Some of the most inspirational people along Florida’s Space Coast will be honored at the Space Coast Inspiration Awards, Saturday, October 13, 6-9pm, at Cocoa Civic Center. The event will feature Master of Ceremonies Wayne Ivey, Brevard County sheriff, and world-inspiring survivor and singer Kechi, top finalist, America’s Got Talent 2017.

Tickets and details are available at or by phoning 321.639.5773; general admission tickets are $50; VIP $75 and include a complimentary reception and intermission. Proceeds benefit preservation of historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Community Church and Academy, Cocoa Village, inspiring community leadership since 1878; the event is presented by Space Coast Living and Historic Cocoa Village Association. Receiving Space Coast Inspiration Awards at the event will be:
• Lynda Weatherman, President & CEO, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
• Colonel, USAF, Ret. Bob and Connie Harvey
• Lou and Julie Colombo, founders, I Love MY Island; Merritt Island Now Magazine
• Lester Bullock, CEO, Victory Casino Cruises
• Dr. Anastacia Hawkins-Smith, CEO & Artistic Director, Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse
• Ralph and Cindy Perrone, Owners, Perrone Properties, Inc.
• Larry Sinclair, Broadmoor Acres Community Restoration and Preservation Inc.
• Jim McKnight, City Manager, Cocoa Beach; Retired City Manager, Rockledge
• Ben Brotemarkle, Executive Director, Florida Historical Society; Producer, “Florida Frontiers”
• Al Trafford, Trafford Realty Company, posthumously
• Tom and Susie Wasdin, Wasdin Associates, Inc.
• Field Manor Foundation and The Field Family
• Guy and Delores Spearman
• Ross Schlernitzauer and husband Bobby, posthumously
• Mary Ann Balthaser and Beth Courtney, Founder and Past Chair, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Task Force

World-renowned Kechi was one of two survivors of a plane crash that killed 107 passengers, including 60 students from her Christian high school in Nigeria. She then moved to the U.S., endured 100 surgeries, graduated, discovered her angelic voice and adopted her mission to inspire the world.

The event will begin with a complimentary 6pm reception, courtesy of The Restaurant and Entertainment Establishments of the Historic Cocoa Village Association, Victory Casino Cruises and Two Chicks and a Pot Catering. A complimentary intermission is also included. Other event sponsors include Florida Power and Light Company and Artemis IT.

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