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A Message from our CEO

"Let us not become weary in doing good,   for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9
Have you missed us?
I believe that transparency is important, and as such, I also feel that it is important to apologize for the lack of a newsletter over the past several months. While we have not published much outside of our Annual Gala news, we have not been idle. There is so much going on at Miami Bridge and we are excited about what the future holds. In the coming months you can expect a new and improved website, which we have been hard at work on. We also have several events over the next few months, including a Silent Auction next Saturday where we will launch our new jewelry line - made by our volunteers and staff. We are looking forward to the summer as we have lots of fun plans for our youth, which we look forward to sharing with you! We are still recovering from the excitement of having 500 of you join us for our Annual Gala! We may have been quiet lately, but that's because we have been hard at work! Please enjoy this special edition "Recap" newsletter and look for regular newsletters returning next month.
Thanks and God bless,

You're Invited!
Client Testimonial
Event Recap

ABA Homeless Youth Legal Network and Youth2Work Resource Fair

Thanks to everyone who helped out and tabled at our  American Bar Association  Homeless Youth Legal Network and Youth2Work Resource Fair hosted at our Central Campus! Organizations such as Hope, Inc., Miami Dade College, Career Source SFL, and Job Corps were present to assist with career inquiries by providing leadership development, career coaching and skills training.The event proved to be a valuable resource for young adults trying to find a job in Miami-Dade!     

The Little Lighthouse 

The Little Lighthouse Foundation has been enriching our youth's time with us through their Mindful Hour & Fit Club programs. The kids and teens really enjoy taking part in their countless, collaborative activities. 
Miami Bridge Takes Tallahassee

Miami Bridge's CEO Dorcas Wilcox and Deputy CEO/CFO Steve Hope met with Florida officials in Tallahassee. Our organization would like to thank Representative Robert Asencio, Representative Cynthia Stanford, Representative Carlos Trujillo, Senator Anitere Flores, Representative Jeanette Nunez, Florida Network's Stacy Gromatski and Megan Picnic for taking the time to meet with us and hear all about Miami Bridge's philanthropic work in the community.

Miami Youth Fair 2017

We were fortunate to have an anonymous donor gift us 75 admission tickets to take our 
youth to the Miami Youth Fair. Thanks to POP ticket donations by fellow supporters, the kids got to experience all the thrill rides and activities at this year's fair.

Special Thank You!

Miami Bridge Board Member, Dr. Todd Giardina,  Robin Schafer & daughter, Juliette Giardina

We are very thankful for Dr. Todd and Robin taking their time during Lent to make a difference at Miami Bridge! They brought in plastic bins which were then labeled for tops and bottoms, men and women and by size. They then sorted all the donated clothing--with a little help from a very joyous, almost 3 year old volunteer! We are so grateful for their help! 

Out My Closet

We were beyond excited to have Out My Closet's second pop-up shop at Miami Bridge's Central Campus. Thank you for providing clothing and accessories for our youth along with conducting highly engaging empowerment workshops! 

Upcoming Special Event

Art Fills the Heart Silent 
Art Auction

Join us May 6th at Rinconcito 107 Latino Restaurant for a very special Silent Art Auction presented by "I Can Paint Art Academy." Thank you to the academy's talented art students for donating their work for this gracious event!   

Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run

Getting excited for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run this month! Thank you MBCR & TD Bank for providing the Miami Bridge team with free VIP Parking for the event!
In This Issue
Volunteer Opportunities
We encourage our community to volunteer and participate with our youth. Any assistance can make a difference in a child's life.
Here are ways you can help:
  • Data entry (up to 10 hours per week)
  • Become a mentor through our Mentoring Program
  • Tutor our youth
  • Give a youth job training
  • Plan an activity for our children and teens
Volunteer Event:
Dinner is an opportunity to dine and fellowship with the Bridge Family. We are looking for individuals, families, or groups to come in, prepare dinner and eat with our wonderful staff and kids. We can provide the food or you may bring your own food as well!
Please note: Uncooked food must be prepared on our premises. We WILL welcome you with a huge smile and a loving environment.
The volunteer hours for cooking dinner for the youth are 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. (daily) 

If you would like to volunteer, serve as a mentor or plan an activity for our youth, please call 
Shelter Needs
Many of our children arrive with little to no personal belongings. We can always use NEW pajamas and undergarments. New sneakers are always helpful too. Your donations are very much appreciated!
Save the Date!
April 26- April 30
75 Years of EFE Images Art Exhibit

