36th Biscayne Bay Gala
Ron Lowy named 2015 Citizen of the Year by Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club
Ron Lowy, right, honored as the 2015 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year, enjoys the festivities with his family, (l to r), son Bradley Cook, daughter Elizabeth Cook and wife Elissa Cook

Joining honoree Ron Lowy, right, are David Bloom, retired Judge Phillip Bloom and former State Representative Elaine Bloom

Miami attorney Ron Lowy, who has spent his life dedicated to public service, equality, and justice, recently accepted the 2015 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award from the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club (biscaynebaykiwanis.org) at its highly successful 36th Biscayne Bay Gala.

The event, held at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, attracted more than 300 people and raised more than $100,000 for the club’s many philanthropic activities. WPLG TV’s Emmy Award-winning Michael Putney was Master of Ceremonies.

Past recipients of this award include Dolphins founder Joe Robbie, coach Jimmy Johnson, broadcaster Ralph Renick, Miami Commissioner Athalie Range, U.S. Rep. William “Bill” Lehman, former Miami Herald publisher David Lawrence, Jr., Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Rodney Barreto, Miami Dolphins’ Nat Moore, Lauren Book, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Dr. Pedro Greer, Jr., U.S. Rep. Dante B. Fascell, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

In addition to the hundreds of dignitaries and community activities at the event, a special guest—United States Senator Chuck Grassley, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of the most powerful members of Congress—flew in from Washington for the event.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club and join such a distinctive list of recipients,” said Lowy, who was introduced by former Miami Herald Publisher David Lawrence, Jr., himself a past recipient of the prestigious award. “This is a great organization which serves the most deserving children of Miami’s inner city and has--for more than 65 years--positively impacted the lives of thousands of those children and their families.”

Lowy, of Lowy & Cook, P.A., has been involved in a wide variety of community service organizations, including the Miami Beach Jaycees (where he was named national Outstanding Chapter President in 1985), the Miami-Dade County Addiction Services Board (which assists the County Commission by making recommendations to improve treatment and services for suffering addicts), and Friends of the Miami-Dade Drug Court. Most recently, Lowy—who received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Miami—was appointed Chairman of the Board for the Plaza Health Network. The largest not-for-profit nursing home group in South Florida, PHN cares for almost 1,000 residents with an annual budget of over $100 million dollars.

Gold sponsors of the event included The South Florida Luxury Guide and Baron, Breslin & Sarmiento P.A. Silver sponsors included Diaz Reus, Tenzer, PLLC and Jones Walker. In addition, a donation of more than $30,000 from the Friends of the Miami Drug Court Foundation will assist the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis to expand their programs for the neediest, most challenged families of children in the Club’s partner schools.

For more information on the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club—including joining as an individual or corporation—contact Gaviria at (305) 814-2225 or Biscaynebaykiwanis@gmail.com.

Interior designer Ted Fine, center, and wife Patricia congratulate Ron Lowy

With Citizen of the Year Ron Lowy are Dr. Ron & Nancy Loring

The cocktail party and popular silent auction kicked off the 36th Biscayne Bay Gala at Jungle Island

City of Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes,his wife Maytee Llanes and City of Miami City
Manager Daniel Alfonso

Tuskegee Airman Leo Gray was among a table of World War II veterans, part of the Honor Flight
Network program, who were the guests of
the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis

Biscayne Bay Kiwanis President Carlos Gaviria
addresses guests

Emmy-award winning political commentator Michael Putney of WPLG was the Master of Ceremonies

The audience had the opportunity to learn more about the great community service work done by the
Biscayne Bay Kiwanis

Kiwanis Club President Carlos Gaviria, Commander Dana Carr, Major
Esther Farmer, City of Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes,
Floyd Pinckney and Claude Adam, partner officers who were honored
as Police Officers of the Year, and Kiwanis member Scott Saul

Biscayne Bay Kiwanis’ Director of Sponsored Youth Vyonda Moss (center) was honored as Educator of the Year; with Moss her husband Marcellino D. Moss, Sr. and Kiwanis’ Albert A.A. Cartenuto III

A table of Marines and their families were guests of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club at this year’s gala

Danny McBride, center, accepts a special award and the appreciation of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis; with McBride are Michael Putney and Kiwanis President Carlos Gaviria

Jim Gall, one of America’s premier auctioneers, handled the ‘gavel’ as guests bid on a wide variety of exciting auction items, including cruises and worldwide vacations

Former Miami Dolphin great and current Judge Ed Newman was among the guests gathered to honor
Ron Lowy

Kiwanis Lt. Governor Will Reich, right, and his wife Laura of Tenzer PLLC, were among the bidders at the live auction

Former Miami Herald Publisher David Lawrence, Jr. introduced the night’s honoree, Ron Lowy

To a thunderous standing ovation, Ron Lowy took the stage at the 36th Biscayne Bay Gala

The night’s honoree, Ron Lowy, eloquently and movingly addresses the gathering

Ron Lowy accepts the Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award from Biscayne Bay Kiwanis President Carlos Gaviria

United States Senator Chuck Grassley, right, Chairman
of the Senate Judiciary Committee, flew in from Washington
to honor Ron Lowy