Cooperman-Bogue KidsFirst Award

Each year, the Cooperman-Bogue KidsFirst Award is bestowed on four outstanding Pinellas County social service professionals who are dedicated to putting children first. The award was named for Attorney Leonard Cooperman and Judge Lincoln C. Bogue, who were instrumental in the creation of the Juvenile Welfare Board, along with the Junior League of St. Petersburg. Each spring, the four quarterly winners are honored at an awards luncheon where an annual winner is named.

Nominations for the 2019 Cooperman-Bogue KidsFirst Awards are being accepted through spring 2020. Nominations for exemplary social service professionals can be made at any time during the year and will remain in the running for consideration throughout the calendar year in which the nomination was made.

To nominate a remarkable social service professional you know is making a difference in the lives of Pinellas County children and families, click on the links below to review the nomination criteria and complete/submit the nomination form.

Annual & Quarterly Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 – 2019 Cooperman-Bogue KidsFirst Award Winners for their life-changing work with Pinellas County children and families!

  • Annual Award Winner – Franklin Smith of Family Center On Deafness
  • Quarterly Award Winner – Lucile Plummer of Seniors in Service
  • Quarterly Award Winner – Courtney Hendrickson of Directions for Living
  • Quarterly Award Winner – Laurel Kosharsky of High Point Neighborhood Family Center



JWB would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors. Thanks to their generosity, quarterly winners receive monetary awards of $500 each, and one annual winner is selected to receive $2,000. Their contributions also help make possible an annual awards luncheon where all winners are honored.

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