Amigos For Kids and ING Host Star-Studded Miami Celebrity Domino Night
Amigos For Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect by valuing children, strengthening families and educating communities, celebrated its trademark annual fundraiser, ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night at Jungle Island. With nearly 1,800 guests in attendance, the fundraiser was another astounding success for Amigos For Kids, marking ING’s seventh year as the event’s title sponsor, and Bacardi USA’s second year as presenting sponsor.
“Amigos for Kids is grateful for yet another overwhelmingly successful Domino Night as we celebrated our 20th anniversary; there’s no doubt this feat would not be possible without ING, Bacardi USA, and our sponsors,” said Jorge A. Plasencia, chairman and co-founder of the organization. “Our supporters continuously make this event one of the most popular and well-attended fundraisers in South Florida. Without the collaboration of our corporate, media and restaurant sponsors, volunteers, celebrities, community leaders, our dedicated staff, and every single person in attendance, we could not have had such a success. We are thrilled to celebrate 20 strong years of Amigos for Kids history, helping the children of our community, and fighting to ultimately end the cycle of abuse.”
Guests at this year’s event enjoyed 140 tables of domino gaming, with several celebrity domino players in attendance. A stellar silent auction exhibited hundreds of dazzling items featuring Cuban art, sports memorabilia, fine jewelry, luxurious travel experiences, and much more. The evening also provided its guests with an open bar courtesy of presenting sponsor Bacardi USA including Cuban Ale Hatuey, Grey Goose and Dewar’s. In fact, those in attendance also received the opportunity to experience the Dewar’s Momento D Lounge, where exclusive tastings of the premium Scotch whisky took place in a unique VIP setting. In addition, the event provided guests with riveting evening performances by Latin jazz band Pan con Bistec, and by the event’s headliner, Albita, the Grammy & Emmy-winning Cuban-American singer, producer and composer. The evening also featured mixing by renowned celebrity DJ, Irie of the Miami Heat. Hundreds of Miami’s movers and shakers were on hand and basked in the night’s thrilling ambiance.
The evening also featured local flavors and dinner-by-the-bite provided by some of Miami’s most popular restaurants, including, Café 1909, Café Bustelo, Cancun Grill, Catharsis Restaurant & Lounge, Edda’s Cake Designs, Garcia Sausages, Half Moon Empanadas, Italy Today and Crazy Fork Catering, Jungle Island, K’s Designz, La Covacha, Mena Catering, Merenguitos, Mr. Tango, Paellas R Us, Papa John’s, Pasta Factory, Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge, Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, and Versailles Restaurant.
This year marked ING’s seventh year as the title sponsor of the ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night. “We congratulate Amigos for Kids for 20 wonderful years, and we applaud the work that they do for the children in South Florida,” commented Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation. “One of our goals at ING is to empower people to achieve a better future. Supporting events like the ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night allows us to make that possible, and we are fortunate to have contributed to the wonderful cause by having been a part of the event once again.”
The event would not have been possible without all the support of Amigos For Kids’ corporate sponsors, including Title Sponsor ING and Presenting Sponsor Bacardi USA; Academica, Baptist Health South Florida, Burger King, Comcast, , Florida Crystals, Macy’s, Miami Parking Authority, Law Offices of Robert Rubenstein, PA, Miami Dolphins, NBC Miami, Royal Caribbean, Dra. Maribel Santa Cruz and TotalBank. Media sponsors who were key to this overwhelming success included America Teve, Clear Channel Outdoor & Radio, Comcast, Diario Las Americas, El Nuevo Herald/The Miami Herald, , NBC Miami, República, Selecta,SBS, Telefutura, Univision Radio and Univision.