Lucky Brand Foundation Hosts 3rd Miami Black Tie & Blue Jean Gala

Lucky Brand Foundation Founders Gene Montesano (second from left) and Barry Perlman (far right) with Gianni Montesano and Steven Lipshultz, M.D., Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Miller School of Medicine

Lucky Brand Jeans’ founders Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman returned to their hometown and hosted the 3rd Annual Miami Black Tie & Blue Jean Gala on Saturday, March 28 at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. The late philanthropist Jay Weiss, a longtime friend of Montesano and Perlman, initially introduced the Lucky Brand Foundation to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. This proved to be lucky indeed as the relationship has fostered one of the most exciting events of the year. With 375 attendees, this was the best gala yet!

The event benefited the Children First Fund at the Department of Pediatrics. The Children First Fund supports the treatment and prevention of childhood illnesses by providing funds for physicians to conduct innovative research and provide specialized medical care to children.

R. Rodney Howell, M.D., Department of Pediatrics Chair Emeritus, Amanda Batchelor and John Howell

Pascal Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine along with Steven Lipshultz, M.D., Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, presented Gene and Barry with an award of appreciation for their continued support. Event chairs Wendy and Jeff Safchik, presenting chairs Laura and Mike Jones and Amanda Batchelor were also given special awards for their outstanding support.

Venus Williams served as Honorary Chair. The Grammy award-winning COMMODORES were the musical entertainment and were a hit with guests! Comedian Colin Quinn guest hosted the event which included both a live and silent auction.

For more information about the Children First Fund please contact 305-243-3956.