Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner and Auction

Check out the Auction Items here!

2018 Gala Information:
Ticket Price: $300 per person.
Tables start at $3,000 and up.

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: Cocktail or Black Tie with a Touch of Blue Jeans.
Open Bar during the Cocktail Reception.

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


2018 Black Tie & Blue Jeans Benefit Dinner
Master of Ceremonies:
Ron Magill

 Philanthropic Chairs:
Trish & Dan Bell

Committee Co-Chairs:
Rick & Margarita Tonkinson

Committee Members:
Rick Alfonso
Danielle Bourgi
Elena Carpenter Smith
Paolo Casabone
Ana Castilla
Victoria Cervantes
Michele Collie
Desiree Fernandez
Debbie Koch
Eddie Lopez
Leslie Maxwell
Lucy Nunez
David Smith
Stephanie Smith
Christina Villamil
Laurie Zapletal

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 $1 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

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

Bank United
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
Regions Bank
South Florida Stucco
The Washington Economics Group
Tripp Scott P.A.
United Way of Miami-Dade
US Century Bank

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables
Valet Sponsor