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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami to Host 60th Anniversary Little Gems, Big Glow’ Gala

Event aims to raise $1 million toward supporting mentorship programs for at-risk youths

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, along with presenting partners Carnival Foundation and Carnival Corporation and honorary chair Edie Laquer, will host the nonprofit youth mentoring organization’s “60th Anniversary Little Gems, Big Glow” gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday,March 3, 2018, at JW Marriott Marquis, located at 225 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Hundreds of Miami’s corporate and philanthropic elite will join community leaders, supporters and volunteers at the 60th annual fundraiser for an evening of cocktails and a reception, followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing. This year’s event includes a special one and a half hour performance by the Gipsy Kings featuring André Reyes.

Organizers hope to raise over $1 million at the gala this year to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, the donor- and volunteer-supported organization that helps at-risk youths through adult mentorship relationships and provides holistic, wraparound services to children in our community at the organizations headquarters, Carnival Center for Excellence. Money raised supports matching volunteer mentors, known as “Bigs,” with children, or “Littles.” Each match costs $1,500. Last year’s gala raised more than $850,000 for BBBS.

Asha Elias and Tina van der Ven are serving as gala co-chairs and Jennifer Kennedy and Kristen Munroe as mentor chairs.

Special thanks to our Gala Diamond Benefactor, The Gorson Family and Trish and Dan Bell for their Sponsor a Match Challenge. Diamond Sponsors: Miami Herald and Ten-X. Sapphire Sponsors: CareerSource South Florida, Bonnie Crabtree, Jamie and Asha Elias, Greenberg Traurig, Jose Milton Foundation, Justin and Jennifer Kennedy, Publix Super Market Charities, Alex and Tina van der Ven, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Windhaven Insurance/Jimmy and Rebecca Whited. Ruby Sponsors: Missy and Jonathan Babicka, Hicks Family Fund,  IberiaBank/Craig Farnsworth, Kristi and Dean Jernigan, Ryder System Charitable Foundation, Saglo Development/Jack Glottmann and Stearns Weaver Miller. Emerald Sponsors: ADP Foundation, Akerman LLP, Aon Risk Solutions, Bank of the Ozarks, Bayview Asset Management/Joel Goldman, BB&T, Cherry Bekaert, City National Bank, Comcast, Coffey Burlington, Cozen O’Connor, DOS Health Management, Fairholme Foundation, FedEx, FirstService Residential/Chuck Fallon, The Five Millers Family Foundation, Gary Saslaw, P.A., Gelber Schachter & Greenberg, P.A., John Gordon, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Julie Grimes, Ileana and Michael Janoura, Kaufman Rossin, Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen, Levine, P.L., The Lopez-Cantera Family, Marion Moore Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Bronwyn Miller and Maury Udell, John Moriarty & Associates, MMG Equity Partners/Gabe Navarro, NBC Universal, Northern Trust, Perry Ellis International, Power Financial Credit Union, Rialto Capital Management/Anthony Seijas, Rick and Kara Rosen, Roar Media/Jacques Hart and Jolie Balido-Hart, Royal Caribbean Cruises, The Templeton Family, Trivest Partners, TUUCI, Kirsten and John Vogel.

Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour, BIG Box Auction Underwriters; Robb & Stucky. Furniture Underwriter; Sysco, Food Underwriter; Bacardi, Spirit Underwriter; Mochee, Inc., Social Media Underwriter; Praschnik Fine Jewelers, Jewelry Sponsor; Ulysse Nardin. Watch Sponsor, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Wine Wall Sponsor; Boulud Sud, Nightcap Underwriter; Per’la, Coffee Station Underwriter; Windhaven Insurance, Valet Underwriter; Sapient Nitro, Video Underwriter; Doctors Hospital, Thank You Card Underwriter

Only select tables and underwriting opportunities available. For event information, call Marisol Garcia at 305-644-7060 or email

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor and volunteer supported organization that transforms the lives of at-risk children through supportive adult mentor relationships.  For more information, visit

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