Children's Resources "Unforgettable" Gala - A Great Success
Proceeds Benefit Programs And Services For CRF's Educational Center
Chairman of the Board Daniel Tasciotti, Philanthropic Honoree Lynn Girsh and Gala Honoree Tommy Trotter

Carmax Miami Store General Manager Lazaro Rodriguez and Cristina Rodriguez

The grand ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotels was overflowing with excitement and exuberance at “Unforgettable” A Magical Evening of Love, Glamour and Entertainment. This year's gala was chaired by the Co-Presidents who produced the wonderful event. Lynn Girsh, Philanthropic Honoree, was recognized and thanked for her remarkable philanthropy and caring heart that has done so much to improve the lives of the children that attend CRF's Girsh Academy. Honoree Tommy Trotter, a great supporter of CRF's mission, was also recognized for his commitment to Children’s Resources and for making CRF the beneficiary of special events. Founder and Chairman of the Board Peggy Armaly, proudly announced that Daniel Tasciotti will succeed her as Chairman of the Board and that she will take new responsibilities as President & CEO.

Sponsors recognized during the evening were Corporate Grand Sponsor Florida Blue represented by Martha de la Pena, Senior Manager Market Development, CarMax Foundation's Miami Store General Manager Lazaro Rodriguez and Corey Allen, General Manager of Buffalo Wild Wings. Sponsors and underwriters thanked for their support: Robert Cooke of Cooke Law Group, Harvey Chaplin of Southern Wine & Spirits and Leslie Eisenberg of Yellow Cab. CRF gratefully acknowledged Kiwanis Club of Miami, Woman's Relief Association, The Lady Suzanna P. Tweed & Carlton Tweed Charitable Foundation and Charles & Joan Hermanowski Family Foundation.

The glamorous evening was highlighted by over the top electrifying performances by the volunteer dancers of the Music Theater Department of Montclair State University. Music was provided by the talented Danny Beck and the Soul Survivors Orchestra.

The proceeds from the gala directly benefit children with developmental delays served by Children's Resources Educational Center. For information about the school, please call 305-596-6966 or visit

Claudia & Robert Cooke of Cooke Law Group

Peggy Armaly passing the gavel to Dan Tasciotti, President & Founder of Tasciotti Financial

Buffalo Wild Wings General Manager Corey Allen

Florida Blue Senior Manager Market Development Martha de la Pena Rojas, Jaime Rojas and IT Manager David Diaz

Co-President & Gala Co-Chairmen Eleanor Trotter and Tommy Trotter

Peter Cancio with Claudia Cancio, Senior Vice President Regional Branch Manager of First National Bank of South Miami

Standing: Senator Paul Steinberg, Sandy Steinberg, Nick Studds & Founder Maria Michaels. Seated: Founder Sonja Zuckerman & Harriet Shapiro

Gala Chairmen, Co-Presidents & Founders: Judy Wieselberg, Jane Tasciotti, Shirley Anderson, Susan Eisenberg, Josephine Baker, Betty M. Brandt, Daniel Tasciotti, Peggy Armaly, Mike Hightower, Martha Mishcon, Hildine Potashnick

Children’s Resources Executive Director, Founder Roxana Rapaport

Founders Dr. Lewis & Pam Michaels

Diamond Founder Lynn Girsh with Elliott Harris

Alice & Doug Donn

Honorable Elaine Bloom with Mike Hightower

Akerman Senterfitt Partner Bill Arnhols & Linda Arnhols

CRF Vice Presidents: Nick Studds, Peter M. Pasciak, Roberto Lizama, Grand Founder Leslie Eisenberg, Stephen Armaly & Founder Robert Rapaport

PTA Co-President Janelle Bedoya, Juan Bedoya and PTA Co-President Leilani Regan

Katrina Peebles, Peebles Corporation Chairman & CEO R. Donahue Peebles with Betty M. Brandt

Grace Garde, Platinum Founder Joseph Armaly, Platinum Founder & CEO Peggy Armaly, Mary Ellen Garde and Founder Stephen Armaly

Michael Diaz Founding Partner DiazReus

Grand Founders Carmen & Sandy Reinhard

The Charles & Joan Hermanowski Family Foundation; left to right: Junior Advisory Board Member James Daniel Smith, Board Member, Treasurer Joy Hermanowski Smith, Board Member, V.P. Joan Hermanowski, Board Member, Secretary Kim Hermanowski, & Board Member, President Charles Hermanowski

Louise & Terry Moore

George Bunassar with Century 21 Premier Elite Realty CEO Patricia Delinois

CRF parent Aimee Ariola

Nextera Energy V.P. and Managing Director Craig Shapiro and Stacy Shapiro

Volunteer Performers