V Gala Miami


BrazilFoundation hosted its V Gala Miami, presented by Baker & McKenzie and Trench, Rossi e Watanabe at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Saturday, January 23rd, raising US$400,000 (equivalent to R$1.6 million) for social projects in Brazil.

BrazilFoundation was proud to have Baker & McKenzie as the Presenting Sponsor, along with Trench, Rossi e Watanabe. In recent years, Baker & McKenzie has supported many projects in Brazil through its cooperation agreement with Trench, Rossi e Watanabe, a Brazilian law firm, contributing more than US$200,000 to six social projects and five community campaigns. The law firm and the Foundation joined forces for the first time through the V Gala Miami, supporting positive social transformations in Brazil. The gala was also sponsored by American Airlines, Artefacto, Crédit Agricole, Diageo, and KAR Properties.

The night featured a live auction with a very special and exclusive item: a two-bedroom residence in One River Point – two new luxury towers developed by KAR Properties and designed by visionary architect Rafael Viñoly. KAR Properties will donate 5% of the sale, currently priced at US$1.2 million, to the Foundation. Mr. Shahab Karmely, Founder of KAR Properties, very generously extended an additional offer to donate 1% of the sales of any additional residences sold through BrazilFoundation supporters through 2016. Patricia Lobaccaro, President and CEO of BrazilFoundation, notes “ We are extremely excited about our partnership with KAR Properties. Their generosity comes at a great time: we have received a record 1,500 project proposals from every state of Brazil for our last call for proposals. KAR’s support will go a long way”

Two exclusive photos from Sebastião Salgado were sold with proceeds benefiting Instituto do Homem Pantaneiro, which works to conserve the Serra do Amolar in the heart of the Pantanal. Race car driver Tony Kanaan donated not one, but two special helmets from his collection, raising 36 thousand dollars. Other auction items included diamond earrings by Valentina Jóias, a China Getaway package by Swire Hotels, a Rio Open package courtesy of Banco Itaú, and more.

Another exciting part of the evening was when Paulo Bacchi and the Bonfim family kicked off the "Brasil Possível" campaign by making two generous donations. And other guests followed their lead making individual donations, allowing the Foundation to fund an additional 40 community initiatives. 

If you couldn't be with us that night, you can still make a donation here.

The Event

When: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Where: 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 33131 (Mandarin Oriental, Miami)
Masters of Ceremonies: Carol Castro & Pedro Andrade
Auction Hosts: Flávia Alessandra and Otaviano Costa
Performances: Dream Team do Passinho, Sandra de Sá


Luiza Trajano  - President of Magazine Luiza

The president of Magazine Luiza, Luiza Helena Trajano inspires and motivates entrepreneurs from all over Brazil. One of the few women CEOs in Latin America, she is a strong advocate of women’s empowerment and professional leadership. Magazine Luiza has been considered one of the best companies to work for in Brazil for 18 consecutive years due to how well it values its employees. The business also supports numerous social and cultural projects in the communities in which it operates, supporting local initiatives and enhancing regional culture. Luiza is also president of IDV (Instituto para Desenvolvimento do Varejo), and occupies one of the five vice-presidencies of the Board of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016™. She is also president of the Public Olympic Council.


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Ana Moser  - Founder of Instituto Esporte e Educação

Ana Moser is a former professional volleyball player and is considered one of the best attackers in the history of the sport in Brazil. She played on the Brazilian Women’s National Volleyball Team, and helped her team win the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the first medal in women’s volleyball for Brazil. Ana created Instituto Esporte e Educação in 2001, an organization that partners with community centers and public schools to provide sport activities in low-income neighborhoods. Since its founding, the institute has benefited more than 760,000 children and youths directly and trained 25,000 teachers from 350 cities.


Maestro Márcio Selles - Founder, Orquestra de Cordas da Grota

Marcio founded the orchestra 20 years ago in the community of Grota Surucucu in the city of Niterói. The project uses its own methodology to teach music and mobilize musical talent. The organization's aim is to provide technical musical training and help students pursue higher education. Approximately 90% of students who have completed the musical technical training at Grota have managed to enter university.


Gala Committee

Host Committee

Adriana Vianna, Alexandre Piquet, Ana Dutra, Chrissie Litenski, Claudia D'Orey Rebelo, Claudia Murad, Daniela Fonseca Puggina, Dejovanca & Rogerio Paes, Fernanda Gavazzi, Gisela Millian, Greta E. M. Trotman, Luciana Fragali, Luciana Junqueira, Luigi Caldeira, Maria Carolina & Paulo Tavares de Melo, Michelle Haberfield, Neila Granzoti Rudden, Rejane de Paula, and Suzane Macedo

Decor Committee

Luciana Fragali & Rodrigo Gormaz 

Grand Benefactors

Alyson & Will Landers, Banco do Brasil Américas, Banco Itaú, Fedex Latin America, Goldman Sachs, Luiza Trajano, Maria Carolina & Paulo Tavares de Melo, Safra National Bank of New York-Miami, Shutts & Bowen, and Studio D


Alexandre Piquet, Andre Laport, Claudia & Alejandro Rebelo, Doda de Miranda, Gisela & Randy Millian, Luciana Fragali & David Siddons, Luciana Junqueira, Michelle Haberfield, Neila Granzoti Rudden, Rejane de Paula, and Suzane & Leonidas Macedo

For inquiries, contact: miami@brazilfoundation.org


Presenting Sponsor

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The auction is closed. To see the items that were up for bid click here.

Press Release

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