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For Immediate Release:
March 02, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
[email protected]

23rd Annual In the Company of Women Awards Celebration Recognizes 12 Miami-Dade Women

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
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-Dade 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:; or at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 West Flagler Street. 

For more information about the event, call Lisa Fernandez at the Women's Park, 305-480-1717. 

About the Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department 
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit

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