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Philanthropist Adrienne Arsht has been recognized with this year’s National Award for Outstanding Philanthropist, given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The award ceremony was held March 21 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago during the 48th AFP International Conference.
“Her philanthropy has touched countless lives across the United States and the programs she has created and supported are a source of inspiration. All of us at AFP are honored and humbled to be able to recognize her for her extraordinary generosity,” said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP.
Not only has Adrienne Arsht been a strong supporter of the arts in Miami and throughout the nation, but her leadership has influenced other causes far and wide—including an ethics program at the University of Miami, the Million Dollar Roundtable of the United Way of Miami-Dade, and Best Buddies International in Delaware, which emphasizes serving Hispanics and African-Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities, just to name a few. Most notably, her gift of $30 million dollars to the Adrienne Arsht Center in 2008 has had a lasting impact, launching the center on its trajectory toward international recognition.
Nominated by the Adrienne Arsht Center Advancement team, as well as by the University of Miami, and recommended for the award by the AFP Miami-Dade Chapter, Adrienne Arsht is truly deserving of the recognition, having had a lasting impact in the quality of life of millions of South Florida residents. Adrienne Arsht exemplifies the qualities of a great philanthropist, a visionary, passionate and selfless.
The Adrienne Arsht Center feels privileged to have the opportunity to know and work with this remarkably exceptional individual. The Center congratulates her on receiving this honor and continues to be in awe of her exemplary spirit of generosity.
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