On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 Branches celebrated its 14th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction at the JW Marriott Marquis. Over 450 guests attended and helped raise over $370,000 for Branches’ programs which provide services and life-changing opportunities to low-income children, youth and families focused on long-term success.
The event was co-chaired by Dustin Symes of City National and Laurie Zapletal of BB&T and kicked off with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing, as well as an appeal and an exciting live auction led by Master of Ceremonies Mr. Calvin Hughes of WPLG Local 10 and Auctioneer Mr. Scott Howard. The event also honored David Lawrence Jr. with the Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award for his long-time and dedicated support of our South Florida community. All proceeds from the appeal of that evening will support Branches’ Summer Shade Camp and all donations will be doubled thanks to a generous $ for $1 Matching Grant provided by Trish and Dan Bell.
To check out photos from the 2017 Gala, please click here!
To view the video honoring David Lawrence Jr. with the Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award, please click here.
To enjoy the Branches Gala Video, please click here.
Thank you to our 2017 Premiere Sponsors:
Trish & Dan Bell
Sandy & Rodney Bell
City National Bank
Betty Chapman & Dale Chapman Webb
Crowe Horwath LLP
Grossman Roth P.A.
JP Morgan Chase
The Medina Family Foundation
Missy & James Morgan
Cindy & Greg Ault
First United Methodist Church of Miami
Florida International University
Florida Power & Light
Gerson Preston Robinson Klein Lips Eisenberg & Gelber P.A.
Goya Foods of Florida
South Florida Stucco
The Washington Economics Group
Tripp Scott P.A.
United Way of Miami-Dade
US Century Bank
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables
2017 Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner Committee
Dustin Symes & Laurie Zapletal
Eileen Ball Mehta