His House Children’s Home (HHCH), celebrated its 10th Annual Charity “Imagine” Gala on Saturday, Oct. 26, at The JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
Hosted by NBC 6 investigative reporter Myriam Masihy, more than 500 guests gathered to make a difference in the lives of South Florida’s at-risk children.
“The annual gala is the most significant fundraiser of the year for His House and all proceeds will benefit children from newborn to 17 residing at His House,” said Iris Marrero, development director. “We greatly depend on community partnership to help us find forever families.”
During the cocktail hour, participants had the opportunity to bid on over 100 silent auction items, which included Montica fine jewelry, vacation getaways, autographed sports memorabilia, fine dining, fine art and more. A live auction by professional auctioneer Michael Guyer led winners to go home with a Prime Time Emmy Award Package, autographed Heat memorabilia, and prestigious cruises.
The audience was moved greatly when the children of His House performed “Legacy” and walked into the crowd to personally thank guests for attending with high-fives and hugs. Special guest Anthony Bunn, a former foster child, shared his story about when he lived at His House and how they found him a big family in New York. His House surprised him with a cake to celebrate his 10th year of adoption.
Mark Rufeh, chair and CEO of Citigroup and co-head of the bank’s Global Operations and Technology Division, ended the night with inspirational words that motivated guests to get involved through volunteering, adopting, fostering, mentoring or donating. The event was a great success thanks to volunteers and supporters, which include Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, and Comcast.
For over twenty years, His House Children’s Home has provided a safe and loving home for abused, neglected and drugexposed children of South Florida. Currently the organization provides an array of services, which include as residential care, full case-management, in-house counseling, an on-site academy, after-school tutoring and enrichment programs in addition to foster and adoption placement.
His House is now in the process of opening a home for victims of human trafficking, The Garden, which will provide compassionate, therapeutic and trauma-sensitive support to female minors and offer them safety and restoration. His House is a healing place giving wounded children a warm loving home and renewed hope for a brighter future.
For more information, visit the website at www.hhch.org