MIAMI – (October 30, 2016) – Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) celebrated its 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball on Oct. 29, raising nearly $1.6 million, benefiting the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. More than 800 guests took part in the glamourous affair, which combined couture fashion and costumes inspired by the theme “Into the Woods.”
This year, world-renowned guitarist, singer, and composer José Feliciano was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame. After receiving his award, Mr. Feliciano also entertained the crowd with a live performance. Mr. Feliciano was recognized for his commitment to helping children through the Jose M. and Susan L. Feliciano Charitable Foundation for Children and the Arts and for his achievements in the world of music as the first Latin artist to cross over into the English music market.
“It was a wonderful experience to be a part of the 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball and be inducted into the Ambassador David Walters Pediatric Hall of Fame alongside so many notable people who also believe in providing our children the best healthcare possible, not just here in South Florida, but around the world,” said Mr. Feliciano, nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist.
The event’s Master of Ceremonies was Louis Aguirre, co-host of “The Insider” on CBS. Some of the celebrities in attendance were Shane Battier, Ismael Cala, Ximena Duque, Ana Maria Canseco, Mariela Encarnacion, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Ana Quincoces, Lieter Ledesma and Erick Cuesta, among others.
The 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball co-chairs were Eilah & Ben Beavers, Ravneet & Anand Chowdhury, Heide & Jose Dans, Ana & Tony Figueroa Cisneros, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Vivian & Juan Carlos Mas, and Andria & Andres Miyares.
“This year’s Diamond Ball was a celebration of the incredible work that our doctors and nurses provide our children, and how our community is dedicated to continuing to support such an important mission,” said Marile Lopez, Board Chair, Miami Children’s Health Foundation.
This year’s sponsors included Breakthru Beverage, Codina Partners, JW Marriott Marquis, City National Bank, Duty Free Americas, Inc., AB&A Advertising, Mario Murgado Presented by Brickell Motors, Robins & Morton, Stearns Weaver Miller, West Coast University, CC Homes, Cristina and David Martin, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Greenberg Traurig, Polen Capital, Stericycle and CNN Alla Vamos, Ocean Drive Magazine and Selecta Magazine.
About Miami Children’s Health Foundation
Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization established to support the creation of a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care, MCH Foundation, now a part of the Miami Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. Currently, MCH Foundation is dedicating all its resources to Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s, which aims to raise $150 million by 2017 and help fund priorities such as the expansion of the Emergency Department, construction of a new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, enhancements to its three centers of excellence, and expanding global/telehealth endeavors. Other campaign priorities include research, pediatric outreach and special programs.
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