Hodgens of Gulf Coast Community Foundation honored with Community Hero Award, presented by More Too Life nonprofit in Sarasota

Hodgens is former CEO of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

On July 22, More Too Life Inc. honored Kameron Partridge Hodgens, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s director of community leadership, with the Community Hero Award, the Foundation has announced.

The presentation came during More Too Life’s Inspire Change anniversary fundraiser, a news release notes.

For more than 18 years, More Too Life “has been dedicated to the vast work of fighting human exploitation and providing victim services and programs to children, families, and the community,” the release explains. As the former CEO of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center in Sarasota, Hodgens “has been a consistent and loyal supporter of the More Too Life mission and vision,” the release adds. The staff of the Center also pointed out that Hodgens “has been an outstanding leader and advocate for the work of nonprofits throughout the community.”

“I am honored to receive this award from such an incredible organization working on the prevention of human trafficking,” Hodgens said in the release. “They are relentless in providing help and hope to survivors who need it most,” she added.

“More Too Life’s approach is to provide opportunities to turn ‘victims to survivors, survivors to thrivers, and thrivers into champions,’” the release notes. In the fight to attack human trafficking, the organization’s leaders and staff “provide care to victims and those on the fringe by addressing root causes,” the release points out.

“Kameron Hodgens is extraordinary,” Dr. Brook Parker Bello, founding CEO of More Too Life, said in the release. “A breath of fresh air that embraced me and More Too Life from the first moment I met her,” Bello continued. “She listened to my ideas and engaged our entire team with true authenticity. It is said that if you want to go far do so together. Kameron is the ‘together’ anyone is blessed to have,” Bello added in the release. “I happened to know this from firsthand experience.”

“It’s hard to imagine a more deserving recipient for More Too Life’s Community Hero Award than Kameron Hodgens,” said Jon Thaxton, senior vice president for community leadership at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, in the release. “Kameron’s professional career embodies the spirit of community heroism in every way,” Thaxton added in the release. “Kameron has that rare, unicorn-like mix of intellect, passion, and the courage to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves, and do so for as long as it takes. Gulf Coast is honored to have her as a part of our family,” Thaxton said.

Headquartered in Venice — with a second office in downtown Sarasota — the Gulf Coast Community Foundation has transformed the region through bold and proactive philanthropy for over 25 years,” the news release notes. “Serving the needs of the region as a partner in philanthropy, and leader in community initiatives,” Gulf Coast has granted $473 million in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment. To learn more, visit GulfCoastCF.org.