Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame Fundraiser Raises $1 Million for Scholarships for Third Straight Year

Milestone event inducted 13 distinguished MDC alumni into the Hall of Fame and honored outgoing College President Dr. Eduardo Padrón

Miami, April 10, 2019 – For the third straight year, Miami Dade College Foundation raised more than $1 million at its sold out 2019 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 9th. More than 1,000 guests attended the celebration at the Hilton Miami Downtown and nearly 90 corporations and individuals sponsored the event.

The event raised a total of $1,051,395, which will support scholarships for current and future MDC students. Top corporate sponsors included Follett, OHL-Bldg, BankMobile, City National Bank, Lennar Foundation, Leon Medical Centers, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. The full sponsor list and additional information can be found at

During the event, 13 MDC alumni were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame for making a positive impact in their fields, the College and their community. The 2019 inductees are leading in a variety of industries, from business to education, journalism and public safety. In total, MDC has inducted 376 alumni to the Hall of Fame since the program was created in 2003.

MDC Foundation Board Chair Julie Grimes and Vice Chair Al Salas also paid tribute to outgoing MDC’s President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón for his vision and commitment to providing educational opportunity, presenting him with the MDC Alumni Hall of Fame Founder Award. Dr. Padrón, who is also an MDC alumnus, created the Hall of Fame event during his presidency. This August, he is stepping down from his post after nearly 25 years as College President and 50 years of service at the College.

2019 MDC Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees:

Joseph “Pepe” Badia
Badía Spices Inc.

Desmond Meade
Executive Director
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Claudio L. Miro, D.D.S.
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David K. Moore, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Maximo “Max” Fajardo
Vice President, Aviation
T.Y. Lin International Group

Esteban E. Formoso
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley

Lori A. Hadley Davis
Hadley Davis Funeral Home

Boris Sanchez
White House Correspondent

James Jackson Hutson, Jr., M.D.
Professor Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Angie McAllister, Ph.D.
SVP Research

Frances Civilette Downs, Ph.D., R.N.
Chair Preventive Ethics
Miami VA Healthcare System

JennyLee Molina
JLPR/305 Cafecito/305 Day

Alexander E. Rolle, Jr.
Chief of Police
Homestead Police Department

About Miami Dade College Foundation
Founded in 1965, Miami Dade College Foundation raises essential private funds to support scholarships, academic programs and support services so MDC students have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. MDC Foundation also supports world-class arts and cultural programming at MDC that enriches the community. In 2017-2018, MDC Foundation distributed nearly $9.5 million to benefit the students and programs of MDC. Known as Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high-quality teaching and learning experiences that prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce.  Miami Dade College is the largest degree-granting institution in the nation. The college’s eight campuses offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others.  For more information, please visit

MDC Foundation contact: Alyssa Zamora, director of communications and digital engagement, 305-237-3331,