Annual Gala
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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.


Lauren Harrison Brown

Maria Maloof

Priscilla Marrero


Juliana & Alex Krys

Our Generous Sponsors

Major Sponsors


First Class Sponsors

Amanda G. Altman, Esq. & David Lynn

Lauren & Blake Brown

Fran & Howard Feinberg

Maria & Al Maloof

Priscilla & Daniel Marrero

Commissioner Joe A. Martinez

Mary “Mimi” Bradley Shafey

Tina & Alex van der Ven, MD

Miami-Dade Commission Sponsors

Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz, District 12

Commissioner René García, District 13

Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, District 4

Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins, District 8

Commissioner Eileen Higgins, District 5

Commissioner Joe A. Martinez, District 11

Premium Class Sponsors

Baptist Health South Florida

Yvonne Chen & Mark Fitzpatrick / Glide Capital

Rachelle & AJ de Moya / The de Moya Group

Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz

Dr. Patty Miami

Commissioner René García

Grove Bank & Trust

Erica & Pedro P. Echarte, III, Esq

Herskowitz Shapiro

Barbara & Alex Havenick

Commissioner Sally A. Heyman

Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins

Commissioner Eileen Higgins

Vicky & Bert Hucks

Miami Beach Anesthesiology Associates

Ana & Cecil Milton / José Milton Foundation

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital


Lizzie & Drew Schaul

Brianna R. Varas, MD & Manny Varas

Beverage Sponsor


Public Relations Sponsor

New Star Media

Media Sponsors


Floral Sponsor

Production Sponsor

Music Sponsor

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