Miami-Dade County

This Miami couple has given more than $100 million to charity. United Way says thanks.

Health entrepreneur Mike Fernandez and his wife Constance Health with the 2018 Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy from the United Way of Miami-Dade on Thursday, January 28, 2018.
Health entrepreneur Mike Fernandez and his wife Constance Health with the 2018 Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy from the United Way of Miami-Dade on Thursday, January 28, 2018. rkoltun@miamiherald.com

Over the years, healthcare entrepreneur Miguel “Mike” Fernandez and his wife, Constance, have given more than $100 million to charitable causes, including children’s health, arts and education. Among their recent donations is $885,000 to United Way Mission United to empower veterans and their families. (Fernandez was born in Cuba and served in the U.S. Army.)

On Thursday, the couple’s generosity was honored by United Way of Miami-Dade with its 2018 Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy.

“For nearly three decades the Fernandez family has been an integral part of our United Way, stepping up to the plate whenever we’ve needed them, from supporting our work with education and veterans to opening up their home to host key volunteers,” Maria C. Alonso, president and CEO of United Way of Miami-Dade, said in a news release. “Mike and Constance are true leaders who champion causes and organizations that help thousands of families in our community and beyond.”

The Tocqueville Society has more than 800 members who have given a minimum of $10,000 to United Way. Last year they contributed a total of $18.7 million for United Way’s work in education, financial stability and health.

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