The Farmworker Association of Florida was selected as a recipient of the Florida Blue Foundation's Sapphire Award. On April 23, FWAF's Board Chair, Isidoro Quezada, was presented with a beautiful hand-blown glass trophy, along with an award of $100,000 in recognition of the work of FWAF's Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project. The project was recognized for the accomplishments in making workplaces safer and reducing exposure to pesticides through education, regulatory, and policy change work to improve farmworker protections. In addition, Margarita Romo, Executive Director of Farmworkers Self-Help, of Dade City, a long-time ally of FWAF, was awarded a Sapphire Award in the individual category, and awarded $50,000 for her long commitment to improving the health of farmworkers.
In the picture, FWAF Board Chair accepts the Sapphire Award, in the program category, from Patrick Geraghty, CEO of Florida Blue.