In 2013 Florida cities will celebrate the 500 years of historical, cultural, social and economic contributions of Spain to this state by organizing a series of important projects and activities.
The Florida government set up a commission to commemorate the Quincentenaries’ arrival of Ponce de Leon in Florida.
This heritage program will culminate in 2015, with the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the founding of Saint Augustine. The US government has also established a federal commission to commemorate the foundation of Saint Augustine, the oldest city in USA.
In order to seize this historic opportunity and to highlight the contributions of Spain to Florida and the U.S, a group of prominent Spanish and Hispanic leaders have created the Spain Florida Foundation 500 Years.
The multi-year celebration, which will begin as early as 2008, will include: art exhibits, economic seminars, heritage walks, historical reenactments, educational programs, a Spanish wine festival, several visits from Spanish dignitaries and multiple events to emphasize the relevant role that the Spanish explorers played and the value today of the Spanish "brand".
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WHAT WE DO?
Emphasize the Spanish contribution to the birth of the United Sates and the relevant role that the Spanish explorers played in the formation of the country
Provide comprehensive historical information of how Spain’s contributions positively affected the economic, social and cultural development of Florida and the United States.
Emphasize the value of the cultural, economic, scientific and historical contributions of Hispanic culture.
HOW WE DO IT?
The Foundation has a highly motivated and proactive Board of Directors that is committed to support and create new opportunities that allow this 500 Years Anniversary Celebration to become a milestone in the history of the relationship between Spain and USA.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alvaro Morales - BANCO SANTANDER (Chairman)
Emilio C. Sánchez - VOXXI (President)
Alfonso Goyeneche - AHORRO CORPORACION (Vicepresident)
Jorge Rosell - TOTAL BANK (BANCO POPULAR)(Vicepresident)
Raul J. Valdes-Fauli - FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP (Tresurer)
Fernando Alonso - HUNTON & WILLIAMS LLP (Secretary)
Stefan Jensen - MAPFRE (Director)
Fernando Perez-Hickman - BANCO SABADELL
Laura Alonso Gallo
Marcelo Caputo - TELEFONICA
Diego Lago Pérez - INDRA
Bernardo Moya - IBERIA
Rafael Olloqui - BTS
Luis J. Pérez - HOGAN LOVELLS LLP
Juan Santamaria - ACS
José Vivero - CENTURY BANK OF FLORIDA
Raul A. Vidal - ESPIRITO SANTO BANK
Ignasi Puig - SCPF
Jose Maria Aznar, Ex-President of Spain
Ambassador Maria Cristina Barrios, Consulate General of Spain in Miami
Tomas Regalado, Mayor of the city of Miami
Mario Buisan Garcia, Trade Commission of Spain in Miami
Volunteering – a simple and great way to give back to your community.
Volunteering is a self-less good deed that can go a long way. With our busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and the community. The most important benefit of volunteering is the appreciation that you receive after you have donated your time for a good cause. One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
A non-profit organization such as the Spain-Florida Foundation 500 Years thrives through the work of our wonderful volunteers. Without their help our efforts to promote the Hispanic and Spanish culture would be almost impossible.
The Spain-Florida Foundation has had the pleasure of working with many volunteers on different occasions. A partnership with the Florida International University History Department has allowed college students an opportunity to impact many young grade school students in the annual Hispanic Heritage History Bee contest in 2010 and again in 2012. In exchange the Foundation provided interns college credit for their academic success.
We have also had the pleasure of working with volunteers at the “Spanish Night hosted by the Coral Gables Museum” and we will work again with volunteers at the Spanish Food festival to be held in October, 2012 through 2013.