Children’s Resources 41st Anniversary Musical Gala

Gala Co-Chairmen: Roberto Lizama, Veronica Lizama, Danny Cifuentes, Paola Sanchez-Torres, Josh Kaufman, Noemi Kaufman, Marta Colomar, President Mike Diaz, Mariam Bazzi, Stephen Armaly, Nikki Brandt, Nelson Brandt, Courtney DeKanter, Seth DeKanter, Erika Berger, Nick Studds, Mitch Vento

The elegant Four Seasons Hotel was the scene for Children’s Resources to host its 41st Anniversary Musical Gala. A sold-out crowd celebrated the school’s accomplishments with a lively cocktail hour to welcome guests, a fabulous silent auction, five course dinner and an evening of dancing; all to benefit children with special needs.

The night honored Gala Grand Honorees Lynn Girsh and Susan & Les Eisenberg for their unwavering commitment to the center, outstanding contributions to improve the lives of the children that attend the school and philanthropy. President of Children’s Resources, Mike Diaz, welcomed guests and thanked them for their dedication to the children at the school. Also recognized were the remarkable past Presidents along with the current President, as Gala Honorees & Co-Chairmen, Peggy Armaly, Les Eisenberg, Susan Eisenberg, Shirley Anderson, Stephen Aramaly, Josephine Baker, Betty Brandt, Mike Hightower, Martha Mishcon, Luisita Pacheco, Hildine Potashnick, Claudine Smurfit, Dan Tasciotti, Jane Tasciotti, Ellie Trotter, Judy Wieselberg and Mike Diaz for their years of leadership and commitment to Children’s Resources and children with special needs. They have been the foundation of our success and essential to our growth.

This year's generous sponsors included Corporate Grand Sponsor Florida Blue, Carmax Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Miami, Woman’s Relief Association, Peacock Foundation, The Hermanowski Family Foundation and The Tweed Foundation for their unwavering support which has made Children’s Resource Educational Center a model program for children with developmental disabilities.

Guests were also treated to high energy performances from the volunteer singers and dancers of Montclair State University. Guests packed the dance floor with music from the Danny Beck Orchestra. The evening continued well into the night with an after party in the 1435 lounge where everyone reminisced about the amazing event with flowing champagne and late night bites. It was a memorable evening for everyone!

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Gala Grand Honoree Lynn Girsh, Diamond Founder

President Mike Diaz thanking everyone for an amazing year

Gala Grand Honorees Susan & Les Eisenberg, Diamond Founders

Carmax GM Lazaro Rodriguez with CEO Peggy Armaly

Florida Blues’ Martha de la Pena Rojas with Peggy Armaly

Buffalo Wild Wings Owners Seth & Courtney DeKanter, Peggy Armaly and CRF’s School Psychologist Dr. Erika Berger

Ali Diaz, Mike Diaz and Danielle Diaz

Founder & Past President Jane Tasciotti and Chairman of the Board Dan Tasciotti

President of Kiwanis Club of Miami Valerie Dacks with husband Brian

Grand Founder & Past President Betty Brandt with Walter Miller

Founder & Past President Shirley & Cromwell Anderson

Past President Josephine Baker with Founder & Past President HildinePotashnick

Founders Mitch Vento, and Carmen & Sandy Reinhard

Therapy Room Benefactor Barbara Shapiro

Platinum Founders Joe & Peggy Armaly

Past Presidents & Founders Claudine Smurfit & Mike Hightower

Carmax Foundation Associates

Christopher and Lynda Royer, Les & Susan Eisenberg and Michael Kaufman

Founders Maria Michaels and Nick Studds

Left to right standing: Kamal Chhatwal, Sherron Rose-Daley, Grace Eves, John Eves, Mike Hightower. Left to right sitting: Ann Hoo, Carolina Reindero, Martha de la Pena Rojas, Jaime Rojas and Maria Guerrero

Estelle Pregen with Founder Vince Vento

Carlos & Carolina de Cespedes and Roberto & Veronica Lizama

Florida International University Paul & Karen Landrum

Grand Founders Angie & Joel Hirschhorn

Dany Cifuentes, Mariam Bazzi, Marta Colomar, Kathy Andersen and Mike Diaz

Attorney at Holland & Knight Alberto Torres with wife Celina Torres

Founders Judy & Joe Wieselberg

Sitting: Pedro Trillos, CRF’s Executive Director Gigi Del Valle. Standing: CRF’s Development Director Amy Gonzalez

Mike Diaz, Peggy Armaly and Clay James celebrating a successful night with the volunteer dancers/singers from Montclair State University.