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The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce announced  today that Trish & Dan Bell, Philanthropists, will be honored with 2024 Sand in My Shoes® Award. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 9, at Jungle  Island from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  

The Chamber’s Sand in My Shoes® Award is one of this community’s most prestigious  accolades. Established in 1981, the award is presented to outstanding community  leaders who have made significant contributions to the region, demonstrating a deep  love and commitment to Miami as the best possible place in which to live, work and  play.  

For more than 40 years, Trish and Dan Bell have dedicated themselves to enhancing  our community through their leadership and philanthropic endeavors. Their primary  focus has been on creating opportunities to uplift underserved individuals who lack  

the necessary resources and support to thrive independently. The Bells provide  significant philanthropic support to a wide range of community service and cultural  organizations. Among the recipients of their largest gifts are the United Methodist  Church, Chapman Partnership, Branches, the Frost Museum of Science and Baptist  and Jackson Hospitals. Most recently, the Bells also became the principal funders of  the new multi-faith “Trish and Dan Bell Chapel” now being constructed on the main  campus of Florida International University. 

Trish & Dan Bell’s dedication to philanthropy has had a profound impact on our  community, inspiring others to give back, and making a lasting difference in the lives  of those in need,” said Alfred Sanchez, president and CEO of the Greater Miami  Chamber of Commerce. “Their generosity and compassion serve as shining examples  for us all, and we are thrilled to recognize their contributions with this prestigious  award.”

“We are honored to receive the Sand in My Shoes® award and proud that the Miami  business community embraces our efforts to make a meaningful impact on our  community,” said Trish and Dan Bell. “We are truly grateful for this honor and  motivated to continue serving and embracing the Greater Miami area for the  betterment of its residents. We are proud to be part of that journey and excited to  continue our work together.” 

They join a remarkable list of some of Greater Miami’s most influential business and  community leaders, including recent honorees Alberto Ibargüen, Manuel “Manny”  Medina, David Lawrence, Jr., Penny Shaffer and Antonio “Tony” Argiz, whose tireless  efforts have enhanced our community through a combination of passion,  performance, dedication, and devotion. 

The 2024 Sand in My Shoes® Award Dinner will take place on October 9, 2024 at  Jungle Island. For additional information on the award and sponsorship  opportunities, please contact Jennifer Sanchez at or  (305) 577-5472. 

About the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is the proud champion for the Greater  Miami Business Community and serves as a catalyst for solutions to the problems that  businesses face. Founded in 1907 as the Miami Board of Trade, today’s Chamber  represents more than 400,000-member company employees and is heralded for its  legacy of leadership in economic development, and its unwavering commitment to  improving the Miami-Dade community. Our members drive a business agenda at the  federal, state and local levels. We are dedicated to building the best environment for  business in the Americas and committed to improving the economic vitality of South  Florida. Our advocacy efforts are focused on four main priority areas: Education &  Workforce Development, Resilience, Transportation, and Workforce Housing. For  more information, please visit  

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