The 13th Annual Illuminations Gala, in celebration of the 100,000 Faces of Chapman Partnership was held on Saturday, November 1 at JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS MIAMI. The Gala co-chairmen were Susan Kahn, Lani Kahn Drody, Norma Quintero and Alessandra Quintero and Laurie Jennings was the Mistress of Ceremonies. This year’s gala raised more than $1,770,000 and had a record breaking 850 people in attendance, as well as a first ever Midnight Masquerade after-party hosted by Carlos Saballos, Chairman of nextgen, Chapman Partnership’s young professionals group. The evening’s entertainment was provided by Soul Survivors, a candle-lit performance by Miami Choral Academy and the Spam All Stars for the nextgen after party.
The program included a short and inspiring presentation about Chapman Partnership by Trish Bell, Chairman Emeritus of Chapman Partnership, a moving play about homelessness narrated by Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, a presentation of the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Humanitarian of the Year Award made by Dan Vincent, President & CEO of Chapman Partnership to Carlos Migoya and Jackson Health System.
Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chapman Partnership closed the presentations by outlining his vision of Chapman Partnership as it enters its third decade, which includes staying true to Alvah H. Chapman, Jr’s mission while evolving to meet the future needs of the next 100,000 faces of homelessness in our community.
Chapman Partnership is Miami-Dade County’s primary emergency intake facility for the homeless and has recently admitted its 100,000th resident since opening 19 years ago. This is Chapman Partnership’s major fundraiser for the year that helps to pay for all the services provided to over 5,500 single men, single women and families that annually reside in Chapman Partnership’s two Homeless Assistance Centers.
Chapman Partnership thanks the many generous donors and sponsors who make the Annual Gala possible, including Angel to the Homeless, The Batchelor Foundation, Publix Supermarket Charities Trish and Dan Bell, Betty Chapman, R. Kirk Landon, Pam Garrison, The Cobb Family Foundation, The Codina Family, Many Ann and Sherrill Hudson, Susan and Larry Kahn, The Lennar Foundation, Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Bacardi, Paulo Costogli, Leonor Anthony, WOW Productions, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, as well as the media sponsors Selecta Magazine and Miami Modern Luxury.
About Chapman Partnership
Since 1995, Chapman Partnership has had more than 100,000 admissions including 20,000 children in Miami-Dade County and a 64% success rate of moving people from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Chapman Partnership operates two Homeless Assistance Centers with 800 beds located in Miami and Homestead. Chapman Partnership helps the homeless by providing a comprehensive support program that includes emergency housing, meals, health, dental and psychiatric care, day care, job training, job placement and assistance with securing stable housing.
Chapman Partnership empowers homeless men, women and children to build a positive future by providing the resources and assistance critical to growth and independence.
Chapman Partnership is the private sector partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.
To learn more about Chapman Partnership, please visit http://www.chapmanpartnership.org/
Alec J. Rosen