2019 MDC Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Raises $1 Million for Scholarships for Third Straight Year
 

2019 MDC Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

For the third straight year, Miami Dade College Foundation raised more than $1 million at its sold out 2019 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 9th. More than 1,000 guests attended the celebration at the Hilton Miami Downtown and nearly 90 corporations and individuals sponsored the event.

The event raised a total of $1,051,395, which will support scholarships for current and future MDC students. Top corporate sponsors included Follett, OHL-Bldg, BankMobile, City National Bank, Lennar Foundation, Leon Medical Centers, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. The full sponsor list and additional information can be found at www.mdc.edu/halloffame.

During the event, 13 MDC alumni were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame for making a positive impact in their fields, the College and their community. The 2019 inductees are leading in a variety of industries, from business to education, journalism and public safety. In total, MDC has inducted 376 alumni to the Hall of Fame since the program was created in 2003.

MDC Foundation Board Chair Julie Grimes and Vice Chair Al Salas also paid tribute to outgoing MDC’s President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón for his vision and commitment to providing educational opportunity, presenting him with the MDC Alumni Hall of Fame Founder Award. Dr. Padrón, who is also an MDC alumnus, created the Hall of Fame event during his presidency. This August, he is stepping down from his post after nearly 25 years as College President and 50 years of service at the College.


MDC Chief of Staff George Andrews, MDC Honors College Dean Dr. Pascale Charlot, and MDC Trustee Jose Fuentes

Mercedes Aquino and daughter Karina Alegre, an MDC student and aspiring lawyer, address the audience


Moses Poissant, Gabe Jaroslavsky, William Hanser, Brad Garven, Anette Lyons-Evans and Harrold Ramirez

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón addresses the audience


Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee Claudio Miro, Victoria Miro and family


MDC Foundation Chair Julie Grimes addresses the audience

John Marcelin, Rosa Blanco, Janet Wolff, Miguel Rosales
and Luis Hernandez


MDC Trustee Bernie Navarro, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and MDC Foundation Board Vice Chair Alfredo Salas

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee
Chief Alexander E. Rolle Jr


Jaime Sobrino, Moses Poissant, Harold Ramirez, Mark Ugowski, Annette Lyons-Evans, William Hanswer, Susan Battin, Brad Garven and Gabriel Jaroslavsky


Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and Bernie & Claudia Navarro

Anurag Sharma and Ewie Marais


Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee Desmond Meade and Dr. Joaquin G. Martinez, President of MDC Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses

Kassandra Montandon, Jessica Izquierdo,
Connie Laguna and Nery Gonzalez


These 13 alumni join an elite group of 376 alumni inducted in the MDC Hall of Fame since 2003


MDC Foundation Chair Julie Grimes and Vice Chair Alfredo Sales present Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón with MDC Alumni Hall of Fame Founder Award

MDC Campus Presidents Dr. Joaquin G. Martinez and Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs


MDC Foundation Board Vice Chair Alfredo Salas addresses the audience


Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Pepe Badia and
Lori Hadley Davis

Jonathan Gustave, Delia Scantlebury
and Shane Johnson


MDC Foundation Board Chair Julie Grimes, MDC Medical Campus President Dr. Bryan Stewart and MDC Provost Dr. Lenore Rodicio

MDC Alumni Hall of Fame inductee Desmond Meade watches his video on the big screen before accepting his award


Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Lori Conduris, Nancy Badia,
2019 Inductee Pepe Badia and Ana Martinez

MDC Idea Center Executive Director Romi Bhatia and MDC Honors College Dean
Dr. Pascale Charlot


Cipriani Garza, MDC Homestead Campus President Dr. Jeanne Jacobs and Maria Garza

Ramon Rodriguez, Steve Redlich and Jay Pelham


Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and Inductees Claudio Miro and Boris Sanchez

MDC students attend the event every year


Michael Weiser, Ramon Rodriguez, Steve Redlich and Jay & Catherine Pelham


The MDC Alumni Hall of Fame began in 2003


MDC Honors College Dean Dr. Pascale Charlot, WSVN News Anchors 2005
Inductee Belky Nerey and Boris Sanchez, and Alumna Alex De Armas


Dr. Alexia Rolle, Cipriani Garza, Armelia Rolle, Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee
Chief Alexander E. Rolle Jr., Antrel Rolle and Maria Garza


Rick Huckestein, Beppi Ligonde, Carolina Ramirez and 2019 MDC Alumni
Hall of Fame Inductee Madeline Pumariega


Francisco Salazar, Luis Alvarado, Araceli Villanueva, Pedro Curbelo
and Francisco Geller


Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón with 2019 Inductees Esteban Formoso, Claudio Miro
and Boris Sanchez


Alejandro Guerrero, Thaylin Xie, Christy & Andrew Silvia