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Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation

The Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings together community supporters, individuals, organizations and businesses to advocate and support the preservation of art, antiquities, and architecture of the historically-designated Cloisters and its grounds. The Foundation has a governing board of directors comprised of nine appointed members and an auxiliary board of trustees from the community.

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2017 Legacy Awards Gala


September 16, 2017 at Turnberry Isle Miami

19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

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For additional information please contact:

phone  219-670-1066


100% of proceeds from the Legacy Gala fund the Foundation's ongoing preservation of art, antiquities and architecture of the historically designated Spanish Monastery and its Gardens.  It is a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

This year, at the 7th Annual Gala on September 16th, the Foundation recognized:

  • Tracy & Alonzo Mourning, Founders of the Mourning Family Foundation
  • The Honorable George Vallejo, Mayor of North Miami Beach
  • Dr. Ranjan Duara, M.D., Medical Director, The Wien Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Garth C. Reeves, Sr., Publisher Emeritus, The Miami Times Newspaper
  • Ariel Swedroe Weinberg, Founder & CEO, Swedroe Art to Wear by Ariel  (Youth Legacy Award)
Past Honorees Included:

In 2016, at the 6th Annual Gala, the Foundation recognized:

  • Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, US Representative

  • Mario Murgado, President & CEO, Brickell Motors

  • State Senator Lauren Book, Founder & CEO, Lauren's Kids & Florida State Senator

In 2015, at the 5th Annual Gala the Foundation fêted:

  • Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, AT&T / M-DCPS

  • Herbert & Gloria Barker, Barker Animation

  • Gwen Margolis, Florida State Senator

  • Katy Sorenson, Good Government Initiative

  • Mark Strickland, Former NBA player, CEO Mark Strickland Academy

  • Brenda Yester, Make-A-Wish Foundation


In 2014, the Fourth Legacy Gala honored:

  • Billy Joel, City of Aventura Commissioner

  • Dr. Rudolph Moise, CEO, Comprehensive Health

  • Lexi Lehrman, Founder, Love Lexi Foundation

  • Becky Matkov, CEO, Dade Heritage Trust

  • John W. Ruffin, Jr., CEO, JD Ruffin Associates

  • Ronald A. Silver, former Florida State Senator


In 2013, the Third Legacy Gala recognized five outstanding leaders whose lives and work

of community service have left a legacy for the future and merit special public recognition:

  • Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami-Dade College

  • Mr. Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade Schools

  • The Hon. Rosemary Barkett, Federal Judge, 11th Circuit

  • Mr. Gerald Grant, Jr., Director, Financial Planning AXA

  • Dr. Steven & Silvia Vanni, Founders, Mystic Force Foundation

In 2012, the Second Legacy Gala fêted the distinguished accomplishments of honorees:

  • The Hon. Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County

  • The Hon. Commissioner Sally Heyman, District 4

  • The Hon. Councilwoman Phyllis Smith, North Miami Beach

  • Mr. Daniel Fils-Aime, Chairman, Haitian American Historical Society North Miami

  • Mr. Oscar Llorente, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

​In 2011, the First Legacy Gala recognized the achievements and community legacy of:

  • The Hon. Myron Rosner, Mayor of the City of North Miami Beach

  • Mr. Michael J. Snyder, President of the Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

  • Mr. Tony Lesesne, founder of In Focus Magazine

  • Dr. Dorothy Jenkins-Fields, Founder of the Black Archives History & Research Foundation

The Foundation’s Board of Directors welcomes suggestions for honorees for the eighth Legacy Gala in the fall of 2018.  Nominations may be submitted in writing to the Foundation’s President, Dr. Janie Greenleaf, c/o The Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation, 16711 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL  33160 or by e-mail

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