Social Snapshot: Swanee DiMare

The philanthropist and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden's "Splendor in the Garden" chair speaks to us in her own words

Swanee DiMare

Swanee DiMare is a committed volunteer and supporter of a wide range of community organizations and sits on the board of Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Foundation and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. She served full terms on the board of the Miami City Ballet and the national board of Women of Tomorrow. DiMare has served on committees and as gala chair or co-chair for many charitable organizations, twice chairing the Red Cross Ball and acting as Honorary Chair of the American Red Cross Spectrum Awards for Women, an honor she herself has received. DiMare is a founding lifetime member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, Society of Women Leaders. She was a recipient of the One in Charity Award presented by the Archdiocese of Miami Archbishop’s Charity and Development Drive. Statewide, DiMare was appointed to the Florida Tourism Advisory Committee by Governor Jeb Bush and served in this capacity for a full term of five years.

DiMare has been recognized by the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis as one of its Women of Substance and Style. She and her husband Paul DiMare were awarded the Miami Project Women’s Guild Ann Bishop Spirit of Excellence Award and have received the Miami Project’s prestigious Buoniconti Award. The DiMares were recognized in 2007 for their community wide and far-reaching philanthropy with the Outstanding Philanthropists Award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2008 the same organization named Swanee DiMare its Outstanding Woman in Philanthropy and in 2015 she received its Life Time Achievement Award. DiMare has received numerous other honors and she with her husband were named Miami Living Legends by Miami Today Newspaper in 2013. The DiMare’s are members of the American Red Cross Chairman’s Circle, the organization’ highest giving society and are recognized with their names in stone at Red Cross Square in Washington DC. They were also named Centennial Humanitarians as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the local Red Cross Chapter. Most recently, they were both honored as Stars of Health and Wellness by South Florida PBS and both received Honorary Bachelor of Arts and Letters Degrees awarded by Miami-Dade College. Their generosity to the University of Miami includes gifts to many departments. The Swanee and Paul DiMare Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts highlights the many outstanding performances held at the Knight Concert Hall and The Swanee and Paul DiMare Science Village and Butterfly Garden at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens has opened new worlds to local children and visitors from around the world.

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