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Members of Larry King’s family met with James Ford prior to the program. Josh and Jay King (far right) accepted the award on behalf of the family.

On the tenth anniversary of his passing, child-advocate and champion for children Larry King was posthumously presented with Council for Children’s Rights highest honor, the 2015 Dolly Award.

The award was presented during A Night for Children’s Rights by Council board member and Larry’s close friend, Barbara Spradling. In presenting the award, she recalled not only the legacy of service King had established over his long career, but the personal influence his life continues to have on those who knew him. “Larry saw the possibilities in every child and fought anything and anybody to give every child a chance to be their best. He also saw the possibility in each of us to join that fight. We have so much to thank him for but mostly we thank him for pushing us and pulling us to do what is right for the children in this community.”

Established in 1982 and named for first recipient Dolly Tate, the Dolly Awards are presented by the Council to individuals who display outstanding dedication and uncompromising advocacy for children. This year’s recipient embodied all that the award is meant to represent.

“Children in this community are so much better off now than they were when Larry joined the Council more than 30 years ago in large part due to his work and legacy,” Spradling concluded. “But…..there is still a lot to be done. We thank him for his work and for being our conscience as we continue to give each child the chance to realize their dreams.”

Larry’s son, Josh King, and his grandson, Jay, accepted the award on behalf of the family. “Our family is very grateful to the Council for recognizing Dads lifelong commitment,” said Josh. “I know that he would want us, the community, to remember that at no point is our mission done. Every day there are children that wake up hungry and at risk. Their future, and our future, depends on those who are able to step up and assist those that can’t do it themselves. “

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