10th Anniversary Heart and Star Dinner 3/8/12

10th Anniversary Heart & Star Dinner
March 8, 2012, 6:30 PM
Temple Beth Am
The Richard & Janet Yulman Campus
5950 North Kendall Drive
Pinecrest, Florida 33156

The 2012 Champion of the Human Spirit is Jennifer Stearns Buttrick. Stearns Buttrick is being honored as a cancer survivor who has become a beacon of light and hope for others who are faced with this diagnosis. Through her incredible and life-changing experience, Jennifer has dedicated herself to raising funds for cancer research, advocacy and awareness.

Jennifer Stearns Buttrick is Of Counsel and Director of Pro Bono and Community Service to the Firm Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.. Prior to taking on this role, she practiced in the Litigation Department, where she handled commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels.

She serves on the University of Miami / Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Board of Governors, Founders Board and was the 2009 Designed for a Cure Event Chair – and, most recently, the 2011 Designed for a Cure Event Chair. She also served as the Sponsorship Chair of the 2010 Gala and was on the 2008 Gala Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, an annual event that benefits Sylvester.

Buttrick’s other affiliations and recognitions include: Vice President, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; 2009, 2011 and 2012 Chair of the New World Symphony’s It’s a Family Affair, past board member, Junior League of Miami and Junior League of Miami Foundation; Lawyers for Children America, former Chair of the Regional Leadership Counsel; former board member, The Reclamation Project 2008-2010; notes and comments editor, Florida State University Law Review; Voices for Children 2009 Corporate Leadership Award recipient; Junior League of Miami 2006 Rebecca Herndon Bush Award recipient; The Gordon Schools of Beth David Congregation, Past School Board Chair 2007‐2008, Parents’ Association Chair 2006‐2007; and American Heart Association, Executive Leadership Team, 2010 and 2011 Heart and Stroke Ball.

We are grateful for the opportunity to have Jennifer represent the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami and are thrilled to be able to honor her with this prestigious and well-deserved award.

The 2012 Champion of the Community Spirit is SAP International. SAP International is being honored for their charitable work as a corporate citizen working towards a greater good for our community. Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software. Founded in 1972, SAP (which stands for “Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing”) has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP applications and services enable more than 176,000 customers worldwide to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

SAP’s story is one of a steady rise from a small, five-man operation headquartered in southwest Germany’s Rhine-Neckar region to one of the world’s largest independent software providers and an employer of more than 47,598 people in over 50 countries worldwide.

SAP’s philosophy is that the power of their people, products, and partners unleashes growth and creates significant new value for customers, SAP, and, ultimately, entire industries and the economy at large.

SAP International opened their Latin American division in Miami ten years ago. In 2007, they established a local philanthropic and community relations program organizing volunteers and donating funds to many South Florida non-profits. SAP has donated time and financial resources to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Children’s Home Society, Junior Achievement, and the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami. Their global charitable interests are based in education, healthcare and environmental issues and in 2010 alone; this dynamic and extraordinary company invested $24 million dollars worldwide to those in need.

Their mission is to help companies of all sizes and industries to run better. Their vision is to help the world run better. We think they are achieving that just by their actions in South Florida!

Rounding out this incredible evening is our Mistress of Ceremonies is Diana Gonzalez. Diana was the recipient of the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami’s Champion of the Community Spirit award in 2002 and is also a former host for our fundraiser. She is also the sophisticated voice of our promotional video as Diana has donated her time and talents to our organization for close to a decade.

Diana is NBC 6’s Health Reporter, bringing South Florida the latest news in medicine and health care. A veteran NBC6 WTVJ reporter, she started her career here in 1978 as a news reporter and then worked as a producer for “Montage,” a weekly magazine show. Throughout her extensive broadcast news career, Diana Gonzalez has received numerous regional and national awards including: 2000 Food Science Journalism Award by the Institute of Food Technologists for “Cancer Fighting Foods,” three Florida Emmys, a National Emmy Award nomination in 1996 for coverage of Hurricane Opal, an “Award for Excellence in Medical Journalism” from the Florida Medical Association, “Woman of Distinction” from the Weizmann Institute of Science, a “Silver Circle” from NATAS.

Diana is a proud Gator, having received her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Florida. In addition to her education and years of work experience, being a cancer survivor enhances her ability to cover health news. Diana says her biggest accomplishment is raising two wonderful daughters, Gillian and Jackie Durruthy.

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