Humanitarian Gala Awards Dinner

Benefits MCCJ

2014 Medallion Recipients, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Dr. Barth Green, Penny Shaffer, Dr. Nelson Adams

Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-755-6096, Ext. 16

MCCJ will celebrate its 80th year in the South Florida community at the 2015 Humanitarian Gala Awards Dinner. Hosted by the Dinner Chairs, Sheldon and Florence Anderson, along with WPLG Local 10’s Calvin Hughes and Glenna Milberg and Honorary Chairs Al and Earlene Dotson, Sr. and Tony and Conchi Argiz, the evening will feature Silver Medallion presentations to outstanding local leaders in the business, religious and corporate community whose work represents MCCJ’s mission.

This year’s “pop-up” gala, themed “Building a More Inclusive Community,” mirrors the organization’s mission. It will highlight the efforts of five individuals who have helped to build a more welcoming, inclusive, just and cooperative society. Awards will be presented to Maria C. Alonso, Corporate Responsibility and Market Manager of Bank of America who serves on the board of MDC Foundation, Teach for America, Camillus House, March of Dimes and numerous other civic organizations; Dr. Doured Daghistrani, Vice President of the Baptist Hospital medical staff and Chairman of Baptist Children’s Hospital’s Executive Board; and Joseph T. Natoli, who provides leadership of the finance and business functions of the University of Miami. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Arthur Hertz, Chairman and CEO of Wometco Enterprises, Inc. and a longtime supporter of a broad array of community organizations; and the Clergy Medallion will go to Eduardo Diaz, long-standing member of the MCCJ Clergy Dialogue, the oldest continuous interfaith group in the US, as well as past President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: the Peace Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA), and past President and Life Member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.

Past MCCJ Chairs Georgina Angones and Frank Angones at the MCCJ 2014 Dinner

The black-tie optional event takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2015. It will include a reception, seated dinner and after-party with bowling, billiards, champagne and chocolate. Opportunities for sponsorships and tribute ads are available. Call 305-755-6096, Ext. 16, for information.

About MCCJ

MCCJ was founded in Miami in 1935 as the Miami Coalition of Christians & Jews. It creates a safe haven for dialog, trains inclusive leaders and promotes 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

Honorees Dr. Doured Daghistrani, Eduardo Diaz, Arthur Hertz, Joseph T. Natoli and Maria C. Alonso
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