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Communities in Schools of Miami’s 24th Annual Gala

Communities in Schools of Miami 24th Annual GalaSaturday, April 13, 6:30pm – The Intercontinental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami

Guests joined Communities In Schools of Miami’s (CIS) for “Under the Big Top” annual fundraising gala and dinner featuring student dancers, singers and a live band attempting to replicate the “the best show on earth” at the Intercontinental in Downtown Miami. The evening started with silent auction and sunset cocktail hour sponsored by Bacardi, followed by a sit down dinner and CIS of Miami student performance by “Guitars Over Guns” Operation Students and Homestead Miami Senior High. Guests had a chance to bid on rare silent auction items including an autographed guitar from Jimmy Buffet, all-inclusive vacation packages, luxury jewelry, spa treatments and more. Local CBS News anchor Cynthia Demos presided as the “Ring Master” side-by-side with a CIS high school student Melanie Bacetty acting as junior MC. President & CEO CIS Miami, Elizabeth Mejia welcome remarks and Dr. Pablo G. Ortuz key note speaker followed by parents, teachers and student testimonials, and special remarks from the Board of Director’s, Bill Multack. All gala proceeds will go to benefit the Miami-Dade chapter of CIS, the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates.