3rd Annual “Claws for Kids”

On Sunday, June 1, over 350 guests gathered to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 3rd Annual “Claws for Kids” fundraising brunch at Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. At the event, $100,000 gross was raised.

Proceeds will benefit the after school and summer camp programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s state-of-the-art South Beach Club, scheduled to open this August. Guests generously opened their wallets to Sponsor a Child, and raised over $17,600, including the generosity of Ocean Bank as the program’s $7,500 Matching Sponsor.

Guests enjoyed delicious stone crabs and other signature Joe’s cuisine at the renowned restaurant, which opened for brunch only for supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s “Claws for Kids.”

Alfonso Macedo, president of Ocean Bank, a longtime supporting organization of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, and his wife Miriam Macedo, were honored with Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s “From the Heart Award.” Frank Sinatra impersonator Jeff Grainer of Sinatra Sounds provided entertainment. Showcasing/selling their pieces on site were Damiani, Kristin Pearce Designs, Santayana Jewelers and Soler Jewelers.

Claws for Kids 2014 – 2Event sponsors were Main Claw Sponsor Dr. Michael S. and Lynda Gordon, Matching Claw Sponsor Ocean Bank, Large Claw Sponsor Gary C. and Rosemarie Wendt, Claw Sponsors HEICO and Alex (A-Rod) Rodriguez, Key Lime Table Sponsors James and Joan Bernhardt, Vanessa Bertran, Coconut Grove Bank, Coral Gables Executive Physicians, Clint and Margaret Gulley, Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A, Robert and Judy Kramer, Rodolfo Lleonart, Raul and Ana Marmol, Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami Marlins Foundation, Carmen Rebozo Foundation, Dr. Joseph Traina, Dr. Mark & Greta Walker, and Wells Fargo Insurance; Liquor Sponsor James and Joan Bernhardt, Program & Invitation Sponsor Peter L. Bermont, The Bermont Advisory Group, Entertainment Sponsor Florida Power & Light, Photography Sponsor Total Bank, and Valet Sponsor Gateway Dental.

“Claws for Kids” committee members included event Chair and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Board of Directors Member Jessica Goldberg, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade former Board President and current Special Events Chair Olga Guilarte, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Executive Board Member Eris Thomas, Gian Traina, Judy Kramer, Liudmila Esquerdo, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Executive Board Member Mark Walker, M.D., Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Board of Directors Member Rodolfo Lleonart, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Board of Directors Member Susan Geiger, Vanessa M. Bertran and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Executive Board Member Yuni Navarro.

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