2014 Be A Voice, Empower Brilliant Futures Gala

058 Jessica Allen, Nelson Hincapie & Gail ApplerouthVoices For Children Foundation’s 2014 Be A Voice, Empower Brilliant Futures Gala gathered over 500 community members on February 15th in support of children in foster care. Graciously sponsored by Presenting Sponsor Harry Winston, the event raised over $700,000.

The evening culminated with a powerful testimonial by Mimi, a young lady who was born into and aged out of the foster care system that moved the guests to tears.

At 22, Mimi is now battling severe health issues. Amid the hardships she has endured from a young age, she has found unconditional support in her Guardian ad Litem, Marielle. Mimi said “Marielle, you know you’re not my Guardian ad Litem anymore, you’re like my Guardian Angel.”

Mimi acknowledges that through the good and the bad, it was Marielle who remained a constant in her life. Marielle supported Mimi since she was 14 years old and remains at Mimi’s side as she now faces her toughest battle yet.

054Voices For Children Foundation appreciates Mimi for sharing her story at our Be A Voice Gala. Her testimonial attests to the importance of the Guardian ad Litem Program for our community’s foster youth.

Thank you to all of our Guardians who serve as their foster youths “Guardian Angels.”


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

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