#MustRead: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Manny García insights …

Friends, Clients, and Colleagues, Happy Weekend … we hope this note finds you well. Just in time for your weekend reading pleasure — below you’ll find Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Manny García’s insights into the world of investigative journalism. Manny García is the standards editor for the USA TODAY Network and one of my dearest friends (don’t hold that against him, lol). You will remember, before being named the East Region Executive Editor for the USA TODAY Network — Manny spent 23 years as a reporter and editor at The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, covering many of South Florida’s most high-profile stories. He served on two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, investigating voter fraud in a 1997 Miami city election and documenting the 2000 raid that resulted in Elián González reuniting with his Cuban father. During Manny’s tenure as editor of El Nuevo Herald, the newspaper was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010 for its coverage of the Haiti earthquake, the first such recognition for a Spanish-language media outlet. Without further introduction here you go — _____________________________________________________________ Writing wrongs: Our investigative journalists do mission work The USA TODAY Network’s reporters strive to provide accurate information that exposes corruption and enables readers to improve their lives. Imagine if your daughter has been wrongfully convicted of murder, and no one cares. Your wife died during childbirth, and the experts now blame her medical condition. Or your dad, a decorated military veteran, is rotting in a nursing home, and the owners pay you lip service — because your dad is really a monthly paycheck to them. These are the stories that our journalists quietly expose. Journalism is mission work, an honest cause beyond our eyes. Like nursing, teaching and police work, it’s built on a foundation of accuracy, trust, wisdom and character, not a billy club. I’ve been a witness to the miracle of journalism for 28 years, and I am honored to be the next standards editor for the USA TODAY Network. I follow a dear friend, Brent Jones, now at The Wall Street Journal. I’ll use this space to share with you honestly, transparently, the good we do, as well as when we fall short. Let me tell you who I am and where I’m from First, let me tell you about me. I live the American Dream. My family fled communist Cuba in the early 1960s. They lost the only life they knew. My family rarely talked about...
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County leaders united to ensure citizens’ full access to justice…

Florida’s Constitution promises that “The courts shall be open to every person for redress of any injury.” We hope this brief note finds you well. Today, we reflect and rejoice in the great news — County leaders are united to ensure citizens’ full access to justice by authorizing a competitive process to construct a new civil and probate courthouse to replace the beloved but rapidly deteriorating Dade County Courthouse a/k/a “Cielito Lindo“. On Tuesday, County commissioners unanimously endorsed a new competitive procurement process to select a private-public (P3) development team to “design-build-operate-maintain-finance” a new civil county courthouse — next to the existing courthouse, on Flagler Street. ________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ For your convenience, here is link to the latest Miami Herald article by Douglas Hanks detailing these developments on the construction of a “new” courthouse. ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ It has truly been an honor and privilege for Pablo Acosta, Esq. and I to serve as pro bono governmental affairs counsel to Chief Judge Bertila Soto of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Chief Judge Soto has fought tirelessly to ensure that the County to take every step to guarantee an open, transparent and competitive procurement process — in order to ensure that a cost-effective, functional new civil courthouse is constructed — promptly. As Chief Judge Soto explained in a recent Viewpoint in the Miami Herald — “A courthouse is essential to our democracy and is an essential public service.” ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Please join us in thanking Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Chairman Steve Bovo, Committe Chairwoman Sally Heyman and the entire Board of County Commissioners for their unwavering support for ensuring all citizens full access to justice. This is a very significant milestone for all the residents of our community and will be OUR legacy for generations to come. We fight on, inspired by the immortal words of President George Washington —  “The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.” Amen. As always, thank you for your friendship and continued support. Warmest regards, Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq. Governmental Affairs...
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Hard hats & high heels: coming together in support of an affordable housing program for single moms

By: Marile Lopez The Women Leadership Council of Habitat for Humanity Miami came together to raise funds for affordable homes for single moms Hard Hats & High Heels by Women Build Up Women Women Build Up Women is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami’s initiative to raise funds for building decent, affordable homes for low-income single mothers and their families. It is Habitat’s powerful way of bringing together strong, successful women that want to support and build up the women in their community. This was Hard Hats & High Heels’ third consecutive year as the signature fundraising event for Women Build Up Women—organized by the Women Leadership Council of Habitat for Humanity Miami. I commend our dear friend Danet Linares, Chair of Miami Habitat’s Women Leadership Council, and the driving force behind this event these past three years. Danet once again served as Chair of the magnificent and meaningful event that took place at the East Hotel in Brickell City Center—along with Diana Pubchara as Co-Chair. The Women’s Leadership Council of Habitat for Humanity Miami is composed of Katherine Amador, Erbi Blanco-True, Yvonne Debesa, Cristina Glaira, Cristina Gomez, Iris Linares, Patricia Lubian, Gladys Reed, Crystal Renta, Maureen Ruggiero, Lauren Sippin, and Cyveliis Vidal. Habitat for Humanity’s commitment with the community Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami has been working with the community to build decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need, volunteers, and donors. Habitat breaks down socio-economic barriers by bringing people of different races, ethnicity, and cultural backgrounds to work together for that common goal. Through the affordable housing program that is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, its donors and volunteers have extended to over 450 families the opportunity to own a safe and affordable home. Why donate? Donating does not only build a house—it builds a life, a home, a community, and a future. As past Chair of Miami Children’s Health Foundation, I know how important fundraising is for the benefit of charities in our community.  I salute fellow women who take the lead and help increase awareness and support for their charities of choice. If you were unable to attend, we ask that you please consider making a donation today and help our community by partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.  With your help, a family can achieve their American Dream of being a homeowner. For more information on how to donate to Habitat for Humanity and Hard Hats &...
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Breaking News: ”American Cancer Society Outlines Blueprint for Cancer Control in the 21st Century”

