‘Carnival of Venice’ event to benefit Miami Bridge

The enchantment and mystery of the masquerades and merriment of Venice, Italy will serve as the backdrop for an important fundraiser in support of South Florida’s abused, neglected and abandoned youth.

Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Inc., Miami-Dade County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for children and teenagers in crisis, ages 10-17, has announced the countdown to its signature fundraiser, Bridge to the Stars, “Notte di Carnevale,” with special program emcee Lisa Petrillo of CBS Miami.

Chaired by Marlene Quintana, Labor and Employment Shareholder at GrayRobinson, current top-tier sponsors of the event include Coastal Construction, BenTrust Financial and the Always Believing Foundation, spearheaded by Monique Mosley. Taking place Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., on a rooftop terrace of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami hotel in downtown Miami (as well as the hotel’s NBA-approved indoor basketball court), hundreds are expected to attend the special fundraiser, including prominent community activists, civic and judicial leaders.

With an enchanting theme inspired by the centuries-old Italian Carnival of Venice, the gala, hailed as one of the most unique of the season, will help bolster the outreach of Miami Bridge, which provides critical services to youth in great need (many of whom are homeless or runaways and living on the streets).

“We are anticipating another great edition of this spirited event and appreciate all of the hard work and time that has gone into its production,” said Mary Andrews, executive director, Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Inc.

“While it may be an evening of fun, it is even more important to note how significant this event has been and will continue to be, not only for Miami Bridge, but the hundreds of youth in crisis that we serve annually.”

In addition to whimsical “carnivalinspired” entertainment — as well as live music and delectable cuisine — guests will be able to enjoy a silent auction filled with big-ticket items. A single reservation is $150. Attire is Miami Chic.

For more information on how to attend or sponsor the event — or support the Miami Bridge organization — contact Monique Bain, 305-636-3520, mbain@miamibridge.org, 2810 NW S. River Dr., Miami, FL, 33125, and visit online at www.miamibridge.org.

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