SOURCE: United Way of Miami-Dade

United Way of Miami-Dade

May 29, 2012 09:30 ET

Adrienne Arsht to Receive the First Icon of Philanthropy Award From United Way of Miami-Dade

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - May 29, 2012) - United Way of Miami-Dade will present the first Icon of Philanthropy Award to Adrienne Arsht at its June 13 Annual Meeting.

This new award was created to celebrate in a significant way an individual's extraordinary philanthropic work that helped to transform our community's social services, arts, culture, education, health and/or environment landscape.

"Adrienne is an extraordinary philanthropist," said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way. "Her philanthropy reaches beyond borders, beyond charitable sectors at levels that simply raise the bar and provide a leadership example to others. It is broad, it is profound, it is transformative and, as a result, the residents of Miami-Dade, and in communities across the country, will benefit from her generosity for generations upon generations."

As a business leader and philanthropist, Arsht has taken a leading role promoting artistic, business and civic growth in the three cities she calls home: Miami, Washington, D.C. and New York. From 1996 to 2007, Arsht served as chairman of the board of TotalBank. Under her leadership, TotalBank grew from four locations to 14 with over $1.4 billion in assets. In November 2007, she sold the bank to Banco Popular Español. Arsht was named chairman emerita of TotalBank in January 2008.

Arsht's $30 million gift in 2008 to Miami's Performing Arts Center, now the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, gave it the financial security it needed and elevated Miami-Dade's cultural scene to that of a world-class city.

While her $30 million donation to the Center for the Performing Arts made headlines, her philanthropic efforts to benefit Miami stretch back more than 15 years. In Miami, Arsht is founding chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation, a national member of the board of trustees of the University of Miami and an honorary board member of Amigos for Kids.

Arsht has generously donated funds and resources to numerous organizations. In October 2008, Arsht committed more than $6 million to the University of Miami to support the university-wide Arsht Ethics Programs, assist the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of UM and support other university priorities. In addition, she is the first woman to join the Million Dollar Roundtable of United Way of Miami-Dade.

Over the years, Arsht has taken an active role in many Miami organizations such as the Miami Business Forum, the Performing Arts Center Foundation, Vizcayan Foundation, Cuban American CPA Association, Women's Chamber of Commerce, Women of Tomorrow, the Volvo Ocean Race - Miami, Florida Grand Opera, Florida International University School of Business, Jackson Memorial Hospital Foundation, Cuban-American National Council and Suited for Success. For her tireless work with and generous support of these and other organizations, she has received numerous awards and honors.

She is the daughter of the Honorable Roxana Cannon Arsht, the first female judge in the State of Delaware, and Samuel Arsht, a prominent Wilmington attorney. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Villanova Law School, Arsht was the 11th woman admitted to the Delaware bar -- her mother having been the 5th. She was married to the late Myer Feldman, former counsel to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

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