“An assessment of progress in cancer control” On behalf of our colleagues and fellow volunteers and supproters with the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, we are excited to share with you with this breaking news — “American Cancer Society Outlines Blueprint for Cancer Control in the 21st Century”. Please join Marile and me in recognizing and thanking — Rebecca L. Siegel MPH, Ahmedin Jemal DVM, PhD, Richard C. Wender MD, Ted Gansler MD, MPH, MBA, Jiemin Ma PhD, and Otis W. Brawley MD — for their brilliant work, dedication and commitment to the fight against cancer. “The first article, published on Tuesday, July 10, summarizes progress in cancer control by reviewing trends in cancer mortality and disparities in cancer outcomes. The report highlights mortality trends for several cancers that demonstrate successes and challenges in cancer control, and describes gaps in cancer mortality by race/ethnicity, economic and educational level, and region of residence.” Below please find charts and links for your review — feel free to click thru for more details. _____________________________________________________________ Mortality Trends Figure 1: Trends in Age‐Standardized Cancer Death Rates Among Males and Females in the United States, 1930 to 2015. Rates are age adjusted to the 2000 US standard population and are presented per 100,000 person‐years. Data source: National Center for Health Statistics. “An assessment of progress in cancer control” _____________________________________________________________ Disparities in Cancer Outcomes Figure 2: Cancer Mortality by Race/Ethnicity From 1990 to 2015. Rates are per 100,000 and age adjusted to the 2000 US standard population. Rates for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are based on the Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) counties. Rates for Non‐Hispanic white, Non‐Hispanic black, and Hispanic exclude deaths from Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. Data source: National Center for Health Statistics. “An assessment of progress in cancer control” _____________________________________________________________ Geographic Disparities Figure 4 – Decline in Breast Cancer Mortality Rate From 1988–90 to 2013–15 by State. Data source: National Center for Health Statistics. “An assessment of progress in cancer control” _____________________________________________________________ “Upcoming articles – which will be published over the next several months – will focus on prevention, screening and early detection, survivorship, and cancer care and treatment. It is our hope that these articles will be viewed and adopted as a guide for how to gain control of cancer and cancer mortality reduction, and achieve a national mortality reduction goal for the year 2035.” Please help us spread this breaking news by sharing with your friends...
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George Volsky Recognition…

Greetings, We hope this note finds you well. Please join Marile and me in congratulating our good friend, George Volsky, on his special recognition at this year’s, 23rd edition of the Mainly Mozart Festival, for his remarkable contribution to the arts in South Florida. The opening night will be this Saturday, May 21st at 6pm at the Gusman Hall at the University of Miami. George is the founder of the Mainly Mozart Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing first class chamber music and innovative programming to the audiences of South Florida. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with George on his MiraTV show, ‘Actualidad Semanal’ for nearly a decade. His commitment to the arts and our community are unparalleled. We hope you enjoy watching a snippet of George’s reflection alongside Frank Cooper on the early days of the Mainly Mozart Festival, its legacy and its future. If you wish to attend the upcoming 23rd edition of the Mainly Mozart Festival, tickets are on sale now on the Mainly Mozart website. Congratulations & Best Wishes to George Volsky. Warmest Regards, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez,...
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Gary Reedy Biography

Gary M. Reedy Chief Executive Officer American Cancer Society, Inc. Gary M. Reedy has served as the CEO of the American Cancer Society since April 2015. Prior to his appointment, he served as a volunteer leader of the organization, where his focus on collaboration and results, and his drive to create the best American Cancer Society possible, helped transform the organization into one able to better deliver on its lifesaving mission. Reedy has an outstanding history with the Society, having served as chair of the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors and as chair of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN) Board. He also led the Board’s advisory committee on transformation, a pivotal role for the organization’s recent restructuring work. He first joined the Society in 2000 as a member of the Board of Trustees of the former American Cancer Society Foundation. In recognition of his service, Reedy was elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Society in 2014. Prior to taking the helm of the Society, Reedy had a distinguished 37-year career as a health care business and advocacy leader, most recently as worldwide vice president, government affairs and policy, at Johnson & Johnson, where he spearheaded initiatives to influence global health policy. He previously devoted more than 25 years of his career to the business side of the industry, including senior leadership positions with SmithKline Beecham, Centocor, and Johnson & Johnson. During his tenure at Johnson & Johnson, Reedy served as president of Ortho Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson company with annual revenues of more than $3 billion. Reedy’s nonprofit experience includes current board appointments for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, the National Health Council, Research America and Emory & Henry College. He previously served on the C-Change board of directors, and was a charter member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. As the Society’s top staff executive, Reedy provides leadership for Society volunteers and staff, marshalling their talent and enthusiasm to help eliminate pain and suffering from cancer. He leads the strategic direction and overall management of the organization with a $900 million annual budget, 2.5 million volunteers, 6,000 staff, and 11 geographic divisions. He works with the Society’s Board of Directors to establish the organization’s vision, and drive revenue and impact to achieve its lifesaving mission. Reedy is a graduate of Emory & Henry College. He and...
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