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Miami Today Conrad To Recognize Nonprofits

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Written by on April 20, 2006

Conrad Miami Hotel and Miami Today this week are launching the second year of their recognition program for Miami-Dade County non-profit groups, Reflections in Excellence, which allows organizations to recognize their benefactors, volunteers and staff.

Non-profits are invited by mail and on Page 5 of our print edition this week to propose why they should be recipients of one of this season’s 12 monthly luncheons in the Reflections in Excellence series at no expense to them. Each luncheon includes 20 to 25 persons.

"This program helps charities build on their successes," said Michael Lewis, Miami Today’s publisher. "We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Conrad Miami in giving back to the community in such a meaningful and creative manner."

Robert Thrailkill, Conrad Miami general manager, proposed the program last year as a way the hotel could help make Miami-Dade County a better place to live and work by aiding non-profit organizations that often lack resources for gatherings in a five-star setting to fulfill their missions.

"I am a big believer in involvement in the community," Mr. Thrailkill said. "I have always felt that for a hotel to be successful, it needs to become a part of the community."

A panel of five leaders of organizations selected for the Reflections in Excellence program last year will select the charities that will benefit from the program. The 12 chosen groups will be announced in Miami Today’s May 25 edition, and the first of the monthly luncheons will be held shortly thereafter.

Organizations can propose any use for the lunches: to reward and recognize volunteers, to honor staff, to gather their donors or for other purposes. Miami Today will publish a report on each lunch in an article with photographs.

Last season’s organizations chosen for Reflections in Excellence lunches were Arts for Learning, ArtSpring, Carrfour Supportive Housing, the Children’s Bereavement Center, Dade Guardianship Program, Foster Care Review, the Education Fund, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Miami Urban Ministries, Teach for America, the United Way and Voices for Children.

Applications are due May 15. They may be faxed to (305) 503-6540 or mailed to Conrad Miami, Espirito Santo Plaza, 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, attention: Reflections in Excellence. Details may be found on Page 5 of our print edition this week.

The application form is available on Miami Today’s website, www.miamitodaynews.com, or by calling Miami Today at (305) 358-2663 to request a copy.

"No other program in Miami gives charitable groups this means of building their teams and their revenues," said Carmen Betancourt-Lewis, Miami Today’s vice president. "It’s a win-win for everyone involved."

"Organizations that do great work are unsung heroes," Mr. Thrailkill said. "I think that organizations such as Miami Today and Conrad Miami need to recognize them for what they do that makes our city one that people want to visit and where they want to do business."