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Journey of Hope Gala Grand Finale

Saturday, June 11 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

The Southern Florida Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2016 Miami Man & Woman of the Year campaign will conclude ate 11 at the Journey of Hope Gala Grand Finale, where this year’s Man & Woman of the Year will be named. Ten outstanding community members are among the candidates seeking the respective crowns of 2016 Miami Man of the Year and 2016 Miami Woman of the Year. This year's campaign honors two local patient heroes. Gio Peña, the 2016 Boy of the Year, and Mairen Bello, the 2016 Girl of the Year.

The 2016 Miami Man & Woman of the Year campaign began March 30 at a special Kickoff Celebration, hosted by BBVA Compass Bank South Florida Market President Roberto Muñoz, Chairman Emeritus of the Man & Woman of the Year campaign and the 2011 Miami Man of the Year. The 2016 Man & Woman of the Year campaign is led by Alejandro Mendieta, of MetLife Premier Client Group of Florida.

The 2016 candidates are: Melissa Bales, Multivista; Angela de Cespedes, Akerman LLP; Brian Diaz, actor and entertainer; Janet Oñate, Bacardí; Alex Pascual, BBVA Compass Bank; Nick Peña, Cruise Planners; Hugo Perez, United Data Technologies; Ali Samek, Samek Sells; Yolanda Strader, Carlton Fields; and Christina Telesco, Luxury Attaché - Paramount. Additionally, Jay Granieri, a 2015 Fort Lauderdale Man of the Year candidate, is now a candidate for the 2016 National All Star Man of the Year competition, representing the Southern Florida Chapter of LLS. Granieri is a successful realtor who serves as part of Team Jonathan Keith at Coldwell Banker in Fort Lauderdale.

Intercontinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami
954-744-5300 DeAnn Hazey


Raise the Bar

Thursday, June 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Join The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade for a night of networking with over 400 South Florida professionals from the legal, accounting and business communities at the 12th annual Raise the Bar cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the event will be directed towards collaborations and advocacy campaigns that work to eliminate human trafficking and domestic violence, including supporting The Honorable Judge Amy Karan Legacy Fund. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door with complimentary tickets for judiciary. Sponsorships range from $500 to $2,500.

Miami Dade College, Chapman Conference Center
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Downtown Miami