Chapman Partnership’s Illuminations Gala celebrates community that guides homeless to self-sufficiency Saturday, Oct. 13 at JW Marriott Marquis

MIAMI (Sept. 11, 2018) – Chapman Partnership will be celebrating its annual Illuminations Gala with an evening of dining, dancing, and entertainment honoring the donors and volunteers whose work is a shining light to the 5,000 men, women, and children that Chapman Partnership serves annually.

The 2018 Illuminations Gala will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the JW Marriott Marquis. The event will provide guests with an exciting evening, produced by WOW MKTG, honoring the men and women whose support help further Chapman Partnership’s mission every day. Local 10 News’ Laurie Jennings will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

The gala is generously sponsored by: Publix Super Market Charities, Betty Chapman, Trish & Dan Bell, Carnival Foundation, and Bacardi. This year’s media sponsors are Miami Magazine and Selecta Magazine.

This year’s Gala event chairs, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., alongside gala committee chair Lucy Morillo, Esq., are leading a 33-member gala committee made up of some of Miami’s most influential community ambassadors who advocate on behalf of Chapman Partnership, and have come together to create an unforgettable evening celebrating the dedicated volunteers and donors.

“Every year, we come together as a family to celebrate the outstanding generosity of donors and volunteers whose tireless commitment further Chapman Partnership’s mission daily,” said Marile Lopez, Gala event chair. “We are grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge those who dedicate their time and love to supporting the homeless residents at Chapman Partnership’s two homeless assistance centers.”

The special evening will continue with a Gala After Party presented by Chapman Partnership’s young professionals group, nextgen. 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. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., nextgen members and guests will enjoy food, live music, an open bar, and complimentary valet.

At this year’s gala, Chapman Partnership will present 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 2018 award recipient is none other than Chapman Partnership’s Board Chairman, Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, CEO of Pacific National Bank, who will be recognized for demonstrating outstanding humanitarian initiative and compassion for others, as Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. did.

“This year, we are recognizing Carlos Fernandez-Guzman for his three years of service and commitment to this great organization as Chairman of the Board,” said H. Daniel Vincent, President and CEO of Chapman Partnership. “Fernandez-Guzman’s noble service to the homeless community not only serves as an inspiration to us all but also continues to make Mr. Chapman’s vision and mission of empowering the homeless an attainable reality.”

Chapman Partnership’s Illuminations Gala celebrates the legacy of empathy, humanity, and achievements demonstrated by its inspiring founder Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. and the organization. Together, they have helped empower the lives of more than 110,000 individuals, including 24,000 children.

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