Biscayne Bay Gala

To Receive Award at 37th Biscayne Bay Gala, May 13

South Florida Business Leader Mario Murgado

Named 2017 Citizen of the Year

By Biscayne Bay Kiwanis

South Florida business icon, community leader and advocate Mario Murgado, president of Brickell Motors, has been selected as the recipient of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club’s 2017 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award.

Murgado will receive the prestigious award at the 37th Biscayne Bay Gala, May 13, at the Conrad Hotel. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m.

“Mario Murgado is an outstanding individual who has done so much for the less fortunate—especially kids—in South Florida,” said Biscayne Bay Kiwanis President Nellie Hernandez. “His is a true rags-to-riches story and he has not forgotten others as he has achieved success over the years. It is our honor to recognize him with this prestigious award.”

Past recipients of this award include Dolphins Founder Joe Robbie, coach Jimmy Johnson,broadcaster Ralph Renick, Miami Commissioner Athalie Range, U.S. Rep. William “Bill”Lehman, former Miami Herald publisher David Lawrence, Jr., Baseball Hall of Famer AndreDawson, Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Rodney Barreto, Miami Dolphins’ Nat Moore, child advocate Lauren Book, attorney Ron Lowy and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Dr. Pedro Greer, Jr., U.S. Rep. Dante B.Fascell, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club and join such a distinctive list of recipients,” said Murgado. “This is a great organization which serves the most deserving children of Miami’s inner city and has–for more than 60 years—positively impacted the lives of thousands of those children and their families.”

Mario Murgado

In addition to purchasing tickets at $150 each, the event offers Florida businesses a wide variety of sponsorship levels providing exposure to a highly desirable demographic; more than 400 of the area’s top business people, professionals and community leaders.

Tickets to the event—expected to be attended by more than 400 of South Florida’s business and community leaders—are $150 ($1,500 for a table of 10).

For further information on table purchases, event sponsorship, or program advertising, contact the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club at 305.814.2225 or

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