MCCJ Celebrates Diversity at Humanitarian Dinner. Lifetime Achievement honoree Donald I. Bierman.
There are some people who make every moment count for the good of our community. Six of these outstanding individuals were honored at the annual MCCJ Silver Medallion gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. Over 400 guests "celebrated the heroes of the present and the voices of the future," at the sold-out event that has become one of the season's highlights. Receiving the prestigious medallions were Humanitarian honorees Hilarie Bass, Richard D. Fain and Dr. Rudolph Moise, Clergy honorees Rev. Dr. Patrick O'Neill and Rabbi Solomon Schiff, and Lifetime Achievement honoree Donald I. Bierman.
Since1946 MCCJ has recognized leaders in the business, religious and corporate communities with Silver Medallions, and twenty past recipients attended the Humanitarian Dinner among them Sheldon Anderson, Albert Dotson Sr., Dave Lawrence Jr., Aaron Podhurst and Tony Argiz. An MCCJ dinner always holds surprises and this year was no exception. A lively parade of jazz musicians performed 76 Trombones, in honor of MCCJ's 76th anniversary, and invited guests to dinner. Original sculptural centerpiece have become a trademark of the event, and nationally renowned artist Zammy Migdal, created contemporary works of art that were sold to raise funds for MetroTown, a summer human relations and leadership program for teens.
Performances featured teens from Voices United Touring Company and Heritage Panels, and WPLG-TV anchor Calvin Hughes, event emcee, masterfully kept the program on schedule. Dinner Chairs Gail and Albert Dotson, Jr. Amira and Saif Ishoof and Michelle Ramirez and Leon Patricios embraced the spirit of the evening when they lit the unity candle that concluded the program. MCCJ was founded in 1935, to promote respect and tolerance through advocacy, education, dialogue and conflict resolution. The 2011 Silver Medallion honorees truly embody the mission of Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews.