists were announced on October 24th at a VIP Announcement Party sponsored by the Wyndham Deerfield Beach.  

+ Champion of Inclusion Award

    Debbie Majors, City of Boynton Beach

+ Disability Employer of the Year

    Ken’s Krew

+ Employee of the Year

    Jaclyn Applebaum, Arc of Palm Beach/ Otis Elevators

+ Healthcare Provider of the Year
    Dr. Judith Aronson-Ramos, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics of South Florida

+ Innovation & Collaboration of the Year

    Sea Turtle Adventures, Inc.

+ Legal Service Provider of the Year

    Sheri L. Hazeltine & Associates, P.A.

+ Legislative Official of the Year

    Senator Kevin Rader

+ Media Influencer of the Year

    Harold Reitman, Different Brains Inc.

+ Post Secondary Program of the Year

    Dan Marino Foundation Marino Campus

+ Respite Care Companion of the Year
    Sierra Louk, The ARC of Palm Beach County

+ Self-Advocate of the Year

    Rachel Barcellona

+ Service Professional of the Year

    Melissa Burkhardt, Early Start Autism

+ Supportive Housing Award

    Jack Kosik, The Villages of Noah’s Landing 

+ Teacher/Educator of the Year
    Sara Chong, The ARC of Palm Beach County

+ Community Choice Award

    Ken’s Krew

Congratulations to all of the nominees, finalists, and winners who embody excellence, integrity and passion in providing support and services to the 1 in 6 individuals who have one or more special needs/disability!  The Unicorn Children’s Foundation is extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors: Marsh Private Client Services, Florida 360 Realty, TD Bank, Publix, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Simply the Best Magazine and Wyndham Deerfield Beach. 

Unicorn Children’s Foundation is a 25 year old non-profit organization that is dedicated to building communities of acceptance, support, and opportunity for kids and young adults who are challenged by special needs and neurodiversity by supporting or developing its cradle to career pathways.  Our initiatives connect families to community resources, advocate for inclusive opportunities, respect differences, empower individuals, and support success.  With 1 in 6 children being diagnosed with a developmental or learning disorder, we believe it is our responsibility to create a world where all children’s potential can flourish.  To learn more about the Unicorn Children’s Foundation visit Also available on Facebook and Twitter.

Save the Dates

25th Anniversary Royal Ball
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa – Manalapan, FL

Game On! Strides for Special Needs

10K and 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park – Boca Raton, FL

Photo by / Mitchell Zachs




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