15th Annual “Wild About Kids” Gala

More than 300 supporters attended the highly anticipated gala that raised over $600,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade's youth development programs.

Alex Barrellier, Andy Stuart, Fernando Donayre, Emily Lau, Jane Barrellier, Stacey Donayre, Allison Stuart, Belinda Biggs, Marianne Schmodhofer, Geoff Biggs, David Lau

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade celebrated its annual black-tie “Wild About Kids” Gala, with a Motown theme, at Loews Coral Gables Hotel. The event raised over $600,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s crucial programs and services at its six Clubs and sites combined including its educational after school programs, tutoring and homework assistance, STEM, social skills, dance, arts and crafts, mentoring and summer and athletic programs. These programs help children realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

The 15th Annual “Wild About Kids” Gala was co-chaired once again by long-time Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade supporters, Board Chair Andy Stuart and his wife Allison Stuart, a Board of Directors member. Olga Guilarte, member of Boys & Girls of Miami-Dade’s Executive Committee, was once again the special event chair.

Alex Livinalli, Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Dr. Steve Gallon III, Mayor Rodney Harris
Ana & Raul Marmol
Ana & Raul Marmol
Andy & Tatsiana Ansin, Allison & Andrew Stuart

South Florida’s top community leaders, philanthropists and influencers were among the guests who were transported back to the Motown era with dinner, dancing, live entertainment, an engaging program and more to support great futures for Miami-Dade area youth.

Eight-time Emmy award-winning journalist and WSVN Channel 7 news personality Belkys Nerey and youth member Sebastian Garcia co-emceed the event and helped engage and energize the crowd. The SweetTarts, DJ Sama alongside Carlos Oliva y Los Sobrinos del Juez Band provided the soundtrack for the evening with classic hits from the Motown era including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Jackson 5 and more. Guests also enjoyed a unique Motown-themed musical performance from Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s youth members.

During the event, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade honored notable alumni, inducting them into the Class of 2023 Alumni Hall of Fame, including Miami-Dade Public Schools Board Member for District 1, Dr. Steve Gallon III, Mayor of Miami Gardens Rodney Harris, WNBA Player Erica Wheeler and Actor Alex Livinalli. Each alumnus shared personal stories about their experiences with the Club.

Supporters also participated in a special opportunity to sponsor-a-child through donations and a silent auction featuring high-end items and exceptional luxury experiences ranging from elegant jewelry, memorabilia, lifestyle experiences, unique travel opportunities and more. Through the generous support of sponsors, hundreds of area youth were granted a one-year fully-paid membership to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

“We are incredibly humbled by the support from all those who joined us for our 15th Annual ‘Wild About Kids’ Gala at Loews Coral Gables Hotel with the Motown theme,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “The incredible evening wouldn’t be possible without our returning co-chairs Andy and Allison Stuart, our board members, sponsors and donors who are committed to providing great futures for our area youth. The annual event helps us raise funds to serve the Clubs’ many positive programs, support the Capital Campaign to completely rebuild the Northwest Club into a state-of-the-art facility and expand the new sixth Club.”

“Allison and I were honored to return as co-chairs for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s most significant fundraiser of the year. The Club and the youth members are very near and dear to our hearts,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Board Chair Andy Stuart. “Supporters enjoyed an exceptional evening of entertainment, dancing and dinner while raising crucial funds for the Clubs’ many positive programs.”

BGCMia Youth Member
Committee Members
DJ Felix Sama, Belkys Nerey, Sebastian-Garcia

Gala Committee Members from Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Board of Directors

Tom Bezold,
Liana De Mena,
Jackie Gonzalez,
Maria Luisa Gonzalez,
Rudy Lleonart,
Yuni Navarro,
Kristina Perez-Cubas,
Karen Rodriguez and Richard Rodriguez

Additional committee members included Susan Abraham, Lisa Mendelson, Lily Pardo, Durée Ross, Marianne Schmidhofer, Rae Stein, Meredith Virnig and Michelle Zubizarreta

Kristina Perez-Cubas, Karen & Rene Rodriguez, Nicholas Perez-Cubas
Lior & Erica Zohar, & Victor Mendelson

The Supremes Sponsor

The Carmen Rebozo Foundation

The Four Tops Sponsors

Ansin Foundation Inc./WSVN 7 and
Andrew and Allison Stuart

The Miracles Sponsors

Ocean Bank
Thoma Bravo

The Jackson 5 Sponsors

Anthony R. Abraham Foundation
Baptist Health South Florida
Bermont Gold Wealth Advisory of Raymond James
Blue Streak LLC, & CCU, LLC
First American Bank & Rodolfo Lleonart
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ana and Raul Marmol
Lisa and Victor Mendelson Family
Somos Group
USI Insurance
Meredith and Kenneth Virnig

In-kind sponsors included Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., Total Wine & More, The Fudge Pie Co. and WSVN 7. Underwriters included the Bernhardt Family, Florida Physicians PSN, InterJuris, Bob Parks, Greta & Mark Walker Foundation and Tasco.

Margaret & Clint Gulley
Margaret & Clint Gulley
Miriam & Agostinho Macedo
Miriam & Agostinho Macedo
Michelle Zubizarreta & Jorge Xiques
Noa Kahner, Dorie Teitelbaum, & Meredith Virnig
Olga Guilarte, Cristina and Alex Rodriguez-Roig
Olga Guilarte, Cristina and Alex Rodriguez-Roig
Paul & Lisa Magnes, Belkys Nerey, Demetri Mouratis, Tatsiana & Andy Ansin
Peter & Kerrin Bermont, Mrs. William Bermont & William Bermont
Tania & Richard Rodriguez
Tania & Richard Rodriguez
Victor & Lisa Mendelson and BGCMia Staff & Youth Club Kids
Thoma Bravo Team
Yuni & Omar Navarro
Yuni & Omar Navarro

Photo Credit: World Red Eye and Mitchell Zachs

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 six Clubs and sites combined 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, facebook.com/BoysGirlsClubsMiamiDade, instagram.com/bgcmiamidade, twitter.com/BGCMiayoutube.com/user/BGCMiamiDade, or call 305.446.9910.

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