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6th Annual Celebration of the Lori Brener Scholarship Fund

6th Annual Celebration of the Lori Brener Scholarship FundSaturday, February 9, 7pm-11pm – Home of Cecil & Ana Milton, 160 Arvida Pkwy, Coral Gables

Close to 400 guests danced the night away at the fabulous Gables Estates home of gracious hosts Cecil and Ana Milton, celebrating the 6th anniversary of the Lori Brener Scholarship Fund of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami. Karim J. Alibhai, principal of Gencom served as Honorary Chairman and Presenting Sponsor, along with Co-Chairs, Renee Lopez-Cantera and Carol Chin. The luxurious and exciting auction was organized and presented by Co-Chairs Betty Barrios and Neyda Raola.

Guests were treated to an authentic Indian buffet dinner by Taste Buds of India and delectable desserts by Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop and a beautifully designed celebratory cake by Gallery Cakes. Bacardi USA provided drinks that kept the party going while guests were entertained by Making Moves Universal Dance Co. and celebrity DJ Khush. Other sponsors of the evening included Kaufman Rossin, Eikon Digital, and Association of Indians in America, Halo Events, Dr. Niraj Mehta and Miami Luxury Magazine. and Sonia Gibson & Associates.

Gale Nelson, President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami, welcomed guests and introduced Raphaella Alexandre, a ‘Little” from the program and recent recipient of the Lori Brener Scholarship who shared the heartwarming story of her life in Haiti; her new life in America and how receiving this prestigious scholarship changed her whole life. Raphaella, has been accepted to 9 different Universities; she plans to study biological engineering.

Longtime supporter of the BBBS program, Miriam Salazar; Lori Brener’s mother, received a special recognition and proclamation for her commitment and passion to this program from the Miami-Dade School Board by former Lieutenant Governor of Florida, Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Lori Brener was born in Miami, graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Fine Arts and Drama.  She started out to be an actress, but her passion was to work behind the camera. She moved to Los Angeles and went on to become a successful commercial, video and film producer. Brener became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteered at many events alongside her mother. Sadly, we lost Lori much too soon, but her legacy lives on through this meaningful event.