The 14th Annual Mayorâ€™s BallÂ hosted by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Lourdes Gimenez, and committee chairs, Yolanda and Jeff Berkowitz,Â Â generated $1.1 million to benefit United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting its efforts to improve education, financial stability and health. Event nearly doubled the amount of money raised at last yearâ€™s ball, with more than 1,000 business and community leaders in attendance.
â€œThis yearâ€™s Mayorâ€™s Ball was a success because of the generosity and philanthropy of everyone who supported the event.Â United Way of Miami-Dade is an organization I have been involved with for years.Â I have seen first-hand how one organization can make a difference in the lives of so many people, which is why I continue to be committed to its efforts,â€ said Mayor Gimenez.
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a delicious three course dinner, with spirits and wine compliments of Diageo.Â After dinner, Brazilian entertainers mingled with attendees, distributing colorful feathered head pieces and encouraging guests to dance to the music of Carlos Oliva y Los Sobrinos del Juez.
â€œThe Mayorâ€™s Ball is a testament to the strong partnership United Way and the county share in helping to make this community the very best it can be,â€ Harve Mogul, president and CEO, United Way, said. â€œFunds raised through the Mayorâ€™s Ball will directly benefit the lives of thousands of people in our community.â€
This is the second year Mayor Gimenez and Lourdes Gimenez serve as Mayorâ€™s Ball hosts, carrying on the legacy of the charity ball created by former Mayor Alex Penelas and his wife, Lilliam, in 1998.Â United Way was selected as the beneficiary given its broad reach across the county and its residents.