23rd Annual In the Company of Women Awards Celebration 3/31/11

23rd Annual In the Company of Women Awards Celebration
March 31, 2011, 6-9 p.m.
Awards Presentation/Cocktail Reception
a cocktail-reception and an awards-presentation Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women are hosting the 23rd Annual In the Company of Women Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 31, from 6-9 p.m., at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. The event includes a cocktail-reception and an awards-presentation recognizing 12 local women for their long-standing contributions to the residents of Miami-Dade County.

WPLG Channel 10 reporter Neki Mohan will emcee the festivities. As part of the program, a representative from the Office of the Mayor will present the Mayor’s Pioneer Award, which honors a woman who has proven leadership, creativity, and vision in addressing community issues in Miami-Dade County within the past 10 years.

The honorees include: Arts & Entertainment–Eveline Pierre, Founder of the Haitian Heritage Museum; Business & Economics–Patricia Thorp, Senior Counselor, RBB Public Relations; Communications & Literature–Michele Gillen, Chief Investigative Reporter, CBS Miami; Education & Research–Dr. Stacey Mancuso, Principle, DASH; Government & Law–Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Health & Human Services–Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, President & CEO, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation; Science & Technology–Sherry Thompson Giordano, Executive Director, IT Women, and June Randall, Chief, Administration & Technology Division, Miami-Dade County Police; Sports & Athletics–Marta Montenegro, Founder, Publisher & Editor-In-Chief, SoBeFit Magazine; Mayor’s Pioneer Award–Elaine Bloom, former member of the Florida House of Representatives; Community Spirit Award–Donna Ginn, Founder & Managing Partner, Crossroad Consulting Group; and posthumous honors–Amanda Haworth, Detective, Miami-Da
de Police Warrants Bureau.

Nominations were solicited from the general public from October through December 2010. Nominees must have a history of continued accomplishments in their field and have met these five criteria: professional development, community responsibility, leadership and vision, contribution to women’s progress and promotion of pluralism. Award recipients were selected by a panel, comprised of some of last year’s winners and the event’s organizing committee.

Tickets for In the Company of Women $40 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 305-358-5885, or visiting their web site: www.ticketmaster.com; or at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 West Flagler Street.

Past recipients of the In the Company of Women Awards have included: Florida State Senator Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami) (1996), Celia Cruz (1990), Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1989), Gloria Estefan (1989), Arva Moore Parks (2002), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (1997), Cristina Saralegui (1992), Dorothy Shula (1992), Florida State Senator Frederica Wilson (D-Miami) (1994), Teresa Zubizarreta (1993), and many other distinguished female role models of Miami-Dade County.

Since 1989, men and women have gathered to honor the outstanding achievements of women from throughout Miami-Dade County, during the annual In The Company of Women event. This popular and prestigious event serves as part of Women’s History Month, observed annually in March. The event has received recognition from the National Association of Counties and the Southern Region of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission