blacksHost Max Tucci was on the checkered carpet for one of South Florida’s most prestigious, star-studded charity events which returned for its 20th year as Lea and Roy Black and The Mariano Foundation presented “The Blacks’ Annual Gala.” Headlined by legendary singer, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, the event benefited The Consequences Charity, Teach for America, Breakthrough Miami and other worthy causes that support at-risk youth – a cause “The Blacks’ Annual Gala” has raised several million dollars for over the last two decades.

The Andy Warhol-themed event kicked off with celebrity arrivals on the black and white checkered “red” carpet featuring a custom step & repeat complete with pop art performers clad in body painted costumes. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner and live auction with an exclusive performance by Aretha Franklin. Steven M. Mariano of The Mariano Foundation was also honored as the event underwriter.

The live and silent auction items had guests bidding excitedly on a variety of luxury items, including a one-year lease on a 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe courtesy of Warren Henry Jaguar, a division of Warren Henry Auto Group; exotic trips; special sporting events; fine jewelry; and other high-ticket items.

Sponsors included Grey Goose, The World’s Best Tasting Vodka; Fontainebleau Miami Beach; Beck’s Sapphire; Haute Living Magazine; Nuage Linen Service; Electric Picks; Indulge Magazine; The Miami Herald; Natural Impression Design Invitation Branding; wine kindly donated by Massanois Imports; and Warren Henry Jaguar, a division of Warren Henry Auto Group.

About The Consequences Charity:
The Consequences Charity is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded by Lea Black on a mission to support educational resources and experiences for at-risk youth that include scholarships, vocational training, camps, workshops and after school activities encompassing dynamic curriculums that address culture, the arts, life skills as well as workforce preparation.