The yearly Women of Tomorrow fundraiser had a distinct Miami Heat flavor last night at the Madarin Oriental downtown Miami.
For one thing, Heat President Pat Riley and wife Chris took place at the head table, and helped the non-profit founded by former NBC 6 boss Don Browne and former star anchorwoman Jennifer Valoppi raise more than $700,000 to send young girls to college.
And then, the black tie gala was a coming out party of sorts for Savannah Brinson, Heat superstar LeBron James‘ fiancee.
It was, Brinson said, her first society gala since the couple arrived from Cleveland nearly three years ago. And she seemed impressed with the pageantry, the gowns, the decorations of such an event.
Plus, Brinson running into James’ boss (Riley) and showing him she’s getting involved with Miami’s social fabric was an added bonus, even if the NBA’s premier player was traveling for today’s game at the New York Knicks.
“This is amazing,” the 26-year-old mother of two tells Gossip Extra as she surveyed the lavishly decorated room. “I’ve never seen anything quite like this. I really like the cause, which is to send young girls who can’t afford it to college. Nothing could be more important.”
Brinson told me she’s trying to start her own charity program to distribute prom dresses to high school girls who couldn’t afford them.
The dinner lured a Magic City’s who’s who, including Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, WPLG-Channel 10 reporter/anchor Neki Mohan, Telemudo personality Jose Diaz-Balart, NBC 6 reporter Ari Odzer, local broadcast legend Don Browne, North Broward Hospital District Commissioner Clarence McKee with his wife, NBC 6 meterologist Trina Robinson, among others.