For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2013

Media Contact:
Greg Chin

305-876-7017



MIA K-9 AMBASSADOR TEAM RECEIVES VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR AWARD


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

The Miami International Airport K-9 Volunteer Ambassador team of Casey, a 69-pound Golden Retriever and trained therapy dog, and her owner Liz Miller, a former local banking executive and Pinecrest resident, has a long list of accomplishments at MIA: More than one year on the job, putting smiles on thousands of passengers’ faces while providing customer service assistance; a fan club of adoring travelers from around the world who keep in touch with Casey through their own web site (www.miami-airport.com/casey.asp), email address (casey@miami-airport.com) and business cards; international media exposure; and next Tuesday, an appearance on the Travel Channel reality series “Airport 24/7: Miami.” Liz and Casey added another accolade to their resumes when they were named MIA Volunteer Ambassadors of the Year at the airport’s annual recognition gala dinner on April 25.

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At MIA’s Volunteer Ambassador Recognition Gala, from left: Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau President and Chief Executive Officer William D. Talbert III; Volunteer Ambassador of the Year Liz Miller; American Airlines Vice President Marilyn DeVoe; Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director Emilio T. González; and K-9 Volunteer Ambassador Casey.  To download hi-res photos, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/photos.asp


Liz and Casey were honored from among MIA’s 75 volunteers for assisting passengers and providing hugs and comfort to make their travel experience easier.  As Volunteer Ambassadors of the Year, Liz will receive two tickets from American Airlines to fly anywhere in the continental U.S., the Caribbean or Mexico, and Casey will receive a gift certificate for a one-day stay at the Totally Dog day camp.


“Liz and Casey have added a special component to our Volunteer Ambassador Program that helps to serve our nearly 40 million annual passengers at MIA,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director Emilio T. González.  “Having warm, helpful airport ambassadors like Liz and Casey does wonders for passengers during a busy travel day.  We congratulate both of them on a job well done.”

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