An Evening of Love, Bollywood Style,for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami

An Evening of Love, Bollywood Style,for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami
An Evening of Love, Bollywood Style,for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami
Pictured are Susan Routrough, auction co-chair; Miriam Salazar, co-chair; Julia Alba, chair; Sonia Gibson, co-chair, and Neyda Raola, auction co-chair.

The fall social season officially began with an exciting evening of dancing, dining and drinking in Bollywood fashion. More than 200 guests recently danced the night way at the exciting Private Key Club in the Wynwood Art District.

The event celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Lori Brener Scholarship Fund of the Women’s Committee Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Sponsors for the event included Brugal Rum; VOGA Italia; ABC Bartending School; Pete Diaz Productions; DOS Company; KaufmanRossin; Norma Jean Abraham; Aislynn McDonald; Gladys Rustan-Hernando; Contempo Linen & Event Rentals; Michelle Candelaria of Halo Event Designs; Walter Prio of Fast Signs TFE; and ExxonMobil.

Julia Alba was this year’s chair while Sonia Gibson and Miriam Salazar served as co-chairs. A luxurious silent auction was chaired by Neyda Raola and Susan Rutrough.

The evening honored Darrin Smith, a former “Little” of the program and now a Big Brother. Today he is National Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is in the University of Miami Football Hall of Fame as well as a Two-Time Super Bowl Champion.

Guests indulged in extraordinary cocktails and open bar along with a dinner buffet by prominent Chef Les. The crowd danced to the sounds of Silent Revolution. An exciting auction included one week stay in a luxurious apartment in Venice, Italy. An added attraction this year was a Gallery of Art Work by prominent local artists, Leah Guzman, Emilio Cianfoni, YOA, Hector Betancourt and Erika King.Guests in attendance included Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez Cantera and wife, Rene; Gale Nelson, recently appointed president of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami; Lydia Muniz, CEO of BBBS; Richard and Madeline Brener and family; James Murphy; Bronwyn and Maury Miller; Lourdes Tuleda; Debbie Young; Carol Surowiec; Aislynn and Dr. Scott McDonald; Danny Jelaca; Jill Daly; James Murphy; Rene and Migna Sanchez-Llorens; Sunita Bhagwan; Hector and Monica Betancourt; Irene Korge; Carol Chin; Shelly Fano; Robert Rosen and Harry and Theri Goldberg; Beth Ann and Anthony Morgenthau, among many others.

Lori Brener was born in Miami on Sept. 14, 1966. She graduated from Coral Park High School and the University of Florida with a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Drama. Brener started her career as an actress, but her passion was to work behind the camera. She moved to Los Angeles and went on to become a successful commercial, video, and film producer. Brener became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteered at numerous events alongside her mother, longtime Women’s Committee member Miriam Salazar.

Since its inception, The Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lori Brener Scholarship Fund has awarded 17 scholarships to deserving Little’s who are now pursuing their educational goals at various Universities.

For more information on the Lori Brener Scholarship fund, contact Marisol Garcia at <> or 305-644-0066, ext. 935.

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  1. Thank you for the beautiful write-up of our event. It’s a very important cause to raise scholarships for the Big Brothers Big Sisters graduating students and a wonderful way to keep my daughter’s legacy alive.


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