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Miami, November 16, 2012 - Organizers of the 29th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by the Center at Miami Dade College (MDC) are pleased to present this year’s sponsors.

 

“We are extremely grateful to have so many returning sponsors and are delighted to welcome the new sponsors and organizations that are joining us this year for the first time,” said Alina Interián, Executive Director for MDC Cultural Affairs.  “We are very happy to welcome back Florida Blue, American Airlines and Target as Associate Sponsors. Without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to continue to provide South Florida residents and guests with an eight-day, full-scale international literary event each November.”

 

Other returning sponsors for the 29th edition of the Fair include Publix Super Markets Charities, Peacock Foundation, Inc., Miami-Dade County, The Children’s Trust and Mystery Writers of America.  Among the media sponsors returning this year are The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, Comcast Communications, CBS4 and TV33, Univision23 and Telefutura69, Univision Radio stations WQBA, AMOR, MIX 98.3 and Radio Mambi, Book TV on C-SPAN2, WLRN Public Radio and Television, WPBT Channel 2, Diario Las Americas, Classical South Florida, South Florida Times, Caribbean Today, BookReporter.com, Miami New Times, and WDNA 88.9 FM.  

 

The 2012 Miami Book Fair International sponsors are as follows:

 

Associate Sponsors

An original concept in health care and customer service, Florida Blue centers are the first interactive environment where consumers can purchase health insurance, have face-to-face consultations concerning their individual policies, receive top-line preventative care health screenings, participate in wellness lectures, and learn about various health care options fit for any budget. Florida Blue centers are currently open in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola and Tampa. For more information about Florida Blue please visit, www.floridablue.com.

 

American Airlines, American Eagle® and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,500 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers nearly 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 150 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol “AAMRQ” on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.

 

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,782 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.

 

Co-Sponsors

The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their futures.

 

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is a not for profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. To contact the GMCVB, visit http://www.MiamiandBeaches.com or call 305-539-3000.

 

Publix Super Markets Charities, formerly the George W. Jenkins Foundation, was created by the founder of Publix, Mr. George W. Jenkins, to improve life in its communities.  Their mission is to endeavor to meet the needs of the people in the community.  To that end, they are dedicated to the dignity and value of the human spirit, helping strengthen it to overcome adversity, determined to offer people hope and a choice for the future, and devoted to the highest standards of community involvement as demonstrated by George W. Jenkins. 

 

Established by Henry B. Peacock, Jr. in 1947, the mission of Peacock Foundation, Inc. is to enhance and promote the good health and well-being of children, families, and underprivileged persons in Southeast Florida. For more information, please visit www.peacockfoundationinc.org.  

 

Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction. 

 

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring early education for children from birth to age 5, through a variety of affordable and innovative programs. Founded in 2000, the Early Learning Coalition is one of 31 Coalitions in the state of Florida, and was established following the enactment of the School Readiness Act, which consolidated Florida’s early learning services into one integrated program. The Coalition’s services include Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK), School Readiness, Assessment and Inclusion, Child Care Resource & Referral, Refugee Childcare Services, the Teen-Age Parent Program, and Quality Counts.

 

Avenue D is Miami’s chance to travel back in time in the 10,000 square feet of what used to be Macy’s building at 1 Flagler Street, or what was known in the 20's as Flagler and Avenue D. Their soul is an upscale environment and entertainment for bohemians and elites alike.

 

The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. YoungArts has honored more than 16,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $100 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones and Martin Scorsese. In addition, at the request of the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for artistically talented high school seniors. For more information, please visit www.youngarts.org.            

 

Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation has helped hundreds of people create personal, permanent and powerful legacies by establishing custom, charitable Funds. With foundation expertise, Fundholders have fostered the arts, awarded scholarships, championed diversity, taught kids to read, provided food and shelter for the hungry and homeless, and more. More than $150 million in grants and scholarships has been awarded in the Foundation’s 45-year history. Today, the Foundation is steward to more than $160 million in charitable assets. For more information about The Miami Foundation and our inaugural Give Miami Day on December 12, 2012, visit miamifoundation.org.

 

Among the Book Fair’s other sponsors are Miami-Dade County, Jackson Health System, Alvah H. & Wyline P. Chapman Foundation, Geico, Miami Parking Authority, Value Pawn, Car2Go, Miami Country Day School, Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc., Florida Power & Light, Scholastic Books, and TriRail.

