2011 Silver Medallions/Humanitarian Dinner
The annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner hosted by the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews will honor these South Floridians whose lives reflect MCCJ’s mission to promote understanding and respect for all faiths, cultures and races. The dinner is set for Saturday, February 26, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets begin at $300 per person. For reservations and information, contact MCCJ Executive Director Roberta Shevin at 305-755-6096.
Hilarie Bass uses her professional expertise and skills to make a difference in both the legal world and in the general community. Bass recently competed an eight year term as the national chair of the 500 member litigation department of Greenberg Traurig law firm, where she serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. She currently serves as the Chair of the ABA Litigation Section, and in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Her long history of community services includes two years as Chair of the Board for United Way, overseeing the two most successful fund raising campaigns in the country, and she is currently a member of the board of Trustees of the University of Miami, and Secretary and General Counsel of the Orange Bowl Committee.
Richard D. Fain
Richard Fain is best known for heading Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD for the past 22 years. Under his leadership , RCCL has grown into a global cruise company operating six brands. However, his pride encompasses not only the company but his membership in our community. Richard is a past Chair of the United Way of Miami Dade and continues to provide generous leadership for that cause, including the recent charity trip on one the newest RCCL ships. He serves on the World Wildlife Fund’s National Council, and the Florida Council of 100, along with the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami. Together with his wife, Colleen, Richard supports many local charitable organizations and causes, often behind the scenes.
Dr. Rudolph Moise
Dr. Rudolph Moise is a man with infinite interests. He has immersed himself in helping the Haitian people, co-hosting no fewer than three weekly TV programs focused on the Miami Haitian community. He is a founding member of NOAH (National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians), and Founder and President of Kimbe Foundation Inc. Dr. Moise is also a successful businessman. From 2001-2004, he was President and CEO of the Haitian Broadcasting Network (Radio Carnival), the first Haitian owned radio station in the country. Currently, he is Medical Director of Miami Dade Ambulance and President and Medical Director of Comprehensive Health Center. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami and the Board of Directors of the United Way.
Along with a long career and as outstanding lawyer, Don Bierman has devoted much of his life to human relations in our community. Serving as Chairman of the Community Relations Board, and the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, are two of the most important contributions he has made to the leadership of Miami. He was a charter member of the Miami Civilian Investigative Panel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Trust. Bierman also served as the President of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel Program and the Lawyer’s Division of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Rev. Dr. Patrick O’Neill
Known affectionately as Father Pat, Rev. O’Neill’s dedication to education and ecumenical relations have made him a revered figure in our community. Serving as the President of St. Thomas University, and the Director of the Ecumenical and Interfaith efforts of the Archdiocese, represents the breadth of his interests and initiatives. Father Pat also serves on the Holocaust Education and Documentation Center board, and as President of the South Florida Center for Theological Studies.
Rabbi Solomon Schiff
Active in the leadership of every interfaith board and effort in Miami, Rabbi Schiff is the personification of interfaith relations in our community. Sol Schiff was the Director of the GMJF community Chaplaincy Service, and Exec. VP of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami. As the leader of several interfaith missions to Israel, he recently received a Papal medal from Pope Benedict XVI and led the Jewish delegation for Pope John’s visit to Miami. Rabbi Schiff also serves on the Boards of the CRB, MCCJ, and the Dade Homeless Trust, among many other organizations.