On Saturday, February 8, 2020, Kristi House supporters and friends marked the organization’s 25-year anniversary at its Silver Lining Gala celebrating healing from trauma to triumph. Co-chaired by Barbara Havenick and Lizzie Schaul, 350 guests from Miami’s philanthropic and business communities raised more than $560,000 for Kristi House programs for child sexual abuse and trafficking victims.
Funds raised support ongoing, high quality, restorative services for child-victims and their families, free of charge, provided in six Miami-Dade locations.
Guests enjoyed a scrumptious gourmet dinner specially created by Four Season’s Chef Aaron Brooks, with spirits and fine wine pairings from Republic National Distributing Company. The excitement was high with an auction of exclusive trips, one-of-a-kind experiences, not-available-in-stores fine wines and select luxury items. Former NBA player, Shane Battier, surprised the guests during the live auction with an exclusive Miami Heat experience.
Miami elected officials and leadership lent their support to the evening including Miami-Dade Commissioners Esteban Bovo and Jean Monestime, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, MDCPS Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, and Judges Kristy Nunez and Nushin Sayfie.
Silver Lining Gala sponsors included The Cordish Companies, I Squared Capital, The de Moya Group, Dr. Margaret and Mike Eidson, Barbara & Alex Havenick, The Havenick Family and Magic City Casino, The Jills Zeder Group, PowerPlus Tutoring, Kara & Rick Rosen, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.