Marile Lopez wins In the Company of Women Award in the Community Spirit Category
Community leader and philanthropist Marile Lopez has been selected as one of 13 amazing women for the prestigious In the Company of Women award in the category of Community Spirit.
Lopez’s career began as co-founder and creative director of Maria Elena Headpieces, a successful multi-million dollar bridal accessory company. In 2006, together with her husband, she opened the Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm, which specializes in governmental affairs. Lopez serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, but she is most distinguished for what she has been doing for more than 20 years: devoting her time and resources to charitable and non-profit organizations.
One of her most notable charitable achievements has been to lead the Together for the Children campaign as the Miami Children’s Health (MCH) Foundation’s Chair to surpass the campaign’s $150 million goal two years ahead of schedule, all in service of the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
Her gifts for and committed efforts to community outreach also shine especially in her work with the American Cancer Society, where she has served as Board member of its Miami-Dade unit since 2008. In 2011, her efforts as Co-Chair of the society’s “White Out Cancer” Gala helped double the gala’s attendance.
Lopez has been actively involved with a wide variety of other boards and committees, including the Archdiocese of Miami’s Women of Faith Committee, the Founders Society of Mercy Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade, the President’s Council of Florida International University, the American Red Cross, and the National YoungArts Foundation.
For her many philanthropic efforts, Lopez has amassed an extensive number of awards, including the American Cancer Society’s Exceptional Achievement Award in 2011, St. Jude’s Honor Award for Philanthropic Work in 2012, the Mujeres Giving Back Treasure Award by the Women’s Fund in 2014, the Woman of Distinction & Caring Award by Plaza Health Network in 2015, and the FIU Torch Award in 2016 – to name a few.
As a mother of five and a woman of faith, Lopez’s contributions to some of the community’s most prominent humanitarian organizations have been a great gift to our youth and families in need.
Marile Lopez will be honored at the 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the luxurious Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables, FL. Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-company-of-women-awards-ceremony-2018-tickets-42354897639. For more information, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/company-of-women.asp.
In the Company of Women takes place each year in commemoration of Women’s History Month and is presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.
About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair. The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created 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 advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life. For more information call (305) 375-4967, email [email protected]; or visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.