New York, June 5th, 2011


BrazilFoundation and Brazil Child Health promoted the 1st Benefit Festa Junina Children Helping Children on June 5th 2011, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.  The event brought together families, children and friends in a traditional Brazilian Folk celebration. The Forro music set the scene with Nanny Assis and Trio and the quadrilha (traditional square dance) brought children and adults together under the command of Felicia Jennings-Winterle.


More than 450 people attended the event, among them were Alessandra Ambrósio with her daughter Anja and her sister Aline; Luciana Curtis, Henrique Gendre and their daughter Cora; Carolina Bittencourt, and daughter Olivia; Mariana with her son Christ; Fabiana Saba (one of the event’s organizers) with her daughter Victoria; Bela Gil, JP Demasi and Flor; Vanessa Grecca and Kira; Tatiana Abraços with her daughters Nina and Isabela.


The Festa Junina was made possible with the support of the organizing Committee, sponsors, and the support of 70 generous volunteers. Our gratitude goes to the event’s Committee, the Silver Sponsors, Brazil Ahead, FastWay Moving, and The Linda Sue Pfarrer Nortillo Charitable Foundation. Our thanks to the Event Sponsors: BB Remessa, Equus LC, Dr. Elizabeth Issa-Basch, MD; and The Merhy Family.


Special thanks for all the delicious food kindly donated by Berimbau Restaurant; Bread Restaurant; Fornalia Bakery and Restaurant; My Sweet Brigadeiro; Rio Market; and Vila Brasil Café & Grill.  Our gratitude to the Activities Sponsors: Joao Paulo Rodrigues; Maria Bonita Salon & Spa; and Vanessa Simone Pereira. Thank you to the Beverage Sponsors: ABInbev and Cachaca Leblon; the Game Booth Sponsor the 9th Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil New York, and the event’s Media Sponsor Folha do Brasil- NY, and Bio Supplements, Edilberto Mendes, Escola Ciranda Cirandinhas, Organização Cultural Brasil em Mente and BlaBlaBla Consultoria Corp.


Also, a very special thanks goes to the Auction Donors; with their generous support the auction raised US$ 9,345. A total of US$ 28,575.30 was raised with the event, which will support projects in education and health for underprivileged children in Brazil. The Festa Junina was a tremendous success and it promises to become yet another Brazilian tradition in New York.