I AM MDC Day Raises Record $2.7 Million for Scholarships

I AM MDC Day sets record for a fifth year

Miami, Sept. 8, 2020 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Foundation set another annual fundraising record for a fifth consecutive year with an unprecedented $2.7 million raised on Sept. 6, also known as I AM MDC Day. The online giving campaign has raised more than $5 million since 2016 to support MDC students.

“Today, we celebrate a record-breaking year,” said Al Salas, chairman of the Miami Dade College Foundation Board of Directors. “We are astounded and grateful for South Florida’s generosity. Once again, the outpouring of support around I AM MDC Day proves there is a collective community understanding of the transformative impact of MDC on Miami.”

I AM MDC Day celebrates the community-building power of MDC and more than 2 million lives changed since the College first opened its doors on September 6, 1960. All dollars raised on the giving day benefit student scholarships and programs that support students.

The giving day’s virtual festivities kicked-off with a cake challenge initiated by MDC Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Lenore Rodicio, to celebrate the College’s 60th birthday. Kelbin Live, MDC alumnus and co-host of 97.3’s The SoFlo Morning Show, continued the fun by counting us down to the big day with alumni interviews and giveaways on his hit show. More than 400 fans also tuned into our MDC Day at Marlins Park virtual pre-game event before the Sept. 2 Miami Marlins game.

Notable gifts designated for important programs include a $1.6 million gift from the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation for MDC’s Kick-Start Your Career program, which provides tuition and stipends for unemployed individuals to retrain in high-demand fields, a $250,000 gift from the Braman Family Foundation for completion scholarships to assist students in their final year, and a $30,000 donation from Miami Marlins Foundation for students who are first in their families to attend college.

I AM MDC Day community partners and corporate sponsors included BankMobile; Banco Santander; Braman Family Foundation; Carla Probus, Jonas Meyers, and Miami Beach Police Department Chief Rick Clements in memory of Chief Mark Overton; City National Bank of Florida; Facebook; GEICO; MagicWaste Youth Foundation; MDC Foundation Board of Directors; Miami Marlins Foundation; and the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation.

For more information about I AM MDC Day, visit www.mdc.edu/iammdc.