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April 12, 2008 - Women of Tomorrow 7th Annual Gala

What: Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program gala helps raises funds to help at-risk women achieve their dreams

Where: Mandarin Oriental, Miami

When: Saturday, April 12, 2008

Beneficiary: Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program

Honoree(s): Legacy Builder Honorees: Jon & Nancy Batchelor & The Batchelor Foundation - Empowerment Award Honoree, Malou Perricone - Mentor of the Year, Betty Amos - Excellence Honoree, Jonathan Green

Presenting Sponsor(s): Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida

Gala Chairperson(s): Marisa Toccin

Honorary Chairperson(s): Swanee & Paul DiMare, Madeline & Mickey Arison

Founders: Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne

Sponsors: TITLE SPONSOR: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming: PLATINUM SPONSOR: Southern Wine & Spirits, The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, Publix Super Market Charities, Neiman Marcus Bal Harbor, Telemundo, Deco Productions, Pistels and Petals, Calvin, Social Affairs, Selecta Magazine, Elemis, David Barton Gym, BRITTO: GOLD SPONSOR: Chicken Kitchen, Ross Andrews Jewelry Design, Greenberg Traurig, Mandarin Oriental Miami, News Channel 5: SILVER SPONSORS: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Concept Design, CronkDutch Partners, Diane Walder, M.D., Florida Marlins, L.P. & florida Marlins Community Foundation, Gabriella Arango Couture, ginette_ny, Gustavo Novoa, Maroone, an AutoNation Company, Miami Dlphins, the Miami Heat NBA, NewBeauty Magazine, Norma & Luis Quintero, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour, Sleek MedSpa,, Sturges-Fernandez Family, Swiss Suppy Direct, Inc.

Auctioneer: Antonio Mora, CBS4 Anchor and Lisa Petrillo, CBS4 Entertainment Reporter

Board of Directors: Jennifer Valoppi*, Television Journalist Founder & President - Don Browne*, President, Telemundo Network Co-Founder & Vice President - The Honorable Katherine Fernandez-Rundle*, Miami Dade County State Attorney Founding Mentor & Co-Vice President - Mariita Srebnick*, President, Scott Notions, Inc. Founding Mentor & Co-Vice President - Donna Feldman*, CPA, PA Mentor & Treasurer - Judge Judith Kreeger*, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Founding Mentor & Secretary - Betty Amos, President - The Abkey Companies d/b/a Fuddruckers Founding Mentor & Board Member - Marisa Toccin, Executive Producer, NewsProNet Annual Gala Chair & Board Member - Dr. Diane Walder, MD, PA Founding Mentor & Board Member -

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Nora Bulnes, Don Browne, Jennifer Valoppi, Maria Browne, Bianca Erickson & Meg Green
Nora Bulnes, Don Browne, Jennifer Valoppi, Maria Browne, Bianca Erickson & Meg Green

Annual Gala
Saturday April 12, 2008

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Gala Honors Community Leaders and Mentors Who Have Shown Outstanding
Commitment to the Program
MIAMI — Women of Tomorrow’s Annual Gala was the perfect venue for Women of Tomorrow Founder Jennifer Valoppi to announce Women of Tomorrow’s tremendous research findings which show high school students in the Women of Tomorrow Program improve their grades every year they are in Women of Tomorrow. And if you’re a student in Miami-Dade County you have a less than 60% chance of graduating from high school – but if you are in Women of Tomorrow, you have a 90% chance of graduating from high school.
In what Gala Chair Marisa Toccin says is their successful fundraising event to date, the Women of Tomorrow’s 7TH Annual Gala held Saturday, April 12 at the Mandarin Oriental helped push total fundraising efforts over the $2.4 million mark for the organization considered by many to be one of the nation’s most unique mentoring and scholarship programs for at-risk young women.
“We are thrilled that this year’s gala went beyond our expectations, said Marisa Toccin, Chairperson of Annual Gala. “Thanks to the constant dedication of our benefactors, sponsors, volunteers and supporters, we continually broaden our program’s success stories among South Florida’s young women in need.”
            The Cleopatra-themed event honored Betty Amos as Mentor of the Year for her unique mentoring approach and years of outstanding service to the organization. Others honored during the gala for outstanding commitment included Honorary Chairmen Madeleine and Mickey Arison and Swanee and Paul DiMare Excellence Honoree Jonathan Green, Legacy Builder Honorees Jon and Nancy Batchelor & The Batchelor Foundation and Empowerment Award Honoree Malou Perricone.
            Also during the gala, a donated original portrait by Artist Romero Britto valued at $48,000 was auctioned and the portrait has the possibility of inclusion in Britto’s exclusive 2008 Women of Excellence Portrait Series.
Women of Tomorrow was founded by television journalist Jennifer Valoppi and Telemundo Network President Don Browne in 1997. The organization currently mentors close to 1,700 at-risk young women in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach public high schools, and each year provides scholarships to help enhance and enrich their lives through education. The program’s mentors include more than 200 of South Florida’s most accomplished professional women. For more information on Women of Tomorrow call 305-371-3330 or visit
Don Browne, Jonathan Green, Jennifer Valoppi, Jordan deBerdouare (front), Betty Amos, Marisa Toccin, Malou Perricone, Jon & Nancy Batchelor, Swanee & Paul DiMare, CBS4's Lisa Petrillo & Antonio Mora

Mission Statement:  The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program (WOT) inspires, motivates and empowers at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through mentoring by highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities.

Program Description: The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is designed to enhance and enrich the lives of young women in the public school system.  WOT is in its eleventh year and currently reaches close to 1,800 young women in public schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Over 200 of South Florida's most distinguished professional women mentor small groups of girls in monthly sessions to develop self-esteem, effective life skills and techniques for turning obstacles into opportunities. WOT has awarded over $1.5 Million dollars in scholarships to 554 Mentees.  It is believed to be the only program of its kind in the country. 

Program History:  The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program was founded in 1997 by Television Journalist Jennifer Valoppi and Telemundo Network President and CEO, Don Browne.
Media Contact
April 29, 2008                                                                     
Catlyn Logan (305) 372-3388

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