Boys and Girls Clubs to host annual ‘Wild About Kids’ Gala

Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will host its sixth annual “Wild About Kids” black-tie optional gala, Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Four Seasons Hotel Brickell, 1435 Brickell Ave.

Gala proceeds will benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and its many positive programs for 10,000 area children who need them the most.

The gala was voted one of BizBash’s Top 100 Events of 2011. BizBash selects annual gatherings based on their impact on their respective industries and communities (and on the city) while innovating to stay on top.

Guests will enjoy a unique “live” red carpet welcome, as well as a cocktail reception, live music, dinner, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items, and more.

Celebrity South Florida artist David “LEBO” Le Batard, who has supported Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade in the past, is donating a piece of his original artwork inspired by the organization’s mission statement to the silent auction. A step-by-step photographic documentation of the painting in progress, as well as a short video of LEBO, will be shown at the gala. LEBO also is leading two to three workshops at Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s after school programs throughout the year to help enrich and awaken the “artist” in participants. Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumna, 13-year-old Elizabeth Elias, will sing the national anthem to kick off the dinner program. A singer, dancer and model, Elias sang the national anthem at the June 23 Miami Marlins’ game.

Attendees, including South Florida’s top community leaders, will have the opportunity at the event to sponsor a child through donations. Once again, the gala emcee will be Lynn Martinez, anchor of WSVN’s Deco Drive.

The gala is chaired by Lana DeSimone, Irene Korge and Eris Thomas.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Current sponsors are: Presenting Sponsor, Miami Marlins Foundation; Silver Sponsor, Hamilton Yacht Group South Florida; Bronze Sponsors, Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm, Matty’s Sports, Coral Gables Executive Physicians, The Bermont Advisory Group and Irene Korge; Media Sponsor, Miami magazine; Liquor Sponsor, Bacardi, and Wine Sponsor, Epica Wines. Attendees will have the option to continue the celebration at an after party at the Four Seasons, which will include a full bar and tapas-style food. Admission to the after party is $50 per person.

A cocktail reception begins at 7 p.m. with dinner and program starting at 8 p.m. After party begins at 10:30 p.m. Gala tickets are priced at $325 per person. After party tickets are priced at $50 per person. For tickets and table and sponsorship opportunities, contact Astrid H. Ehrenstein, director of special events and development, at 305-446-9910, ext. 30, or by email at For more information about the Boys and Girls Clubs, visit online at

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