A South Florida power couple has garnered a prestigious award for their philanthropic efforts and will be honored at a luncheon in November.
The Miami-Dade chapter of the Association of Fundraising (AFP) is honoring prominent attorneys Jorge Luis Lopez, principal at the Jorge Luis Lopez Law firm in Coral Gables, and Marile Lopez, the firm's CFO, it was announced Monday.
The Lopezes will be awarded the James W. McLamore Outstanding Volunteer Award by the AFP at the 2013 National Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon on Nov. 12. The luncheon is co-hosted by the AFP, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Miami Foundation and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Mr. Lopez has served for more than 20 years on various boards of charitable and faith-based not-for-profit organizations such as the Miami Foundation, the Governmental Relations Committee of United Way, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Additionally, he chairs the Citizens' Oversight Committee under the auspices of the Interlocal Agreements for Public School Facility Planning in Miami-Dade County and serves on the boards of Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Counsel, American Red Cross of Greater Miami & Keys, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami executive committee.
Ms. Lopez is chair-elect 2014 for the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation, assisting in formulating strategic foundation policies and plans, and securing financial support for the not-for-profit organization. This year, she and her husband, Jorge Luis Lopez, chaired the MCH Diamond Ball, which in 2012 raised $4.3 million and this year surpassed $5 million.
Ms. Lopez is also vice chair of the board of the American Cancer Society's Miami-Dade unit, serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade, and is on the American Red Cross Ball committee and FIU President's Council.
"Sharing our time, talents and treasures with our community is very fulfilling," Mrs. Lopez said in a statement. "I believe each of us is called to giving. As parents of five kids we are raising them to actively participate in their community -- to them, philanthropy is second nature and not a sacrifice."
The AFP Awards Committee chooses award recipients, who must be members of the local community and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in major fundraising projects and a commitment to the advancement of philanthropy, according to a news release.
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