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September 30, 2006 - "Be A Kid Again Gala" - "Fairy Tales Do Come True!"

What: Third annual gala turns Miami Children's Museum Into a Wonderland of Adventure

Where: Miami Children's Museum

When: Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Time: 8:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $225 pp or $2000 for a "Play Group" of 10

Beneficiary: Miami Children's Museum

Gala Chairperson(s): Marlen Pernetti & DJ Kerr

Honorary Chairperson(s): Constance Fernandez

Founders: Beverly Parker, Founder & Principal, retired

Co-Chair(s): Gala co-chairs Marlén Pernetti, DJ Kerr, and honorary chair Constance Fernandez

Committee Members: Gala Committee: Lisa Adorno, Meg Arnold, MichelleBeauchamp, Yolanda Berkowitz, Tina Carlo, Mariela Cisneros,Linda Coll, Godfrey Del Rio, Marianne Devine, Michelle Diener, Zoe Duate-Garcia, Alexia Echevarria, Betsy Fantis, Susan Garcia, Saskia Galliano-Touret, Margarita Guerrero, Sara Herald, Leslie Kaplan,Vicki Lowell, Nicole Lozano, Loretta Nunaz, Terry Olivia, Martha Pantin, Adrienne Pardo, Karina Peebles, Tatiana Pino, Lisa Pliner, Claudio Potamkin, Lexie Potamkin, Norma Quntero, Stephanie Rosen, Katherine Rubino, Adriana Sanchez, Adriana Sidi, Francine Tomas & Lisa Walton

President(s): Adrienne Pardo, President Board of Directors, Partner Greenberg Traurig

Co-President(s): Marianne Devine, Vice President, Sara Herald, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Union Planters Bank; Carlos Bared, Vice President, President & CEO Farm Stores Grocery, Inc.

Entertainment: C.O.M.E. Dance/Belly Dancers

Music: Rhythm City Productions

Sponsors: THE JEWELED TIARA: GREENBERG TRAURIG & BACARDI U.S.A., INC. THE ROYAL SWORD: Carnival Cruise Lines, Nicole & Edgar Lozano, USA Bouquet, Norma Quintero, Nora Bulnes & Selecta Magazine & Viva Magazine THE MAGIC WAND: Atlantic Dental, Inc., Bennett & Gerri LeBow, Calles Financial, Michelle & Bob Diener, Lew & Eddi-Ann Freeman, Laura & Eric Gould, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Lozano, Susan & Richard Lampen, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Lozano, Mena Catering, Miami Parking Authority, Adrienne & Stevan Pardo, Linda & David Paresky, July & Mark Paresky, Bill & Beverly Parker, Pediatrix Medical Group, Nino & Marlen Pernetti, Rafael Peruyera & Family, Donald & Lisa Pliner, Rene Ruiz Couture, Sparks Exhibits & Environments, Twenty First Century Eventy, UBS International, Inc., Miami, Fl. & USI Insurance Services

Attendance: 600+

Attire: Black Tie and Cocktail

Florist: USA Bouquet/Twenty-First Century

Models/Fashions: All those who attended!!

Event Coordinator: Susan Holtzman, Pres. Eventures Special Events Productions & Caroline Schoen, Special Events Manager Miami Children's Museum

Decor/Rental Company: Twenty First Century Events

Board of Directors: Miami Children’s Museum Board of Directors Officers: Adrienne Pardo, President Partner Law Offices of Greenberg Traurig; Marianne Devine, Vice President; Sara Herald, Vice Presidents Chief Operating Officer Union Planters Bank; Carlos Bared, Vice President President CEO Farm Stores Grocery Inc.; Randall Lee, Treasurer Vice President Baptist Hospital; Marilyn Gadinsky, Secretary Public Relations Professional Retired; Richard Lampen, Immediate Past President Executive Vice President New Valley Corporation; MEMBERS AT LARGE: ose Bared Air Operations, Inc.; Marta Casas-Celaya, Bell South; Linda Coll Carnival Cruise Lines Foundation; Michelle Diener Diener Partners; Martha Fornaris Fornaris & Associates; Lilia Garcia Dade County Public Schools; Scott Leeds Leeds & Colby; Tracy Mourning Honey Child; Jonathan Nitkin Habour Pilots; Julie Paresky Bayview Financial; Laura Paresky Gould Paresky Design; Beverly Parker Founder & Principal, retired; Rafael Peruyera Terra Developers; Claudia Potamkin Community Activist Evan Reed Bank of America Private Bank; Gary Reshefsky Summit Global Partners of Florida, Inc.; Stephen Riemer Riemer Insurance; Stephanie Rosen Real Estate, Community Activist; Samuel Terilli Jr. Ford & Harrison

