Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade honored Rodrigo Arboleda, Melissa Medina and Eris Thomas for their many contributions that help pave the way for the future of Miamiâ€™s youth,Â at their annual â€œWild About Kidâ€™sâ€ gala and after-party held at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne.Â This yearâ€™s grand event, was chaired by community leaders, Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado and co-chaired by Elizabeth Patino. True Colorsâ€ eventÂ themeÂ brought to life by the event firm Alore, the evening featured a VIP look at the Spring 2016 collection by globally renowned designer, Angel Sanchez, live entertainment by Juniors Entertainment, silent auction, special youth performances, and an after-party sponsored by NCL.
Rodrigo Arboleda was recognized with the â€œFrom the Heartâ€ award serving as Chairman and CEO of the One Laptop per Child Association, a non-profit entity that has revolutionized education and empowered creative thinking for children worldwide. Arboleda prides himself on helping underprivileged children by providing them with the tools and skills they need to achieve their future aspirations, a shared mission of the Clubs.
Melissa Medina, President of the Medina Family Foundation and Vice President of Business Development for eMerge Americas, was honored with the â€œCommunity Builderâ€ award. Medina is a trendsetter among those giving back locally in the South Florida community, leading ongoing efforts to fund local initiatives and enrich the development and well-being of youth countywide.
Eris Thomas, CEO of Coral Gables Executive Physicians, received this yearâ€™s â€œCharles â€˜Bebeâ€™ Rebozo Humanitarianâ€ award, the most cherished by the Club recognizing an individual or family who has shown overwhelming support, leadership and dedication to the organization and its children. Through her active participation and seat on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Executive Board, Thomas plays an integral role in the success of the local Clubs, not only by means of funds raised, but also by continuous relationship building and word-of-mouth awareness on the Clubs behalf.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-DadeÂ serves over 8,000 youth annually throughout its five clubs in the areas of Gwen Cherry Clubs, Kendall, South Beach, Southwest Coconut Grove and Northwest.
Photos by: Brittany Robey