2015 “Be A Voice, Feel The Passion” Gala 1/17/15

2015 “Be A Voice, Feel The Passion” Gala
Saturday, 12/17/2014 – 07:00 pm –
VFC-logoMandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cost: Tables start at $10,000 and individual tickets are $500

Voices For Children Foundation to host the 2015 Be A Voice Gala, Feel the Passion Gala, presented by Harry Winston, along with Honorary Co-Chairs Brittany and Christian Slater and Gala Co-Chairs Blain and Jill Heckaman, to show support and raise funds for the foster care children of Miami-Dade County. This event will welcome approximately 500 of Miami’s most philanthropic and influential community leaders and dedicated business professionals. Guests will arrive to an elegant cocktail reception featuring a silent auction with goods and services donated from national and local luxury brands.

The exclusive auction customarily features an array of exciting pieces and unique experiences. Emceed by Paul Castronovo, host of Big 105.9’s “Paul & Young Ron Show,” this year’s Gala will recognize Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz with the 2015 Humanitarian Award and guests will experience a special performance by Charles “Lil Buck” Riley. The evening culminates with dinner and a meaningful testimonial demonstrating the work of Voices For Children and the Guardian ad Litem Program. New York’s DJ Kucha will provide festive tunes into the late night while continued cocktails round out the unforgettable evening and remind guests of their fortunate opportunity to Be A Voice for foster children in our community.

Miami-Dade Chamber marks 40-Year Legacy of Advocating For Black, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in South Florida 12/6/14

Miami-Dade Chamber marks 40-Year Legacy of Advocating For Black, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in South Florida
Sunday, 12/06/2014 – 12/06/2014 06:00 pm – 11:00 pm
InviteJungle Island Tree Top Ballroom
1111 Parrott Jungle Trial,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $200

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC) will host an elegant black-tie gala to celebrate its 40th Anniversary and you are invited to attend. The Ruby inspired Gala will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Jungle Island Tree Top Ballroom, 1111 Parrott Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida 33132. The gala begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm. The gala always attracts an esteemed group of notable civic, business and community influencers. This year’s gala chairman is Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Music will be provided by legendary Doug E. Fresh.

The M-DCC has been at the forefront the past forty-years advocating for Black, Minority and Women-Owned businesses providing a blueprint to create awareness of the economic impact minority-owned businesses have in the Miami Dade and South Florida area. The M-DCC carries the leadership torch of its past Presidents who include; Inaugural President David Fincher (1974-1984); Dorothy Baker (1984-2004) Bill Diggs (2005-2013) and newly elected President G. Eric Knowles has already begun to make an indelible mark through advocacy and membership engagement.

“It is important to understand the relevancy and celebrate the successes of the past forty years, as we build a platform for our future. While creating a level playing field for our current membership, it is important that we create a tide that will raise the entrepreneurial spirit of our young business professionals here in Miami- Dade County and throughout South Florida”
G. Eric Knowles, President and CEO, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce

Gala Sponsors include: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Carnival Cruise Lines, FPL, Baptist Health South Florida, W South Beach, Port of Miami, FIU and Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The M-DCC gala is one of the most sought out invitations in South Florida during the holiday season. The 2014 Miami-Dade Chamber Gala Honorees to receive prestigious honors include: Garth Reeves Sr. Publisher Emeritus-Miami Times, will receive the H.T. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. Adora Obi Nweze, President of the Florida State Conference NAACP will be presented the Distinguished Service Award. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss is being recognized with the Citizen Of The Year Award.

Individual Tickets are $200 per person and $2,250 for a table of 10. Sponsorships offer tremendous added value including extensive media exposure and the opportunity to promote your company to South Florida’s noted business executives, elected officials, professionals and community influencers.
For more information and to reserve your space, please contact the Chamber at 305-751-8648 or register online today at www.m-dcc.org.

