Gala generates over $1 million for Miami Children’s Museum

By Woody Graber….

The popular Village People were a hit at the Miami Children’s Museum’s annual Be a Kid Again Gala, which raised more than $1 million.

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) delighted more than 500 attendees on Saturday, Apr. 16, with an evening of food, fun and entertainment, that featured a concert by the exciting Village People, and a spirited auction that helped successfully raise more than $1 million for the museum’s programming.

The event was chaired by Gisela and Diego Lowenstein along with MCM board chair Jeff Berkowitz. Major sponsors of the event included Berkowitz Development, MasterCard, Miami Heat Charitable Fund, Gloria Martin and Alan Potamkin, and Dr. Brigitt Rok.

Guests of the annual Be A Kid Again 2011 Gala were treated with the theme “It’s Never Too Late To Have A Happy Childhood.” Attendees strolled through the museum’s many permanent galleries and even took in the newest special interactive attraction: The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head. All the while they were treated to the delicious creations of Chef David Schwadron.

Then everyone moved outside into the Big Tent, which featured a fun disco designed theme by So Cool Events, and were delighted with sweet concoctions by chefs from the Ritz Carlton, Bourbon Steak, Kati Cake World, Alisa’s Painted Bistro, Rococoa and Chef David’s Catering. Through the generosity of Moet Chandon, major benefactors celebrated in the Moet Chandon VIP Lounge, where magnums of champagne were available at each table.

A spirited live auction followed, emceed by Jeff Berkowitz and Tracey Mourning featuring a wide variety of priceless items such as: seven-foot pink snails from Art Basel custom painted by Romero Britto and Jemal Wright; a 78- carat pink sapphire bracelet with diamond closure designed by Jeffrey Rackover; a seven-day escape for eight on a luxury 100-foot yacht from M/Y Cocktails and a surprise second yacht excursion aboard the 112-foot Symphony II. There also was a silent auction with more than 125 unique and exciting items.

The fun didn’t end there as popular performers the Village People entertained everyone until the wee hours of the morning. They delighted the crowd with their unforgettable hits such as Macho Man, YMCA and In the Navy. The six talented men combined energetic choreography with outrageous fun and lots of singing and dancing to provide great entertainment for all.

For more information about Miami Children’s Museum call 305-373-KIDS (5437) or visit online at www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

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