For the first time ever, the Brazil Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support social projects in Brazil, chose South Florida to hold the first Gala outside of its base in New York City. The Brazil Foundation Gala MIAMI, took place on March 27 at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, and honored Norberto Odebrecht for his work ahead of the Odebrecht Foundation, which has contributed to generating opportunities in education and strengthening youth participation toward a sustainable future for Brazil, and Romero Britto, Brazilian local artist known for his colorful artwork and charitable contributions in Miami and around the world.
“The Brazil Foundation is such a great organization doing incredible work, and to be honored after Norberto Odebrecht, who has done so much for our country of Brazil and for the world is such an honor for me,” said Britto.
Brazilian Indy Racing driver Helio Castroneves headed up preparations for the event as chair, alongside co-chairs Daniela Fonseca and Maria Carolina Tavares de Melo and honorary chair, Ambassador and General Consul Helio Vitor Ramos Filho.
“Once I got to know BrazilFoundation, I decided to start helping, and I am doing everything possible to cooperate with this social cause and give back to Brazil,” Castroneves said.
Singer Preta Gil, daughter of Gilberto Gil, one of the most important Brazilian songwriters, performed on stage, supermodel Isabeli Fontana and Lorenzo Martone where the Masters of Ceremonies of the event and Sean and Anthony Souza, renowned DJs heated up the dancing floor after dinner.
BrazilFoundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds in the U.S. and invests them in civil society programs that promote sustainable local development while transforming social conditions in Brazil. Over the last 10 years, BrazilFoundation has built a philanthropic community of more than 7,000 donors and friends, and has invested more than US$18 million. Resources raised have allowed the Foundation to identify, fund and monitor more than 300 community-level initiatives in 24 Brazilian states, directly benefitting more than 50,000 people.