The Legacy Gala is held by the Foundation to honor outstanding local leaders in an elegant evening of fine dining, entertainment, and dancing. 


​In 2022, at the 8th Legacy Gala, the Foundation honored:

  • George Neary, LGBTQ, Arts, Culture & Tourism Preservationist
  • Alan S. Macken, CEO of Macken Companies
  • Senator Jason Pizzo, Florida- District 38
  • Nicole Henry, Acclaimed Jazz Performer
  • Tanya S. Wilson, AICP, Urban Planner
  • Laurence Panadero, Master Sculptor & Founder of Mission of Light
  • Dr. Michelle Lister, Cardiologist
  • Silvia Vanni, Founder of Mystic Force & Heroes Hangout
  • Kobi Karp, Founder & Principal of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Inc.

​In 2017, at the 7th Annual Legacy Gala, the Foundation honored:

  • Tracy & Alonzo Mourning, Founders of the Mourning Family Foundation
  • The Honorable George Vallejo, Mayor of North Miami Beach
  • Dr. Ranjan Duara, M.D., Medical Director, The Wien Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Garth C. Reeves, Sr., Publisher Emeritus, The Miami Times Newspaper
  • Ariel Swedroe Weinberg, Founder & CEO, Swedroe Art to Wear by Ariel (Youth Legacy Award)


In 2016, at the 6th Annual Legacy Gala, the Foundation honored:

  • Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, US Representative

  • Mario Murgado, President & CEO, Brickell Motors

  • State Senator Lauren Book, Founder & CEO, Lauren's Kids & Florida State Senator

In 2015, at the 5th Annual Legacy Gala, the Foundation honored:

  • Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, AT&T / M-DCPS

  • Herbert & Gloria Barker, Barker Animation

  • Gwen Margolis, Florida State Senator

  • Katy Sorenson, Good Government Initiative

  • Mark Strickland, Former NBA player, CEO Mark Strickland Academy

  • Brenda Yester, Make-A-Wish Foundation


In 2014, the 4th Annual Legacy Gala, the Foundation honored:

  • Billy Joel, City of Aventura Commissioner

  • Dr. Rudolph Moise, CEO, Comprehensive Health

  • Lexi Lehrman, Founder, Love Lexi Foundation

  • Becky Matkov, CEO, Dade Heritage Trust

  • John W. Ruffin, Jr., CEO, JD Ruffin Associates

  • Ronald A. Silver, former Florida State Senator


In 2013, the 3rd Annual Legacy Gala, the Foundation honored: 

  • Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami-Dade College

  • Mr. Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade Schools

  • The Hon. Rosemary Barkett, Federal Judge, 11th Circuit

  • Mr. Gerald Grant, Jr., Director, Financial Planning AXA

  • Dr. Steven & Silvia Vanni, Founders, Mystic Force Foundation

In 2012, the 2nd Annual Legacy Gala, the Foundation honored: 

  • The Hon. Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County

  • The Hon. Commissioner Sally Heyman, District 4

  • The Hon. Councilwoman Phyllis Smith, North Miami Beach

  • Mr. Daniel Fils-Aime, Chairman, Haitian American Historical Society North Miami

  • Mr. Oscar Llorente, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

​In 2011, the 1st Annual Legacy Gala, the Foundation honored: 

  • The Hon. Myron Rosner, Mayor of the City of North Miami Beach

  • Mr. Michael J. Snyder, President of the Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

  • Mr. Tony Lesesne, founder of In Focus Magazine

  • Dr. Dorothy Jenkins-Fields, Founder of the Black Archives History & Research Foundation


The Foundation’s Board of Directors welcomes suggestions for honorees for the Eighth Annual Gala to be held on April 9th 2022. 


Nominations may be submitted in writing to the Foundation’s President, Marjorie Dean


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