The following are some of the comments made by State Attorney Norm Wolfinger before
presenting the Senator Howard Futch Memorial Leadership Award to Delores Spearman,
VP of Fundraising, Friends of the Children's Advocacy Center of Brevard:
Howard Futch, for whom this Award is named, was no shrinking violet and he accomplished
many, many things. But there is more than one way to move people forward. Howard
led loudly. Our recognition today goes today to someone who leads quietly.
This individual has a passion for the people of her community and when she sees
a need, she sees it as her duty to do her part to answer that need. She and her
family are rooted in public service.
She volunteers, and when I say volunteers I mean works actively, on more than a
dozen different boards and agencies in Brevard County. Chances are, even if you
haven't met her, you have been the recipient of some of her endeavors whether it
is in the area of arts, history, or the protection of victims.
And even the victims she has assisted range from the most innocent children served
by the Children's Advocacy Center
to the victims of homelessness and the victims
of mental disabilities.
As an example, I'll cite a recent appreciation reception hosted by the Friends of
Children's Advocacy Center of Brevard. The reception was to thank Florida Senate
President Mike Haridopolos and his wife, Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos, for their efforts
on behalf of Children's Advocacy Centers across Florida. Mike Haridopolos had secured
$3.2 million in funding for the 25 centers, a first-time ever fete. [Note: Delores
and Guy Spearman are credited with arranging Senator Haridopolos' visit to the Children's
Advocacy Center of Brevard, a visit that helped focus attention on the work done
by our local Advocacy Center, and ultimately on the centers throughout the state.]
This woman serves as the vice-president for fundraising for the Friends of the Children's
Advocacy Center, and she is one of her own best customers, as says a co-volunteer
who reports "not only does she organize the fundraisers, but she writes her own
checks like nobody's business!"
We're not the first to recognize the many good deeds and work of the woman for whom
we have prepared this award, and we won't be the last. In fact, just last year,
she was recognized as the Florida Today Citizen of the Year.
Please join me in applauding the fantastic Delores Spearman, our Senator Howard
Futch Memorial Leadership Award recipient.
From left: Brevard County Sheriff's Office Agent Cynthia Young; State Attorney's
Office Receptionist Kathy Dudley; South Brevard Women's Center Volunteer Receptionist
Diane Reid; Assistant State Attorney Andrew Pickett, standing in for ASA Bill Respess;
former Attorney Gen. Robert Butterworth; Delores Spearman
; Linda McKnight, standing
in for Col. Danny McKnight (Retired); State Attorney Norm Wolfinger; Sexual Assault
Victim Services Advocate Christina Vinson ; and Titusville Police Department's Victim
Advocate, Michelle Glover.