Milagro Center Draws 250 Supporters to Art-Inspired Gala

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The Milagro Center held its annual fundraising showcase event, themed the “2013 SuperSTAR Spectacular Gala” on April 10th at Mercedes-Benz of Delray. The evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres was highlighted by musical, dance, and spoken word performances by the Milagro children and teens. A silent auction, a super hero-inspired fashion show by the Milagro students, and a raffle drawing for a 2-year lease of the winner’s choice of a 2013 AutoNation, Inc. automobile was set against the beautiful backdrop of original artwork created by the Milagro student artists. The gala raised funds for the non-profit Milagro Center of Delray Beach which provides cultural arts, academic support, Living Values education, and mentoring to over 200 of the community’s at-risk children and youth who are living at or below the federal poverty level. “We are thrilled and excited to have the strong support of the community behind us,” remarked Milagro Center’s Executive Director Gina Genovese as she stood center stage before 250 community members and corporate individuals who attended the super hero-themed event. “Your support is the key to ensuring the long-term success of a child who starts life at risk of academic failure. With the help of caring and committed individuals and local companies represented by all of you here tonight, the cycle of poverty and educational failure is being reversed. Thanks to you, our Milagro children have a better and brighter future and face life with an indestructible sense of self-worth.” Ron Gilinsky, Delray Beach Chamber’s 2012 Ambassador of the Year served as emcee for the evening and encouraged all in at attendance to purchase the children’s spectacular art work and participate in the live auction and car raffle. A check for $15,000 was presented to Milagro Center by Todd Skelton, Auto Nation’s Market 2 President, and several of the General Managers representing the 17 dealerships in his market. “We raised over $50,000 for Milagro in 2012 through AutoNation, Inc.’s Culture of Caring Contest,” Skelton said. “Furthermore, 1,350 of our personnel are actively involved with the Center and many serve as mentors and volunteers.” Milagro Center recognition plaques were presented to AutoNation, lead sponsor PermaPlate, Zimmerman, Greenspoon Marder, and PNC Bank for their outstanding and ongoing support of the Milagro Center. Citizens Interested in Arts, Weekes & Callaway, KSCKreate, NCCI, Delray Beach Elks Lodge, Greenspoon Marder, Zenaro Lighting, Ocean Detailing, Brian Rosen and Mercedes Benz of Delray were among the other event sponsors. The entertaining evening concluded with the much-anticipated raffle drawing for a free 2-year lease on a 2013 automobile, donated by AutoNation. Winner Jocelyne Exantus, a local hairdresser and mother to three boys who have all attended the Milagro Center, chose the Lexus RX350. “It is a joyful night for the Exantus family,” said Mrs. Exantus upon hearing her ticket number called.