Miami Children’s Museum’s 2019 Be A Kid Again Gala
Raises $1 Million for Educational Programming
Gala Chairs
Heide and Jose Dans

After-Party Chairs Annie and Jordan Trachtenberg

Miami Children’s Museum delighted 600 attendees to its Annual Be A Kid Again Gala “Color Your Imagination,” at Soho Studios in the arts district of Wynwood, conjuring a world of unique and fascinating colorful dreams! $1 million was raised to support educational programming with the help of generous donors, sponsors and extensive silent auction. This year’s gala was chaired by Heide & Jose Dans with the auction chaired by Melissa Netkin and Annie & Jordan Trachtenberg as After Party Chairs.

Guests felt like a kid again from the moment they entered Soho Studios. The night kicked off with a not to be missed cocktail reception filled with an extensive silent auction with unique pieces including an autographed guitar by Grammy Award Winner, Shakira, by Grammy Award Winner, Shakira, a first-class Napa Valley getaway, Shopping Spree at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour and so much more! Adding the spice to our colorful themed extravaganza was a taste tempting array of treats provided by Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design with a twist that brought to life all the iconic visions of fantasy and fun. Julie Durda, Local 10 meteorologist, joined Chef David for an incredible live chef demonstration that filled the room with delicious aromas.

Sponsors for the event included: Dr. Brigitt Rok Potamkin & Mr. Alan Potamkin; Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz; Heide & Jose Dans; Susan & Richard Lampen/ Jackie & Adam Malamed/Ladenburg Thalmann; Allied Universal Security Services; CPM Visit Ready; Greenberg Traurig, P.A.; Northern Trust; The Fairholme Foundation; Plaza Construction; 1220 Exhibits, Academica; Bilzin Sumberg; Capital Contractor Services; Carnival Foundation; Cathy & Bob Berkowitz; Century Risk Advisors/Tom Gallagher Insurance; City National Bank; Holland & Knight; Felicia & Andrew Berkowitz/Jolie & Michael Berkowitz; Vanessa & Lee Krelstein/ Louis N. Cassett Foundation; Legends; Medina Family Foundation; Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation; Motorola Solutions, Inc.; New Tradition Media; Rycon Construction, Inc., Stark Weber PLLC; Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; and US Trust. Partners included: Miami Magazine, Miami Herald, Soho Studios, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, WOW MKTG, Fototastic Events and Chef David Schwadron Cuisine and Event Design.

And then there was the most playful Gala After Party of the season: "Play After Dark"! Chaired by Annie & Jordan Trachtenberg and hosted by Playmakers, the Museum’s Young Professionals support group, Miami’s most influential emerging professionals joined Gala goers and together the party boogied late into the night. Attendees were treated to open bars, light bites and sweets catered by Chef David Schwadron Cuisine & Event Design. Guests were transported to a rainbow of excitement for a night of celebration! Sponsors for the After Party include Flagler Strategy Group LLC, &gallery; Trachtenberg Architecture, Design and Development; Shutts & Bowen LLP, Kelly and Chris Melchiondo; John Arrien; Brittany A. Sharpton; 13th Floor Investments; Toshiba Business Solutions, Duffy's Foundation and Wells Fargo.

Miami Children’s Museum offers bilingual and interactive exhibits, programs, classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. The Museum has 16 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. The Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning through play and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, the Museum seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami's changing and diverse community by becoming the "town center" for Miami-Dade County's children and families.’

For more information about Miami Children’s Museum call: (305)373-KIDS (5437) or visit

Board and Committee
Claudia Rodriguez, Jordan & Annie Trachtenberg, Deborah Spiegelman, Richard Lampen, Kelly Melchiondo, Heide & Jose Dans, Marianne Devine, Melissa Netkin, Dan Sachar, Michael Berkowitz,
Steven Weber and Daniella Cabezas

Jennifer Pinkiert, Vanessa Krelstein, Melissa Netkin

Andrew Berkowitz, Felicia Berkowitz, Melissa Netkin,
Jolie Berkowitz and Michael Berkowitz

Liana Guilarte and
Carlos Rodriguez

Jose Dans, Heide Dans, Julie Durda and Dave Radliff

Marianne Devine, Jose Dans, Heide Dans
and Debbie Spiegelman

Tiffany Hurwitz, Alexis Wagner and Jamie Laufer

Steve & Virginia Weber and
Caroline & David Cardenas

Jolie and Michael Berkowitz

Lizzie Schaul, Jolie Berkowitz, Juliana Krys, Cayla Rutchik
and Sarah Berkowitz

Kelly & Chris Melchiondo

Scott and Alexis Wagner

David Schwadron, Julie Durda and Aaron Dreilinger

Mary and Jorge Moros

Jennifer & Robert Pinkiert and Melissa Netkin

Marilyn Dans and Julio Hernandez

Vanessa Krelstein and
Melissa Netkin

Jennifer and Mike Neal

Richard and Susan Lampen