MAR 01 – MCM raises almost one million dollars for Educational Programming

On Saturday, February 28th, at Miami Children’s Museum (MCM), more than 500 attendees had their martinis “shaken, not stirred” at the James Bond themed 2015 Be A Kid Again Gala, “You Only Live Twice”. Almost 1 million dollars was raised to support educational programming with the help of generous donors, sponsors, an extensive silent auction and a high end live auction hosted by Big 105.9 FM Morning Host Paul Castronovo. Premier Sponsors for the event were Dr. Brigitt Rok Potamkin and Mr. Alan Potamkin and the Fairholme Foundation.  Presenting Sponsors were Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz and the Miami Marlins.  The event was chaired by Richard and Susan Lampen and Adam and Jackie Malamed.  Honorary Chairs were Alonzo and Tracy Mourning.

Among the 500 attendees were:

  • Romero Britto
  • Michael and Paula Fay
  • Ana and Neisen Kasdin
  • Jack and Jessica Collins
  • Gloria Porcella and Ernesto Mucci
  • Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff

Upon arrival Guests found themselves swept into the shadow world of spies versus spies.  They were titillated with an array Bond themed taste-tempting culinary delights and danced the night away to “Party on the Moon,” considered the world’s greatest party band.  They also were treated to a Casino Royale where they matched skills with evil villains or other gala friends in charitable games of baccarat, poker and roulette.

One of the night’s highlights was the exciting live auction emceed by Paul Castronovo which included: a unique “Training Day with the Navy Seals!” (not available to the general public); a three-year luxury car lease from the Collection; an original portrait from Romero Britto; an Aston Martin 007 Race Adventure in Sonoma, California; Custom created paper airplane installation by Artists Blue and Joy, courtesy of Ca D’Oro Gallery; a private dinner hosted by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning and much, much more.  In addition to the live auction, guests supported educational programming by bidding on over 200 items in an extensive silent auction.

And then there was the After Party!  At “Play After Dark,” inside MCM, Miami’s most influential emerging professionals joined gala goers and together they partied into the night to the spintastic talents of  DJ Zog from Power 96 and a premium bar with late night treats.