Chapman Partnership’s Annual Illuminations Gala
Chapman Partnership celebrated its annual Illuminations Gala Saturday, Oct. 28th at the JW Marriott Marquis, for an evening of dining, dancing and entertainment, celebrating the donors and volunteers whose work is a guiding light for the men, women and children that reside at our homeless assistance centers.
The gala was made possible by the generous support of its sponsors. The Honorary Dinner Host was Publix Supermarkets Charities. The Honorary Dinner Chairmen were Betty Chapman, Trish and Dan Bell and Heide & Jose Dans. The Distinguished Dinner Chairmen were Lennar Foundation, Northern Trust, Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq.,Hudson Family, Pacific National Bank and Carnival Foundation. Other event sponsors included Selecta Magazine, Modern Luxury and Bacardi.
The 2017 Gala chairs, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq. and Lucy Morillo – Agnetti Esq. & John Agnetti, Esq. led a 55-member gala committee made up of some of Miami’s most influential community ambassadors who advocate on behalf of Chapman Partnership and came together to create a magical gala in celebration of the dedicated volunteers and donors.
“The Illuminations Gala is a celebration of all the great work done by Chapman Partnership and their extended family of donors and volunteers,” said Marile Lopez, Gala Co-Chair. “We are so thankful for their dedication, love and time, and this is just a token of our appreciation for their hard work.”
At this year’s event, Chapman Partnership awarded the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Humanitarian Award to a leader who follows the moral and civic examples of Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. in serving the homeless. The award recipient demonstrates humanitarian initiative and compassion for his fellow man, as Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. did. This year’s award recipient was Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
The magical evening continued at the Gala After Party, presented by Chapman Partnership’s young professionals group, nextgen, which featured a one-of-a-kind performance, open bar and complimentary valet. The nextgen presenting sponsor was BB&T and their Silver Sponsor was Pinnacle Housing Group.
Chapman Partnership Board of Trustees
Dear Chapman Partnership Family,
Hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. It seems like yesterday that we were setting our goals for the year, rolling up our sleeves and diving into our aggressive work plan. As we reflect on the year’s many accomplishments and prepare to continue to charter a course for Chapman Partnership’s promising future, credit should be given where credit is due – to our passionate and unwavering supporters and volunteers, and the dedicated and compassionate staff that devotedly work with our residents to ensure they have a better future – one centered on self-sufficiency, independence, dignity and health.
A few weeks ago, more than 600 of our closest friends joined us for our annual Illuminations Gala. Our Gala serves as the forum for celebrating the accomplishments of the past year, honor those we feel embody the principals and values of Alvah Chapman and Chapman Partnership, highlight the success stories of our residents, and also serves as our most important fundraising event of the year.
This year, the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Humanitarian Award was granted to Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who has always championed children with the greatest needs. Chapman Partnership has benefited in many ways from his leadership, passion and concern for the most fragile students. Like previous recipients of this award, Mr. Carvalho has greatly strengthened our organization and the community as a whole.
As a result of the marvelous work of our Gala Chairs, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq. and Lucy Morillo – Agnetti, Esq. and John Agnetti, Esq., the Gala Committee, our Development team and our Board of Trustees, I am proud to share the 2017 Gala raised a little over $1.8 Million. It is now considered our most successful gala yet!
The messages delivered at the Gala inspired many. Such is the case with the Florida Panthers. The Florida Panthers Foundation were inspired to award Chapman Partnership with a $25,000 grant as a part of their Community Champions Grant Program.
As a part of the celebration, they invited one our success stories, Terrence Nickerson, to a home game. The Florida Panthers presented Chapman Partnership with the check and showcased a video collaboration of how Chapman Partnership helped Terrence overcome homelessness, enroll as a full-time resident student at Florida International University. Terrence is well on his way to achieving his dream of completing his education and becoming a successful member of our community. It is success stories like Terrence’s that validate what Chapman Partnership stands for and perpetuates the value of our work.
