Informed Families celebrates with celebrity maitre d’ event

The 25th anniversary of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership’s Annual Fundraising Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant was celebrated with all the elements families love most about Miami — great music, amazing food and an exclusive prize.

A Tent Party on May 17 at Joe’s kickedoff the event at 6 p.m., featuring appetizers from the famed South Beach landmark restaurant and H20 Bars manned by Miami corporate leaders. Event organizers provided guests a sneak peek at the exclusive new Mercedes Benz SLS model and a chance to win a C-Class model three-year lease, in the color of their choice, courtesy of sponsors Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay.

A surprise group consisting of Miami- Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman (a real trooper in her wheelchair with a broken ankle); Sen. Gwen Margolis; Kathy Fernandez-Rundle; CBS4’s Jorge Estevez, and former Miami Dolphins from the 1972 team, Dick Anderson and Ed Newman, led party-goers into the dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Guests enjoyed Joe’s signature dishes and legendary service, said honorary chair Marian Krutulis, founder of Gulliver Schools. Peggy B. Sapp, president and CEO of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, credits community support with enabling the organization to reach such an event milestone.

“Every year, we benefit from an outpouring of generosity from families who care about educating and nurturing their children,” Sapp said. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership joined with Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant to hold this wonderful event, raising money to prevent drug use and underage drinking. Now, many of the children of our original supporters are parents themselves and our prevention programs are reaching this next generation.”

New this year, supporters followed the activities and developments of the Annual Fundraising Dinner on a dedicated website at < >. For more information on Informed Families, visit the website at < >, or call 305-856-4886

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