Approximately 800 celebrities, community leaders, philanthropists, physicians, friends, supporters, patients and families of Miami Children’s Hospital came together this past Saturday at the JW Marriott Marquis, as Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted The Hope Diamond Ball Affair. The premier signature event raised more than $6 million, including announced gifts, that will help support world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital and will continue to position them as a global destination for pediatric health and wellness, as well as a provider of hope for children everywhere. Invited guests and celebrities experienced a Hope Diamond-themed, black-tie affair with a stylish cocktail soiree featuring entertainment, silent auctions and much more. This year’s event was chaired by Ana and Tony Figueroa Cisneros, and Michael Baiamonte, The Voice of the Miami Heat, was the evening MC.
The highlight of the night was the induction of renowned neo-pop artist, Romero Britto as this year’s Ambassador David M. Walters Pediatric Hall of Fame. “We are incredibly honored to be able to receive the support of one of the most distinguished artists in the world,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “Romero Britto uses vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual language of hope and happiness, which aligns with our mission at Miami Children’s.”
In addition, the Foundation unveiled a new logo of Together for the Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which includes an original work of art by Romero Britto. Miami Children’s Health Foundation recently announced that it has received nearly 75 million dollars in donations towards Together For The Children, which is on track to fundraise $150 million by 2017. The evening served to celebrate the latest accomplishments of the campaign, which included a $5 million donation from the Live Like Bella Foundation. The donation is part of a recent partnership that will help with the construction of the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, a temporary housing facility for families of children undergoing treatments.
Furthermore, during the gala, the foundation announced that Rael De Molina, a multiple Emmy Award-winning co-host of Univision Networks’ number one rated entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca, became the newest Celebrity Ambassador. Rael De Molina will join Romero Britto, international superstar Armando “Pitbull” Perez, and Danish model Nina Agdal to support the Together For The Children campaign.