2nd Annual “Little Black Dress” Event Benefiting Operation Smile By Betty Alvarez

On Feb. 5 at Viceroy Miami (Club 50), The 2nd Annual “Little Black Dress” Fundraiser Event & Cocktail was held benefiting Operation Smile, an international charity and organization of mobile medical professionals who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate all over the world. Along with last year’s supporter, former NBA player of the Miami Heat, Tim Hardaway, the event had a mixture of celebrities from different genre’s who have agreed to support Operation Smile this year.

Miami native, and now the star of the hit Broadway play “Dream Girls” ; whom she plays the role of Deena, Syesha Mercado delighted from her upcoming album. Syesha’s performance at this event had the invited guests looking forward to her release date! Also supporting the fundraiser, Super Bowl champ and 2 time Pro Bowl winner, former NFL Player of the Atlanta Falcons, Gerald Riggs, along with his son, successful International Sports News Castor, Gerald Riggs Jr.

Coming all the way from Hollywood, California, supporting actor from “Stomp The Yard” and well known for dancing his way into Hollywood, Alfred Thomas. Performing in hit dance sequences, movies such as “Dream Girls” and “Step Up 2”, Thomas’ latest movie, “Burlesque” is definitely one of his best performances yet.

The electro-pop trio Arrivederci, a high powered group with dynamic vocals, hard hitting beats, and melodic chords shook Club 50 with their sound! During their performance, A “Little Black Dress” fashion show featured 10 of Miami’s well known designer’s added a glamorous touch to the night. The event showcased motorcycle collectibles, courtesy of Harley-Davidson Miami.

Special martinis sponsored by Status Vodka were served to the guests. Aura Catering and “Yes Ma’am” Sweets From The Kitchen served delectable appetizers and desserts.

ALL proceeds inside from this event benefitted Operation Smile – www.operationsmile.org

Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011