Proceeds to benefit more than 100 programs, supporting children, families and older adults
The 20th Annual Mayor’s Ball, hosted by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and wife Lourdes P. Gimenez, brought together more than 800 community leaders to raise more than $1.1 million to support United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health. Presented by Related Philanthropic Foundation, the event was a celebration of the longstanding partnership between Miami-Dade County and United Way. Hosted at Hilton Miami Downtown, the Mayor’s Ball was one for the books as guests enjoyed an enchanted evening with a packed dance floor, musical performances and late night bites.
“Thank you to Mayor Gimenez and Lourdes for their unwavering support and for believing in our work in education, financial stability and health,” Maria C. Alonso, president and CEO, United Way, said. “Mayor’s Ball extraordinary success could not be possible without all our sponsors and volunteers who lead by example and represent the very best of Miami, caring, committed leaders united to make our community stronger for all.”
In addition to Mayor Gimenez and Lourdes, notable guests included Mayor’s Ball chairs Carly and Steve Patterson; committee vice chairs Tere Blanca, Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Tiffany Zientz and Alexander P. Heckler, Cristina and Marcelo Llorente; Katharine and Scott Moss; Elinette and Miguel Diaz de la Portilla; and Jackie and Felix Lasarte; and United Way President and CEO, Maria C. Alonso.
Mayor’s Ball was presented by Related Philanthropic Foundation. Additional top sponsors include: Lennar Foundation, Moss Construction, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Suffolk Construction and Greenberg Traurig as “Wonderland” sponsors; American Airlines, Assurant, Athos Capital Partners/Greenstreet Partners, Codina Partners, The Collection, Duty Free Americas, DACRA/Turnberry Associates, MasTec Inc., The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald and Stearns Weaver Miller as “Whimsical” sponsors; Bank of America, Covanta Dade Renewable Energy, Florida Power & Light, Resort World Bimini Bahamas Resort Casino, Joe Plana Company and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. as “Imagination” sponsors; and AECOM, American Medical Response, BankUnited, Bilzin Sumberg, BH3, Blanca Real Estate, Cushman Wakefield, Drivers Club Miami, Florida East Coast Industries, HNTB, Holland & Knight, Hotwire Communications/Fision, Jacob Engineering, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lasarte Law Firm, LSN Partners, Medina Family Foundation, Miami Dolphins Foundation, Ocean Bank, PARSONS Environment & Infrastructure, Power Design, Prologis, Ryder System Inc., SoLé Mia, Swire Properties, Terra Group, Trillium, Uber, University of Miami and Westdale Wynwood as “Inspiration” sponsors.