Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s “Wild About Kids” Gala

Over $250,000 raised for positive programs for thousands of area children

More than 350 guests attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 7th annual “Wild About Kids” black-tie gala, which raised over $250,000 to benefit the organization’s after school and summer programs. South Florida’s top community leaders, philanthropists and socialites were among guests at the acclaimed event – which took place at Four Seasons Hotel Miami.

Diana Diaz of WSVN-TV 7 and Ralph Pagano of Alba Restaurant served as the event’s emcees. John Walsh, co-founder of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and host of America’s Most Wanted, received the Bebe Rebozo Humanitarian Award. Cesar L. Alvarez, chairman of Greenberg Traurig and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumnus, was presented with the Community Leadership Award. Lana DeSimone, gala co-chair, received the Champion of Youth Award.

Gala sponsors included Presenting Diamond Sponsor 4 Beauty Aesthetic Institute Inc./Dr. Constantino and Mrs. Nina Mendieta; Gold Sponsors The Carmen Rebozo Foundation; Silver Sponsors Academica, DESIMONE/Lana DeSimone, Medina Family Foundation, and Baptist Health South Florida; Bronze Sponsors Coral Gables Executive Physicians, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Matty’s Sports and Ocean Bank; Beverage Sponsors Bacardi and Total Wine; Décor & Production Sponsor Aloré Event Firm; Media Sponsors Pinecrest Magazine, WSVN Channel 7, and Miami magazine; and After Party Sponsor Coca Cola Zero.

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