Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction

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.

BTBJ2017DLThe 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
Philanthropic Chairs

Sandy & Rodney Bell
Platinum Sponsor

BB&T
Gold Sponsor

City National Bank
Silver Sponsor

Betty Chapman & Dale Chapman Webb
Crowe Horwath LLP
Grossman Roth P.A.
JP Morgan Chase
The Medina Family Foundation
Missy & James Morgan
Wells Fargo
Bronze Sponsors

Aetna
Bank United
BBVA
Bilzin Sumberg
Chapman Partnership
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
Marcum LLP
Publix
Regions Bank
South Florida Stucco
The Washington Economics Group
Tripp Scott P.A.
United Way of Miami-Dade
US Century Bank
Patrons

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables
Valet Sponsor

2017 Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner Committee
Co-Chairs:
Dustin Symes & Laurie Zapletal
Members:
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

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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

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