BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS MIAMI CELEBRATES RECORD BREAKING “DREAM” GALA!
 
Arnold Donald, Carnival; Linda Coll, Carnival Foundation; Lydia Muniz, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami; and Robert Sanchez, Ryder.


Rob Bowlby, Chairman, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami; Matt Allen; Victoria Cummock; Matt Gorson, Greenberg Traurig; and David Gorson.

On Saturday, February 28, a spectacular, fun filled celebration continued into the early morning hours featuring gourmet dining, fabulous music and a surprise Flash Mob dance performance showcasing dozens of "Little Brothers and Sisters" with their “Big” mentors, culminating in a 5 minute standing ovation!

Over 800 of Miami’s finest opened up their hearts and purse string to make dreams come true for thousands of Miami’s children. “I am thrilled that our “Dream Gala Team” broke all fund raising records, raising $1.7 million for Big Brothers and Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring programs!” said Gala Chair Victoria Cummock.

This unprecedented outpouring of community support included $75,000 gifts from Trish and Dan Bell and the Batchelor Foundation to sponsor 50 matches, each; A surprise gift of $500,000 for the new BBBS building from Matt Gorson and the Gorson Family. Guests also celebrated a dream making $5 million gift for a permanent home of BBBS by Gala Presenting partners Carnival Foundation and Carnival Corporation.

“We are so grateful to everyone who is helping us make children’s dreams come true, “ said BBBS CEO Lydia Muniz. In 2014, the Miami Affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters received all three top national awards for BBBS Agency of the year, Board of the Year and Gold Program Standard Award.

To get involved or find out more About Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami's events and programs visit bbbsmiami.org.


Juan Munilla; Miami Dade Mayor, Carlos Gimenez; Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera; and Pedro Munilla.

Trish and Dan Bell; Jennifer Kennedy; and Bonnie Crabtree, Chairwoman, BIG Foundation.


Victoria Cummock, Gala Chair; Jeanie Hernandez, Board Gala Chair; and Stella M. Holmes, Auction Chair.

George Spillis and Joy Spillis Lundeen.


Sandy and Senator Paul Steinberg.

Gale Nelson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, and Belkys Nerey, Gala Emcee.

DJ Miller, Chair Elect, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, and Kellen Miller.


John and Nancy Batchelor, Gene and Francis Sevilla-Sacasa.

Kayla and Jeffrey Rynor, Lynn Martenstein and Max Blumberg.


Flash Mob (BBBS Littles and Bigs)


Alex Van Der Ven and Tina Van Der Ven.

Richard Kohan, Amy Kohan, Jack Glottman and Shane Graber.


Cecil Milton and Ana Veiga Milton.

Paul and Swanee DiMare, Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens, and Carol Surowiec.


Isabel Fine, Jacques Hart, and Jolie Balido-Hart.

Maury Udell and Judge Bronwyn Miller.


Natalie Beasley and Rick Beasley.

Richard Weiss, Jaclyn Weiss, and Rolando Rodriguez.


Neiman Marcus Raffle Wall.

Robert Fine, Jacques Hart and Jeffrey Tanen.


Sara and Rob Bowlby, Chairman, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami; Bonnie Crabtree, Chairwoman, BIG Foundation; and Gale Nelson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami.

Trish and Dan Bell, Jennifer Kennedy, Barbara and Jose Hevia


Dancers.


Natalie Tanen; Victoria Cummock, Gala Chair; and Carol Gaudet.

Jeanie Hernandez, Board Gala Chair, and Jim Porter


Ballerinas.

Auction display with Romero Britto Art.


Guests dancing.