It’s now going on 2 years for Chief executives officers, Curtis & Debbie Benjamin which has been a difficult journey with their loss of their loving younger daughters at age 11 years old, Iliss Marie Benjamin, in 2011 as she lost her battle of a cancerous brain tumor. “Within the last 2 years, the Brain Tumor Foundation for children had been so influential with our family during and after those emotional 3 years, which ultimately changed our lives forever, after losing a child” stated Curtis B., Chief Executive Officer of Saving Our Daughters.
As why both organization has been partnering for those difficult years, which is headed by executive director, Mary Moore, that has also been great friends with the Benjamin family and their organization, Saving Our Daughters. Mary states “We have been thrilled to partner with Saving Our Daughters. While our organization supports children with cancer, we believe in the mission of Saving Our Daughters. In fact, we know of children with brain cancer who have been bullied or ridiculed because of their change in appearance or abilities. Such behavior is reprehensible and has no place in our society. Children should be taught to be kind and compassionate towards others.”
At this time, and Saving Our Daughters is proud to announced, many of the most influential business women leaders of Miami, Marysol Patton, CEO of the Patton Group and Bravo Real Housewives of Miami, CEO Gabbriella Aringo Coutre and Elena Iturriaga of Realtor, Engel & Voelkers, KB; have now joined forces together for Saving Our Daughters and will be supporting the next emotional & influential project for the organization. The new project, will be called “The Iliss Marie Project”, ands help raise funding goals which will focus on young girls battling self-esteem issues of their change of abilities in their life due to brain tumors and also help assist moms that are going thru financial issues due to the treatment of chemo.
During the month of June, Saving Our Daughters reached out to these amazing women because of their incredible business savviness in their community and across the country; as they all our philanthropic forces for many charities in Miami-which some have focused on cancer fund raiser events for families. As Curtis concludes, “We are so excited on having Marysol, Elena and Gabriella be part of our family and now our next chapter with our organization in memory of our daughters, Iliss Marie; as I know she is smiling in gratitude for these Amazing women of Miami”.
About our Philanthropist Business Women of Miami
Miami native, Marysol Patton, is one of Miami’s most sought-after women both socially and professionally. For the past 10 years she has put all of her energy into creating and running one of the premiere public relations firms in town, The Patton Group (TPG). Marysol has positioned TPG to be among the strongest and most respected public relations firms in the country. Marysol works closely with each client to achieve their most ambitious public relations and marketing objectives.
She aims to align a variety of brands in clever and distinct ways by developing and executing strategic media and event campaigns designed to help expand and sustain brand awareness for her A-list clientele. To date, Marysol continues to advance TPG’s mission of providing the highest quality of services by focusing on building and maintaining strong relationships.
Prior to forming TPG in 2002, Marysol served as Director of Special Events for the Jackson Memorial Hospital Foundation where she perfected her ability to produce high-profile fundraising events. She was responsible for coordinating numerous benefit events in which she merged high fashion brands with charitable causes to increase awareness. As part of the fundraising initiative, Marysol also facilitated media outreach surrounding each event.
As Director of Community Relations for the Miami Children’s Hospital in the early years of her career, Marysol was responsible for organizing and executing multifaceted fundraising events. During her time with there, she proved her enthusiasm and commitment to the mission of the organization by demonstrating her inventiveness and ability to carry out complex event efforts.
Marysol was nominated as the Miami Chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Most Dynamic Woman of the Year in 2003 and has served as Honorary Chair of the Make-A-Wish Gala, Board of the Vizcayans, Viscayan Gala Co-Chair, Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon Chair, Lucky Brand Gala committee and Saks Fifth Avenue’s “Key to the Cure” committee, among others.
When Marysol’s not working, she spends time with her mother, Elsa, a character in her own right. Elsa considers herself a “seer,” not a psychic, and she’s a hot commodity amongst A-listers looking for spiritual guidance. Together, the mother-daughter duo have collaborated their efforts to create a new coffee line, Havana Elsa, which pays homage to the Latin tradition of delivering a full, rich and smooth premium blend. Elsa’s espresso coffee has been a lifelong dream which has now come to fruition and is ¡Delicioso!
On September 13th, Marysol will return to Bravo for Season 3 of The Real Housewives of Miami.
Gabriella Arango Couture
Italian-born Gabriella Arango has been designing evening wear and bridal wear for the past 30 years. She is located in the heart of the bridal district on Miracle Mile and is internationally known for her custom-fit and exquisite one-of-a-kind designs. She has dressed Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Dayanara, Marc Anthony’s ex-wife and ex miss universe, Mrs. Miranda Iglesias, Debbie Mazar, Belkys Nerey, Laurie Jennings, Ingrid Casares among others, and is considered one of the leading couture fashion designers today. Most recently, she was named WSVN’s “Best Bridal Store” in South Florida.
Gabriella Arango Couture
332 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, Florida 33134