Highlights from STAND UP FOR INNOCENCE 2014

Many thanks to everyone who sponsored and attended the inaugural STAND UP FOR INNOCENCE on April 12, 2014, at the Bienes Center for the Arts at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale. It was a night filled with laughter and friends. The night also contained a few serious moments as we recognized DNA exonerees Anthony Caravella, Luis Diaz and Wilton Dedge, who collectively spent nearly 75 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, and honored Det. John Curcio with the 2014 Frank Lee Smith Innocence Award for his efforts in proving Jerry Frank Townsend’s innocence which led to his exoneration. We were joined by Bill O’Reilly of FoxNews. The evening also raised critical funds for our litigation efforts on behalf of the innocent men and women in Florida prisons. Many thanks to our sponsors and the host committee for their efforts to bring the evening together and make it so successful.


All proceeds from STAND UP provide critical money for our litigation efforts on behalf of the wrongfully convicted in Florida prisons. In addition to the staff attorneys, the funding covers document collection and review, investigation, and DNA testing.  Your support will make these opportunities available to others who are innocent, imprisoned and waiting to come home.

Many thanks to our sponsors!

  • James & Laura Benjamin
  • Boardroom Communications, Inc.
  • Bogenschutz, Dutko & Kroll, P.A.
  • Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc.
  • Bruce S. Rogow, P.A.
  • Chorowski & Clary, P.A.
  • Ian and Marci Comisky
  • Eduardo Fernandez
  • Gables Construction Group, Corp.
  • Jessica and Scott Galya
  • Fred Haddad, P.A.
  • Manny Kadre, Esq.
  • Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton
  • McFann & Beavers, P.A.
  • Miles and Patty McGrane
  • Alicio Pina and Rey Villar
  • Rothman & Associates, P.A.
  • Sheldon J. Schlesinger, P.A.
  • Lindsay Shapiro and Greg Rothman
  • Leslie Smith, Esq.
  • Adele I. Stone and Jesse H. Diner
  • Howard and Julie Talenfeld
  • The Collection
  • Betty Mary Vandenbosch


Host Committee Members

  • Adele Stone, Esq., Co-Chair
  • Michael Dutko, Esq, Co-Chair
  • James S. Benjamin
  • Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff
  • J. David Bogenschutz
  • Barry Butin
  • Deborah Carpenter-Toye
  • Meghan M. Clary
  • Jesse Diner
  • Fred Haddad
  • Jeremy J. Kroll
  • Bruce M. Lyons
  • Kimberly Ann McFann
  • Eugene K. Pettis
  • Bruce S. Rogow
  • David Rothman
  • Ira W. Still, II
  • Michelle and Scott Suskauer
  • Howard Talenfeld
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