All You Need Is Love At Miami Children’s Museum’s 2012 Be A Kid Again Gala Honoring Romero Britto 3/31/12

All You Need Is Love At Miami Children’s Museum’s 2012 Be A Kid Again Gala Honoring Romero Britto
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, FL

Featuring a Live Multimedia Performance By The Fab Four!

On Saturday, March 31st at 6:30 PM, the Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) will host its much anticipated 2012 Be A Kid Again Gala. This year’s 60s inspired theme, “All you need is love” will celebrate exceptional educational programming and showcase a far out live auction hosted by Dave Barry and Paul Castronovo. The night will also feature a one of a kind Silent Auction with a special Wine Auction chaired by Beverly and Bill Parker. Guests will groove the night away to a spectacular multimedia stage production by The Fab Four that will transport them back in time with iconic Beatles tunes.

This year’s Be a Kid Again Gala will pay tribute to and honor renowned local artist, Romero Britto. MCM will honor Britto for his longstanding commitment and dedication to the Museum and to the children of South Florida.

Co-hosted by MCM Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jeffrey Berkowitz, Gala co-chairs Lisa Schejola Akin, Melissa Netkin, and supported by past Gala chairs Gisela and Diego Lowenstein, the 2012 Be A Kid Again Gala is guaranteed to be the most memorable event of the season! Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz and Alan Potamkin and Brigitt Rok serve as this year’s generous Premiere Sponsors. The night’s Presenting Sponsors include The Arison Family Foundation, Baptist Health South Florida, Coastal Construction, Fairholme Capital Management, Gloria Martin, the Miami Marlins/David Samson.

“MCM has always provided exceptional educational programming to children and families throughout South Florida,” says Jeffrey Berkowitz, Chairman of the Board for the Miami Children’s Museum. “The funds raised at the Be A Kid Again Gala help us ensure that all children continue to have access to these programs.”

The 2012 Be A Kid Again Gala Honorary Host Committee includes Miami heavy weights Dave Barry, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Lisa & Donald Pliner, Chris & Pat Riley. The night’s luxurious Silent Auction is chaired by Yolanda Berkowitz, DJ Kerr, Marlen Pernetti, Beth Tasca, Gisela Lowenstein and Stefanie Reed. The Host Committee includes Marianne Devine, Lara Gallardo, Aaron Glickman, Stacey Gumenick, Susan Lampen, Pam Luria, Jackie Malamed, Janet Moreira Gamble, Adrienne Pardo, Katharine Rubino, Mijanou Spurdle, Sarah Sullivan, and Chris Weinberg.

All proceeds will benefit the Museum’s educational programming. For more information, contact Sarah Smith at 305.373.KIDS (5437), ext. 142 or

2012 Be A Kid Again Gala Patron Sponsors: Academica, Jeffrey & Lisa Akin, Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, Bilzin Sumberg, Braman Family Foundation, CMC Group, Florida East Coast Realty, Florida Power & Light, Russell & Ronalee Galbut,, Greenberg Traurig, IPC International, Chaim & Shulamit Katzman, Diego & Gisela Lowenstein, Manny Medina, MC Velar Construction, Miami Access Tunnel, Miami Heat, Pathman Lewis, Regal Entertainment Group, Suffolk Construction, TotalBank, and Worldwide Amherst Media. This year’s Gala Supporting Sponsors are Alma Jennings Foundation, Broad & Cassel, Devine Goodman Rasco & Wells, Illy, Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine, Ladenburg Thalmann/Adam & Jackie Malamed, Richard & Susan Lampen, Lockton Companies/Ryan Turner Specialty, Mandarin Oriental, MDW Insurance, Miami Dolphins, Next-Port, Inc./Robert and Melisa Netkin, Bill & Beverly Parker, Riemer Insurance, Sabadell United Bank, The Sequoia Foundation, SFY Architectural, Craig and Mijanou Spurdle, Unisource, and Yaniz Complete Property Maintenance.

Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to reach their highest potential. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, and a 200-seat auditorium. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; KidSmart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. To learn more about the museum, please visit our website:

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

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