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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

7th Annual "Wild About Kids" at Four Seasons

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is hosting it's annual “Wild About Kids” black-tie gala on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Grand Ballroom. The 7th annual fundraising event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and its many positive programs, such as after school programs, homework assistance, computer training, social skills, dance, arts & crafts, professional mentoring, and summer and athletic programs, for area children who need them the most. 

The event will honor John Walsh, American television personality, criminal investigator, human and victim rights advocate and host/creator of America's Most Wanted; and Cesar L. Alvarez, co-chairman of Greenberg Traurig and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumnus. Walsh will receive the Bebe Rebozo Humanitarian Award. Alvarez will receive the Community Leadership Award.

“Wild About Kids” was voted one of the Top 100 Events of 2011 by BizBash, which selects annual gatherings based on their impact on their respective industries and communities (and on the city) while innovating to stay on top. 

The gala will kick off with a VIP party offering photo ops with honorees. A cocktail reception will preceed dinner and the program. An after party, also at Four Seasons Hotel Miami, will be held after the event. Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening into the wee hours with Frank Sinatra-style entertainer Jeff Grainer, a D.J, dancing, an open bar and small bites. 

Four Seasons Hotel Miami is located at 1435 Brickell Ave.

Underwriting opportunities, starting at $300, still remain. Table sales are sold out. Individual tickets for the gala are still available at $500 per ticket, and for the after party at $50 per ticket.

Gala co-chairs are Lana DeSimone, Irene Korge and Eris Thomas; special events chair is Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade former Board President Olga Guilarte. Gala committee members are Tom Bezold,   Amy Deupi, Judy Kramer, Eddie Lacasa, Nina Mendieta, Alfredo Mesa, Joanne Messing, Joanne Silva, Rae Stein and Maggie Zulueta.

 “The gala is our greatest fundraiser, because it benefits thousands of children at our five clubs on so many levels – especially the education of hands-on skills that cannot be learned in schools,” said Lana. “Many of our children stay friends for life. These priceless skills benefit everyone our kids meet, from parents to professionals."

For more information about sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, in-kind gift donations, and tickets, please contact Astrid H. Ehrenstein, director of special events & development at 305-446-9910 ext. 30 or aehrenstein@bgcmia.org.

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