German International Parent Association | Miami-Dade County, FL

Dear GIPA Family and Friends,

We would like to sincerely thank all of you who joined us last Saturday, April 6th at the Cocoplum Women’s Club for a truly awesome — and groovy! far out! cool! and hip! — annual GIPA Gala fundraiser “Dancing Through the Decades”!

It was a wonderful night where, once again, the tremendous spirit of our GIPA teachers, members and friends brightened the evening with their generous support of our German program.  Not only that, but it was a lot of fun seeing the creative and authentic retro costumes you came up with, and we think you’ll agree that our winner – the ‘80s aerobicizer –  truly earned it!  (And for a peek at some of the amazing costumes from Saturday night, check out our Gala photo album.)

In the future, we hope our children will look back on their time in the German program and cherish the memories they’ve made here.  And we hope you, their parents, will too!   Our language program is unique in many ways, and the support of our parents and sponsors helps to ensure the continued high level of the German education our children receive.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that none of this would be possible without YOU!

On that note, we would like to thank all of the many volunteers, supporters and sponsors whose contributions of time, talent and money helped to bring this event to life.

Graphic Designer
Jasmin Henschel

Decorations Team
Helga Die-Dienes, Alina Lomenso, Paola Meiser,
Maria Angelica Pfeifer, Carolina Van Heel

GW Carver Middle & Coral Reef High School Student Volunteers
Sebastian Ebner, David Gleason, David Mora, Nicole Moll, Penny Pala, Francesca Tomasino

Silent Auction Baskets
The parents of Henry S. West Lab, Sunset Elementary,
GW Carver Middle & Coral Reef Senior High

Biscayne Bay Brewery  |  Miele  |  Monica Steinmuller of Coldwell Banker  | 
PASS Consulting  |  Raw Juce  |  School of Rock  |
South Miami Dental  |  Sogol Décor  |  Stephi Wald Photography

Private Donors 
The Ahrens-Robertson Family  |  The Bowes-Manstein Family  | 
Mathew L. Lines, Esq.  |  The McLaughlin Family  |
The Van Heel Family  |  The Wild Family   

Corporate Donors
Area Stage Company  |  Biltmore Hotel & Spa  |  Cafe Pastis  |
D’s Declutrr  |  Dr. Solomon Med Spa  |  Escape Hunt  |
Happy Warriors Yoga  |  Hanic Salon  |  Jay Flynn  | 
La Bella Salon  |  Madame Lecker  |  Nikki Beach  |
The Pink Oven  |  Pokebar  |  Toscano Davino

The Cocoplum Women’s Club

We would also like to give a big “Vielen Dank!” to all of our GIPA Board members.  Not only did they provide support and help before, during and after the Gala, but they also work tirelessly throughout the entire year for our German program – and for our kids! – without asking anything in exchange.  It is not an exaggeration to say that this program would not survive without their efforts.

Finally, there are still a few Silent Auction items available.  You can see them here.  If you are interested, please contact Melinda Agostini-Wild at

We are already looking forward to seeing you at next year’s 2020 GIPA Gala!  If you are willing to be part of this team and/or to volunteer in future events, please let us know.  You will become a part of the story that we have been building for more than 30 years.

Again, many thanks to everyone who contributed! 

Best Regards,

Catherine van den Bossche-Duque
2019 Gala Chair

Melinda Agostini- Wild
2019 Gala Silent Auction Chair