Rob Lord Receives Tom Warner Advocacy Award

Suzy Hutcheson, Bethany & Rob Lord, Alexandra Lord and Jenny Yingling. Photo provided by Helping People Succeed

Tom Warner was a dedicated and fierce champion of all people with disabilities, working to ensure that they had the opportunity to be a part of - not a part from - the community. He advocated tirelessly on their behalf during his career as a prominent Martin County attorney and during his term on the Florida Legislature.

From 1970 until 2019, he was a stalwart supporter of Helping People Succeed, serving not only as a board member but also as a friend.

Upon his passing, his colleagues at the 501(c)(3) could think of no better way to honor Warner than by creating an award in his name to be presented each year at the Helping People Succeed Annual Meeting. The recipient would embody the same love of family, God and community that Warner did.

The 2022 Tom Warner Advocacy Award was presented to Rob Lord, retired President/CEO of Cleveland Clinic/Martin Health Systems.

A lifelong resident of Martin County, Lord has been active in community organizations including the Roundtable of St. Lucie County, Friends of the Blake Library, St. Lucie County Community Board, Martin County Community Board, Hibiscus Children's Center, United Way of Martin County and the chambers of commerce for both St. Lucie and Martin counties.

Upon presenting Lord with the prestigious award, Suzy Hutcheson, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed, said “Rob Lord’s impact on the community has been incredible: his leadership with Martin Health Systems, (now Cleveland Clinic), the many nonprofit boards to which he has gifted his time, knowledge and efforts, his support of Helping People Succeed’s Project Search (a collaborative internship program for students with various disabilities) and his ongoing championing of our many programs and services. We were proud to present the Tom Warner Advocacy Award to Rob!”

Serving the Treasure Coast for over 58 years, Helping People Succeed helps develop healthy families in Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties by providing numerous parenting, mental health and behavioral support programs. Helping People Succeed also provides support services designed to enable adults with special needs to fully participate in volunteer and employment roles in our community.

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