|In honor of Hal’s 80th birthday, his wife Lois Herman, established the Hal Herman Children’s Fund at Women In Distress to help children who live in a domestic violence environment. More than 50% of women who are victims of domestic violence live in households with children under 12. Children who witness this abuse are more likely to exhibit behavioral issues and physical health problems, including depression, anxiety, and violence toward peers.
If you are interested in making a donation to the Hal Herman Children’s Fund, please click on the Donate button below for online transactions or mail your contribution to the address below. A gift to the Hal Herman Children’s Fund will support the littlest victims of domestic violence receiving services at Women In Distress.
Donations can be mailed to:
Hal Herman Children’s Fund
c/o Women In Distress
P.O. Box 50187
Lighthouse Point, FL 33074
Please make checks payable to Women In Distress with Hal Herman Children’s Fund in the memo line.
Now in his fifth year as a Women In Distress Board Member, Hal Herman serves on a number of committees and has chaired several task forces. He is also active in support of his wife Lois, who founded the Hal Herman Children’s Fund at our organization.
Hal Herman is Chairman of Worth International Communications Corporation, a worldwide publishing company. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Florida, where he was chosen by the yearbook to be par of the school’s “Hall of Fame.” Prior to becoming a newspaper representative in 1953, Hal Herman worked at a Miami newspaper and radio station, in addition to a stint with a public relations firm.
Worth International publishes RECOMMEND Magazine, for which Hal serves as Chairman and Founding Editor. In addition, the company has a Custom Publishing Division, whose past and present clients include the State of Florida, Government of Mexico, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, Busch Entertainment Corporation, Spirit Airlines, Loews Hotels and a number of Florida Convention and Visitors Bureaus.
He is past President of the former Surfside-Bal Harbour-Bay Harbor Islands Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Advertising Federation of Greater Miami, and a past Vice Chairman of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Advertising Federation. He is past Chairman of the Florida Chapter of the Travel and Tourism Research Association and is a past member of the Board of Directors of International Travel and Tourism Research Association.
Hal is a former Florida Ambassador to the Southeast U.S./Japan Association (appointed by former Governor Reuben Askew) and former member of the Florida Council on International Development. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his civic and industry work, including the prestigious Silver Medal from the American Advertising Federation and the Award of Excellence from Hospitality Sales and Marketing International. In 2008, he was named an “Alumnus of Distinction” by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications for “outstanding professional achievement.” In 2011, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the University’s School of Health and Human Performance.
In addition, Hal was on the Board of Governors of the Order of Orchid and is past Chairman of the Florida Derby Festival. He is past President of the SKAL Club of Greater Miami and former Chairman of the Florida Tourism Association. Hal served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of VISIT FLORIDA, INC. (the Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation) for nine years. In 2004, he was inducted into the Florida Tourism “Hall of Fame.”
He currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Center for Tourism Research and Development at the University of Florida, as well as a member of the Alumni publication’s editorial review board, and a member of the Board of Advocates for the School of Journalism and Communications. Hal is Chairman of the Broward Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association, and chaired that group’s 2007 Valor Awards event. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Women In Distress, is Chair of the Resource Development Committee and has served on a number of other committees at Women In Distress.