Christian Jewish coalition honors Albert Dotson, Jr.
3/8/2012, 4 a.m.
MCCJ hosts annual awards gala On Saturday, March 3rd, local attorney Albert Dotson, Jr. was among a handful of individuals to receive the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ)s 2012 Silver Medallion Award for his humanitarian work in the community during the organizations annual Humanitarian Awards Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. There are a lot of people who do a lot of great things in the community and to be recognized as one of them is humbling, Dotson, 51, told the Miami Times in a telephone interview. Leading a thriving career at the law firm, Bilzin Sumberg, the busy professional has been lauded as most effective lawyer and one of the best lawyers in America. Yet Dotson has also balanced his work by volunteering countless hours with various community service efforts. He serves as a board member for the Alonzo Mourning Charities, is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and has previously served as the chairman at the Overtown Youth Center Board of Directors. To Dotson, community service is almost mandatory. I just feel that there is absolutely no choice at all when one has been blessed that you have to give back, said Dotson, who is also a member of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Perrine. Im one of those people who believes I have an obligation to do what I can to help our community move forward and progress. Dotsons father, Albert Dotson, Sr. also shares his sons charitable spirit and was awarded a Silver Medallion in 2011. Other Silver Medallion Award recipients were Trish and Dan Bell, Juan A. del Busto, and Patricia Papper. Other awardees included: M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, the Public Service Medallion; and Rabbi Herbert Baumgard, Bishop Agustin Roman and the Rev. Priscilla Felisky Whitehead, who each received a special Medallion for Clergy. The MCCJ which was founded in 1935, has been hosting the annual Humanitarian Awards dinner since 1946. Honorees are chosen because they model the kind of leadership that we all want and are a model for what [the MCCJ] mission, said Roberta Shevin, the executive director of MCCJ. We want to promote the understanding and respect among all faiths and groups. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com