Prada at Bal Harbour shops opened its doors for an evening of fun and philanthropy. The boutique sponsored a special cocktail and shopping event to support early education programs in South Florida.

Hosted by United Way board members Laurie Jennings, anchor, WPLG/Channel 10, and Norma Quintero, publisher, Social Affairs Magazine, the invitation-only event included a select group of community leaders, United Way supporters and Prada customers.  Guests took care of their holiday shopping while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres. There was a special auction of two luxury items: a snakeskin evening handbag and a solid wood Backgammon board.


A percentage of the evening’s sales benefited the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education.  The Center is an innovative learning, teaching, research, and training facility dedicated to elevating the quality of early care and education nationally. The Center models proven best practices, and shares those practices with adult learners including parents, educators, and child care providers. The Center also works with business leaders and lawmakers to raise the standards of early childhood education, and support sustainable and lasting change. United Way of Miami-Dade’s vision is that all children will have access to high quality early care and education, so they can get the best possible start in school and in life.