Women of Tomorrow’s ROSÉ DAY®
The record-setting, 8th annual event raised over $345,000 to benefit at-risk high school girls in South Florida.
The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program celebrated a record-setting 8th annual Rosé Day® at the Soho Beach House raising nearly $350,000 to benefit at-risk high school girls in South Florida. The sold-out event was chaired by Program Founder and President, Jennifer Valoppi and Philanthropic Chair, Marisa Toccin Lucas along with Board Member & mentor Daniela Swaebe, and co-chairs Suzy Buckley Woodward, Carol Iacovelli and Dr. Krista Rosenberg.
Women of Tomorrow® (WOT) welcomed approximately 135 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists, patrons, sponsors and guests for an afternoon of fun and commitment to helping uplift the lives of young women in our public high schools. Guests, clad in rosé-colored attire, enjoyed cocktail hour followed by lunch at Cecconi’s, for a day filled with high fashion, fabulous food and flowing, donated rosé, including The Palm by Whispering Angel.
Most notable patron and sponsor included Pink Star Diamond Patron Suzy Buckley Woodward and Philanthropy Sponsor, Eilah Beavers. The WOT Jewelry Sponsor Jeffrey Rackover donated a $48,000 pair of diamond hoop earrings; Getaway Sponsor Carol Iacovelli donated a $19,500 three-night stay at Cat Cay in the Bahamas, Wine Sponsor Whispering Angel donated all the Rose’ and Fashion Sponsor Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour donated a $5000 shopping spree. Other notable patrons included Fancy Pink Diamonds Baker Concrete, Pearl Baker Katz, Swanee DiMare and Gigi Whitman.
This year’s Rosé Day® honored Nancy Batchelor and The Batchelor Foundation as the recipient of the Maria Browne Pink Rose Award. Maria Browne was a Rose’ Day Founder, and the wife of WOT co-Founder Don Browne.
Guests learned first-hand about the program from Women of Tomorrow graduate, and one of WOT’s very first scholarship recipients in the year 2000, Omarys Munguia. Omarys said “No one could ever magnify that value of this program because it has empowered so many to overcome abuse and circumstance. It not only empowers through mentoring but it also opens doors to those dreams through scholarships. “
“The event broke all records this year,” Toccin-Lucas said. “We are so grateful that so many people came out to support our program.”
About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
Founded in 1997 by television journalist and author Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne, former Telemundo and NBC President, the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is designed to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential while being mentored by highly accomplished professional women in their community. Our partner public schools select at-risk girls facing a variety of challenges, such as behavioral, economical, medical, abuse and/or academic challenges to name a few, to join our program. Each mentoring group at each school is diverse in its composition with girls in 9th-12th grade who have varying strengths and weaknesses, so they learn not only from their mentors, but from each other as well. This happens through mentoring sessions, college campus visits, career-focused field trips and college scholarship opportunities. Women of Tomorrow positively transforms the lives of the at-risk girls we serve. Since the program’s inception, WOT has touched the lives of more than 20,000 high school girls in South Florida, Metro Detroit and Greater Philadelphia. WOT’s network of over 500 professional women currently mentors almost 4,000 girls in public high schools, with a 95% graduation rate among an at-risk population. More than $8.3 million in college scholarships have also been awarded.