1985 Hibiscus Children’s Center Founded
Honoring the vision of our Founder, LaVaughn Tilton
LaVaughn Tilton, Founder & Senator Gayle Harrel, Founding Board Member
35 years ago, LaVaughn believed that all children should grow up in a safe and loving home, free from abuse and neglect. Her dream and determination for a safer and kinder tomorrow for children has catapulted Hibiscus Children’s Center into the forefront of child welfare services. In 1985, this concerned citizen helped drive her community into action. LaVaughn and her family launched a campaign across the Treasure Coast that galvanized the community to stand up for abused children and ensure they had a safe place to temporarily call home.
For over three decades, LaVaughn continued to fight and advocate for our children. She held the role of Chair Emerita for the Hibiscus Board of Directors and was a member of the Martin County Guild. Over the years, LaVaughn chaired fundraisers and assisted in vital decision-making processes to sustain the future of her beloved organization. She was a gracious and lovely woman who was an inspiration and well-respected and admired by all who knew her.
There is no imaginable way to measure the thousands of children’s lives that LaVaughn has touched through her dream of protecting our children. The many accomplishments of Hibiscus Children’s Center is a reflection of the solid foundation and vision that LaVaughn bestowed upon this organization.
“History will judge us by the everyday difference we make in the lives of children.” – by Nelson Mandela.
LaVaughn Tilton has certainly made a difference in the lives of children and is the reason thousands of children have felt safe, loved and full of hope. LaVaughn is truly a hero for children.