8th Annual “Wild About Kids” Gala
Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-446-9910, Ext. 30 (Kati Foley)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s black-tie gala event, the 8th Annual “Wild About Kids” Gala and After-Party, will be held on November 8, at Downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Longtime supporters of the organization and local philanthropists, Dr. Robert H. Thomas and Eris Thomas (Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Executive Board member) are the gala chairs, along with honorary co-chairs, Dr. Michael S. Gordon and Lynda Gordon, and a committee of Miami’s “who’s who.” The goal is two-fold: to raise funds and raise awareness of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, as well as the important work it does every day with the children of our community.
The event, produced by Chad Everett and Galaxy Productions, will be based on a theme surrounding a “night of stars.” The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, the program, dancing and live entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight. A fun-filled After-Party, including entertainment, D.J. music, dancing, an open bar and small bites, also at the JW Marriott Marquis, will take place from midnight to 3 a.m.
South Florida’s top community leaders, philanthropists and socialites will be among the 450-plus anticipated guests who will enjoy a themed evening full of surprises, luxurious and unique raffle and auction items and much more. Guests will also have a special opportunity at the event to sponsor a child through donations.
Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available and range from $1,000 to $50,000. Individual tickets are $500, and tables of ten are available for $5,000. Proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s many positive programs, including after school programs, homework assistance, computer training, social skills, dance, arts & crafts, professional mentoring, and summer and athletic programs, for area children who need them the most.
Current “Wild About Kids” Gala committee members in addition to Dr. Thomas and Eris Thomas and Dr. Michael S. Gordon and Lynda Gordon are: Donna Abood, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Board of Directors Member Charlie Barton, Tom Bezold, Katie Cabanas, Gabriela Delgado, Jackie Gonzalez, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade former Board President and current Special Events Chair Olga Guilarte, Judy Kramer, Eddie Lacasa, Marile Lopez, Alfredo Mesa, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Executive Board Member Yuni Navarro, Melissa Pallett, Elizabeth & Ralph Patino, and Maggie Zulueta.
For more information about “Wild About Kids” sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, in-kind gift donations and tickets, please contact Kati Foley, director of special events & development, at 305-446-9910, Ext. 30, or by email at KFoley@BGCMia.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. 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 young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit www.BGCMia.org.