Women of Tomorrow Score Big With Yesterday’s Gala

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The hotties were out in force at the Women of Tomorrow gala last night in Miami: Carla Martin (left), Carol Granger and Vila Digryte (Click on the Mike Jachles photo for the event gallery)

Including the loot from last night’s top-flight gala at the breathtaking Mandarin Oriental downtown Miami, the mentoring non-profit Women of Tomorrow‘s annual event raised more than $3 million over the past decade!

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Women of Tomorrow founder Jennifer Valoppi with WPLG anchorwoman Neki Mohan (Click on the Mike Jachles photo for the event gallery)

The money’s mostly been used to send more than 1,000 women to college.

Click here for Mike Jachles’ gallery of the gala

And the program‘s expanding to other cities like Detroit and Philadelphia.

Considering its start in 1999 in the old studios of NBC 6, founder Jennifer Valoppi should pat herself on the back. She’s done a hell of job!

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“The first cocktail party was inside the studios,” she reminisced last night. “And the dinner was in the parking lot.

“This year’s event was sold out three months ago!”

Last night, some of the tables sold for $50,000 for a dinner that lured a Magic City’s who’s who.

Among them, WPLG-Channel 10 reporter/anchor Neki Mohan, a Women of Tomorrow volunteer mentor to about 30 girls at Hallandale High School — girls who then benefit from a scholarship.

“Each mentor has girls from freshman to senior year and you help them with things other than what they learn at school, life skills, career, college, bullying, dating violence,” Mohan said. “For a lot of the girls, college is just a dream but the scholarships they receive from Women of Tomorrow after they go through the mentoring program helps.”

Among the guests: Telemudo personality Jose Diaz-Balart, NBC 6 reporter Ari Odzer, local broadcast legend Don Browne, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, North Broward Hospital District Commissioner Clarence McKee with his wife, NBC 6 meterologist Trina Robinson, radio personality Footy and plenty more.

Incidentally, the silent auction offered a framed LeBron James Miami Heat jersey. Bidding started at $1,900. How many bids? None!

For more charity galas throughout South Florida:

Queen Latifah, Tony Bennett perform at attorney Roy Black’s yearly fundraiser

Miami’s Heart & Stroke ball raises $400K!

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Miami Marlins Logan Morrison causes auction inflation at Jupiter’s cancer gala

Clouds part for Polo With Pedro gala at IPC

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Dezer car collection museum opens in North Palm Beach

Goldie Hawn, UM kick off $1.6 billion campaign

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Dave Matthews to highlight Everglades Foundation gala

Donald Trump at the Red Cross Ball: Negative electioneering hurts the GOP

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Rod Stewart, Housewife Ramona, cold hard cash star at Palm Beach Policemen’s Ball

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Rudy Giuliani highlights Palm Beach’s Salvation Army ball

DWTS’ JR Martinez stars at LIFE Foundation

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