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Florida Senator Gary Farmer, Jr. and Martin David Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, were honored as the 2017 Humanitarians of the Year. The Humanitarian of the Year Gala took place April 23rd at 6 p.m. at the Signature Grand in Davie. Proceeds are used to benefit the Soref JCC's Children's Scholarship Program and WECARE Food Pantry.
Gary Farmer received his Juris Doctor in 1991 from The University of Toledo College of Law after graduating Florida State University. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 2016. Gary has spent his entire career fighting for the rights of consumers, fair and just compensation for victims, and the protection of the civil justice system and full access to courts. In addition to his work in the courtroom, Gary has devoted thousands of hours serving as a board member, officer and in 2012 - 2013 as President of the Florida Justice Association, the state's largest consumer protection organization. He is a board member of the Broward County Justice Association and a board member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, South Florida Chapter.
Martin Kiar (Marty) is a lifelong Broward County resident and attended law school at Nova Southeastern University. In 2006, Marty was elected to serve in the Florida House of Representatives. He was re-elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008 and in 2010. In 2012, Marty was elected to the Broward County Commission representing District 1. Marty served two years as a Commissioner, one year as Vice Mayor and then Mayor. In 2016 Marty was elected to be the Broward County Property Appraiser and took office on January 3, 2017.