(MIAMI, December 27, 2012) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and DJ Irie teamed up with Winn-Dixie stores and a group of local young professionals for the Mayor’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The event, which was attended by over 350 people and took place on December 19 at Segrado, benefitted the Irie Foundation and the Kristi House.
“I'm grateful to DJ Irie, Winn-Dixie and all of the young professionals from our community who partnered with my office for this year’s toy drive. There is no better present during the holiday season than putting a smile on a child’s face," said Mayor Gimenez.
“It was an honor to for the Irie Foundation to be a benefactor of the Mayor’s Annual Toy Drive. The drive was a huge success and is a testament of the love and support Miami-Dade County has for Mayor Gimenez. Hundreds of kids had a very Merry Christmas thanks to the efforts of the Mayor’s Office, Winn Dixie and all of the other amazing sponsors that came together for the Toy Drive,” said DJ Irie.
“Kristi House is thankful for the efforts by Mayor Gimenez’ office and community partners that helped bring joy to so many children and families in need this holiday season. Every child deserves to have a gift for the holidays and we were able to pull together to make that happen,” said Michelle A. Hernandez, Therapist and Pathways Program Coordinator, Kristi House.
Picture 1: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and DJ Irie at Mayor’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Picture 2: Toys which were donated at the Mayor’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Picture 3: DJ Irie and toy donors at Mayor’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Picture 4: DJ Irie; Louis Fonseca, Louis Fonseca Productions; MichelAngelo Fonseca; and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez at Mayor’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive.
About the Irie Foundation
Irie Foundation seeks to improve the lives of South Florida youth through educational and extracurricular opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them. With a particular emphasis on the arts, the foundation’s ultimate goal is to improve the graduation rate among the young people it serves. Middle school students will be mentored and encouraged to remain in the program through high school and will receive scholarship money towards college or trade school tuition.
About the Kristi House
Kristi House, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization in Miami, Florida, dedicated to healing and eradicating child sexual abuse. Kristi House operates the Orlowitz-Lee Children’s Advocacy Center responsible for sexual abuse cases in all of Miami-Dade County, population 2.5 million. Kristi House provides a healing environment for all child victims of sexual abuse and their families, regardless of income, through prevention, treatment and coordination of services with our community partners.