Voices for Children’s BE A VOICE Gala 2020

Presented by Prada, the esteemed gala raised over $650,000 towards foster care children in Miami-Dade County

Voices For Children Foundation and presenting sponsor Prada celebrated the highly anticipated 24th edition of their Be A Voice Gala hosted at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami. The lavish gala brought together 400 of Miami’s most philanthropic and influential community leaders and business professionals including Miami Dade Mayor Carlos A. Giménez, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alberto Carvalho and Miami Dolphins’ Albert Wilson, who experienced foster care and overcame great obstacles. Guests joined chairs Brad and Suzanne Meltzer and Angel and Lynette Ferrer to support the foster care youth of Miami- Dade County.

The premier fundraising event raised over $650,000 to benefit Miami-Dade’s abused, abandoned and neglected children to help ensure they have a court- appointed Guardian ad Litem and the financial assistance and other resources are available for their health, educational, and social needs.

Brad and Suzanne Meltzer, Angel & Lynette Ferrer
Lourdes Gimenez & Mayor Carlos Gimenez
Sandra Santiago & Alex Fernandez

The evening began with an elegant cocktail reception featuring world class magician, Mio and Electric Violinist Monty Bloom, as well as a silent auction featuring 13 unique experiences such as an Evening with Eddie Vedder. Once in the ballroom, the evenings program highlighted Prada’s commitment to children in our community who have experienced abuse, abandonment or neglect and showcased the organization’s tremendous strides over the past decade in Changing the Future for the children served by the Guardian ad Litem Program. After a lively Live Auction guests settled into an inspiring testimonial by Valentino, a youth who entered the foster care system nine years ago and with the help of Voices For Children and a strong network of people encouraging his success, recently graduated from Syracuse University. “There is plenty of talk about the importance of helping those in need be their best and the salience of developing robust reforms in order to bring such powerful stories and realities to fruition/ Given the success for my story and many other students who’ve manumitted themselves from the bondage of the foster care system, if you ask me, I say its time we give that idea a try!”

Following the evening’s program, guests took to the dance floor and danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Kucha.

The “Be A Voice, Change The Future Gala” was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Prada; Golden Fan Guardian Sponsors Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz; Career Source of South Florida, Jay and Susan Shapiro, Stearns Weaver Miller and Dynasty Guardian Sponsors Astor Companies, Citi Private Bank, Moriarty, Kaufman Rossin, P.A. and PricewaterhouseCooper, LLP. The media sponsors are Brickell Magazine, Key Biscayne and Selecta Magazine, the design Sponsor Jacober Creative, décor sponsor is Be Social Events, and host sponsor is Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

Voices For Children Board of Directors
Nader & Loryn Panahpour
Marysol Patton
Jay & Susan Shapiro, Keri Shapiro & Ryan Wolis
Maria Cifuentes & Marcelo Fumasoni
Rhonda Rose-Drecksler & Alan Drecksler
Henry & Nilda Torres, & Ana María & Pedro Capo
Orlando Prescott
Daniela Armella, Victoria & Sabrina Pino
Steven Pizziol, Sabrina Pizziol, Michael Pizziol, & Caroline Dennison
Laurinda Spear, Bernardo Fort-Brescia
Lola & Ciro Dapagio
Carolina & Nelson Hincapie, Eduardo Martuet & Shakyiah Cargill
Alberto Jaén & Nadja Scherrer
Maryam & Eddie Borrego
Rick Beasley, Kira Grossman & Andy Perez
Richard and Beth Tasca
Christopher Gonzalez Jacobo & Angelica Izaguirre
Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz
Jennifer and Vince Castro
Ruth Smith, Hary Smith, Alberto Carvalho
Elysze Held
Sally A. Heyman & Larisa Svechin
Charlotte, Malcom & Laurance Stott
Katherine & Robert Lowe
Maria Von Sothen & Mario Martinez
Diego Uribe, Cristina Chacon, Yolanda & German Valencia
Nelson & Elena Albareda
Monica & Rick Schatz
Gail & Stewart Appelrouth
Ian M. Rieger
DJ Kucha, Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz
Juan Pablo Magnano & Claudia Betancur
Michael and Diane Rosenberg
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