2017 Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction

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Ticket Price: $200 per person.
Individual Table Supporter: $2,000 per table of ten.
Corporate Tables start at $3,000 and up.

Please click here for Sponsorship Details!

To purchase your Benefit Dinner ticket or sign up to be a sponsor,
please click here.

To reserve your sleeping room at the JW Marriott Marquis at a group rate,
please click here.

If you would like to donate an auction item, please click here.

Attire for the event is Cocktail.
For any questions or more information, please contact
Isabelle Pike at 305-442-8306 x1002 or ipike@branchesfl.org

   2017 Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner Committee
Dustin Symes & Laurie Zapletal
Rick Alfonso
Julie Baird
Eileen Ball Mehta
Paolo Casabone
Ana Castilla
Victoria Cervantes
Michele Collie
Elaine King
Nicole Krauss
Eddie Lopez
Leslie Maxwell
Lucy Nunez
Robert Onsgard
David Smith
Glicer Umbaugh
Christina Villamil
Emilio Yepez
Emily Zubizarreta


On Friday, May 6th, 2016, Branches celebrated its 13th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans benefit dinner and auction at the JW Marriott Marquis. Over 400 guests attended and helped raise over $275,000 for Branches’ programs which provide services and life-changing opportunities to low-income children, youth and families focused on long-term success.

awardThe event was co-chaired by Gala Chairs Nicole Krauss of Publix 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. Carlos Suarez of WPLG Local 10 and Auctioneer Mr. Scott Howard. The event also honored The Batchelor Foundation and Founder George E. Batchelor with the Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award for their long-time and generous support of Branches. All proceeds from the appeal of that evening will support Branches’ Summer Shade Camp and all donations will be doubled since they are matched $1:$1 by a generous Challenge Grant provided by Trish and Dan Bell.

To check out photos from the 2016 Gala, please click here!

To view the video honoring the Batchelor Foundation and Founder George E. Batchelor with the Annual Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award, please click here.

To enjoy the Branches Gala Video, please click here.

Thank you to our 2016 Premiere Sponsors: 

Trish & Dan Bell
Philanthropic Chairs

Sandy & Rodney Bell
Platinum Sponsor

Carnival Cruise Line
Gold Sponsor

Alan Goldfarb P.A.
Bank United
Bilzin Sumberg
City National Bank
Gerson Preston Robinson Klein Lips Eisenberg & Gelber P.A.
Goya Foods
JP Morgan Chase
Lauren’s Kids & Ronald L. Book P.A.
Missy & Jim Morgan
Tripp Scott P.A.
Washington Economics Group
Wells Fargo
WHA Design