15th Annual Torch Awards Charity Gala

Benefitting the FIU First Generation Scholarship Fund and Alumni Center Building Fund

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-348-3334 (Paulina Munoz)

The 15th Annual Torch Awards Charity Gala will honor this year’s 16 most outstanding recipients – alumni and faculty who have made a significant impact on their profession, community and the university. The gala focuses its efforts on raising funds for the Alumni Center Building Fund, as well as the First Generation Scholarship Fund, allowing dozens of students the opportunity to have the financial burden of education lifted from their shoulders. This year, join the university in celebrating a milestone in Torch Awards history, its 15th anniversary.

The black-tie event will feature fine dining, dancing and live entertainment. It is co-chaired by proud FIU alumni Eduardo & Francis Hondal and will honor the following recipients:

Mark B. Rosenberg, FIU President, Humberto Cabañas, Founder and Chairman of Benchmark Hospitality International, Howard R. Lipman, Senior VP for University Advancement and CEO of the FIU Foundation, and Duane Wiles, Associate VP of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving and Executive Director of the Alumni Association.
  • Alumna of the Year Awardee: Darlene M. Boytell-Perez, ARNP ’89, MSN ’96
  • Community Leadership Awardee: Marile Lopez ‘91
  • Charles E. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Awardee: Charles Alexandre Kenmogne Kamhoua, Ph.D. ‘11
  • Outstanding Faculty Awardee: Ranu Jung, Ph.D.

Distinguished Alumni Awardees

  • Gail Appelrouth ’77
  • Richard Blanco ’91, MFA ’97
  • Bruce A. Blum ’82
  • Stephen P. Burns ’78
  • Jonathan G. Cameron ’07
  • Omar K. Carrion ’07, Awarded Posthumously
  • Diana Farmer-Gonzalez ’96
  • Yolanda R. Nader ’79, MBA ’86
  • Stacey J. Oddman, MD ’94
  • Alfredo Richard, M.S. ’94
  • Cindy Russo, M.S. ’78
  • Frank Vilar ’91
Mark B. Rosenberg, FIU President and wife, Rosalie Rosenberg, with FIU alumni Tourek Williams, Linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, and Jonathan Cyprien, Safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars

About Florida International University

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

About the Florida International University Alumni Association

The Florida International University Alumni Association is a membership-based organization with over 20,000 dues paying members governed by a volunteer board of directors and currently serves a total alumni base of over 200,000, represented in every state and in more than 30 countries around the world. The mission is to serve the community of FIU alumni, students, family and friends by providing lifelong connections to FIU. The organization strives to provide opportunities to support FIU’s key strategic initiatives, which includes the revitalization and expansion of financial resources, achieving academic excellence, enhancing research and creative initiatives, and engaging the community of FIU. For more information about the FIU Alumni Association, visit FIUalumni.com.

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