33rd Biscayne Bay Gala Honoring Rodney Barreto

Benefits Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club

Rodney Barreto

Saturday, October 27 at 6 p.m.
Treetop Ballroom, Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
305-733-0062

South Florida business leader and community activist Rodney Barreto, chairman of the Super Bowl Host Committee, has been selected as the recipient of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club’s 2012 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award.

Barreto will receive the prestigious award at the 33rd Biscayne Bay Gala, Saturday, October 27, at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed at 7 p.m. by dinner and live auction.

The cocktail reception will feature an ensemble from the South Florida Youth Symphony while the Sons of MyStro, the wildly popular violin duo recently featured in the Miami Heat’s “Back in Black” promotion and during seven Miami Heat games, will perform during the dinner. The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders will also make an appearance at the event, posing with fans during the cocktail hour reception.

Auctioneer Jim Gall, left, Tania Castillo, center, and Andre Dawson at last year’s Biscayne Bay Gala. Dawson, a former major league baseball star and local South Florida product now with the Miami Marlins, was honored as the 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club

Chaired by incoming Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club President Will Reich, the dinner is expected to attract nearly 500 of South Florida’s top business people who will gather to honor Barreto, head of the Barreto Group, Inc., a diversified company specializing in corporate and public affairs, and this year’s Citizen of the Year. The award is named for Michael Shores, who as a philanthropically minded attorney, made numerous contributions to the Miami-Dade County community throughout his life.

Past recipients of this award include Dolphins Founder Joe Robbie, Coach Jimmy Johnson, Broadcaster Ralph Renick, Miami Commissioner Athalie Range, U.S. Rep. William “Bill” Lehman, former Miami Herald Publisher David Lawrence, Jr., Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, Richard Baron, Joseph Klock, Jr., and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Dr. Pedro Greer, Jr., U.S. Rep. Dante B. Fascell, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Tickets to the event are $125 ($1,250 for a table).

For further information on table purchases, event sponsorship, or program advertising, contact
Will Reich at (305) 733-0062 or gala@biscaynebaykiwanisclub.org.

Guests enjoy themselves at the 2011 Biscayne Bay Gala.

About Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club

The Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club is a Downtown Miami/Brickell based children’s charity providing material support, uplifting life experiences, and educational programs for school-aged children in underserved communities within the City of Miami proper such as Allapattah, Overtown, and Little Haiti.

The all-volunteer organization, now in its 62nd year, is dedicated to participative community service and effective partnerships with other Miami nonprofit organizations. Members and leadership perform countless hours of service each year on a strictly volunteer basis. In fact, members pay dues and cover all the administrative costs of the charity.

Through the Kiwanis Club of Biscayne Bay Youth Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3), we foster student leadership and provide artistic, cultural, and science centered educational opportunities for children in public schools. The club’s programs include a reading program to help students pass the FCAT, lessons in etiquette, civics, and life skills, guided tours of Everglades National Park, field trips to the Biscayne Nature Center, and chaperoned sporting events. The club also has a long history of volunteering with and providing support for disabled adults in the community. Learn more about this organization and how you can make a difference in the life of a child here in South Florida by visiting www.biscaynebaykiwanis.org or calling 305-733-0062.