Moments Of Brilliance, Be A Voice Gala 2018

Yolanda Berkowitz, Christian Wardle, Avery Felks, Nelson Hincapie, Michael Moser,
Suzanne and Brad Meltzer

On Saturday, January 13th 2018, Voices For Children Foundation, the largest of the non-profits that supports the Guardian ad Litem Program in Florida, kicked off the winter gala season and held its Moments Of Brilliance, Be A Voice Gala 2018 at the serene Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Brickell Key.

Now in its 22nd year, the esteemed gala was not only attended by 400 of the city’s luminaries in philanthropy and business; but more importantly, it also raised over $740,000 dollars that ultimately facilitates advocacy for children in foster care in Miami Dade County.

“Through the power of philanthropy, Jeff and I have connected with this community in meaningful and fulfilling ways. Voices For Children and the Guardian ad Litem Program have given us the opportunity to improve outcomes for kids in foster care and the Be a Voice Gala is a wonderful way to highlight the tremendous impact of both organizations and their supporters”, said Yolanda Berkowitz, Miami philanthropist”.

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Voices For Children Board Members: Gail Appelrouth; Javier Aviño, Rhonda Rose-Drecksler; Nelson Hincapie, Bertha Pino, Jay Shapiro, Kira Grossman, John Broe, Angel Ferrer, Brad Meltzer, Alberto Jaen,
Brian Goldmeier, Robert Lowe, Vince Castro, Christopher Gonzalez-Jacobo

Daniela Swaebe and
Michael Comras

Sabrina, Bertha, Paul and Victoria Pino

Julian Kasdin, Dana Brodie, Ana and Neisen Kasdin

Gail and Stewart Appelrouth

Eva and Matthew Gorson

Judge Bronwyn Miller, Senator Rene Garcia and Elysze Held

Yolanda and German Valencia

Elyse Luray and Marc Weshler

Erin and Dale Newberg

Jay and Susan Shapiro, Suzanne and Brad Meltzer

Laurence Aquilina-Stott, Yolanda Berkowitz and Beth Tasca

Blain and Jill Heckaman

Michael Moser, Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz

Angel and Lynette Ferrer, Deborah and Vince Castro

Ruby Bacardi and Scott McGuire

Madison Lippincott, Joseph Seguer and Laurenia Velasquez

David Gutierrez, Robert Lowe, Alberto Jaen and Nadja Scherrer

Gala Committee: Rhonda Rose-Drecksler, Beth Tasca, Yolanda Berkowitz, Nelson Hincapie, Suzanne and Brad Meltzer and
Laurence Aquilina-Stott

Jose Iglesia, Judge Mari Sampedro-Iglesia, Bob Lederman and
Judge Cindy Lederman

Todd and Suzanne Legon

Lourdes Gimenez and
Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Jill and Catherine Pelham and Richard Berkowitz

DJ Kucha

Angeles Almuna and Oscar Carvallo

Jaqueline Norwood, Jay Shapiro and Julie Caputo

Barry Jay Minoff and
Marcia Do Vales

The sparkling evening began with an intimate cocktail reception in the plush ballroom area, transformed by a dazzling display of Harry Winston jewelry and timepiece creations for guests to admire and enjoy. Following the cocktail, guests danced to spinning tunes by DJ Kucha and bid on a live auction for a variety of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that included: a retreat in Aspen, a wine immersion in Chile, a Miami experience with the Miami Heat and the Fontainebleau and so much more.

As dinner was beginning, guests were engaged with a thought-provoking perspective from Bradel, a brave young woman who was able to eloquently speak about her experience as a victim of human trafficking. Now working full-time as a Mentor-Survivor with current victims of human trafficking, she concluded her speech with, “I now get to stand in their corner and be their voice and instill in them the hope that they can be more than their labels.”

“Within our community we have everything we need to continue to improve the lives of children who end up in the foster care system,” said Nelson Hincapie, President and CEO for Voices For Children. “The overwhelming support is a testament of our common desire to see the brilliance in each child who finds themselves in the darkest of places—without a family.”

The 2018 Be A Voice Gala was made possible via Presenting Sponsor Harry Winston, Inc.; Golden Fan Sponsors Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz; Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson with Jay and Susan Shapiro Dynasty Guardian Sponsors Ruby Bacardi; John Moriarty & Associates of Florida; Kaufman Rossin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Tai Pan Guardian Sponsors Appelrouth, Farah & Co; Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants; Bilzin Sumberg; Blue Dog Capital Partners; FirstService Residential; Florida Power & Light Company; Roberto and Nicole Gadala-Maria; Greenberg Traurig, P.A.; KPMG, LLP; Miami HEAT Charitable Fund; Paul and Bertha Pino; Plaza Construction; Swire Properties; Total Bank; Mandarin Guardian Sponsors Akerman, LLP; AT&T; Citi Private Bank; Dr. Steven Poliakoff; Mandarin Oriental, Miami; Karelia Fernandez P.A.; Angel and Lynette Ferrer; Friends of WLRN, Inc.; State Senator Rene Garcia; Todd and Suzanne Legon; Miami Design District; Rose Realty & Associates, Inc. Media Sponsors include: Brickell Magazine and Selecta Magazine with public relations support from TARA, Ink.