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A LIFETIME OF DEDICATION AND GENEROSITY ARE THE TRADEMARKS OF ROSE MINIACI, A LADY THAT "MAKES A DIFFERENCE" AS SHE TOUCHES LIVES WITH HER BENEVOLENCE.

ROSE AND HER HUSBAND, ALFRED, SHARED THEIR INTEREST IN PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVORS.  IN 1969 "THE ALFRED & ROSE MINIACI FOUNDATION, INC" WAS FOUNDED TO ASSIST THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN & ADULTS IN FIELDS OF MUSIC & THE ARTS, MEDICAL AND PHLANTRHROPIC INSTITUTIONS, MUSEUMS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORY, CHARITIES, SPORTS, HOSPITALS, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS.

THE MULTITUDE OF HER BENEVOLENCE AND THE ORGANIZATIONS SHE HAS SUPPORTED ARE NUMEROUS AND INCLUDE:  THE ANN STORK CENTER FOR THE MENTALLY CHALLENGED AND DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED, THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS, THE OPERA SOCIETY, BROWARD CENTER OF THE PERFORMING ARTS, SYMPHONY OF THE AMERICAS, BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER, BOYS & GIRLS TOWN OF ITALY, THE UNITED JEWISH APPEAL, CITY OF HOPE STUDENT ENRICHMENT IN ARTS AND SCIENCE, NOVA SOUTHERN MEDICAL/DENTAL SCHOOL, CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY, THE CANCER FUND, DIABETES ASSOCIATON, ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION, ST. ANTHONY'S FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION, THE THEATER OF PERFORMING ARTS AT NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, SEAS PROGRAM, BROWARD COUNTY'S PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT ENRICHMENT FOR THE ARTS AND HER YEARLY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM WHICH HAS ASSISTED THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS OF ALL RACES & RELIGIONS TO REALIZE THEIR EDUCATIONAL ASPIRATIONS.

ROSE'S DEDICATION IS AN INSPIRATON TO ALL THAT ARE FAMILIAR WITH HER SWEET, KIND, DEMEANOR.  A WOMAN OF GREAT HUMILITY, SHE IS THE EPITOME OF HUMAN KINDNESS.  SHE SIMPLY COMMENTS, "I DO WHATEVER I CAN."

I am honored that Rose Miniaci was kind enough to answer the following questions for Blacktie's "Have You Met", and I hope everyone will be as inspired by Rose Miniaci as I am.

Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has be en your proudest personal accomplishment?     I’m grateful for being instrumental in helping people,  particularly our youth.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?    Hearing about the lives that have been enhanced.

Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?   My mentor and lifetime partner, was my deceased husband, Alfred Miniaci.

You are out in the public arena quite often; who is the most interesting person you have ever met?    The Dalai Lama impressed me with his spirituality.  His views are similar to those that I was brought up with.  We smiled a great deal during our personal visit.

What program with your organization do you get the most excited about?  Assisting student’s with their education in various fields and meeting children’s medical needs.

How did you determine which charitable organizations you would support?   I always do what I can at the time as need arises.

 Is there a charitable event(s) you really look forward to attending each year?    All of them,  including The Symphony of the Americas event, dedicated to assisting young artists.

How have things changed for you through the years?   The biggest change has been carrying on the charitable work alone that was created with my husband.

What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?     My belief and support.

What is your greatest challenge at this time? 
            
Living each day.                                

What is your idea of perfect happiness?         Time with my family, relatives, friends.

What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?   That being in a position to assist others is very humbling and gratifying.

How do you relax?    Music.  I  love all types of music, especially the Symphony of the Americas and the Opera.

 Do you have a favorite vacation spot?       ITALY

What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?    God has been good to me.  My only wish is for the health and happiness of family, friends and those in need.

If you found a treasure chest – and you could keep it, what would you want to be in it?    Treasures to relieve the concerns of the sick & homeless.

How can we reach out to other people in the world?       By contributing to their welfare to the best of our ability.

Is there an inspirational book you have read that you would recommend to others?    Helen Keller.  Her accomplishments and writing is inspirational, particularly the adversity she overcame.

What can make you laugh?     My sense of humor makes it easy to laugh.

What can make you cry?  Memories of those gone that I love.

Are you where you hoped you would be at this point in your life? YES.     

 What do you still hope to accomplish?  I hope to carry on my work to help those less fortunate.

Is there a fond childhood memory you can share with us?  The love & security of wonderful parents and family make all my childhood memories happy.
 

When you were a little girl, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?   
A singer.        

What is your vision and hope for the future?  With faith, you are always optimistic.  Less suffering and turmoil in the world would be a blessing.

What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?     The hatred in the world.      

How do you want to be remembered by future generations?  As a humble woman that did what she could to assist others.

What do your want your epitaph to read?   "A lady that made a difference.” 

Do you have a motto, or some words of wisdom, that has guided you through your life?    "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you"     

Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?   Aside from my husband, Alfred, the Dalai Lama.

What would best describe your live right now?     Happy.

What is your proudest achievement?   Yearly education Scholarships to our youth, The establishment of The Alfred & Rose Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova University, Symphony of the Americas & Broward County  youth education programs, etc. Bringing joy to the people.

What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?    Honesty.  Treat others as you would like to be treated.  Never look down on others and help where you can.

If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title of it be?     "How I Reached My Goals in Life"

Who is your hero?   My Husband Alfred!      

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?   Being with my husband.

What’s been the key to the success and growth of relationships?    Love and Respect.           

What are your favorite leisure time activities or hobbies?  Music.

What is your favorite sport? Watching Football, especially when my son was a player.

What’s the best movie you have ever seen?    Gone with the Wind.

What three things are always in your refrigerator?    Fruit, Vegetables & Milk.

What is your most treasured possession?    My Chidren and Grandchildren.

What is your greatest indulgence?   Chocolate and Ice Cream.

What magazine do you look forward to reading each week/month?        Prevention and US News.

What will we find you doing on a Saturday night?    Possibly attending a Charity Event.

What is your favorite room in your house.  The Living Room.            

What is your pet peeve?   Anyone that lies.           

What is your greatest strength?                Optimism. 

What are you most disciplined about?    Life!

What is a moment you will never forget?    My Wedding Day!         

What is something you have learned from a pet?  Unconditional love.