What a great event at Centro Asturiano de Tampa on October 5th, 2015! With over 250 attendees and covered by numerous media outlets, Tampa Tiger Bay Club was excited to bring you a special program 10 years in the making. This was presented to you by our sponsors below. See the flyer below!
Albert A. Fox, Jr., the founder of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, joined Ralph Fernandez, Tampa attorney and Cuba hardliner, on the Tiger Bay stage to discuss the merits of normalization of Cuban-American relations over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Reserve your seat today!
Mr. Fox formed a lobbying/government relations company in 1984. Twelve years later, he established the non-profit Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation to re-establish trade and diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. He has made more than 100 legal visits to Cuba. Fox took then-Tampa Mayor Dick Greco here in 2002 for a visit that included a meeting with Fidel Castro.
Ralph Fernandez was born in Cuba and he moved with his family to Tampa as an 8-year-old in 1961. He was working as a prosecutor for Hillsborough County in 1980 when Castro proclaimed that any Cuban who wished to emigrate to the United States could board a boat at the port of Mariel. During the ensuing months, 125,000 Cubans fled to Florida and approximately 1,700 exiles were imprisoned in Florida jails because of criminal records or mental problems. Fernandez soon began defending some of them. Through his work, he heard stories of executions in Cuba by firing squad. It changed his outlook, and since that time he has defended many Cubans (all pro bono) accused of trying to bring down the Castro regime — some of whom even he admits could be easily classified as terrorists.
Biographies taken from: Who is Albert Fox, Jr., by Alexis Muellner, Tampa Bay Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/print-edition/2014/07/11/who-is-albert-a-fox-jr.html and The unrepentant Ralph Fernandez, by Mitch Perry, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay: http://cltampa.com/tampa/the-unrepentant-ralph-fernandez/Content?oid=2882804#.Ve-Cakb-XYA