MIAMI — There was something subtly poetic about hip-hop star and Hollywood, Fla., Boys & Girls Club alum Jason Derulo getting introduced to extremely rich people raising money for the after-school non-profit Saturday night in Miami, and immediately launching into his anthem: You know what to do with that big fat butt!
Actually, Derulo’s hour-long concert in the grand ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental in downtown Miami was good, clean fun for 400 or so supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County in town for its 30th Annual RendezVous.
Big fat butts, there were none. But big fat wallets were everywhere: car dealers Rick Case and his wife Rita; investor Doug Van Allmen and his wife Linda; NASCAR team owner Felix Sabates; insurance heiress Christine Lynn, as in Lynn University; car dealer Terry Taylor and his wife Cindy, among a slew of others.
All had a few things in common: They parked their mega-yachts at Fisher Island for the weekend fundraiser; they belong to a group of Boys & Girls Club philanthropists knows as the Dream Marker Society, $1.5 million donors; and they have all liked to party at the same event for nearly 30 years while throwing tens of thousands into the auction, and the clubs’ coffers.
“This party here raised $50 million for the Boys & Girls Club over the three decades,” said founder Rick Case.
After the surf-and-turf dinner Haitian-American Derulo, backed by a DJ and five dancers, went through most of his hits, including Talk Dirty, The Other Side and Trumpets then learned from Miami donor Terry Taylor he was nominated for the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame among the likes of Denzel Washington and Jennifer Lopez.
Derulo, who grew up in the Marti Huizenga Boys & Girls Club in Hollywood, told the story about being on the stage of the same event in 2000 and singing with the then-featured entertainer, Michael Bolton. Derulo was 11 years old, and stole the show in a duet to the wholesome I Believe I Can Fly.
The rookie singer who got things going Saturday was Kendra Erika, another Miami product whose song Oasis hit No. 9 on the Billboard dance chart in February. And the emcee was Deco Drive host Shireen Sandoval.
Josh Martinez, 23, the Miami-raised recent winner of the reality TV show Big Brother, was spotted taking it all in.
“I’d never been to any of these parties, but it’s nice,” Martinez said. “Winning the show opened some doors. This group reached out to me by email to invite me. My parents are Boys & Girls Club donors, so it’s nice to see what the club does.”
And, what did he do with the half mil he won on the CBS staple?
“Actually, I still have all the money on my account,” he said. “I got a money manager who’s going to tell me what to do with it.”
Look below for Mike Jachles’s photos of the event: