SocialMiami Remembers: Maria Browne

The champion for Women of Tomorrow is remembered by the organization's co-founder Jennifer Valoppi.


Don & Maria Browne

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Maria Browne a WOT Philanthropic Founder, longtime supporter of our organization and wife of our co-Founder Don Browne.

Telemundo president Don Browne with wife Maria Browne at the Women of Tomorrow gala at the Mandarin Oriental

Maria has been an important advocate and wise advisor to this organization, and to me personally for more than two decades.

She helped champion our first gala at the NBC6 studios back in the spring of 2002, at a time when the country was reeling from 9/11 the previous September and NBC was racked with an anthrax threat.

Don and Maria Browne at the Women of Tomorrow Gala at the Mandarin Oriental

It set the stage for every fundraising event since.

She had a knack for garnering celebrity guests and new donors, championing fundraising for the Cushman School, and being there whenever we needed her.

Maria was the ambassador and first lady of NBC6 and Telemundo, well known to all of us who worked there.

We all know that Don has long been an advocate for women and minorities in the workplace and it was Maria, his equal, who was no doubt his heart, his inspiration and his strongest supporter.

Maria, a Cuban exile, also had a successful career as one of the first female executive bankers in South Florida and was the first Hispanic Miss Florida USA.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Don, their sons Chris and Ryan, their daughter-in-law Julie and their granddaughter and new grandchild on the way. We will miss her dearly.

In Lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Women of Tomorrow for a scholarship fund that is being established in Maria’s name. Donate Now – Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program, Inc. (

Jennifer Valoppi , Founder & President, Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program

Jordan Berdouare, David Muir, Founder & President Jennifer Valoppi, Maria Browne, Co-Founder & VP Don Browne, Gala Chair Marisa Toccin Lucas and Co-VP Hon. Katherine Fernandez Rundle
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