By: Viviana Mauri, Communications Intern
As we draw closer to the 11th Annual Catalyst Miami Theatre Event, MASKED, on Friday, July 8th at the GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel, we have had the opportunity get a few questions answered by one of this year’s honorees, Mr. John Anzivino, who will be recognized for his exceptional community involvement. Take a look at our Q&A with this incredible community leader! If you haven’t purchased your tickets, please visit http://www.hscdade.org/ to secure your seats.
Viviana Mauri: This year, we’re excited to present Catalyst Miami’s 11th Annual Theatre event, “Masked,” where you’ll be honored for your exemplary community involvement. What does that mean to you?
John Anzivino: It is an opportunity to encourage others to get involved in the community and experience the pleasure of working with like minded people who are trying to make Miami a better place. Some of the nicest people I have ever met and some of my most cherished friendships have come from community involvement. You develop a sense of belonging that is so valuable in life. Being "honored" just adds to those wonderful feelings.
VM: Catalyst Miami’s Operational Values are Leadership, Collaboration, Innovation, Self-Empowerment, and Compassion. Can you describe how one or more of these values have played a role in your philanthropic career?
JA: My passion to help others and have an impact on our community forced me to take leadership roles I would otherwise have not experienced. Those experiences helped me grow to be a leader in my own way. Innovation often arises from collaboration in addressing community issues.
VM: Catalyst Miami’s mission is “to develop and support individual leadership and strong organizations that work together to improve health, education and economic opportunity in all our communities.” Is there one aspect of our mission that you feel aligns closest to your community involvement?
JA: Not really. As the saying goes "It's all good!"
VM: Why do you believe an organization like Catalyst Miami is important to our South Florida community?JA: Absolutely! Many people think about getting involved. But, often they need a "catalyst" to motivate them to break through their inertia and get into action.