CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN: Reverend Lorenzo Laws Founder of Fort Mose Historical Society

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first free African settlement to legally exist in the United States

Rev. Lorenza Laws is the founder of the Fort Mose Historical Society, which was established in 1738 as the first free African settlement to legally exist in the United States. Fort Mose was the northern defense of St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city.


BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Reverend Lorenzo Laws is currently serving as Senior Pastor of Greater Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, in Melbourne, Florida, and has been very involved in many civic and charitable boards and organizations throughout the years.

Rev. Laws is the founder of the Fort Mose Historical Society, which was established in 1738 as the first free African settlement to legally exist in the United States. Fort Mose was the northern defense of St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city.

He has worked diligently with the Florida Park Service and the Fort Mose Historical Society to secure funding to preserve Fort Mose from developers and has improved access and expanded facilities for the public.

Fort Mose now has a museum on site for tourist and visitors so they may experience the fort, while protecting the archaeological remains and the environment.

Rev. Laws has been the President and CEO of Laws & Associates Inc., a successful Insurance & Financial Planning firm for over 30 years and has more than 40 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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Reverend Lorenzo Laws is currently serving as Senior Pastor of Greater Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, in Melbourne, Florida, and has been very involved in many civic and charitable boards and organizations throughout the years.

SERVANT’S HEART

Rev. Laws has also served as Senior Pastor of Mt. Zion A.M.E., Hastings Florida, and Allen Chapel A.M.E. New Smyrna Beach where he took each congregation to higher heights and left them better than he found them. He is known to have a Servant’s Heart, being congregation minded, civic-minded, and community minded.

Rev. Laws was born in Tampa at MacDill Air Force Base to the late James and Rutha Mae Laws. Growing up in Daytona Beach, he attended and graduated from Mainland High School in 1972 and Bethune-Cookman University in December of 1976, with a B.A. degree majoring in Sociology.

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He continued his education earning another B.A. in Biblical Studies from Logos Christian College and a Master of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Rev. Laws has been married to Gertie L. Laws for 40 years. She is a retired educator serving 35 years in the public school system. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the NAACP, but the most important service he says is that of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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2018 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS NOV. 8

The 2018 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 2018 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees were recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created nine years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.

The 2018 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.

TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fundraising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2018 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2018 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and on SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com

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ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:

• Jessica Andre
• Leonard Beam
• Harry Brandon, in Memoriam
• Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Pet Posse
• Brevard Veterans Memorial Center Volunteers
• Bridges Foundation
• Michael Bross, A Step Up
• Keri Anne Demott Foundation
• Lori Duester and Liz Mikitarian, Youth Mental Health Task Force
• Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary
• Christine Lance
• Rev. Lorenzo Laws
• Larry McNamara, Giant Recreation World
• Dr. David Neely
• Neighbors of Suntree
• Ashley Nolan
• Mark Pieloch, Founder of the Muscle Car Museum
• Dr. Mark Pinsky
• Joe Rodriguez, McDonald’s Restaurants of Brevard County
• Susan Slaton
• Stephen Thaggard, Embrace Home Loans
• The Avenue Viera
• Barbie Thrower, Community Treatment Center
• Valiant Air Command Volunteers
• Mac McLouth, 2018 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree

Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Melbourne Regional Medical Center, Rockledge Regional Medical Center, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center. 

Dr. Jim Palermo

“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.

JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING

This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Total Home Roofing, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Paper Simple, Embrace Home Loans, Adventure HQ, Florida Pain Institute, CFP Care Team, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Friday Night Locker Room, Safari Mail House and SpaceCoastDaily.com.

Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

For more information about the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards, call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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