2019 Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Benefiting MCCJ, Inc.


Silver Medallion Honorees

Ruth W. Greenfield and Saif Yamani Khan lshoof

John C. Sumberg and Alexandra Villoch

Reverend Diane Shoaf and Burton Young
Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami
305-755-6096

Six South Florida humanitarians will receive MCCJ's Silver Medallion Awards at the organization's 2019 Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 23. Since 1946, MCCJ has awarded the coveted Silver Medallion to outstanding leaders who have exhibited extraordinary humanitarian efforts in the community that mirror MCCJs mission of creating an inclusive community. Paulo Coelho once said, In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike. That is precisely what the theme for the 2019s Humanitarian Awards will encompass and celebrate.

The Branches of Inclusion will take place at the InterContinental Miami, and it will embrace the differences and highlight the efforts of six South Florida leaders who have taken extraordinary measures to build a more welcoming, inclusive, just and cooperative society.

More than 400 business and community leaders will attend the 2019 Humanitarian Awards Dinner featuring the presentation of the Silver Medallions to the following outstanding civic leaders: Ruth W. Greenfield, Musical Prodigy and Activist; Saif Yamani Khan lshoof, Florida International University Vice President of Engagement; John C. Sumberg, Managing Partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP; and Alexandra Villoch, Miami Herald President & Publisher. The Reverend Diane Shoaf will be honored with The Clergy Medallion, and the Robert H. Traurig Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Burton Young, Marital and Family Attorney.

The black-tie optional event will be hosted by WPLG Local 10s Calvin Hughes, along with Dinner Chairs, Gail and Albert E. Dotson, Jr., and Honorary Chairs Brian Dervishi, Michelle Ramirez-Patricios, and the Reverend Dr. Patrick ONeill. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and program at 8:30 p.m.

This years Humanitarian Awards Gala will be dedicated to the memory of Roberta J. Shevin, who passed away last year after serving nine years as MCCJs executive director. She was particularly passionate about Camp MetroTown, where high school students meet every summer to tackle social justice issues such as bigotry, racism and bullying. In her honor, MCCJ will launch the Roberta J. Shevin MetroTown Scholarship Fund.

For information, sponsorship levels and tickets, call the office of MCCJ at 305-755-6096.

About MCCJ, Inc.

MCCJ, Inc. was originally founded in Miami in 1935 as the Miami Branch of the National Conference of Christians & Jews. Later on, the group was renamed the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews. In 2011, in recognition of its embrace of people of ALL faiths and secular backgrounds, the organization formally changed its name to MCCJ, Inc. Today, it goes beyond its original intent by creating a haven for dialog, training inclusive leaders and promoting understanding for all faiths, races and cultures through education, advocacy and conflict resolution. It hosts the oldest interfaith clergy dialog in the United States and presents prejudice reducing programs in local high schools, among other activities. For more information, please visit www.MiamiCCJ.org.