South Florida Youth Advocates Honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters at Déjà Vu “Dance All Night” Celebration and Fundraiser

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – October 4, 2011 – On Saturday, October 15, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County will host its annual Déjà Vu fundraiser at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Guests will be brought back in time to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and the pop culture explosion and relive the spectacular sights and sounds of the 1950s-1970s. Festivities will include live entertainment from Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing, cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.

At the heart of the event is the recognition of select child advocates in South Florida. This year’s honorees include community leaders Alan and Marsha Levy, Filemon Lopez of Comcast, Twan Russell of the Miami Dolphins and Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation, and Jennifer Valoppi of Women of Tomorrow. Throughout the night, they are celebrated for their personal motivation, desire and action in giving back to the youth of South Florida, and receive gold records acknowledging their “chart-topping performance.”

Déjà Vu is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s largest annual fundraiser, and more than 400 community partners attend the retro, costumed, all-night party to celebrate 38 years of mentoring success. This year’s “Dance All Night” theme commemorates the musical crazes of the times and the excitement that Déjà Vu delivers each year.

All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County. The agency expects to raise nearly $250,000, which will positively impact the lives of 300 Broward County children by providing them a caring adult mentor and ongoing support from Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“Each year, our friends and partners across South Florida give us the greatest gift by allowing us to continue serving children and families in Broward County,” says Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County CEO Ana Cedeño. “With every donation, we strengthen our ability to make real, positive change in the lives of clients in our programs – youth who face adversity every day. Through events like Déjà Vu and all our annual fundraising efforts, we help children achieve success in life by realizing greater confidence, academic achievement and avoidance of risky behaviors.”

The agency thanks its Déjà Vu sponsors for their ongoing support: Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing, Bahia Mar Beach Resort, Majic 102.7, Publix Super Markets, Inc, Comcast, Century 21, AutoNation, Inc., Printing Corporation of the Americas, Cherry Bekaert & Holland LLP, Grant Thornton, Jennifer Valoppi, JM Family Enterprises, Marketing Matters, Marsha and Alan Levy, Miller Construction Company, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Premier Beverage Company, Right Management, SCG & Associates, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Ultimate Software and Wells Fargo.

For more information about event ticket sales, auction donations and sponsorship opportunities, please call (954) 584-9990 or email

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor-driven, volunteer-supported organization that changes the lives of children, teens and young adults. Its foundational belief is that every child has the inherent ability to succeed and thrive. By fostering one-to-one mentoring relationships, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County increases the odds of a child academically achieving, avoiding drugs and alcohol and strengthening their family.

Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in low-income households with a single parent or have an incarcerated parent. Meaningful relationships, ongoing evaluation and professional support provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to positively impact youth and the community. Studies show that adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely to earn a four-year college degree, take part in strong personal relationships and give back to their community. Learn how you can change a child’s life, donate or volunteer at

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