Charity & Causes In the Spotlight Miami-Dade County Philanthropy

2012 Be A Voice, Build a Dream Gala

2012 Be A Voice, Build a Dream GalaSaturday, January 14, 7pm-11pm – Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami Brickell

Voices For Children Foundation, the fundraising arm of the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, was hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Mandarin Oriental, Miami. The magical evening started at 7pm with cocktails, Padron Cigars and a silent auction. Following the cocktail hour, guests were invited into the main ballroom for an evening of dinner and dancing, along with entertainment and a live auction led by BIG 105.9 Radio’s Paul Castronovo and Co-Chair Jeff Berkowitz. Silent and live auctions included an assortment of unique items, such as: a one week internship at W magazine, lunch with a star from the hit BRAVO television series Real Housewives of Miami, a private in-home tasting for eight people with LOUIS XIII de Remy Martin, a role as an extra on the USA Network’s television show Burn Notice – Season 6, an exclusive dinner for four with Pulitzer Prize winning American author Dave Barry and a one night stay in the Dior Suite of the St. Regis, New York.

Co-chaired by Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz and Richard & Beth Tasca, this year’s event honored Paul & Swanee Dimare, influential leaders and inspiring philanthropists of the South Florida community, with the 2012 Humanitarian Award. South Florida’s own CBS Channel 4 News Anchor, Shannon Hori, was the evening’s Mistress of Ceremony. In addition to the Presenting Sponsor, Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Golden Fan Guardian Sponsors include the Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz Family Charitable Foundation, Coastal Construction Group and Total Bank.

Voices For Children Foundation is a not for profit organization that raises funds to ensure that every abused, abandoned and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court appointed Guardian ad Litem and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their accompanying health, educational, and social needs. Guardians ad Litem are trained, court-appointed adults who serve as the representative voice for abused, abandoned, and neglected children involved in dependency court proceedings.

Pictures by: Yunia Rosales