MDC’s Miami Book Fair Announces Major Sponsors

Miami, Nov. 1, 2016 – Organizers of the 33rd edition of the nations finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair (MBF) at Miami Dade College (MDC) are pleased to present this year’s sponsors.

“We are incredibly appreciative to all the sponsors for making the 33rd Edition of Miami Book Fair possible.  Thanks to the generous support we received, the Fair will again host hundreds of authors from all over the world, provide transportation and free books to thousands of children from public schools to meet their favorite authors, and bring together a community of book lovers who will celebrate the written word for eight days in November,” said Delia Lopez, MBF Director of Operations.

The 2016 Miami Book Fair sponsors are as follows:

Platinum Sponsor

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once owned newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. Visit for more information.

Premier Sponsor

OHL-Arellano Construction Co. is a comprehensive construction management firm headquartered in Miami, Florida, which specializes in the construction and renovation of healthcare, commercial, and institutional facilities. Founded in 1974, OHL-Arellano Construction has a reputation for outstanding client service, quality, and integrity. They build relationships, not just buildings. This service oriented approach coupled with OHL’s 100+ years of building complex, technically challenging projects throughout the world and the ability to offer financing options, provides a truly unique combination to the Florida construction market. For more information, please visit

The Batchelor Foundation established in 1990 in Miami Beach, FL by George E. Batchelor focuses on providing support to organizations involved with arts and culture, education, the environment, animals and wildlife, health, human services, and economically disadvantaged people. Special emphasis is directed toward programs designed to engage in medical research and provide care for childhood diseases; and promote study, preservation, and public awareness of the natural environment. For current news on The Batchelor Foundation’s activities please visit

The de Groot Foundation The de Groot Foundation is a 501(C)(3) foundation located in the United States. The foundation was created in 2010 by Norma, Charles and Clydette de Groot to support high impact, sustainable innovation, education and cultural projects. Clydette and Charles de Groot are co-directors of the foundation.For more information, please visit

Associate Sponsors

Green Family Foundation founded in 1991 by Steven J. Green, former United States Ambassador to Singapore, the Green Family Foundation (GFF) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting social programs that positively impact global health and alleviate poverty. The Green Family Foundation’s mission is to make a positive and meaningful impact in communities both at home and abroad. We provide funding and resources to organizations that support education, global health and community development. GFF empowers under-served communities to fight the cycle of extreme poverty, leading to sustainable programs that improve lives. GFF supports grassroots initiatives that provide quality care to those in need by focusing on prevention, education and treatment. The foundation empowers communities through grants that enable progressive organizations to help build self-reliance. Today, Kimberly Green, president, continues to advance her family’s vision. For more information, please visit

South Motors Automotive Group has been providing South Florida with all of their automotive needs since 1965. In these 50 years South Motors has prided itself in providing not only outstanding products, but also outstanding customer service, consistently providing their customers with the respect and transparency needed when making a life altering decision like the purchase of a vehicle. South Motors does not just sell cars; they create relationships that are mutually beneficial for the communities of South Florida. For more information, please visit

Associate -Sponsors

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is a not for profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. In furtherance of this mission, the GMCVB will support and encourage actions and programs that enhance the desirability and attractiveness of Greater Miami and it Beaches for its visitors. To contact the GMCVB, visit or call 305-539-3000.

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with wholly owned and third-party regional carriers operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn miles for travel, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and everyday purchases. Members of both programs can redeem miles for tickets as well as upgrades to First Class and Business Class. In addition, AAdvantage members can redeem miles for vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways.

The Miami Foundation Established in 1967 has helped hundreds of people create powerful legacies by establishing custom, charitable Funds. More than $160 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in the Foundation’s history. Today, the Foundation stewards more than $165 million in charitable assets. Through its Our Miami initiative, the Foundation advocates for a more livable, connected and engaged Greater Miami. Visit and for more information.

Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning since 1873. Today, Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Follett’s extensive college store network includes the Miami Dade College Bookstores. For more information, please visit

Holtz Childrens Hospital For every parent, a child’s milestones are miracles, from the first smile to the first step. However, if your child gets sick or injured, you want real miracles – exceptional care without worrying if your child’s doctors or hospital have the specialized expertise and services required for the most complex cases. That’s why families from around the world turn to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, where we offer nearly every pediatric specialty under the sun. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked Holtz among the best in three specialties. Here, our world-class team treats patients from infancy through young adulthood and makes miracles daily for families just like yours. For more information, please visit:

The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their futures. For more information, please visit

Miami Marlins a prominent fixture in the South Florida community since 1993 the Marlins recognize that as part of their status in South Florida comes a responsibility to enhance the lives of all of those who live here. With that in mind the Marlins’ recognize that an important piece of developing a strong mind is stimulating creativity and imagination. Therefore, the Marlins pursue partnerships with arts programs and museums that strive to enhance the lives and learning of children and adults alike. They partner and donate to innovative organizations that are impacting our local community. For more information, please visit

