During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman awarded three Floridians with the Champion of Service Award, Florida’s official statewide volunteer recognition. One of them was Kayla Abramowitz, our Chamber’s very own YEA! student who won the YEA! national competition last year.
Champion of Service: Kayla Abramowitz
Kayla Abramowitz is the Founder and CKO (Chief Kid Officer) of “Kayla Cares 4 Kids,” a non-profit organization that collects education and entertainment items to donate to children’s hospitals. Kayla, now 13 years old, launched Kayla Cares 4 Kids following her own and her brother Ethan’s extended hospital stays due to chronic illness. When she launched the project in 2013, Kayla’s original goal was to collect 100 DVDs to donate to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Since its inception, Kayla Cares 4 Kids has collected and delivered over 9,500 books, DVDs, game consoles, video games, and arts and crafts to 81 children’s hospitals and related facilities in all 50 states & Washington, D.C. Among numerous other awards, Kayla recently competed against 2,000 student businesses at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Summit in Washington D.C., winning the national competition. Kayla is an 8th grader at Watson B. Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens.