MIRAMAR, Fla., March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In recognition of her tireless efforts to enhance communities through education, access to job opportunities, and career advancement, the Dade County Bar Association recently presented its Civil Trailblazer award to Marlene Gordon, the founder and president of the Lynne Mitchell Foundation. Awarded on Feb. 2, 2017, the award seeks to recognize those in the legal field who use their insight, expertise, and professional relationships to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Ms. Gordon was chosen for this honor primarily for her work through the Lynne Mitchell Foundation, which provides educational resources and scholarships to deserving students in Jamaica.

«I am both humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers with this distinction,» said Ms. Gordon. «While philanthropic work is indeed its own best reward, knowing that those efforts are noticed by others means that we’re making a visible difference that we can then leverage towards making even greater strides.»

Alongside her work with the Lynne Mitchell Foundation, Ms. Gordon’s active involvement in the business community was also considered as part of the award selection. Other similar awards Ms. Gordon has received in the past include being named Glass Ceiling Award recipient as well as one of 2013’s Most Powerful & Influential Women by the Florida Diversity Action Council. She currently serves as Vice President, General Counsel of Bacardi North America Corporation and is the Global chair for Bacardi’s Women In Leadership Initiative. Ms. Gordon also previously served as a board member for Suited for Success – an initiative of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce.

About Lynne Mitchell Foundation

The Lynne Mitchell Foundation was created in 2012 by president Marlene Gordon to honor the memory of her mother, Lynne Mitchell, and to continue her legacy of «growing love… one act at a time.» The foundation focuses on underprivileged children in the rural community on the island of Jamaica where Mitchell was born and raised.  The specific focus of the foundation is on Seaview Primary school with the aim of showing these children what love is and changing their lives in a positive and meaningful way. The foundation serves to raise funds for programs including scholarships, transportation, meals and building renovations to benefit the students of Seaview Primary School. For more information about the Lynne Mitchell Foundation and how you can become a Love Activist for the organization, visit www.LynneMitchellFoundation.org.

Lynne Mitchell Foundation, Inc., is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We are also registered with the State of Florida under the Solicitation of Contributions Act – Registration #CH38687. 100% of each contribution is received by Lynne Mitchell Foundation, Inc. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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