Miami Children’s Museum’s Be A Kid Again Gala

Saturday, February 27, at Soho Studios

Considered by many to be the most unique and playful event of the South Florida social season, Miami Children’s Museum’s Be A Kid Again Gala features exceptional live entertainment, luxurious auctions and a culinary experience unlike any other. This year’s gala, chaired by Michael and Paula Fay, will be held on Saturday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m., at Soho Studios located in the Wynwood Art District. Miami Children’s Museum will take you to “Miami Vice & Spice,” a world of fast cars, fast boats, exotic cuisine and the pastel streets of Miami!

The event will honor community leader Merrett R. Stierheim who for the past five decades, has been a visionary in so many roles for Miami-Dade County. The gala, produced by WOW Factor, will also showcase a one-of-a-kind silent and live auction conducted by Russ Kodner of Kodner Galleries. All funds raised for the event will directly support the Museum’s educational programs.

Guests will enjoy a performance by “Party on the Moon,” America’s #1 Party Band, which will have everyone heating up the dance floor.

Richard and Susan Lampen
Adding the spice to our “Miami Vice & Spice” themed extravaganza is a taste tempting array of treats provided by Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design and stylish décor by So Cool Events that will bring to life all the iconic visions of this landmark television legend.

Premier Sponsors for the event are Dr. Brigitt Rok Potamkin and Alan Potamkin and the Fairholme Foundation, and Presenting Sponsors are Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz and the Miami Marlins.

Guests will feel like a kid again from the moment they enter Soho Studios. The night kicks off with a thrilling cocktail reception and extensive silent auction featuring unique and priceless pieces. The main event of the evening is an energetic live auction with spectacular items such as a TRG Aston Martin Racing Sonoma Race Weekend Package to experience The Pirelli World Challenge races at Sonoma Raceway; a Miami Heat experience that includes courtside seats and a chance to attend pre-game and post-game action in the TV Studio; and an Audi Q7 36-month lease provided by The Collection.

The Be a Kid Again Gala will be followed by the 4th annual Play After Dark After Party, hosted by Miami Children’s Museum’s young philanthropists, The Playmakers.

Yolanda Berkowitz, Jeff Berkowitz, Melissa Netkin
The much anticipated Play After Dark will begin at 10 p.m. and will host Miami’s most influential emerging young professionals. They will enjoy a premium bar with delicious late night treats and an unforgettable silent auction as well as live performances by freestyle legend Debbie Deb and DJ ZOG of Power 96. Play After Dark will also raise funds that directly support the Museum’s educational programs. Sponsors for Play After Dark include AvMed, Golden Sands General Contractors, Michael and Jolie Berkowitz, Kelly and Chris Melchiondo, Ironview Capital Management, Holland & Knight, Rennert Vogel Mandler & Rodriguez, The Keyes Company, and Tomorrow Solutions Inc

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Photos by Jason Koerner

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