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Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to Host 12th Annual “Claws for Kids” Fundraiser



Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach will once again host Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 12th Annual “Claws for Kids” presented by the Carmen Rebozo Foundation in memory of Judy Kramer. The fundraising lunch will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, kicking off with a cocktail reception at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Guests will enjoy delicious stone crabs and other signature menu items without the wait. Kostia Violin will provide entertainment. Mother and daughter duo, Lisa Mendelson and Lindsey Mendelson Pearson are graciously co-chairing this year’s event once again. Olga Guilarte is the Special Event Chair. “Claws for Kids” is one of the last chances to enjoy stone crabs before stone crab season ends.

“Claws for Kids” is held in memory of Judy Kramer, a longtime Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Board member, who helped create the event and chaired it since its inception until her passing in February 2021.

Proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s many positive programs and services at its six Clubs and sites combined, including after school programs, homework assistance, computer training, social skills, dance, arts & crafts, professional mentoring, and summer and athletic programs.

“It’s an honor to partner with the iconic Joe’s Stone Crabs to host our 12th Annual ‘Claws for Kids’ lunch and awards ceremony,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “This event continues to grow each year and we’re excited to see both longtime supporters as well as new faces enjoying Joe’s stone crabs to raise funds to benefit the Club’s many positive programs.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade supporters who cannot attend the event can still enjoy Joe’s famous stone crabs at home or on a date of their choice with the purchase of a gift card, just in time for Mother’s Day. To participate, guests must purchase sponsorship gift cards on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s website to benefit “Claws for Kids.”

During the event, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson will be awarded the 2023 “From the Heart Award.” Through her unwavering dedication and caring stewardship to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Congresswoman Wilson has made a positive impact on the lives of the Clubs’ youth members. Most recently, she generously provided $6.4 million in federal funding to support the Clubs’ expansion with the opening of its sixth Club at the Dr. Frederica S. Wilson Skyway Elementary School as well as building facilities and funding programs in Miami Gardens Club, Gwen Cherry Club, and Northwest Club.

Congresswoman Wilson proudly represents Florida’s 24th Congressional District, one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse districts in the nation and includes parts of northwest Miami-Dade and southern Broward counties. Congresswoman Wilson was formerly an educator, elementary school principal, community leader, school board member, state legislator and founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, awarding millions of dollars in college scholarships to help hundreds of young men achieve their dream of earning a college degree or post-secondary certification. Through her relentless advocacy, Congresswoman Wilson has earned a reputation as a “Voice for the Voiceless.” Her tenure in Congress, now in its seventh term, also has been marked by her signature spirit of unrelenting advocacy on behalf of the less fortunate.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be five-time Emmy award-winning journalist and WSVN7 news personality Belkys Nerey.

The Claws for Kids host committee includes Bob Cuevas, Jackie Gonzalez, Lily Pardo, Rae Stein and Virginia Vich.

The 2023 Presenting Sponsor is the Carmen Rebozo Foundation. The Premier Claw Sponsor is Lisa and Victor Mendelson and Family. The Jumbo Claw Sponsors are The Bernhardt Family, Margaret and Clint Gulley, The Miller Saointz Family and Ocean Bank. The Large Claw Sponsors are Allison and Andy Stuart, Bermont Gold, Eller-ITO, FPL, WellsFargo Advisors, WSVN 7 and USI Insurance.

Wine and champagne are being underwritten by the Bernhardt Family and AV is being underwritten and provided by AV Concepts.


“Claws for Kids” sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $500 to $30,000. Individual tickets are available to purchase for $350. To purchase sponsorships, please visit https://bgcmia.org/event/12th-annual-claws-for-kids-in-memory-of-judy-kramer/


For more information, please contact Rhia Hunter at (305) 446-9910 ext. 108, or via email atrhunter@bgcmia.org.

For more information, please visit facebook, instagram, youtube, or call 305.446.9910. Joe's Stone Crab is located at 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit www.joesstonecrab.com.


By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

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