Summer 2017

Partners Newsletter

 2017 Illuminations Gala
Committee Breakfast

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, members of Chapman Partnership’s Illumination Gala planning committee convened at a private residence to kick-off the planning phase of one of Miami’s most anticipated Galas.

Hosted by Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, this year’s Gala Co-chairs, along with Lucy Morillo-Agnetti and John Agnetti, the brunch celebrated the 56 member Gala Committee gathering to kick-off this event.

The Illuminations Gala was created to honor and thank those individuals who have been a guiding light in the lives of the more than 108,000 residents that Chapman Partnership has served since 1995.

“It is an honor for Jorge Luis and I to serve as Co-Chairs for the Chapman Illuminations Gala and continue the tradition of raising funds to support the homeless of our community” said Marile Lopez.

The 2017 Chapman Partnership Illuminations Gala will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., at the JW Marriott Marquis on 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL 33131. The Mistress of Ceremonies will be Laurie Jennings of WPLG Channel 10.

To learn more about this year’s Gala or to purchase tickets or sponsorships visit:

Chairman’s Letter

carlos-newsletterDear Chapman Partnership Stakeholders,

Summertime is a very special time of year.

It is a time for warm-weather fun, pool parties, family barbecues and vacations. For the children and families at Chapman Partnership, it is special in its own way. It is a time when the laughter and joy of children are felt across our centers as we provide them with new experiences.

Every year, Chapman Partnership provides our homeless children with a memorable summer full of fun trips and activities. This summer, thanks your generous support, the kids were able to visit local museums, parks, cultural events, as well as enjoy our beaches, visit the movie theater and knock down pins at the bowling alley. Fun did not just happen off campus, in addition to field trips, the children also able enjoyed on-site educational activities and arts and crafts.

These extracurricular activities are just an extension of the services we at Chapman Partnership provide our kids year round. Our dedicated approach to servicing the needs of families with children include family dorms, a Family Resource Center for school-aged children, and a Head Start-funded daycare for preschool children.

With on-site daycare and after-school programs offered to our families, we provide our parents the opportunity to seek and maintain employment. Within 48 hours of admission, all children are enrolled in school through our on-site liaison with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and many, despite their challenges, go on to become Honor Roll students while living with us.

In our Family Resource Centers, we have specialized educators to provide structured curriculum and comprehensive after school programming for our children. We strive to ensure that every child is ready to start the school year with everything they need to succeed. That’s where the importance of your support comes in – over 250 children currently live with us between our two centers, and approximately 150 of those are enrolled in school, we simply cannot do it on our own. Whether it’s a small donation drive at your office, a monetary donation, or something as simple as grabbing an extra backpack or uniform when you shop for your kids’ back to school needs – each and every act of kindness is much needed and appreciated. Your donations help ensure every child has what they need on their first day of school. They allow our children to report to their first day of school feeling a sense of pride and preparedness which provides a strong foundation on which they can build self-confidence and dignity.

And the needs do not stop once the school year has begun, there are families leaving and entering our program day in and day out, which means the need for uniforms, supplies and other items are a year-round necessity at Chapman Partnership.

As the saying goes, it truly takes a village to raise a child and we are fortunate to have each and every one of our supporters be a part of our village. Volunteer supporters who donate their time, as well donations made by those who chose to share their treasure with Chapman Partnership, are the backbone of our success. Every volunteer hour, donation dollar and service hour directly impacts those we care for.

Since inception, over 108,000 people have come through our doors, with 21,000 of them being children. Last month alone we had 414 people between our two centers successfully transition out of our facilities. As a Chapman Partnership supporter, and because of your generosity, you have impacted each and every one of these lives!

As the summer comes to an end and we look onward to the new school year we hope that you will keep our students in mind. Your partnership is essential for all the work that we do.

To become a volunteer at Chapman Partnership, please visit: and share your time with those less fortunate than you, or if you are interested in donating to our Back to School Supply Drive visit:

Carlos Fernandez-Guzman
Chairman of the Chapman Partnership Board

8th Annual Take a Walk in Her Shoes

Chapman Partnership’s “Take A Walk in Her Shoes,” a Womenade luncheon produced by C. Madeleine’s, directed by Danny Santiago and hair styling and make up by Rik Rak Salon was back for its 8th annual celebration of Miami’s top women philanthropists and community leaders on Friday, May 19th at the Intercontinental Hotel. The annual fashion show and luncheon is an opportunity to experience a step through fashion history with the most stylish looks and iconic designer brands of the past decades, while honoring outstanding South Florida women and raising funds to improve the lives of homeless women and children through Chapman Partnership’s programs and services. Once again, the event was chaired by an amazing group of ladies: Bronwyn Miller, Irene Korge and Migna Sanchez-Llorens. Trish & Dan Bell served as Honorary Chairs and Christine E. Lynn was awarded the Trish Bell Lifetime Achievement Award.

