Volume 2 Number 7
February 14, 2005







On Feb.2 at the City Place Marriott in West Palm Beach, Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) honored Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher and the WPTV-5 News Team for their efforts during the devastation and continued fallout of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.


The 14th Annual Advocate's Award is given by Jewish Family & Children's Service of Palm Beach County to the person who works hard for the most vulnerable in our community. 

Florida's CFO Tom Gallagher won this year's prize because of his strong consumer advocacy, especially in light of the financial pressures from insurance companies, which have only increased due to the recent hurricanes.

The local television station won because of their hurricane coverage when we had two storms in three weeks hit Palm Beach and Martin counties.


CFO Gallagher was presented with the award for his dedication and service, and spoke to the crowd of about 300 people.  

JFCS Executive Director Neil Newstein praised the efforts of the honorees.|

“Tom Gallagher has always been solidly behind consumers and helping them with insurance issues,” Newstein said.  “And while the power lasted, we were all glued to our television sets and the critical, life-saving coverage of the Channel 5 crew.”


Arnold and Marilyn Lampert of Palm Beach Gardens and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel were sponsors of the event.


JFCS is a 30-year-old non-profit, social service agency serving people of all faiths, ages and walks of life. Since 1974, the award-winning agency has helped families of all faiths throughout most of Palm Beach County via counseling, seniors' services, residences for the disabled, mentoring of children, support groups and a lot more. Visit us at www.jfcspb.org.

The Old Hernando County Courthouse, surrounded by grand old oak trees, was built in 1912 in the county seat of Brooksville.