12th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Dinner and Auction
Benefiting Branches
Brent McLaughlin, Executive Director; Trish and Dan Bell, Philanthropic Chairs and Honorees; Laurie Zapletal and Marielena Villamil, Benefit Dinner Co-Chairs

Tony Villamil and Dinner Co-Chair Marielena Villamil; Christina Bonarrigo; TJ Villamil; and Mark Trowbridge, Emcee and Auctioneer

Branches celebrated its 12th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans benefit dinner and auction at the Trump National Doral in the beautiful Donald J. Trump Ballroom. Over 400 guests attended and helped to raise over $350,000 for Branches’ programs which provide services and life-changing opportunities to low-income children, youth and families focused on long-term success.

The event was co-chaired by Gala Chairs Mrs. Marielena Villamil and Ms. Laurie Zapletal and kicked off with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing, as well as an appeal and an exciting live auction, led by MC and Auctioneer Mr. Mark Trowbridge. The event also honored Trish and Dan Bell for their long-time and generous support of Branches, featuring the 1st Annual Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award. All proceeds from the appeal of that evening will support Branches’ Summer Shade Camp and all donations will be doubled since they are matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous Challenge Grant provided by Trish and Dan Bell. The event was capped off with an incredible surprise from The Batchelor Foundation which presented Branches with a $50,000 check at the end of the evening.

Branches’ Executive Director, Brent McLaughlin, was extremely pleased with this year’s benefit dinner and states, “This event has become an important way for Branches to engage our community and build momentum to fulfill our mission. I am grateful to our co-chairs and sponsors for their commitment to Branches. This year in particular we were excited to recognize the Bells for their philanthropic leadership and the many ways they are compassionately making a difference.”

Premiere Sponsors included: Trish & Dan Bell, The Batchelor Foundation, BB&T, Norwegian Cruise Line, Sandy & Rodney Bell, Wells Fargo, Aetna, BBVA Compass Bank, Bilzin Sumberg, City National Bank, Homestead Hospital, JP Morgan Chase, Pacific National Bank, Ron Book P.A. & Lauren’s Kids, SunTrust and the Washington Economics Group.

Nancy Batchelor; Bill Jones, Board Member; Brent McLaughlin, Executive Director; Trish and Dan Bell, Philanthropic Chairs and Honorees; and Jon Batchelor

Board Chair Rodney Bell and Sandy Bell

Board Member Laurie Zapletal, Benefit Dinner Co-Chair, and Carlos Molina

Rev. Rodney B. James and Carla Aloria James, Brent McLaughlin, Executive Director, and Duffy Matson

Rob and Sarah Bowlby, Abigail and Paul Steiner

Mary Jones, Bill Jones, Board Member, Debbie Gauthier and Barry Flagg

Bill and Gladis Duquette, Bill and Thi Squire, Liliana Fong and Amaury Viciedo

Tina and Robert Furniss-Roe

Board Member Robert Onsgard and Debbie Onsgard, Amory and Carrie Bodin

Gary Marcelin, Mary Susan and Phil Ward, Martine Marcelin

Dave Lawrence

Kim Torres and Kathy Howard

Adriana Molina and Michael Carricarte

Katie Burdette, Alex Esher, Barbara and Bill Burdette

Christina Bonarrigo and TJ Villamil

Liz Fitzpatrick, Nikki Deluza and MaryAnn Griese

Dr. Bessman, Jan Navatkski and Stephanie Sylvestre

Kurt Baird, Ramon Rodriguez, Adriana Leon and Carlos Leon

Nicole Ashley and Simone Beason

Cecilia Hinojosa and Julie Baird

Ashley and Robert Thornburg, Mike and Heather Harris, and Province and Paul Zamek

Charlie West and Gaby Vicuna

Matt Forman and Bill Burdette

Carol Perez and Alejandro Rivera

Luz and Gregory Viejo

Play that funky music!

Mystery Rose Winner Glicer Umbaugh and Mark Trowbridge, Emcee and Auctioneer

Krystal Shepard and Debbie Griffin