Listen Learn Care Awards Honorees

Dogs on Deployment · @DogsonDeploymnt

rachel-lomeli-photography-alisa-johnson-jdDogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets. No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment. DoD exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments.

Additionally, Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership in the military community by:

  • Advocating for military pet owner rights on military installations
  • Providing educational resources for military members about responsible pet ownership
  • Granting financial assistance to military members for help with their pet’s care during emergencies
  • Promoting healthy pet lifestyles, including spay and neuter, insurance options and vaccinations
  • Connecting with community organizations to ensure Dogs on Deployment resources are available to military families

Dogs on Deployment aids pets of all types that belong to active duty, reservists, guard, honorably discharged veterans and their families.

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida · @EFOF


 The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.  EFOF was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). EFOF is the principal agency for epilepsy programs and services sponsored by the State of Florida, servicing the estimated 400,000 Floridians who suffer from the condition. It is the sole licensee and affiliate in the state of the National Epilepsy Foundation®, which has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. EFOF serves as the lead advocate for the rights and needs of people with epilepsy and seizures at the local, county and state level.

The Foundation provides many valuable services to individuals and their families, regardless of their financial situation, including support groups, information and referrals, prevention and education, individualized case management, medical services, psychological services, affordable care act healthcare navigation, advocacy and camp for children.

Michael Stephens

From Prison to Purpose


Michael Stephens, “From Prison to Purpose” – known as “Mike” to his friends, family, and associates – is a modern day David, defeating the different Goliaths that pose a threat to his purpose and overcoming each obstacle victoriously with true grit and sheer passion.  Stephens, a former convicted felon turned success story, is an active member in the community he once terrorized. He’s a husband, a father to three loving sons, a brother, friend, mentor, community activist, humanitarian, philanthropist, and a master barber.

Mike hosts youth empowerment summits that engage all youth but ultimately are geared toward the preservation of today’s wayward teens and local high school students. The topics of discussion at these summits include but aren’t limited to gun violence, conflict resolution, character development, etiquette, dressing for success, and entrepreneurship.  Stephens’ story of redemption from being an ex-convicted felon to now walking in his purpose is inspiring, hopeful, and compels an entire generation to conform to positive reformation. His story is about true determination, overcoming insurmountable odds and not sticking with the status quo.


Phantom Rescue · @phantomrescue


Phantom Rescue is a 911 Force that deploys globally to recover children that have been taken for Human Trafficking and impede the underground industry that enables it.  The Phantom Rescue Team is an elite group of retired and former military professionals that have come together for a single cause – the recovery of abducted children from Human Trafficking.  Phantom Rescue’s operational expertise comes from specialized experience of retired and former U.S. Military’s Special Operations (Special Forces, Rangers, SEAL’s, SFOD-D (DELTA), Special Operations Aviation, and Army Intelligence), U.S. State Department Embassies and Consulates, Law Enforcement, Cyber Task Force, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, FBI, and CIA.

The Phantom Rescue’s Recovery team has unparalleled tactical training with experience in conventional and special operations ranging from humanitarian relief, humanitarian assistance, disaster assistance, crisis management, and combat operations. Phantom Rescue’s story began when its team members took an oath to protect and defend our country. Now, it is its unwavering vision to utilize years of Specialized Training and experience to Locate, Rescue, and Return those children taken for Human Trafficking.

Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County


The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County was founded in 2007 by a group of local leaders who share a commitment to investing in women and girls to encourage leadership and positively affect their economic, political, and social status.  Women’s Foundations are philanthropic organizations that direct their resources to efforts that directly benefit women and girls. Forty years ago there were no funding organizations dedicated to women. Today there are over 120 such organizations throughout the country and across the world.

Palm Beach County is one of the wealthiest communities in the country, but has not invested in women’s lives. Women are often most affected by poverty, pollution, lack of education, poor access to health care and much more. Yet women are also the heartbeat of our community and have the ability to transform our world for the better.  The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County is dedicated to ensuring women are visible, valued and heard in Palm Beach County. It invests in programs and organizations that empower women and girls to become stronger leaders.

Kayla Abramowitz (Youth Award)

Kayla Cares 4 Kids · @kcares4kids

Presented by the Father and Son Foundation



Kayla Abramowitz is the Founder and CKO (Chief Kid Officer) of Kayla Cares 4 Kids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. She began the organization by collecting entertainment and educational items to donate to children’s hospitals in an effort to help children feel better. The now 14-year-old came up with the idea after extended hospital stays of her own, in addition to her 11-year-old brother Ethan’s numerous hospital trips, due to chronic illness.

She named the project “Kayla Cares 4 Kids” and enlisted the help of her family. When it started in March 2013, Kayla’s original goal was to collect 100 DVDs to donate to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, but a newspaper article about her in the Palm Beach Post brought in an overwhelming response of donations.  With more than 12,000 DVDs, video game consoles, video games, DVD players, handheld electronics, books and arts & crafts donated to 100 children’s hospitals and related facilities in all 50 states, Kayla is working as hard as ever on “Helping Sick Kids Feel Better One Smile At A Time!”