The charitable 18th annual Blacks' Gala at the famous Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach was hosted by Roy and Lea Black of The Real Housewives of Miami. Award-winning artists and stellar guests tweeted the ongoing happenings at the Gala using a “Hey USA Twitter Lounge” with specialty hashtags.
The 18th Annual Blacks' Gala at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach
The stars came out to shine in Miami Beach at the 18th Annual Blacks' Gala hosted by Roy and Lea Black at the tony Fontainebleau Hotel. Grammy-award winning artists at the event included Queen Latifah and Tony Bennett. Below is a video of Queen Latifah at the Blacks' Annual Gala.
High profile guests at the event included Emilio Estefan, Mario Lopez, Sammy Sosa, Joanna Krupa, Joe Francis, Deborah Cox, Adrianna de Moura, Garbrielle Anwar, Alexia Echevarria, Lennox Lewis, Bernard Hopkins, Mayor Carlos Gimenez Miami Dade County and more.
The honorees at this year's event were Beatrice and Dr. Sanford Ziff. The Ziff family was honored at the Blacks' Annual Gala for their ongoing commitment to helping people less fortunate for over 50 years.
The 18th Annual Blacks' Gala was a fundraiser for at-risk youth. The Consequence Foundation has programs such as Juvenile Services Miami Dade and Teach for America Miami Dade. Since its inception, the charity already raised over $12 million for children in need. Below is a video about The Consequence Foundation.
The event on March 26 included red carpet arrivals, a gourmet dinner and cocktail reception. There were also silent and live auctions. Queen Latifah and Tony Bennett performed “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me).” This was the second time this dynamic duo ever performed together live.
Additional performances included R&B performer Deborah Cox and Maryel Epps. The stars danced the rest of the Miami Beach evening away to the sounds of DJ Irie and DJ Entice.
The crowd bid enthusiastically during the live and silent auctions with exotic trips on the table. Also being offered were one of a kind custom cars including a McLaren and Maserati from The Collection Coral Gables, tickets to championship sporting events, trips to the Grammy Awards, a Halloween weekend at the Playboy manse, fine jewelry from Martin Katz and David Yurman, a signed soccer jersey from David Beckham, a world poker tournament with Noah Schwartz, tickets to “The Late Show with David Letterman” and more.
More About The Consequence Foundation
Lea Black of The Real Housewives of Miami founded The Consequence Foundation. Through the organization, Lea Black sought to provided educational experiences and resources for at-risk youth. Resources include workshops, camps, scholarships and vocational training. The curriculum offers life skills, culture, arts and preparation for the workforce. The Foundation has a new alliance with Teach for America to support transformational learning. These efforts involve intervention and prevention rather than incarceration for troubled youth.
There were many lofty sponsors of the Blacks' Gala in 2012 including several media publications such as Ocean Drive magazine, Haute Living Magazine and Miami Magazine. Other sponsors included Grey Goose Vodka, Gulf Liquors, Perry Elllis, Fountainebleau Miami Beach, The Collection Coral Gables, Heys USA, The Poonam Tripathi Foundation, Natural Impressions Designs, Emilio Robba Sculptor of Flowers, Peter Lik Artworks, Artist Related, Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, Antonio Misuraca Live Ultimate, David Yurman, Penguin Clothing, Lauren G. Adams, Di Palo Selects and Dream Design of Tiffany Nieves-Cook.
Real housewife Lea Black said she is thankful each year the Gala is received by the community with open arm and open wallets. The Foundation's work with Juvenile Services and Teach for America reaches kids through prevention early on. They also remain there to support the kids if they wind up in trouble again.
Black continued, “This year we have created a curriculum to teach kids the consequences of their actions that will be rolled out across the state of Florida and then we plan on sharing it nationally.”
Blacks' Annual Gala Twitter Lounge
More celebrities, foundations and events are harnessing the power of Twitter to reach out to their audiences. The annual Blacks' Annual Gala used a Twitter lounge courtesy of Heys USA. The guests and celebrities hung out at the event and tweeted what was going on. Special hashtags were created specifically for the Blacks' Gala.
On March 26, Lea Black tweeted, “Luv u"@MarioLopezExtra: “Great seeing @leablackmiamiand Joe Francis on the red carpet at the party of the year #blackgala@GirlsGoneWild”" Haute Living magazine tweeted, “Great job @LeaBlackMiami as it is always about the kids. Lea and Roy Black Host Annual Gala Fundraiser last weekend.”
From the founder of Girls Gone Wild to the Mayor of Miami Dade County, everyone at the Blacks' Annual Gala had one goal in mind – to help the kids at risk who need it most.
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Lea & Roy Black Present the Blacks’ Annual Gala at The Fontainebleau with Queen Latifah featuring Tony Bennett (Lea Black and Joe Francis)