MDC Foundation Newsletter

December 2016

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón receiving gift

Dr. Padrón's Contributions Honored with $2.25 Million in Gifts to MDC

Miami Dade College Foundation was awarded $2.25 million in gifts after MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama on November 22.

The gifts established an innovation fund and scholarship in Padrón's name.

The gifts were presented to Dr. Padrón last week at a private breakfast for past inductees of the MDC Alumni Hall of Fame at Greenberg Traurig, P.A. in downtown Miami.

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Nursing class group performing demo

Benjamín León School of Nursing Receives $150,000 Gift

Lifelong philanthropist Joan Kennedy Stout and the Hugoton Foundation have made a gift of $150,000 to the Benjamín León School of Nursing at Miami Dade College's Medical Campus.

This is the latest in a long history of philanthropic gifts to the College by both Kennedy Stout and the Hugoton Foundation. This gift will benefit education programs that train students for demanding careers in the nursing field.

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Portrait photo of Reinaldo (Rey) Jaffet

MDC Opens Doors for Talented Miami Artist

Art has always been a vital part of Reinaldo (Rey) Jaffet’s life. It wasn’t until he became a student at the New World School of the Arts that he gained national recognition for his work, thereby opening doors to a brighter future full of opportunity.

As a recipient of the Frances Wolfson Art Scholarship, Jaffet says he’s grateful to Frances Wolfson and the Wolfson family for helping him push toward his dream of becoming an internationally-renowned artist.

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Group photo of I AM MDC scholars

MDC Foundation Announces I AM MDC Scholarship Awards for 64 Students

Sixty-four MDC students have been selected to receive a total of $67,300 in scholarships. The I AM MDC Scholarship awards are the result of I AM MDC Day on Sept. 6, a 24-hour fundraising campaign that engaged MDC alumni and friends in the community.

The scholarship awards were formally announced at "An Evening of Gratitude" honoring I AM MDC Day donors and the scholars, hosted by Brickell Luxury Motors.

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Bettie Thompson receiving award

Building Philanthropy From Within

Bettie Thompson helped cultivate a culture of philanthropy among her colleagues for more than two decades. Like many MDC employees, Thompson was first drawn to the College for its commitment to offering an open door to anyone seeking an education, regardless of race or economic background. The fervor she developed for MDC's mission and vision would be just the start of her contributions to MDC.

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Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón receiving Medal of Freedom

“When we harvest the potential, everyone wins.”
- Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

In recent days, Dr. Padrón has reminded us of his story of gratitude to MDC for giving him an opportunity as a young Cuban immigrant. We are inspired by his belief that success is not determined by our background, but by who we can become through the opportunity of education.

Dr. Padrón made a difference. So can you.

Make a gift today to the Eduardo J. Padrón Innovation Fund to support future changemakers.

MAKE A GIFT to the Eduardo J. Padrón Innovation Fund