Monika Blaya and Theresa McDonald

Alex and Maite Adams
December 8, 2005

United Way’s Sixth Annual Miami-Style Winter Wonderland featuring a toy drive and silent auction

Over 300 of United Way of Miami-Dade's Young Leaders celebrated the spirit of the season at Shine at the Shelborne Beach Resort on Miami Beach. This annual holiday party brought together many young professionals who care about their community. Together they collected almost 450 toys to be distributed to Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Greater Miami, a United Way of Miami-Dade agency. The holiday party raised an additional $5,000 which will benefit United Way's Center for Excellence in Early Education.

A huge thank you to Shine and the sponsors of this great event: Codina, Deloitte, Holland & Knight, Northern Trust, Practice Partners, Inc., Shutts & Bowen LLP, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., and Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.A.

Also, a special thank you to the Young Leader Executive Committee members who helped to make this event such a success.

Young Leaders are up-and-coming members of the community age 40 and under who contribute to United Way of Miami-Dade at the Leadership level of $1,000 or more annually.

By actively participating in volunteering, networking and personal and professional growth opportunities, Young Leaders are helping United Way make a lasting, positive impact in people's lives and in our community. Today there are over 1,500 Young Leaders from all industries in Miami-Dade County and are continuing to grow.

Craig Epps, Miriam Soto, Sandra Parras, Pete Chritiaans

David Smith, Nathalie Vilaire, Jeisy Rodriguez,
Yordi Montoya, Tom Auletta

Jacqueline Ortega , Hunter Marckwald, Justine Berlet

Sonseenahray Gladney and Marcus Durr

Jennifer Martin, Anael Francillon, Rochelle Matza

Fernando and Jennifer Ruiz

Tanaka Charles and Monica Campbell

Jennifer Fisher and Albert Garcia


Frantz Chassagne and Teneshia Taylor

Suzet Alvarez, Chair of the Young Leader Executive
Committee, speaks to the members

Harve Mogul, CEO of United Way of Miami-Dade

Dinangely Morrell, Yoker Vidal and Lourdes Panteleon

David Seifer, Melissa and Michael Silva

Silent auction bidder

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