30th Annual Informed Families Dinner At Joe’s

Most Successful Joe's Event To Date Supports Mission of Helping Kids Grow Up Safe, Healthy and Drug Free

Co-chairs Extraordinaire Phillis Oeters & Ron & Anita Shuffield Break Claws & Record

Joes Co-Chairs with link to albumThe claws were out – but only the good kind – at Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership’s 30th Annual Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab on Monday, May 18th.

Dynamic co-chairs Phillis Oeters of Baptist Health South Florida and Anita & Ron Shuffield of Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realty International/Christie's International Real Estate combined forces to raise more money than any previous Dinner at Joe’s, bringing in close to $350,000 to support Informed Families’ statewide prevention programs and initiatives designed to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free.

Over 500 guests attended the dinner, which was complete with local celebrity sightings, a pre-dinner social and of course Joe’s signature stone crabs, coleslaw, hash browns, key lime pie and legendary service. Several attendees who haven’t missed a Joe’s dinner were recognized with a special pin to commemorate their commitment to Informed Families and helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free.

Some notable event attendees include: Senator Gwen Margolis, Miami Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman, Tammy & (Coach) Butch Davis, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, John Krutulis of Gulliver Schools, Rep. Elaine Bloom and the Honorable Philip Bloom, Senator Rene Garcia, Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, Nancy & Jon Batchelor, Sherri & Doug Bartel, Bobby & Brenda Nestor Castellano, Audrey Ross, Margarita & Armando Codina, Roberta & David Lawrence, and Donna and the Honorable Paul C. Huck.

Raffle_Drawing“Each year, we benefit from an outpouring of generosity from families who care about educating and nurturing their children,” said Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership President & CEO Peggy Sapp. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership joined with Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant to hold this wonderful event, raising money to prevent drug use and underage drinking. Now, many of the children of our original supporters are parents themselves, and our prevention programs are reaching this next generation.”

Aside from Informed Families, the big winner of the night was Mary Lou Cokl, who won the grand raffle prize: Dinner for 20 guests at Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant.

Many Thanks To The Following Generous Event Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

Baptist Health South Florida


Royal Order of The Golden Claw Sponsors:

Baptist Health South Florida

The Batchelor Foundation

Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell International Realty/Christie's International Real Estate

Florida Blue

Gulliver Schools

Main Room Sponsor:

The Health Foundation of South Florida

Garden & East Rooms Sponsor:

Coral Gables Trust


Jumbo Claw Sponsors:

Peter L. Bermont/Bermont Advisory Group of Raymond James

Richard Bermont & Adam Carlin of The Bermont/Carlin Group of Morgan Stanley

Crispin Porter & Bogusky

Tammy & Butch Davis

Ginger & Dick Mead

Podhurst Orseck, PA.

Premium Claw Sponsors:

Avison Young


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Carlton Fields Jordan Burt

Codina Partners

Ashley & James Cusack

Christopher E. Knight/Fowler White Burnett

The Garner Family Foundation

The Goldsmith Family Foundation

Patton Real Estate

Police Officer Assistance Trust

Ashley & Campbell Smith

Unknown_woman_State_Attorney_Katherine_Fernandez_Rundle_Commissioner_Sally_Heyman_2Michele & Don Soffer

Jessie Trice Community Health Center


Gift Sponsor

Northern Trust

Invitation Sponsor:

The Lubitz Financial Group

Program Sponsor:

Mercedes-Benz Coral Gables/ Mercedes-Benz Cutler Bay

Valet Parking Sponsor:

The Audrey Ross Team

Ira_Leesfield_Anne_Levy_Richard_Bermont_Etti_Koeppel_3Beverage Sponsor:

Arthur A. Finkle, CLU, ChFC

Friends of Joe's:

Peggy Sapp

Village of Miami Shores Police Department

Joe's Sponsors:

Justin Beckham/Tom Pennekamp

Charles O. Morgan, Jr., Esquire

Ofe & Louis Chiavacci

Ivette & John Hofmann

Neca Logan

Deborah_and_Jim_Davidson_David__Ann_Neithardt_2Medina Foundation

Pointe Advisory Group

Andrea & Greg Sharp

Linda & Paul Sugrue

Eugene Lindsey/Katz Barron Squitero Faust

Joe's Supporters:

Mary & Joel Eaton

Verdeja & De Armas

Elena & Roberto Jakubowicz


For more information about the event and how you can get involved in our 31st Annual Dinner at Joe's in May 2016, please contact Milly Davila at edavila@informedfamilies.org or (305) 856-4886.