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MDC President to be Honored at Annual Celebration of The Education Fund


Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, May 9, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón will be honored at The Education Fund’s Annual Charity Auction “The Art of Found Objects” taking place place at The Moore Building in the Miami Design District, on May 20, at 7 p.m. The event will feature live music by the New World School of the Arts at MDC and an epicurean feast with local celebrity chefs, as well as bids on exclusive items and luxury vacation packages. Proceeds go toward supporting public school children in Miami-Dade County. 

“The real power of this event is that it reminds us of the extraordinary talent of the kids in our public schools,” said Linda Lecht, President, The Education Fund.  “If we hope to turn that talent into dreams, careers, leadership, and success, we simply must provide these students and their teachers with the tools and resources they need to be successful.” 

This year also marks The Education Fund’s 25th anniversary.  To celebrate, The Education Fund is honoring local leaders, including President Padrón, who are all products of the Miami-Dade County public schools, showing what a public education can do. 

Dr. Padrón’s has served as president of Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, since 1995. His energetic leadership also extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the chair of the prestigious American Council on Education and immediate past chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve; Council on Foreign Relations and the Business/Higher Education Forum among other major national organizations. During his career, he has also been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five American presidents, most recently as chair of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans by President Obama. Padrón was also recently named one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents” and “Floridian of the Year” by Florida Trend magazine.   


For 25 years, The Education Fund has acted on the belief that the quality of our public schools must be the top priority for our community. Working side-by-side with the private sector, The Education Fund has raised more than $38 million to support and improve our public schools with an emphasis on designing and implementing innovative initiatives. The goal is to ensure that every child learns and succeeds. The Education Fund’s portfolio of programs focuses exclusively on Miami-Dade public schools, benefiting all 390 schools, all 20,000+ teachers and all 340,000 students.

  • WHEN: Friday, May 20, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • WHERE: The Moore Building
  • COST: $150 - $5000- Charity Auction

For tickets or more information regarding The Education Fund’s annual celebration, please call 305-892-5099 ext 23, or visit

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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