Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami Exceeds $1M Fundraising Goal with Over 300 Guests Attending Annual Gala Celebrating Youth Mentoring, Art and Technology
Miami’s Philanthropic, Business and Community Leaders Reunite at
‘The Art of the Match’ Gala presented by the Wynwood Walls Foundation
MIAMI – April 19, 2022 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, the premier youth-mentoring organization, successfully raised $1.4M with support from over 300 philanthropic, business and community leaders attending its largest annual fundraiser Saturday. The annual event, themed the “Art of the Match Gala,” was presented by the Wynwood Walls Foundation and welcomed guests for dinner, live music, dancing, auction and match stories under the stars and surrounded by the flora at Perez Art Museum Miami.
The signature event helps cover the costs to match Bigs (adult mentors) with Littles (youth mentees). Evening highlights included: performances by Groove Republik; the program emceed by Calvin Hughes of WPLG Local 10 News; and record-breaking statistics shared by host and BBBS Miami President & CEO, Gale Nelson. Additionally, longtime supporter Matt Gorson (Senior Chairman, Greenberg Traurig) was recognized by Nelson with a Lifetime Achievement Award celebrating his 20-plus years of service within the BBBS Miami organization.
Presentations by Littles, Zuni Matute (18), Pierre Labroche (19) and Antonio Menarde (25) provided guests with personal insights of their experiences and successes that reflect the impact of the much-needed youth mentoring program.
“We have so much to celebrate and we were excited to share our BIG accomplishments with our beloved Miami community,” said Gale Nelson, President & CEO of BBBS Miami. “It was an honor to have our family from the Wynwood Walls Foundation Co-Chair the event, Jessica Goldman Srebnick and Scott Srebnick – not only are they alumni Bigs, but they are instilling the legacy of service to their children and giving us another outlet for our Littles to express themselves. We have no doubt that the next BIG artist will be a Little. BBBS Miami is also thrilled to team up with eMerge Americas and Melissa Medina. BIG things coming soon!”
The event was co-chaired by Jessica Goldman Srebnick and Scott Srebnick.
Supporters included: Honorary Chair, Melissa Medina. Excellence Sponsor, Carnival Foundation. Innovate Sponsors: Gorson Family Fund; Power Financial Credit Union; and Truist. Ignite Sponsors: Bonnie Crabtree; Monat; Pepsi Stronger Together; and Publix Super Market Charities. Impact Sponsors: Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; and Related Philanthropic Foundation. Public Relations Sponsor: NewStar Media. Advertising Sponsor: South Florida Business Journal.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami is a donor and volunteer supported organization that creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. For more information, visit www.bbbsmiami.org
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