Swanee DiMare loves Miami because of its diversity of cultures, the energy it exudes and the strong community feeling that makes the ‘Magic City’ truly magical. Swanee grew up in Coral Gables, and feels passionately about giving back to her community and the state that she loves. Today, she is dedicated to a wide range of charitable organizations that have made her a key figure in the Miami-Dade philanthropic arena. Swanee’s community involvement began with her work as a ten-year member of the Delta Airlines management team. She skillfully motivated Delta employees to volunteer countless hours, under her leadership, to yearly events such as the Dade County Youth Fair, the March of Dimes and the Special Olympics. She also served as the volunteer Director of Sports Activities for the K-Land Youth Center for young girls.
A graduate of Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School and a member of its Hall of Fame, Swanee supports a school endowment, that helps continue the high quality of Catholic education in our community. In January 2001- January 2005, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Swanee to the State of Florida Nature Based Heritage and Tourism Advisory Committee.
Swanee’s philanthropy reaches across many segments of our community. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and Co-Chaired its Gala in the Garden for nine years. She was Honorary Chairman in 2004 and Philanthropic Chairman in 2005,2006, 2008. Swanee and her husband Paul have generously supported Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden with a gift that will be recognized upon the completion of the “Paul and Swanee DiMare Science Building”.
Swanee has been a member of the American Red Cross Ball Committee since 2001 and taken leadership roles as Chairman (2003, 2006), Humanitarian Chairman (2004, 2005, 2007) and Honorary Chairman (2008). In March 2005, Swanee was the recipient of a prestigious Red Cross Spectrum Award for Philanthropy. She has served as Honorary Chairman of the Spectrum Awards for Women and sponsor of The Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Spectrum Award from 2006 through 2012. She is also a founding and lifetime member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, Society of Women Leaders.
Swanee has served as Honorary Chairman of the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program’s Annual Gala (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). In 2007, she and her husband, Paul, received the distinguished honor of being named Women of Tomorrow’s Legacy Builders. Swanee was recently appointed to the Women of Tomorrow National Board.
Swanee and Paul were recognized in 2007 for their community wide and far-reaching philanthropy with the Outstanding Philanthropists Award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
In her leisure time, Swanee enjoys skiing, reading and her favorite hobby, playing golf. Together, she and Paul have five adult children, Tony, Paul Jr., Scott, Gino and Jim Husk, Jr.