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Miami Dade College to Honor Top Leaders in Major Fields at 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame Gala on April 22

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Miami, February 26, 2014 - Miami Dade College (MDC) is gearing up for one of its most cherished traditions, the opportunity to recognize distinguished alumni making a difference in the community and beyond at the 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Gala,which will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, at the J.W. Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami.

This year’s inductees represent a variety of industries including - business, health care, visual arts, journalism, sports, law, and public service. They 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, among many others.

MDC’s annual Hall of Fame Gala will benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund, a prime source of scholarship funding and support for MDC students.

The 2014 MDC Hall of Fame inductees are: 

Architecture    

Javier Font        

Vice President  

Behar Font & Partners P.A.

 

Banking          

Guillermo G. Castillo

Market President

Chase

 

Communications         

Cristina Alfaro   

Director of External Diverse Partnerships

McDonald's Corp.

 

Construction

Manny García-Tuñón

President

Lemartec Engineering & Construction Corp.

 

Culinary Arts   

Steven H. Haas 

Owner  

City Hall the Restaurant

 

Dentistry

Aurora Calvo-Menendez

Dentist 

Aurora Dental Group PA

 

Education

Ana L. Cordal   

Principal           

Renaissance Elementary & Middle Charter School

 

Engineering

Brenda  J. Westhorp      

President         

Westhorp & Associates Inc.

 

Film    

Kevin Sharpley  

President and CEO

Kijik Multimedia Inc.

 

Financial Services

Luis A. Castellanos       

Managing Director         

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

 

Funeral Services

Fernando Caballero       

Owner and President

Ferdinand Funeral Homes LLC

 

Healthcare

Lourdes Rivas   

CEO    

Simply Healthcare Plans Inc.

 

Hospitality & Tourism

Henry A. Delgado          

General Manager           

Smith & Wollensky Restaurant

 

Journalism – Broadcast

E.R. Bert Medina

Vice President and General Manager      

WPLG–TV

 

Journalism – Print

Lisette A. García           

Principal           

FOIA Resource Center

 

Law

Michael Mattimore        

Attorney           

Allen Norton & Blue P.A.

 

Literary Arts

Howard Camner           

Author and Poet

 

Marketing & Advertising

Roberto Capó   

Chief Marketing Officer  

El Dorado Furniture Corp.

 

Medicine         

Dr. Deise Granado-Villar

Chief Medical Officer     

Miami Children’s Hospital

 

Nonprofit Sector

Nannette M. Zapata       

Chief Operating Officer  

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

 

Nursing           

Lourdes Camps

Chief Nursing Officer     

Hialeah Hospital

 

Performing Arts – Visual

Charo Oquet

Founding Executive Director and Curator

Edge Zones Art Projects

 

Public Administration

Juan M. Kuryla 

Director Designee         

PortMiami

 

Public Safety – Fire

Eric Lang         

Fire Chief         

Village of Key Biscayne Fire Rescue

 

Public Safety – Police

J.D. Patterson Jr.          

Director            

Miami-Dade Police Department

 

Public Service            

Ambassador Simon Ferro

Attorney

Gunster Law Firm

 

Sports

Plácido E. Polanco       

Second/Third Baseman

St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins

 

Technology     

Daniel Rodriguez

Chief Technology Officer           

United Data Technologies Inc.

 

To purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, please call the MDC Foundation at 305-237-3240, or visit www.mdc.edu/halloffame.  

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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