South Florida philanthropists receive award from United Way

MIAMI (WSVN) - Constance and Mike Fernandez received a prestigious award from the United Way of Miami-Dade, Thursday.

They were presented with the Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy, which recognizes those who contribute money, time and leadership to community causes.

“We thank you for this award, and it means a lot to us to be able to contribute,” said Mike Fernandez. “Nowhere in the world could we have gone to and be able to achieve what we have achieved in this nation, and it is because of people like you.”

The couple has contributed more than $100 million to charity.

The reception brings together more than 400 of South Florida’s most generous philanthropists who contribute $10,000 or more annually to area causes.

United Way board member Andy Ansin, who is vice president of WSVN’s parent company Sunbeam Television Corporation, presented the award to this year’s winners.

“The last, I think it’s either two of three years, I’ve been on the board at Ransom with Constance, and she’s been terrific — her efforts, her diligence, her hard work for the school, her dedication,” said Ansin.

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