It’s a Roarin’ Good Time at Kristi House’s 20-Year Celebration

Co-chairs Maria Maloof and Kara Zeder with Juan Trescastro, KH Board President

Three hundred and twenty-five guests joined Kristi House and friends for the Roaring 20s Soiree – an event celebrating 20 years of healing the hearts of children who have been sexually abused. Presented by the law firm of Marin, Eljaiek & Lopez, the evening at the Four Seasons was a roaring good time where $300,000 was raised in net proceeds for child victims of sexual abuse.

This elegant evening treated guests to delicious cuisine, great wine and a luxury auction – with live orchestra music, dancing, cigars, entertainers, brandy and a festive photo booth to cap off the evening…a roaring good time! The event co-chairs were Maria Maloof and Kara Zeder, both board members of Kristi House. Republic National Distributing Company was the evening’s wine and spirits purveyor. “Puttin’ on the Ritz” sponsors included Eller-ITO Stevedoring Company and Eve & Wayne Rosen.

Guests enjoyed a scrumptious gourmet dinner specially created by Four Season’s Chef Aaron Brooks, with fine wine pairings from Republic National Distributing Company and spirits befitting the 1920s era. The excitement was high with an auction of exclusive trips, one-of-a-kind experiences, not-available-in-stores fine wines and select luxury items.

AJ & Rachelle de Moya

“Great Gatsby” sponsors included Allied Barton Security Services, Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz, Rachelle & AJ de Moya of The de Moya Group, Swanee & Paul DiMare, Foley & Lardner, Noelle & Christian Giannakopolous and Abby & Jeff Zanarini, Greenberg Traurig, Marta & Rick Hasty, MD, Liz Hogan & Steve Chastain, Andrea Lippman Loeb & David Loeb, Maria & Al Maloof, The Miller Saiontz Family, Carol & Al Novak, Karen & Louis Reiter, Elizabeth & Andrew Schaul, Ashley & Campbell Smith, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Judy & Juan Trescastro/Royal Caribbean Cruises, Kara Zeder & Rick Rosen and The Zeder Team

Funds raised at the Roaring 20s Soiree go toward providing services for sexually abused children and their families. Sadly, childhood sexual abuse is not limited by socio-economic status, race, religion or nationality; however most of the children and families Kristi House treats are low income and would have no other place to turn to for help. The Roaring 20s Soiree proceeds will help ensure that services remain free so that all child-victims get the help they need.

Dr. Nicole Martin, Presenting Sponsor from the MEL Law Firm Anthony Lopez, and Marta Hasty, Kristi House Board Member

Since founding, Kristi House has provided services to more than 13,750 child sexual abuse victims, and has provided education and training to more than 100,000 adults, children and professionals. Kristi House serves as the State-designated Child Advocacy Center for all of Miami-Dade County, responsible for coordinating a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, the State Attorney’s Office, Department of Children and Families, Guardian ad Litem and the Child Protection Team. The team of clinicians, case workers and educators at Kristi House make use of evidence-based treatment and best practices in all their work. Kristi House specialists enable children to overcome the trauma of sexual abuse and go on to lead happy, productive lives that are not forever marked by shame, secrecy, and trauma.

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