10th Annual “Wild About Kids” Gala
Raising More than $500,000 to Benefit Local Youth
Ellie Rodriguez (Emcee)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade celebrated its 10th Annual “Wild About Kids” Gala, raising more than $500,000 and setting a new record. More than 450 guests attended the Gala that was held at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. The event, brought to life by Wow Factor, featured a pre-gala champagne reception hosted by Norwegian Cruise Lines, that included an evening wear fashion showcase compliments of Bloomingdales Miami at the Falls, a silent auction with over 100 items ranging from unique travel opportunities and memorabilia to exquisite jewelry, an elegant three-course dinner and entertainment by Hammocks Entertainment and special performance by Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade's Hank Kline Dance Club dancers and mirrored glass performer.

Local Journalist/TV Personality Ellie Rodriguez emceed the event. Pastor Nick Del Vento gave the invocation. Special guest Elizabeth Elias, a former Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade member who recently sang with Flo Rida & Akon on the 'At Night' track, sang the National Anthem. Sebastian Courteau, a Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade member since he was six and is now graduating high school, spoke about the positive impact the Club has had on his life. Special guests in attendance included Designer Angel Sanchez, TV personality Boris Izaquirre and Mayor Carlos Jimenez with wife Lourdes.

Event co-chairs were Juan Jose Delgado and Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado and Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez. The special event chair was Olga Guilarte. During the evening, Alexandra Villoch, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company, received the Community Builder Award and Judy Kramer, retired Miami-Dade County Public Schools Executive, received the Charles Bebe Rebozo Humanitarian Award. Both were recognized for their work, commitment and care for the children of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

Gala committee members included Maria Cecilia Arocha, Liliana Balepogi, Tom Bezold, Sarah Garcia, Pamela Guilarte, Yvonne Koch, Judy Kramer, Alfredo Mesa, Giancarlo Molero, Laura Munilla, Melanie Nenning, Melissa Pallett, Raul Rodriguez-Jacome, Yuri Rossi, Eris Thomas, Sarah Garcia and Maria Zenoz.

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade's programs and events, please visit www.bgcmia.org.

Olga Guilarte (Gala Special Event Chair), Fred Rebozo (Rebozo Foundation), Jorge Luis & Marile Lopez (Gala Co-Chairs), Judy Kramer (Recipient Charles “Bebe” Rebozo Humanitarian Award), Peter Bermont (Board Chair Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade), Gabriela Rachadell & Juan Jose Delgado (Gala Co-Chairs)

Sebastian Courteau (Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade - Teen Club Member)

Alex Rodriguez-Roig (President Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade )

Alex Villoch (Recipient - Community Builder Award) and Cesar Mendoza

Aimee Cabrera and Rodolfo Lleonart

Raul & Ana Marmol

Tony & Ana Figueroa Cisneros

Frida Ayala, Juan Jose & Gabriela Rachadell Delgado (Gala Co-Chairs)

Mayor Carlos & Lourdes Jimenez and Lynda & Dr. Michael Gordon

Pastor Nick & Geri Del Vento, Jesus & Blanca Cruz, Erasmo & Pamela Guilarte, Abdallah Fragomeno and Rosalyn Katty,Veronica & Alex De La Cruz

Joe & Susie Cangiano, Ben & Liz Walker, Jesse Cangiano and Solangel Diaz, Charmaine & David Campbell

Jane & Alex Barrellier, Allison & Andy Stuart, Daphne & Jeff Martino

AR Lopez and Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez (Gala Co-Chairs)

Fari Mehdian and Katie Ward

Kerrin & Peter L. Bermont (Board Chair Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade)

Daniela Gamboa, Maria Cecilia Arocha and Elisabeth Eljuri

The Gala – Production by WOW Factor

Carolina Lanao and Boris Izaquirre

Raúl Rodríguez Jácome, Lisa Kramer, Judy Kramer (Recipient Charles “Bebe” Rebozo Humanitarian Award), Maria Cecilia Rachadell de Rodriguez and Robert Kramer

Jackie & Eric Gonzalez

Katitza-Mandakovic and Francisco-Plaza

Daniela Villoch and Andre Micovic

Joan & James (Jim) Bernhardt

Omar & Yuni Navarro

Bernerd Garsen and Daisy Olivera

Tomislav Mandakovic and Olga Guiarte (Gala Special Event Chair)

Ana Felpeto and Melissa Pallet

Gabriella Rachadell & Juan Jose Delgado (Gala Co-Chairs)

Fred & Connie Rebozo, Howard & Barbara Master