14th Annual “Wild About Kids” Gala

More than 250 guests attended the highly anticipated annual fundraiser raising over $450,000 for The Club’s Youth Development Programs.

Ralph & Vivian Hernandez, Liz & Ben Walker, Charmaine & David Campbell, Ericka & Carlos Palomino of CCU and Blue Streak

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade celebrated its annual black-tie “Wild About Kids” Gala back in person at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The event raised over $450,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s many programs including its after school programs, homework assistance, computer training, social skills, dance, arts & crafts, professional mentoring, and summer and athletic programs.

The 14th Annual “Wild About Kids” Gala was once again co-chaired by Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Executive Board Member Andy Stuart and his wife Allison Stuart, both long-time supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is very special to Allison and me,” said Stuart. “We were honored to return as co-chairs of the organization’s’ most significant fundraiser of the year and raise much needed funds for the Club’s many positive programs.”

South Florida’s top community leaders, philanthropists and influencers were among the 250 guests who enjoyed a themed evening, set amid a tropical forest of brilliant, lush greens and soft light. The event commenced with a cocktail reception in the courtyard, courtesy of Bacardi, where attendees enjoyed the sounds of the ARM Trio Jazz Band and were invited to participate in an incredible silent auction featuring luxury items ranging from elegant jewelry, memorabilia, lifestyle experiences and unique travel opportunities, including a seven-day French Polynesian Cruise from Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Yuni & Omar Navarro from the Ocean Bank table
Yuni & Omar Navarro from the Ocean Bank table

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade President Alex Rodriguez-Roig and Gala Chair Andy Stuart welcomed the audience to an unforgettable evening. They emceed throughout the event alongside DJ Sama, who helped engage and energize the crowd. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and the sounds of the Carlos Oliva Band throughout the night. Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s youth members performed a special musical showcase of “Dance Upon a Dream.” Guests also participated in Sponsor-a-Child where they pledged to donate to make a positive impact in the life of a child.

Rodriguez-Roig and Stuart shared personal stories about their experiences with Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and kept guests informed on how the funds raised during the “Wild About Kids” Gala will help the Club’s positive programs. A special highlight video was debuted to attendees showcasing area youth who attend the Club and the impact it has on their lives.

“We are incredibly humbled by the overwhelming support from all those who joined us for our 14th Annual ‘Wild About Kids’ Gala at the stunning Biltmore Hotel,” said Rodriguez-Roig. “It was great to see everyone back in person and we are incredibly grateful of the unwavering support of our returning co-chairs Andy and Allison Stuart, our board members and our donors who are committed to providing great futures for Miami-Dade area youth.”

Olga Guilarte, member of Boys & Girls of Miami-Dade’s Executive Committee, was the special event chair. Gala committee members from Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Board of Directors included Tom Bezold, Liana De Mena, Jackie Gonzalez, Maria Luisa Gonzalez, Rudy Lleonart, Yuni Navarro, Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado and Richard Rodriguez. Additional committee members were Jane Barrellier, Lisa Mendelson, Lily Pardo, Marianne Schmidhofer, Laura Sequeira, Rae Stein and Yolanda Valencia.

Victor & Lisa Mendelson, Ryan & Lindsey Pearson, Erica Wertheim Zohar and Lior Zohar
Rae Stein, Barry Stein - BGC Mia Board Member
Rae Stein, Barry Stein - BGC Mia Board Member
Coral Thornton from DRRT and Nestor Camacho
Coral Thornton from DRRT and Nestor Camacho
Delia Martinez, Mirtha Davila, Maria Carreras and Aldy Concepcion

Diamond Sponsor

Carmen Rebozo Foundation

Platinum Sponsors

Allison and Andy Stuart
The Ansin Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Ocean Bank

Silver Sponsors

Bermont Gold Wealth Management
The Bernhardt Family CCU/Blue Streak
Raul and Ana Marmol
Lisa and Victor Mendelson and family
The Miami Marlins
Somos Group
Thoma Bravo
USI Insurance

Titanium Sponsors

Bob Kramer
First American Bank
Margaret and Clint Gulley
Lynda Gordon and Joe Traba, Jr.


Catholic Health Services
Liana and Carlos de Mena

In-Kind Donations provided by Bacardi, In10se Designs, Simpson’s Greens & Floral, The Fudge Pie Co. and Total Wine and More

Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President of BGCMia and Bob Kramer, Chairman of Board of BGC Miami at BGC 14th Annual Wild About Kids Gala 2022
Alex & Cristina Rodriguez-Roig, Andy & Allison Stuart - Cochairs of 14th Annual Wild About Kids Gala 2022
Andy & Tatsiana Ansin, Erica Wertheim Zohar & Lior Zohar
Connie & Fred Rebozo and Olga Guilarte, Special Events Chair, 14th Annual Wild About Kids Gala 2022
Rudy Lleonart, Anay Abraham, Michelle Zubizarreta & Jorge Xiques
Pawan Melgiri & Tara Gadgil, Matthew Zablotny & Amanda Gonzalez, Chip & Meredith Virnig, Hudson & Laura Smith
DJ Felix Sama
Nelson Gonzalez & Jackie Gonzalez, Gala Committee Member
Maria and Francisco Carreras 14th Annual Wild About Kids Gala 2022
Juan Jose Aguerrevere & Diana Mantellini, Miriam Rodrgue Macedo & Agostinho, Alphonso Macedo CEO and President of Ocean Bank, BGC 14th Annual Wild for Kids Gala 2022
Alfredo Mesa and youth member of BGCMia
Erasmo Perez-Espana, Maria Cecilia-Rachadel, Adriana Satizabal and Gabriela Rachadel de Delgado
Dancing couple at BGCMia 14th Annual Wild About Kids Gala 2022
Carlos Oliva Band
Youth performers from Boys Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1946. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year-round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable area youth and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit www.bgcmia.org, www.facebook.com/BoysGirlsClubsMiamiDade, www.instagram.com/bgcmiamidade, www.twitter.com/BGCMiawww.youtube.com/user/BGCMiamiDade, or call 305.446.9910.

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