Early Learning Coalition of Miami Dade/Monroe The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring early care and education for children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Through a variety of affordable and innovative early education and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs, the Coalition serves more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old and their families. Founded in 2000, the Coalition is among 31 similar organizations in the State of Florida established following the enactment of the School Readiness Act, which consolidated Florida’s early learning services into one integrated program. For more information, please visit

Other major sponsors of this year’s Miami Book Fair include: Meredyth Anne Dasburg Foundation, Peacock Foundation, Inc., Publix Supermarket Charities, TD Bank, Geico, Florida Dairy Farmers, Miami Parking Authority, The Standard, Panda Kitchen and Bath, Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation, Wells Fargo, FPL, Shinola, United Way of Miami Dade, John and Gaye Patton Foundation, The Charles and Joan Hermanowski Family Foundation, Staples Foundation, Carnival Foundation, United Teachers of Dade, Miami Dade Department of Transportation, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail, and Andromeda District/Living Walls.

Media Sponsors

The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes The Miami Herald, winner of 20 Pulitzer Prizes, and El Nuevo Herald, recipient of the Ortega y Gasset international prize for Spanish-language publications. Together, MHMC newspapers are read each week by more than 1.5 million people in print and online at and MHMC also publishes and en Español, South Florida’s most comprehensive interactive guides to local entertainment and attractions for both locals and tourists. MHMC produces content across all media, including video, wireless formats and radio broadcasts on WLRN/Herald News, as well as custom publications for hotels, airlines and other clients. For more information, please visit,

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 96% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional  suite of six cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia;  Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America offering popular Univision and new original and third-party programming, to be an on-demand service on whatever device audiences choose; and Interactive, a network of digital products and offerings including, which continues to be,  the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Móvil, a longstanding industry-leader  with unique, relevant mobile products and services; and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit

WLRN Channel 17 is a South Florida PBS member station with a viewing audience in four South Florida counties, from Palm Beach to Key West. WLRN is Florida’s leading PBS Ready To Learn station and locally produces documentary specials to address the diverse interests of the South Florida community. WLRN Learn channel in Miami-Dade County Channel 79 is available on most cable systems a local, non-commercial, cable channel managed and programmed as a public service, is carried by all cable providers in Miami-Dade County. WLRN 91.3 FM serves a weekly audience of more than 375000 from Palm Beach to Key West.  Ranked number one in the state of Florida among NPR stations, it is also South Florida’s local Public Radio International affiliate. As South Florida’s first FM station, it has grown steadily to become an integral part of the South Florida community through award-winning local programs such as The Sunshine Economy, Topical Currents, South Florida Arts Beat, and Evening Jazz.  Additionally it provides one of the country’s largest Radio Reading Services – a 24-hour, seven-day service to South Florida’s visually impaired community. In 2008 they began broadcasting on WKWM 91.5 FM in the Florida Keys, thus expanding their public radio reach. For more information about WLRN Public Television and Radio, please visit

WPBT2 broadens the boundaries of communication, and is an agent for innovation and growth; culturally, socially, economically and historically. Through varied media and technologies WPBT2 extends the reach of the arts and education, connects organizations and institutions across this diverse region, and preserves South Florida’s history, leading the way in this global society. They provide content from PBS, other partners, and of their own creation – programs and services that change lives, inspire trust, and make a difference. WPBT2 is community-supported and takes pride in reflecting the diversity of the region in which we all live and work. For more information, please visit

WDNA 88.9FM Public Radio is South Florida’s only source for prime time jazz, Latin jazz, blues, reggae, Brazilian, and world beat music. 88.9FM also offers health and human interest programs to better serve the community. Live streaming, station information, and membership application is available on its secured website at 

Other media sponsors of this year’s Miami Book Fair include: Comcast Communications, Miami New Times, C-Span2: Book View Now, PBS, Twitter Books, The Book Report Network, Caribbean Today, Flamingo Magazine, Diario de Las Americas, The Morning Drive WSRF 1580AM, and WVUM 90.5.

In addition to these sponsors, Miami Book Fair is made possible through the support of Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Downtown Development Authority, the Florida State Deptartment of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please visit, call 305-237-3528 or email

Miami Book Fair

Miami Book Fair, widely considered the largest and finest literary event in the U.S., is part of the Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College. In addition to the annual eight-day festival that takes place on the Wolfson Campus of the College in Downtown Miami, Miami Book Fair presents literary programs throughout Miami all year long.  Miami Book Fair is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College (MDC) has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings, including the Miami Book Fair, the Miami Film Festival, MDC Live Arts performing arts series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 165,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960.

Miami Book Fair media contacts: Lisa Palley, 305-642-3132, or Deyanira Navarrette, 305-495-7168,