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In the Company of Women Awards announces Rising Star Community Spirit honoree

MIAMI ( February 04, 2019 )

Sabrina Cohen has been selected as a 2019 In the Company of Women awardee in the category of Rising Star Community Spirit. She is among 15 winners to be honored at the awards ceremony dinner on March 7, at the Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Cir., in Coral Gables, Florida.

After suffering a spinal cord injury when she was a teenager, Cohen has advocated extensively for research and quality-of-life initiatives for people with disabilities. In 2006, she established the Sabrina Cohen Foundation to develop fitness and recreational programs for people with disabilities. A native of Miami Beach, Cohen partnered with her hometown city to create a fully accessible beach program so that everyone can enjoy access to the ocean. Cohen was also instrumental in the creation of “Sabrina’s Playground,” a fully inclusive park for children with disabilities and is now spearheading an effort to build a first-of-its-kind “Adaptive Recreation Center,” to be located on Collins Avenue and 53 St. in Miami Beach, Florida.

She has lobbied extensively for the rights of people living with disabilities, both locally and on Capitol Hill, and has served in leadership roles on numerous boards and commissions, including the ADA Committee for the City of Miami Beach, the Advisory Board of the Genetics Policy Institute, and the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group. She has won numerous awards and grants for her work, including receiving the Key to the City of Miami Beach from Mayor Phillip Levine.

This marks the 31st year for the In the Company of Women Awards, presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Commission for Women and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. The prestigious awards honor women who have excelled professionally and civically, and have contributed to women’s progress, through their leadership and vision.

The event commemorates March’s Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, and will be extra special this year, as it is a signature celebration for the Parks Department’s 90th anniversary. Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.

For more information, including awards venue, tickets, sponsorship opportunities and a complete list of 2019 winners, visit the In the Company of Women web page.

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 of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. 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 regarding 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.  

About Miami-Dade Parks
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 and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship. The nonprofit 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.