Founded in 2007 by Somy Ali, No More Tears is dedicated to rescuing and empowering victims of sexual and physical violence, as well as human and sex trafficking in South Florida. Since its inception, the organization has rescued more than 500 adult victims and more than 2,100 children victims of severe sexual and physical abuse. No More Tears attributes its success to the fact that it provides immediate assistance to victims, does not keep anyone on waiting list and all cases are handled with personal approach. “Miami ranks No. 3 for human and sex trafficking in the U.S., so it is incredibly moving that there are people here who want to make a difference in the lives of these victims and help keep No More Tears going,” said Somy Ali. 100 percent of all donations collected at the event will fund victims’ assistance programs of the organization.
The Honorees have been recognized in the categories of Activist, Artist, Philanthropist, Influencer and Pioneer.
Meg Daly, Founder and President of Friends of The Underline was honored as Pioneer of the year for leading the initiative to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s MetroRail into a 10-mile, urban trail and linear park. A thirty-year sales and marketing veteran, Meg owned First Media Direct, a breakthrough target marketing company catering to the broadcast television industry. For her love of community and desire to serve others, she was named a 2014 Angel by the Miami Herald.
Yolanda Berkowitz became Activist of the year for her dedication to causes that directly advocate for abused, abandoned and neglected children in dependency proceedings. For over 20 years Yolanda has been volunteering with the Guardian Ad Litem Program and Voices for Children Foundation. Additionally she is a current board member of United Way Miami-Dade and the founder of Friends of Miami Animals Foundation, a non-profit working to change the face of Miami’s animal welfare community by supporting the needs of its open admission shelter system.
Dedicated to the support of young artists, Christina Getty was recognized as Philanthropist of the year. She is an active board member of the Bass Museum and was a key contributor to the development of Miami Children’s Hospital’s “Diamond Society” and actively supported the launch of Miami Children’s Midtown location. Additionally, she has recently begun to support the mission of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.
Eva Hughes earned the Influencer of the year award for her devotion to various causes, such as fundraising for the 2012 exhibition Las Apariencias Engaoan: Los Vestidos de Frida Kahlo, the 2014 Museo de Artes Populares book Identidad Mexicana: Vochol promoting Mexican folk, art as well as ongoing support of Grupo Habita’s annual art auction to raise funds for cancer treatment organizations ChildFund Mexico and Duerme Tranquilo. As CEO of Condé Nast for Mexico and Latin America, Eva oversees a cadre of influential international publications including Architectural Digest, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue across twelve countries. She manages a team of over 200, fostering Condé Nast’s vision and values.
We were delighted and not at all surprised to see Kathryn Mikesell recognized as the Artist of the year. Kathryn founded The Fountainhead Residency, a first-of-its-kind artist’s residency program in the heart of Miami’s burgeoning art scene. Each year The Fountainhead Residency brings 30 to 40 artists to live and work in Miami and to date, has hosted over 300 artists from more than 36 countries. Committed to enriching the lives of artists, she launched Your Fountainhead in 2014, providing art advisory services, curatorial programs and uniquely original creative experiences.
Heart in Hand Award is a brainchild of Daniela Frewa who is passionate about raising awareness of the domestic violence and human and sex trafficking issue that deeply affects South Florida. Through her tireless efforts Daniela created a beautiful and inspirational event that sold out in its second year.
With the help from its Event Committee, No More Tears engaged Miami activists from different backgrounds and demonstrated once again the power of coming together.