Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s 2014 Hope Diamond Ball
More than $6,000,000 raised to support world-class care at Miami Children's Hospital
Nearly 900 celebrities, community leaders, philanthropists, physicians, friends, supporters, patients and families of Miami Children’s Hospital came together at the JW Marriott Marquis, as Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted the Hope Diamond Ball Affair. Invited guests and celebrities experienced a Hope Diamond-themed, black-tie affair with a stylish cocktail soiree featuring entertainment, silent auctions and much more. The premier signature event raised more than $6 million, including announced gifts that will help support world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital.
During the evening, internationally renowned pop artist Romero Britto joined the ranks of Walt Disney, Dwyane Wade, Dr. Jonas Salk and Beyoncé Knowles when he was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame for exemplifying his passion for helping children throughout the world.
In addition, the foundation unveiled a new logo of Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which includes an original work of art by Romero Britto. Miami Children’s Health Foundation recently announced that it has received nearly 75 million dollars in donations towards Together For The Children, which is on track to fundraise $150 million by 2017. The evening served to celebrate the latest accomplishments of the campaign, which included a $5 million donation from the Live Like Bella® Foundation. The donation is part of a recent partnership that will help with the construction of the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, a temporary housing facility for families of children undergoing treatments.
The highlight of the night, however, was the emotional moment when three Miami Children’s patients stood on stage as their stories of hope were shared through a video. At the end, one of the patients spoke, asking guests to become hope makers for all the children like them who depend on Miami Children’s Hospital. Dozens of young volunteers went around the tables collecting donations and those who accepted the challenge to become hope makers received a limited edition, Together For The Children pin as a thank you.
Furthermore, during the gala, the foundation announced that Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina, a multiple Emmy Award-winning co-host of Univision Networks’ number one rated entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca, became the newest Celebrity Ambassador. Raúl De Molina will join Romero Britto, international superstar Armando “Pitbull” Perez, and Danish model Nina Agdal to support the Together For The Children campaign.