Honoring Four Outstanding Citizens and Business
Mr. Al Pina, Chairman and CEO of Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition (FMCRC) will receive a MOST DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY ADVOCATE AWARD for his tireless effort in empowering low-income and minority communities by attracting investments for health, education, home ownership, employment, and minority entrepreneurship using a holistic advocacy approach.
- Citibank and Ms. Barbara Romano will receive a MOST DISTINGUISHED CORPORATE PARTNER AWARD, for serving as a significant partner and resource in the development and execution of NANAY’s programs, particularly with regard to financing, homebuyer education and other housing-related services.
- Nini Balauat will receive a VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD for faithfully carrying out NANAY’s mission of improving the life of elders, and for exemplifying the true meaning of volunteerism. Her many years of volunteer services to NANAY and the Asian-American community in South Florida, as well as her commitment and undying support for the needs of our community certainly deserve to be acknowledged.
- Dr. Joy Bruce will receive the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for her more than three decades of achievement both as a professional and as a community organizer. She has taught residents and medical students at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine, and has worked as a neuropathologist at Jackson Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. She founded a number of community organizations as well as NANAY that now provides socialization, counseling, health promotion, computer classes, cultural events, workshops and seminars as well as homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention and other housing-related services to poor and moderate-income families in South Florida.