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32nd Annual Dinner At Joe's: A Huge Success

Posted by Informed Families on May 18, 2017 at 2:14 PM

Joes photo gallery 2017.pngRaising in excess of $200,000 to support Informed Families' programs to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free across Florida, the 32nd Annual Informed Families Dinner at Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant was a tremendous success. Long-time supporters and event co-chairs Pam Giganti-Bunge & Alfred Bunge and Dr. Linda Neider & Dr. Paul Sugrue pulled out all the stops to make the dinner the best yet.

This year’s theme was "Communities that Care," reflecting the importance and power of communities in working together to stop the spread of drug use, especially the devastating current opioid epidemic.

Aside from Informed Families, the big winner of the night was dedicated supporter Sara Herald, who won the raffle for dinner for 20 guests at Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant. Guests enjoyed a wonderful street party prior to enjoying Joe's delicious stone crabs among old friends.

Informed Families has partnered with Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant for over three decades to help keep children in South Florida and beyond safe, healthy and drug free. Many of the annual event attendees have regularly attended since the first dinner in 1985.

The event's success is the result of the dedication and generosity of the following sponsors:

Colossal Claw Sponsors:

Baptist Health South Florida

Pam Giganti-Bunge & Alfred Bunge

Jim & Susan Carr

Coral Gables Trust Company

EWM Realty International | Christie’s International Real Estate

Jumbo Claw Sponsors:

Avison Young

The Bermont Advisory Group | Peter L. Bermont

The Bermont/Carlin Group at Morgan Stanley

Betty B. Chapman & Dale Chapman Webb

Tammy & Butch Davis

The Garner Family Foundation

Robert M. Levy & Associates

Ginger Mead

Peggy Sapp

Dr. Linda Neider & Dr. Paul Sugrue

Large Claw Sponsors

Friends of Dr. Linda Neider

Justin Beckham | Tom Pennekamp

Christopher E. Knight/Fowler White Burnett

Goldsmith Family Foundation

Gulliver Schools

Commissioner Sally Heyman

John & Ivette Hofmann

Jessie Trice Community Health Center

The Lubitz Financial Group/Linda Lubitz Boone

Markham & Stein

Mercedes-Benz Coral Gables

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition

Charles O. Morgan, Jr., Esq.

Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

Dr. Andrea Heuson-Sharp & Dr. Greg Sharp


Informed Families Supporters

Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Chiavacci

The Tonkinson Foundation

Williamson Cadillac

Village of Miami Shores Police Department

Planning is already underway for the 2018 Informed Families Dinner at Joe's. Who can resist sharing a dinner of Joe's Stone Crabs with family and friends? The annual Informed Families Dinner at Joe’s is an event with NO boring speeches; just good friends and families who want to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free!

The Informed Families dinner at Joe’s brings out Miami’s best families. Will you be part of next year's festivities? For more information, please contact Milly Davila at or 305-856-4886.

Topics: Joe's Stone Crab, Peggy Sapp, Florida, fundraiser

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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