On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 6, Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) held their annual fundraiser gala at the Island Gardens Yachting Resort where hundreds of people around the globe gathered to join GEM in honoring those who have made extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid, making a positive and impactful difference in the global community.

During 2017 and 2018 Global Empowerment Mission was able to send 55 planes and 106 containers of Aid to the victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria within 10 countries of the Caribbean. In addition, GEM was able to complete 83 missions to Haiti since the 2010 Earthquake that rocked the country. During this time, GEM placed over 40 students in private schools as well as providing housing and supporting all of the student’s medical needs.

GEM has also completed three trips to Guatemalan Volcano victims by bringing aid, fire and rescue personnel and delivering BStrong gift cards to shelters throughout the hardest hit areas. GEM delivered gift cards and aid to the victims of the devastating Hawaii Volcano to two (2) Puna Shelters. GEM delivered aid and BStrong gift cards to three (3) shelters in South Carolina after Hurricane Florence.

Honorees included: Reality TV show personality and Skinny Girl founder, Bethenny Frankel; Puerto Rican Actor, Carlos Ponce; American Singer/Songwriter, Jencarlos Canela; Miami Dolphins Linebacker, Kiko Alonso; Carlos and Maria Lopez-Lay Yonomequito; Dr. Allison Thompson with Third Wave Volunteers.

Other honorees of the night included: United Badges of honor, Lourdes Sanchez-Breton and her fire and rescue teams; Kabballah Center, Chabad Puerto Rico, Captain Timothy Forderer of YachtAid Global; Resolve Marine Group; Lorin Jacobson from F3 International; Ingrid Hoffman, Menudo Band, Mangos owner, David Wallack; Moishe Mana founder of Mana Wynwood; Tony Cho and Bob Zangrillo of Magic City.

The event also benefited Third Wave Volunteers, GEM’s main partner, founder Dr. Allison Thompson.

Finally, after culminating a nineteen (19) year relationship with City of Miami Beach, founder of Global Empowerment Mission, Michael Capponi, was awarded the highest honor – a Key to the City from City Commissioner, Michael C. Gongora and Mayor Gelber.

GEM is currently mobilizing to assist people in the Florida Panhandle for Hurricane Michael.