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Miami Dade College’s Golden Gala Raises more than $5 Million for Student Scholarships and is Attended by more than 1,000 Community Leaders and Luminaries!

Stellar event the single, most successful charitable event in community’s history…a tribute to MDC’s history and future
MDC Alums

Miami Dade College alumni music mogul Emilio Estefan, renowned developer Jorge Perez, and Ambassador Paul Cejas

Miami, December 3, 2010 - A magical evening of art appreciation, fine dining, opera, live music and dance dazzled more than 1,000 community leaders and luminaries who attended Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Golden Gala Dec. 2, at its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. More importantly, the event raised $5,015,000 for the college’s American Dream Scholarship Fund making it the single, most successful charitable event in the region’s history. 

“To place a value on what Miami Dade College has meant to this community would be impossible. But if one night could somehow signify the love and respect for MDC, then last night was surely that moment,” said a jubilant, grateful and nostalgic Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, who is not only the president but a product of Miami Dade College.

The tributes offered and the memories recalled at the Gala confirm an incomparable educational and cultural legacy. However, the 50th anniversary events celebrated this week were also about the future. Earlier in the week, MDC also opened its landmark smART exhibition and art sale, specially curated to showcase exceptional contemporary art from the Americas running through December 15, in support of scholarships for tomorrow’s MDC students.

The Gala’s host committee was also composed of world leaders from various fields, a testament to the esteem in which MDC is held. These included MDC alumniCesar Alvarez, Sheldon Anderson, Lin Arison, Ambassador Paul Cejas, Emilio Estefan, Andy Garcia, Carlos Migoya, Jorge Perez, Sylvester Stallone, and Alexandra Villoch.

Other leaders on the committee included  Bernardo Acebal,former U.S. Secretary of StateMadeleine Albright, Emilio Azcárraga, Victor Balestra, Jon & Nancy Batchelor, David Bisbal, Norman and Irma Braman, Don & Maria Browne, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Tanya Capriles Brillembourg, Eligio Cedeño, Betty Chapman, Ella Cisneros, Armando & Margarita Codina, César & Pamela Conde, Fanny Dascal, Ernesto De La Fe, Fausto & Remedio Diaz-Oliver, S.A.R. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslovia, Plácido Domingo, Judy Drucker, Gloria Estéfan, George & Mariita Feldenkreis, Mike & Constance Fernández, former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Alma Hernandez, Carolina Herrera, Tibor & Sheila Hollo, Stella Holmes, Alberto & Susana Ibargüen, Juanes, Jay & Jon Kislak, Rafael & Rebeca Kravec, Mario Kreutzberger (Don Francisco), David & Roberta Lawrence, U.S. Senator George Lemieux, Benjamín León III, J. Bernard Machen, Pedro Martin, former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, Alvaro Martinez-Font, Eduardo and Athina Marturet, Loretta & Carlos Mattos, Arva & Robert McCabe, Steven & Solita (Gala Chair) Mishaan, Alonzo & Tracy Mourning, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Armando Olivera, Patricia Phelps Cisneros, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, Javier Salman, Gene Schaefer, Jon Secada, Penny Shaffer, Donna Shalala, Don Shula, Silvia Tcherassi, Harvey & Lois Watson, Lynn Wolfson, Irene Zingg and several others, and many were in attendance.

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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 Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance 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.

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