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