Art Fills the Heart Silent Art Auction

May 19-21
Redland International Orchid Show

December Donors
Alicia Ford
Angelica Zayas
Betty Portuondo
Cathy & Bill Kahn
Church Woman United in South Dade
Clementine D. Moore
Dania Marrero
Dianne Regalado-Kammerer
Dorothy Devaney-Goldman
Elayne Norweb
EV Clay Associates
Ferdinand Phillips
Fidelity Charitable
Fredda Levitt
Gissella Sotelo
Harold Smith
Helen Sparks
J. Garland Culbreath
J.C.L Svendsen
James Exley
Jeanne Shinefield
Jeannette Turici
Joan Ambrose
Judith Ganek
Judith Rosenblum
Judy Reinach
Karen Jardines
Laura Pearson
Lynn Gallagher
Lynn Liddell
Maria Teresa Torano
Martin Segal
NBC Corporation
Olga Robbin
One World Properties Group
Patrick Murray
Paula C. Festa
Pozen Family Fund
Publix Super Markets Charities
Regina K Guben
Ros- Lehtinen for Congress
Sharon Garroway
Stephanie Carey
Sylvia Sawelson
Taniah Williams
The Ruth Darden Foss Trust
Tommaso Bilotta
January Donors
Alex Lastra
Andrea Wolfson
Betty Portuondo
Brian Barakat
Celia Morales
Coastal Construction
Gisela Segredo
Hadassa Levenson
Ivan Garces
Jim Quinn
Lina Walsh
May Porraspita
Nory Acosta
Patrick Martin
Ramiro Areces
Steven Rubin
Tatyana-Marie Carlo
Thomas Loffredo
February Donors
Accar Ltd.
Annette Torres 
Beatriz Hoynack 
Bensworth Capital Partners 
Brickell Motors 
Bruce Coane 
Carla J Fontana
Carlos Guzman
Carolyn Shulevitz
Christina Diraimondo 
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete
Delaila Estefano 
Diana Vizcaino
Dorcas Wilcox 
Gary Pont 
Gaston Jewelry Studio, Inc.
George Zuber 
Geri Keenan 
India Gems International
Intl House of Time
Iza & Sons 
Jessica Coane 
Jorge Chamizo 
Jorge Zamora 
Joseph Selem, MD
Judge Bronwyn Miller 
Judge Laura Stuzin 
Judge Spencer Multack 
Judy Reinach
Laurie Flink
Leslie Kaplan
Linda Britton
Lisa Engleberg 
Lissete Montes de Oca
Mark Gordon 
Mark Lopez 
Marta Rodriguez 
Melissa Viana 
Michele Marie King 
Morgan Stanley 
Natacha Munilla
Nicolas Johnson
Ramiro Morales 
Rebecca Sarelson 
Richard Danese
Robert & Sheila Caplan 
Rose Werner
Ryder System, Inc.
Sandra Sherman 
Spanish River
Susana Armengol 
Sylvia Gutierrez 
Todd Giardina 
Tracey Vento
United Way
Vanessa Bertran 
Victoria Mendez 
Vl Real Estate Group
Wajih Shirazi
Watch Buyers, Inc.
Yvette Witte
Zeff's Continental Jewelers, Inc.
March Donors
Alan Fine
Alexander Almazan
Alexander Lian 
Alfred Karram Jr.
Annette Nagle 
Bertila Fernandez
Betty Capote 
Bonnie Riley
Carole Flamant
Christopher Drury
Darren Campbell 
Desiree Johnson
Dominick Tamarazzo
Ellen Farber 
Estrella Gonzalez
Florencia de Freitas
Frances Alemany
Frances Reaves
Gary Carman
Gina Beovides
Giselle Maranges
Glenn Cooper
H Frances Reaves
Hector Ventura 
Ivonne Cuesta
James Dossing
Jamie Cotera
Jaqueline Calderin
Jean Pierre Dadaglio 
Judith Fischer Reinach
Kenneth Babun 
Kentucky Fried Chicken 
Kim Sweers
Lizette Fagundo
Marisa Mendez
Mark Weinberg
Martin Zilber
Melissa Viana
Michael Andrew Sastre
Michael Barket
Mr. & Mrs. Amedeo Guazzini 
Mr. & Mrs. Bert Del Valle 
Ms. Sandra Landman Lapciuc 
Paul Minoff
Peter Suarez
Province Zamek 
Robert Orshan
Scott Cagan
Spencer Multack
Stephanie Forbes 
Susan Marian 
Susana Menendez 
Tanya Brinkley
Teresa I Lowenthal 
The Russell & Ronale Galbut Family Foundation
Vanessa Moorefield-Yidios
Verdeja, De Armas & Trujillo, LLP
Victoria del Pino

Contact Us
Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.
2810 NW South River Dr.
Miami, FL 33125
Ph. 305-635-8953
Miami Bridge Board of Directors
Marlene Quintana - PRESIDENT
Shareholder, Gray|Robinson

Alexander Lian - VICE PRESIDENT
Attorney, Lian & Associates

Beatriz Martin - TREASURER
Partner, Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP

Joseph Cantrell - SECRETARY
Process Manager, Greenspoon Marder Law


Michael Alvarez
Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Insurance

Darren Campbell
Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Johane Domersant
Assistant General Counsel, Ryder System, Inc.

Mayling Exposito
Senior Vice President, Florida Community Bank

Dee Dee Fischer
Partner, Akerman LLP

Dr. Todd Giardina
Licensed Psychologist, Coral Gables Counseling Center

Peggy Fucci
President & CEO, OneWorld Properties

Jahan Islami
Attorney, Cozen O'Connor

Alfred Karram, Jr.
Owner & Chief Designer, AKJ Design Concepts LLC

Patrick Erin Murphy
U.S. Congressman, FL 18th District

Julie Harris Nelson
Partner, ROIG Lawyers

Dr. Dorcas Wilcox
CEO, Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services

Province "Boo" Zamek
President, JustAskBoo, LLC


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