Leadership Florida Presents 2020 Florida Impact Award to K9s For Warriors
(Ponte Vedra, Fla.) – K9s For Warriors just received the 2020 Florida Impact Award from Leadership Florida. As stated by Leadership Florida, “The Florida Impact Award recognizes a business or nonprofit organization that has created a specific project or body of work whose impact is currently transforming the future of its region or beyond and has the potential to transform Florida as a whole.”
K9s For Warriors was especially recognized for its innovative service dog program, which challenges the traditional system to better provide disabled veterans with the meaningful opportunity to pursue lifesaving tools and proves rescue dogs can be heroes. The nomination came from Nan Rothstein on behalf of the Northeast Regional Council of Leadership Florida.
On receiving the award, K9s For Warriors CEO, Rory Diamond, said, “Knowing how many other outstanding nonprofits there are in Florida, this award is absolutely humbling to receive. I assure you that our staff and volunteers are incredibly dedicated to transforming Florida to be a leader in veteran suicide prevention, and rescuing dogs from shelters to give them a new purpose. All of us at K9s For Warriors thank Leadership Florida for this recognition and honor.”
Leadership Florida is a statewide community of leaders working together to bring about a better Florida. It comprises multiple different programs that convene to connect individuals, organizations and businesses over bettering the state through both individual and organizational capacities.
“K9s For Warriors provides an invaluable service to our disabled American heroes,” said Broward College President and Leadership Florida Chair, Gregory Adam Haile, J.D. “We can never do enough in service of our veterans who have given so much to keep us safe and secure. Leadership Florida is proud to recognize K9s For Warriors with the 2020 Florida Impact Award.”
Leadership Florida presented the award to K9s For Warriors at its Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, June 18th via Zoom.
About Leadership Florida
We convene a statewide community of leaders to recharge their leadership skills and to educate and inspire them to work for a better Florida. We provide meaningful forums for sharing essential information and viewpoints; we create opportunities for experiences that are inviting, inspiring and of lasting value.
About K9s For Warriors
K9s For Warriors’ mission is to end veteran suicide. Based in Florida, we are the nation’s largest provider of Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma. Our program is unique, comprehensive, and proven, thanks to groundbreaking research conducted in partnership with Purdue University’s OHAIRE Lab. The majority of our Service Dogs come from high-kill shelters, which means that with each warrior-K9 pairing, two lives are saved.