Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services hosts ‘Arctic Nights’ gala in Wynwood

Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services hosts 'Arctic Nights' gala in Wynwood
Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services hosts 'Arctic Nights' gala in Wynwood
Pictured (l-r) are Commissioner Francis Suarez, Gloria Suarez, Lauren Pastrana, Marlene Quintana and Peter Hoogerwoerd

More than 400 business leaders, philanthropists and youth advocates joined Miami Bridge for “Arctic Nights,” a fun-filled evening of dancing to the music of DJ Laz; experiencing several interactive stations, including a “Frost Yourself” station featuring body glitter and rhinestones; the performer “Nitro Girl;” arctic-themed sweets; a life-sized snow globe selfie station, and much more.

The gala took place at The Sacred Space on March 18 in trendy Wynwood with CBS’s Lauren Pastrana serving as emcee. The event’s top-tier sponsors included Bacardi, Coastal Construction, Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, Greenspoon Marder, along with presenting sponsor Ryder Systems Inc.

This year’s theme was inspired by the life-changing services provided by Miami Bridge and its hard-working and dedicated staff-who have literally taken youth from the “darkness” of abuse, violence, neglect, and human trafficking to the “light” of love, respect and dignity as they are helped to get on the path to self-sufficiency

Miami Bridge was established in 1985 and serves as Miami-Dade County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for children and teens(ages 10-17) in crisis. For more than 30 years, the non-profit organization has worked to rescue youth in the community from lives of victimization and crime by providing refuge, protection and specialized care in a nurturing, stable environment.

Annually, Miami Bridge shelters more than 600 children and teens, providing over 10,000 care days for those individuals, as well as counseling to more than 550 families with children ages 6-17.

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