September 18, 2008
GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICE
TALLAHASSEE Ã¢â‚¬” Governor Charlie Crist today recognized Ernesto Fagundo of Miami as this week‘s Point of Light for outstanding volunteerism in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“I commend Ernesto for playing an integral role in strengthening his community,” said Governor Crist. “Ernesto provides hope to countless individuals through his advocacy for quality health care and dedicated efforts to inspire others to overcome challenges.”
Since 2002, Mr. Fagundo has been an active volunteer in various organizations, including NFL Experience, Miami Children‘s Miracle Network, Sunrise Community Foundation and the Tiffany Lakes Condominium Association. Despite physical challenges, he remains committed to ensuring the health of others and has become a featured motivational speaker and trainer with the American Heart Association.
From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Fagundo taught CPR and first aid in Ecuador. In 2005, Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez recognized Mr. Fagundo with a proclamation for his outstanding service to his community. Mr. Fagundo also received an honorary Rotary Club International membership, and was featured in Minority Nurse Magazine for this many achievements in 2006. As a 2005 graduate from the Broward Community College School of Nursing, Mr. Fagundo continues to serve his community and citizens throughout the world.
CSX is a supporting sponsor of the Governor‘s Points of Light Award. This program recognizes a Florida resident who demonstrates exemplary service to the community. Award recipients are announced weekly. A panel of judges comprised of leaders in the areas of volunteerism and service evaluate all nominations and make recommendations to the Governor. The Volunteer Florida Foundation manages the program. For more information, or to nominate, go to www.VolunteerFloridaFoundation.org.
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