On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the American Red Cross of South Florida honored twelve local women for their service to the community and dedication to philanthropy at the 22nd Annual Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards For Women luncheon. Nearly 300 community leaders were present as Ileana Bravo, the event’s Mistress of Ceremonies and Emmy Award-Winning Television Journalist, presented each woman with her respective award.
The event, which was held at Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, began with a silent auction and exhibit showcasing Shapoh, women’s retailer of designer millinery, and D.S. Fashion Jewels. American Woman, an original piece of art donated by Romero Britto, was also on display.
The Spectrum Awards for Women are given to women who have made a significant impact across the “spectrum” of communities and cultures. Honorees embody the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Unity, Neutrality and Voluntary Service.
The 2015 honorees are:
- Florida Blue Philanthropy Award: Tracey Berkowitz
- Trish and Dan Bell Chairmen’s Award: Becky Roper Matkov
- Cervera Real Estate Ambassador Award: Marianna K. Baum, PhD, MS
- Bank of America Cultural Award: Karen Peterson Corash
- Royal Caribbean International Education Award: Virginia Emmons
- Mercantil Commercebank Entrepreneurial Award: Laura Kozelouzek
- Baptist Health South Florida Healthcare Award: Tina Carroll-Scott, MD, FAAP
- White & Case LLP Hospitality Award: Carolyn Cauceglia
- The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Volunteerism Award: Diana Brooks
- Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award: Elena Luca
- Margaret and Rick Tonkinson Community Service Award: Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard
- Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Award: Maite Iribarren
The American Red Cross of South Florida includes the Greater Miami & the Keys Chapter and the Broward County Chapter. Together, these chapters serve 4.4 million people, providing emergency shelter and food, trainings in lifesaving skills, disaster relief, assistance to members of the armed forces and many other services.