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