Breakfast With Santa Toy Distribution and Brunch 12/19/10

Economically Disadvantaged Haitian-American Children to Receive Holiday Cheer at the Fourth Annual Breakfast With Santa
December 19, 11:00AM – 2:00PM
J.W. Marriott Hotel
1109 Brickell Ave. Miami, FL

Dedicated Haitian-American Business Leaders, J.W. Marriott, and Loyal Supporters Sponsor the Event for More than 300 Children

“Breakfast With Santa,” an annual Holiday event, much-anticipated by underprivileged Haitian-American children, is scheduled for Sunday, December 19 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave. Miami, FL. Children (ages 5 to 12) from Little Haiti and other areas with a concentration of Haitian immigrants, will be treated to a delectable brunch, receive new toys, and take home cherished photos with Santa and his elves.

Haitian American professionals, business owners, and sponsors volunteer hundreds of hours of their time and provide financial resources to assist some of Miami-Dade County’s most disadvantaged children, whose plight has been worsened by the nation’s economic downturn.

According to the U.S. Census (2000), the poverty rate in Little Haiti is over 44%, more than three times the average rate of the Miami Fort Lauderdale Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (14%). The average income in Little Haiti is $15,277. With Florida having one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, these families are experiencing especially acute hardship. Because of this, the 2010 BWS event will be is particularly special and necessary.

“Breakfast with Santa” is a labor of love. “Everyone involved truly believes that this year is even more poignant and essential due to the number of Haitian families who have lost their homes, jobs, and security, as well as for the many who have also lost loved ones in the January earthquake,” said Judith Joseph, one of the chairpersons and founders of the event. “We want to make sure that these children and families know that we are thinking of them and that we care.” Learn more at www.BreakfastWithSantaSF.org.

Kimberly Bacardi’s Good Karma Group has been instrumental in collecting thousands of toys at various events and through personal outreach to individuals and companies throughout South Florida as part of the Breakfast With Santa efforts. In addition to collecting toys for Miami’s underprivileged Haitian children, GKG, which has actors Vincent De Paul and George Lopez as prominent members and has deep roots in the charitable community, will also visit Haiti very soon to distribute new toys to that nation’s children, a blessing many of them would not otherwise receive. Learn more at Facebook.

While previous sponsors may be feeling the pinch of a weak economy, their commitment to the children in the targeted communities remains strong for the 2010 event. In addition to the JW Marriott, the following individuals and companies have sponsored the event for the past four years:
The Haitian Chamber of Commerce of Florida
The Haitian American Leadership organization
Foodman & Associates, PA
Le Chic Events Design & Production
Dr. Ranley & Carine Desir
Dr. Reginald Pereira,
Dr. Joseph & Loydee Lemaire
Dr. Bernard Miot
Dr. Herold Merisier
Dr. Rudolph & Mirjam Moise
Dr. Dominique & Pierre Saliba
Dr. Angelo & Marie-May Gousse
Dr. Marie Denise Gervais
Dr. Myriam Pereira
Dr. Winie Robin
Dr. Cassandra Blot Simon
Dr. Joelle Thevenin
Dr. Elizabeth Phillippe
Dr. Rosemay Seide
Dr. Gardy Marcelin
Dr. Gislaine Malette Marcelin
Mr. Patrick & Judith Joseph
Mr. Munir & Carline Mourra
Mr. Jean Philippe & Josette Cantave
Mr. Anthony Box, Esq.
Ms. Sabrina Salomon, Esq.
Ms. Michelle Baker, Esq.
Ms. Kathleen Apaid
Ms. Judith Audain
Ms. Michael Vorbe
Mr. Charles & Anssie Blot
Ms. Tamara Beliard Rodriguez
Mr. Richard Rodriguez
Mr. Fred & Hermine Beliard
Ms. Patricia Pilorge Alemdar
Ms. Claudia Apaid
Ms. Christina Allien
Ms. Manoucheka Thermitus
Mr. Schiller Jerome
Ms. Bolina Salomon
Ms. Guilaine & Patricia M. Chevalier
Ms. Love Pun
Ms. Elizabeth Gardere
Ms. Paola Pierre
Ms. Mildred Gilot
Ms. Wilhelmina Michel-Dumas
Ms. Josianne Demostene
Ms. Nathalie Vertus

Breakfast with Santa has also gained new corporate and individual sponsorships. New corporate sponsors who supported the event this year include:
SUNSHINE STATE Health Plan, Continucare, Corp. Inc., Walgreen’s, ITT Corporation and Citibank, Green Family Foundation, Nopin Long Distance, Centuric, LLC, Cupcakes by Hilda, Promodivers, Haiti Shipping Lines Inc. Haiti Shipping Cargo Services LLC, I & B Associates, Inc. and M-Three Production New individual sponsors are: Kimberly Bacardi for Good Karma Group, Dr. Alie Darbouze Brutus, Dr. Smith Joseph, Dr. Michel Dodard and Dr. Nancy A. Calixte, Regine Jose, Marie Claude Fleurima, Thedy and Carline Brezault, Dr. Mogin & Mrs. Nancy Antoine, Egerton Bullock, Wendy Goodyear Costigan, Don A. and Suzan J. D’adesky, Kristopher and Pascal Baker Lemke, Sasha Leon, Carmen Riviera.

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