21st Annual Mayor’s Ball Hosted by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava raises over $1.3 million to benefit United Way Miami

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21st Annual Mayor’s Ball Hosted by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava raises over $1.3 million to benefit United Way Miami

The sold-out event celebrated Miami-Dade’s resilience and honored frontline heroes

MIAMI (May 6, 2022) – The 21st Annual Mayor’s Ball, hosted for the first time by Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, brought together more than over 600 community leaders to raise over $1.3 million to support United Way Miami’s work in education, financial stability and health. The event took place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, April 29th and celebrated the longstanding partnership between Miami-Dade County and United Way. Miami-Dade’s most influential leaders in business, government and philanthropy gathered and enjoyed a “roaring 20’s” themed evening along with dancing, performances, food and music.

The night’s theme was centered around celebrating Miami-Dade’s resilience and honoring the heroes that have so bravely stepped up for our community throughout the challenges faced in the last two years. During the event, Mayor Levine Cava took a moment to acknowledge them and honored a group of frontline heroes including doctors, nurses, firefighters, paramedics and police officers.

“We are grateful to Mayor Levine Cava for her partnership in helping us build a stronger Miami,” said Joe Zubi, interim President and CEO at United Way Miami. “After a two year hiatus, we were excited to have been able to gather and celebrate our community’s resilience and honor our exemplary heroes who make our community stronger for all.”

In addition to Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, notable guests included Mayor’s Ball fundraising host committee co-chairs Alex Heckler, Michael Llorente, José Pepe Badia, Jorge Perez, Jose Felix Diaz, Courtney Whitney, David Martin and Christian Ulvert. Host committee members included Moishe Mana, Tom and Patrick Murphy, Freddy Balsera, Jose Mas, Jacqui Carmona, Marlie and Jorge Luis Lopez, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Lucia Raiford, Armando Codina, Gilberto Neves, Manny Medina, Jim Ansin, Kenneth O’Keefe and Carlos Andrade, and United Way interim President and CEO, Joe Zubi.

Mayor’s Ball sponsors included: Amazon, Badia Spices, Kenneth C. Griffin, Nomi Health, Related Philanthropic Foundation as “The Great Gatsby” sponsors. Additional top sponsors include: GreenbergTraurig as “Jazz Age” sponsor; Aetna, Becker, CSS, City National Bank Florida, Covanta, Fontainebleau, Health Foundation of South Florida, Hotwire Communications, Indelible, Ken O’ Keefe, Karyn Cunnigham and Katherine Honey, LSN Partners, Media Family Foundation, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald as “Art Deco” sponsors; American Airlines, Bank of America, Baptist Health South Florida, Bombardier, Career Source of South Florida, Costal Construction Cares, Russell Galbut, Douglas Elliman, Duty Free Americas, Ernest and Young, FPL, Gunster, HNTB, Michael Katz, Moriarty, Nicklaus Children’s Health System, Northern Trust, One Sotheby’s International Realty, Stearns Weaver Miller, Verizon, WSP as “Charleston” sponsors; ANF Construction Development, Atkins, Efroymson Family Fund, Humana, Independent Living System, Johnson Controls, JPMorgan Chase & Co, KPMG, MasTec, NV2A Group, Football Unites, Ryder, TD Bank, Teco, University of Miami as “Coco Chanel” sponsors.