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Miami Dade College to Host its 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Gala June 6

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Miami, May 13, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) will honor a new group of distinguished alumni and professionals across several industries – including business, health care, visual arts, journalism, sports, law, and public service – at its 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Gala at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the J.W. Marriott Marquis Miami.

This year’s inductees will join the ranks of MDC Hall of Famers actor Andy Garcia, music industry mogul Emilio Estefan, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, former Dolphins receiver Nat Moore, Carnival Chairman & CEO Micky Arison and U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen, to name a few. MDC’s annual Hall of Fame Gala will benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund, a prime source of scholarship funding and support for MDC students. 

MDC’s 2013 Hall of Fame inductees are:


Agustín J. Barrera

Vice President




Jorge J. González

President and CEO

City National Bank



José L. Dotres

Assistant Superintendent

Office of Human Capital

Management, Miami-Dade

County Public Schools



Pedro Modía

Director of Transmission Services

and Planning

Florida Power & Light



Christopher G. Korge

Chairman, Newslink Group LLC

Partner, Korge & Korge


Health Care

Albert R. Maury

President and CEO

Leon Medical Centers

Health Plans


Hospitality, Culinary Arts

And Tourism

José Tomás

Former Chief People Officer and

President of Latin America

and the Caribbean

Burger King Corporation


Journalism – Broadcast

Sandra Peebles

News Anchor/Reporter

Univision 23


Journalism – Print

Jay Ducassi

Metro Editor

The Miami Herald



Richard Patiño


The Patiño Law Firm



Lourdes M. Cuzán

Managing Director and

International Marketing

Fowler Rodriguez



Isaac Bassan, M.D.


and Weight Loss Specialist

Bassan & Bloom M.D. P.L.


NonProfit Sector

Marisel Losa

President and CEO

Health Council of South Florida



Linda J. Timmons, R.N., CNOR

Nurse Manager of Surgery

Baptist Hospital of Miami


Public Safety – Police

Manuel Orosa

Chief of Police

Miami Police Department


Public Service

Hiram Ruiz

Statewide Director of

Refugee Services

Florida Department of

Children and Families



Michael J. Piazza

Former Major League

Baseball Catcher

Los Angeles Dodgers,

Florida Marlins, New York Mets,

San Diego Padres and the

Oakland Athletics


Urban Development

Guillermo Fernández

President and Co-Owner

Link Construction Group Inc


Visual Arts

César Santos



To purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, please call the MDC Foundation at 305-237-3240, or visit

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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