Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction

Benefits Branches

Branches’ Executive Director Brent McLaughlin, Nancy and Jon Batchelor representing the 2016 Honoree The Batchelor Foundation, and Philanthropic Chairs Trish and Dan Bell

Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 7 p.m. to midnight
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-442-8306, Ext. 1002

Branches will celebrate its 14th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction on April 22, 2017, at the JW Marriott Marquis. Over 450 guests are expected to attend and help raise valuable resources for Branches’ programs which provide services and life-changing opportunities to low-income children, youth and families focused on long-term success.

The event will kick off with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing, as well as an appeal and an exciting live auction, led by Master of Ceremonies Calvin Hughes, WPLG Local 10 News Anchor, and Auctioneer Scott Howard.

The event will also feature the presentation of the Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award, which will be presented to David Lawrence, Jr. All proceeds from the appeal of the evening will support Branches’ 7-week-long Summer Shade Camp serving 400+ children. All appeal donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous Challenge Grant provided by Trish and Dan Bell.

Dustin Symes of City National Bank and Laurie Zapletal of BB&T will co-chair the event, and Trish and Dan Bell will serve as the Philanthropic Chairs.

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About Branches

Branches provides opportunities for low-income families to help them and their children become better educated and more financially stable in the long-term.

The Grow program provides after-school enrichment and tutoring for elementary students. The Climb program serves middle and high school students to enable them to succeed in school and life. The Achieve programs serve adults and provide small business development services, free tax prep and hunger relief. We also provide personal financial coaching through the United Way Center for Financial Stability, which we house and operate.

For more information, please visit us at or call 305-442-8306.

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