AYUDA Illuminates: Special Fashion for Special Kids

What do Commissioners Jerry Libbin, Michael Gongora, Jorge Exposito and Deede Weithorn have in common with Fire Chief Javier Otero, Alan Lips, Dr. Leslie Rosenfeld, Ceci Veslasco, Steve Haas, Tony Major, Mary Juncadellla- Ferreiro, Sally Heyman’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Julio Magrisso, John Donohue, Erin Mia Milchman and DeAnne Connolly Graham? They’re all local luminaries who will be strutting the runway to raise funds for programs for children with special needs.

To be held on March 14 at the Deauville Beach Resort, AYUDA Illuminates… Special Fashion for Special Kids is truly a fashion show/luncheon with a twist. Macy’s will be staging the fashion show extravaganza, and Miami’s own gospel diva, Maryel Epps, will be singing the opening number. Additional music will be provided by DJ Jessimixx to highlight the fashions. Mr. Miami Beach himself, Michael Aller, will be MCing the event. Organo Gold will be the official coffee sponsor.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on some fabulous auction items, including jewelry, gift certificates for local hot spots, massages, fitness classes, a day at Calder Race track, and much, much more. The grand prize raffle ($25 per ticket, six for $100) is offering two round-trip tickets to Argentina, compliments of LAN-TAM airlines.

This fashion show/luncheon will be the major fund raising event for AYUDA in 2013, and will help provide AYUDA’s clients with educational and innovative programs that would otherwise not be available. The proceeds of the luncheon are dedicated to programs for special needs children.

Tickets for this very special event on March 14, 2013 at 11:30 am at The Deauville Beach Resort are $75 for VIP On the Runway seats; $50 for In the Spotlight seating. Table tickets are also available. To purchase tickets, visit www.ayudamiami.org/events/ayudailluminates/.


For more than 34 years, AYUDA has provided programs to children and families to help prevent abuse and neglect. They empower and inspire their clients to believe that they do make a difference in the world. Programs include enrichment as well as prevention for the very young to the elderly. Early educational scholarships, parenting skills as well as family empowerment programs are in place for the entire family unit.

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