MIAMI The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has selected Jayne and Leonard Abess as the 2007 recipients of its most prestigious award, Sand in My Shoes. The award will be presented at a dinner on Thursday, November 2, 2006, at the Radisson Hotel Miami, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard.Jayne Abess is Chair Emeritus of Goodwill Industries of South Florida and Vice President of Community Relations for City National Bank of Florida. She is a Founder at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where the Abess family founded the hospital’s Abess Diagnostic Center and the Abess Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She also serves on the Medical Center’s Foundation Board; is a Trustee and Board member of United Way of Miami Dade County and the Peddie School; and is on the Board and the Executive Committee of Ransom Everglades School.She is a former President of the Junior League of Miami and received the organization’s Rebecca Herndon Bush Community Service Award for “giving her time and efforts to better the quality of life in our community.” Jayne received the Red Cross Spectrum Award for Community Service; and the United Way’s Dorothy Shula Award for Outstanding Volunteerism for her “commitment to bringing hope, promise and opportunity into the lives of others.” She has also been honored by the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes.Jayne has served on the Boards of Miami Country Day School, the Bass Museum, the Youth Education and Sports Foundation, Miami Child Watch Coalition/Children’s Defense Fund, the Concert Association of Greater Miami, the Miami Dade Partners for Safe Neighborhoods, the Bertha Abess Children’s Center and the Solid Waste Management Task Force.Leonard Abess is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of City National Bank of Florida. He is a member of the Board of The Greater Miami Jewish Federation and former Chairman of the Board of Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he remains a Founder and Trustee. He is also former Chairman of the Mount Sinai Finance Committee, Audit Committee and Nominating Committee and former Treasurer of the Medical Center’s Board of Trustees.He Air Jordan 17s is a Trustee of Nike KD 7 the University of Miami, where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive, Investment and Medical Affairs Committees; a Trustee of Fairchild Tropical Garden and of The Nature Conservancy/Florida Chapter and a former Trustee of the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Mass. Leonard received the Doc Baker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2006.Together, Jayne and Leonard Abess became members of the United Way of Miami Dade County’s Million Dollar Roundtable in 1995. Air Jordan 19s In 1999 they received the Concern award from the Health Foundation of South Florida for their commitment to issues concerning health and human services. In that same year they received the highest award presented by the United Way, the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy, for their “volunteer service and inspiration to others.” They have also been honored as Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the National Association of Fundraising Professionals.Jayne and Leonard Abess are devoted environmentalists. Air Jordan 7s They created the Abess Center for Environmental Sciences at Miami Country Day School and founded the Abess Floating Research Station in the Brazilian Amazon. Leonard’s long standing environmental affiliations include the World Wildlife Fund’s National Advisory Council, the Palm Society, the Audubon Society, and the Nature Conservancy/Florida Chapter.The Greater Miami Chamber’s Sand in My Shoes Award was established in 1981 and based on an editorial delivered by Air Jordan Fusion 5 the late WTVJ Vice President and News Director, Ralph Renick. The Sand in My Shoes Award is presented to a community leader who has made significant contributions to the South Florida area, demonstrating a deep love and commitment to this community as the best possible place in which to work and live. Past award recipients include Alvah Chapman, Jr., 1983; Bill Colson, 1986; R. Ray Goode, 1988; M. Anthony Burns, 1991; Robert H. Traurig, 1997; Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, 1999; Leonard and Susan Miller, 2001; Armando Codina, 2003; William O. Cullom, 2004; Carlos J. Arboleya, 2005; and most recently, Jorge M. Perez.The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses and professions organized to create economic progress in Miami Dade County. To carry out its mission, the Chamber serves as the voice of business enterprise and involves the private sector in community leadership. Since its inception in 1907 as the Miami Board of Trade, the organization known today as the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has been widely recognized and respected for its record of economic development and community improvement throughout the years. With its rich legacy of leadership, the Chamber is positioned to build on its record as it continues to help build a greater Miami.