The Florida Marlins to be Honored at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Third Annual 'Wild About Kids' Gala


Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to Host Third Annual ‘Wild About Kids’ Gala at The Ritz Carlton    , Coconut Grove, Miami on November 14th, 2009
The Florida Marlins to be honored at Gala, award to be accepted by Jeff Conine.
MIAMI, FL – November 1, 2009 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will be hosting its Third Annual Gala on Saturday, November 14, 2009, featuring a “Wild About Kids” theme at The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, located at 3300 SW 27th Ave., in Coconut Grove, FL. The gala’s chair is philanthropist Lana DeSimone and the co-emcee is chef and TV personality Ralph Pagano, host of FLN’s Pressure Cook, who was also featured in TV’s Iron Chef & Hell’s Kitchen. His co-emcee will be Michele Gillen, CBS4 I-Team Chief Investigative Reporter.
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. sponsored by Bacardi, silent auction and piano music by Isaac Rodriguez; followed by dinner at 8 p.m., live music by the band Private Stock, dancing; and a special performance by children from Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. Guests will have the opportunity to sponsor a child through $250 donations, with all proceeds benefiting the five clubs in the Miami-Dade area.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will honor the Florida Marlins for their outstanding commitment to our youth, the community and the Clubs. The award will be accepted by Mr. Marlins himself, Jeff Conine, who was a player during the inaugural season, as well as the 1997 and 2003 World Series Marlin’s championship teams. Conine is active in the South Florida community and was widely regarded as a crowd favorite. Miami’s own famed artist Romero Britto has once again generously provided a colorful image entitled, Children of the World, to represent the gala. The organization is also pleased to announce the support of UPS as a gold sponsor of the gala. Other supporters include DeSimone Consulting, Fraunces Tavern Restaurant, NYC, Jim Bernhardt State Farm, Bacardi and Radio Paz.
 “The Third Annual Wild About Kids Gala celebrates how wild we are about our kids. The children in our community count on our organization to have a place where they can attend after-school and summer programs for studying, sports, mentoring and organized activities,” stated Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
For additional details, visit Tickets are $250 per person and various table options are available. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please call Barbara Villacis at 305-446-9910, ext. 14 or e-mail for additional information.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in our community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving 13,000 boys and girls year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cult ural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit

Eloise E. Rodriguez                              
Bristol Public Relations             
Cell. 786.326.2221
Tel. 305.447.6300

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