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Kiwanis Of Little Havana Foundation 38th Annual Christmas Gala 12/6/14

Kiwanis Of Little Havana Foundation 38th Annual Christmas Gala
Saturday, 12/06/2014 – 08:00 pm –
100evite2Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
Cost: Individual Ticket – $125; Reserved Table (10 Guests) – $1,500; VIP Lounge (10 Guests) – $2,500

The Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation is set to host its 38th Annual Christmas Gala, with support from BMW, Bacardi and Coca-Cola. Proceeds from the annual fundraising event will benefit various Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation projects, including “A Toy for Every Child” and “Adopt-a-Family” holiday initiatives.

“For more than three decades, our Annual Christmas Gala has afforded the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana the opportunity to touch the lives of those less fortunate by distributing thousands of cherished gifts and warm meals during the holidays,” said Henry Jimenez, chairman of the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation. “With the help of our corporate and community partners, as well as numerous volunteers, we can continue to further our mission to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of thousands of South Florida children and their families.”

Beginning at 8 p.m., guests will dance to the rhythm of live performances by internationally renowned artists Grupo Niche, Hansel Y Raul, and Lime. Attendees will also enjoy an open bar and buffet stations featuring local cuisine. Formal attire will be strictly enforced.

Additional benefiting foundation projects include the annual Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Christmas Fair, Future Leaders through Education Scholarship Fund, and many more community goodwill youth initiatives.

Urban MATERs: Art. Music. Mix in Support of In-Need Kids 11/14/14

Urban MATERs: Art. Music. Mix in Support of In-Need Kids
Friday, November 14, 8:00pm
UrbanMATERsMAPS Backlot
342 NW 24 St
Miami, FL 33127
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Contrasting traditional fundraisers, the Centro Mater Foundation is kicking off Miami’s art season with a casual community celebration of urban art, music and entertainment in support of local underprivileged youths.

Designed as an urban art fair, Urban MATERs will offer food trucks, sweets, spirits, and craft beer-all included in the ticket price. Entertainment will include live music and a creative variety of artistic expressions, including opportunities for guests to create their own masterpieces. Local artist “GG” will present an exhibition and live art display. Guests will also be able to peruse memorabilia at a Romero Britto Pop-Up Shop.

The Centro Mater Foundation is a South Florida institution that supports the efforts of Centro Mater Child Care Services Inc., a non-profit organization that provides quality care and education to economically disadvantaged youths. The funds raised through the event will largely support Centro Mater’s noted summer program, which annually serves 800 at-risk children.

Event sponsors include: Sazon Goya, Coastal Wine and Spirits, FirstBank Florida, Mercantil Commercebank, Cantera & Associates, Catholic Health Services, Diario las Americas, Merrill Lynch, Palmetto57, Femwell Group Health, HLB Gravier, KPMG LLP, Permal Group, Verdeja & De Armas, LLP, Atelier Monnier, and Panagra.

28th Annual Festival of the Trees 11/20/14

Thursday, 11/20/2014, 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
FOT-2014_Save-the-Date1Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive
Miami, Florida 33134
Entry: $72; Ten People: $550

The exhibition gala will be attended by some of Miami’s most well-known figures in the real estate, arts, architecture and design communities, as well as representatives from the media, Miami-Dade government, FIU students, faculty, and alumni. The Interior Architecture Advisory Board coordinates the exhibition and accompanying gala reception. As in past years, net proceeds from the Festival of the Trees will be used to support FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and help talented students pursue a quality education at FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts. This annual holiday extravaganza has raised over $150,000!

“Design GPS: Global Prismatic Spectrums” is the theme of this year’s exhibition that showcases the amazing creativity of the community by engaging top local, national and international designers in the design of spectacular holiday trees made from every imaginable material. All who attend the gala reception on November 20th can bid on these extraordinary tree creations, and the winning bidder can display them as holiday decorations in their homes or offices, for years to come.

Single tickets are $72 and a $550 ten-person group rate is currently available for purchase at www.festivalofthetrees.net.

