2017 Be A Voice, Be A Light Gala
Benefiting Voices For Children’s programs to uplift abused, abandoned and neglected local children
Stephen Owens, Gala Honoree; Yolanda Berkowitz; Mary Cunsolo, Harry Winston Salon Director; Jay Shapiro, Chair of Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors; Brad Meltzer, Gala Chair

Voices For Children Foundation and presenting sponsor Harry Winston, Inc. celebrated the 21st Annual “Be A Voice, Be A Light” Gala. The lavish gala welcomed approximately 450 of Miami’s most influential and philanthropic individuals for a sparkling evening of diamonds and dancing to benefit foster children in Miami-Dade County.

The premier fundraising event, hosted by Mandarin Oriental, Miami, began with a cocktail reception filled with a glistening display of Harry Winston diamond pieces for guests to enjoy, including the remarkable 70-carat radiant-cut Yellow Diamond Necklace. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on luxury goods and services and one of a kind services at the silent auction.

During dinner in the glamorous ballroom, guests heard an inspiring testimonial from a young woman whose life was changed by the work of Voices For Children. “The power of owning your story will propel you to liberation”. Said the brave young speaker. Gala Chairs Brad and Suzanne Meltzer honored Steve and Aimee Owens for their unwavering support of Voices For Children over the last 16 years, before guests took to the dance floor to the sounds of DJ Kucha. One lucky attendee went home with a Harry Winston Midnight Monochrome 18k Rose Gold Watch.

Funds raised at the gala will be used to ensure that abused, abandoned and neglected children in the Miami-Dade County foster care system each have the resources to meet their legal, health, educational and social needs. “Suzanne and I are thrilled to be a part of an organization doing such great work to help children in Foster Care. Voices for Children helps change lives and is making a difference every day,” said Gala Chair, Brad Meltzer.

The “Be A Voice, Be A Light Gala” was made possible by presenting sponsor Harry Winston; Golden Fan Guardian Sponsors Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz; Bluedog Capital Partners, LLC & The Procaccianti Group; Jay and Susan Shapiro; Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; and Swire Properties,

Inc.; and Dynasty Guardian Sponsors Akerman LLP; Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LL; Paul and Swanee Dimare; John Moriarty & Associates of Florida, Inc.; Roberto Isaias; Kaufman, Rossin & Co., P.A; and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Media sponsors include Brickell Magazine and Selecta Magazine, with public relations support from TARA, Ink.

Photoghraphy by Manny Hernandez, World Red Eye, and Orlando Garcia

Fernanda Usler; Brianna Addolorato; Mary Cunsolo; Elisa Lau; Dashiel Hernandez

Ken Russell; Juliana Benedini

Teresa Rodriguez; Dr. Allan Levi

Jose & Silvia Boschetti; Malcolm Stott & Laurence Aquilina-Stott; Rudy & Lydia Touzet; Eilah & Ben Beavers

Mike Nunez & Victoria Ranger Nunez

Stephen & Aimee Owens, Gala honorees; Suzanne & Brad Meltzer, Gala Chairs

Commissioner Francis & Gloria Suarez; Cindy & Judge Martin Zilber

Christy Martin and Tara Salomon

Gala Committee Members: Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children President and CEO; Rohnda Rose-Drecksler; Suzanne Legon; Beth Tasca; Yolanda Berkowitz; Laurence Aquilina-Stott; Sandra Santiago

DJ Kucha

Richard & Beth Tasca

Sandra Santiago; Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz

Santiago Mansur, Valerie Bradford

Jeanette Uribe; Robert Lowe

Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz; Susan & Jay Shapiro, Chair of Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors

Jorge Rossell, Lorena Mercado; Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz

Suzanne & Todd Legon

Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Lourdes Gimenez; Yolanda & Jeff Berkowiz; Francis & Gloria Suarez; Carolina Hincapie; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children President and CEO

Paul & Swanee DiMare; Judge Bronwyn Miller; Maury Udell

Carolina Montealegre; Richard & Kattia Goldstein; Lauren Goldstein

Richard & Dale Newberg; Mary Cunsolo, Harry Winston Salon Director; Lauren Foster, Loyd Klein

Felicia & Andrew Berkowitz

Noryn & Oscar Suarez, Lynette & Angel Ferrer, Deborah & Vince Castro

Suzanne Meltzer, Gala Chair; Mary Cunsolo, Harry Winston Salon Director; Aimee Owens, Gala Honoree

Neisen & Ana Kasdin

Daniel Puder, Jess Germany, Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children President and CEO, Ruth Rios, Victor Pulido

Voices For Children Board members: Bertha Cordoves- Pino; Brian Goldmeier; Kira Grossman; Rohnda Rose Drecksler; Gail Appelrouth; Jay Shapiro, Chair of Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation President and CEO; Richard Goldstein; DDD; Michael Rosenberg; Michael Block; Brad Meltzer; Vince Castro; Blain Heckman; Angel Ferrer; Rodrigo Melendez; John Broe; Christopher Gonzalez Jacobo