Miami Dade College Foundation Breaks Records for Second Straight Year at 16th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Fundraiser

Miami, April 5, 2018Miami Dade College Foundation raised more than $2 million for the second year in a row at its sold out 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 3, also breaking records for highest sponsorship and attendance. The funds raised will be used for scholarships for current and future Miami Dade College students.

MDC’s President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón announced the record-breaking results during Tuesday night’s ceremony at the Hilton Miami Downtown. More than 1,000 guests attended the event and 109 individuals and organizations from the community were sponsors, including one of the College’s greatest benefactors The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation.  Other top sponsors include OHL-Arellano, 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

The MDC Alumni Hall of Fame is MDC Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, which also celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished alumni who are impacting their field and the community. The 2018 inductee class is no exception, with esteemed leaders that that span a variety of industries, from music and broadcasting to banking and public safety. To date, more than 350 alumni have been inducted.

2018 MDC Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees:

Accounting                     Luis E. Diaz, Managing Partner, Sharff, Wittmer, Kurtz, Jackson & Diaz, P.A.

Architecture                   Caridad Hidalgo-Gato, Principal, KVH Architects, P.A.

Banking                           Carlos R. Fernandez-Guzman, President and CEO, Pacific National Bank

Education                       Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor, Florida College System

Engineering                     Ignacio Ares, P.E., Principal Engineer, Florida Power & Light Company

Journalism-Broadcast   Donny Hudson, Vice President/General Manager, Spanish Broadcasting System

Law                                  Marilyn Blanco-Reyes, Vice President, Legal & Regulatory/Government Affairs FedEx Express Latin America/Caribbean Division

Marketing                       Michelle Martinez Reyes, Chief Marketing Officer, Greenspoon Marder

Medicine                          Geden Franck, M.D., M.S., Sports Medicine Fellow, University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute

Music                              Harry Wayne Casey, KC & The Sunshine Band

Psychology                      Samantha Carella, Psy.D, ABPP, Psychologist/Co-Owner, Pediatric Psychology Associates

Public Safety-Police       Jorge R. Colina, Chief of Police, Miami Police Department

Public Service                 Peter Antonacci, Secretary of Commerce/CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Real Estate                     Luis Machado, CEO, Renegade Investments, Inc.

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