United Way of Miami-Dade taps Alicia Cervera Lamadrid and Mike Farra as Co-chairs of Tocqueville Society

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  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) January 23, 2013 - United Way of Miami-Dade taps Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, Managing Partner of Cervera Real Estate, and Mike Farra, Partner at Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra LLP, to co-chair its Tocqueville Society Cabinet. The cabinet is comprised of 35 influential leaders and philanthropists who make it their priority to raise millions of dollars each year in support of United Way's goal to improve education, financial stability and health in Miami-Dade. They lead the Tocqueville Society, which has 650 members who each contribute $10,000 or more annually.

    During the one-year appointment, Cervera Lamadrid and Farra are committed to leading community conversations to connect members to local business and community leaders who are not yet involved with United Way. They will spearhead efforts to garner more than $500,000 of new funds for the organization before June 30, 2013.

    "Alicia and Mike's passion for this community is evident through their years of community involvement," Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade, said. "We are honored to have them, and are confident in their ability to raise awareness and action to make Miami-Dade a better place for all."

    In addition to managing her family's successful business, Cervera Lamadrid dedicates her time to United Way of Miami-Dade as well as Hogar Clinica San Juan de Dios in Peru, where she is a member of the board. Over the years, she has been a member of the Mercy Hospital Foundation Board and Host Committee for ''Fashionably Conscious'' for Coconut Grove Cares. In 2007, she won the Best Entrepreneur Award by the Stevie Awards for Business and was a finalist for South Florida Business Journal's Business Woman of the Year award. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she served as first Cuban Sophomore Student Government President.

    In addition to being a partner at a top rank accounting firm and a longtime volunteer of United Way, Farra is a member of the Camillus House Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of the Miami Dade College Foundation. He won the South Florida Business Journal's Excellence in Accounting in International Tax Award in 2007, and was an honoree of the Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009. He has also been honored as one of Ronald McDonald House's "Twelve Good Men." Farra received his Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami.

    Tocqueville Society cabinet members represent numerous businesses including Akerman Senterfitt, Automated HealthCare Solutions, Avatar Luxury Real Estate, AXA Equitable, Baptist Health South Florida, Bessemer Trust Company of Florida, Carlton Fields PA, Cervera Real Estate, Chisholm Architects, De La Peņa Group, Deloitte LLP, Deutsche Bank, EWM Realtors Inc., Flagler Real Estate Services LLC, HSBC Bank USA, HUB International Fortun Insurance, iStar Financial Inc., JP Morgan Chase, Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra LLP, Newgard Development Group, Northern Trust Bank, Ocean Bank, Raymond James & Associates Inc., Schwartz Media Strategies, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, and The Northern Trust Company.

    The Tocqueville Society contributed nearly $20 million to support Miami-Dade during its last campaign.

    About the United Way of Miami-Dade Tocqueville Society
    United Way of Miami-Dade established the Tocqueville Society to honor those individuals who demonstrated an extraordinary sense of philanthropy with remarkably high levels of giving. Members of the Tocqueville Society make gifts of $10,000 or more annually. To learn more about United Way of Miami-Dade and the Tocqueville Society, visit http://www.unitedwaymiami.org/.

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