The Casamiro Global Foundation’s 12th Annual Anniversary Gala was true to its title “The World is Aglow with Potential”. Hundreds gathered for this black tie affair at the Hotel Sofitel on Feb. 1 to enjoy a entertaining evening with a silent auction, awards ceremony, dinner and dancing. While the program revolved around honoring social entrepreneurs, one young 15 year old artist, Magyulie Gelves, a graduate of the Foundation’s Leadership Camp and student at DASH, certainly spoke volumes for the work that Juan Casimiro and his board invest in creating entrepreneurs. Gelves not only donated a painting sold to World of Wines (the Cocktail Sponsor) to benefit the Foundation, but also had a table of beautiful hearts made by special needs students. The idea for this program was a result of her camp experience and one encouraged by her teacher who helped her get approval from the school board to make this program a reality. Hearts were on sale with proceeds being invested back into the program.
The City of Doral was a presenting sponsor for the event while BIZ CPAs was the Lead sponsor. Among the many faces in the crowd were Doral Mayor Luigi Boria and wife Graciella, Councilwomen Cristi Fraga and Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, former Doral Business Council Chair Gail Birks, Former South Miami Mayor Horace Felui and wife Seda. In addition, Lauren Harper, Esq, of Charity Services Centers, P.A. was also lent a hand conducting on air interviews during the reception.
Finalists for the Awards included Baptist Health and * Right Management- Florida/Caribbean – for the Socially Responsible Corporation of the Year; Barrington Irving and * Ted Kaplow, for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year; and * Joshua Williams and Tae Tae Davis, for the Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year. (* indicate award winners.)
The Casimiro Global Foundation was established in 2000 offering camps, workshops, internship opportunities and other programs and events that help young people here and abroad learn business, entrepreneurship and leadership skills while also developing intercultural understanding, discovering their passion and creating innovative solutions to social, environmental and economic challenges. In short, their mission is to encourage entrepreneurs and innovators and to develop global leaders.
For more information, visit www.casimiroglobalfoundation.org.