Romero Britto was inducted into the prestigious Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame and unveiled the new logo of Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital
MIAMI – Approximately 800 celebrities, community leaders, philanthropists, physicians, friends, supporters, patients and families of Miami Children’s Hospital came together this past Saturday at the JW Marriott Marquis, as Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted the Hope Diamond Ball Affair.
The premier signature event raised more than $6 million, including announced gifts, that will help support world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital and will continue to position them as a global destination for pediatric health and wellness, as well as a provider of hope for children everywhere. Invited guests and celebrities experienced a Hope Diamond-themed, black-tie affair with a stylish cocktail soiree featuring entertainment, silent auctions and much more.
Internationally renowned pop artist Romero Britto joined the ranks of Walt Disney, Dwyane Wade, Dr. Jonas Salk and Beyoncé Knowles when he was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame for exemplifying his passion for helping children throughout the world.
“I am incredibly humbled by this wonderful recognition from the Miami Children’s Health Foundation,” said Romero Britto. “My passion is helping others, especially children in the community and around the world. I believe that using art as a positive agent of change is the key to unlocking the potential of today’s youth. It’s all about illustrating hope and happiness through my work and it truly means the world to me.
The Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame was created in 1986 to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the health and happiness of children everywhere. It is the highest honor bestowed by the foundation.
“We are extremely thrilled to be able to honor Romero Britto this year and induct him into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “The work he has done for children all over the world truly embodies our mission and we are delighted that he’s accepted this special recognition.”
In addition, the Foundation unveiled a new logo of Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which includes an original work of art by Romero Britto. Miami Children’s Health Foundation recently announced that it has received nearly 75 million dollars in donations towards Together For The Children, which is on track to fundraise $150 million by 2017. The evening served to celebrate the latest accomplishments of the campaign, which included a $5 million donation from the Live Like Bella Foundation. The donation is part of a recent partnership that will help with the construction of the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, a temporary housing facility for families of children undergoing treatments.
Furthermore, during the gala, the foundation announced that Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina, a multiple Emmy Award-winning co-host of Univision Networks’ number one rated entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca, became the newest Celebrity Ambassador. Raúl De Molina will join Romero Britto, international superstar Armando “Pitbull” Perez, and Danish model Nina Agdal to support the Together For The Children campaign.
Individuals who also joined Miami Children’s Health Foundation‘s President & CEO, Lucy Morillo and Romero Britto were today’s most recognized influencers and celebrities including David Chocarro, Carolina Laursen, Mariela Encarnación, Maria Regina Bustamante, Lili Estefan, Aníbal Sánchez and Bryan Holaday.
About Miami Children’s Health Foundation
Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) established to create a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care with no financial boundaries, MCH Foundation, now a part of the newly-formed Miami Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Miami Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 40 subspecialties, the largest pediatric neurology center in the United States, a top provider of cardiology and neonatology services, and a Research Institute conducting in excess of 200 clinical trials and protocols. Currently, MCH Foundation is dedicating all its resources to Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which aims to raise $150 million by 2017 and will help fund seven MCH priorities, including the expansion and enhancement of the Emergency Department, as well as the construction of a new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, and expanding its Global/Telehealth endeavors.