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MCM’s Be a Kid Again Gala raises nearly $1 million

MCM’s Be a Kid Again Gala raises nearly $1 million

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Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) transported more than 600 attendees to a Blues Brothers-inspired evening on Saturday, Apr. 6, at the 2013 Be A Kid Again Gala, “We’re on a Mission.”

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Nearly $1 million were raised in support of educational programming with the help of generous donors, sponsors, an extensive silent auction and a high-end live auction hosted by Big 105.9 FM morning host Paul Castronovo and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humorist Dave Barry.

The event was chaired by Mike and Chris Weinberg. The night’s major sponsors included: Premier Sponsors Alan Potamkin and Brigitt Rok and the Fairholme Foundation; Presenting Sponsors were MCM chair of the board Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz, Coastal Construction Group and the Miami Marlins/David Samson.

Guests enjoyed Blues Brothers-themed culinary delights by Chef David Schwadron and danced to a dazzling multi-media performance by the famed Jake and Elwood Blues Revue, the complete Blues Brothers tribute band.

One of the night’s highlights was the exciting live auction emceed by the “mad men” of the evening, Dave Barry and Paul Castronovo which included a custom portrait by Romero Britto, a Porsche Boxster lease from the Collection, limited edition Girard-Perregaux iconic FOReverglades luxury timepiece, Yacht charter to Bimini,

Miami Heat playoff tickets and a $45,000 Tahitian Pearl Necklace. In addition to the live auction, guests supported educational programming by bidding on over 200 items in an extensive silent auction. Miami Children’s Museum, located on Watson Island, offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. MCM has 14 interactive galleries and houses many exciting and fun traveling exhibits.

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

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