Sand In My Shoes Award®


The Chamber’s most prestigious award was established in 1981 based on an editorial delivered by the late WTVJ Vice President and News Director, Ralph Renick. The Sand In My Shoes Award® is presented to a community leader who has made significant contributions to the South Florida area, demonstrating a deep love and commitment to this community as the best possible place in which to live, work and play. Past recipients include Harry Hood Bassett, 1982; Alvah Chapman, Jr., 1983; Charles I. Babcock, Jr., 1984; Bill Colson, 1986; R. Ray Goode, 1988; Martin Fine, 1990; M. Anthony Burns, 1991; Congressmen Dante Fascell, 1993; William Lehman, 1994; Robert H. Traurig, 1997; Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, 1999; Edward T. Foote II, 2000; Susan and Leonard Miller, 2001; Armando Codina, 2002; William O. Cullom, 2003; Carlos J. Arboleya, 2005; Jorge M. Pérez, 2006; Jayne and Leonard Abess, 2007; Sherwood M. “Woody” Weiser, 2008; Adolfo Henriques, 2009; Modesto A. Maidique, 2010; Peter J. Dolara, 2011; Eduardo J. Padrón, 2012; Gloria and Emilio Estefan, 2013; Donna E. Shalala, 2014; and Harve A. Mogul, 2015.

Staff Contact

Kathy Preece, 305-577-5422 or [email protected]