Thursday, January 21, 2010





(Miami, FL. January 2010)Be A Voice Feel The Magic Gala benefittingVoices For Children Foundation-the fundraising arm of the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program-is set for Saturday, February 13 at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami. The magical evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. with cocktails and a fabulous silent auction, followed by a sumptuous dinner at 9:00 p.m. and dancing to the music of celebrity DJ Kucha, who has appeared on CNN and MTV. South Florida's own Channel 10 News Anchor, Laurie Jennings, will serve as the evening's Mistress of Ceremony.

A highlight of the evening will be special breathtaking performances by Cirque du Soleil acrobats, featuring the internationally renowned dynamic couple, Duo Voltart.

The Be A Voice Feel The Magic Gala is sponsored by Mandarin Oriental, Miami; Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida; Cathay Pacific Airways; Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz; The Continental Group; Florida Power and Light; Ramesh and Veena Panjabi; Michael and Diane Rosenberg; Stearns Weaver Miller Weisller Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. and Swire Properties.

Nelson F. Hincapie, President and CEO for Voices For Children Foundation states, "This year's Gala will be unforgettable! This evening is all about the children who get lost in the foster care system without a Guardian Ad Litem. Proceeds will help raise much needed funds, so that every child in foster care has a voice. This is a great opportunity for people to get involved, make a difference and enjoy an amazing evening."

Co-chairing this year's Gala is South Florida philanthropist's and community leaders, Aimee and Stephen Owens and Veena and Ramesh Panjabi. Serving on the committee is Marjorie Gouraige,The Honorable Ambassador Carmenza Jaramillo de Maincourt, Maria Maribona, Arancha Plana and Adela Mones.

This year's extraordinary auction is co-chaired by long-time supporter and Board Member, Yolanda Berkowitz along with Beth Tasca. The auction committee members include: Lana Bernstein, Sarah Harrelson, Lisa Pliner, Kim Wood, Rhonda Rose-Drecksler, Lourdes Lameran, Gail Appelrouth, Chandra Balsera and Leslie Wolfson. Some of the unforgettable and exciting items that will be featured include, a five night stay at a beautiful 2-level home in heart of Santa Fe, NM; a weekend for two with spa services at Costa d'Este including dinner for two at Oriente; Gloria and Emilio Estefan's resort property in Vero Beach; a fishing trip with Ray Rocher aboard the Miss Britt; a two night stay at Fontainebleau Miami Beach; The Best Birthday Party Ever (for 20 children) from Miami Children's Museum; luxury designer items from: Prada Bal Harbour, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Miu Miu and others; a fourteen (14) person wine tasting from Wines for Humanity; sports and entertainment memorabilia; a $5,000 shopping spree from a Luxury Retailer; fine jewelry and much more!

An ongoing supporter of Voices For Children Foundation and this year's Golden Fan Guardian, Cathay Pacific Airways has once again generously donated an "Oriental Getaway" for two. The winner of this $250.00 raffle will have the opportunity to travel business class with a guest, to one of the following destinations: New Delhi, India; Beijing, China or Bangkok, Thailand.

Individual tickets for the Gala are priced from $500. To learn more about underwriting opportunities, sponsorships, or to purchase atable and/or tickets, please call 305.324.5678 or email
About Voices For Children Foundation

Voices For Children Foundation is a not for profit organization that raises funds to ensure that every abused, abandoned and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court appointed Guardian Ad Litem and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their accompanying health, educational, and social needs. Guardians Ad Litem are trained, court-appointed adults who serve as the representative voice for abused, abandoned, and neglected children involved in dependency court proceedings. Be a Voice, visit

Jennifer Heegaard & Sonia Gibson

Sonia Gibson & Associates/ ph: 305.777.0217
Jennifer @ 305.803.5505

Sonia @ / M: 305.458.5003

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