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 YPO Kicks-off The Wonderland Ball

YPO is kicking for the 2018-2019 season with friends and supporters looking forward to their 63rd gala, themed The Wonderland Ball. Members and guests enjoyed a night of wondrous jewels, fun, and fabulous entertainment at Maurice Jewelers. The Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts were on hand to greet everyone, and YPO's own Vice President Lise-Marie Wertzanzl hit a high note with the crowd with her rendition of Pure Imagination as they toasted the upcoming ball.

Pictured: Wonderland Ball co-chairs Patricia Scerpella, Barbara Waters, Violeta Cepeda, Michele Reese, Nicole Unternahrer

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 Are you spending too little on fundraising?

Ethical capitalism is celebrated throughout most of the modern world. The benefits are obvious: investment and competition lead to efficient organizations that meet human demands. But in the non-profit world the rule book is perceived differently. The thinking goes that donors only want to see their donations directly impact those in need. And that other expenditures are somehow “extra” or wasteful.

As a result, the concept of effectively investing funds in salaries, marketing and operations, or “overhead”, is not openly addressed. The conversation is often driven by fear of disapproval rather than by transparent and honest discussion. Yet it is self-evident that charities must be able to spend money on the things needed to achieve lasting change.

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 Malnik Garden Party

Philanthropists and influencers were feted at the annual Malnik Garden Party where Shareef Malnik, Chairman of Board of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Gala Chair of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, and proprietor of The Forge, announced this year's gala theme: Summer of Love. Hosted at Al and Nancy Malnik's South Florida residence, the spring soiree welcomed more than 200 supporters to celebrate the kickoff of the highly anticipated 24th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, set for November 3, 2018.

Pictured: Gabrielle Anwar, Shareef, Nancy and Al Malnik

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 Celebrating 20 Years of Giving Back

Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program celebrated a marquee moment on 20 years of giving back at their annual black-tie Gala chaired by Marisa Toccin Lucas. Held at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Brickell Key, the noted non-profit is dedicated to inspiring, motivating and empowering at-risk young women that was founded by Jennifer Valoppi, Don Browne along with the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

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 33rd Annual Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab Pre-Party

Informed Families kicked off preparations for to its 33rd Annual Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant at an exclusive Pre-Party held at the Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) at Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF). President & CEO Peggy Sapp and Joe’s Event Chair Joe Natoli welcomed guests who shared their favorite stories from past dinners and enjoyed live music from the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. Guests received tours of the new Proton Therapy Center at MCI.

Pictured: Lissette Egues, Jessi Berrin, Informed Families Chairman Eugene Lindsey, Informed Families’ Joe’s Dinner Chairman Joe Natoli, President & CEO Peggy Sapp, Dr. Rachel Rohaidy

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 18th Annual Hope For All Gala
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