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Tina Carlo

Tina Carlo at the Miami City Ballet School, whose 25th-anniversary gala she’s co-chairing this spring.

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Living to Give

By Riki Altman-Yee

Photography by Nick Garcia

10.25.17

Miami’s first ladies of philanthropy understand that true charity takes time, dedication, personal interest and, above all, lots of heart. 

Enchanted Evenings 
Arts fundraisers that leave lasting impressions are Tina Carlo’s calling card. 

When it comes to hosting extravagant soirees for the arts, Tina Carlo is always on point. In January 2016, the 30th-anniversary gala she co-chaired for the Miami City Ballet incorporated such memorable highlights as an underwater seascape, live symphony performances and a grand fireworks display—extras that helped the event raise more than $3.5 million in one night (the most in MCB’s history). Those who know Carlo were not surprised by the party’s success or her dedication. After all, she’s been serving on the MCB’s Board of Directors and been a president of the company’s Partners En Pointe membership program for 12 years, so co-chairing high-profile events is nothing new. “I grew up dancing and really love the art form,” says Carlo when asked about her fondness for ballet. “It really speaks to me.” Up next (Dec. 17) is her role as co-chair of the MCB’s Nutcracker Magic Children’s Holiday Gala, which includes a performance of the all-new production of the George Balanchine classic, followed by a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Miami City Ballet School (March 10). But before those engagements, on Nov. 18, comes the 65th annual Beaux Arts Ball, a fundraiser for the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum, another cause close to Carlo’s heart. “It’s thrilling to be surrounded by so many people willing to give back,” she says of her commitments. “In the end, it all comes full circle.” 

Kinga Lampert

Kinga Lampert in the backyard of her home in Indian Creek.

In It To Win It 
Kinga Lampert’s main philanthropic goal in life is clear: eradicating breast cancer once and for all. 

During her days as a lawyer in New York, Kinga Lampert faced plenty of tough adversaries, but today she finds herself a decade deep in one of the hardest fights of her life. “One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. I want to be part of the solution to eradicate this disease so my children will know a world without it,” she explains. “I’ve lost too many friends to this illness. There’s real urgency to this cause.” Lampert’s first step was joining the board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation 10 years ago and then stepping up to become its co-chairman in 2013 after founder Evelyn Lauder passed away. “My work at the BCRF has become my life’s passion,” she says. And although the BCRF is based in New York, Lampert’s efforts for the cause are 100 percent local: The Lampert Foundation funded the Kinga and Edward Lampert Laboratory for Breast Cancer Research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and she’s part of the Sylvester Board of Governors. Though healthcare is arguably her top priority, Lampert also lends her time to organizations that range from the Institute of Contemporary Art to the Knowledge is Power Program Miami (arriving in 2018). The reason? “When I find an organization whose mission I believe in, I actively participate,” she says. “Being part of it is how I feel I can have the greatest impact.”

Guiding Light
Judge Bronwyn Miller believes mentoring changes lives for the better—without a shadow of a doubt.

“If someone mentors a child, they present an opportunity that will enable that child to overcome adversity,” says Bronwyn Miller. She would know. After mentoring at-risk children from high school through law school, Miller (who became a judge in 2005) has made leading by example a life mantra. Five years ago, she took it a step further by supporting the Eleventh Judicial Circuit School-to-Work program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, an avenue that not only allows children to understand the inner workings of the court system, but also gives them opportunities to discuss challenges and develop problem-solving skills. While juggling duties as a wife and mother to three kids, Miller serves on various committees for Fairchild, Voices for Children and the Miami Children’s Health Foundation, among others, and in 2011 she joined the board for Chapman Partnership, which provides support for homeless women and children. As she sees it, it’s the one-on-one relationships she’s developed through these associations that have yielded the most measurable results. “If one person is rescued from poverty, it may break the cycle for an entire family and extended family members,” she says. “This strengthens the overall community.” 

Lydia Touzet

Lydia Touzet at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a nature sanctuary she actively supports.

Live and Learn
After decades of prolific altruism, Lydia Touzet shifts her charity focus to education. 

Countless nonprofits pursue Lydia Touzet aggressively, which comes as no surprise as her charity efforts span two decades. “I get pulled in every direction,” says the former model. Her reputation for inspiring change might have something to do with that. “I bring enthusiasm to the table,” she explains. “I throw out great ideas and try to do things a little differently.” Although she’s been attached to dozens of organizations over time, including the Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Guardian Angels, Best Buddies, Fairchild and Vizcaya, this year Touzet opted to focus on pursuits related to education. “I had to decide what it is that needs the most attention at the moment,” she explains. To that end, she has largely been focused on supporting the Miami Learning Experience School, an institution for children and adults with developmental disabilities. She’s also co-chairing the Feb. 24 gala for Ransom Everglades, Miami’s preeminent private school. And she and her husband, Rudy, recently made a significant donation to assist a number of highly motivated students from under-resourced communities as part of Breakthrough Miami’s Support-A-Scholar, which provides pupils with academic enrichment starting in the fourth grade and on through college. “Don’t make it become work, and set boundaries,” is the advice Touzet gives to budding philanthropists. “But, most of all, have fun and be thankful you’re involved.”

Putting Kids First
For Eilah Campbell-Beavers, advocating for the health and future of Miami’s children is as personal as it gets. 

Just three months after moving from Chicago to Coconut Grove in 2010, Eilah Campbell-Beavers jumped right into action for the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, which supports the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Since then, not only has she served on multiple gala committees, but she also chaired the organization’s 2015 Diamond Ball. Last October, she and her husband, Ben Beavers, were honored at the event and guests learned why Campbell-Beavers was originally so eager to help. “My son was born premature with congenital heart failure,” she says. “It took four heart surgeries, but he is healthy and thriving today. After that experience, I promised that if I ever had the time to commit to charity, my priority would be ones that focus on children’s health.” While she has been involved with several other nonprofits in the past, Campbell-Beavers can’t stop gravitating toward those aimed at helping youth, including Big Brothers Big Sisters (she co-chaired the organization’s 2017 gala this past March) and Women of Tomorrow, which pairs young girls with female mentors. “Both organizations have solid programs with proven track records of success,” she attests. And although Campbell-Beavers also maintains involvement in several organizations outside of Florida, it’s clear her main focus is Miami, where she spends the majority of her time: “I have really been able to see first-hand the difference being present and hands-on can make. That’s the most rewarding part.”