Women Of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program To Host 11th Annual Gala At The Mandarin Oriental
The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program will host its 11th annual gala at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental with more than 500 of South Floridaâ€™s leading philanthropists, celebrities and politicians on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Founders Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne, along with Gala Chair Marisa Toccin and Co-Vice President, the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle, have planned an unforgettable evening in celebration of the Women of Tomorrowâ€™s 11th annual gala and its 16th year of mentoring at-risk young girls in South Florida.
The evening will begin with a lavish cocktail reception featuring hors dâ€™oeuvre stations created by the Mandarin Orientalâ€™s executive chef, complemented by a highly anticipated silent auction, including items from top luxury brands and vendors including Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour, Valentino Bal Harbour, Laura Buccellati Handbags, Oscar de la Renta Bal Harbour, Romero Britto, Fontainebleau Miami Beach and many more. Highlights of this yearâ€™s live auction include a $5,000 shopping spree courtesy of Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour and a two-year lease on a 2012 Jaguar XJ, courtesy of THE COLLECTION. Following the reception, guests will be escorted into the ballroom, where they will be treated to a decadent four-course dinner and a live performance by South Floridaâ€™s own Soul Survivors.
Honorees at the 11th annual event include Honorary Chairs Madeleine & Micky Arison; Legacy Builder Honoree Lola Jacobson; Empowerment Award Honoree Elsie Howard; Excellence Honorees Dave Boylan along with WPLG Local 10; Jamie Byington along with Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P.; Leadership Award Honoree Susan Kronick; and Mentor of the Year Terri Shikany.
About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
Women of Tomorrow was conceived in 1997 by Television Journalist Jennifer Valoppi and co-founded with Don Browne, retired Telemundo Network President. The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is designed to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities. Women of Tomorrow currently mentors over 2200 at-risk girls in over 100 public high schools in approximately 50 cities in South Florida and Metropolitan Detroit with its network of 300 Mentors. Research shows that Women of Tomorrow Mentees have increased self-esteem, a 92% high school graduation rate, and increased academic performance each year they are in the program, to a statistically significant degree. Women of Tomorrow has awarded almost $3 million in college scholarships to more than 1,000 mentees. For more information, call 305.371.3330 or visit www.womenoftomorrow.org.