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Female Empowerment

| April 23, 2014 | Parties

As is par for the course for the organization, the Women of Tomorrow gala at the Mandarin Oriental once again showed Miami how philanthropy is done as it raised more than $900,000 for its mentorship programs for at-risk young girls in just a few hours.

Gala Chair Marisa Toccin Lucas, founders Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne, and Co-Vice President Katherine Fernandez Rundle welcomed do-gooders like Nick D’Annunzio and Tara Solomon, Bruce and Tracey Berkowitz, Edie Lutnick, and Robbin Newman, all of whom were recognized as honorees for their efforts with the organization.

Setting a tone for celebration right off the bat, the silent auction portion of the gala was one of the best in recent years. Among the highlights was a one-of-a-kind painting by James Rosenquist titled “A Hole in the Wallpaper: Be Beautiful,” which sold well into the six figures, and a private VIP experience with Miami Heat President Pat Riley. After the reception, guests were led into the ballroom for a four-course dinner by the Mandarin’s culinary team, followed by a live performance by the Soul Survivors. –Photography by Seth Browarnik/World Red Eye, Manny Hernandez & Claude Zick


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