Join us in congratulating 1000 Friends of Florida President Ryan Smart for being honored with the Young Floridian Award from the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center. Former Senator Bob Graham presented the award to Ryan at a dinner held in Hollywood, Florida at May 11 for his “impressive track record of coalition building and grassroots organizing, bringing much needed attention to Florida’s critical environmental issues.”
Nearly 200 Graham Center friends and supporters attended the event “to honor two extraordinary citizens who make Florida a better place to live and work.” According to the Center, “The aim is to emphasize that true success is measured not only by educational and professional achievement, but also by the ways we contribute to the well-being of others and society.”
At the award presentation, Ryan’s work on behalf of 1000 Friends of Florida was highlighted, including Friends’ statewide leadership in protecting critical lands and empowering Floridians.” Graham also highlighted Ryan’s two-and-a-half years managing the Florida Conservation Coalition to bring together “more than 60 organizations to reinvigorate efforts to conserve Florida’s precious environmental resources.
Also at the event, Pedro Jose Greer, M.D., was presented with the 2017 Citizen of the Year for having spent “…decades delivering medical care to Florida’s homeless and developing the next generation of culturally competent physicians.”
“Receiving the Young Floridian Award from the Center that bears Senator Graham’s name, at my alma mater the University of Florida, is the highest honor one can hope for” said Smart when accepting the award.
The Board and staff of 1000 Friends of Florida thank both Ryan and Dr. Greer for their leadership to enhance the quality of life in one of the fastest growing states in the nation.