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Friends and Neighbors: Attorney David Singer to receive Trial Lawyers Care Award

Attorney David Singer
Attorney David Singer

Attorney David Singer has helped raise more than $4 million for cancer research, education and advocacy.

For this and many other charitable contributions, the Miami Beach resident will receive the Trial Lawyers Care Award at the American Association for Justice convention in Montreal.

This prestigious national award is bestowed on attorneys “who contribute to their community through volunteer and charitable activities that serve the public good.” AAJ, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, works to help people have a chance to receive justice when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. The group often takes on the most powerful corporations.

Singer, who practices law in Hollywood, has been a volunteer force since 1992 through his work with the American Cancer Society. Each year he organizes an event called Jail & Bail. Now in its 24th year, the event raises money through “fake arrests and kangaroo courts” with Singer and his volunteers acting as “judges.”

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Singer said in a release. “The American Association for Justice is an organization that I hold very near to my heart. No organization is doing more to uphold the individual’s constitutional right to a fair and impartial trial. To be singled out among all the trial lawyers that do great works across our nation, is truly humbling. I thank the Trial Lawyers Care Committee for this great distinction.”

Singer is a very active community volunteer. He has been a unit chair of the ACS Board of Directors three times. He has been on the Florida ACS Board, and was named ACS Volunteer of the Year twice.

Other honors for his charity work have come from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, Nova Southeastern, and the Hollywood Art and Culture Museum.

Free Pluto party

Space aficionados and science students will not want to miss this. Get out to see the latest images of Pluto taken from the New Horizons spacecraft at the annual Florida International University Key West Star Party at 8 p.m. July 17. The free event will be on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus observatory roof.

The Southern Cross Astros, a volunteer group, will host the free Key West-style event with refreshments that include Key lime pie and sodas. There also will be live music and prizes.

You can learn more about the NASA New Horizons historic pass by Pluto at https://www.nasa.gov.

The FIU Physics Building has parking for guests in the campus garage on the west side of Southwest 109th Avenue and Eighth Street. Follow the SCAS signs to the CP-145 Lecture Hall. For more information, call 305-348-3964 and 305-661-1375.

Free Star Party and BBQ

The busy volunteers of the Southern Cross Astros also are putting together a “Galactic Bar-B-Que and Star Party,” free for families and future astronomers, 6 to 8 p.m. July 18 at the Tippy D’Auria Observatory, 23325 SW 217 Ave. in Homestead.

Everyone is welcome. Members of SCAS will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls and sodas. You are welcome to bring your own picnic items. Alcohol and pets are not permitted.

Also, be sure to bring chairs, water, cameras, binoculars, telescopes and bug repellent for star and planet gazing as the skies darken. It is very dark at this observatory and artificial light is not permitted. For weather updates, from 4 to 6 p.m. the afternoon of the event, call 305-439-1351 or 305-661-1375.

Note, there will be no regular SCAS Star Party at Palmetto Bay’s Sadowski Park on July 18.

Helping Children

In my May 3 column, I wrote about the Miami Silverliners and their Mother’s Day gift basket that was raffled to raise money for children with cancer. The Silverliners are a group of former Eastern Air Lines flight attendants.

A correction regarding the beneficiary of the funds raised: The gift basket raffle proceeds went to help the Children’s Cancer Caring Center. The project raised over $400.

Lee Klein, chairwoman and CEO of the Children’s Cancer Caring Center, said the Silverliners have made the CCCC a cause for over 30 years.

“They have been helping us for years. It goes back to the ‘80s, so it’s been a long time,” Klein said.

The CCCC has been helping disadvantaged children with cancer since 1965. According to its website, “No child has ever been refused the long-term costly medical care he/she desperately needs and deserves because of the family’s inability to pay.” To read success stories and learn how you can help check out, http://www.caringisthekey.org/

If you have news for this column, please send it to Christina Mayo at christinammayo@gmail.com.

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