Yanik Quesnel, Trinidad & Tobago National and Ronald McDonald House Resident, Survives Odds, Inspires Others
Miami, Florida, April 2, 2008 – Ronald McDonald House® of Miami will honor delancyhill Attorney Marlon Hill as one of Twelve Good Men at its 15th Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 10th, 11:30am, at Jungle Island in Miami. The purpose of the event is to honor leading men with a history of outstanding community involvement; civic service; and involvement in one or more of South Florida’s charity organizations. The money raised each year at this luncheon helps fund the annual operational budget of “The House that Love Built®.”
In honor of his award, Mr. Hill will invite Yanik Quesnel, one of the kids presently staying at the House, and his family as special guests at the Luncheon. Yanik is an eighteen-year old boy who was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago. Recently, Yanik’s life was turned upside down when he was the victim of a motorboat accident while on vacation from school. Yanik suffered severe head trauma and there was little hope for his survival. Doctors tried to reduce the pressure in his head but Yanik remained in a coma for over a month. Today, with assistance from the International Kids Fund and Ronald McDonald House, Yanik has defied the odds and is well on his way to recovery.
“I am humbled by this recognition, but the true purpose of the Luncheon is to highlight the extraordinary work of the Ronald McDonald House and the International Kids Fund. Yanik has inspired his family and his community with his resilience. I will bestow my honor to him for his spirit,” stated Marlon Hill, partner, delancyhill, P.A.
The Luncheon will also honor the following community leaders for their service to South Florida:
Michael Alessandri, Ph.D. Executive Director and Clinical Professor – University of Miami Center for Autism & Related disabilities
Michael Aller, Tourism and Convention Director, Chief Protocol – City of Miami Beach
Stephen Brunelle, Vice President and General Manager – Neiman Marcus, Coral Gables
Kevin A. Burns, Mayor – City of North Miami
Robert S. Castellano, President – Chateaux Building and Development
Jose A. Concepcion, Director– Ocean Bank
Allen C. de Olazarra, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – America ’s Capital Partners
William H. Holly, President – Holly Real Estate
John W. Kozyak, Senior Partner – Kosyak Tropin
Roberto Pelaez, President, Miami- Dade County – Bank of Florida
Sponsors of the luncheon include Ocean Bank, Bank of Florida, Holly Real Estate and the Martin Brower Company.