Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction

2019 Gala Information:
Ticket Price: $300 per person.
Tables start at $3,000 and up.

Click here for Sponsorship Details and the Sponsorship Form.

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

Attire: Cocktail or Black Tie with a Touch of Blue Jeans.

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

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

For any questions or more information, please contact
Isabelle Pike at 305-442-8306 x1002 or
Thank you for your kind support!

2019 Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner

Master of Ceremonies:
Ron Magill

 Philanthropic Chairs:
Trish & Dan Bell

Benefit Dinner Chairs:
Victoria & Jason Randolph

Benefit Dinner Committee Members:
Michele Collie
Desiree Fernandez
Melanie Garman
Kate Inman
Nicole Krauss
Carl Lee
Eddie Lopez
Noel Mauro
Leslie Maxwell
Maria Molina
Lucy Nunez
Liza Ortega
Nidia Ruiz
David Smith
Stephanie Smith
Christina Villamil
Audrey Warren
Laurie Zapletal

     On Saturday, April 28th, 2018 Branches celebrated its 15th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction at the JW Marriott Marquis. Over 450 guests attended and helped raise over $400,000 for Branches’ programs which provide services and life-changing opportunities to help working families and their children break the cycle of generational poverty. 

     The event was co-chaired by Rick and Margarita Tonkinson 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. Ron Magill of Zoo Miami and Auctioneer & Board Member Mr. Scott Howard. The event also honored Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho with the Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award for his long-time and dedicated support of our South Florida community and its children. All proceeds from the appeal of that evening will support Branches’ Summer Shade Camp and two special Youth Mission Trips, and all donations will be doubled thanks to a generous $1 for $1 Matching Grant provided by Trish and Dan Bell.

To check out photos from the 2018 Gala, please click here!

To view the video honoring Superintendent Alberto Carvalho with the
Trish and Dan Bell Community Empowerment Award, please click here.

Thank you to our 2018 Premiere Sponsors: 

Trish & Dan Bell
Philanthropic Chairs

The Himan Brown Charitable Trust
Diamond Sponsor

Sandy & Rodney Bell
Platinum Sponsor

The Tonkinson Foundation
Gold Sponsors

City National
Silver Sponsor

Crowe Horwath LLP
JP Morgan Chase
Missy & James Morgan
St. John’s on the Lake United Methodist Church
Wells Fargo
Bronze Sponsors

Cindy & Greg Ault
Emily & Kristopher Aungst
Bank United
Bilzin Sumberg
Branches United Methodist Church
William Burdette
Chapman Partnership
Tomy & Jack Edwards
First United Methodist Church of Miami
Florida Community Bank
Florida Conference-United Methodist Church
Florida International University Foundation
Florida Power & Light
Foundation for New Education Initiatives
Tina & Robert Furniss-Roe
Gerson Preston Klein Lips Eisenberg & Gelber P.A.
Goya Foods of Florida
Kathy & Scott Howard
Iberia Bank
Marcum LLP
Karen & Brent McLaughlin
Plaza Construction
Property Markets Group
Regions Bank
Southeast District-United Methodist Church
Olivia & Dustin Symes
The Washington Economics Group
United Way of Miami-Dade
US Century Bank
Wargo French
WHA Design