2017 Honorees: Mayra Joli, Lauren Beall, Laura Munilla, Renee Lopez-Cantera, Carol Iacovelli, Sonia Gibson, Christine Barney, Dr. Evalina Bestman, Constance Fernandez, Irene White and Christine E. Lynn

Of the 800 residents we serve, 57% of them are women and children and on any given night we have over 250 children living with us. Womenade is made up of women from all walks of life who are committed to the mission of increasing awareness and revenue for Chapman Partnership. Learn more at:


Center Happenings

Local Miami Banks Support Chapman Partnership

Since inception, Chapman Partnership has relied on the generous support of Miami’s banking sector to provide essential services to our residents. In additional to financial contributions, banks including JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Ocean Bank, Pacific National Bank, SunTrust, BB&T, PNC Bank, Florida International Bankers Association and many others, support Chapman Partnership by opening bank accounts for residents, providing financial literacy classes at our centers, collect much needed items through donation drives, volunteer by serving a meal or beautifying our centers, and even support our young professionals group, nextgen, by sponsoring memberships or hosting mixers at their offices.

Community partnerships are crucial to the success of our residents, such as the internship program provided by Pacific National Bank that partners with Miami-Dade college to provide high school graduates with an opportunity to experience the banking industry first hand. One of Chapman Partnership’s very own high school graduates, Archie Clarke, a former Chapman Partnership resident was fortunate enough to take part this year. The program starts with a four-week camp – the 10th Annual Future Bankers Camp, which gives students opportunities to enhance their proficiency in math and in their communication and financial literacy skills, followed by a banking internship to test their skills and receive industry certification. The camp was hosted by The Center for Financial Training and Miami Dade College.

If you are a member of an industry interested in finding ways you can support and get involved in Chapman Partnership, please visit:


Miami Marlins Go to Bat for Chapman Partnership
Marlins Ayudan (Spanish for “help”) is the signature outreach initiative of the Miami Marlins. The group spent the afternoon serving lunch to our residents. Thanks Marlins Ayudan for your day of service!

Nova University 12 week Community Nursing Internship
A very special thank you to Nova University Nursing Students for 12 weeks of service providing much needed workshops, donation drives and one on one interaction with our residents. We sincerely appreciate your time and talents!

Kids Can Cook
For six weeks this summer, our children will explore cooking different fun and nutritious recipes with Chef Stephens and the Kids Can Cook program. This mobile cooking school teaches our kids how to use healthy ingredients and provides hands-on experience to make simple dishes. Thanks to Chef Stephen for making healthy eating fun!

Deloitte’s Impact Day
Thank you to the employees and interns from Deloitte who came to our centers to volunteer. They helped in the kitchen and served lunch, cleaned and sorted the clothing/donation area, packed hurricane bags, sorted gifts for the following day’s Christmas in June event, and played with the children on the 1st day off from school. The day ended with an ice cream social for all the children. Thank you to Deloitte’s incredible volunteers!

If you are interested in hosting an event or activity at one of our Centers, please call 305-329-3003.


Community News

Educational Foundation
The Educational Foundation of America, a family foundation launched in 1959 to continue the lifelong philanthropic commitment of its founders, Richard Prentice Ettinger and his wife, Elsie P. Ettinger, granted Chapman Partnership $40,000 in July 2017 in support of HOPE (Housing Opportunities and Professional Enrichment), a workforce development program combining the resources of local educational institutions with employers amenable to hiring our homeless. HOPE serves 1,600 adults annually providing employment skills and vocational training. Since launching HOPE in 2011, the program has successfully placed 2,992 homeless adults in jobs.

Helen’s Hope Foundation
Helen’s Hope Foundation is dedicated to providing support to underprivileged youth and the programs and people that aid them. Over the past five years, Chapman Partnership has received a $50,000 grant in support of its Family Resource Center, a developmental asset initiative providing academic enrichment and after school tutoring, a summer camp experience, and year-round evening family engagement opportunities designed to promote positive, healthy development.

Chapman Partnership’s CEO Receives Award
Chapman Partnership’s President & CEO H. Daniel Vincent was awarded the Monsignor Walsh Outstanding Human Services Professional Award from the United Way of Miami-Dade. This award recognizes a human services professional who has dedicated his or her career to helping others. This person, through his or her commitment of time and talents in the human services field, has helped to shape a caring, responsive social services delivery system and has afforded hundreds of people in our community an opportunity for a healthy, productive and high quality life.

FedEx Corporation Supports Summer Program
Chapman Partnership is grateful to FedEx Corporation for supporting Camp Chapman! Camp Chapman is an 8 week summer camp that allows Chapman Partnership’s children to experience a variety of on-site activities and off-site weekly field trips. Together, FedEx Corporation and Chapman Partnership are making a difference in the lives of homeless children this summer.

Nextgen’s Annual Kentucky Derby Watch Party

Nextgen for Chapman Partnership and Alfalit International celebrated the Kentucky Derby with a viewing party to raise funds at Smith & Wollensky Miami Steakhouse. It was a fabulous afternoon of fancy hats, bowties and Derby fun! Many thanks to our sponsors American Born Whiskey and Continental Flowers.


