(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, is seeking to honor outstanding Miami-Dade women for the 25th Annual In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony to be held in March 2013. Timed to coincide with Women's History Month, In the Company of Women recognizes the accomplishments of professional female leaders in the community in the following categories:
- Outstanding Woman in Arts and Entertainment
- Outstanding Woman in Business and Economics
- Outstanding Woman in Communications and Literature
- Outstanding Woman in Education and Research
- Outstanding Woman in Government and Law
- Outstanding Woman in Health and Human Services
- Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology
- Outstanding Woman in Sports and Athletics
- Community Spirit Award
- Mayor's Pioneer Award
- Posthumous Award
New this year, two women will be selected for the category of "Outstanding Woman in Government and Law," one elected and one non-elected.
The Community Spirit Award recognizes an outstanding woman who, through volunteering, has made a difference within the community. No professional background is required.
The Mayor's Pioneer Award honors a trailblazer who has proven leadership, creativity, and vision in addressing community issues and advancing the status of women in Miami-Dade County.
The Posthumous Award is in honor of a woman who has passed away and recognizes her contribution within Miami-Dade County.
All honorees must demonstrate professional development, community responsibility, leadership and vision, contribution to women's progress and promotion of pluralism.
To download the nomination form, please visit In the Company of Women. Completed forms must be mailed to Laura Morilla, Executive Director, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1034, Miami, FL, 33128. Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, December 14, 2012.
A committee of community leaders will review nomination forms in order to determine the nominee's eligibility. Emphasis will be placed on the nominee's contribution to women's progress in her profession/area of interest. For the Mayor's Pioneer Award, emphasis will be on overall involvement in the community and women's progress. Appointees from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez office will review the nominations for the Mayor's Pioneer Award.
Nominators are required to complete the nomination form and submit nine copies of the form along with nine photocopies of any newspaper or magazine articles about the nominee, if available. If nominating for the Mayor's Pioneer Award, please submit only three photocopies of the nomination form, along with three photocopies of recommendation letters from three individuals, not including the nominator, and any supporting materials including newspaper or magazine articles. Nominations that fail to include these items and/or do not meet the application deadline will be automatically disqualified. Nominations will not be accepted via email. Past recipients of the In the Company award are not eligible.
For more information and for a list of past award recipients, please go to In the Company of Women or contact Laura Morilla at 305-375-4967, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 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 visit Miami-Dade County Parks or call 3-1-1.
About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's effort to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.
About Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was established in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women. The Commission for Women also serves as an advocate for the women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life. The Commission for Women is comprised of 26 volunteer members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, and its monthly meetings are open to the public.