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American Red Cross Honors 12 Women Leaders


Miami, FL (March 5, 2013) — The American Red Cross today awarded 12 outstanding ladies with the Sarah Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women during a luncheon at the Hotel InterContinental in downtown Miami.

The honorees serve as exceptional examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Unity, Neutrality, and Voluntary Service. “Spectrum” refers to the impact these women have on a broad scope of community life and also reflects the spectrum of cultures represented in our community.

Ileana Bravo served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the awards, which was chaired by Phillis Oeters. Swanee DiMare was the honorary chairman. Ileana also narrated a video tribute to each of the Spectrum honorees produced by José Goytisolo. The Leonora B. Hopkins Foundation was the presenting sponsor.

This year, a special Global Pioneer Award was presented to Lorena Vasquez, master blender of Ron (rum) Zacapa ® Centenario, distributed and marketed by Diageo, which donated the wine and spirits for today’s luncheon. The centerpieces were provided by Petal Productions.

The 2013 Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women Honorees are:

Florida Blue Philanthropy Award - Irene Korge

Rosalind Ludwig Chairmen's Award - Jeanett Slesnick

Cervera Real Estate Ambassador Award - Penny Shaffer

Bank of America Cultural Award - Kathryn Q. Mikesell

White & Case LLP Education Award - Mary Young

Mercantil Commercebank Entrepreneurial Award - Olga M. Ramudo

Baptist Health South Florida Healthcare Award - Sabrina Cohen

Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Hospitality Award - Julie Grimes

The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Volunteerism Award - Patricia Robbins

Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award - Janelle Patty

Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Award - Marina Bryant

Global Pioneer Award - Lorena Vasquez

Related Articles:

Red Cross presents Spectrum Awards to 12 outstanding women (Gables Home Page)

Meet the Honorees American Red Cross 2013 Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards (Social Miami)

Red Cross honors women who give and give (The Miami Herald)

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Photo cutline: From Left to Right

Back Row - Sponsors

Phyllis Oeters, Susan Towler, Marty Davis, Veronica Cervera Goeseke, Maria Alonso, Honoree Lorena Vasquez, Douglas Halsey, Beatriz Junco-Gonzalez, Wendy Kallergis, Kathleen Kennedy Olson, Barbara Nelson, Swanne DiMare

Front Row - Honorees

Sabrina Cohen, Irene Korge, Jeanett Slesnick, Penny Shaffer, Kathryn Q. Mikesell Mary Young, Olga M. Ramudo, Julie Grimes, Patricia Robbins, Janelle Patty, Marina Bryant