 

Media Sponsors

The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes The Miami Herald, winner of 20 Pulitzer Prizes, and El Nuevo Herald, recipient of the Ortega y Gasset international prize for Spanish-language publications. Together, our newspapers are read each week by more than 1.5 million people in print and online at MiamiHerald.com and elNuevoHerald.com. MHMC also publishes Miami.com and Miami.com en Español, South Florida’s most comprehensive interactive guides to local entertainment and attractions for both locals and tourists. MHMC produces content across all media, including video, wireless formats and radio broadcasts on WLRN/Herald News, as well as custom publications for hotels, airlines and other clients. For more information, please visit our websites: www.MiamiHerald.com, www.elNuevoHerald.com, www.Miami.com.

Univision 23 and TeleFutura 69 are committed to informing, empowering and entertaining the Hispanic community in South Florida.  Throughout the years, the stations have consistently launched awareness campaigns in support of critical issues, including education, health, civic engagement, community safety financial literacy and more.

 

WFOR/CBS4 is delighted to celebrate ten years as a proud sponsor of the Miami Book Fair International. During that time, the station has maintained an onsite presence both in terms of outreach and the participation of our on-air news talent. As part of our commitment to keep our viewers entertained and informed, we recognize the synergy between great literature and quality broadcasting when it comes to encouraging an educated public.

 

Comcast Communications of the South Florida region serves communities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties and the Florida Keys.  As Comcast grows, they continue to adhere to a long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities they serve through community programs and partnerships. Comcast is a proud, long-standing supporter of MDC and the Miami Book Fair International. Visit us at www.comcast.com for more information. 

 

A leader in Spanish-language media, Diario Las Américas has been providing in-language, pertinent, local, national, and international news and information to the Hispanic community since 1953. Diario transcends boundaries in order to provide the Hispanic community with a sense of home-away-from-home; the tradition of uniting the local Hispanic community with their culture continues to resonate throughout all its pages. Diario Las Américas, bridging the Americas for over 56 years.

 

Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States.  Its operations include Univision Radio; the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.univision.net

 

WDNA 88.9FM Public Radio is South Florida’s only source for prime time jazz, Latin jazz, blues, reggae, Brazilian, and world beat music. 88.9FM also offers health and human interest programs to better serve the community. Live streaming, station information, and membership application is available on its secured website at: www.wdna.org

 

Classical South Florida is a listener-supported, nonprofit public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music 24/7. Their program service is broadcast on WKCP 89.7 FM Miami/Fort Lauderdale and 101.9 FM in West Palm Beach. They are part of the American Public Media family, the nation’s largest public radio broadcaster and producer of classical music in the United States. Visit online at www.classicalsouthflorida.org

 

WLRN Channel 17 is a South Florida PBS member station with a viewing audience in four South Florida counties, from Palm Beach to Key West. WLRN is Florida’s leading PBS Ready To Learn station and locally produces documentary specials to address the diverse interests of the South Florida community. WLRN Learn channel in Miami-Dade County Channel 79 is available on most cable systems a local, non-commercial, cable channel managed and programmed as a public service, is carried by all cable providers in Miami-Dade County. WLRN 91.3 FM is licensed to the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida and serves a weekly audience of more than 300,000 from Palm Beach to Key West.  Ranked number one in the state of Florida among National Public Radio (NPR) stations, it is also South Florida’s local Public Radio International affiliate. As South Florida's first FM station, it has grown steadily to become an integral part of the South Florida community through award-winning local programs such as Topical Currents, South Florida Arts Beat, and Evening Jazz.  Additionally it provides one of the country's largest Radio Reading Services - a 24-hour, seven-day service to South Florida's visually impaired community. In 2008 they began broadcasting on WKWM 91.5 FM, thus expanding their public radio reach. For more information about WLRN Public Television and Radio, please visit www.wlrn.org.

 

Other Media Sponsors include: WPBT2, CSPAN 2 Book TV, Caribbean Today, Miami New Times and South Florida Times.

 

 

For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

 

MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE CENTER FOR LITERATURE AND THEATRE @ MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College. The Centerpromotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.

 

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.

 

ABOUT MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

 

For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528, or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

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
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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