Photo (l-r): Michael Salem, UHC Vice Chairman; Maria Gomez, UHC Board Secretary; Maria Lamas, UHC Board Member; Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, UHC Board Member; Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Healthcare Innovation Award; Yolanda Cash Jackson, Esq., Thelma Gibson Community Service Award; Maximo Alvarez, Corporate Service Award; Senator Ileana Garcia, Public Service Award; Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Community Builder Award; Joe Natoli, Corporate Service – Healthcare Award; Carlos L. Martinez, UHC President and CEO; Michelle Barton King, Esq., UHC Chairperson of the Board; Jose K. Fuentes, UHC Immediate Past Chairman of the Board; Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Moise, UHC Board Member


May 12, 2023—United HomeCare® (UHC), a leader and pioneer of home and community-based care and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving South Florida’s older adults, disabled adults, and family caregivers since 1973 helping seniors to age in place at-home with dignity, celebrated a milestone anniversary of 50 years of caring at its Annual Claude Pepper Awards luncheon on May 11, 2023.

This year, United HomeCare proudly awarded the Claude Pepper Award to six extraordinary honorees: Maximo Alvarez, Founder & President, Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Inc., Corporate Service; Joe Natoli, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer, Baptist Health South Florida, Corporate Service –Healthcare; The Honorable Ileana Garcia, Senator, District 36, Florida Senate, Public Service; The Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami-Dade County, Community Builder; Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Healthcare Innovation Award; and Yolanda Cash Jackson, Esq., Shareholder, Becker, Thelma Gibson Community Service Award.

Carlos L. Martinez, UHC President and CEO with Calvin Hughes, Newscaster, WPLG-Local 10

Over 370 community leaders, healthcare professionals and dignitaries gathered in honor of the 2023 Claude Pepper Award recipients and gave a toast to celebrate the organization’s 50-years milestone anniversary. The sold-out event honoring champions of aging was led by United HomeCare, President and CEO, Carlos L. Martinez and Michelle Barton King, Chairperson of the Board, joined by all UHC Volunteer Board of Directors. Dr.h.c. Rachel Tourgeman delivered a moving invocation and Calvin Hughes, Newscaster, WPLG-Local 10, officiated as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. Special recognition was given to all sponsors and supporters for their continued support. The Claude Pepper Foundation and their Chair and President, Thomas J. Spulak was also present in recognition of the event’s 28th year. The Claude Pepper Awards luncheon is a signature event which pays tribute to the legacy of The Honorable Claude D. Pepper for his advocacy on behalf of the elderly and disabled, and honors exceptional individuals and organizations from the private and public sector who exemplify the spirit and ideals of the award’s namesake.



“Life is like riding a bicycle: you don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling,” an inspiring quote by the late Senator Pepper was the Gala’s theme conveying United HomeCare’s promise to continue its mission of caring, one that it has rendered to hundreds of thousands older Floridians for 50 years.

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