V Gala Miami Raises US$400,000


BrazilFoundation hosted its V Gala Miami, presented by Baker & McKenzie and Trench, Rossi e Watanabe at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Saturday, January 23rd, raising US$400,000 (equivalent to R$1.6 million) for social projects in Brazil.

Several celebrities and Brazilian artists participated in the gala; Brazilian actress Carol Castro and TV presenter Pedro Andrade were the masters of ceremonies – Pedro who is a dedicated BrazilFoundation supporter and has been the master of ceremonies for more than five of BrazilFoundation’s past galas. Flávia Alessandra and Otaviano Costa hosted the live auction; Brazilian funk phenomenon Dream Team do Passinho performed their greatest hits, and soul singer Sandra de Sá closed the event with a special performance.

BrazilFoundation was proud to have Baker & McKenzie as the Presenting Sponsor, along with Trench, Rossi e Watanabe. In recent years, Baker & McKenzie has supported many projects in Brazil through its cooperation agreement with Trench, Rossi e Watanabe, a Brazilian law firm, contributing more than US$200,000 to six social projects and five community campaigns. The law firm and the Foundation joined forces for the first time through the V Gala Miami, supporting positive social transformations in Brazil. The gala was also sponsored by American AirlinesArtefactoCrédit AgricoleDiageo, and KAR Properties.

The night featured a live auction with a very special and exclusive item: a two-bedroom residence in One River Point – two new luxury towers developed by KAR Properties and designed by visionary architect Rafael Viñoly. KAR Properties will donate 5% of the sale, currently priced at US$1.2 million, to the Foundation. Mr. Shahab Karmely, Founder of KAR Properties, very generously extended an additional offer to donate 1% of the sales of any additional residences sold through BrazilFoundation supporters through 2016. Patricia Lobaccaro, President and CEO of BrazilFoundation, notes “ We are extremely excited about our partnership with KAR Properties. Their generosity comes at a great time: we have received a record 1,500 project proposals from every state of Brazil for our last call for proposals. KAR’s support will go a long way”

Two exclusive photos from Sebastião Salgado were sold with proceeds benefiting Instituto do Homem Pantaneiro, which works to conserve the Serra do Amolar in the heart of the Pantanal. Race car driver Tony Kanaan donated not one, but two special helmets from his collection, raising 36 thousand dollars. Other auction items included diamond earrings by Valentina Jóias, a China Getaway package by Swire Hotels, a Rio Open package courtesy of Banco Itaú, and more.

Another exciting part of the evening was when Paulo Bacchi and the Bonfim family kicked off the “Brasil Possível” campaign by making two generous donations. And other guests followed their lead making individual donations, allowing the Foundation to fund an additional 40 community initiatives. 

If you couldn’t be with us that night, you can still make a donation here.


Gala Sponsors: 

Presenting Sponsor

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Gala Committee:

Host Committee

Adriana Vianna, Alexandre Piquet, Ana Dutra, Chrissie Litenski, Claudia D’Orey Rebelo, Claudia Murad, Daniela Fonseca Puggina, Dejovanca & Rogerio Paes, Fernanda Gavazzi, Gisela Millian, Greta E. M. Trotman, Luciana Fragali, Luciana Junqueira, Luigi Caldeira, Maria Carolina & Paulo Tavares de Melo, Michelle Haberfield, Neila Granzoti Rudden, Rejane de Paula, and Suzane Macedo

Decor Committee

Luciana Fragali & Rodrigo Gormaz 

Grand Benefactors

Alyson & Will Landers, Banco do Brasil Américas, Banco Itaú, Fedex Latin America, Goldman Sachs, Luiza Trajano, Maria Carolina & Paulo Tavares de Melo, Safra National Bank of New York-Miami, Shutts & Bowen, and Studio D


Alexandre Piquet, Andre Laport, Claudia & Alejandro Rebelo, Doda de Miranda, Gisela & Randy Millian, Luciana Fragali & David Siddons, Luciana Junqueira, Michelle Haberfield, Neila Granzoti Rudden, Rejane de Paula, and Suzane & Leonidas Macedo


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