2017 Power of the Purse Luncheon and Auction

Benefiting The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade

Erika Glover (Host), Mary Young (Event Co-Chair), Tracy Wilson Mourning (2017 Honor Roll), Alina Villasante (2017 Honor Roll), Evelyn Cohan (Marilynn Gladstone Lifetime Achievement Award, Past Board Member), Hannah Jean Wilson (2017 Honor Roll), Victoria Cummock (2017 Honor Roll, Event Committee, Sponsor), Sissy DeMaria (Event Co-Chair, Sponsor), Deborah Korge (Executive Director), Cindy Goodman (Honorary Event Chair)

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade’s signature 2017 Power of the Purse Luncheon and Auction held at the Watsco Center at the University of Miami on Thursday, March 16th raised $300,000 for women and girls served in Miami-Dade County. Over 700 of South Florida’s leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and government officials were in attendance to celebrate the POWER of women and girls to create change in our community.

Luncheon Co-Chairs Mary Young and Sissy DeMaria, Silent Auction Co-Chairs Kim Sarkisian and Dr. Michelle Segal, and a spectacular luncheon committee celebrated the power of women and girls in our community. Award-winning Miami Herald business journalist Cindy Krischer Goodman served as the Honorary Event Chair and multimedia journalist Erika Glover from NBC6 Miami was the Master of Ceremonies.

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The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade awarded the third annual Marilynn Gladstone Lifetime Achievement Award to Evelyn Cohan in recognition of her instrumental role in the founding and funding of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade 24 years ago. The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade also inducted four dynamic women into its Honor Roll: Victoria Cummock, a leading activist for air disaster and terror victims; Tracy Wilson Mourning, philanthropist, community leader and founder of the nonprofit Honey Shine Girls Mentoring Program; Hannah Jean ‘Nana’ Wilson, Tracy’s mother and inspiration; and Alina Villasante, designer, creator and visionary of Peace Love World Clothing.

2017 Power of the Purse sponsors included Akerman LLP, American Airlines, Bank Leumi, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Cao Chocolates, Comcast, Empower IT, Greenberg Traurig, I’m Not Your Boring Newspaper, Kaufman Rossin, Kreps DeMaria, Llorente & Heckler, P.A., LSN Partners, LLC, Macy’s, Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables, Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay, Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, Research Management Corporation, South Florida Luxury Guide, Stonegate Bank, Timoney Impact Solutions, TotalBank, United HomeCare and Wells Fargo, and a special thanks to Victoria Cummock.

For more information about The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, please call 305.441.0506 or visit www.womensfundmiami.org.

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