Le Bal Masque to benefit United For Families, the agency’s first Community Service Award to Stop the Tears was presented posthumously to Kathryn Basile. Basile, who spent her life advocating for children was nominated by several organizations and individuals throughout the Treasure Coast. . CEO Christine Demetriades said the award was created to recognize individuals in the community whose contributions of time, effort and financial contribution have significantly advanced the mission of United For Families, to break the cycle of child abuse.

The award will now be called the Kathryn A. Basile Award in honor of its first recipient, Demetriades said. Rarely are nominations unanimous, but this year one person alone was nominated. Ms. Basile gave of her time,her effort and finances to support foster children. These children also received a large piece of her enormous heart. Foster children did not lose a champion, as her work will continue through the Kathryn A. Basile Foster A Dream Foundation, Demetriades added. “Kathy was an inspirational leader and a true child advocate,” said Sean Boyle, who accepted the award on behalf of his mentor, friend and colleague. Sean later was promoted from assistant director to director of childrens’ services.