The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Presents the 18th Annual Holiday Gala: “Celebrating Black Excellence”

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Presents the 18th Annual Holiday Gala: “Celebrating Black Excellence”

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce its 18th Annual Holiday Gala, themed “Celebrating Black Excellence.” The prestigious event will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Jungle Island, Bloom Ballroom, located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida 33132. Recognized as one of South Florida’s premier events, the Annual Holiday Gala is a testament to the chamber’s commitment to honoring exceptional individuals, businesses, and organizations, all while eagerly anticipating the prospects of the upcoming year.

Honorary Gala Chairwoman:

Adding a touch of distinction to this year’s festivities is the Honorary Gala Chairwoman, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

A Year of Triumphs:

“Through our 18th Annual Holiday Gala, themed ‘Celebrating Black Excellence,’ we aim to spotlight the remarkable achievements and contributions of Black individuals, businesses, and organizations. This year’s theme serves as a powerful declaration of our commitment to acknowledging, honoring, and celebrating the richness of talent, innovation, and leadership within our community. We invite everyone to join us in this joyous celebration as we shine a spotlight on the excellence that continues to elevate our city and inspire the world,” said G. Eric Knowles, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce.

Award-Winning Excellence:

The 18th Annual Holiday Gala Award Recipients, recognized for their outstanding contributions, include:

  • H.T. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Nelson L. Adams, Nelson Adams & Associates, PA
  • Citizen of the Year Award: Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III, District 1, Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners
  • Distinguished Service Award: Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO, Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association
  • David Fincher Young Innovator Award: LaToya, LaTasha, and LaTrice Stirrup, Co-Founders, Kazmaleje
  • Jason Jenkins Unsung Hero Award: Leroy Jones, Executive Director, Neighbors and Neighbors Association, Inc. (NANA)

“These Annual Holiday Gala Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary excellence and leadership in their professions and fields. This year’s Awardees exemplify the role businesses play every day in making South Florida and the world a better place, and we are proud to shine a spotlight on their positive contributions to society,” continued Knowles.

A Night of Celebration:

The gala promises an enchanting evening filled with live music, dancing, and a feast of delicious food and drinks.

Ticket Information:

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