Voices For Children Foundation hosts its 2017 “Be A Voice, Be A Light” Gala, Presented by Harry Winston, Inc. raises over 700,000 to benefit foster care children in Miami-Dade County

Miami, Fla (January 2017) – On Saturday, January 14, 2017, Voices For Children Foundation and presenting sponsor Harry Winston, Inc. celebrated the 21st Annual “Be A Voice, Be A Light” Gala. The lavish gala welcomed approximately 450 of Miami’s most influential and philanthropic individuals for a sparkling evening of diamonds and dancing to benefit foster children in Miami-Dade County.

The premier fundraising event, hosted by Mandarin Oriental, Miami, began with a cocktail reception filled with a glistening display of Harry Winston diamond pieces for guests to enjoy, including the remarkable 70-carat radiant-cut Yellow Diamond Necklace. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on luxury goods and services and one of a kind services at the silent auction.

During dinner in the glamorous ballroom, guests heard an inspiring testimonial from a young woman whose life was changed by the work of Voices For Children. “The power of owning your story will propel you to liberation”. Said the brave young speaker. Gala Chairs Brad and Suzanne Meltzer honored Steve and Aimee Owens for their unwavering support of  Voices For Children over the last 16 years, before guests took to the dance floor to the sounds of DJ Kucha. One lucky attendee went home with a Harry Winston Midnight Monochrome 18k Rose Gold Watch.

Funds raised at the gala will be used to ensure that abused, abandoned and neglected children in the Miami-Dade County foster care system each have the resources to meet their legal, health, educational and social needs. “Suzanne and I are thrilled to be a part of an organization doing such great work to help children in Foster Care.   Voices for Children helps change lives and is making a difference every day,” said Gala Chair, Brad Meltzer.

The “Be A Voice, Be A Light Gala” was made possible by presenting sponsor Harry Winston; Golden Fan Guardian Sponsors Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz; Bluedog Capital Partners, LLC & The Procaccianti Group; Jay and Susan Shapiro; Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; and Swire Properties, Inc.; and Dynasty Guardian Sponsors Akerman LLP; Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LL; Paul and Swanee Dimare; John Moriarty & Associates of Florida, Inc.; Roberto Isaias; Kaufman, Rossin & Co., P.A; and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Media sponsors include Brickell Magazine and Selecta Magazine, with public relations support from TARA, Ink.

To learn more about underwriting opportunities and sponsorships for next year’s gala, please call (305) 324-5678 or email TRodriguez@BeAVoice.org.

About Voices For Children Foundation

Voices For Children Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to help ensure that abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Miami-Dade County each have a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their health, educational, and social needs. Guardians ad Litem are trained, court-appointed adults who serve as their representative voices in dependency court proceedings. Currently, 2,700 children are in Miami-Dade County’s Foster Care system and only 23 percent of children are unrepresented by Guardians ad Litem.  For more information, please visit www.BeAVoice.org

About Harry Winston Inc.

Founded in New York City, in 1932, The House of Harry Winston continues to set the standard for the ultimate in fine jewelry and high-end watch making.  From the acquisition of some of the world’s most famous gemstones, including the Jonker, Hope and Winston Legacy Diamonds, to adorning Hollywood’s leading ladies on the red carpet, for over eight decades, Harry Winston has been a symbol of the best there is.  Headquartered in New York, the company operates retail salons worldwide, in locations including: New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Editor’s Notes:  Event photographs are available upon request.

Testimonial

Voices For Children is more than just an organization, it's a beacon of hope... Voices is that hand to our future. I'm proof that there is hope.

Ronald L. Smith
Clerk Specialist - Miami-Dade County
Attorney's Office