Rockledge, Florida October 12, 2010 – The Reality Check Foundation Community Champion Award was presented this morning to Thomas Reed at City Council Chambers in the City of Rockledge. Mr. Reed is a 37 year old foreman in the Sanitation Division of the Rockledge Public Works Department. He was nominated for the Reality Check Community Champion Award by Jim McKnight (City Manager) and Steve Wilson (Community Advocate) from the City of Rockledge.
Congressman Posey’s presentation to Mr. Reed also included brief remarks from Senator Mike Haridopolos, Judge David Silverman, Rockledge City Manager Jim McKnight and Reality Check Founder Larry Lawton. Over 40 people attended the presentation including Reed’s family members, co-workers, Rockledge Public Works Director Ken Poole, Rockledge Police Chief Ronald Krueger, and other friends and staff members from the City of Rockledge.
Thomas Reed was nominated because of his active involvement in helping “needy families”, both financially and physically. As part of a church gospel group (“The Gospel Silverletts”) he is in contact with numerous pastors in Brevard County. He makes it a point to ask the pastors for the names of those in need. Whether it is clothing, furniture, or even financial help, Thomas will take care of it. If they need a washer or dryer fixed or a single mom needs help moving furniture. It won’t matter, Thomas is there, and his compassion for people is always visible. Away from work Thomas is a deacon in his church the Good Shepherd Higher Ground Ministries. As a caring and compassionate individual, Thomas does not do these things for money, but because he simply likes to help people and thinks it’s the right thing to do.
Thomas received from the Reality Check Foundation a framed certificate, a $150.00 check from the Reality Check Foundation, a $50.00 gift certificate from Matts Casbah restaurant, $50.00 gift certificate from Chameleon Fusion Bistro, $50.00 gift certificate from Wal-Mart, dinner for two at City Limits restaurant and a certificate for a two hour bowling event for his entire family from Shore Lanes in Palm Bay.
Larry Lawton, President of the Reality Check Foundation got the idea for this award when he received the Hometown Hero award from Riverside Bank. “I love what I do and got an award for it” said Lawton, “I want to recognize young people who do community service outside of their everyday profession. I love to see younger folks getting involved in helping out with great community service projects. Thomas Reed is recognized as a special role model for teens and young adults in our community”.
Each quarter the Reality Check Foundation presents the Community Champion Award to a special person, a young adult who gives back to the community. The Reality Check Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to educate teens and young adults to the consequences of bad choices. The Foundation incorporates real life experiences, community involvement along with education to help teens and young adults to make good choices.