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Friday, August 17th, 2007


AYUDA celebrated its 30th birthday – “A Night of Children’s Dreams” – on Saturday, July 14, 2007. The celebration started at 7:00 p.m. at The Grand Bay Hotel – 2669 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL. “A Night of Children’s Dreams” was an event with plenty of entertainment, food, and drinks. There was music all night long with special performances by Jose Juan, pianist, Luis Alfredo Gavilano, concert guitarist, Jorge Rodriguez, Tom Jones impersonator, Ray Barbero y Leyla, Lizbeth, Los Fugitivos, Estefany, Magician Alexander Blade, Evelyn, El Gallito del Son with his traditional Cuban Band, the famous singer and composer Donato Poveda, and many others. Marina McAninch “Lumari,” Vice Chair of the AYUDA Board of Directors, performed as Master Ceremony. Artist Rossano Ferrari unveiled his exclusive piece of art with “A Night of Children’s Dreams” in mind. AYUDA’s event was completely free of charge. There were special guest appearances by Commissioner of Hialeah, Jose Pepe Yedra, Commissioner of Miami Beach, Michael Gongora, and Commissioner of Miami Beach, Richard Steinberg. The 30th Anniversary Party was a great success with an attendance of over 400 people.

Spinning Wheels For Children

AYUDA gave away 80 bikes and helmets to 80 disadvantaged children at the Latin Builders Summer Kick-off Party on June 16, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in front of Happy Kids at 7118 Byron Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141. There was free food, drinks, music, and entertainment. Thanks to the Latin Builders Association’s generous donation of 80 20″ bikes for boys and girls from all over the state of Florida, AYUDA made these children’s summer even more spectacular! Community leaders such as the Commissioner from the City of Miami Beach, Simon Cruz and the Commissioner from the City of Hialeah, Jose Pepe Yedra were honorary speakers at this event, as well as special guest Mr. Miami Beach Michael Aller and many of our board members.

In addition, AYUDA received a donation of 80 helmets to provide security for the children who will be riding their new bikes. The children were so excited when receiving these bikes that they couldn’t contain their smiles, stretched from ear to ear. AYUDA is very thankful to all the people that made this event possible including but not limited to the Latin Builders Association, Tremont Towing, JB Bike & Skate Shop, HoneyBaked Ham Company, Ayuda staff, and all the children that received a bike.

Ayuda’s Founder, Diana Susi, Celebrates Her Birthday

On July 18th 2007, Diana Susi, founder and former president of AYUDA celebrated her birthday. It was a pleasure for AYUDA to be able to celebrate the agency’s and our founder’s birthdays within a week. It was a great opportunity for all the staff to thank Diana for her passionate dedication to AYUDA’s mission. Diana cut her cake in the presence of the staff and a client for our elderly program. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANA!!!

WE MOVED!!!!!!!!!!!!

On Friday June 29th AYUDA moved its corporate offices. Our new location is open to the public at 1106 Normandy Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33141 (only half a mile from our old location, 7118 Byron Ave, Miami Beach, Fl 33141). Feel free to come and take a look at our new home.

Ford Focus ZX3

AYUDA is raffling a 2008 FORD FOCUS ZX3 in order to raise funds to support the Early Childhood Scholarship Program throughout Miami-Dade County. Winners will be drawn on December 23rd at 5:00 p.m. at Gus Machado Ford located in 1200 West 49th Street, Hialeah. Winners need not be present.

AYUDA’s Early Childhood Scholarship Program subsidies children from infancy to 12 years of age who come from families who cannot afford to enroll their children in pre-school and after school programs. According to research, the first five years of life of a child, are the most important for social, emotional, physical, and mental development. To build a well-established community, AYUDA wants to ensure the success of every child regardless of family income.

The FORD FOCUS ZX3 is a generous donation from Gus Machado’s Hialeah Dealership. The winner will be able to pick the color of the car and the interior of the vehicle.

TO PURCHASE A $5 RAFFLE TICKET or A BOOKLET OF 10 TICKETS – please contact: Mariana Runha, Community Relations Department at (305) 864-6885.

Upcoming Events

Watch Out and save the date for AYUDA’s upcoming events. You will be receiving information about our Gala in November as well as fundraiser events in the following months. CHECK OUT YOUR EMAIL!!! AND BE THERE. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our offices at 305-864-6885.

Message From the CEO

Dear AYUDA’s Friends and Clients,

I take a great pleasure in sending you this e-newsletter. Good communications whether they are among family members, friends, business associates, or nations always help to broaden our knowledge and resources. These past 2 months have been so rewarding and busy for AYUDA that we decided to combine both the month of June and July in this newsletter.

In June we had our first annual bicycle giveaway, and in July we celebrated our 30th Anniversary Party, both events went fantastic. They both were huge successes, and, as the CEO/President of this organization, I would like to thank everyone who helped make these events possible, from AYUDA’s great staff members to all the Sponsors and everyone in between. I am extremely excited for AYUDA’s upcoming events, hope to see you all there. Thank for your continued support.

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