Miami Bridge fundraiser draws ‘star’ support


By Caroline Underwood….

Pictured (l-r) are Pedro Munilla; Natacha Munilla, president, Miami Bridge Board of Directors; Maria Carvalho, Miami Bridge Board, and Alberto Carvalho, superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Under a full moon, South Florida’s “stars” came out shining in support of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services — the city’s only emergency shelter for children and teenagers ages 10-17 — for the non-profit’s 26th annual fundraiser, “Bridge to the Stars,” on Apr. 16 at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel.

Coastal Construction — an event sponsor — which currently is spearheading major pro-bono renovations at Miami Bridge’s Miami Campus, and Miami-Dade County Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho, were among those honored for their outstanding dedication to cause and community. Other major event sponsors included Bacardi, BenTrust Financial, Lennar Homes and the Mosley Family.

More than 250 of Miami community leaders attended the poolside soirée and fundraiser which featured virtual bowling, billiards, music and dancing.

“We are grateful to the countless supporters whose efforts have helped further our mission, rescuing those in greatest need from a life of victimization and crime,” said Mary Andrews, executive director of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc. “Bridge to the Stars was an overwhelming success thanks to the efforts of these incredible individuals.”

Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services Inc., a not-for-profit organization, provides emergency shelter, food and counseling for troubled youths and their families. The organization, which acts as a catalyst for new beginnings, works to rescue kids from lives of victimization and crime, and provides them with structure in a stable and nurturing environment.

Miami Bridge shelters more than 800 children and counsels more than 550 families every year, providing them with solutions, alternatives and hope.

For more information on Miami Bridge or to get involved, call 305-636-3520 visit online at

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