Charlie Ward Highlights Productivity Awards Ceremony

Jun 6, 2018

This year’s presentation of Florida Taxwatch’s Prudential Productivity Awards took place on Tuesday (6/5) at Florida State University's Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. University President John Thrasher gave the welcome.

Florida High Basketball Coach Charlie Ward, flanked by Guardian Ad Litem's Executive Director Alan Abramowitz and Director of Appeals Thomasina Moore.
Credit Florida Guardian Ad Litem

"And later with Charlie Ward as your speaker," Thrasher said, pre-introducing the former FSU Heismann Trophy winner, "I know you'll leave here truly feeling inspired. He's not only a Florida State University legend, he's an all-around great guy and we're so happy that he's back in Tallahassee where he belongs.”

Back in March, Ward became the boys' basketball coach at Florida High. Among those receiving Prudential Award recognition for efficient and effective use of public funding was the statewide Guardian Ad Litem program. Accepting the honor, was the program’s Director of Appeals Thomasina Moore.

"I've been asked what it feels like to win this award and I have to tell you, it feels a little bit like winning the Heismann," Moore quipped, another reference to Ward's appearance. “I'd like to thank Taxwatch and all the Prudential Productivity Award sponsors. The funds that the Guardian Ad Litem wins will be donated to our Foundation and used to help Florida's most vulnerable children.”

There were a total of 24 cash award winners and nearly 150 other recognitions this year.