As 2018 begins to dawn, Chapman Partnership aims to successfully engage grass root support and advance efforts in supporting our residents with the “$5 For A Day” campaign. With just a $5 contribution, you can support our meal service program by providing one day of meals for one resident living with us. Your support enables us to continue to serve three hot meals a day to 800 residents, 365 days a year, totaling in more than 800,000 meals annually.
Our goal is to make it easier for individuals, community leaders, businesses, schools, church parishioners and other organizations to play a role in funding the programs that ensure the success of Chapman Partnership’s residents. We encourage all that can rally colleagues, fellow parishioners, civic or professional association members and others to come together to participate in the “$5 For A Day” campaign…make it fun, establish a goal, create a challenge, and allow your respective organization to enjoy the reward of knowing they have made an impact on someone’s life through Chapman Partnership!
Thank you for all you do, your contributions of time and treasure make our mission to empower others possible.
Carlos Fernandez-Guzman Chairman of the Board
Womenade’s Annual Spooktacular
Womenade Volunteers celebrate Halloween with Residents
On Wednesday, October 30, 2017, the ladies of Womenade hosted their Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party. The evening’s activities included trick or treating, a haunted house, face painting, pumpkin decorating, as well as a donation drive to provide the children with Halloween costumes. This annual event provided the children and families that reside at Chapman Partnership with a fun, memorable experience while supplying them with Halloween costumes.
With lots of help through in-kind and monetary donations as well as those who volunteered, we had a great turnout with plenty of treats for the children at the Chapman Partnership North Center.
We received great support from local businesses such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Health Choice Network, FPL, Regis HRG, Little Lighthouse Foundation, Institute of Child & Family Health, Macy’s, DDA, PRMG, and GR Opco LLC who made the event possible for our little ones.
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. Funds generated through membership and events assist the women and children residents who are looking to rebuild their lives. Learn more at: www.chapmanpartnership.org/womenade
nextgen’s Annual Back to School BBQ On Saturday, August 10th 2017 nextgen volunteers gathered at the South center for the 7th Annual Back To School BBQ! It was a fun morning that included a splash slide, bounce house, dance contest, face paining and arts & crafts! Many thanks to our sponsors: Mochee, Hooters, The Marques Initiative, Kiwanis Kendall Southdade and Gator Graphics.
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: www.chapmanpartnership.org/nextgen
FedEx Hosts Annual Cares Day at Chapman Partnership In celebration of FedEx Corporation’s annual “Cares Day,” the South Florida operations team volunteered at Chapman Partnership in an effort to build a positive future for the community and contribute to Chapman Partnership’s mission of empowering homeless residents to become self-sufficient.
Approximately 85 FedEx Corporation employees joined Chapman Partnership on October 27th for a day of service, dedicating their time and talents in several beautification and landscaping projects throughout the North Center. Throughout the day, a kid’s corner with a bounce house and DJ allowed FedEx employees to interact with resident children and families during games, a dance contest, craft stations and outdoor fun. A FedEx truck was also on-site, offering tours of the vehicle and safety tips.
Carnival Foundation funds Youth Internship Program Chapman Partnership is grateful to the Carnival Foundation for funding its new initiative called the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Youth Academy in the amount of $75,000.
The vision of the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Youth Academy (ACYA) is to eradicate homelessness by interrupting the intergenerational nature of housing instability through paid internships that lead to job placement. The program will be piloted in January 2018 as a 12-week program implemented at both Chapman Partnership Homeless Assistance Centers, connecting a minimum of eight youth, ages 15 and above (four per center) with workplace skills and exposure to employment opportunities. This subset of older youth have essentially aged-out of the need for afterschool care provided by the on-site Family Resource Center, with the ACYA utilizing captive time during after school hours to help them gain practical soft and hard job skills.
Burlington Coat Factory Donation Burlington Stores in Kendall Gate Shopping Plaza had their grand opening on Sept. 22nd. As a result of their commitment to support the community, Chapman Partnership received four pallets of household items, toys, clothing and linens. We are grateful to partners like Burlington for choosing us and our residents to benefit from this wonderful event.
