This spring, the FIU Alumni Association will host its seventeenth annual Torch Awards Gala at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center. The Torch Award is the highest honor bestowed upon alumni and faculty by the FIU Alumni Association, and recognizes their outstanding achievements. These FIU supporters are making positive impacts on their profession, the community and our university.

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate these extraordinary alumni and faculty. Indulge in a delicious, three-course meal and dance the night away.

Beyond paying tribute to FIU’s impressive supporters, the event will support the future construction of our FIU Alumni Center. Serving as a multi-purpose facility for academic, social and business gatherings, the space will recognize donors, share university history and showcase both student and alumni accomplishments. The FIU Alumni Center will foster and encourage lifelong connections between Panthers.

Proceeds will also benefit the First Generation Scholarship Fund, providing financial support to qualified undergraduate students who are the first generation in their families to attain a college degree. All donations are matched 100% by the State of Florida, doubling donor impact and making dreams come true for many deserving students.


“Since this is an institution that gives back continuously, it makes complete sense to give back to something that nurtures you and feeds you.”Darlene Boytell-Perez, ARNP '89, MSN '96, advanced registered nurse practitioner for Gastro Health, 15th Annual Alumna of the Year Award Recipient



April 14, 2018


Cocktail Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Awards Program & Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Afterparty: 9:30 p.m.

Table Options

VIP Table: $6,000
Premium Table: $5,000
Preferred Table: $4,000



Event Location
Ocean Bank Convocation Center
1180 SW 113th Avenue
Miami, FL 33199

2017 Recipients

Alumnus of the Year Award

Presented to an outstanding alumnus who has been a dedicated contributor to their field, community and alma mater

Chad Moss '94

Charles E. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Award

Presented to an alumnus/a who has made great strides in the early stages of his/her career

Manny A. Varas '10, MBA '14

Community Leadership Award

Presented to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exemplary service and civic involvement in his/her community

Seth J. Crapp '98

Outstanding Faculty Award

Presented to a faculty member who has made a lasting impression on the lives of FIU students and alumni

Mark A. Weiss

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Presented to alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university through their notable record of service and achievement in a particular discipline, organization or cause

16th Annual Torch Awards Gala Video Recap

Previous Year Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Bank of America

Gold Sponsor

  • Carnival Corporation & PLC
  • Geico

Silver Sponsors

  • BBVA Compass
  • TotalBank

Bronze Sponsor

  • Benchmark Hospitality

Award Naming Sponsor

  • The Brain Center

Panther Pride Sponsors

  • City Year Miami
  • Wilson-Bennett Technology, Inc.

Media Sponsors

  • All In One Mail Shop
  • BankUnited
  • ClearChannel
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Lennar Foundation
  • The Miami Heat
  • Florida East Coast Realty
  • Florida International Bankers Association
  • MasTec
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • The Miami Dolphins
  • Midtown Doral
  • Ocean Bank
  • Radiology Associates of Florida, P.A.
  • STR-Miami
  • Tonkinson Foundation

Beer Sponsor

  • Gold Coast

In-Kind Sponsor

  • Herff Jones

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