The American Red Cross honored 12 outstanding women, including several civic leaders from Coral Gables, with the Sarah Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women during a luncheon March 5 at the Hotel InterContinental in downtown Miami.
The honorees serve as exceptional examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross: humanity, impartiality, independence, unity, neutrality and voluntary service. “Spectrum” refers to the impact these women have on a broad scope of community life and also reflects the spectrum of cultures represented in our community.
Ileana Bravo served as mistress of ceremonies for the awards, which was chaired by Phillis Oeters. Swanee DiMare was the honorary chairman. Ms. Bravo also narrated a video tribute to each of the Spectrum honorees produced by José Goytisolo. The Leonora B. Hopkins Foundation was the presenting sponsor.
This year, a special Global Pioneer Award was presented to Lorena Vasquez, master blender of Ron Zacapa Centenario, distributed and marketed by Diageo, which donated the wine and spirits for the luncheon. The centerpieces were provided by Petal Productions.
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