An Evening of Glamour, Excitement & Entertainment
Benefiting Children's Resources Fund
Platinum Founders Joseph & Peggy Armaly

Over 300 guests, escorted by volunteer singers and dancers from Montclair State University, filled the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel. The performers generously donated their time and talent for a fabulous review of Broadway shows.

Chairman of the Board Dan Tasciotti welcomed guests, and introduced President Les Eisenberg who thanked the attendees for their unwavering support that has made Children’s Resource Educational Center a model program for children with special needs. Les Eisenberg recognized Gala Co-Chairmen for an amazing and successful Gala.

Founder and CEO Peggy Armaly recognized Grand Honorees President Les Eisenberg and his wife, Past President, Susan for their remarkable philanthropy, leadership and dedication to the mission of CRF. Philanthropic Honoree Lynn Girsh was praised for her outstanding contributions to improve the lives of the children that attend the Lynn and Mike Girsh Elementary Academy. Gala Honoree and Past President Betty Brandt was thanked and acknowledged for her philanthropy, leadership and continued belief in CRF's mission and for all she does for so many.

Penny Shaffer, Market President of Corporate Grand Sponsor Florida Blue, was applauded for Florida Blue's continued support of CRF and to the South Florida community

The highlight of the evening was the moving performance of a group of students of CRF who delighted the guests with a beautiful rendition of “Stand by Me”. There was not one dry eye in the room! Former student, twenty year old Austin Landa, thanked the members of CRF for his wonderful experience during his preschool years at CRF which gave him the necessary tools to now be attending college and be working toward a degree in veterinarian medicine.

Children's Resources is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational and therapeutic programs and services for children ages eighteen months to fifth grade with developmental delays. To find out more, visit

Gala Chairmen: Broadband MDU Founder Mitch Vento; Training General Manager of Buffalo Wild Wings Corey Allen; Cooke Law Group Founder Robert Cooke, Esq.; Tasciotti Financial Founder Daniel Tasciotti; President Leslie Eisenberg; Founding Partner of Diaz Reus Michael Diaz, Esq.; Vice President and Business Development Officer of First National Bank of South Miami Stephen Armaly; Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Pilot Nelson Brandt; Interior Design at MacDonald Design Associates Nick Studds. Not pictured: Managing Director Investments Dominick & Dominick Roberto Lizama; and Carmax General Manager Lazaro Rodriguez.

Gala Honoree Betty M. Brandt, Gala Grand Honorees Susan & Leslie Eisenberg, Philanthropic Honoree Lynn Girsh

CRF Founder & CEO Peggy Armaly with Grand Founder Betty M. Brandt

Elliott Harris Esq. with Diamond Founder Lynn Girsh

Diamond Founder Leslie Eisenberg

Florida Blue Market President of South Florida Penny Shaffer

Founders Past President Jane with husband, Chairman of the Board Dan Tasciotti

Grand Founders Carmen & Sandy Reinhard

Ellie Trotter with V.P. Tommy Trotter

Carmax Foundation: Oscar Alarcón, Lorena Muñoz, Venancio Alemán, María Franco, Cristiana Díaz, Andrew Díaz

Sophia Fontecilla, Founders Isabel & Carlos Fontecilla, Daniella & Justin Drexler

First National Bank of South Miami: Steven Moynahan, Stephen Armaly, Maria & Al Brito, Pete & Veronica Flores, Rosy & Andres Restrepo, Aileen & Max Vazquez, Barry & Cary Givner.

Founders Shirley & Cromwell Anderson

Nick Studds with Founder Maria Michaels

Charles Sacher, Esq., Executive Committee Chairman Joseph Armaly, Former Representative Elaine Bloom, Peggy Armaly.

Founders Judy & Joe Wieselberg

Charles & Joan Hermanowski Family Foundation: Standing: Camila Ortiz, James Smith, Charles Hermanowski, Marla Hermanowski, Kim Hermanowski; Seated: Joan Hermanowski

Founders Dr. Lewis & Pam Michaels

Standing: Past President Ellie Trotter, Past President and Founder Hildine Potashnick. Seated: Past President and Founder Martha Mishcon, Past President Josephine Baker, Therapy Room Benefactor Barbara Shapiro

Former parent of CRF Aimee Ariola

Executive Director Roxana Rapaport, School Director Gigi DelValle, Development Officer Amy Gonzalez, Clinical Director Dr. Erika Berger

Kiwanis Club of Miami Board Member Valerie Dacks with Mercy DeQuesada and Nancy Hernandez of Bank United

CRF student Nicole Arnold admiring an ice sculpture

Florida International University: Standing: Rick Sherburne, Drs. Miguel &.Feion Villodas, Jeffrey & Dr. Katie Hart, Paul Landrum; Seated: Cindy Eisaman, Dr. William & Maureen Pelham, Karen Landrum.

CRF students thanking benefactors with performance of “Stand By Me”

Nikki Moustaki and Lieutenant Colonel Nelson Brandt