Karen represents the later end of the continuum – repairing the scars of Adverse Childhood Experiences – ACES. Her community service reflects a deeply personal commitment to providing a stable, caring, and supportive family for homeless, at-risk teens. Hillsborough County has the highest rate of child abuse in the state and the most children in foster care. Together over the past 15 years, On a personal level, Bob and Karen have taken in 7 children who were homeless or at risk of being homeless or lacked stable homes.
focus on treating abuse, the organization broadened their services in 2000 to focus on preventing child abuse and building stronger families in the Tampa Bay region through educational programs.
TAMPA EAST SERTOMA HONORS BOB & KAREN BUESING, FOUNDERS OF CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN
Champions for Children is one of the only organizations in the state of Florida to focus exclusively on preventing abuse and neglect before they even begin. Founded in 1977 with a
In our proud tradition of honoring community leaders, Bob and Karen are worthy recipients of Tampa East Sertoma's Service to Mankind Award for their personal commitment to this outstanding organization. Today, Champions for Children is a nationally-accredited agency working to prevent abuse and neglect through improving birth outcomes for pregnant women, supporting healthy social-emotional development in infants and children, building parental self-confidence, and ensuring children are developmentally on-track and ready to learn by school age.
Service to Mankind Award Recipients:
Bob & Karen Buesing.
Tampa East Sertoma Club honored Bob and Karen Buesing, founders of Tampa Bay's Champions for Children with the club's most prestigious award, Sertoman of the Year, at a luncheon meeting on May 23, 2023.
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been shown to connect brain synapses, which help to prepare children to learn.
Bob represents the early end of the continuum. Since 2001, Bob has immersed himself in representing very young children, articulating their needs, and working to provide innovative and community-wide early childhood solutions, programs and awareness. Bob is solely responsible for introducing the national Talking is Teaching - TALK READ SING movement to Hillsborough County as a Community Initiative of Champions for Children. Talking, reading and singing to an infant has
Tampa East Sertoma club is a 501(c)3 organization chartered in 1965 and is one of the oldest service clubs in the Tampa Bay community. Since their inception, the Club has raised nearly $2 million which has been donated back to the community, and members have volunteered more than 200,000 hours for fundraisers and community work projects.
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The program's continuum starts early with prevention and education programs, but it frequently includes helping children and parents repair and heal from early childhood experiences.
Tampa East Sertoma Club takes great pride in the fact that 100% of fund raising proceeds go to charity. The cost of the club operation is funded separately.
The Sertoma organization was founded in 1912; currently with approximately 500 clubs and 13,000 members in the US and Canada. Learn more about Sertoma.org:
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