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2015 Heart & Star Award Dinner

Congratulations to the 2015 Heart & Star Award Dinner Honorees!

ALINA VILLASANTEChampion of the Community Spirit Award Recipient
AMY HOLLUBChampion of the Human Spirit Award Recipient

On Thursday, April 3rd, the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami will host the 2014 Heart & Star Award Dinner at the Coral Gables Country Club. Arthur H. Hertz and Candy & Rodger Popkin will be honored at this prestigious signature event. Hertz will be receiving the Champion of the Community Spirit Award for his outstanding philanthropic and community leadership; The Popkins, the Champions of the Human Spirit Award as a cancer survivor and caregiver. Over 400 business and philanthropic leaders from the Greater Miami area will be in attendance for the event.

Mr. Hertz will receive the Champion of the Community Spirit Award for his tireless efforts uniting others towards a greater good for our community.

Hertz has truly created a better life for the people of Miami in his more than 50 years of service. Below are just a few of the noted organizations he has had been involved with in his years of advocacy and leadership: University of Miami Board of Trustees; University of Miami Hospital Board of Governors, Chairman; American Jewish Committee, Board Member; Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Board Member; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; Orange Bowl Committee, Member, Past President; University of Miami Alumni Association, Member, Past President; Dade County Public Health Trust, Past Chairman; and Jackson Memorial (Hospital) Foundation, Board of Directors.

His extraordinary impact on our community and decades of steadfast dedication to helping others, makes Arthur Hertz, a model candidate for the 2014 Champion of Community Spirit Award and the Cancer Support Community is thrilled to be able to honor him in this way.

Candy and Rodger Popkin will each receive the Champion of the Human Spirit Award. Rodger is being honored as a cancer survivor and Candy as a caregiver.

In the spring of 2012 Rodger was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. That summer, Rodger received many rounds of chemotherapy with Candy by his side in North Carolina – all while transitioning ownership of Blue Star Camps to the third generation of owner operators. In October of that year he underwent a stem cell transplant at the University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Popkin is currently cancer free and requires no follow-up treatment.

Rodger and Candy have used this cancer experience to advance awareness and advocacy for those working to support the unique needs of cancer patients and families. Rodger has served as a National ACA Board member and National President and is the recipient of the ACA's highest award: the Distinguished Service Award as well as the Association of Independent Camps highest award: The Speedy Altman Award. Candy and Rodger are also the recipients of the Eleanor Ells and Golden Quill Awards.

This is the first time in CSCGM’s history that we have honored two individuals in the same year for the same award. However, as Rodger put it best, “You can’t say Rodger without Candy or Candy without Rodger – it just doesn’t work”. This heartfelt yet impactful statement embodies the Cancer Support Community philosophy. All of our psychosocial oncology services are free from the moment of diagnosis to the patient, their primary caregiver(s) and their family members. After all, cancer just doesn’t affect the person in treatment.

The Heart & Star Award Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3rd, at Coral Gables Country Club. Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2014 Heart & Star Award Dinner will once again be Emmy Award-winning CBS4 Anchor, Cynthia Demos. Raised in Miami, Demos co-anchors the 5, 5:30 and 11 PM CBS4 News. She joined the station in 2007, and has also anchored the morning, noon, and weekend news broadcasts for CBS4.

Committee leadership for this fundraising event to date is comprised of the following; Carmen & John Arasi, Chanin & Adam Carlin, Maria Padron, Carmen & Arnie Perez, Aida & Joseph Roisman, Lourdes Rosales, Debra & Jeff Schottenstein, Edie & Firth Spiegel, Carole Wright, Joyce & Humberto Vega and Pam & Dick Zakheim.

We appreciate the generous support of the following table sponsors who have already committed to the event as of today:

Platinum Heart Sponsors
Carmen & John Arasi
Baptist Health South Florida
Patty & Leonard Fluxman – The Fluxman Family Foundation
Arthur H. Hertz and Family
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
TTGA/MVC Capital, Inc.

Golden Heart Sponsors
Carnival Corporation & PLC
Holland & Knight LLP
Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, LLC
Perry Ellis International
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation
Pam & Richard Zakheim

Sterling Heart Sponsors
Chanin & Adam Carlin
Gabelli Funds
Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
GYN Oncology of Miami/Dr. Nicholas Lambrou & Dr. Troy Gatcliffe
Media Counselors
Miami Parking Authority
The Popkin-Herschthal Families – Blue Star Camps
Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg, P.A.
Reliance Wholesale, Inc.
Aida & Joseph Roisman
Debra & Jeff Schottenstein
Carrie & Erik Sherman
Edie & Firth Spiegel

In-kind donors to date include: AVER Productions, Coral Gables Country Club, Andrew Duany Photography, ENCORE Event Planning, Eventology, Gables Linen, Imagine That Miami Graphic Design; Imperial Party Rentals; InBloom Group LLC; Ivents by Isis, Inc.; JaimeSN Photography; MAC Parking; Nu-Designs; Pantry Liquors and Peace Love World.

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