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino and Regine Desdunes

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Isabel Blanco, Jordan Kenna & Deborah Spiegelman - Miami Children's Museum
Isabel Blanco, Jordan Kenna & Deborah Spiegelman - Miami Children's Museum

When I stepped through the front door of the Miami Children’s Museum, it was like entering a fantasyland.  Guests were greeted by Cinderella and her Prince Charming .  Each guest was given the chance to have a photo taken in front of Cinderella's beautiful horse drawn drawn carriage by Claude Zick, Photographer. 


Everywhere I looked there were beautiful pink roses in vases leading all the gala attendees down a path to a delightful evening of food served by Mena Catering, drinks, wonderful story-land characters and music.  


The First Floor feasts in  Kidscape Village provided guests with Pinocchio’s bread and cheeses; Beauty and the Beast's bouillabaisse soup served in scallop shells; Robin Hood & His Merry Men served Round of Roast Beef, Herb Scented Loin of Pork; Goldilocks & The Three Bears served Bar B Q Pulled Pork & Southern Fried Chicken Morsels and just down the way The Little Mermaid provided guests with Chile Seasoned Sea Scallops, Oysters Rockefeller, and Popcorn Shrimp.


The Second Floor Carnival Cruise Line hosted by Peter Pan & Captain Hook served Herb Foccaccia Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches w/Tomato Soup in Sake Cups.  Not to be out done, Aladdin in the Sandcastle served Pita Wedges of Rosemary, Scented Leg of Lamb w/Tzatziki Sauce, Feta, Basil, Sundried Tomato and Walnut Torte with Lavosh Hearts Hummus, Taramasalata & Tabbouleh, and, in the World Music Gallery guests feasted on Mandarin Glazed hicken tossed with Soba Noodles, Bamboo Shoots, Water Chestnuts, Tri-colored Peppers and Straw Mushrooms. 


Libations provided by Bacardi, Pepsi, Southern Wine &Spirits & Premiere Beverage Company included Champagne Cocktails, beer, wine and specialty drinks. 


Music was everywhere with guests being greeted by Trumpeteers at the Front Entrance, Belly Dancers w/Arabic musicians in the flower strewn hallways, Accordian Player in Kidscape Village; Steel Drums in Sea & Me, Harpist in Auction Room, and,  for those who didn't want the evening to end a  DJ in Belle’s Ballroom from Beauty and the Beast, decorated in true nightclub style,  provided lively music, where guests could go to dance the night away. 


Sensational Sandcastle Sweets provided Chocolate Truffles, Dulce de Leche Rollatini, Cheesecake Fritters, Palmiers, Chocolate Bread Pudding, Fruit Flambee Bar w/Vanilla Ice Cream and a Chocolate Fountain generously donated by Schokolad Chocolate Factory completed the evening.


Funds raised from the Gala and silent auction support educational programming at Miami Children's Museum to enhance the lives of children and their caregivers throughout the Miami area 





Founded in 1983, the Miami Children's Museum is located on Watson Island and opened its new building to the public on September 7, 2003. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. The 56,500 square-foot facility includes 12 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, Kid Smart educational gift shop, 200-seat auditorium and Subway restaurant. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. The Miami Children's Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. The Miami Children's Museum is a non-profit educational institution, which meets the needs of all children in our multicultural community. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. The museum offers interactive exhibits, programs, and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication."


Ginny Fujino with quotes from Miami Children's Museum

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