Paint the Town RED

A gala benefiting City Year Miami

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho delivering keynote address

City Year Miami – an education-focused nonprofit dedicated to ending the dropout crisis – held its sixth annual “Paint the Town RED” Gala at the JW Marriott Marquis. The star-studded event united over 700 of South Florida’s most influential business leaders, elected officials, and community philanthropists.

The evening’s program paid homage to the 212 young men and women who make up City Year Miami’s AmeriCorps Members– a diverse group of full-time, trained volunteers (ages 17-24) who have dedicated a year of their lives to serve as tutors, mentors, and role models to at-risk students in Miami-Dade County. The highlight of the night’s program was a touching and personal testimony from Miami Jackson Senior High student, Ronald Flores. “City Year left an imprint in my life personally and professionally. Thank you for showing me the light at the end of the road and being with me along the journey.”- Ronald Flores

City Year Miami’s Executive Director Saif Y. Ishoof, DJ Irie, and Founding Board Chair Brad Meltzer

The lively entertainment included a silent auction, dinner and dancing, and a show-stopping performance from internationally acclaimed recording artist, Flo Rida – courtesy of Power96 and Atlantic Records.

Thank you to the events Chairs, Patricia Castellanos-Cornish & Tom Cornish, Co-Chairs, Ana Mari Ortega and Patty Wollberg, and committee members, along with the incredible sponsors: Bain Capital, Sazon Goya, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Akerman LLP, Florida East Coast Industries, Career Source South Florida, Activate Group Inc., Atlantic Records, BankUnited, Baptist Health South Florida, Beacon Council, Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Brad & Cori Meltzer Charitable Trust, Chowdhury Family Foundation, Inc., Comcast | NBC6 | Telemundo 51, CSX Transportation, Deloitte, Greenberg Traurig, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat Charitable Fund, Morgan Stanley, Patricia Castellanos-Cornish & Tom Cornish, Power96, Premium Latin Music, Shutts & Bowen LLP, The Miami Herald, The Related Group Mario Murgado & Brickell Motors, Carlos and Melissa Dominguez, FIU, GL Homes, Greenspoon Marder, Investors Trust, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq. (Listed), Marsh and McLennan, Pearson, Rene A. Rodriguez and Rosy Morales, T&G Constructors, USI Insurance Services, Bacardi USA, Stinghouse, FastSigns, Kevin Luna Photography