Nextgen is made up of Miami’s young professionals and community ambassadors, between the ages of 25-40, who work to increase awareness, revenue and advocacy for Chapman Partnership.
Learn more:




If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser to support Chapman Partnership call 305-329-3003.


Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
**Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Founding Chairman
*Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, Chairman
*Trish Bell, Chairman Emeritus
*Robert E. Chisholm, FAIA, Past Chairman
*Dr. Evalina Bestman, Vice Chair
*Tomas P. Erban, Vice Chair
*Osmond C. Howe, Jr. Vice Chair
*Jonah Pruitt, III, Vice Chair
*Jorge R. Villacampa, Vice Chair
*Bonnie M. Crabtree, Secretary
*H. Daniel Vincent, President & CEO

Richard B. Adams, Jr., Esq.
Timothy M. Adams
Julie A. Baird
Jon Batchelor
Sandy Batchelor
Paula Brockway
Arianna Cabrera de Ona
*Guillermo G. Castillo
*Terry Curry
Deborah Davidson
Nancy J. Davis
Thomas B. Davis
Scott Desharnais
Paul J. DiMare

Alan Eisenberg
*Gerardo B. Fernandez
Jose M. Gonzalez
Nancy Hector
Carlos Hernandez
Daniel Horton, nextgen President
Elsie Howard
Tom Huston
Sherrill Hudson
*Edward Joyce
Larry Kahn
Rev. Richard Ledgister
John M. Malloy, Jr.
Brent McLaughlin
Marisa T. Mendez
Bronwyn C. Miller
Roberto R. Munoz
Jacquie O’Malley
*Allan Pekor
Fatima Perez
*Peter Pruitt
Philip M. Reagan
Evan Rees
Rev. Mark T. Reeves
Raquel Regalado
Carlos Saballos
Brigid F. Cech Samole
Brian San Miguel
Jose Sariego
Scott Schneider
*Tracy R. Slavens
Jay A. Steinman
Rev. Denrick Rolle
Dale Chapman Webb
Stefan H. Zachar, III

Emeritus Board Members
Hon. Mike H. Abrams
**William H. Allen, Jr.
Jill Beach
Hon. Edward Bullard
Armando Codina, Founding Co-Chair
**Annette Eisenberg
Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields
Dr. Douglas C. Harris
Adolfo Henriques
Dr. Frank Jacobs
**Glendon Johnson
Steven C. Kirk
**R.Kirk Landon
Lynn B. Lewis
Carlos Migoya
William L. Morrison
Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin
Aaron S. Podhurst, Esq.
John W. Reynolds
Kenneth G. Sellers
Rev. Thom Shafer
Mark Small
Dr. John Uribe
Joanna Wragg

Associate Board Members
Sara Adler
Maria Beguirstain
Yolanda Berkowitz
Stephen H. Bittel
Rob Bowlby
**Phil Corey
Thomas M. Cornish
Jesus Diaz, Jr.
Jose M. Diaz
**Dr. Stephen J. Dresnick
Thomas Franklin
Robert V. Glaser
Maritza Gutierrez
Dr. Rosemary F. Hall, RN
Robert McKinney, Esq.
Ron Magill
Dennis Pastrana
Bruce Rubin
Jacob Solomon
Michael Swerdlow
Bill R. Tillett

*Denotes Executive Committee Members / ** Deceased


Board Dates

Meetings are scheduled for 8 a.m at 1550 North Miami Avenue, unless otherwise advised.

Gift of Giving

Gift of Giving represents all gifts above $5,000

Trish & Dan Bell
FedEx Corporation
Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Joseph and Sherrie Garfield Charitable Foundation
Martha Rogers Haas
Miami Perfume Junction, Inc.
Lucy Morillo-Agnetti
Pacific National Bank
Publix Super Markets
ROE Foundation
Temple Israel
Dale Chapman Webb

Frank & Gabriele Armstrong
Bank of America
Betty B. Chapman
E.M. Lynn Foundation
John Malloy
JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA
JW Marriott Miami
Ocean Reef Community Foundation

BBVA Compass
Mike & Constance Fernandez
Gonzalez Family Foundation
Gus Machado Ford, Inc.
Miami Kiwanis Youth Foundation
WOW Factor

Alvah H. & Wyline P. Chapman Foundation
Paul J. DiMare
Cynthia Knight
First United Methodist Church of South Miami
The Educational Foundation of America
TJX Foundation

Tim Adams
Bank of America
Bank United
Helen’s Hope Foundation
Holland & Knight LLP
Larry Kahn
Publix Super Markets Charities
Dennis Sisco
Wells Fargo
Jorge Villacampa

Donation Drives


Family Resource Center

Families with small children represent a growing segment of our centers’ population. With on-site day care and after school programs, parents have the opportunity to seek and attain employment. There are various hands-on volunteer opportunities and family enrichment activities in our Family Resource Center and our Miami HEAT Learn & Play Center including reading books, helping with homework and/or projects, hosting a game night, or putting together a group activity for our children.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, or setting up a group volunteer project for your corporation or civic organization, please visit: or contact 305.329.3050 for our North Center or 305-416-7107 for our South Center.