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October 10, 2009 - Big Brothers Big Sisters "Totally Awesome VU"

When: Saturday, October 10, 2009

Beneficiary: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County

Honoree(s): Mike Maroone of AutoNation, Inc., Alonzo Mourning of Alonzo Mourning Charities and Tracy Weintraub of Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer LLP.

Honorary Chairperson(s): Kim Bentley, Gale Butler, Gary Correll, Jorge Garrido, H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr., Ginny Miller and Shawn Wooden

Co-Chair(s): Elizabeth Cambareri

Executive Director: Ana C

Sponsors: Totally Awesome Title Sponsor, Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, The chart-topping sponsors included: Sixth Star Entertainment and Marketing, Bahia Mar Beach Resort, AutoNation, Inc., JM Family Enterprises, Publix Super Markets, Aspen Marketing, PermaPlate Company, Comcast, Sun Sentinel, The Wasie Foundation, Bank of America, Right Management, Akerman Senterfitt, Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer LLP, Lockton Companies, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Zimmerman Advertising, Denise and Jordan Zimmerman Family Foundation, S.C.G. & Associates, Printing Corporation of America and Majic 102.7.

Board of Directors: Bill Buchalter, Jack Cambareri, David Greenberger, Doug Jones, Gregory A. Haile, David Levy, Dr. Wilhelmena Mack, Traci Miller, Carol Moroco,Renee Quinn, Locksley A. Rhoden, Esq., Dave Ristaino Daniel Rothfeld, Danielle Sergeant, Julie A. Staub, Buddy Tuchman, Tracy D. Weintraub, Samantha Welch, Keith Williams, Shawn Wooden

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-Southflorida

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:




Contributions Total $317,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s

6th Annual Déjà Vu Ball

On Saturday, October 10, more than 400 people celebrated 36 years of mentoring success with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County at the sixth annual Déjà Vu Ball, the organization’s largest fundraiser. This year was another record-breaking success, as more than $317,000 was contributed to support the programs and services for the children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters. The “Totally Awesome” retro party took over the Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.

 

 

At the center of each year’s Déjà Vu are the honorees, members of the community who have gone far beyond the call of duty as child advocates in South Florida. Honorees are selected by their advancement of the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and by the individual’s honest and integral role in children’s advocacy. This year’s honorees were Mike Maroone of AutoNation, Inc., Alonzo Mourning of Alonzo Mourning Charities and Tracy Weintraub of Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer LLP. Each was individually featured during the evening and awarded a customized gold record.

 

 

 

 

 

“We were a little skeptical of the economic environment and wondered if we’d have the success we’ve had in past years, and a lot [of revenue] has come in as a result of our honorees,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County CEO Ana Cedeño. “About 50 to 60 percent of the sponsorships are sold through a ripple effect based on the honorees and people coming to support them.”

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the overwhelming support received from the community, Déjà Vu sold out nearly two weeks in advance. As a result of the honorees’ advocacy of Big Brothers Big Sisters and promotion of the event, table sponsorships alone accounted for a $100,000 increase in revenue from 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

Children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ school-based program enthusiastically greeted guests at the hotel entrance. After passing under the glow of the neon doorway of the Electric Lounge, attendees enjoyed the cocktail reception and silent auction. Several photographers were also on hand to capture the far-out costumes and decorations. Ron St. John, from Majic 102.7 was the guest DJ and played hits from the past, spun on original vinyl records.

 

 

 

 

 

Once the ballroom doors opened, everyone feasted on international fare provided by the Bahia Mar Beach Resort, including made-to-order stir fry, carving station and deconstructed antipasto. Sixth Star Entertainment and Marketing donated the evening’s rock and roll themed décor and entertainment, which catapulted guests back to their favorite decades. To bring the retro-themed night to the next level, break dancers, live band DC-3 and a Madonna look-alike headliner entertained and interacted with the crowd throughout the night and everyone danced the night away.

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s chart-topping sponsors included: Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, Sixth Star Entertainment and Marketing, Bahia Mar Beach Resort, AutoNation, Inc., JM Family Enterprises, Publix Super Markets, Aspen Marketing, PermaPlate Company, Comcast, Sun Sentinel, The Wasie Foundation, Bank of America, Right Management, Akerman Senterfitt, Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer LLP, Lockton Companies, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Zimmerman Advertising, Denise and Jordan Zimmerman Family Foundation, S.C.G. & Associates, Printing Corporation of America and Majic 102.7.

 

 

 

 

 

All of the funds raised at Déjà Vu go directly toward providing the transformational power of mentorship to the children in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs, ongoing support for volunteers, children and families, insuring child safety and sustaining long-term relationships with positive outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor-driven, volunteer-supported organization that changes lives. Its mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Results show that adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely than peers with similar backgrounds to have a four-year college degree, household incomes of $75,000 or greater, strong personal relationships and volunteer in the community. Learn more at www.bbbsbroward.org.

 

 

 

 

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