American Cancer Society announces Laureate Society of Miami foundation

Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez (standing) introduce the Laureate Society to prospective donors.

Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez (standing) introduce the Laureate Society to prospective donors.

The American Cancer Society has announced the formation of the new Laureate Society of Miami. On Nov. 13, more than 40 guests gathered for an Inaugural VIP Cocktail Reception and Presentation at the home of founding chairs Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq.

The American Cancer Society Laureate Society recognizes the Society’s major contributors to the fight against cancer. This nationwide program, inaugurated in Palm Beach in 2004 is intended to honor those individuals who continue to significantly invest in the hope of a future without cancer.

Vidya Gopalakrishnan, PhD, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics Research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, presented at the Nov. 13 inaugural reception. Dr. Gopalakrishnan, a highly respected brain tumor specialist, has focused her research on identifying alterations in gene expression in brain tumor tissue that may contribute to their ability to evade normal cellular regulatory mechanisms.

Members of the Laureate Society enjoy exclusive benefits such as access to personalized resources and services, invitations to special events, and more. Current members of The Laureate Society of Miami include Mr. and Mrs. Fausto Diaz Oliver; Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq.; Mr. and Mrs. David Martin; Mr. Steve Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dickinson. Honorable Laureate members include Mr. and Mrs. Michael Haskett; Mr. and Mrs. Gus Machado; Munilla Family Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Felipe Valls.

Membership is available by pledging an annual gift from $10,000 to $1M (for a lifetime membership). All $10,000 gifts made before Dec. 31, 2013 by an individual family or family foundation establish the donor as a Founding Member of the Laureate Society. As an added benefit, donations also may be applied towards participation in the upcoming 2013 American Cancer Society Centennial Gala, which will take place on Apr. 27, 2013, at the Trump Doral Golf Resort and Spa Miami.

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