BrazilFoundation 2nd Annual Miami Gala

Romero Britto, Adriana Lima Join Hundreds in Support of Brazil

Maria Carolina and Paulo Tavares de Melo

BrazilFoundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support social projects in Brazil, hosted its 2nd annual gala in Miami at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Sponsored by Graff Diamonds, Crédit Agricole and Carla Amorim, the evening honored influential social investors, David Hertz and Tony Kanaan, and brought together more than 400 leaders from the worlds of business, diplomacy, academia, fashion and art to generate resources for the community-led initiatives funded by the BrazilFoundation. More than $250,000 was raised, and these funds will be used directly to support social initiatives across 26 Brazilian states.

Television host Pedro Andrade and actress Guilhermina Guinle served as the evening’s masters of ceremonies while guests enjoyed an evening complete with cocktails, dinner and dancing. Rising international star Naldo, who recently toured with Fat Joe in Brazil, made his highly anticipated official U.S. debut with a live musical performance at the charity gala. Brazilian models showcased Graff Diamonds and select designs from Brazilian jewelry designer Carla Amorim, including a pair of beautiful white gold earrings with 10.15 carat diamonds and 6.6 carat emeralds made especially for the gala which was bid on by a guest for $90,000.

Lauren Kanaan, Tony Kanaan, Daniela Fonseca and Ricardo Puggina

Supporters and guests in attendance included Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima who attended with close friend and model Melanie Ribbe, rapper Fat Joe, artist Romero Britto, fashion icon Lily Scout-Kwong, Brazilian models Raica Oliveira and Natalia Beber, DJ Orazio Rispo, Miss Brazil 2008 Natália Anderle, Karim Masri, BrazilFoundation Honorary Chair Ambassador Hélio Vitor Ramos Filho of the Consul General of Brazil in Miami and Co-Chairs Daniela Fonseca and Maria Carolina Tavares de Melo, among others.

“The proud Brazilian community in South Florida is very eager to help their native country as demonstrated by the amazing support and generosity we’ve received during our first and, now, second gala in Miami,” says BrazilFoundation President and CEO Patricia Lobaccaro. “We are much appreciative of the growing support for BrazilFoundation and aim to continue funding projects which will further develop Brazilian communities.”

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