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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chamber presents Lunch with David Lawrence, Jr.

David Lawrence, Jr.
The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is presenting, "Lunch with David Lawrence, Jr.," former Miami Herald Publisher.

Mr. Lawrence retired in 1999 as publisher of The Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He is president of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and "Education and Community Leadership Scholar" at the University of Miami's School of Education and Human Development. He leads The Children's Movement of Florida, aimed at making children the state's top priority for investment and decision-making. 

Mr. Lawrence is a member of the Governor's Children's Cabinet and twice chaired the Florida Partnership for School Readiness. In 2002 and 2008 he led successful campaigns for The Children's Trust, a dedicated source of early intervention and prevention funding for children in Miami-Dade. He is the "founding chair." He is a board member of the Foundation for Child Development in New York. In 2002-3 he chaired the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Protection, and in 2011 he chaired a similar panel for the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. 

In 2002, Mr. Lawrence was a key figure in passing a statewide constitutional amendment to provide pre-K for all 4 year olds.  He is a board member and former chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe. The David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Public School opened in 2006. An endowed chair in early childhood studies is established in his name at the University of Florida College of Education.

The lunchon is Friday, September 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove (3300 SW 27 Avenue) from noon to 2 pm

$30 for members  
$35 for future members

RSVP 
305-444-7270 or GroveChamber@coconutgrove.com 

PARKING OPTIONS:
Valet Parking at The Ritz-Carlton is $12.
There is off-street parking along 27th Avenue, Tigertail Avenue 
and Municipal Parking at the Oak Avenue Garage, on Mary Street at Tigertail and on South Bayshore Drive at Pan American Drive 

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