The EDGE Charitable Foundation Presents the 2nd Annual Casino Night

“A Night in Casablanca” benefits children who are victims of human trafficking and domestic violence

The Early Development of Global Education (EDGE) Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, invites the South Florida community to their second annual Casino Night. The Hispanic Police Officers Association of Miami-Dade (HPOA) is the presenting sponsor of “A Night in Casablanca.” The themed event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at The Fairways on the Key – Crandon Park Golf Course (located at 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL. 33149).

As of today, The EDGE Charitable Foundation has helped more than 20,000 children in the United States, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. The organization raises funds to benefit children who are homeless, unaccompanied, and victims of human trafficking, domestic violence or victimized in any other way. Last year’s event raised money to fund various projects locally and globally. Ninety percent of funds raised impacted children on a local level.

“The EDGE set a goal during last year’s Casino Night to double the number of children to be impacted by the 2013 Casino Night event, and they not only achieved their aggressive goal, they surpassed it,” said Mercy Hernandez, founder and president of the EDGE Charitable Foundation.

The Casino Night’s lounge-style setting promises to become the EDGE Charitable Foundation’s humanitarian event of the year. CBS4 Miami reporter, MaryAnn Martinez, will be the Master of Ceremonies for this year’s gala which attracts a vibrant group of local business executives, community leaders and local celebrities. The evening will also feature two special celebrity guest hosts, Marysol Patton, President of The Patton Group Public Relations and star of Bravo Network’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Miami,” and Alexia Echevarria, Executive Editor of Venue Magazine and television personality on Bravo Networks’s “Real Housewives of Miami.”During the evening, guests will enjoy classic cars, gaming tables, a VIP champagne bar, a Funclick photo booth, food provided by Sal’s Italian Restaurant, a dessert station courtesy of Azucar Ice Cream and Bindi Italian Desserts, a coffee station courtesy of Starbucks, cigars and cocktails. Attire for the event will be black and white chic.

If purchased in advance, tickets for the second annual Casino Night start at $75 per person and include an open bar, food, cocktails and $30 in chips. Tickets will cost $100 at the door and are limited to the first 500 players (must be 21 years of age). Winnings have no actual cash value but guests will receive prizes and raffle items. To purchase tickets for the event online, visit and search “The EDGE Casino Night.” For more information on the EDGE Charitable Foundation, visit For sponsorship opportunities, email Mercy Hernandez at or call 305-298-1763.


About the EDGE Charitable Foundation
Established in 2007, The Early Development of Global Education Charitable Foundation, is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization that provides educational, environmental and humanitarian support to children. In South Florida, 90% of the children impacted by the EDGE continue to work and live in the area where they initially received aid and support. These children are from low income families, migrant families, victims of domestic violence and victims of human trafficking. Through strong community partnerships with schools and businesses, the EDGE Charitable Foundation is able to provide many different services to these children.  Those services range from educational opportunities to humanitarian endeavors, such as: Discover: Science and Literacy, EDGE Earth Month Education Campaign, EDGE Annual Toy Drive, EDGE Back to School Drive, EDGE Food Drive, The EDGE Community Service Challenge and Flu Shots for Migrant Families. The organization has also impacted children around the world including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nicaragua, Madagascar, Puerto Rico and the United States. Throughout these countries, the EDGE provides children with resources such as school supplies, shoes, clothing, books, toys, water and curriculum support.

About Alexia Echevarria 
Revered as an icon of style, Alexia Echevarria personifies Miami inspired fashion and Latin-American culture. A multilingual businesswoman and television personality on Bravo Network’s hit reality show ‘The Real Housewives of Miami’; Alexia is the Executive Editor and face of Venue magazine. A high-end, national luxury-lifestyle Latin publication that in 8 years has become one of South Florida’s eminent authorities on luxury, fashion, celebrities and culture. An avid philanthropist, Alexia and her husband Herman support numerous causes within the South Florida community. Alexia has two children, Peter and Frankie and in her of time enjoys fitness, fashion and boating with her family.

About Marysol Patton 
Miami native, Marysol Patton, is one of Miami’s most sought-after women both socially and professionally.  For the past 12 years she has put all of her energy into creating and running one of the premiere public relations firms in town, The Patton Group (TPG).  As a result, Marysol has positioned TPG to be among the strongest and most respected public relations firms in the country. In 2011, Marysol made her television debut by starring on Bravo Network’s hit reality show “The Real Housewives of Miami” and she will be appearing on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker in January 2015. As a recognition for her philanthropic work, Marysol was nominated as the Miami Chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Most Dynamic Woman of the Year in 2003. Marysol has also served as Honorary Chair of the Make-A-Wish Gala, Board of the Vizcayans, Viscayan Gala Co-Chair, Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon Chair, Lucky Brand Gala committee and Saks Fifth Avenue’s “Key to the Cure” committee, among others.

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