Undeterred by the pandemic, two hundred guests sent a clear message of support at Kristi House’s reimagined Sky’s the Limit Gala on April 17 when they raised an amazing $580,000 for child sexual abuse and trafficking victims. The excitement was high with the announcement of a $100,000 Challenge Grant to Kristi House from Polly & Peter Appel, bringing their total donations to Kristi House to over $470,000. And guests were blown away by an epic auction donation from Mr. Alan and Dr. Brigitt Potamkin: A “Seafaring Escape” aboard the Potamkin family’s glorious 130-foot Westport yacht, complete with captain, crew and chef for 10 people. This amazing auction item netted over $100,000 for Kristi House.
Gala guests were treated to gourmet adventures in culinary world “travel” experiences all over town. Conceived and executed by event aficionados Lauren Harrison Brown, Maria Maloof, and Priscilla Marrero, this year Kristi House’s annual signature gala was reshaped into mini-events featuring cuisine from France, Italy, Spain, India and the Mediterranean.
Chefs, servers, bartenders and DJs were dispatched to small group gatherings in 20 locations throughout Miami. Guests were connected by remote technology and their collective commitment to healing the victims of sexual abuse and trafficking. They generously bid in the auction and gave from the heart to support Kristi House’s work and the shared vision to eradicate these crimes against children.
All funds raised at Sky’s the Limit will go toward the emotional, physical and legal advocacy needs for children and their families to overcome the trauma of abuse.
Funds raised at the Gala ensure that child victims of abuse and sex trafficking continue to receive essential services to heal and restore their lives, 100% free of charge.