IMPRINT2008 Presented by the South Florida International Press Club
GOOD NEWS AWARD HONOREE JOHN LA BONIA GENERAL MANAGER, WLRNRADIO / TV
And the 2008 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS Arts and Entertainment : Joseph Adler Philanthropy: Dr. and Mrs, Sanford Ziff Health Care:Dr. Barth Green,Co-Founder, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Community Service: Toby Lerner Ansin
WLRN CHIEF GETS
5 OTHERS HONORED
John LaBonia, general manager of WLRN public broadcasting, was named “communicator of the year” today when the South Florida International Press Club presented its 2008 Good News Award, along with its annual Community Service Awards. LaBonia, of Weston, was honored for his achievements in building WLRN’s public radio into the station with the biggest audience in the State and for its huge growth in the television market, its recognition in producing documentaries and its advances in high definition broadcasting.LaBonia, in his seventh year at the helm of WLRN, joined fellow honorees at the press club’s annual Imprint bash Saturday at the Miami Shores Country Club.
Among other honorees – the Community Service Awards -- went to: Arts and Entertainment: Joseph Adler,Producing Artistic Director of GableStage, one of the most “critically acclaimed” members of South Florida ’s theatre community “who has brought great honor to our area” Community Service:Toby Lerner Ansin, founder of the Miami City Ballet, with a long record of supporting cultural growth and for her volunteer and fundraising efforts in behalf of arts organizations. Health Care:Dr. Barth Green, chairman, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, University of Miami; co-founder (with Nick Buoniconti) of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the nation’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury program; co-founder (with Harry Horgan) of Shake-A-Leg in Miami and co-founder of Project Medishare for Haiti (with Dr. Arthur Fournier), both programs to help the economically, physically or mentally challenged. Philanthropy:Dr. Sanford and Dolores Ziff,for their work in “serving the community, financially embracing the homeless, education and the arts.”The Ziffs – in addition to supporting numerous organizations – pledged $10 million to build the performing arts center in Miami, To honor them, the largest hall at the center is named the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Opera House, Press Club President Ron Levitt explained that the annual Imprint event for the past 25 years has raised funds to provide journalism scholarships.A new program was started this year to “Adopt A Student,” in which donors and students are linked as a result of the contributions.Among the educational funds are specific scholarship bequests honoring journalists --the late Steven Diamond, the late Joy Shaw Sullivan-- and 2008 honorees Dr. and Mrs. Ziff.