The M-DCC held its 40th anniversary gala at Jungle Island Dec. 6. The organization raised about $260,000 from the event. Garth Reeves, publisher emeritus  of The Miami Times, was conferred the H. T. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award during a standing ovation. Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss was named the Citizen of the Year and Adora Obi Nweze, who did not attend the gala because of a family emergency, was cited for the Distinguished Service Award.

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