Women of Tomorrow program celebrates 20 years at Mandarin Oriental gala

Shelley Tauber and Eileen Youtie at the Women of Tomorrow gala.
Shelley Tauber and Eileen Youtie at the Women of Tomorrow gala.

The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program celebrated 20 years of giving back at its annual black-tie Gala in March, chaired by Marisa Toccin Lucas, at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, on Brickell Key. The noted nonprofit is dedicated to inspiring, motivating and empowering at-risk young women. Women of Tomorrow was founded by Jennifer Valoppi, Don

Browne and the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Notable guests at Women of Tomorrow’s annual Gala included Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Maria Cristina Buccellati, Ingrid Hoffman, Telemundo’s María Celeste Arrarás, Candela Ferro and Khotan Fernández, and NBC 6’s Kelly Blanco, to name a few of the 430 attendees. See below for photos from the successful event, which raised close to $1 million to help thousands of girls and young women in South Florida, Detroit and Philadelphia.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since a small, core group of professional women got together to help uplift the lives of at-risk girls in our community,” Valoppi said. “Today, thanks to their support, Women of Tomorrow mentors 4,300 girls a year in close to 200 high schools. It is our pleasure to honor those founders this year, many of whom are still actively involved in the program all these years later, as we look to the next 20 years.”

In honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary, Women of Tomorrow set up the 20 for 20 program, a monthly initiative of giving $20 per month for 20 months. For more information on signing up, visit

Photography by

Elaine Feldman, Michele Criden & Ferne Toccin
Elaine Feldman, Michele Criden and Ferne Toccin.
George Crowley, Elizabeth Lindsey & Christian de Berdouare
Suzy Buckley & Krista Rosenberg
Suzy Buckley and Krista Rosenberg.
Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Lola Jacobson, Swanee DiMare, Bronwyn Miller & Lesli Brown
Maria Browne, Don Browne, Jennifer Valoppi & Marisa Toccin Lucas
Maria Browne, Don Browne, Jennifer Valoppi and Marisa Toccin Lucas.