Miami Bridge’s Van Gogh-Themed Gala Helps Local Homeless and Abused Youth
Province “Boo” Zamek; Paul Zamek; Executive Director of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc. Mary Andrews; State Representative Erik Fresen; Ethel Fresen

David Efron and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle

Shannon Hori, CBS 4 news anchor and program emcee

The “stars” of South Florida were shining in support of abused, neglected and abandoned youth. Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc., Miami-Dade County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for children and teenagers in crisis ages 10 to 17, recently unveiled its signature fundraiser, Bridge to the Stars, “A Starry Night”, presented by City National Bank, with special program emcee Shannon Horri of CBS Miami, WFOR.

Taking place at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami hotel in downtown Miami, hundreds attended the special fundraiser, including prominent community activists, political and civic leaders. With its whimsical theme inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” masterpiece, the fundraiser, hailed as one of the most unique of the season, helped bolster the outreach of Miami Bridge, which provides critical services to youth in great need (many of whom are homeless or runaways and living on the streets).

The gala was chaired by Marlene Quintana, Miami Bridge board member and Labor and Employment Shareholder at GrayRobinson. Special guests included: Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle and David Efron; U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy; Mike Murphy, VP of Coastal Construction; Steven Bateman, Mayor of Homestead; State Representative Erik Fresen and his wife, Ethel Fresen; Commissioner Juan Zapata; Russell Benford, Deputy Mayor, Miami-Dade County; State Representative David Richardson; Honorable Judge Victoria del Pino; Honorable Judge Betty Capote; Honorable Judge Miguel de la O; Kim Stone, Executive Vice President of the Miami Heat & General Manager of American Airlines Arena; and Eddie Dominguez, Senior VP, City National Bank, among others.

“This is a time-honored tradition for Miami Bridge and, through its establishment, we have been fortunate to help so many youth, year after year,” said Mary Andrews, Executive Director, Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc. “There is no act too small to make a difference. These are difficult and desperate times for many people in our area and we welcome any opportunity to unite the community, put a spotlight on those in need and give back.”

Major event sponsors also included BenTrust Financial, the Bond Family and Coastal Construction Group. In addition to dancing, live entertainment and cuisine, guests enjoyed a silent auction filled with big-ticket items including a cruise vacation, American Airlines tickets, a jersey signed by LeBron James and a basketball signed by every current player of the Miami HEAT.

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Techy Madrid; Eddie Dominguez of presenting sponsor City National Bank; Jennifer Matos

Eddy Reyes; Nathalie Pozo; Vanessa Dadaglio; Alfred Karram, Jr.

Casey Moore; Terry Bond; Michelle Bond; Ellen Moore

Giny Santamaria and Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

Alicia Murphy; Michael Murphy; City of Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman; Donna Bateman

Michael Lewis and Carmen Betancourt-Lewis

Alex Perez; Dax Bello; Michael Alvarez

Natalia Mendez; Leyza Blanco; Natacha Munilla; “Starry Night” Gala Chair Marlene Quintana

Dee Dee Fischer; Michelle Delancy; Miami Bridge Board of Directors President Adrian Delancy; Grace Robson

Ethel Fresen; Honorable Judge Betty Capote; Barbara Ferrer

Alexis Christie and Alejandro Miyar

Patrick Ahern; Jennifer Matos; Allison Swensson; Eric Swensson

Honorable Judge Richard Hersch; Varinia Van Ness; Brian Tannebaum; Lisa Tannebaum

State Representative David Richardson; Executive Director of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc. Mary Andrews; “Starry Night” Gala Chair Marlene Quintana

Gala committee and members of Miami Bridge Board of Directors are recognized for their service

Miami Bridge presents its signature gala, “Bridge to the Stars, A Starry Night”

Hundreds attend Vincent van Gogh-inspired fundraiser at JW Marriott Marquis Miami

Lights glitter over the pool of JW Marriott Marquis Miami