The three-day weekend was hosted at Seaspice, a private waterfront estate and in the Design District that raised funds for underserved children and their families in South Florida

MIAMI, Fla. (March 2018) — The Little Lighthouse Foundation (“LLF”), the noted organization that assists underserved children and their families in South Florida, celebrated nine years of giving back at their annual Hearts & Stars Gala this past weekend. With an opening reception at Seaspice on Thursday, an intimate fête at a private waterfront estate on Friday and an Egyptian-themed Gala topping off on Saturday that transformed Miami’s Design District into the “Temple of Ra.” The festive weekend raised funds for LLF programming and was attended by 1,500 of the city’s luminaries in entertainment, philanthropy, business and more that will positively impact more than 7,000 children in the community.

The exotic-themed Gala in the Design District’s Palm Court & Jungle had an over-the-top display of hieroglyphic gold columns and Cleopatra-esque dancers swaying throughout the evening with NBA starturned-DJ Rony Seikaly spinning tunes with opening sets by Patrick Pizzorni and Marcos Noel. Miami-based actress Camila Banus emceed the night that hosted the foundation’s lively fundraiser and award ceremony. A silent auction of coveted items was displayed as well as an eye-catching photo display by the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino. Notable guests at Little Lighthouse Foundation Gala included Real Housewives of Miami stars Lisa and Lenny Hochstein, UFC Champion Luke Rockhold, rapper-producer Jermaine Dupri, to name a few.

Guests enjoyed a top-shelf open bar featuring drinks from Ketel One Vodka, Tita Italian Wines & Delicatessen, Starr Rum, Fishers Gin, Tequila Revolución, Coppertail Brewing Co. and Biscayne Bay Brewing Company in the center of the venue with food activations on either side by some of South Florida’s top restaurants and caterers, such as Amour de Miami, ChillN Nitrogen Ice Cream, Pizza Dude and others.

“The Little Lighthouse Foundation is so thankful for all the support we received throughout Hearts & Stars Weekend 2018 said Jonathan Babicka, Executive Director. “We exceeded all expectations with the highest attendance to date! This was truly the best weekend yet and we will be able to continue making an impact in our community with the funds raised.”

The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s Shining Light Award was presented to Ricky Patel, a community member who embodies the spirit of philanthropy and significantly furthers the foundation’s mission. They also presented its Volunteer of the Year award to five volunteers who helped launch the Little Lighthouse Foundation’s “Kids 4 Kids” program in 2017: Alexandra Van Gemerden, Alicia Matho, Gigi Jeffries, Andrea Minski and Fabiana Perreira. These volunteers are upstanding members of the community and relentlessly donate their time to better the circumstances of those less fortunate.

The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s Hearts & Stars Gala weekend was made possible via: Miami Design District, ORA Nightclub, Haute Living Magazine, ELECT Lifestyle, Tara Ink., La Croix, Delta Carbon Yachts, Tita Italian Wine, Calvisius Caviar, Fiji Water, Fusion Energy Drinks, Harmless Harvest Coconut Water, Ketel One Vodka, Starr Rum, Fishers Gin, Biscayne Bay Brewing, Tequila Revolucion, Concept ID, DAS Model Management, Front Management, H2 Concepts, InList, Habitat Miami Beach, Whip Fundraising, LVH Global, MC2 Model Management, MP Management, Next Model Management, Stifel, The Bodyshop Experience, I. AM+, Caroline Gleason Model Management, VIP Embassy, Wilhelmina, World Red Eye, Chapman Partnership, Gould Vision, iAnalyst, Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A., US Trust, Live It Productions, MedCore, Pure Point Financial, Spark Integrating Marketing, Hookah All Stars, Amour de Miami, Delicious
Catering, Cake Lounge Miami, Barsecco, Fresh Meal Plan, Jack’s Miami, Roberta’s Pizza, La Moderna, Xochimex Cantina Grill, Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream, Coffee Hub Café, Eat Clean, Paris 6, Pizza Dude and Seaspice.

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About The Little Lighthouse Foundation
The Little Lighthouse Foundation (“LLF”) is a registered 501(c)(3), nonprofit Corporation, that assists underserved children and their families. This support comes through the deployment of LLF’s volunteers. Volunteers work with children in an array of different facilities and environments ranging but not limited to, orphanages, homeless shelters, hospitals, and youth centers. To learn more about LLF, visit

About Seaspice
Often credited as a leading force in the revitalization of the Miami River neighborhood, Seaspice continues to be the unrivaled waterfront restaurant and celebrity favorite destination. Seaspice’s star chef Angel Leon along with owners Carlos & Maryam Miranda created quite the unique and eclectic menu inspired by Mediterranean and global influences. Its interior design is a study in implicit restraint that blends organic and industrial elements with homage to the area’s nautical roots. Boat-friendly, with 250 feet of private docking privileges, the restaurant elevates gastro-classic dining via sophisticated techniques and commitment to quality, combined with stunning interiors and views of the Miami River and downtown skyline. In 2018, Seaspice unveils AIR, a private upstairs deck where guests and celeb clientele will be able to hold private dinners ensuring a secluded yet shared view of the Miami River and skyline.