Diamond Ball: Diamonds Are Forever
Benefiting Miami Children’s Health Foundation
The South Florida community came together on October 10, 2015 to celebrate Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s Diamond Ball: Diamonds Are Forever. The black-tie affair raised more than $3 million including announced gifts, for the children and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly Miami Children’s Hospital, and brought together more than 800 guests to the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
Global music superstar, Armando Christian Pérez “Pitbull”, was recognized for his contribution to the community and his continued support to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as celebrity Ambassador to Together For The Children, The Campaign for Miami Children’s. Pérez was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame for exemplifying his passion for helping children throughout the world. “Being honored in my hometown for supporting the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital means the world to me,” said Pérez. “This is a tremendous honor. It’s an amazing feeling to have the opportunity to make a difference in our community, and most importantly in the lives of children everywhere”.
Lucy Morillo, President and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation, said about the wonderful event: “Diamond Ball builds hope for our children and generates the funds needed for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to continue providing world-class pediatric care, research and innovation.”
The evening also included an emotional testimonial by Amanda, a Nicklaus Children’s patient who survived a traumatic head injury. Amanda addressed the audience and inspired everyone to come Together For The Children in support of the hospital that saved her life.
Television host and best-selling author, Alejandro Chabán, served as emcee of the glamorous affair, which also featured a silent auction. VIP guests had exclusive access to the Bvlgari Privée sponsored by Kaufman Rossin, which transported attendees to the Casino de Monte-Carlo, where they enjoyed a unique showcase of Bvlgari jewelry pieces and a few more surprises.
Diamond Ball Chairs, Eilah and Ben Beavers, helped make the gala a great success along with the generous support of JW Marriott Marquis Miami, Premier Beverage, Duty Free Americas, Inc., Gresham Partners, Bvlgari Corporation of America, Kaufman Rossin, Klaudia and Lewis Brown and Family, Siri & Are Willoch Traasdahl, West Coast University and media partners, Miami Magazine and Selecta Magazine.
The event included some of today’s most recognized influencers and celebrities, such as Laura Flores, Fabian Rios, Cynthia Olavarria, Kimberly Dos Ramos, Susan Krabacher, Adriana Lavat, Gabriel Valenzuela, Domingo Zapata, David Chocarro, Enrique Santos, Henry Santos, Carlos Muñoz, and the evening’s emcee Alejandro Chabán, as well as community leaders, philanthropists, physicians, friends, supporters, patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s.