High and low, sweet and bitter, complex and minimal… the most intriguing (and successful) pairings often contraststrongly.With that in mind, The Children’s Trust has partnered with Miami-based artist Daniel “Krave” Fila for the 12th Annual Champions for Children event, also known as the “Oscars of Child Advocacy.”
Krave is best known for his large-scale street art, as well as his character, “El Mono Fresco” (The Fresh Monkey). His piece, “Erin,” in the Design District, is perhaps his most notable. It was erased by an anonymous citizen and later replaced, albeit in a different pose. More recently, Krave was commissioned to create works for theRitz-Carlton Palm Beach, MTV, Greyhound, and SLS Hotel Miami Beach. For The Children’s Trust, his work will honor the spirit of the Champions for Children event, with a lively diptych inspired by life in Miami (pictured). It will be auctioned to benefit the Trust at the event.
“There is no greater cause than the wellbeing of our children, and I am honored to contribute to it,” added Fila.
The Children’s Trust’s “Champions for Children” event honors individuals and programs that have achieved greatness in their service to children and families. This year’s honorees are: Congresswoman Frederica Wilson with the David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award; Florida State Senator René Garcíawith the Excellence in Public Policy Award; Andrea Fletcher from Children of Inmates with the Excellence in Direct Service Award; and the Program of the Year Award to Ailey Camp Miami, United Community Options of South Florida (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Miami), and the A.B.F. Learning Center.
“Recognizing the valuable contributions of talented, passionate advocates for children and families is an important part of our work at The Children’s Trust,” added James R. Haj, president and CEO of The Children’s Trust. “We must celebrate – and highlight – people and organizations who weather restrictive budgets and a changing climate for nonprofits, never giving up on their promise to our community.”
Sponsors for the event include City National Bank and TD Bank as Gold Sponsors; Citrus Health Network, FIU Center for Children and Families, Florida Blue, United-Way Miami-Dade, and WOW Factor Marketing Group as Silver Sponsors; and the Wels Foundation and UHealth as Bronze Sponsors.
This year’s Champions for Children will be held at the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island on Friday, August 25, 2017 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Bios of each award recipient are available upon request.
For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Sandra Camacho at The Children’s Trust at 305-571-5700; for media inquiries, please contact Meieli Sawyer at 305-668-0070.