Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami “Experience Big” Gala

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami “Experience Big” Gala

Linda Coll and Arnold Donald

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, along with presenting partners Carnival Foundation and Carnival Corporation, hosted its “Experience Big” Gala at JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami. More than 800 community leaders, supporters and volunteers, along with Miami’s corporate and philanthropic elite, attended the 14th annual fundraiser, which raised over $1.3 million for the organization.

The event, emceed by former Miami Heat star player Shane Battier, began with an evening of cocktails, an innovative “What’s in the Box” auction presented by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing. The money raised will support the organization’s youth mentorship programs, which match youths, known as “Littles,” with adult volunteer mentors, or “Bigs.”

Eilah Beavers and Kristen Munroe served as gala chairs, with The Lowenstein Family serving as honorary chairs.

Dream Maker sponsors were: The Gorson Family and Greenberg Traurig; and Ten-X. Dream Builder sponsors were: CareerSource South Florida; Bonnie Crabtree; Fairholme Foundation, the Miami Herald, Publix Super Market Charities; and Ryder System.

Daydreamer sponsors: Aon/Wirth and Kristen Munroe; Ben and Eilah Beavers; Jose and Heide Dans, Saglo Development/Jack Glottman; Jose Milton Foundation; Justin and Jennifer Kennedy; Munilla Family Foundation; Stearns Weaver Miller; Wells Fargo; and Windhaven Insurance.

Gala Co-Chairs Kristen Munroe and Eilah Beavers

Dream Team sponsors: ADP Foundation; Bayview Loan Servicing; BB&T; Bilzin Sumberg; Cherry Bekaert; Comcast; Cozen O’Connor; Deloitte, Jaime and Asha Elias; Ernst & Young; FedEx; FirstService Residential/Chuck Fallon; Liz Fitzpatrick; Five Millers Family Foundation; John Gordon; Gelber Schachter & Greenberg, P.A.; Julie Grimes; The Haggard Law Firm/Doug and Rebecca Mccarron; Hicks Family Fund; Kaufman Rossin; Jay Leyva; The Lopez-Cantera Family; Bronwyn Miller; Marion Moore Foundation; MMG Equity Partners; NBC Universal; Ortega Family Foundation; Perry Ellis; Power Financial Credit Union; Rialto Capital Advisors; Rick Rosen; Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines; TUUCI; The Ruston-Hernando Family; Sabadell United Bank; Gary R. Saslaw, P.A.; Ticket Master; TUUCI, Univision.

Special thanks to Trish and Dan Bell for their five-year Trish and Dan Bell Sponsor a Match Challenge. Ocean Drive is the gala’s media sponsor.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor and volunteer supported organization that transforms the lives of at-risk children through supportive adult mentor relationships. For more information, visit

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