Happy #ThankfulThursday: “from trauma to triumph …”

Happy Thursday Friends, Clients & Colleagues,

We hope our brief (3 minutes) #ThankfulThursday reflection finds you well.

This week, Marile zooms in on Kristi House CEO Amanda Altman in her debut feature article on SocialMiami | #TheLopezLens ( Go Deeper –> ).

In Miami’s philanthropic community, there are many great individuals supporting incredible charitable organizations but at the moment, I am applauding Kristi House CEO Amanda Altman.
Amanda not only advocates for several causes here in our South Florida community – yes, while unstoppably directing Kristi House she volunteers with the American Red Cross – but she’s also an accomplished litigator. To take her current position, she left a successful and lucrative career. 

“I am an advocate for those that need me,” she says. “Kristi House is where I am needed to help fight for those who — like me — once couldn’t fight for themselves.”

Yes, a victim-turned-advocate made her as host of the Kristi House Silver Lining Gala’s theme — from trauma to triumph — all the more meaningful. The occasion also happened to mark the organization’s 25-year anniversary.

She’s also raising money. Funds are needed to support ongoing, high quality, restorative services for child-victims and their families. That’s because they’re offered free of charge at six Miami-Dade locations.  
And giving was what Jorge Luis and I witnessed at the gala, which raised over $560,000 for Kristi House programs for child sexual abuse and trafficking victims.

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We commend chairs Barbara Havenick and Lizzie Schaul, and committee members Raquel CatalanoBianca GabayElizabeth Kagan, Loryn PanahpourJennifer RockwoodLauren Schwartz, Kara Zeder Rosen (Board President) and Tina van der Ven.

We were also delighted to see community leaders such as State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Miami-Dade Commissioners Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson, Esteban Bovo, Joe Martinez and Jean Monestime, MDCPS Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, and Judges Kristy Nunez and Nushin Sayfie.

Former Miami Heat start-player, Shane Battier, surprised the guests during the live auction with an exclusive “back-stage” Miami Heat experience!

As always, thank you for taking the time to reflect with us … know we cherish your friendship and continued support.

Warmest personal regards,

Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq. 
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