Boys & Girls Clubs recognizes Jack Cory, Chris Smith for advocating for needy children

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America honored two prominent Floridians on Friday at its Annual Convention in San Francisco.

State Sen. Chris Smith was recognized with the “State Alliance Champion Award,” given for his advocating children in need. Longtime Tallahassee lobbyist Jack Cory, founding partner of Public Affairs Consultants, also received the inaugural “Government Affairs Professional Award.”

Smith represents the Senate District 31, covering much of central Broward County.  The Fort Lauderdale Democrat is also Democratic Minority Leader of the Florida Senate.

During the final hours of session on Friday night, Sen. Darren Soto announced the award on the Senate floor, where Smith received a standing ovation.

Tupperware Brands CEO Rick Goings, who serves as Chairman Emeritus of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and of Corporation, announced Cory’s award.  Government Affairs Professional Award recognizes Cory as him as an individual who had a profound impact on the Alliance’s legislative agenda.

Cory, with his wife Keyna, have represented clients before the Florida Legislature for over 30 years. He was recently named Leading Association Lobbyist by Association Trends Magazine.

Both Cory and Smith are Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni; Smith in Broward County and Cory in Middletown, Rhode Island.

For over a century, Boys & Girls Clubs help young people find a path to great futures. The Alliance now serves nearly 4 million young people at over 4,000 facilities throughout the county and on U.S. Military Bases.

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