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20th FACE Excellence Awards Honored Cesar L. Alvarez, Carlos Alvarez and Miguel "Mike" Fernandez

More than 330 leaders attended and FACE raised more than $145,000.

On Thursday, May 23, 330+ Cuban exiles, Cuban Americans, community leaders and media gathered at the Coral Gables Country Club for the 20th Annual Facts About Cuban Exiles Excellence Awards Luncheon presented by U.S. Century Bank, to pay tribute to three outstanding honorees. The winners of the 2019 FACE Excellence Awards are: Cesar L. Alvarez, Esq., Senior Chairman of Greenberg Traurig, Carlos Alvarez, Esq., expert mediator and former Florida Gators All-American football player, and Miguel "Mike" B. Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of MBF Health Partners, who has contributed more than $100 million to many causes in just a few years.

Facts About Cuban Exiles (FACE) Excellence Awards 2019
2019 FACE Excellence Awards Recipients, from L to R - Cesar Alvarez, Mike B. Fernandez and Carlos Alvarez

"The FACE Excellence Awards demonstrated how Cuban exiles have contributed to American society in spite of facing prejudice and poverty at the beginning of their careers." said FACE Chair Aida Levitan, Ph.D. She added that "Cesar L. Alvarez. Esq., Carlos Alvarez, Esq. and Miguel "Mike" B. Fernandez are exceptional role models for the younger generations not only because of their career

success but also because of their service and contributions to charitable causes."

Among the notable guests were: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli, Commissioner Esteban Bovo, former Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Jose Diaz-Balart (national anchor of NBC and Telemundo, MC of the event); Luis de la Aguilera, President and CEO of U.S. Century Bank; Claudia Puig (in charge of Univision Stations in Miami); Jorge Plasencia, Chair of Republica Havas; singer Willy Chirino; Nelson Albareda, CEO of Loud and Live; Armando Codina, Chair of Codina Partners; Nelson Albareda, CEO of Loud and Live; Tony Argiz, Chair of MBFA CPAs & Advisors; the Consul General of Spain Candido Creis; Carlos Alberto Montaner; Jane Wooldridge; Carmen and Michael Lewis; Olga Connor and many other local leaders and media.

Donations will make it possible to fund activities dear to FACE's members such as updating and digitizing the book Cubans: an Epic Journey and organizing Round Tables for the Next Generation with

well-known Cuban-American leaders.

With the close of a successful 20th FACE Annual Excellence Awards Luncheon FACE is already planning next year's 21st FACE Annual Excellence Awards Luncheon to be celebrated in the Spring of 2020.

For additional information on how to get involved contact the Chair of FACE, Aida Levitan, Ph.D. at or visit

About FACE, Facts About Cuban Exiles

Facts About Cuban Exiles was founded in 1982 to defend the image of Cuban exiles and Cuban-Americans. It incorporates a group active in many civic and community organizations representing a cross-section of the Cuban diaspora in Miami. Its mission is to promote, foster and improve the reputation of people of Cuban origin and their descendants in the U.S. and around the world, who have sought refuge outside of Cuba due to existing political conditions, as it endeavors

to develop mutual understanding and cooperation with other groups in the community. FACE has encouraged fair and balanced media coverage and has responded to biased or erroneous reports. It publishes daily information on Cuban exiles and Cuban Americans on its website - as well as on Twitter @facecuba , Instagram @facecubanexiles and on Facebook at

Presenting Sponsor: U.S. Century Bank

Diamond Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig • MBF Healthcare Partners

Platinum Sponsor: Brickell Motors

Gold Sponsors: Baptist Health South Florida • Carollton School •

Codina Group

Knight Foundation • MBAF Certified Public Accountants; Medina

Family Foundation

MAM: Manny and Annie Kadre • Mednax

NBC Universal/Telemundo • Stearns Weaver •

Silver Sponsors: Biscayne Bank • Doctors Healthcare Plans •

Florida International University • Jackson Health System • PAAST

• 5Jotas Jabugo Ham

In-Kind Services by ArtesMiami, Inc.


Aida Levitan, President of ArtesMiami and Chair of FACE



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