FORT LAUDERDALE (April 11, 2014) –Lorenzo Williams, Esq., Senior Partner Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L. with offices based on Stuart, FL has been named 2014 South Florida Father of the Year.
Each year, the American Diabetes Association and the Father’s Day Council honor over 100 men from across the country as outstanding fathers and community leaders through local Father of the Year awards dinners. The Father of the Year award is the highest and most prestigious award which can be awarded to a man for the dual roles he plays in the lives of his children and his community.
This year’s group of South Florida area community leaders was selected by the National Father’s Day Council, which honors fathers for their outstanding commitment to their children with a demonstrated ability to serve as role models for their children while making positive differences in their communities. They will be honored at the Father of the Year Awards fundraiser on June 13, benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The 2014 honorees are:
- Stephen G. Mehallis, Trustee Harry T. Mangurian Foundation.
- Ted Morse, CEO Ed Morse Automotive Group
- Patrick Taylor, MD, MBA, President and CEO Holy Cross Hospital
- Gregg Wallick, CEO Best Roofing Inc.
- Lorenzo Williams, Esq., Senior Partner Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.
“We’re pleased to welcome Mr. Williams to this group of exceptional fathers, who have so admirably balanced the role of being a father with successful careers and local philanthropy,” said Dr. Karan Munuswamy, 2014 South Florida Father’s Day Council Chair.
Lorenzo Williams was born in Miami, Florida and is one of seven children who were raised in a household where hard work was valued. His father instilled in him that there are some things in life which could not be compromised. These values focused on hard work, telling the truth, and being a good citizen. Despite never attending college themselves, his parents ensured that each of their seven children earned a college degree. Lorenzo and his wife Jovita are the proud parents of four children: Rashondia Gaines, a dentist; Ayanna Williams, an attorney in Philadelphia; and twin sons Akeem and Amar, who are also both attorneys.
This year’s reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner program will commence at 7:30pm on Friday, June 13, at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. The hotel is located at 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tickets are available for $300; call the American Diabetes Association (954) 772-8040, x3053 or visit http://diabetes.org/FortlauderdaleFOTY.
“The American Diabetes Association continues to search for a cure for diabetes, the body’s inability to produce or respond to insulin causing high blood sugar levels that often lead to blindness, kidney failure, amputation, heart attack and stroke,” according to Dawn Seay, American Diabetes Association Executive Director. “Without the $250,000 we hope to raise this year from the gala, the ADA’s local outreach programs – which serve more than 300,000 people living with diabetes in the Palm Beach, Broward & Treasure Coast Area, including nearly 25 percent who are unaware they have it – would be impossible.”
“All of our dads at some level have seen the devastation that people with diabetes and their families, friends or colleagues face each day,” added Dr. Karan Munuswamy, 2014 Father’s Day council member. “So they understand the importance of the ADA’s resources and information.”
The tradition of Father of the Year began in 1937 in New York City, and this year’s honorees join the ranks of luminaries such as Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell, Malcolm Forbes, Larry King, Russell Simmons, and Bill Clinton. In 2012 Stuart resident Dr. James Harrell was recipient of the Father of the Year award.
Founded in 1940, The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.For more information, call your local American Diabetes Association at (954) 772-8040, x3053 or visit http://diabetes.org/FortlauderdaleFOTY. More than 70 years old, the National Father’s Day Council has raised more than $25 million in 10 years for a cure for diabetes.
Attorney Willie E. Gary and Team File $150 Million Lawsuit against Amusements of Rochester, Inc. d/b/a Powers Great American Midways and Family Attractions Amusement, LLC on behalf of four North Carolina Plaintiffs
Durham, North Carolina – Prominent Trial attorney Willie E. Gary and his team have filed a $150 Million lawsuit against Amusements of Rochester, Inc., d/b/a Powers Great American Midways (incorporated and doing business in North Carolina), and Family Attractions Amusement, LLC (incorporated in the state of Georgia with an ownership interest in the ride known as the Vortex).
In this case, the Plantiffs Kisha Gorham, Anthony Gorham, Justen Hunter (a minor) and Shykema Dempsey were severely injured on October 24, 2013 when they were forcefully thrown from the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair, after the ride’s safety harnesses were disengaged when they were disembarking from the ride. The ride suddenly and forcefully lurched back into operation, tossing the Plaintiffs to the metal platform below the ride. The malfunction resulted in major, catastrophic, and life-changing injuries to all the Plaintiffs.
Attorney Gary contends that the owners and operators of the Vortex ride were so concerned about making money until they disregarded human life.
“They are guilty of the oldest sin known to man, and that is greed. More emphasis was placed on profits than the safety of people, and we want to make sure that this will never happen again at any amusement park, county, state or local fair anywhere in the United States,” said Attorney Gary.
Attorneys Mike Jones (NC) and Willie Gary say the family is pleased with the work of the Districts Attorney’s office and feel confident that the gross negligence of all these defendants will not go unaddressed.
Anthony Gorham, whose injuries were the most severe remains hospitalized following another surgery this week. He is blind in one eye and is in jeopardy of a possible loss of sight in the other eye, suffers from permanent brain damage, has experienced ongoing seizures, and will require medical care for the rest of his life.
His wife, Kisha Gorham, received severe neck, back and head injuries. Their son Justen Hunter was diagnosed with having a subdural hematoma of the brain. Shykema Dempsey continues to suffer from the head and spinal injuries she received in this accident.
Total punitive damages in this case are in excess of $100 million and compensatory damages combined exceed $50 million. At the time of this press conference, combined medicals for the Plaintiffs are approaching a half million dollars and could exceed $30 million over the Plaintiffs lifetime.
Attorney Willie Gary and his team contend that the Defendants were negligent in operating the Vortex ride and they failed to correct and remedy problems identified with the ride.
“The Defendants are guilty of hiring people who were clearly untrained and unqualified to provide the safety patrons deserved,” commented Willie Gary. “As a result of their gross negligence, my clients have suffered devastating injuries. No amount of money can give them back what they have lost,” stated Gary.
Attorney Willie Gary is no stranger to seeking justice. Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants, including the funeral industry. In 1995, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team a record-breaking, half billion dollars against one of the world’s largest funeral chains, and The Loewen Group. In addition, Gary is noted for winning a $240 million jury verdict in Orange County against the Walt Disney Corporation for clients who alleged tat Disney stole their idea for a sports theme park. In 2001 he sued Anheuser Busch and walked away with $240 million for his client.
Photo Caption: Attorney Willie Gary