22nd Annual Be A Voice Awards Luncheon
Voices For Children Raises More Than $130,000
 
Yolanda Valencia, Luncheon Co-Chair, Laurie Jennings; Martha Valdes-Fauli, Luncheon Co-Chair

Voices For Children Foundation, a local non-profit organization advocating for children in foster care, along with presenting sponsor Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A., served as hosts to approximately 400 attorneys, judges, elected officials, community leaders, volunteers and supporters at the 22nd annual “Be A Voice Luncheon Transform – Inspire – Love” held on Friday, October 21, at Coral Gables Country Club, 997 North Greenway Drive Coral Gables, Miami, 33134. News anchor Laurie Jennings served as the emcee.

With help from supporters, Voices For Children Foundation raised over $130,000. The money will help ensure that abused, abandoned and neglected children in Miami-Dade County each have a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that resources are available to support their health, educational and social needs.

At the event, Voices For Children continued to educate and raise awareness about child abuse, foster care, the importance of the Guardian ad Litem program, along with collaboration with different organizations to improve the lives of children in the dependency system.

A touching moment came when Martha Valdes –Fauli, Co-Chair of the event paid tribute to her late husband Raul G. Valdes-Fauli. Judge Michael A. Hanzman spoke about his lifetime experience in the courtroom, Yolanda Valencia, Co-Chair of the event shared her experience as a Guardian ad Litem and Shakiyah, a talented young women going through foster care, performed a beautiful song.

At the event, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez presented the organization’s Path Finder award to Denise McArthur. Despite many obstacles in her life including aging out of foster care, Denise recently graduated from Florida International University's School of Communication, recognizing her triumph over child abuse.

In addition to Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, which has sponsored the annual Be A Voice Luncheon for ten consecutive years, the event was made possible by Platinum sponsor Galleria Farms. Gold Guardian sponsors including: Wells Fargo Insurance, Abigail Price-Williams, Miami-Dade County Attorney, and Miami-Dade County Commissioners: Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Audrey M. Edmonson, Sally A Heyman and Rebeca Sosa; and Silver Sponsors: Pacific National Bank, Plaza Construction, and Professional Bank. Brickell Magazine was the event’s media sponsor.

For more information about Voices For Children Foundation, please visit www.BeAVoice.org.


Gail Appelrouth, Board Member for Voices For Children; Shakyiah, Foster Youth

Yolanda Valencia, Be A Voice Luncheon Co-Chair; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President; Commissioner Sally A. Heyman


Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava; Denise McArthur 2016 Pathfinder Recipient, Nelson Hincapie; Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President

Jay Shapiro, Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors Chair; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President


Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President and Carolina Hincapie

Jay Shapiro, Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors Chair; Yolanda Berkowitz; Victoria Chase; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President


Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz; Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President

Yolanda Berkowitz; Jeff Berkowitz


Yolanda Valencia and Gerardo Valencia, Luncheon Co-Chairs

Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President; Jay Shapiro, Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors Chair; Brad Meltzer, Voices For Children Board Member


Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President; Gerardo Valencia; Yolanda Valencia; Martha Valdes-Fauli Luncheon Co-Chairs; Jay Shapiro, Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors Chair

Blain Heckaman, Board Member for Voices For Children Foundation; Jay Shapiro, Voices For Children Board of Directors Chair


Tracy Koco, Brikell Magazine; Laurie Kahn

Susan Shapiro; Jay Shapiro, Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors Chair; Judge Cindy Lederman


Susan Shapiro; Judge Cindy Lederman

Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President; Abigail Price-Williams, Dr. Michael Rosenberg, Voices For Children Board Members


Mary Cunsolo; Yolanda Berkowitz; Laurie Jennings; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President; Martha Valdes-Fauli; Maestro Eduardo Marturet


Justin Trevol; Yolanda Berkowitz; Lourdes Gimenez; Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; Athina Marturet; Maestro Eduardo Marturet


Lourdes Gimenez; Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Virginia Emmons, Educate Tomorrow Co-Founder; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President; Shakyiah, Foster Youth


Commissioner Sally A. Heyman; Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz; Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President; Abigail Price-Williams Miami-Dade County Attorney; Commissioner Rebeca Sosa; Jeanette Rubio


Jay Shapiro, Voices For Children Board of Directors Chair, Jennifer Stearns Buttrick

Lourdes Gimenez; Shakyiah, Foster Youth; Mayor Carlos Gimenez


Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz; Jeanette Rubio; Commissioner Rebeca Sosa; Shakyiah, Foster Youth; Commissioner Sally Heyman

Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Jay Shapiro Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors Chair


Laurie Jennings; Denise McArthur Path Finder Awardee; Mayor Carlos Gimenez


John Lopez, 2015 Path Finder Awardee; Nelson Hincapie, Voices For Children Foundation CEO and President; Denise McArthur Path Finder Awardee, Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Victor Pulido, 2014 Path Finder Awardee


John Lopez, 2015 Path Finder Awardee; Denise 2016 McArthur Path Finder Awardee; Victor Pulido, 2014 Path Finder Awardee


Judge Michael Hanzman