2014 Power of the Purse luncheon honors Cristina Saralegui, others

2014 Power of the Purse luncheon honors Cristina Saralegui, others

Pictured are (l-r, standing) Anne Fulenwider, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire; Marty Davis, board member and event chair; Elisabetta Armellin, founder and creative director V73; Marilyn March, executive director of The Women’s Fund; (sitting) Gloria Estefan, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Cristina Saralegui.

More than 800 guests celebrated the power of women and girls at The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade’s signature luncheon, Power of the Purse, on May 14.

Event chair and board member Marty Davis, honorary chair Phillis Oeters, and silent auction chair Cyndi Hibnick created an event that celebrated The Women’s Fund’s work, while highlighting the tremendous need in our community.

At the sound of trumpets, Jackie Nespral of NBC6 began a dynamic program that included 2014 Honor Roll inductees Marj Adler, Thelma Gibson and Gail Mixer. Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gloria Estefan presented a specially created Lifetime Achievement Award to journalist, host and media mogul, Cristina Saralegui.

“For women there is no independence unless you’re economically independent,” Saralegui said. “I’ve always had to fight not to be invisible. I am happy to say this is no longer the case ladies.”

The award, created by artist Alfredo Ratinoff, included photos of Saralegui’s personal and professional milestones in ceramic and glass.

Emotional and inspiring testimony of The Women’s Fund’s impact came from an Agape Network and Mustard Seed program client, whose name cannot be disclosed for her continued protection. The Symphony Ballroom at the Hilton Miami Downtown was pin-drop silent and then roared with a standing ovation.

“Since 1993, The Women’s Fund has provided critical funding and support to grassroots and best-in-class organizations that serve the women and girls in our community,” said Marilyn March, executive director of The Women’s Fund. “Our sponsors and supporters have once again enabled us to leverage their dollars into these strategic investments. The status of women and girls in Miami-Dade has made great strides, but our work is not done.”

Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief, Anne Fulenwider and V73’s founder and creative director Elisabetta Armellin participated as Presenting Partners. Additional partners included Baptist Health South Florida, Macy’s, Tr’s, ALO Diamonds, American Airlines, Tri Mix Foundation, Leslie Sternlieb, NBC6, and the Miami Herald.

For information about The Women’s Fund, call 305-441-0506 or visit www.womensfundmiami.org.

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