Informed Families: 39th Annual “Dinner at Joe’s”

The gathering united philanthropic donors, esteemed colleagues, and cherished friends amidst the savory delights of Joe’s world-famous claws.

Dinner at Joe's Chairman, Sheldon Anderson from Grove Bank & Trust and Peggy Sapp, President & CEO of Informed Families

The 39th Annual Informed Families Fundraising Dinner, hosted at Joe’s Stone Crab, was a delightful gathering that united philanthropic donors, esteemed colleagues, and cherished friends. Amidst the savory delights of Joe’s World-Famous Claws, attendees lent their generous support to the noble cause of Helping Kids Grow Up Safe, Healthy, and Drug Free.

Informed Families expresses deep appreciation to Steve Sawitz, Jo Ann Bass, and the exceptional team at Joe’s for their unparalleled culinary creations and impeccable service. Their dedication played a pivotal role in helping Informed Families achieve an extraordinary milestone, raising over $8 million in the past 39 years. Their commitment to the organization’s cause is commendable and inspirational.

This year’s theme, “Generational & Legacy Leaders,” highlights the significance of passing down wisdom and values through generations and recognizing the leadership roles individuals play in shaping a better future for our youth. For many attendees, this event has become an annual tradition, a testament to the sense of community fostered through Joe’s.

Informed Families raised over $250,000, a remarkable contribution that empowers the organization to extend its reach to more than 3.2 million children and their families across the State of Florida with positive prevention messages and resources.

Peggy presenting the STAR plaque to Steve Sawitz for helping IF raise over 8 million over 39 years
Steve Sawitz and Peggy Sapp getting ready to honor those that we've lost
Coral Gables Trust - Frank & Maria Gonzalez, Beth & Donald Kress, Katherine & Jeff Phleger, John & Maria Harris
Goldsmith Foundation - Libby Manning, Carol Lyons, Bruce Mahaffey, Chico Goldsmith, Tom Taylor, Scott Lyons, Cindy Goldsmith, Libby Mahaffey
TERRA - Christina Martin, David Antonio Martin, Monica Arces, Colette Martin, David Martin, Ana & Fred Taylor
Drew Davis & Nicole Fazio tied the knot that enchanting night at the beach, surrounded by the love of friends and family, including Drew's parents, Tammy & Butch Davis

Emerald Claw Sponsors

Coral Gables Trust Company
Goldsmith Family Foundation

Colossal Claw Sponsors

Adam E. & Chanin Carlin and Richard B. Bermont & Anne M. Levy
Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

Jumbo Claw Sponsors

Baptist Health South Florida
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty
Bermont Gold Wealth Advisory Group
Grove Bank & Trust
Tammy & Butch Davis
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables/Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay

Large Claw Sponsors

Avison Young
Board Of Commissioners Chairman Oliver Gilbert, III
Charles and Marabel Morgan
Chris Knight | Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins
Commissioner Kevin Cabrera
Commissioner Micky Steinberg
Commissioner Rene Garcia
Community Newspapers
Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP
Dr. Andrea Heuson-Sharp & Dr. Greg Sharp |
Dr. Linda Neider & Dr. Paul Sugrue
Eaton & Wolk PL
Erin and John Byers
Florida Blue
Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A.
Garner Family Foundation
Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos & Company
Neca Logan
Police Officer Assistance Trust
Peggy Sapp
Vilar-Hoynack Construction Co.

Adam Carlin, one of the recipients of the Royal Order of the Grand Claw PINS for attending IF's Dinner at Joe's for 15 years
Adam Carlin, one of the recipients of the Royal Order of the Grand Claw PINS for attending IF's Dinner at Joe's for 15 years
Richard Bermont & Anne Levy and Michael & Marlene Olin
Peggy Sapp and Her Guests, Sally Imber, Roger Ward, Janis Wackenhut-Ward, Greg & Sue Cesarano, Nancy & Jon Batchelor, Hon. John Couriel & Dr. Rebecca Toonkel
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay - Scott & Juli Newman and Greg & Paige Barnes
Don Slesnick, Melissa Shuffield, Ron Shuffield
Avison Young - John & Kara Crotty
Avison Young - John & Kara Crotty
Dr. Rebecca Toonkel & Honorable John Couriel with Peggy Sapp
Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen-Julian & Maria Catala, Karyn & Stuart Grossman, Alex & Rossana Arteaga-Gomez, William Mulligan, Ryan Yaffa
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