This award honors the outstanding achievement of a single community leader in South Florida. Recipients have made significant contribution to the region, demonstrating a deep love and commitment to South Florida as the best possible place in which to live, work and play.

The award takes its name from a live broadcast from Downtown Miami on Thursday, December 31, 1981. The late WTVJ Vice President and News Director, Ralph Renick delivered his famous editorial detailing the irresistible force of a phenomenon described as “Sand in Your Shoes”.

Watch the speech here.

 

Recipients

  • David Lawrence, 2021
  • Penny Shaffer, 2020
  • Tony Argiz, 2019
  • Brian E. Keeley, 2018
  • Carlos A. Migoya, 2017
  • Patricia & Dr. Phillip Frost, 2016
  • Harve A. Mogul, 2015
  • Donna E. Shalala, 2014
  • Gloria & Emilio Estefan, 2013
  • Eduardo J. Padrón, 2012
  • Peter J. Dolara, 2011
  • Dr. Modesto A. Maidique, 2010
  • Adolfo Henriques, 2009
  • Sherwood M. “Woody” Weiser, 2008
  • Jayne & Leonard Abess, 2007
  • Jorge Pérez, 2006
  • Carlos J. Arboleya, Sr., 2005
  • William O. Cullom, 2004
  • Armando Codina, 2003
  • Sue & Leonard Miller, 2001
  • Edward T. Foote II, 2000
  • Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, 1999
  • Robert H. Traurig, 1997
  • Jim Batten, 1995
  • Congressman Dante Fascell, 1994
  • Congressman William Lehman, 1993
  • M. Anthony Burns, 1991
  • Martin Fine, 1990
  • Ted Hoepner, Jr., 1989
  • R. Ray Goode, 1988
  • & Leslie Pantin, Sr. (posthumously)
  • Dr. Luis Botifoll, 1987
  • Bill Colson, 1986
  • Hank Meyer, 1985
  • Charles I. Babcock, Jr., 1984
  • Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., 1983
  • Harry Hood Bassett, 1982
  • Lester Freeman, 1981

Staff Contact

Jennifer Sanchez