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Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program To Host Annual Gala, Celebrate 20 Years of Mentoring

Philanthropists and community leaders will gather at the Mandarin Oriental Miami on March 4th to raise funds for at-risk young women in South Florida

Press Release – Miami, Fla (March 2017) – The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program will celebrate 20 years of mentoring in South Florida at its annual gala on Saturday, March 4, 2017, welcoming more than 400 of Miami’s most influential and philanthropic individuals for a spectacular evening to benefit at-risk young women in Miami-Dade County.

The premier fundraising event, hosted by the Mandarin Oriental Miami, will kick off with an elegant cocktail reception at 7 p.m., where guests will have the opportunity to bid on luxury goods and services provided by brands including The Collection, Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour, Gucci, Lafayette 148 New York and The Loews Hotel Miami Beach. The cocktail reception will be followed by dinner in the ballroom and a night of dancing to the sounds of Soul Survivors.

Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is a not-for profit organization with a mission to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities.

The gala is made possible by program founders Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne; Gala Chair Marisa Toccin Lucas, founder of LineaLuxe.com; Co-Vice President and Philanthropic Chair the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade County State Attorney; Humanitarian Honoree Edie Laquer of The Laquer Foundation; Leadership Award Honorees Carol Iacovelli, Daniela Swaebe, and Suzy Buckley Woodward; Legacy Builder Honorees Randy and Gigi Whitman; Mentor of the Year, Local 10 Anchor Neki Mohan; with public relations support from TARA, Ink.

About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program

Founded in 1997 by television journalist and author Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne, former Telemundo and NBC President, the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program is designed to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential while being mentored by highly accomplished professional women in their community. Our partner public schools select at-risk girls facing a variety of challenges, such as behavioral, economic, medical, abuse and/or academic challenges to name a few, to join our program. Each mentoring group at each school is diverse in its composition with girls in 9th to 12th grade who have varying strengths and weaknesses so they learn not only from their mentors, but from each other as well. Growth happens through mentoring sessions, college campus visits, career focused field trips and college scholarship opportunities. Women of Tomorrow positively transforms the lives of the at-risk girls we serve. Since the program’s inception, WOT has touched the lives of more than 15,000 high school girls in South Florida, Detroit and Philadelphia. WOT’s network of over 500 professional women currently mentors almost 4,000 girls in close to 200 public high schools, with a 95% graduation rate among an at-risk population. $5.4 million in college scholarships has also been awarded. For more information, call 305.371.3330 or visit www.womenoftomorrow.org.

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