Arnold Donald, Carnival; Linda Coll, Carnival Foundation; Lydia Muniz, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami; and Robert Sanchez, Ryder.

On Saturday, February 28, a spectacular, fun filled celebration continued into the early morning hours featuring gourmet dining, fabulous music and a surprise Flash Mob dance performance showcasing dozens of “Little Brothers and Sisters” with their “Big” mentors, culminating in a 5 minute standing ovation!

Over 800 of Miami’s finest opened up their hearts and purse string to make dreams come true for thousands of Miami’s children. “I am thrilled that our “Dream Gala Team” broke all fund raising records, raising $1.7 million for Big Brothers and Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring programs!” said Gala Chair Victoria Cummock.

This unprecedented outpouring of community support included $75,000 gifts from Trish and Dan Bell and the Batchelor Foundation to sponsor 50 matches, each; A surprise gift of $500,000 for the new BBBS building from Matt Gorson and the Gorson Family. Guests also celebrated a dream making $5 million gift for a permanent home of BBBS by Gala Presenting partners Carnival Foundation and Carnival Corporation.

Rob Bowlby, Chairman, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami; Matt Allen; Victoria Cummock; Matt Gorson, Greenberg Traurig; and David Gorson.

“We are so grateful to everyone who is helping us make children’s dreams come true, “ said BBBS CEO Lydia Muniz. In 2014, the Miami Affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters received all three top national awards for BBBS Agency of the year, Board of the Year and Gold Program Standard Award.

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