Leadership Learning Center Annual Gala 11/7/14

Leadership Learning Center Annual Gala
Friday, 11/07/2014 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
unnamed-2Coral Gables Country Club
997 N. Greenway Drive,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Cost: $400

The Leadership Learning Center at St. John Bosco Catholic Church will host its gala on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Coral Gables Country Club. The gala will kick-off a capital campaign, which will fund the new facility being constructed on the Center’s campus. Once the building is complete, the Center will be able to double the amount of students it serves annually.

The event’s theme will celebrate the program’s golden anniversary and officially mark the beginning of the next chapter of the Leadership Learning Center’s work in the community. Gala chairs Yuri Rossi and Dr. Ada Armas will join leaders from the business and civic community, including alumni of the program.

Univision anchors Eileen Cardet and Jorge Hernandez will serve as the Masters of Ceremonies, and Willy Chirino will perform live for attendees. The event include cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and dancing.

Gala sponsors include Humana; MCCI Medical Group; Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc.; Quantum Technology Partners; Artisan Media; Bacardi U.S.A.; Healthcare Image Centers Radiology VIP; Astor; Ocean Bank; and Jaxi Builders, Inc.

Neat Stuff 4th Annual Casino Night Event 10/17/14

Neat Stuff 4th Annual Casino Night Event
neatstuff4October 17, 2014, 7:30PM
Coral Gables Country Club
997 N Greenway Dr
Miami, FL 33134
Pre paid tickets to the Neat Stuff Casino Night: $125. $150 at the door.
For more information on tickets please email: [email protected]

The non for profit organization Neat Stuff, Inc. is ready to host its fourth Casino Night fundraising event. Hosted by Miami Housewife star, Chef, and Author Ana Quincoces, the Casino Night fundraising event is planned to be a fabulous night filled with “Las Vegas” style fun intended to help raise funds for a an amazing organization that aids our South Florida youth. The program will include a presentation by Commissioner for District 8, Mrs. Daniella Levine Cava.

Neat Stuff, Inc. was founded in 1995 with the missionto provide free new clothing and school uniforms to abused, neglected, abandoned and other at-risk children. Neat Stuff was created by local community child advocate Phyllis Krug, who identified a critical need for children involved in the social services system. Today, the organization is proud to be the only agency of its kind in South Florida proudly serving an average of 4,000 at-risk children and distributing over $ 1.2 million worth of new clothes, school uniforms and accessories annually. The major story is not just what they do but how they do it.

Neat Stuff for Kids which has been dubbed “the little engine that could” raises its funds from the private sector with no Government help which presents its challenges. Neat Stuff works hard to create strong relationships within community while running a very lean and efficient operation. The Casino Night fundraising event is an opportunity for others to jump on “little engine that could” while having a great time.

The Neat Stuff Casino Night is planned to be a spectacular affair. Fittingly the upscale, newly renovated Coral Gables Country Club was chosen for this event. Guests will experience a red carpet welcome complete with Las Vegas-style show girls which are sure to set the mood for a “Sin City” inspired event. After ticketing, guests will receive their “play money” and enter the Coral Grand Ballroom and be transported to Las Vegas for one night.

Those present will be treated to an open bar to get those pesky pre-gambling jitters out of the way. Experience the sights and sounds of a real casino as players roar with every roll of the dice at the craps table. Try your hand at out hustling the blackjack dealer while sipping on vodka martinis. The roulette table is sure to be popular as participants decide what to bet only moments before the dealer flicks the ball into the spinning wheel. If the tables aren’t the fancy or just taking a break between bets guests are encouraged to take part in the fabulous silent and live auction. Music will fill the air as guests move to the rhythm with cocktails in hand. Palates will be pleased as guests savor delicious hors d’ouerves throughout the evening and enjoy an exquisite buffet. The Neat Stuff Casino Night is sure to be a spectacular event but more importantly it is an event to bring people together for the sake and welfare of less fortunate children in our community

The Neat Stuff Casino Night will be another milestone of what has been an amazing journey for this agency. What began as a humble operation in 1995 has turned into an inspiring tale of how a group of caring people can help others who are not as fortunate. The “little engine that could” is ready to turn into a furious locomotive.