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Miami Visionaries Awards philanthropy finalists

Philanthropy Visionary: An individual who is investing in South Florida’s positive future through not-for-profit leadership or gifts of time or money.

NOMINEES

▪ Adrienne Arsht, performing arts center benefactor.

▪ Ruben Campbell, founder and president of Music for Your Heart Foundation.

▪ The Miller family (mother Sue and her children Stuart, Jeffrey and Leslie), supporters of United Way, University of Miami and education programs for underserved youth.

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Here’s what their nominators wrote about these finalists.

Adrienne Arsht personifies all that a philanthropist should be: visionary, risk-taking, and collaborative. Her $30 million donation to the performing arts center in 2008 single-handedly changed the future of Miami’s cultural landscape. Her gift secured the Center’s financial footing, ensured quality cultural programming and set the South Florida standard for philanthropic giving. The Center has led Miami’s growth as a world-class cultural destination and is pivotal in the immediate area’s transformation. Arsht’s commitment goes beyond financial generosity. She always endeavors to improve her community through action. As the Center celebrates its 10th anniversary, she continues to be involved and provide key leadership. Additionally, Arsht inspired a community of existing and new donors to engage with the Center by issuing a five-year, $5 million challenge. She also challenged the private sector to support the 10th Anniversary Gala celebration with another challenge of more than $1 million for arts education.

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Luxury real estate agent Ruben Campbell was born in Spain. In 2009 he moved to Miami. Besides Real Estate, his passion for music turned into a mission called www.musicforyourheartfoundation.org, a 501c3 nonprofit providing instruments and music education to underserved children. To support the endeavor, he decided to open Music Legacy Records and Music Legacy Publishing offering top professional music production services and original music composition for TV series, films, commercials, corporate videos, etc., donating a portion of the proceeds back to the foundation.

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Between gifts to the University of Miami and United Way, the Miller family has contributed more than $150 million to the Miami community. But the family goes far beyond simply writing checks. Sue Miller has long held volunteer leadership roles with United Way; she and daughter Leslie Miller Saiontz led the creation of the United Way Women’s Leadership program; Leslie also serves as our Teach for America board chair and founded Achieve Miami, where she spends countless hours enlisting other Miami leaders to be champions of our students, teachers and schools through volunteering and donating. Stuart Miller, past chair of the UM Board of Trustees, is president and CEO of homebuilder Lennar, which donates 1 percent of after-tax net profit to The Lennar Foundation, which assists programs serving the underserved. Jeffrey Miller chairs Breakthrough Miami, an eight-year, tuition-free academic enrichment program that provides motivated middle-school students from underserved communities with the tools they need to achieve their most ambitious goals in life.

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