Lauren’s Kids TV program wins award from Alliance for Women in Media
Lauren Book hugs children at the Buddy Bash in Tallahassee on March 5, 2016. (Photo by Omar Vega, courtesy of Lauren's Kids)

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The program detailed work done by the group to help renovate a child trauma center impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Journey Home,” a TV program created by Lauren’s Kids to document the rebuilding of a child trauma center damaged by Hurricane Michael, has won a 2022 Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media.

The program detailed work done by Lauren’s Kids and founder and CEO Lauren Book to help renovate the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Panama City. The center helped serve more than 7,000 sexual assault survivors each year before Hurricane Michael tore through the region in 2018.

Lauren’s Kids partnered with AshBritt on the renovation project. In early 2021, the organizations announced that work was complete.

Journey Home helped document that recovery process, helping to raise awareness of child sexual abuse and spotlight survivors in the process.

“We are honored to receive a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media,” Book said in a statement about the award.

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, therapists and survivors were completely displaced, and therapy was being provided wherever possible, from fast food parking lots to atop downed tree trunks. Once we heard about the devastation, we knew we needed to do everything we could to help. ‘Journey Home’ serves as a powerful reminder that strength and resilience can be found even after the darkest of storms.”

This year was the 47th annual Gracie Awards, which aimed to highlight achievements by women in media. The Alliance for Women in Media has been around since 1951, originally forming as American Women in Radio and Television. The organization launched the Gracie Awards in the ’70s.

Lauren’s Kids has long been associated with the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. In the past, the facility has served as a stop on Book’s annual 1,500-mile “Walk in My Shoes” program.

Book said that connection drove her to partner with the AshBritt Foundation to complete the work.

“Lauren’s Kids works to prevent child sexual abuse and help survivors heal,” Book added. “We’d like to dedicate this award to all of the incredible survivors, therapists, and staff at the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center who have helped to shine light in dark places.”

Lauren’s Kids has also done similar renovation work at the Nancy J. Cotterman Center in Broward, Christina’s Courage in Key West, and Alpha House in Tampa.

Book, who currently serves as the Senate Democratic Leader, founded Lauren’s Kids before her time in the Legislature. Book herself is a survivor of child sexual abuse.

The organization has won several awards over the years, including a regional Emmy.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


3 comments

  • Just a thought

    April 15, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Oh boy the nailed wood haray

  • Nick Ireland

    April 20, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Well, she certainly rebuild the Democratic party in Florida, they’re looking like the aftermath of a hurricane right now.

    • Will Bassler

      April 21, 2022 at 7:15 pm

      Nice try. But in your haste to be a smart guy you left out a couple words in your obvious biased observation. Will you ever give up stalking her Derek?

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