Boys and Girls Clubs Wild About Kids Gala honors Danell Leyva at Four Seasons 10/20/12

Boys & Girls Clubs’ "Wild About Kids" Gala honors Danell Leyva
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012
Cocktail reception begins at 7 p.m.
Meet & Greet/photo opportunity with Danell Leyva for Bronze Sponsors and higher from 7:30-8 p.m.
Dinner and program begins at 8 p.m.
After party begins at 11 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel Brickell
1435 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131

Gala tickets are priced at $325 per person. After party tickets are priced at $50 per person.
For information about tickets, table and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Astrid H. Ehrenstein, director of special events and development at 305-446-9910 ext. 30 or

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will host its sixth annual “Wild About Kids” black-tie optional gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Brickell. Gala proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and its many positive programs for 10,000 area children who need them the most.
The Gala was voted one of BizBash’s Top 100 Events of 2011. BizBash selects annual gatherings based on their impact on their respective industries and communities (and on the city) while innovating to stay on top.
Danell Leyva, who won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics for men’s gymnastics, will be honored at the event with Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Hometown Hero Award. He will also be speaking, and taking photos/having a meet & greet with Bronze Sponsors and higher. Leyva, who came to the US from Cuba when he was a young boy with his mother and sister, is an inspirational example of the American Dream.
Guests will enjoy a unique “live” red carpet welcome as they enter a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items, dinner program, live music, dancing and much more.
Miami’s own South Florida celebrity artist David “LEBO” Le Batard, who previously created a “Wall of Art” for the Kendall Boys & Girls Club with LeBron James, is donating a piece of his original artwork inspired by the organization’s mission statement to the silent auction. A step-by-step photographic exhibit and short video of his painting’s creative process will be displayed. LEBO is also leading two to three workshops at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s after school programs throughout the year to help enrich and awaken the “artist” in the Club’s children between his commissions. 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumna 13-year-old Elizabeth Elias will sing the National Anthem to kick off the dinner program. A singer, dancer and model, Elias recently sang the US and Canadian National Anthems at Marlins Park.
Attendees, including South Florida’s top community leaders, will have the opportunity at the event to sponsor a child through donations. Once again, the gala emcee will be Lynn Martinez, anchor of WSVN’s Deco Drive.
The gala is chaired by Lana DeSimone, Irene Korge and Eris Thomas.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Current sponsors are: Presenting Sponsor Miami Marlins Foundation, Silver Sponsor Hamilton Yacht Group South Florida, Bronze Sponsors Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm, Matty’s Sports, Coral Gables Executive Physicians, The Bermont Advisory Group and Irene Korge; Media Sponsor Miami magazine, Liquor Sponsor Bacardi and Wine Sponsor Epica Wines.
An after party at the Four Seasons Hotel Brickell, which will include music, dancing, a full bar and tapas-style food, will continue the celebration. Tickets for the after party are $50 per person.

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