Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Rep. Jenny Horne received a standing ovation Friday night as she received the Bert Cicenia Award at the Chocolate Indulgence gala fundraiser for Children in Crisis.
The award is presented annually to a person who has worked to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in the Lowcountry.
Dorchester Children’s Center CEO Kay Phillips praised Horne as a legislator who champions the causes related to child welfare.
“She is a passionate advocate for children and families and has worked diligently to bring attention to problems related to the child welfare system,” Phillips said.
“She has listened to the community, researched the issues herself, and worked with local and state agency heads to find solutions to improving the system to achieve better outcomes for children in need,” she said as she presented the award to Horne.
Horne, clearly emotional over received the honor, recalled that her grandmother had worked with Cicenia at the Coastal Center.
She thanked the leadership and volunteers with Dorchester Children’s Center, Children in Crisis who do the hard work of helping children get the resources they need in a crisis.
Dr. Cicenia was an innovator in the field of rehabilitation, and created the Coastal Center in Ladson for mentally disabled children. After retiring, he worked with community leaders to help create Children in Crisis in 1997 to address the needs of abused children. In appreciation of his efforts in the community, Children In Crisis established the Bert Cicenia Award in 2003.