I just want to cel­e­brate: Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters’ hon­ors youth ad­vo­cates

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Don some bling to cel­e­brate with the Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Broward County on Oct. 19 at its an­nual “Déjà Vu” fundraiser.

Guests will en­joy the splen­dor of rock ‘n’ roll’s famed Mo­town era with fes­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing live acts, cock­tails, a silent auc­tion, din­ner and danc­ing from 6 p.m. to midnight. The event will take place at Hard Rock Live at Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel & Casino Hol­ly­wood.

“Déjà Vu” is Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Broward County’s largest an­nual fundraiser. Hun­dreds of com­mu­nity part­ners are an­tic­i­pated to at­tend the retro, cos­tumed, all-night party to cel­e­brate the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 40 years of men­tor­ing suc­cess. Doug Jones and Sixth Star En­ter­tain­ment will pro­duce this year’s an­nual Magic of Mo­town themed event.

At the heart of the event is the recog­ni­tion of se­lect child ad­vo­cates who will re­ceive gold records ac­knowl­edg­ing their “chart-top­ping per­for­mance” in sup­port of South Florida youth. This year’s “Déjà Vu” honorees in­clude Child Ad­vo­cate of the Year, Robert Lei­der; Vi­sion­ary Cor­po­ra­tion of the Year, Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional; and Im­pact Cor­po­ra­tion of the Year, Gables En­gi­neer­ing. In ad­di­tion, a Life­time Achieve­ment Award will be pre­sented to John Weller in con­sid­er­a­tion of his decades of sup­port for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Event co-chairs Alyssa Lovitt and Su­san Ren­neisen have planned non-stop en­ter­tain­ment and sur­prises in the form of mu­si­cal acts and dance pro­duc­tions. Mu­si­cal icon trib­ute per­form­ers such as Tom Jones, Tina Turner and Donna Sum­mer have head­lined pre­vi­ous years, and the highly an­tic­i­pated 2013 act will re­main top se­cret.

“Each year, our friends and part­ners give us the great­est gift by al­low­ing us to make real, pos­i­tive change for chil­dren and fam­i­lies in Broward County,” said Ana Cedeño, Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Broward County CEO. “With ev­ery do­na­tion to events like ‘Déjà Vu,’ we strengthen our abil­ity to im­prove the lives of clients in our pro­grams - youth who face ad­ver­sity ev­ery day. We help chil­dren achieve suc­cess in life by real­iz­ing greater con­fi­dence, aca­demic achieve­ment and avoid­ance of risky be­hav­iors.”

Spon­sors in­clude: Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel & Casino, Sixth Star En­ter­tain­ment & Mar­ket­ing, Print­ing Cor­po­ra­tion of the Amer­i­cas, Mar­ket­ing Mat­ters, Publix Su­per Mar­kets, BB&T, JM Fam­ily En­ter­prises, WSVN, Com­cast, Au­toNa­tion Inc., Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional, Tim­pano Ital­ian Chop­house, SCG & As­so­ciates and Miller Con­struc­tion Co.

Part­ner­ing with par­ents/guardians, schools, cor­po­ra­tions and oth­ers in the com­mu­nity, Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters care­fully pairs chil­dren (“Lit­tles”) with screened vol­un­teer men­tors (“Bigs”) and mon­i­tors and sup­ports th­ese one-to-one men­tor­ing matches through­out their course.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 954-584-9990 or email de­[email protected]­s­broward.org or visit www.bbb­s­broward.org.

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