Florida Panthers Foundation As a part of their Community Champions Grant Program, The Florida Panthers were pleased to award Chapman Partnership with a $25,000 grant.
The Community Champions Grant Program will fund activities in our Family Resource Centers, new Smartboards for both centers, additional tables and chairs needed at both centers, and positive messaging signs for both centers. Messaging signs will be placed in the family dorms, Family Resource Centers and common areas to saturate the center with empowering messages that resonate key concepts of positivity.
South Dade High School Donation Drive For the second year, South Dade High School JROTC collected clothing to donate to Chapman Partnership. This collection was done on behalf of one of their members who had resided at the center and wanted to do something to give back. She encouraged her JROTC and school members to participate in this and future drives. Thank you South Dade High School!
Job Development & Placement
Chapman Partnership empowers the homeless by ending the cycle of homelessness one person at a time.
Our employment specialists empower the homeless by developing life skills where they can be in a position to obtain employment. Employment Specialists facilitate the missing elements in the job search, from interview clothes, bus passes, tools and certification fees as well as connecting them to agencies that help with securing proper ID, social security numbers and work permits.
Chapman Partnership has built trusted relationships with more than 280 local employers and employment agencies who are committed to giving opportunities to our residents. In the last 6 months our Job Placement specialists have placed 654 residents in jobs with over 150 local employers.
To become a referring employer or to learn more information, visit: www.chapmanpartnership.org/jobplacement
2017 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
*Peter Pruitt, 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
Arianna Cabrera de Ona
*Guillermo G. Castillo
Nancy J. Davis
Thomas B. Davis
Paul J. DiMare
*Gerardo B. Fernandez
Jose M. Gonzalez
Daniel Horton, nextgen President
Rev. Richard Ledgister
John M. Malloy, Jr.
Marisa T. Mendez
Bronwyn C. Miller
Roberto R. Munoz
Philip M. Reagan
Rev. Mark T. Reeves
Brigid F. Cech Samole
Brian San Miguel
*Tracy R. Slavens
Jay A. Steinman
Dale Chapman Webb
Stefan H. Zachar, III
Emeritus Board Members
Hon. Mike H. Abrams
**William H. Allen, Jr.
Hon. Edward Bullard
Armando Codina, Founding Co-Chair
Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields
Dr. Douglas C. Harris
Dr. Frank Jacobs
Steven C. Kirk
Lynn B. Lewis
William L. Morrison
Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin
Aaron S. Podhurst, Esq.
John W. Reynolds
Kenneth G. Sellers
Rev. Thom Shafer
Dr. John Uribe
Stephen H. Bittel
Thomas M. Cornish
Jesus Diaz, Jr.
Jose M. Diaz
**Dr. Stephen J. Dresnick
Robert V. Glaser
Dr. Rosemary F. Hall, RN
Robert McKinney, Esq.
Bill R. Tillett
Meetings are scheduled for 8 a.m at 1550 North Miami Avenue, unless otherwise advised. *South Center
Gift of Giving
Thanks to our Generous Donors
James W. Davidson
Delgado & Cia
John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
Miami Downtown Development Authority
Perkins & Will
Jay and Riva Steinman
Suntrust Bank, Miami, N.A.
TD Charitable Foundation
The Lennar Foundation
Ronald Book, P.A.
FedEx Global Citizenship
Florida Panthers Foundation
Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC
Security Alliance, LLC
Seitlin, A Marsh & McLennan Agency
Walter & Terri Shikany
TD Bank, N.A.
The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.
The Garner Foundation
Archdiocese of Miami, Inc.
Arey Jones Educational Solutions
Micky & Madeleine Arison
Baptist Health South Florida
Collection Privee Gallery
Coventry Health Care of Florida
Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.
FPL Group Foundation, Inc.
Kaufman Rossin Co.
Northern Trust Bank of Florida
Odebrecht Construction, Inc
Popular Community Bank
Quirch Foods Company
Royal Caribbean International
Dr. Albert & Debbie Tano