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2017 American Cancer Society Miami Annual Gala

Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Over 800 influential leaders within Miami’s social and corporate communities will gather at the 2017 American Cancer Society Dancing for a Cause for a night of elegance, exquisite food, and live entertainment. The cocktail reception and silent auction will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dance performances by the professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Coral Gables and surprise celebrities all “Dancing for a Cause” to raise funds for the American Cancer Society that evening. The 2017 Gala Chairs are Ana Ortega and her daughter Ana Mari Ortega, Co-Chairs Vivian Williams and her daughter Amy Williams, and Honorary Chair Pepe Freixas. Key supporters include: Ortega Family Foundation, Gus Machado Family Foundation, Remedios and Fausto Diaz Oliver, Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Munilla Family Foundation, Lourdes and Felipe Valls, Baptist Health South Florida, Sarria Family Foundation just to name a few. Tickets for the Gala are $750. Everyone is invited to join the fight against cancer, and to participate in this year’s mission to raise $1M in honor of the American Cancer Society’s mission. For more information, or to purchase tickets please contact Karla Pascua, Sr. Development Manager, Distinguished Events, at 305-779-2879 or

JW Marriott Marquis
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-779-2879 (Karla Pascua, Sr.)


39th Annual Musical Gala

Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

Children’s Resources Fund, Inc. will host its 39th Annual Musical Gala at the beautiful Conrad Hotel. Guests will be treated to a fabulous show, delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet five-course dinner. Dan Beck and his Soul Survivors Orchestra will provide fantastic music for the evening. The glamorous and much anticipated event supports programs and services offered to children with special needs. Children’s Resources Preschool & Elementary integrates children with developmental disabilities and typically developing children. The children attending the school have, but are not limited to, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Apraxia, Speech and Language Disorders and Down Syndrome. We serve over a 100 children ages 18 months to fifth grade with a wide range of developmental delays, including but not limited to, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Apraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder, just to name a few. We strive to provide the children that attend our center with educational, therapeutic programs and services to help them reach their fullest potential. For more information about the gala or Inclusion Program, please call 305-596-6966.

Conrad Hotel
1395 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-596-6966 (Amy Gonzalez)


Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction

Saturday, April 22 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Branches will celebrate its 14th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction at the JW Marriott Marquis. Over 400 guests are expected to attend and help raise valuable resources for Branches’ programs which provide services and life-changing opportunities to low-income children, youth and families focused on long-term success. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing, as well as an appeal and an exciting live auction. The event will also feature the presentation of the Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award. All proceeds from the appeal of that evening will support Branches’ 7-week-long Summer Shade Camp serving 400+ children. All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous Challenge Grant provided by Trish and Dan Bell. Branches Branches provides opportunities for low-income families to help them and their children become better educated and more financially stable in the long-term.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-442-8306, Ext. 1010


Sounds of Motown

Saturday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Don't miss “Sounds of Motown”: An Electrifying Concert Dinner Starring The Four Tops, a benefit for Project: New Born, hosted by Magic City Casino. Begin with a Craft Cocktail Reception at Stage 305, enjoy the genius of saxophonist Joe Donato and Ensemble, passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar and a silent auction featuring collectible wines, vacation packages, art, dining experiences, jewelry and fashions. Dinner is next, a four-course epicurean delight by Thierry Isambert, paired with select wines, top shelf open bar and dancing to the music of “The Clique.” Next, Motown’s iconic The Four Tops will entertain, followed by signature desserts created by some of South Florida’s finest chefs! Tables of ten are available at the $2,500, $3,750 and $5,000 levels; and individual dinner seats may be reserved for $250 or $375. Corporate sponsorships and underwriting opportunities also are available at the $10,000 and $25,000 level.

Magic City Casino at Stage 305
450 N.W. 37th Avenue, Miami
305-585-6408 (Maria Valles)