uAspire Miami Cap & Gown Gala

Benefits uAspire Miami

Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 7 p.m.
The Raleigh South Beach
1771 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Sponsorship opportunities
Pre-Sale Tickets

uAspire Miami is proud to host its first annual Cap & Gown Gala taking place Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 7 p.m. at The Raleigh South Beach. The Cap & Gown Gala is not your traditional sit-down event with extended presentations and banquet-style dining. The Cap & Gown Gala is an uplifting celebration, a South Beach Chic party with DJ’s, VIP Cabana seating, and a must see “Hats Off After Party” on the penthouse floor of the Raleigh Hotel. Guests will enjoy elegant cuisine by James Beard Award-Winning Miami Chef and restaurateur, Michael Schwartz, and a lavish silent auction.

The Cap & Gown Gala will help uAspire Miami to raise vital funds to support its programming and increase awareness to the South Florida community about value of postsecondary education and affordable paths to college. In addition, the Gala will be honoring community leaders who are the first in their family to graduate from college. By publicly recognizing the “First Ones” and highlighting their impact in the community, we hope to raise awareness of the power of higher education and its ability to propel young people out of poverty. uAspire’s First Ones will also help inspire the thousands of young people in our community who aspire to become First Ones themselves.

This year, we have been privileged to honor Jose Basulto, Deputy Mayor Russell Benford, Thomas M. Cornish and Norie del Valle. We expect more than 300 business, education, healthcare, government, philanthropic and community leaders to attend the Cap & Gown Gala and an additional 100 young leaders to attend the Hats Off After Party. The Gala will also feature special performances from students uAspire Miami has served.

Sponsors include: TD Bank, Wells Fargo, Evensky & Katz Wealth Management, MetLife Foundation, Northern Trust, Source Outdoor, Center for Social Change, Marty E. Davis, Esq., BB&T, The Hollo Family, Kaufman Rossin & Co., Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, University of Miami, Miami Marlins, Florida International University, Marsh & McLennan Agency, The Raleigh, Bacardi, J Productions, Heaven Hills Distilleries, Miami Herald, Mischa’s Cupcakes, Miami Innovation Center, Berger Singerman, MSS Media, and Kirshner, Groff & Diaz, Attorneys at Law.

Please email Erica Herman at or visit for table pricing, individual ticket sales, “Hats Off After Party” access and sponsorship opportunities.

About uAspire Miami

uAspire Miami first and only non-profit in the Miami community exclusively addressing the growing need for college affordability services, uAspire works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to and through a postsecondary education. Our programs work with students and their families from middle school to high school through college graduation, ensuring that finances never get in the way of potential to achieve a higher education. uAspire’s focus on helping young people and families finance an affordable path to college is a key solution to one of our generations most pressing issues. For more information, please visit

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