Global Empowerment Mission Gala

2018 Annual Award Gala

Actor Carlos Ponce and GEM Founder Michael Capponi

On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 6, Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) held their annual fundraiser gala at the Island Gardens Yachting Resort where hundreds of people around the globe gathered to join GEM in honoring those who have made extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid, making a positive and impactful difference in the global community.

During 2017 and 2018 Global Empowerment Mission was able to send 55 planes and 106 containers of Aid to the victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria within 10 countries of the Caribbean. In addition, GEM was able to complete 83 missions to Haiti since the 2010 Earthquake that rocked the country. During this time, GEM placed over 40 students in private schools as well as providing housing and supporting all of the student’s medical needs. GEM has also completed three trips to Guatemalan Volcano victims by bringing aid, fire and rescue personnel and delivering BStrong gift cards to shelters throughout the hardest hit areas. GEM delivered gift cards and aid to the victims of the devastating Hawaii Volcano to two (2) Puna Shelters. GEM delivered aid and BStrong gift cards to three (3) shelters in South Carolina after Hurricane Florence.

“It was incredibly important to the GEM board to recognize the individuals who put their hearts, blood and sweat into serving humanity in these latest tragedies. Our planet is going through massive changes. Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Volcano Eruptions, Earthquakes and Wildfires are rapidly increasing in frequency. 

“Our main objective with this event was to honor these people’s efforts. GEM and Third Wave Volunteers need to be fully prepared with an army of resources, supporters, funding and volunteers. 

“ Bethenny and these honorees have been instrumental in all of this. Our main objective is to create a movement where giving and serving those in need becomes the new norm. This is what it’s really all about, helping to raise the level of consciousness and empathy towards other beings.” 

- Michael Capponi 

None of this would have been possible without the people and companies who have helped Global Empowerment Mission since its inception and thus, GEM decided to honor them at their annual gala fundraiser. 

Honorees included: Reality TV show personality and Skinny Girl founder, Bethenny Frankel; Puerto Rican Actor, Carlos Ponce; American Singer/Songwriter, Jencarlos Canela; Miami Dolphins Linebacker, Kiko Alonso; Carlos and Maria Lopez-Lay Yonomequito; Dr. Allison Thompson with Third Wave Volunteers.

Other honorees of the night included: United Badges of honor, Lourdes Sanchez-Breton and her fire and rescue teams; Kabballah Center, Chabad Puerto Rico, Captain Timothy Forderer of YachtAid Global; Resolve Marine Group; Lorin Jacobson from F3 International; Ingrid Hoffman, Menudo Band, Mangos owner, David Wallack; Moishe Mana founder of Mana Wynwood; Tony Cho and Bob Zangrillo of Magic City.

Individual honorees were: Kesny Philippe, Student of the year; Osaldo Rios-Alonso, Luis Velasquez, Randy Ross, Gabriel Rosario, Al Magdaleno, Albert Gomez, Eve Limo Green, Violet Camacho, Omar Rosario, Kimberly Bentley, Sandra Kasraie Glasgow,Elizabeth Rodriguez, Kristy Picornell, Danoushka Capponi, Christopher Comins, Miss Florida, Genesis Davila; Daniella Salazar, Laura Allen, Antonio Misuraca, Masonic Lodge, Aurora Lodge #7, Ponce Puerto Rico, Phi Sigma Alpha, The Alejandro Rene Perez Family, Maryset Muniz, Juan Padro, Stephanie Zehno, Sue Cushman, Jeremiah Regan, Sam Van Leer, Andrew Aponick, Anita MonCrief, Jody Olson, Crystal Lee, Yamy Soroa, Allison McCoin, Albert Zoila, Silvio Frank Pupo, Perfect Heart, President of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, Luis De La Rosa and Karla Dascal from Sacred Space in Miami.

The event also benefited Third Wave Volunteers, GEM’s main partner, founder Dr. Allison Thompson.

Finally, after culminating a nineteen (19) year relationship with City of Miami Beach, founder of Global Empowerment Mission, Michael Capponi, was awarded the highest honor - a Key to the City from City Commissioner, Michael C. Gongora and Mayor Gelber.

This event was produced by: Platinum Citizen Group and made possible by the following sponsors: Haute Living, Staff Squad, Limitless Productions, AFR Furniture, Radiance Productions, Inlist, CH Creations, Staff Squad, AFR Rentals, The Lounge Design, Alacran, Flamingo Vodka, Aaron's Catering, Mr. Trophy, Impress Media DC, Ron Abuelo, The Chic Selection, The Mondrian South Beach, SOBELIFT, Sweat 440, Markowicz Gallery, Romero Britto Gallery and Island Gardens Yacht Resort.

GEM is currently mobilizing to assist people in the Florida Panhandle for Hurricane Michael.

About Global Empowerment Mission: Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Michael Capponi in 2011. GEM was created in order to empower people struck with tragedy by providing emergency aid, food, housing, quality education, job creation in developing countries in order to have a self-sufficient and sustainable economy, ultimately eliminating their dependency on foreign aid.

Source: Global Empowerment Mission


Categories: Non Profit, Business News, Celebrities

Tags: GEM, GEM Gala, Global Empowerment Mission, Michael Capponi

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